Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Aman Advani is Co-Founder and CEO of Ministry of Supply, a menswear company focused on creating a new category of clothing: Performance Professional – through a collaboration between experienced engineers and seasoned fashion experts. 

Aman comes from Atlanta, GA where he studied Industrial Engineering at Georgia Tech, before pursuing a career in Operational Strategy consulting at Deloitte, and attending MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

In this interview he shares his entrepreneurs journey and talks about how he and his business partner navigate the gap between potential and results. 

www.ministryofsupply.com

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Melanie Deziel has been recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on native advertising and a leading influencer in Content Marketing. Her mission is to educate as many people as possible about the power of brand storytelling through writing, speaking, workshops, consulting, startup advising and through the native ad industry newsletter, The Overlap League.

Melanie travels the world giving keynotes, presentations and workshops that teach marketers, publishers, creators and companies how to create the best possible brand storytelling. She also shares what she’s learned in a column for Inc, on podcasts, in guest posts across the web, and as a member of the advisory board for the Native Ad Institute.


Melanie has degrees in journalism from UConn and Syracuse, of which she was one of 50 honored alums in 2015. She’s served as an executive judge of the Digiday Content Marketing Awards, the Native Ad Awards and the Mirror Awards, and was the author of the native ads that won the Best Native Advertising Execution OMMA Award in both 2014 and 2015.

Prior to becoming a full-time consultant and speaker, Melanie did content strategy, business development and branded content creation for The New York Times’s T Brand Studio, HuffPost Partner Studio, and Time Inc’s portfolio of 35+ media properties. As an Expert in Residence at BRaVe Ventures, she provided native advertising and content strategy insights, training and information to both advisory and portfolio clients.

www.MDeziel.com

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Author of "Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World", Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. Agnes is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today's leading organizations faced with the greatest risks.

As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events. 

In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century.

Agnes is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal, VIBE Magazine, USA Today, and many others.

As a university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill.

www.MelissaAgness.com

She mentioned two amazing entrepreneurs and their books:

Michael Bungay Stanier's book, The Coaching Habit 

Phil M Jones' books, Exactly What to Say .... and .... Exactly How To Sell

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Justin Schenck has been named a Top 8 Podcaster to watch in 2018 by INC.com and chosen as an ‘Icon of Influence’ in the new media space. What started out as a way to connect with top people and inspire others has become a way of life. Now getting played in over 100 countries every single week he is able to make a greater impact than he could ever imagine. He not only speaks to organizations on how to overcome adversity and utilize podcasting to grow your business but he helps others launch and grow their own podcasts with www.beginpodcastingnow.com.

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Sometimes we experience success that takes us far, but not all the way.  From the outside people might even think you are crushing it, but you know inside that you are stuck.  But when that log jam comes at a high level, it is hard to complain to others or yourself.  Things are good.  But you want things to be great.
 
The middle used to be okay, as the "middle man" had a lot of power and controlled the flow of goods and services.  But in a would where more things are "direct", the middle can lead to obsolete.
 
Have you ever felt stuck in the high-middle? When it happens you have to be a leader if you want to advance.  Regardless of if you lead a team of 1000, 100 or just yourself, there are certain actions leaders take to help themselves and others advance. 
 
Real leaders are sought out by other.  
 
Leaders collaborate.
 
Crunching numbers and hiding behind statistics are not what leaders do.
 
Leaders are visionary, and they want to learn, observe, and try new things.
 
Being unique matters to leaders.
 
Waiting around is not what a leader does, leaders hustle.
 
Leaders test assumptions.
 
Playing big is how a leader shows up.
 
Leaders recognize patterns and know that success leaves clues.
 
In your daily efforts do you show up as a leader? If you are stuck in any way, then the time is now to become a leader.  Do not expect others to come to your rescue.  The world is more competitive than others.  Potential is good, but it is not enough.  The Paradox of Potential is about how we cherish potential, but that does not equal results.  Leaders care about results.  
 
Hiding behind busy is another problem.  Working 70 hours a week does not mean you are efficient. In fact, we look at busy as a faux badge of honor in today's world.  Being busy makes many people feel good, but we need to do more than clock hours.  Progress and results are key. 
 
 
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Marie White has had a tough journey, but is a thriving entrepreneur. One of her most exciting businesses is Book Overhaul. She helps authors who already have a book turn their project around and re-release their masterpiece. 

Marie was born to write, but it would take one horrific event to send her into full-time writing. 

When her youngest child was abducted, the world felt upside down. Grieving with her husband and older children, she wondered how God could allow this to happen. Yet in the sea of pain, her family witnessed God’s unending love and purpose. 

She began praying for God to show her what to do with her life. His answer to her prayer was a podcast announcement that missionaries were needed. Marie trained and became a missionary with Global Media Outreach. Within the first few months she had spoken with over 300 converts to Christianity in countries all over the world.

Another of the purposes she found was that many people she knew became Christians as adults, and many had never attended Sunday School. That left a gap in their ability to understand sermons that referenced other Bible characters such as Joseph, Moses or Abraham. She started recording a YouTube channel to help new, adult, Christians learn the Bible quickly. Bible Stories for Adults was born. 

Marie started recording with a shaking voice and bad self-videography. As she put it, “I was practically hyperventilating.” She kept the series a secret, but soon her secret project had amassed over half a million views. 

Marie knew that there was more for her to do. She could see God comforting her family, making them stronger, and she began work on a book to teach others some of the things she had learned about God's goodness. That book became the Amazon best-seller, Ten Day Bible Study.

Through the loss of their child, she watched her family and church grow in ways it could only do through pain. 

Still, she knew that God had more for her to do. She began to see other people's pain differently and her eyes were opened to high rate of suicide and homelessness within the LGBT community. What could comfort someone who was hurting?

This began her journey into the Bible for verses that would offer comfort, hope and love to those within the LGBT community.

Following a strict set of standards for Biblical accuracy, verses not taken out of context, and translations that conveyed the clearest meaning, God’s Love for LGBTQI was released. 

Marie’s writing had just begun. Her next project was a book for anyone wanting a better life, titled Changing Your Life in Just Ten Days. 

Over 10,000 people have picked up a copy of Changing Your Life in Just Ten Days through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBook and Nook. 

Next, Ten Day Bible Study was translated into modern Greek, and began being used by missionaries in Greece. 

Marie’s next project began as a how-to for families trying to survive the loss of a child through abduction, divorce, running away or being taken into foster care. The book evolved into something bigger, as she started to reach out to parents and experts in the field of grief, alienation, loss, reunification and private investigation. 

The result is a comprehensive survival guide for parents with children missing from their life. Strength for Parents of Missing Children: Surviving Divorce, Abduction, Runaways and Foster Care provides insight and direction for hurting parents. 

When she’s not working, Marie enjoys talking to people who are inspiring others.

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