159: Billy Gene | Confidence is King

On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Billy Gene, owner of a multi-million dollar ad agency who revolutionizes education by teaching entrepreneurial skills you just can’t learn in school.

Here’s what Travis and Billy discuss in this episode:

  • About Billy Gene
    • He’s most excited about the studio he’s building out.
    • They’ve been teaching everything online from their studio, but they’re building a theatre to bring in the most talented athletes, musicians and entrepreneurs.
      • You’ll learn exactly how these people have succeeded.
    • Walk us through your journey.
      • He went to a private Catholic school his whole life.
      • He got to see two very different cultures and worlds at school and home.
      • He went to college for business administration.
      • He saw the lifestyle that the car salesmen had and the lifestyle that the owners had.
    • What do you feel about putting yourself in areas of struggle on purpose to make yourself better?
      • Billy Gene shares a story about her daughter growing up privileged.
      • It’s important for him to expose his daughter to the other side of things.
      • My daughter needs to know she’s blessed, but never feel ashamed of what she’s blessed with.
    • What did you do after college?
      • He started a mobile oil change company.
      • The company failed and he realized that nothing is transferable.
      • Business school teaches business from a fortune 500 perspective, not a startup.
      • When his parents found out he didn’t graduate, they didn’t talk to him for a year and a half.
      • He was essentially moving around and living out of his car.
        • He was still having just as much fun, he considered it paying his dues.
      • What do you think is the biggest differentiator between you and the person who doesn’t succeed?
        • The best athletes and entrepreneurs in the world exceed confidence.
        • One thing he always had confidence in was his ability to sell.
        • Don’t be arrogant and think you can know everything.
      • Does confidence come more naturally to some people?
        • Yes, a lot of it has to come with your upbringing.
        • Confidence is transferrable from different areas of your life.
        • Everybody thinks they’re a marketer, but they lack the confidence because they’ve never worked with a company.
      • Do you believe that what you know or who you know is more important, and why?
        • You’ve gotta have both, they both serve a purpose.
        • He didn’t start teaming up and networking until he felt he had something to bring to the table.
        • Now that he has reach and audience he can help people promote.
        • Don’t be afraid to pay to work with someone.
        • If you can’t afford to pay, you’ve got to figure out a different way to add value.
      • Talk about a couple of ways to add value.
        • It will always be subjective based on your skillset.
        • If you can turn no’s in to yes’s you have unlocked real income potential.
      • Boil it down to one networking tip.
        • Follow the trends.
        • People are realizing the importance of video.
        • Use Upwork or Fiverr to find freelancers to help make videos.

The Random Round:

  • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
    • Hip-hop dancer
  • If you could sit on a park bench with anyone for an hour who would it be, and why?
    • It would change based on where he was at in life.
  • How do you like to consume content?
    • Youtube video, interviews, and lessons.
  • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine?
    • He works from his bed for a while.
    • He has an assistant who sends him the #’s for the day.
    • Comes into the office and does a morning huddle.
  • What is something that you are not very good at?
    • Handwriting or anything crafty
  • What is your go-to pump up song?
    • The song at the end of Gladiator
  • What is one place where we can find you the most?
    • Instagram, FB, YouTube @billygeneismarketing

Tweetable Quotes:

  • If I knew what I knew about the college experience, I would refuse to let my parents go into debt to send me.
  • There needs to be a class called “how to get your first customer” in college.
  • When you don’t see anyone who looks like you being successful, it’s extremely difficult to pave the way.
  • If you’re on your struggle, I don’t feel bad for you.

Resources Mentioned:

Buildyournetwork.co – Podcast website

BYN.media/fb – Facebook Group

Billygeneismarketing.com – Billy Gene’s website

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