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
- 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.
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