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John Hill On Skateboarding His Way To Success

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John Hill is a Professional Skateboarder, YouTuber & Content Creator. John has had massive success in his career all because of the work he has put in, and because of his love for what he does. John lives in New York City and has over 800k Subscribers on YouTube & more than 280k Followers on Instagram. Check out this amazing conversation we had!

1. Who is John Hill in real life?

Just a sk8er boi who is OBSESSED with building a peaceful life.  I’m an extremely analytical, goofy, slightly nihilistic, human who gets way too overly excited about anything in this world that strikes me as even the slightest bit unique.  I think if you asked others, they would say I’m a nice dude who works 24/7, and is eerily obsessed with skateboarding. 

2. How did your love for skateboarding begin?

I grew up in Columbia, SC as the only asian boi I knew, so I felt detached, and bored with the community, when all of a sudden… the demo disk for “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” appeared from the heavens.  The music and rebellious nature of skateboarding culture presented by the game captivated me.  It made me feel special in a community that seemed to reward mediocrity.  From there, I dreamed of living in this, culturally diverse paradise known as California.  I knew that I had to make a living riding a skateboard, so that I could do it forever.

3. How has living in New York City and working as a YouTuber/Content Creator helped change your life for the better?

Firstly, becoming a Youtuber/Content Creator worked best for fleshing out my judgmental tendencies.  I always thought of “Influencers” or sharing your voice, as narcissistic.  I knew that I couldn’t grow in the world of social media and business, if I remained unfairly critical of anything I couldn’t relate to, so I started a project that threw me in the depths of self promotion.  I mean, there are a ton of ways to answer this question.  Youtube helped me become a better speaker, build confidence, sharpen my skateboarding skills, meet AMAZING creators, build an audience that makes me feel worthy, collaborate with brands, and allow me to spend more time on creative hobbies such as skateboarding, creating content, illustrating, and designing.  

New York City is just more of the same, from what I gained from California.  I wanted to be in a new “energy” (don’t hate me for using that word).  I always moved a little fast and aggressively for California, and New York is exactly my speed.  It’s SO MUCH easier and quicker to create here.  You never sit in traffic, and every corner is a beautiful, unique backdrop.  It gave my YouTube channel a new rhythm that revitalized the audience, and myself.  I was able to meet creators who had different ambitions, and looked at “success” in ways that resonated deeper than building a large social media presence.  It’s the first city that truly felt like “home” for me. 

4. Do you think an educational qualification is necessary to succeed in life?

I’m going to answer this question based on the assumption we’re not talking about obtaining a career that absolutely requires a college degree.  I have a very divisive opinion on this, BUT it depends on what you mean by eduction.  I don’t see much value in traditional education beyond middle school.  I can say, personally, High School was a complete waste of time for me.  I learn at a faster rate, absorbing what interests me via online.  From my perspective, the careers with longevity (creating business, owning a piece of a brand, monetizing your craft) is best built with experience.  Freelancers are hired based on their portfolio of work, not their educational status.  I’m an advocate for not pursuing college. 


5. How did you start “Progress Daily” and what was your key takeaway starting”Progress Daily” as a business?

I had $1000 that I gained from my YouTube Adsense and thought “I could print 100 shirts at the local printing store, for $1000…LET’S DO IT!”.  Before that, I would write “progress daily” on my daily to do lists, to remind myself that improvement is key, no matter how little that improvement was at the end of the day.  I built a website, and fulfilled the orders myself, and used my YouTube channel as the marketing, and it worked.  The brand has been through ups and downs, but luckily today, is running stronger than ever.  My biggest take away is business requires attention, which I did not supply in the early stages.  The marketing was strong, but the vision, story, and products were lacking.  It’s easy to do what you think you “should” do, rather than what seems fun.  Put as much fun into your business as you can. 

6. What would you say to someone who is just starting out?

Don’t judge.  If you find yourself saying “yuck, this sucks, I just don’t get it” about some one else trying to create art, you’ve lost.  Business and growth are about empathy.  The more you try to understand and feel for your fellow human, the more you’ll find yourself stumbling on serendipity.  Build a YouTube channel and business around what you’re passionate about.  Every one can work hard, but the ones that remain are the ones who are having a blast doing it.  You need to start a business that you’re excited to wake up to.  

7. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?

Yes!  I could be wrong about EVERYTHING you’ve read so far.  I’m ok with being wrong, and learning from my mistakes.  In fact, I see every learning experience as a monumental moment for growth.  I’ve felt peace in life, focusing past the superficial version of success that clouds are human capability of happiness.  You’re just a speck in the universe that exists for a flicker of time.  If you have an hour left of life left, what are you going to focus on?  I’m just realizing how pretentious some of this must sound, haha, I still stand by it.  

8. Is there something you’d like to say to Nwsppr?

JOHN HILL – The fact that you post something every day blows my mind.  The website is clean, and I appreciate the effort.  I’d like to see video and audio added to the content you supply! This could’ve been a fun video/audio podcast, AND you can cut up a podcast into separate 10 minute talking points, so now you have 8 videos from one interview.  Sorry if I’m overstepping, I’m obsessive with my creator friends as well, always looking over what they can do, giving them video and growth ideas.  I feel like this is the strangest way to end an interview ever but I really appreciate your beautiful face and thank you for the love and curiosity. 

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Harsh Punjabi AKA Technolobe On Making It As A Tech Content Creator

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Technolobe Harsh Punjabi

We have a really interesting guest who was kind enough to join us and share his story on how he made it as a Content Creator making tech videos on YouTube. Harsh has over 80k subscribers on YouTube (Technolobe) and does a fine job of producing high quality content and makes videos that help you in one or the other way! Check out the conversation we had below!

1. Who is Harsh in real life?

I am a 23 year old software engineer who aspires to be a successful entrepreneur someday. Apart from this Harsh Punjabi is a very fun person in real life. I love to hang out with friends and have a long chat over chai or coffee.

2. How did you find your interest in Tech?

If I think about it, I’ve always been interested in tech. Thanks to my parents, I always had a lot of
tech stuff in my house and my passion for tech only grow because of this. Technology has and
will always be a very big part of my life.

3. Why did you decide to start Technolobe?

I wanted to start something of my own and the best industry was tech because of my immense
passion. Now at first I tried writing blogs, making websites and all but that wasn’t for me. So one
fine day I decided to give youtube a try. Almost 4 years later, I am glad that I gave this a try. Making videos about tech products is a pretty cool job.

4. You have successfully grown your YouTube channel (Technolobe) to 80k plus subscribers, what was the one thing that gave you a sense of accomplishment in your career?

Being able to help someone make a good tech purchase is the thing that gives me a sense of
accomplishment. After I have suggested a product and then people actually buy it an enjoy it,
that feeling is incredible and makes me feel that I have made it in the tech industry.

5. Do you think it is viable to start a YouTube channel in 2020? (Tech YouTube Channel)

Yeah definitely. As a matter of fact, more people that ever are on the internet right now and makes 100% sense to start a YouTube channel in 2020. If you have a story to tell in a video format, then starting a youtube channel should be the way to go.

6. Do you think an educational qualification is necessary to succeed in life?

Yes. I strongly believe that education plays a big part in your life. A well educated person will always have a lot of career options and paths. Education shapes a person in an excellent way. Also, going to college is an incredible experience. The people you meet, new things you learn, friendships that you make, etc. make it all worth it.

7. What would you say to someone who is just starting out?

Be patient. Patience is the number 1 thing that you need to have. Things are not going to happen overnight. Take you time, do it right and have fun with it.

8. Is there something you would like to say to our readers?


Hope that you guys find my answers helpful in some way. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for some awesome tech content. Technolobe

9. Is there something you would like to say to Nwsppr?

You guys are doing a great job. More power to you.

ALSO READ: JUSTIN TSE ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL TECH CONTENT CREATOR & YOUTUBER

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Learn How Innovative Barber Jacob Joseph Is Dominating The Haircut Industry!

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Jacob Joseph is a Magna Cum Laude Alumni with a degree in Accounting who followed his dreams of becoming a barber. In pursuit of his dreams, Jacob attended an apprenticeship program with “Barber Club” and that was when things changed for the better. 

Today, he is a licensed barber and he has achieved unprecedented success with his Instagram platform. Jacob is one of the only few barbers in the industry who has a follower base of over 100,000 on Instagram. 

In this article, we will discuss the passion behind Jacob’s dreams; the success he attained, and some of the steps he took to ensure that he overcame challenges thrown at him. 


Overcoming Challenges 

Like many business owners, Jacob also had a fair share of challenges. Challenges are not uncommon with business owners and businesses, without them, these individuals and they’re businesses won’t grow.  

Pursuing his dream of becoming a barber proved to be a roadblock to him. In order to overcome these challenges, Jacob surrounded himself with people who were successful. These people, their actions, and habits motivated Jacob to become the man he is today.

“My mentors taught me that the best way to deal with challenges as an entrepreneur is by taking them head-on as they come.” – Jacob Shares


Outstanding skills 

Jacob Joseph believes that his determination helped his success. “I always put my faith and trust in God. He has always blessed me in my life and I continue to give gratitude and thanks to Him”. He said.  

Jacob also added that persistence and discipline are important to achieve your goal.


Drawing Inspiration & Upholding Healthy Practices

Jacob reveals that he has two main drivers which push me to succeed. 

The first would be his parents who were immigrants from the middle east and started a whole new life in this country.  As teenagers, they were able to build up a successful hair salon from scratch to provide for their family. 

Their hard work and tenacity are what pushes him to become as successful as he possibly can in order to give his family and himself the financial freedom that they want. 

Another inspiration that pushes him to be at the top of his game is the mindset of not settling. He has made it a statue not to be another barber in the game. Jacob wants to set a standard in my industry. Someone that other barbers can look up to, someone his colleagues can depend on. “I don’t like to be average. I know I have more to offer.” -Jacob says.

God has blessed us and given all of us special skills and talents to show the world! I want to make sure that I can give back to Him!”

Jacob further told us that in order to uphold healthy practices you have to hold yourself accountable for every action you take.  Burnouts are inevitable for human beings. The best way to deal with burnouts is to take as much rest as possible in order to recharge. 


Significant Achievements 

Prior to graduating from college, Jacob developed a passion for cutting hair and aspired to achieve his goal. Today, Jacob is a licensed barber and in less than a year he has grown his Instagram account from less than a thousand followers to more than 100k followers where he publicly displays his skills and has helped him build a solid digital footprint. 

This growth has opened doors to many sponsorships with different companies including Gammaplusna. 


Words of Advice 

Here are some words of advice from Jacob himself for people striving to attain success in any field;

“Words of advice I can give is that you are your biggest advocate or enemy. 

Your mindset will dictate your future. Make your thoughts work in your favor. 

Keeping a positive outlook in the face of adversity is difficult, but the results of that positive mindset will take you where you want to go in life. 

Don’t dwell on the setbacks, plan for the triumphs. I am no better than you or the next person. 

I only compete with myself and make sure that I grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. 

Once you stop worrying and caring about others is when you will be able to do whatever you love, which will lead you to live the life of your dreams!”

Contacts

Instagram: @jjay_beardedbarber

Youtube: jjaybeardedbarber

Snapchat: Jacobjay03

Facebook: Jay cuts

TikTok: jjaybeardedbarber

ALSO READ: JUSTIN TSE ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL TECH CONTENT CREATOR

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Justin Tse On Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur & Content Creator

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Justin Tse is a massively successful Tech Content Creator, Entrepreneur & Podcaster. He makes quality tech & lifestyle videos on YouTube and has achieved over 560k+ subscribers. He co-owns a clothing company called Dangerfield with Alexx Davies & has a podcast called FEATURE where he talks about Business, Tech, Lifestyle, Travel, and gets into conversations with other creators! Justin was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to talk to us about his journey! Read on-

1. Who is Justin Tse in real life?

I don’t know.  Almost everything I do is some form of work.  Between planning, filming, and editing videos for my channel, building up the Feature podcast, or working on the clothing company I co-own,  Dangerfield… I stay pretty busy.

justin tse feature podcast

2. What sparked your love for Entrepreneurship and Filmmaking?

When I was a kid I wanted to find a way to make money.  I loved selling stuff, and when I tried to sell one device I learned more about YouTube and its possible revenue streams.  After learning more about tech, I decided to try and make some videos.  Over time, I began improving my filming and diversified the style of videos I upload.  Such as the cinematic travel videos and more.  The skills and equipment could also be seen as a competitive advantage.

3. What are your key takeaways running a successful Tech YouTube channel? (JUSTIN TSE)

My takeaways are that running a YouTube channel is a lot more work than people think.  For me, it’s a media company, and to do this full time, it requires a full commitment and adaptation of lifestyle to maintain and grow a channel.  Especially when you factor in traveling in a normal year, and making content it becomes difficult to manage.  Therefore, staying organized and using a schedule is extremely important.  A YouTube channel is a small business, for the first 9 years I did all the filming, editing, emailing, negotiating, selling, and accounting. 

4. You recently co-founded and launched “Dangerfield”, what problems did you face before launching it? 

Some issues I faced were that the co-owner and I sometimes weren’t in complete agreement over aspects that are important to a brand’s identity.  For example, choosing the style and theme should not be rushed, it took time to decide.  In addition to that, picking the target audience and the content strategy to go along with it is important and we felt we had to be confident in our strategy prior to launch.

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5. What was your inspiration behind starting the “Feature” podcast & what do you wish to achieve as a Podcaster & content creator?

The podcast is a project I have always wanted to start.  The free-flowing unscripted conversation is something I am not usually able to do on my YouTube channel so this felt like a good platform to post.  I’m able to naturally discuss subjects I enjoy talking about, which includes F1, business, travel, and more.  Previously, starting new projects has been tough to implement especially because they likely are not profitable to start, but with the quarantine that had occurred for so long, I figured it’d be a good time to start.  Especially since I have thought about it for a long time now.  I had no expectations for it and its primarily for fun.  Meanwhile, my personal channel has expectations and deliverables that must be reached.  As a content creator, I want to create a sustainable, growing business that can last for years to come, and in the future, I’d like to have the resources to expand into other industries I’m passionate about while using the tools and resources I have acquired over my time.

6. Do you think an educational qualification is necessary to succeed in life? 

No, I don’t feel its necessary to always get post-secondary education to succeed.  Although it can be very helpful and lead to great success, it’s not always needed.  I say this because if someone feels they already know what they’d like to do in life, and it’s something they feel they already have the resources continuing in school doesn’t always make sense for that individual.  I only dropped out because I had a steady income and I knew I could make a career out of YouTube for a while.  I’m not an advocate for people sitting around hoping for success, you have to make it happen for yourself.

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7. What would you say to someone who is just starting out?

Be prepared to give up everything if you are truly dedicated and have aspirations to grow constantly turning YouTube into a full-time job.  Also start young, it often gives you more flexibility to take risks and learn from mistakes with little consequences.  Use the resources you have available, and don’t feel the need to have the best equipment to succeed.  The process of saving up for your first camera alone will teach you a lot. 

8. Is there something you’d like to say to our readers?

Don’t give up, if you’re willing to put every second you have to work on something, then you probably picked the right thing. 

ALSO READ: BEN GESKIN TALKS ABOUT BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL TECH CONCEPT DESIGNER AND CONTENT CREATOR

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