Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your passions?
Entrepreneurship is my passion, honestly. Why? Because it changed my life and I watch it change other people’s life. Entrepreneurship to me is basically a hobby that pays big rewards. (If it’s not a hobby, then you shouldn’t be doing something you don’t love because it takes your thoughts and effort 24/7) When I say entrepreneurship changed my life, I don’t mean financially. Everything from my attitude, my faith, friendships and self-discipline improved with the pressures of growing a business.
Speaking of changing your life, I recently watched an interview you did with Steve Harvey where you talked about your troubled past and how you turned things around. Can you discuss the circumstances that led to your career and some challenges you have overcome?
I was a drug addict for 2 years and a drug dealer. After getting arrested one too many times, I realized I wasn’t living the life I was meant to live. The hardest part was the beginning. Not because I was having withdrawals from the drug, but I was having withdrawals from not having to face my problems. When you first become sober, you have to face your problems such as bad debt, the people you hurt, and what you’re going to do for a career. It’s a lot to take on at once with a vulnerable mindset.
You’re famous for several things PR, being an inventor and just being awesome how do you find the time to manage all this?
Famous is not even close to the right word to use. I just happen to go after what I dream up every morning. I can’t have an idea and not do anything about it. I will go crazy until I do. If I ever did become famous, I would certainly hope it would be for my creative approach to business development.
If you could solve a world problem what would it be?
If I could solve a world problem, it would be homelessness. I’ve always been passionate about helping the homeless. I’m a huge believer that everyone deserves second chances. I’m also a huge believer that everyone is here for a reason. I feel that when someone is homeless and struggling, their true purpose is slipping away and that’s not cool. If I could build a huge palace.. ( I wouldn’t call it a homeless shelter, that’s too degrading) I would create a positive life changing environment that would change lives. Maybe one day I’ll be able to do that. It’s on the vision board, that’s for sure.
You’re quite the celebrity on Mark Cuban’s app Cyber Dust. Why do you enjoy Cyber Dust so much?
There you go using those strong words again. Not a celebrity, but the fact you say that just shows how strong the Cyber Dust community really is. It’s my favorite tool for marketing and networking. I’ve done several case studies and experiments that prove the power of Cyber Dust. I will always promote Cyber Dust and believe in it forever.
What ways can Millennials use digital media to build platforms and tell their stories?
There are several ways. Since we were just talking about Cyber Dust, I would direct your readers to this post I wrote. I outline 5 ways Millennials can use CyberDust to do business.
What advice would you give the youth out there looking to blaze their own path?
I would say to listen to your own ideas. If your gut says it’s a good idea, go for it. If you fail, oh well. You’re young. You learn from failing. The worst thing young people can do is listen to the conservative thinking person, swaying them from amazing ideas.
Now at UYD, we are always looking to find out different ways people use their difference to make a difference. How do you use your difference to make a difference?
I use my difference by being open about my past failures. I feel that everyone should share stories of their struggles to help others overcome their own difficulties. In my opinion, if you overcome something difficult in your life, and don’t share your story.. you’re being selfish.
Where can we find out more about you and what you’re up to?
Cyber Dust, of course. Isn’t that how you found me? 🙂 Cyberdust.com/addme?Luminous_cheri