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Thread on Failed Businesses:

I have failed at many business ventures in the past and, because of my failures, I learned a lot.

Here are a list of the businesses I created and why they failed (obviously condensed as best as possible for Twitter).
My first attempt at a business was a website called College Reg my freshman year at the University of Arizona.

I had a dope idea to aggregate content about crazy stories from college students into one website.

A couple of my buddies liked the idea so we tried to roll with it.
In the mess of being drunk/high most of my days, I attempted to organize a few other buddies to build this idea with me.

They were verbally enthusiastic, but their actions did not mirror their words.

This is where I first learned the importance of who I surrounded myself with.
I remember writing my first business plan and presenting it to one of my older friends to review.

He liked it.

So I presented it to one of my entrepreneur teachers.

She tore it apart.

This is where I learned enthusiasm was only a part of building a business/idea.
My second attempt came when I had an idea for a mobile app - SociaLink.

The app was intended to allow people meeting in person to instantly send friend requests on your favorite social networks like Twitter, Linkedin, FB, etc without the hassle of searching each site separately.
I received funding from family, managed a development team on the other side of the world, brought the app from idea to reality, and marketed it to the world, all while being a full time student as well.

We were featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo, and other publications.
Being in college at the time, this was a big win for me. Taking something from idea to reality is hard, and I was so proud I was able to do that.

Also, managing a team was hard. Especially when they are college buddies.

We eventually got around 15,000 users.
The project was eventually given up on and sold for about break even.

1 team member wasn’t participating at a high level so I asked him to leave. He fought me for equity and got some.

The second team member wasn’t working hard either, but he was a founder. Hard to fight that.
The struggle between my team mates and I caused me to lose inspiration in the idea.

It was smart and fun. We had VC’s interested in investing. But I felt something was off.

Or I couldn’t handle the pressure. Not sure which, but possibly both.
This was about the same time I got introduced to Bitcoin for the first time.

We were trying to buy drugs and our friend showed us Bitcoin and sold us some of his.

I researched it a bit, thought the concept was interesting, but never full grasped it at that time.
The end of SociaLink was also the beginning of me starting to become a hippie.

With the over consumption of psychedelics, I found myself questioning more things than was probably healthy.

After a 5 day trip to Costa Rica, I decided to pack a back pack and go there to write.
So I backpacked around Costa Rica for a writing and “finding myself” - whatever that means.

After about 3 months, I moved back to the states and finished writing my book. I actually wrote a few in this time span, all about increasing positivity, meditation, and mindfulness.
Multiple of these books became best sellers on the Amazon Kindle market in multiple categories.

At the time, I was hanging in a spiritual crowd and getting more and more “hippie.” It was what I wanted to explore at the time.

Almost everyone was a “life coach” and so I followed.
Meditation and mindfulness wasn’t very popular back then, so I figured I would attempt to share what I learned with people.

I had a few clients thay changed their lives because of my calls and did great things.

But overall, coaching wasn’t very successful.
Throughout this time, I also had small little passion ventures like podcasts and YouTune video series.

I was really in a major exploration phase of my life - learning more about reality and the role I play in it.

It was fun and I regret none of it.
Throughout this journey, I found myself deeply in love and spending a lot of my time/energy nurturing a relationship. My first REAL love.

I’m not going to get into this, as relationships are personal.
During the same time, I traveled to Mexico and met a street artist with some of the most amazing wire wraps I had ever seen.

They were made of unique crystals and other objects that I was attracted to at the time and that my community loved.

So I started Jedi Jewelry.
I support this man and his family by buying their jewelry and then reselling it in America and online to people really appreciated it.

It was a win-win-win situation.

But I didn’t take my finances seriously, spent most of the profit on drugs rather than expansion, and failed.
Frustrated and clearly misunderstanding where I was failing, I turned to making hip-hop music as an avenue of creativity.

It was fun. I enjoyed being creative. But it soon failed as my relationship fell apart and my life was flipped upside down.
So for about 2+ years I struggled with my emotions as I faced homelessness and much more.

Finally, after getting myself on my feet, I worked a few days jobs in kitchens and automotive places.

These jobs helped me re-integrate with society, ground myself, and gather my mind.
Then, mid-2017, my buddy hits me up and says I need to look into crypto.

It was around the same time I had wrecked my car, wasn’t working because of it, and had received some insurance money.

So I had some time and resources on my hands.

And my REAL journey in crypto started.
I tell this story because it shows that failure shouldn’t stop you. Ever.

Am I “successful” now? Some people might say so but I don’t think I am.

I still hustle daily. I still want to be better. In my mind, I am not “successful.”
Over the years I have been attempting to be an entrepreneur, I have learned that perseverance is key.

This is something I am proud to have engrained into who I am as a person.

Now you know a little more about what makes me tick.

Love me or hate me - I am me.

Much love. 🙏
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