I saved the best for last with the Dream Project Conference! The two speakers that everyone was talking about were Kevin Liles and Daymond John! Who are these speakers you may ask?
Kevin Liles is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KWL Enterprises, a strategic holding company anchored by the noted brand and talent development firm, KWL Management. KWL Management works with entertainers, athletes and models to develop brands, forge partnerships, and cultivate successful careers.
Daymond John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. His marketing firm Shark Branding offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connects brands with the world’s top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions. In 2009, he joined the cast of ABC entrepreneurial business show the Shark Tank by acclaimed producer Mark Burnett.
All of us there was so excited to hear what both of these men had to say. Kevin Liles topic was Let’s Talk Business. He gave some excellent advice to those who are interested in becoming or who are interns. He said find out what you love and do it for free. “If you have not done it for free then you did not do the work!” When Mr. Liles was a intern he knew that his goal was not to be a intern forever but to become the President of the company. That was his vision and he stresses that it should be ours also. Mr. Liles said “Be your best all the time and that everyday is a opportunity!” ” You never know who is going to be your blessing at that time!” He also said when you want something so bad, do not let your ego get in the way. Mr. Liles explained that being prepare before that moment of opportunity happens will help your business tremendously. Make sure you have discipline, faith and patience during these challenges. Even though you are dedicated to the mission of business, you must have a balance of your life. You alone should not be the company. Mr. Liles talked about when he felt consumed with his work of his business that he had weighed over 300#’s. He then decided that he needed to take control of his life and health. He did this by losing over 185#’s and started a healthy lifestyle plan. Taking over his life and loving himself allowed him to become more successful than he was before!! What a testimony!
Daymond John was the closing speaker for this conference and boy did he had alot to say. Mr. John explained as children we are all born thinking like entrepreneurs but we are not taught to like a entrepreneur. The reason why is that our dreams fade overtime when we get older and the fear starts to set in therefore we are unwilling to explore in doing our dream. He said that we need to surround ourselves with people who want to work with you and he stress the importance of finding a mentor. Mr. John explained that the next best thing is to empowering your community by creating jobs and opportunities. Follow Magic Johnson format of business. Mr. John did give us insight about the Shark Tank. It takes about 6 months to close the deals in Shark Tank unlike what is shown on the show. This was interesting to know because alot of us would think that the deal is closed immediately on the show. Mr. John also said that as a entrepreneur you must realize that you are not creating anything new but you must identify the your market and learn to sell your business to everyone. Word of Mouth is the key to a successful business.
I truly did enjoyed the Dream Project Conference and I learned so much from it. I am making a effort to start implementing all of the things that I learn for that one day of the conference. So if the Dream Project Conference comes to your town make sure you go! It will be here next year in the Atlanta and I will be there!!