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“During my worst times I go back to the basics”- Eddie Smith

Business Mentor & Rebel Leader

What’s your backstory?

I grew up dirt poor and on the streets at an early age. I straddled the line between being a good kid and a bad kid often living in the gray area.

I would at one time become homeless when I was 15 and eventually found myself moving cross country from Spokane, Washington to Chicago, Illinois because I was out of control.

This was my second chance at life though and I quickly went from being shot at, getting into fights regularly and skipping school to graduating both High School & College early.

I know this is not an easy job. What drives you?

I can never imagine living a life of what ifs.

There is no doubt in my mind that I will create the life that I desire as long as I stay focused, have a clear vision of what I’m creating and stay on course taking intelligent action. I will reach my destination.

So for me to make the impact that I desire in this world I must make sure that I show up as my best at all times and deliver the goods.

This is non-negotiable.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? What lesson did you learn from them?

I’ve had several coaches, mentors and helpers along the way.

I am most grateful for JoJo Graham if I have to say anyone.

When we met she showed me my true potential, what was possible and opened my eyes to an entirely new world.

I was already hungry, making decent money and having success before her.

When we met the vision got bigger, the actions got more intentional and I started to transform rapidly.

I learned  from her how to really embrace excellence in this space and what it takes to not only get what you want, but how to keep it.

She is the female version of myself so meeting her was like a mirror that showed me what was already there and if you haven’t experienced that before I pray you do.

How do you push through your worst times?

During my worst times I go back to the basics.

I sit down, look at what I have in front of me and create a plan. Once I have a plan I attack it step by step, day by day, until I’m no longer in a bad spot.

This has helped me to get out of jams and create success where others see failure.

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