- Max! So great to meet you! Your story is very very impressive especially being as young as you are. Please tell us a little about yourself and what got you started.
I used to be like everyone else. I focused on doing well in school, and spending my free time playing video games and scrolling through social media. My family are immigrants, who were just happy to learn the language and get 9-5 jobs – I had no one to guide me on my journey to success. So I came to the conclusion that if I read
studied four or five hours a day, scored a 1600 on my SAT, got a 4.0 GPA, and got accepted into the best college in the world- one day I would become successful. I lead this lifestyle until I finally realized that if I put the same vigor into my passion- an online business- I could get similar success to that of my studies (I was at the top of my class and studied literature, philosophy, and psychology daily) in my business. I had no clue where to start- and after a number of failed and half-successful businesses – like my modeling management, clothing brand, and party business – I eventually chose to dedicate myself to Ecommerce & marketing because massive potential I saw in it.
- How does one find their way into your line of work? Did you just stumble across it and think “hey, I’m gonna give this a try!”?
I had tried a number of different businesses before trying Ecommerce. They only made me a couple hundred dollars all together. I had a friend who was already doing decent monthly revenue tell me about Ecom. I was captivated right away. The business model was perfect- it depended entirely on myself. Thus, I fully dedicated myself to it. I would wake up at 9am and work till 4am with zero breaks. I was learning everything I could about the business model. The more research I did about selling products online, the more I realized that it’s the perfect industry for me to get started in. I saw incredible online brands seeing great numbers and I remembered really well how Dollar Shave Club, a brand I was studying, was sold for $1 billion… using the similar strategies advertising online to draw in customers.
- Do you have any standout students that have been successful since you mentored them?
I have hundreds of students that see thousands in revenue, but I have a standout student from Paris, France. His name is Maxime Hailey (yes similar first name to mine) and in a few short months, he went from working in Burger King, to starting his first online business, to (this past month !!);generating over $600,000 in revenue across three Ecom stores. Yes, he generated over $600,000 in revenue in just 30 days. In just a few months, he went from minimum wage to over $600,000/mo in revenue. It’s mind blowing. But, it proves the concept that a coach will give you a shortcut. It took me years and years to get to my first $600k month in revenue-
Maxime saved years of trial and error learning from my mistakes and successes.
- What’s the most challenging part about what you do?
There isn’t one element of business that challenged me most. Anyone that runs a business knows that there’s dozens of challenges throughout the day, hundreds throughout the week, and thousands during the month. Sometimes technical challenges, sometimes personal mindset challenges, and sometimes strategic challenges. But you need to keep on pushing and pushing to get past them. Nothing will ever go as you planned, but you need to give every project your best effort anyway- regardless of what happens.. It’s all about your reaction, and your ability to optimize. So, I would say the most challenging part of what I do is facing all of these daily, weekly, and monthly challenges. But as Rocky says “it’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
- Any advice for other that may wanna follow in your footsteps?
I have so much advice to share for someone starting out in business. In a few words, I recommend you should do what you know needs to be done and never get lazy about it! I knew what I needed to do, and I did it. It’s as simple as that. My “ambitions” are 10 figure numbers, so if you want to create something as challenging as a billion dollar business, you have to leave your excuses behind. Even if you want to just replace your current income, put everything you got into it and you will succeed. But if you quit, it’s impossible.
- Do you get nervous during public speaking?
I don’t get nervous public speaking because I know that I have an ability to convey my point to anyone that listens. All it comes down to for me in public speaking is telling others what’s worked incredibly well for me and my students! There’s nothing nerve wracking about telling people my perspective on business based on my experience.
- Have you jumped on the TikTok band wagon yet?
I haven’t jumped on Tiktok yet because I don’t see a way it can benefit my business. Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and even Snapchat ads are a lot more optimized and higher ROI ad platforms. And in terms of becoming an influencer on there, I think the audiences are too young. TikTok is great for many business models, but not mine.
- Lastly any plans for what’s left of 2020?
2020 has so far been the best year for me in terms of revenue. I’ll continue growing my businesses & creating new projects. I have many important products my team is creating for my students and private clients- and we’re planning on generating over $10 million in combined student revenue!