Introversion, Immigration & Identity Raj Subrameyer

Introversion, Immigration & Identity Raj Subrameyer

Introversion, Immigration & Identity Raj Subrameyer

Raj Subrameyer is a motivational speaker, writer, and tech career coach who helps people step into the leadership role of their dreams through his services and speeches. He is helping countless people to discover their zone of genius and leverage it to live the life that they love. In his spare time, he loves traveling with his family and discovering new experiences which include craft beer.In today’s episode, Raj and Monique are talking about how overcoming self-doubt, low confidence, and low self-esteem as an introvert helped Raj become one of the top keynote speakers in the tech industry. The episode also goes into detail about discovering new ways to be highly productive and produce impactful work throughout this journey.

HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

[01:27] – Monique introduces her guest, Raj Subrameyer.

 

[01:38] – Tell us about who you are, where you from, and what you do?

  • I’m a tech career coach.
  • I do speaking and writing for companies, I speak at various conferences on different topics, which includes AI, software development, and also non-tech topics like leadership, motivation, and then self-confidence.

 

[07:19] – When was the point that you felt like you had to change something to get out of this “inferiority syndrome” that you felt trapped within your family? 

  • The trigger-event was in the 2nd year of under-grad 
  • My family and me were in my room and I was again advised on what career path to take and it just didn’t feel right 

 

[09:13] – What made you think at that moment when you step up and speak up and prove them wrong?

  •  It’s all those small moments, which actually brought me to that moment where I had the blow-up with my parents. And I think it was all a gradual transition of small wins, which gave me the confidence.

 

[11:38] – How did your parents react? 

  • They were pretty shocked. 
  • And they were taken aback and they didn’t see that comment at all. 

 

[14:44] – What do you think did this situation cause within your brother, watching all of that?

  • My brother was oblivious, in terms of what was happening inside me, not to ay that he’s a great guy.

 

[21:17] – Talk to me about the decision to move to the US.

  • I came to the US in 2008 to pursue my master’s in software engineering.

 

[38:01] – Raj shares his experiences on the intercultural differences.

 

[48:34] – What was the biggest thing that changed for you being an introvert?

  •  I started looking for opportunities where I could get out of my comfort zone. 

 

[53:36] – What are you doing at that moment to overcome this fear and still introduce yourself?

  • The first thing is I realized everyone was human and they started from somewhere, everyone comes out as a baby.

[57:19] – What does efficiency mean to you?

  •  It would be trying to optimize processes. You can help to solve complex problems with simple solutions, and also help to finish work ahead of time.

 

[58:14] – Which of the three things would you do over and over again, to basically build your success up again?

  • Finding your purpose. 
  • Serving others to be happy in life. 
  • It’s never too late to make a change.

    IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

    You can never find a small-minded traveler.

    Raj Subrameyer

    You can help people solve complex problems with simple solutions.

    Raj Subrameyer

    Efficiency means trying to optimize processes.

    Raj Subrameyer

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    Falling, Faith & Family with Mohammad Gharbieh

    Falling, Faith & Family with Mohammad Gharbieh

    Falling, Faith & Family with Mohammad Gharbieh

    Mohammad Gharbieh is a Leader of HVAC company. Offering only the best heating and cooling systems around. Quality and excellent customer service have helped them grow to become one of the most trusted HVAC experts in the area.An unexpected injury changed his life. Mohammad fell off the back of a van only moving 5 mph and hit his head on the concrete. The consequences were extreme: no memory for 6 months, 3 doctors said he was gone. But somehow, someway he came back to work within 9 months only. In today’s episode, Mohammad and Monique are talking about safety as the number one factor at work, how to overcome such extreme challenges, and how faith and family play a huge role in recovery.

    HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

    [01:27] – Monique introduces her guest, Mohammad Gharbieh.

    [01:57] – Tell us about who you are, where you from, and what you’re doing?

    • My name is Mohammad Gharbieh, I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.

    [4:20] – How is it like to be working with your dad, uncles, and your mom as well? 

    • Fortunately enough, we all work together as a team. We all appreciate everybody’s efforts.

    [05:52] – Do you think it’s a little bit of a cultural aspect that maybe your family business operates differently than traditional American Families?

    • I don’t know how many others are family companies, but a lot of companies are successful because they do treat people fairly. 

     

    [06:55] –  So how does it look like right now for you and your business, to take care of all of your employees, your family during a pandemic?

    • We’re trying to continue to grow the service and maintenance and replacement business to keep our guys busy. Even if they’re not working full-time we’re still paying them as if they were.

    [08:42] – What do you think about wannabe gurus out there who just fired 80% of their team?

    • I definitely think it’s about holding on to their money.

    [11:01] –  Mohammad talks about the crazy accident and what happened

     

    [15:16] – What do you think was the biggest lesson afterward that you would take from that experience?

    • Safety is the number one factor in everything that we do at work.

     

    [17:47] – What was it that impacted others so much that they would come to you for so long, so often, or maybe from far away?

    • I was a young kid who worked really, really hard, and tried to make the best for myself and my family. 
    • I never ever thought about myself. I was always a caring person for anybody and everybody around me.

     

    [19:08] – How did your wife help you after the accident when you had to recover, to get through all of that?

    • It’s really difficult because my wife, we found out a couple of weeks before I got hurt, that my wife was pregnant with our second baby.
    • The situation did not put her in a good place. But she constantly prayed for me, she prayed for me night and day, and she would beg God to get me better and she cared about me so much.
    • Nur (Mohammad’s wife) explains how she and her family handled the situation and how they cared for Mohammad in the hospital

     

    [33:56] – Do you even make any plans for the future? What are the next steps that you want to achieve for your family and for your business and for yourself just in general?

    •  Just be more efficient in everything that I do.

     

    [44:56] – Tell me what efficiency means to you?

    • Efficiency is improving and doing the best that you can do in any situation.

     

    [45:32] – Which of the three things would you do over and over again to get back to success? 

    • Trying new things.
    • Always show the best effort and everything that you do.
    • Stick to doing best for other people. 

    IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

    Whatever happens is what’s written for us already.

    Nur Ashour

    Safety is the number one priority for us, even above the quality of the qualities in our name.

    Mohammad Gharbieh

    If you pray for something, you have to pray with the faith knowing that God is going to answer your prayer.”

    Nur Ashour

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    Practice, Patience & Persistence with David Schloss

    Practice, Patience & Persistence with David Schloss

    Practice, Patience & Persistence with David Schloss

    David Schloss is an online entrepreneur who began marketing in 2007 from his college apartment.Over the years, he has helped hundreds of businesses improve their website traffic, customer acquisition, and revenue using social advertising.His business, Convert ROI, enables businesses to succeed by taking complicated social ad plans and seamlessly turning them into easy-to-follow revenue-producing campaigns. He manages over $2.5mil per month in paid advertising via Facebook and Instagram.In today’s episode, David and Monique are talking about how he started in online marketing 13 years ago from his college apartment while managing a full school schedule. He built the entire business on school loans and reconfigured his schedule to focus more on business than school while still getting his degree.

    HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

    [01:27] – Monique introduces her guest, David Schloss.

    [01:55] – Tell everyone who you are and what you’re doing?

    • I’m an ad agency owner. I basically operate an agency out of Colorado first started in Florida.

     

    [03:43] – David talks about how life is in Miami.

     

    [06:08] – Are your parents also born in the US?

    • My dad was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. My mom was born in Havana, Cuba.

     

    [06:48] – Did you ever feel like in between cultures having a mom from Cuba?

    • Yes, so I was automatically supposed to know Spanish. That’s a default. 

     

    [11:05] – David talks about how he got into entrepreneurship.


    [23:45] – How did you get to the point of depression and how did you deal with it? 

    • It was all in my head and plenty of nights of crying and figuring out what the hell am I doing?
    • I just recorded what I’m thinking and feeling while changing my life simultaneously? 

     

    [34:45] – What happened when you were about to lose your business?

    • At that time I had a mentor I just began working with this guy. And he didn’t want anything from me.
    • He told me that it was in his own business that the seven-year mark was when things broke down, rebuilt it, and came back 10 times stronger. 

     

    [47:26] – What do you think was the top three or five pieces of advice you’ve got from different people that actually replied, that helped you snapping you out of this scenario?

    • So I came up with the idea of practice, patience, and persistence. 

     

    [1:00:20] – Tell me what’s the meaning of efficiency to you?

    • Efficiency now has to do more with not just taking an action to get something done, but it is meaningful action towards the bigger goal.

     

    [1:02:29] – What would be the three things that you would keep doing over and over again to get back to success?

    • I would have continually done move in the direction of having An agency.
    • I also believe that I would have to take my health a lot more seriously along the way.
    • I would have continued the day trade.

    IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

    If you can’t get to the seven-year mark to your business and have some sort of downfall. It’s inevitable that it’s going to happen.

    David Schloss

    When things broke down, rebuilt it and came back 10 times stronger.

    David Schloss

    Keep practicing your craft. Be very persistent with continuing to do it. And then your patience comes along.

    David Schloss

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    Haters, Hopes & Happiness with Steve Tan

    Haters, Hopes & Happiness with Steve Tan

    Haters, Hopes & Happiness with Steve Tan

    Steve Tan - A Singapore serial entrepreneur with over 13 years of e-commerce and digital marketing experience. Steve along with his brother Evan Tan has sold over $100 million worth of products from their e-commerce stores, including one that has generated over $360,000 in revenue in a single day. Featured in major publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, and TheNextWeb, Steve & Evan actively share their learnings through international events and their 80,000-member strong eCommerce Elites Masterminds Facebook group.In today’s episode, Steve and Monique are talking about the ups and downs of the eCommerce journey and how to build strategic methods for creating new brands and scaling new stores from zero to 8 figures in a matter of weeks.

    HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

    [01:14] – Monique introduces her guest, Steve Tan.

     

    [01:27] – Who you are and what you do?

        •  I’ve been an e-commerce entrepreneur for about 15 years now.
        •  I run multiple businesses I have the software business, drop-shipping agency.

    [03:34] – Steve talks about how he started the e-commerce business with his brother.

    [23:24] – Steve shares a little bit about how he got into with forex trading.

    [40:57] – Tell me about how you grew up and also explain why your mom actually moved to China?

        • I grew up from a single-parent family.
        • My uncle who’s doing pretty well in China asked if my mom wants to explore doing business with him in China.
        • I think I gave my mom the encouragement, that is why she took the fate to go to China.

    [43:58] – Did your brother tag along with you straight away?

        • He was alone with our helper in Singapore. We were all separated in our different regions.  

    [49:06] – Let’s dive in a little bit into this whole hater situation and also into the burnout. What do you think did you learn from your family that actually helped you through getting all of the hate, especially in the beginning when you first experienced it?

        • The only thing I took away was, don’t fight media.
        •  I think I do have a very strong mindset.

    [1:04:12] – How do you feel is it working with your brother?

        • Me and my brother were very close since we were young.

    [1:10:46] – What does efficiency mean to you?

        • Efficiency means not being able to do things in the fastest and probably smartest way.

    [1:11:39] – Which three things would you do over and over again to get back up to success?

        • Mindset.
        • You need to be a hustler.
        • Having digital marketing knowledge is definitely one of the most important keys to turning my tight.

    IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

    If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.

    Steve Tan

    Focus on the outcome and do whatever it takes to bring yourself to the next step.

    Steve Tan

    When one door closes another door opens.

    Steve Tan

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    Values, Validation & Vulnerability with Cody Jefferson

    Values, Validation & Vulnerability with Cody Jefferson

    Values, Validation & Vulnerability with Cody Jefferson

    Recognized as one of the country's leading personal and professional coaches by several major publications, Cody has been walking alongside thousands of entrepreneurs, leaders, and professionals on the subjects of personal ownership and development, communication, leadership, and marketing/branding for nearly 2 decades.Cody is the founder and CEO of Embrace The Lion, and the creator of LION Method, the #1 Group Coaching Program for High-Achieving Men and Women looking to adopt the right support, belief, habits, and community to create success in their lives and businesses.In today’s episode, Cody and Monique are talking about how important it is to have really great mentors throughout your life, what it means to be vulnerable and how it can help shift your perspective in your business and life.

    HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

    [01:42] – Monique introduces her guest, Cody Jefferson.

     

    [01:56] – Who are you and what are you doing?

    • My name is Cody Jefferson.
    • For the past nearly 20 years, I have helped individuals, organizations tell better stories. 

     

    [03:09] – Walk me a little bit through how you actually got into storytelling?

    • When I was 18, I got involved with a church here locally and started working for the church and that ended up being a 13-year career and all telling stories and recognizing that everyone has a story. They’re just waiting for someone to listen.

     

    [12:38] – What was your approach to thinking that there’s nothing out there that helps you? How did you use what you’ve learned from your grandfather, to go through all of what just happened to you?

    • I’ve been really fortunate to have some really great mentors throughout my entire life, and really powerful men and women who are extraordinary individuals who pour into me, and they’ve been very fortunate for that. 

     

    [25:43] – Cody explains two types of leaders.

     

    [41:26] – When you left the church as a pastor, did you also leave your beliefs behind?

    • When I stepped out of the church and I step away from my faith.
    • I had a lot of questions.

     

    [49:23] – What would you wish people would have asked you more?

    • I would say stop asking so many questions, start moving towards that which you desire with what you have in your hands and what you have in your head and what you have in your heart.

     

    [52:36] – What does efficiency mean to you?

    • Efficiency means being responsible with the vision.

     

    [53:56] – Which of the three things would you do over and over again, to get to success if you have to start out over?

    • Feeding my mind.
    • Feeding my body.
    • Feeding my relationships.

      IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

      Everyone has a story. They’re just waiting for someone to listen.

      Cody Jefferson

      I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am.

      Charles Cooley

      Show me what you’re doing every day. And I’ll tell you what you actually believe to be true about yourself.

      Cody Jefferson

      Selling, Storytelling & Standards with Lauren Raye Gordon

      Selling, Storytelling & Standards with Lauren Raye Gordon

      Selling, Storytelling & Standards with Lauren Raye Gordon

      Lauren Gordon is a serial entrepreneur, business mentor, and mother. She helps coaches and professional services businesses clarify their message and attract high paying clients consistently through the Art of Social Storytelling.A college drop-out, left hometown of 600 people when she was 18, bought a one-way ticket alone to Australia with $500 to her name. The coming years were a crazy ride as she lost her best friend to cancer at 22 and found out she was unexpectedly pregnant shortly after. In "hustle" mode with her business by then and not willing to sacrifice time with her daughter once she got here, Lauren had no choice but to find a more efficient way to keep growing her business.In today’s episode, Lauren and Monique are talking about how Lauren kept growing her coaching business from 0-6 figures in 8 months while she was pregnant (and did it again while we were talking, but this time in secret!). Now she is serving hundreds of coaches helping them convey their message clearly & attract high-end clients predictably.

      HOT TOPICS OF THE EPISODE

      [01:39] – Monique introduces her guest, Lauren Raye Gordon.

       

      [02:20] – Share with us the story about the time you moved to Australia and how you started your business.

          • I wanted to be in a much more calm environment, with more nature with more work-life balance. And so I looked at a map and I had my finger on either Europe or Australia. And I ended up picking Australia. 
          • I now run a multiple six-figure online coaching business. But I started as a freelance copywriter, I worked my way up. And it was a crazy three years. 

      [17:02] – Lauren talks about how she met her partner and unexpectedly got pregnant.

       

      [22:12] – How did the new partner by that time react to the pregnancy?

          • This person when I found out I was pregnant was extremely supportive. 

      [27:25] – How did your audience react to this whole story? Because I know you were very open about it and shared it.

          • When I first initially shared it, there was shocked but there was all around love, and congratulations. And people already kind of saw me as a mother figure and a leader. So they were really excited for me to actually become a mother.

      [29:44] – Do you think sharing a story like this could end up being “oversharing”?

          • What you want to ask yourself instead is what is the message that I want to share with my story and who do I want to reach with my story, who is the actual person that I want to attract with my story.

      [31:43] – Lauren explains about boundaries and standards.

       

      [35:24] – How do we know what standards we have? 

          • The first thing to look at, are the things that you’re not happy within your life.

      [39:22] – How would you deal then with the pushback? 

          • So in terms of dealing with that pushback, the way to do that is to get very clear on what your message is and why you actually care about getting that message out into the world. 

      [42:08] – What exercise do you want to share with our listeners that would be your favorite one to get clarity on your message and why you want to share it?

          • The first exercise to do is get clear on what problem you are actually solving through your product or service.

      [44:51] – Which question would you wish that your clients would ask you more?

          • Probably a mindset question.

      [47:35] – What do you think are the most important mindset traits that six or seven-figure business owners have that the people who want to get there don’t have?

          • Do not try to solve problems that do not exist.

       

      [50:30] – What does efficiency mean to you?

          • Efficiency as a business owner is setting up your business to function without you always being present.
          • But on a smaller scale efficiency to me means getting the right things done consistently.

       

      [52:43] – Which of the three things would you do over and over again, to get to success if you have to start out over?

          • Number one is my mindset.
          • The second thing I do is market and sell.
          • The third thing is I talked to my existing clients and my existing students.

      IMPACTFUL QUOTES OF THIS EPISODE

      You’re in control of so many things, so focus on what you are in control of.

      Lauren Raye Gordon

      Efficiency as a business owner is setting up your business to function without you always being present.

      Lauren Raye Gordon

      Do not try to solve problems that do not exist.

      Lauren Raye Gordon