26 episodes

The G.E.M. Series powered by RocketLevel educates, guides, and motivates young professionals who believe in the dynamic shift to break the corporate ladder and invest in themselves. On this podcast, we provide the tools you need to set ambitious goals, execute like a pro and develop a fearless mindset!
Many people have big dreams of working for themselves, but don’t know where, when, or how to start. Whether interviewing guests about their personal entrepreneurial journeys, analyzing the latest marketing trends, or sharing our personal knowledge about the joys of working for yourself, The G.E.M. Series brings you the know-how to launch yourself to success. It all starts with the question: are you willing to invest in yourself?

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The G.E.M. Series powered by RocketLevel educates, guides, and motivates young professionals who believe in the dynamic shift to break the corporate ladder and invest in themselves. On this podcast, we provide the tools you need to set ambitious goals, execute like a pro and develop a fearless mindset!
Many people have big dreams of working for themselves, but don’t know where, when, or how to start. Whether interviewing guests about their personal entrepreneurial journeys, analyzing the latest marketing trends, or sharing our personal knowledge about the joys of working for yourself, The G.E.M. Series brings you the know-how to launch yourself to success. It all starts with the question: are you willing to invest in yourself?

    Episode 26: Building a Foundation for Growth With Taylor Loht

    Episode 26: Building a Foundation for Growth With Taylor Loht

    Would you build a new road that will take you to your dreams, or would you stay on the same path that’s been laid out for you? If you're pondering these kinds of questions, then you've come to the right place.


    Taylor Loht is a Chemical Engineering graduate bound to take his higher education to further levels of success. In the process of getting an MBA, he realized that the path he was on wasn’t the one for him. He was then intrigued by the power of real estate and learned how to use it to create wealth for others. Now, he teaches this strategy on his podcast, The Passive Wealth Strategy Show. As a real estate investor, Taylor has learned the ins and outs of the industry and shares his knowledge with his listeners.


    He set out on a quest for personal growth and a commitment to the process. He was always eager to take on the challenge of expanding his skills and knowledge. He has been able to apply the same principles of progress and excellence to his life, allowing him to flourish on his way to success. Because of this, his life has taken a significant turn for the better, and he wants the same thing to happen to you.


    No more waiting… listen in and learn about everything from growth mindset to personal and career development, and more!


    Key Takeaways


    (00:52) - Who is Taylor Loht
    (01:38) - How Taylor got into real estate investing
    (05:57) - Introspection of his professional future
    (09:21) - Loving the challenge and leaving the comfort zone
    (11:01) - Taylor’s motivation: “I like having a challenge.”
    (13:01) - Tracking of progress since the first day
    (14:10) - Real estate investing as his side hustle
    (17:24) - Redirecting to a path of growth and fulfillment
    (21:34) - Taylor's advice for aspiring real estate investors
    (25:04) - 3 core aspects of success and moving forward
    (27:16) - Learning something new: To try or not to try
    (30:08) - Taylor: “Passive income is the wrong term.”
    (32:28) - A purposeful endeavor as his mission
    (37:33) - Projecting forward on your decisions
    (40:53) - Commit to the process, Taylor says
    (42:23) - Where to learn more of his wisdom


    Quotes


    “You'd be surprised, honestly, how much time and energy you have if you take all of the other things away and apply that energy to something you know for yourself.” (16:12)
    “The most satisfaction you can get is when you're doing things where you can see opportunities to grow and learn.” (17:47)
    “It's a lot of fun to do real estate deals, but ‘fun’ isn't the world's greatest motivator.” (23:22)
    “Goal setting, education and taking action are the three core aspects of success and moving forward.” (26:35)
    “Seek to add value to others in our own unique way.” (34:34)
    “It's important to just think about the longer term implications of the actions that you're taking.” (39:59)
    “If you want to make progress, you have to commit to the actual process.” (41:16)


    Resources and Links


    Connect with Taylor:
    https://www.instagram.com/passive_wealth_strategies/
    taylor@passivewealthstrategy.com
    https://www.passivewealthstrategy.com/
    https://open.spotify.com/show/0RM665D2tV6hIHUjHIoY4J
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/passive-wealth-strategy-show/


    Learn more about RocketLevel 🚀


    • WEBSITE: https://rocketlevel.com
    • CAREER: https://radius.theresumator.com
    • LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rocketlevel
    • INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rocketlevel/
    • FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RocketLevel/

    • 43 min
    Episode 25: How to Build an Impactful Inclusive Community with Tiffany Yu

    Episode 25: How to Build an Impactful Inclusive Community with Tiffany Yu

    As an entrepreneur, you are in a unique position to change the world around you. You have the power to make an impact, so why not use it?


    Tiffany Yu is, among many things, a disability advocate, speaker, entrepreneur, and content creator. She is driven to build a community for people with disabilities to connect, share and support each other. Along with this, she founded Diversability, a social enterprise to advocate for equality for people with disabilities. Her mission is to amplify the voices of disabled people and diversify the awareness, representation, and access they have today.


    When she was young, Tiffany was in a car accident that left her disabled and caused her father to pass away. As she grew up, she realized there wasn’t much of a community for people like her, so she envisioned building one. She started her passion project by creating a movement inside her campus and then expanding the mission’s reach to the world.


    Tune in to learn more about Tiffany's entrepreneurial journey and how she's using her platform to make the world a more inclusive place.


    Key Takeaways


    (00:49) - Who is Tiffany Yu
    (01:35) - More about Tiffany’s background
    (03:41) - Her passion before building Diversability
    (05:55) - Tiffany as an accidental entrepreneur
    (07:08) - How she found her advocacy
    (10:53) - Interesting backstory before her business
    (14:04) - The start of building a disability community
    (16:23) - Two big lessons from her experience
    (17:27) - Tiffany on toxic positivity and anti-ableism
    (23:17) - Her first two initiatives inside her advocacy
    (26:00) - The third initiative in Diversability
    (28:25) - Paying forward to our community
    (31:11) - Having a club of supporters above the naysayers
    (34:13) - The early days of Diversability
    (36:24) - Tiffany on rebranding their tagline
    (37:55) - What was the mindset that kept her going
    (41:10) - Her experience in public speaking
    (42:22) - Tiffany's skills and professional development


    Quotes


    "There's so much power in knowing you are not alone." (7:40)
    "The advice that I give to younger people is that it's okay to change your mind." (16:30)
    "To experience the most out of life, you need to sit in the depths of your grief in order to know what extreme gratitude looks like." (19:25)
    "If we have lots of positivity, there's gonna be some negativity, and that's okay too." (22:05)
    "I want to show that disability is important and needs to be a priority, but we need to be putting dollars behind it as well." (25:32)
    "Language has the power to empower or disempower communities." (37:25)
    "Another lesson I learned is that don't burn any bridges." (45:18)


    Resources and Links


    Connect with Tiffany:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiffanyayu/
    https://www.instagram.com/imtiffanyyu/
    https://www.youtube.com/user/tiffanyayu
    https://www.facebook.com/imtiffanyyu
    https://www.tiktok.com/@imtiffanyyu
    https://twitter.com/imtiffanyyu
    https://www.tiffanyyu.com/


    Diversability:
    http://www.linkedin.com/company/diversabilitycommunity
    https://www.instagram.com/diversability/
    https://www.youtube.com/diversabilityllc
    https://www.facebook.com/diversability
    http://tiktok.com/@diversability
    https://twitter.com/Diversability
    https://mydiversability.com/


    Learn more about RocketLevel 🚀


    • WEBSITE: https://rocketlevel.com
    • CAREER: https://radius.theresumator.com
    • LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rocketlevel
    • INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rocketlevel/
    • FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RocketLevel/

    • 59 min
    Episode 24: Crafting Your Lifestyle Design with Ali Boone

    Episode 24: Crafting Your Lifestyle Design with Ali Boone

    Have you been exploring the question of how to turn your passion into a profession? Transition into the life of your dreams and live the life of your passion with this special episode!


    Ali Boone is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, and published conference paper author who once worked in corporate America but now pursues a life of ultimate career freedom. She also launched Hipster Investments, one of the leading providers of turnkey rental properties, facilitating over $18 million in turnkey sales in the first five years of business.


    She grew up in Atlanta with a typical outlook on life—go to school, get high grades, and find a stable job. With her degree in aerospace engineering, she was flying airplanes for a living but realized she didn’t love the pilot life. She decided to pivot, and soon after, she carved out a life for herself, free from worry and filled with joy. Now, a decade after her leap to an entrepreneurial journey, she is becoming the person she envisioned herself to be.


    If you're thinking of making a shift and pursuing your passions, tune in as we pick Ali's brain to learn about her experience and life lessons after making a professional transition herself.


    Key Takeaways


    (00:49) - Who is Ali Boone
    (02:14) - Getting to know Ali on a more personal level
    (06:39) - An entrepreneur’s corporate life
    (07:52) - Ali’s first-ever goal related to having a business
    (09:49) - Why the hustle culture is somehow overrated
    (12:39) - Making the switch to entrepreneurship
    (15:00) - How her family felt about her leap of faith
    (16:52) - What Ali got out of her aggressive real estate debut
    (17:59) - Turning failures into opportunities
    (22:08) - Two things to think about in situations of failure
    (23:57) - Being realistic with the risks you take
    (25:07) - Discussing the progress inside the business
    (30:21) - Mental resilience through highs and lows
    (36:18) - Pursuing the passion and taking the chances
    (38:34) - Ali’s perspective on failing
    (41:44) - What’s Ali’s life like outside real estate
    (44:21) - Ali: Find your best and outsource the rest
    (49:32) - Empowering people to do what they love
    (53:52) - Storytime on her crazy experience in the business
    (01:02:07) - The three currencies: time, money, and sanity
    (01:05:43) - A myth to dispel about entrepreneurship
    (01:08:20) - New podcast idea on entrepreneur vulnerability
    (01:12:18) - Ali’s favorite part of what she does
    (01:15:13) - How to reach Ali and get a copy of her book


    Quotes


    "Someone's dream job is not my dream job." (07:37)
    "The answer for me isn't the answer for everybody." (14:02)
    "If you have an interest in it, don't let the downfalls take you out." (20:59)
    "Find the things that you're good at, expand those, and outsource the rest." (46:33)
    "Learn new things and get out of your comfort zone." (50:54)
    "The challenge of [entrepreneurship] is not the business; it's the internal person." (01:06:52)
    "When you can work your own hours on top of working from wherever you want, there's no going back." (01:14:42)


    Resources and Links


    Download a FREE digital copy of Ali’s book “NOT Your How-to Guide to Real Estate Investing: Life Lessons on Hacking Your Mind Before You Hack Your Wallet”
    👇👇👇
    https://www.hipsterinvestments.com/gem


    Connect with Ali:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ali-boone/
    https://www.instagram.com/hipsterinvest/
    https://www.facebook.com/HipsterInvestments
    https://twitter.com/HipsterInvest
    https://www.hipsterinvestments.com/meet-the-team/


    Learn more about RocketLevel 🚀


    • WEBSITE: https://rocketlevel.com
    • CAREER: https://radius.theresumator.com
    • LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rocketlevel
    • INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rocketlevel/
    • FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RocketLevel/

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 23: Transforming Lives through Business Success With Yuri Elkaim

    Episode 23: Transforming Lives through Business Success With Yuri Elkaim

    How do you coach your way toward progress? Build up systems and strategies on your route to success just like Yuri did!


    Yuri Elkaim is the founder and CEO of HealthPreneur, a leading coaching company that empowers health and fitness professionals to build thriving online businesses. He is also a former athlete, a known and trusted health expert, and a New York Times bestselling nutrition author. His company’s purpose is not only to help people but also to guide healthcare providers to achieve their dreams in the service of others.


    From being a professional soccer player, he shifted his athletic mindset into the entrepreneurial world. He has a strong work ethic and a relentless drive to succeed. He is also a wealth of knowledge and a huge inspiration to aspiring coaches, entrepreneurs, and fitness enthusiasts.


    In his late teens, he lost all of the hair on his body due to an autoimmune disease. This experience led him to dive into the field of nutrition and fitness, with the goal of helping thousands of health professionals develop the needed marketing and business skills for their clients. His passion for health and wellness grew into a full-blown business that he now runs with his team of coaches.


    Tune in to the newest episode of the GEM Series as we talk about Yuri's challenges of growing a business and how he turned his experiences into opportunities.


    Key Takeaways


    (00:56) - Who is Yuri Elkaim
    (01:46) - The story behind HealthPreneur
    (06:11) - Influence of an athlete's mind on entrepreneurship
    (07:26) - Yuri on his mistakes in his early business years
    (10:09) - Having confidence without arrogance
    (11:34) - What’s Yuri’s very first goal
    (12:41) - What Yuri does best and how he does it
    (16:05) - Advice for struggling entrepreneurs
    (21:06) - How he gets through the rough patches in business
    (22:55) - One of the lowest points in Yuri's life
    (23:50) - A passion for both doing and being in business
    (26:38) - How to clear off the core constraints
    (29:57) - Yuri’s wealth of knowledge as an entrepreneur
    (32:27) - Learning to seek out business mentorship
    (34:45) - Having a sense of accountability and ownership
    (39:05) - Limits in compassion: Yuri's thoughts
    (40:05) - A story about believing in yourself and breaking excuses
    (42:21) - Yuri's perspective on hustle culture
    (47:59) - Beliefs to break when entering the business
    (51:10) - Yuri's favorite aspects of his work
    (53:37) - Words of wisdom for aspiring entrepreneurs
    (54:50) - How to get in touch with Yuri


    Quotes


    "The mistake I made in the first couple years of my business was thinking I had all the solutions even though I had none of them" (07:35)
    "Problems only ever get bigger if you want your business and your impact to get bigger." (08:42)
    "Growth doesn't happen without challenges." (08:51)
    "Being around other people who've been there and done that is very important if you want to accelerate your progress." (18:53)
    "Complexity fails and simplicity scales." (19:02)
    "Systems create peace of mind instead of all the chaos." (30:22)
    "If you wanna get better, do something about it. Otherwise, stop talking about it." (38:43)
    "When circumstances change, your commitment needs to go higher." (39:14)
    "When you change your perspective of what down is, it actually feels like an up." (48:30)


    Resources and Links


    Connect with Yuri:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yurielkaim/
    https://www.instagram.com/healthpreneur/
    https://www.facebook.com/healthpreneur1
    https://www.youtube.com/healthpreneur
    https://healthpreneurgroup.com/


    Learn more about RocketLevel


    • WEBSITE: https://rocketlevel.com
    • CAREER: https://radius.theresumator.com
    • LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rocketlevel
    • INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rocketlevel/
    • FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RocketLevel/

    • 56 min
    Episode 22: Achieve Global and Local Impact through Wealth Wisdom With Amanda Neely

    Episode 22: Achieve Global and Local Impact through Wealth Wisdom With Amanda Neely

    Having trouble with money can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Take control of your finances and enjoy a new level of freedom. Be worry-free with Neely's financial strategy!


    Amanda Neely is the co-founder and CEO of Wealth Wisdom Financial, a personal finance coaching company that helps people break out of the cycle of debt and live a life of financial freedom. She has always been passionate about making a difference in the world. From participating in nonprofit projects to working with finance, she has always advocated for people to live a life of freedom and purpose.


    Back then, she and her husband, Brandon, co-founded Overflow Coffee Bar in 2009, which operated until 2018. Then, the biggest pivot happened in their life when they had their firstborn and began seeing the world through a different lens. Today, they use their firsthand experience helping others through the Wealth Wisdom Financial Podcast, as well as by creating bespoke financial plans for couples and individuals, as well as business profitability strategies.


    Listen to the newest episode of the GEM Series and learn more about Amanda's inspiring story and her incredible journey to becoming a financial coach and entrepreneur.


    Key Takeaways


    (00:57) - Who is Amanda Neely
    (02:47) - Amanda’s vision of making the world better
    (04:15) - What’s Amanda’s very first goal
    (05:35) - Her turning point in creating a business
    (07:45) - How positive things have positive impacts
    (09:36) - The groundwork for building her business
    (12:44) - Philosophy of calculated risk-taking
    (14:50) - Amanda's path to financial enlightenment
    (18:30) - From learning to imparting financial literacy
    (21:27) - The major pivot in Amanda's professional and personal life
    (23:13) - Learning the best outlook in life from loved ones
    (26:48) - Keeping the dream alive despite the naysayers
    (28:23) - Why Wealth Wisdom Financial Podcast was made
    (29:27) - Defying widely accepted beliefs about money
    (32:14) - The ethical approaches to managing a business
    (34:35) - Amanda on their podcast's first fruitful outcome
    (37:35) - The basics to finding financial freedom
    (39:59) - Dispelling money management myths
    (42:57) - When was the U.S. dollar established
    (41:51) - Amanda's favorite element of her profession
    (46:48) - Final words of wisdom for aspiring entrepreneurs
    (48:18) - How to reach Amanda


    Quotes


    "I wanted to learn about the past so that I could make the future better." (03:28)
    "Positive things happening anywhere could result in positive things happening everywhere." (08:03)
    "We won't solve poverty nearly as well from the edge of poverty ourselves." (13:45)
    "We use the example of Charles Darwin. A lot of people think that the fittest are the ones who survive, but actually those that can adapt are the ones that survive." (30:01)
    "It's not just about how we give, but also about how we save and invest." (33:34)
    "When we turn into action, we start to see the optimism and hope that we can make a difference." (36:17)
    "One of the best pieces of advice that I was given is to never do anything alone, as much as possible include someone else." (46:48)


    Resources and Links


    Connect with Amanda:
    https://www.instagram.com/fifemovement/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandaneely/
    https://grandmaswealthwisdom.com/
    https://podcasts.apple.com//wealth-wisdom-financial-podcast/


    Learn more about RocketLevel


    • WEBSITE: https://rocketlevel.com
    • CAREER: https://radius.theresumator.com
    • LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rocketlevel
    • INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rocketlevel/
    • FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RocketLevel/

    • 49 min
    Episode 21: When Purpose Meets Demand With Steve Hoffman

    Episode 21: When Purpose Meets Demand With Steve Hoffman

    If you want to start a business, whether large or small, whether it's your own idea or not, how should you educate your entrepreneurial mind? Don't stress about it. Steve Hoffman got this covered for you!


    Steve Hoffman, aka "Captain Hoff," is a serial entrepreneur and a venture investor. He mainly serves as the Chairman and CEO of Founders Space, a company whose goal is to educate and accelerate entrepreneurs. The company has established business relationships with over 50 partners in 22 countries. He is also the author of the book called "Surviving a Startup" and many more.


    With Steve's years of experience in different professions, he has become a master of entrepreneurship. He has learned how to build a company, work with investors and create an environment for new ventures. He understands the challenges that most entrepreneurs face when starting their own businesses. Steve is very knowledgeable about business and knows what it takes to make a company successful.


    Tune in to this week's newest episode of the GEM Series as you learn more entrepreneurial wisdom and gain insight into how to become a successful entrepreneur.


    Key Takeaways


    (00:55) - Who is Steve Hoffman
    (03:49) - Steve on growing up with a creative mindset
    (06:36) - The first company Steve started
    (09:30) - From working for a business to being the business
    (12:26) - Advice for entrepreneurs who wish to build a company
    (14:02) - How demand plays big in the business world
    (18:08) - Having a more in-depth understanding of the market
    (19:43) - Significance of a strong team in launching a business
    (21:22) - Keeping an eye on potential opportunities
    (22:46) - Observing the pattern that works for businesses
    (24:04) - Curiosity as the driving force behind the entrepreneurial itch
    (25:20) - Steve's tips for people who want to kickstart their business
    (27:09) - The two biggest expenses in running a company
    (33:48) - Who is the book Surviving a Startup for
    (35:23) - The motivation behind Steve's Surviving a Startup
    (36:59) - Moments of near-quits that Steve overcame
    (39:27) - Controlling the stress that comes with entrepreneurship
    (40:13) - Mindful practices to counter the stress
    (42:08) - Turning the negatives into challenges
    (43:18) - Risk as a part of the entrepreneurship equation
    (44:12) - Steve discussing his TED Talk
    (47:36) - The inspirations behind Steve's whereabouts in life
    (53:25) - Humanity's edge over AI technology
    (54:27) - Steve's parting advice to listeners
    (54:54) - How to connect with Steve


    Quotes


    "The first thing you should do if you're really smart, is don't build anything, go out there and hunt for demand." (13:42)
    "What I've learned through my own companies and working with all these entrepreneurs around the world is you can never create demand." (13:53)
    "No matter how brilliant you are, you cannot make somebody buy something that they don't think they need or want." (14:46)
    "The more value you give that customer over their lifetime with you, the more they will stick with you and the revenue you can earn." (28:45)
    "You should take all of the things that could be negative as challenges." (42:08)
    "If you're going to try to minimize risk, you're minimizing opportunity." (43:26)
    "Trying new things opens up doors you would never expect." (54:32)


    Resources and Links


    Connect with Steve:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/foundersspace/
    https://www.instagram.com/foundersspace/
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/foundersspace/
    https://www.youtube.com/c/FoundersSpace
    https://twitter.com/foundersspace
    https://www.foundersspace.com/


    Learn more about RocketLevel


    • WEBSITE: https://rocketlevel.com
    • CAREER: https://radius.theresumator.com
    • LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rocketlevel
    • INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rocketlevel/
    • FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RocketLevel/

    • 56 min

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