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My Personal Brand Is My Biggest Sales Generator, says Suicide Survivor Ed JC Smith




Scaling up a business means learning how to automate systems, having a team of people who manage the back end of your business, and having a good understanding of all aspects of sales and marketing. But ultimately it comes down to you and the quality of the product you are selling. 

Ed JC Smith is one of the biggest success stories in the world of coaching and has created a community of thousands who must first qualify as coaches before they start the business of building their client base and spreading the word about their services. 

Ed takes his coaches through all of this and shows them how he has done it so they can emulate his success. 

“I began as a fitness trainer, or toilet cleaner I like to say, working at a local gym. I’d failed miserably at school and my life was pretty sad as well. I tried to throw myself in front of a train at 13, only to be dragged back at the last moment by a homeless man. 

Looking back now it’s hard to see that shattered teenager. Ed is a softly spoken Englishman yet his words carry weight. He has educated himself in business, sales, and marketing as well as mastering the tools he needs for his business, but at heart he is a coach, it’s all he’s ever done. 

“Coaching is a very rewarding career. I’ve studied psychology, various healing modalities from NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) to philosophy and business. I’ve dabbled in investments that ended badly and helped build 3 charities, but mostly I love being able to help people,” says Ed from his home in the UK. 

My Brand Is Me

Ed is now in demand as a speaker and he has published 3 books and created 22 courses, but he is not one to stand back and let his body of work speak for him. He remains front and center of the coaching community he has built. 

“People want to know who you are. I regularly record videos that go up on my social media sites, I am available to my coaches throughout their courses, my brand is me and that’s important for people to know,” he says. 

Ed tells his coaches that the most important thing they have to offer is their life experience, it’s more important than anything, and if they plan to scale up their businesses, and this is part of what Ed teaches his coaches, they will also have to create their own brand. 

Part of Ed’s strategy is a very simple one: show up, be your authentic self, be human, make mistakes, own them. Early on in his business, Ed recognized that perfect can be intimidating. 

“I’m a human being who suffered and I lay it out there for all to see. My story is my brand, from my suicide attempt, my failure at school, everything stems from there. The way I rebuilt my life, my success and my failure provide a roadmap for others,” he tells us. 

Ed’s story is well known, he has made sure of that. His speaking engagements, his retreats, his videos, his Facebook page are all reflections of him. He is part of his community and he doesn’t front up like a celebrity, although few could deny that he could.

Instead, he comes across as exactly what he is, a boy from a suburban background who found his path, who genuinely enjoys being able to help people and support those who are coming up behind him.

Do The Work

“The only difference between me and someone who is just starting out is that I have done the work, and that is what it takes. We can all change our circumstances if we are willing to do the work, reaching out to people, taking time to care for those less fortunate, will make you a better coach and it makes you a better person,” he tells his students. 

From a zero to a hero, from a suicidal teenager to a millionaire, there are headlines everywhere in Ed’s life but he has no interest in them. 

“I am grateful for the opportunities I created in my own life, when there was a chance to step up I took it, the life experience we have can be a great example to others if you are willing to share,” he explains. 

Now that he has earned his financial freedom, and he no longer has to worry about money, he has time to enjoy his achievements and share them with his friends and family. 

Just as when he talks about the charities he supports, unlike the early days when he took a chance on the venture capital business, only to lose it all, he now makes conscious investments with both his time and his money. 

Be Grateful

“It may sound like a cliche but gratitude is integral to the human condition, if we can recognize what we have, rather than lingering on what we don’t have, playing the wishing game, we can’t get the most out of life,” he tells us. 

At the beginning of his career Ed rented a room and saw clients one on one, he then moved up to corporate groups and helped them remove the blockages that were hampering their success. From there it was a leap to scale up his business by creating coaching programs for other coaches but he could see the possibilities before many of the others in his field. 

Most of all Ed’s honesty and integrity come through, and this is his appeal. People don’t sign up for a course because of fancy logos and clever branding, they do it because they have confidence in the person who will be mentoring them. Ed is the face of his brand and is key to the growth of the business. You can tell it is not just a means to an end, it is something he genuinely cares about and he is very conscious of the messages he is sending out, he wants it to be real.

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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From Wealth to Fields: A Billionaire’s Commitment to Small Farmers




In recent years, billionaire Stefan Soloviev has transitioned from the world of New York real estate to the fertile farmlands of the American West. 

His journey from urban wealth to rural development showcases a unique dedication to revitalizing small farming communities and transforming the agricultural landscape.

A New Vision for Agriculture

Stefan Soloviev, son of the late real estate tycoon Sheldon Solow, has amassed a considerable amount of farmland across Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico. Soloviev’s agricultural enterprise, Crossroads Agriculture, spans over 400,000 acres, making him one of the largest landowners in the United States. 

This substantial investment is not merely a financial venture; it represents a commitment to supporting and empowering small farmers in these regions.

Soloviev’s approach to farming is characterized by his desire to move away from competitive practices that often leave small farmers struggling. Instead, he emphasizes collaboration and sustainability. 

By leveraging his resources, Soloviev aims to create a farming environment where smallholders can thrive alongside larger operations. This philosophy is particularly evident in his strategic acquisition of the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad, a critical transportation link for agricultural products in the region.

Revitalizing Rural Communities

Soloviev’s impact extends beyond farmland acquisition. His purchase of the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad at a bankruptcy auction for $10.7 million highlights his broader vision for the agricultural sector. 

This railroad, previously owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings, connects the San Luis Valley to the national rail network, facilitating the efficient transport of goods and boosting local economies.

The acquisition is seen as a positive development for the San Luis Valley, with Soloviev’s Colorado Pacific Railroad expected to be more community-focused and supportive of local initiatives compared to the previous owners. This includes potential cooperation with local recreational projects, such as the proposed Heart of the Valley Trail, which aims to integrate rail and trail use for community benefit.

Soloviev’s dedication to the region is also reflected in his willingness to work with local stakeholders to address community needs. His approach contrasts with more traditional, profit-driven business models and underscores his commitment to fostering a sustainable and inclusive agricultural ecosystem.

Building a Sustainable Future

Soloviev’s investment in the Colorado Pacific Railroad and the broader agricultural infrastructure is part of a long-term vision to create a more resilient and sustainable farming community. By improving transportation networks and providing support to small farmers, he hopes to mitigate some of the challenges these farmers face, such as market access and transportation costs.

Moreover, Soloviev’s initiatives are seen as a way to preserve and enhance the rural way of life, which is increasingly threatened by industrial farming and urban encroachment. His efforts to balance economic viability with environmental stewardship demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the complexities of modern agriculture.

In conclusion, Stefan Soloviev’s transition from urban real estate mogul to a champion of small farmers is a testament to his innovative and community-oriented approach. 

His significant investments in farmland and infrastructure, coupled with a commitment to sustainability and local engagement, are paving the way for a brighter future for small farmers in Colorado and beyond. Through his efforts, Soloviev is not only transforming

the agricultural landscape but also setting a precedent for how wealth and resources can be used to foster positive change in rural communities​. 

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