Happy Monday, millennials!
Today, you’re either mourning the loss of the beloved Golden State Warriors or celebrating the long-overdue victory of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but all in all – you should be inspired and motivated by the greatness that transpired last night.
This week’s Millennial On A Mission considers himself to be a ‘jack of all trades’, and is always looking to learn as much as he can from others. He attributes his work ethic and entrepreneurial DNA to his parents, both who he admires greatly for their sacrifice for he and his three siblings. He is also the founder of Power Circle, an influencer marketing platform which connects conscious brands with millennial content creators.
I’d like for you to meet David Noel.
Hailing from Miami, Florida, David graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando with a bachelor’s degree in economics. While at UCF, he held significant leadership roles in his business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and also served as a school ambassador for the prestigious President’s Leadership Council. “Right out of college, I ended up working at an investment bank because for the longest time, I always had a naive desire to work in the financial industry,” David recalls. But after a year and a half of feeling stifled and unchallenged, he left his very comfortable job to do a couple of summer programs: a consulting boot-camp at Vanderbilt University for four weeks, and then a three-week pre-MBA program at the University of Chicago. Currently, he is an SEO strategist for a digital marketing agency where he is able to put his abilities to think both critically and creatively to very good use.
MOAM: What inspired you to pursue a career in business and tech? Who are some individuals you admire in your field of work? What challenges have you faced in building your brand, and what have you learned from them?
DN: I always knew that I wanted to be in a role where the decisions that I made had an impact on the company’s bottom line. I wanted to combine strategy, e-commerce, internet, and technology all into one and that’s how I landed a role doing search engine optimization.Whether it’s learning some cool HTML tricks from our developers or getting some Adobe InDesign knowledge from our designers, I am always willing to fill my gaps of knowledge. I find inspiration from the numerous amounts of books that I read and helpful videos that I stumble across on YouTube.
There are a handful of individuals that I admire for their qualities and characteristics in life and business. First is Seth Godin, the best selling author and prolific marketer. From reading his books such as Purple Cow, Linchpin, and Permission Marketing, you can tell that he deeply understands how to influence consumers and provide long lasting value to your audience. Another one is Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia and author of #AskGaryVee. While he has a very abrasive style of conveying his knowledge (which is completely opposite to mine) he brings to light many awesome strategies for leveraging social media to gain more awareness and grow your business. I also have many peer mentors: people who are in a similar position and career situation as I am, but who have complementary knowledge, experience, and advice that I could apply to my own life as well. And of course, I admire both of my parents for working their faces off to provide for our family.
The biggest challenge so far in building Power Circle has been determining what is priority and what is not. Because there are so many things that need your attention when launching a startup, you can get lost in all of the tasks. I’ve learned to take a step back and ask myself, “What is the most important thing I need to be doing right now to grow my business? What do I need to get done in the next 30 days? Where does the company need to be in the next 60 days?” Once I’ve made my priorities crystal clear, I was able to take the right steps forward.
To David, a Millennial On A Mission is someone who has decided who they want to be and through their actions and decisions, are making moves to create massive impact in their community and the world. “If you’re on a mission, it implies that you have a destination,” David says. “While you may face obstacles along the way, a Millennial On A Mission will muster up the courage to overcome adversity and reach that destination, and find joy and happiness along the journey.” His advice to his millennial peers? Stop worrying about what people will think once you put yourself out there. “Everyone will have their own opinions, but you will be surprised at how many people will be inspired by the fact that you had the courage to step out of the crowd and declare that you stand for something,” he says. “Always remember: for every creative thing that you do 1/3 of people will hate it, 1/3 will love it, and 1/3 won’t care. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it for the love.”