No. 1 Predictor of Young Professional Salaries


I recently answered a question on Quora that has received more than 10,000UPV’s in the last week, so I wanted to expound upon the answer. The question posed by an ambitious undergraduate student was “Do internship equate to making more money?” At first I didn’t like the question. Money is only one of many factors to consider in a job and more importantly a career.With that being said, money does afford us experiences and items that we may want.

I have spent the last year helping students manage their careers or start thinking about their careers in college. I have gained some amazing insight having done over 1,000 personal phone call with students, a handful of lectures to classes, and interacting on many online platforms with students.

If I had to boil down the advice into one sentence it would be to start early and take massive action toward your career. Internships not only can make you an extra $10,000 to 50,000 more than your peers that didn’t do internships but it has the ability for you to get a broader perspective to find the role that most interests you.


11 Key Takeaways From Jay Billas’s Commencement Speech (ESPN Announcer & Lawyer)

J1I had the privilege of hearing Jay Bilas speak for my Queens University of Charlotte Graduation Ceremony. He played collegiate basketball for Duke under Mike Krzyzewski, is a very successful lawyer for Moore Van Allen, and is most widely known for being a sportscaster on ESPN. Below are 7 Life Lessons that I found very powerful:

1. Never pass up an opportunity to follow or pursue your passion. Basketball is his first passion. When he was starting out as a young attorney, he was given the chance to announce games for $200 dollars a game. This was barely enough money to cover his travel and get something to eat, but it allowed him to make a career of his first passion. The decision to not pass on a “basketball opportunity” developed into a prolific career with ESPN.


6 Things to Take Off Your Resume Today

kaboompics.com_Blank paper with pen and coffee cup on wood tableIf it’s been a while since you’ve looked for a job, you may not have updated your resume in quite some time. Or maybe you’ve updated your resume but did so based on advice you heard long ago. Either way, your resume may contain items that can make you appear out of touch, unprofessional or just don’t add anything to why you should get the job.

Space on your resume is valuable real estate and should be reserved for important accomplishments. You don’t want anything distracting recruiters and hiring managers from your best qualities and qualifications.

With that in mind, consider these six things you should take off your resume right now.

“Responsible for…”

If you accomplished something, of course you were responsible for it. This phrasing is redundant and distracts from your accomplishment. “Responsible for designing supervisory curriculum” is less effective than “Designed supervisory curriculum,” says Melissa Cooley, founder of career consultation and resume-writing service The Job Quest. “The phrase ‘responsible for’ doesn’t show anything of value, and, upon seeing it, a hiring manager could mistakenly assume that the entire accomplishment is less important.”


How Do I Find Companies that Offer Internships?

The standard advice would be to Google “Best Internships in Design” or “Best Internship programs. That is what every motivated student across the country is doing. Why follow the crowd into intense competition and likely frustration?

I recommend using different strategies to mix it up. Here are just a few for you to try.

Try to leverage what you already have built. Chances are you don’t even realize all the people that you have come into contact with in your life already. Think about your friends parents, coaches of sports teams you played on, distant relatives, good family friends, or any other places in which you may know someone that currently does what you want to do. There is no need to recreate the wheel before attempting to leverage what you have already built.


5 Steroid Supplements to Your College Education

The job environment for Millennials is still challenging. 70% of students are graduating with student debt, and the average amount is $33,000. The college degree alone doesn’t get the job done. Students must supplement their education, so that they are able to cash in their diploma or the career they want.


Grant Cardone put 10x on my Book sales, leading to an Amazon Bestseller


I am a regular viewer of Cardone Zone and Young Hustlers, but I first came into contact with Grant when my Dad gave me his book for Christmas. My Dad said, “They won’t teach you this in business school: sales. No matter what you choose to go into you are selling in some way, and this guy has a lot of great lessons to share.” I finished The 10x Rule on that very day, and started following Grant throughout the rest of my college career. Here are three lessons that I have learned from him that helped me publish an Amazon Bestselling book at 21 years old.


Just 9 Lessons We Can Learn from the Men and Women in Uniform


memorial-day-hours-ofHappy Memorial Day! Below are just 9 of the infinite number of lessons that we can learn from our men and women in uniform.

1. Attention to detail is critical. Polish your shoes. Make sure your uniform or outfit is in accordance to how it should be worn. Having a good appearance paves the way to positive interaction with the people you come in contact with. It also re enforces that the little things matter. If you cant do the small tasks well, then how will you perform with bigger ones?


Be a First Round Draft

Here are 10 tips on how to become an all-star intern most any company will want to draft in the first round.

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1. Have a good attitude.

No one likes to work with someone that is irritable or is just outright uninterested. It is amazing how much of a difference just having a good attitude will do for you. Having a good attitude involves being excited to be a part of the organization, greeting people as you see them around the office, and never acting disgruntled with a task given to you. At the end of the day, you are an intern. Although most employers try their hardest to give you live tasks that will be beneficial for you, most internships will involve some tasks that aren’t the most exciting. If you are incapable of taking these assignments on and producing good work, there is a high chance that you will not get the more interesting work when it comes in.

2. Be the first one in the office in the morning and the last one to leave.
You are interning for someone that has taken a chance on you and believes in you enough to hire you. Don’t forget that it is a privilege while you are there. Take advantage of the opportunity and make every minute you are interning count. If you leave at 5:00 p.m., when you could have stayed until 6:00 p.m., you have let an hour of learning slip away. There are some people that are more intelligent than yourself in the given field, so take advantage of having access to them while you can.

3. Do not be a robot.
If the person you are working under gives you an assignment, don’t just do the bare minimum. Try to add more value or take the assignment the extra step in any way possible.

4. Go the extra mile without being asked.
If you have down time, don’t waste it. Learn what tasks add value to the person you are working for and spend the free time trying to make a work product that will help them in some way. This is hard to do in the first couple weeks, but you will be able to do so once you get into the rhythm of things. Don’t be surprised by how many people take notice of your efforts.

5. Ask good questions.
There is a fine line between the right amount of questions and asking too many. Always exhaust any and all resources at your disposal before approaching the person above you. Their time is very valuable and they don’t want to be spending a lot of time helping you with something that you could have found the answer to in a 5 second Google search.

6. Carry around a notebook with you at all times. Write down everything.
Anytime that you hear a term or acronym that you do not understand, write it down and look it up later. Keep a list of questions that you have, so that you can Google the questions later. If you can’t find the answer on your own then make sure to take the list of questions so that you aren’t just bringing one question multiple times throughout the day. I have found that people are much more appreciative of an intern coming and asking several questions together then to come up every couple of minutes to ask one question.

7. Own your work.
When you are starting with a new firm, everything you do is developing a brand for yourself. You want to establish yourself as the person that does great work. One of the ways you do this is by making sure you read voraciously and do as much to learn about the business before starting. Another way is to make sure, is to always print your work and check it before you send it to a superior. For some reason it is much easier to catch your work on paper than on a screen. Have you ever wondered why two students doing the same internship with the same interests come out with a different view of the experience? If you establish yourself as the person that produces error free work on time or early then you will get put on the most interesting work that comes in the door. If you make too many mistakes in the beginning, you will most likely get put on the mundane tasks that aren’t nearly as exciting.

8. Don’t assume the internship will teach you anything.
Try to teach yourself the work and skill set prior to joining. It will give you a leg up on other interns; while at the same time giving you the opportunity to take on more challenging projects.

9. If you are given flexibility to make your own projects, do so carefully.
Try to find something that you are knowledgeable of and that the company is lacking. Look to see if the company is expanding into a new market or customer segmentation. If they are, become the expert in that area. This means reading everything on the subject and any other material available to you. If the company doesn’t have any testimonials or isn’t experienced with video, this is your area to add value. A lot of students are able to bring value in the way of social media. This is great, but make sure you are utilizing social media with the purpose of increasing exposure and sales. This will dramatically increase your chances of securing a full time offer when you finish the internship.

10. Be Thankful.


JAB, JAB, JAb to an Amazon Bestseller- Thank You Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk

I first came across Gary Vaynerchuk when a mentor of mine sent me his book. Since then I have become a huge fan of his strategies with social media. After reading “Thank You Economy” and “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook”, I finally had the opportunity to put his strategies to the test for the launch of my first book. Keep in mind that everything with books was new to me, I am 22 years old, and I have never received an A in English.

In just 24 hours my book titled “Cash in Your Diploma hit the #2 spot on Amazon for books on Internships. Also, a very well respected university has already agreed to carry the book in their career class to be required reading for all students. And I did this by following Gary’s advice:

#2 Bestseller

JAB #1

Offered a Free Resume Template that has helped student attain internships with: Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, and many entrepreneurial startups. I put this up on the blog , sent the template to my email newsletter subscribers, and distributed to the funders from my successful Indiegogo campaign.

Facebook Resume


JAB #2

LIve Q&A for College Students and Universities. I put together a panel of students that I researched for the book and we answered any questions regarding college organizations to get involved in, finding the right internship, goal setting for college students, and adding value during an internship. I then distributed 5 free books to those in attendance. The free books led to posts of students reading the book on spring break and other interesting places.


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Sent Signed copies to people that subscribed to the “Cash in Your Diploma” newsletter. And received posts with pictures from the people that got copies.

JOSE signed Copy


Right Hook: Upon Launching, I reached out to my Indiegogo Funders to posts a review since they received their first edition books prior to the release. I then reached out to 10 influential people that said they wanted to relay the book to their networks. I also directly asked the students that the book helped to refer the book to their high schools and colleges. I lined up blog posts with Production Hub and Buzz Feed by providing them with free tips for interns. The book makes a great graduation present to high school seniors, and I am trying to have the book held in Internship/Career classes in universities. Please let me know if you can help with high schools and universities.


Check out the book here:

Lastly, do yourself a favor and go buy “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook!” The sky is the limit when you add value to your customers first. In a world where everyone is asking all the time, giving stands out. When you provide value to people the ask becomes easy.