Ep. 028 Garth Walker: Taking Huge Risks in the Face of Adversity

Garth Walker Transformation Blueprint Paul Stennett Business Access

We often take for granted the things we’ve grown to see as the norm. We forget that they weren’t there at some point. We’ve come to accept the increased focus and transparency on entrepreneurship and the business landscape in Jamaica, but most of those strides were made by Wealth Magazine and Business Access TV.

Ep. 027 Scott Dunn: Dominating the World of Entertainment Tourism

Scott Dunn Transformation Blueprint Paul Stennett Dream Weekend

If you have a great corporate job, and you’re on an upward path, making excellent money, would you leave it all and risk getting nothing? Scott Dunn’s “dream” was too big to ignore, and he’s getting paid massive dividends for jumping off into the deep end.

Ep. 026 Ja’dan Johnson: Redefining the Young Entrepreneur

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How do you organize huge events and connect with high-impact influencers like Mark Cuban and Gary Vee all while being under 20 years old? For the Managing Partner of Disrupt Ventures, Ja’dan Johnson (officialjadan), it’s by being the type of person you don’t underestimate. When most of us were thinking about girls, games and exams, Ja’dan was enrolling in Wharton …

Ep. 025 John Henry: Playing to Your Strengths & Forging Your Own Path

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John Henry (@johnhenrystyle) is an entrepreneur, speaker and Venture Partner of Harlem Capital Partners, a minority-owned, diversity-focused early stage investment firm on a mission to change the face of entrepreneurship. John also hosts the #ChopItUpShow on YouTube and the Open For Business podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative. At the age of 18 John left college to pursue what became …

Ep. 024 Andre Burnett: Turning Creativity Into An In-Demand Investment

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Andre Burnett (@dre.notnice) is a Brand Strategist, Creative Director, Copywriter, [insert creative title here] – he probably does it, and Managing Director of Muse 360 Integrated. Andre & Muse are behind many of Jamaica’s most creative ads around today. We get into a lot of his journey to starting his company, his philosophy for melding creativity and business and the …

Ep. 023 Marcia Forbes: Building a Multi-Generation Business

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Marcia Forbes (@marciaforbes) co-founded her company Phase 3 Productions over 35 years ago. She is now the Executive Chairperson and has transformed it into a strong family business, where her son, Delano is CEO. It’s interesting how they’ve been able to reinvent and renew the business each decade by building on the principles of technology & empowerment. She’s a Senior …

Ep. 022 Jason Resnick: Freelancing From Famine to Feast

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If you’ve ever thought about Freelancing or you’ve started, but working for yourself hasn’t been all you thought it may be, this episode is definitely for you. Jason Resnick (@rezzz) sits in the podcast today! He has been making a living and a life that he loves purely from his freelancing for multiple years, and he now helps people to …

Ep. 021 Craig Powe: How to Scale Up From Scratch

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Craig Powe (@craigyyp) graces the podcast today! I have known him for some time now, months before he started Adtelligent, and it really has been exciting to witness his transformation into his role as CEO of this company. Don’t sleep on this episode folks, he dives into a lot and he literally pulled the curtain back on Adtelligent and uncovered …

Ep. 020 Kelli-Dawn Hamilton: The Opportunity Mindset

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This week I sit down with Kelli-Dawn Hamilton (@kellidawnh)! She and I spoke to a group of young aspiring entrepreneurs late last year in the parish of Clarendon and the moment I heard her speak at the lectern, I knew I needed to have her share her message on this podcast. Kelli-Dawn is a serial entrepreneur. She is the founder …

Ep. 019 Paul C. Brunson: From Mastering Skills To Building an Empire

The Transformation Blueprint 019 Paul C. Brunson

This week I sit down with my guest Paul Brunson (@paulcbrunson)! A few months ago we connected over Instagram and just by chance, the opportunity to meet face-to-face for this interview came up. He was going to be in Jamaica for a few days working with the Government. His schedule was insane and at the moment when it seemed like …

Ep. 018 Ray-St. Michael Williams: Transforming Jamaica through Data

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This week I’m bringing you another inspiring guest: Ray-St. Michael Williams (@raystmichael). I’ve known him for several years now, he was my lecturer and tutor in University, the University of Technology in Jamaica. But most of the things we talk about on this episode, I heard for the first time. Ray-St. Michael is the founder and CEO of two companies: …

Ep. 017 Conrad Mathison: Building a Life Bigger than Success

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The day I met Conrad for the first time, I must admit I was a bit uncertain. We were supposed to be having a pre-interview but the second we sat down, he was the one interviewing me! Question after question about podcasting and its viability in the Jamaican market. Who the heck was this dude? One thing about Conrad was …

Ep. 016 Michael Dann: Leading By Example

The Transformation Blueprint 016 Michael Dann

Michael Dann is the founder of Fusion Professional Solutions, an I.T. professional services firm working with credit unions, insurance companies and small businesses to develop successful web solutions. He is also a Senior Consultant and Technical Manager at RealDecoy and Tutor at the UWI Open Campus. With over 15 years as a Technology Professional, Michael is driven and passionate about …

Ep. 015: Yanique Grant: Revolutionizing The Customer Experience

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Yanique Grant (@yaniquewagrant) is the Managing Director and founder of Professional Training and Occupational Services Inc., a customer experience training company here in Jamaica. She has worked with companies internationally to craft their customer experience to create raving fans and customers. Since starting her business in 2007, she has trained over 25,000 people in Jamaica and across the world. She is …

Ep. 014 Overcoming Failure

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Entrepreneurship is cool now, but it’s still one of the toughest experiences we could have in life. And failure is a big part of it, they kind of go hand in hand. But what is failure really? Is it something we experience only when we give up, or can we have dozens of micro-failures as we’re growing our business? And, …

Ep. 013 Kenia Mattis: Crushing Business Goals With Creativity

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Kenia Mattis (@keniamattis) is a founder of ListenMi, a creative design studio that helps companies, communities and NGOs create messages that excite and connect with their audiences through non-traditional brand-driven storytelling. ListenMi specializes in visual storytelling, illustration, animation, voice-over and music scores and reinvests part of its profits into producing its own content such as digital graphic novel series and …

Ep. 012 Tyrone Wilson: Achieving Success With Relentless Determination

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Tyrone Wilson (@CallTyrone_W) is the President and CEO of eMedia Interactive Group Limited, a digital media and advertising company. Tyrone is also Founder & President of iCreate Institute, a partnership with the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean that prepares students for jobs in the creative industry. Tyrone is on the board for several institutions such as the GraceKennedy External Innovation …

Ep. 011 Jason Clarke: Setting Yourself Apart In Any Industry

The Transformation Blueprint 011 Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke (@jasonmoc) is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of Idea Lab, a startup incubator and co-working space here in Kingston Jamaica. He is a very intelligent and capable business developer and you hear a lot of that come out in this episode and in the way he coaches businesses at Idea Lab. In this episode, we …

Ep. 010 Ryan Sterling: Finding the Courage to Start Over

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Ryan Sterling (/RyanSterling) is the CEO and founder of Vertis Technology Solutions, a company which offers IT solutions in Jamaica, the region and Europe. He’s passionate about helping everyone from mom and pop shops to government agencies to leverage technology and education to take Jamaica to the next level. In this episode, we talk about: CONNECT WITH RYAN Enjoy the …

Ep. 009 Giovanni Rimann: Exponential Growth Through Extraordinary Service

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Giovanni Rimann (@lordrimann) is an expert in solar energy and is the founder of Rimann Renewables and Renewable NRG Incorporated, serving Jamaica, the region and internationally as a leading contractor for renewable energy projects. At only 23 years old, he has been involved in several high profile solar projects in the country, including the first utility-scale solar energy power plant in …

Ep. 008 Kemal Brown: Achieving Peak Performance Through Mastery

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Kemal Brown (@kemallbrown) is the founder and Creative Director of Digita Global Marketing Limited, a digital media agency and Accume International, a personal development company which has trained, motivated and guided several top companies and organizations in Jamaica. He was selected as one of the Caribbean Leaders to represent Jamaica at the 19th Annual Global Youth Leadership Forum in Sochi …

Ep. 007 Heneka Watkis-Porter: Creating a Brand that Fulfils Your Purpose

The Transformation Blueprint 007 Heneka Watkis-Porter

Heneka Watkis-Porter (@heneka_watkis_porter) is the founder of Patwa Culcha International and the clothing brand Patwa Apparel. She’s published three books on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to religion and motivation and she is the host of The Entrepreneurial You, a short-form podcast created to highlight global, high-impact go-getters who are crushing it as entrepreneurs. And in this episode, we talk about: …


Ep. 006 Chris Reckord: The Adventures of a Lifelong Learner

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Christopher Reckord (@chrisreckord) is an Executive Director with leading IT support organization tTech Limited – Jamaica’s only publicly traded IT Outsourcing & Managed Services provider. He has over thirty years of experience in the IT industry and is a regular speaker on Technology in Jamaica. Chris is Vice President and Council Member in charge of Membership at the Jamaica Computer …

Ep. 005 Stacy Kirk: Using the Agile Method to Break Your Limits

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Stacy Kirk (@queenofagileqa) is a software QA architect, coder, speaker and CEO of QualityWorks Consulting Group, an international firm that enables businesses to accelerate their software delivery at a fraction of the cost. She has been a champion for quality and process innovation in software development for over 20 years. Her passion for diversity in technology led her to be …

Ep. 004 Kirk-Anthony Hamilton: The Art and Science of Connection

The Transformation Blueprint 004 Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton (@kirkanthony_jm) is a master architectural designer turned entrepreneur, investor and CEO of the Infiniti Partnership, a company formed based on his love for collaboration and turning ideas into reality. Through his company’s community driven approach, he has been able to create opportunities by connecting high net worth individuals to the transformative ideas and teams that need them. In …

Ep. 003 Melarka Williams: Leveraging Ingenuity to Create an Impact

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Melarka Williams (@melarka.williams) is an electrical engineer turned tech founder and CEO of Ingenuity Technologies, a bespoke software engineering and quality assurance firm in Kingston, Jamaica. He left the corporate world 5 years ago, after working with top international brands like Ericsson, to focus on helping the Jamaican tech ecosystem. He was awarded by Development Bank of Jamaica for his …

Ep. 002 Jeffrey Azan: How to Find and Maximize On Your Calling

The Transformation Blueprint 002 Jeffrey Azan

Jeffrey Azan (@jj.azan) is an award-winning public speaker, as a matter of fact, he will be competing on the world stage for Toastmasters champion for impromptu speaking. He has a business called Select’N’Start where he uses his experiences and expertise to motivate and develop everyone from teenagers to business leaders to “change their game, to change their lives”. For the …

Ep. 001 Gordon Swaby: Turning a Curious Mind into a Successful Business

The Transformation Blueprint 001 Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby (@gordonswaby) is the founder and CEO of a multi-award-winning edtech startup called EduFocal. EduFocal is an online, gamified, social learning platform that he founded in 2012 and has grown to tens of thousands of exam takers and 5 employees. Enjoy the episode! GORDON’S BLUEPRINT MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Sign up for FREE to get notified of new episodes …

The new normal

When I was a young’n I dabbled a lot in athletics. I ended up being the (heavily disputed) fastest sprinter in my prep school, but in the beginning I was the worst. It didn’t help either that I was tall and lanky. People looked down on tall sprinters at the time, Usain Bolt didn’t bring it into fashion yet. Every …

What world domination can teach you about achievement

Every now and again, there are these shows that have everything going for em’: top-notch acting, gripping storyline and stellar visuals. Nowadays, the best ones for me are those that convince you to root for the villain. If you’ve watched “House of Cards” you know exactly what I mean. When I got to the end of my season 3 binge …

Omlette du fromage

80s babies, like yours truly, will remember an old (awesome) cartoon called “Dexter’s Laboratory”. It’s about a boy genius, Dexter, who’s constantly interrupted and terrorized by his older sister, Deedee. Kid’s today don’t even know what they’re missing. But they have programming kits for infants and flyable Legos now so they’re prooobably better off than we were. But I digress… …

What is real…

Sometimes... its not true. It's what we believe

“How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signal interpreted by the brain.” – Morpheus from The Matrix It’s generally accepted that the sky is blue and the grass is green, and rightly so, we’ve identified that as the “truth”. …

Knocking out champions with animal instincts

What to do when motivation runs out

There’s a phenomenal scene from this anime I used to watch. Most anime shows go WAY over the top, and this one was no exception.

Why small businesses fail and what to do about it

The 3 things you need to know to keep your business afloat

One of the first books I read when I started my journey to online-biz-dom was “The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael Gerber. [Not all the books I’ve read have been a hit, but I’ve had a 100% success rate with books that have been recommended to me, like this one.] It’s a bit dated but still sound. In the book, he …

Enemy at the gates

What to do if we want to influence others to do better

Yesterday I watched a classic movie called “Enemy at the Gates” for the first time. It started out as a gory, chaos and carnage-filled World War II movie, but turned out to be full of romance and heartbreak…. just… wrapped up in a ton of gore and chaos.

Very few people think about this

How to conquer the one thing worse than fear itself

Fear is a theory. We’re afraid of a possibility that may not even come true. We get so caught up in the theory of what might happen, that it stops us from taking a single step. Fear is a theory, but regret is reality.

Good things come to those who sweat

What is one essential quality every online business success owns?

I wish I knew the secret sauce that made Mafia movies so great back in the day. Maybe it was the edge-of-your-seat suspense over when someone was going to get whacked? There was always one hot-headed wise guy in those movies.

The artist vs the businessperson, where do you stand?

Is it shallow to go after riches instead of honing your craft?

Last weekend I got together with a friend to catch up over sushi. Between fumbling with the chopsticks, we got into a huge life discussion and I would love your input on the topic.

MVP – Most valuable podcasts

The biggest and best podcasts in the game for the biggest impact

Alex and I live a little way out of the major city of Kingston. When we bought the house initially we wanted a couple things: Somewhere quiet: check. A big enough yard for kids someday: check. A relatively crime-free community: check. One item we never realized would have been a huge issue: a short commute.

Motivation sucks! Or does it?

Motivation is the spark, the habit is the gasoline.... BOOM!

In the past, I’ve been a huge supporter of the “Motivation sucks” movement. Whenever I was introduced on stage as a motivational speaker I would step out and quite smugly proceed to tell the world “I am not a motivational speaker, motivation doesn’t last, and if you wait until you are motivated, you’ll hardly get anything done!”

3 Simple Ways to Beat Procrastination

3 Simple Ways to Beat Procrastination | Amazing Gains

My name is Paul and I’m a procrastinator. Unless you’re some kind of enlightened guru, you’ve had to deal with the procrastination monster in at least one area of your life. You know what it’s like. Case in point: Around the time I got started with Amazing Gains I kept putting off setting up my website for months. Then one …

Why You Should Go Off the Deep End This Weekend

Overcoming Overwhelm in Your Online Business

Overcoming Overwhelm in Your Online Business | Amazing Gains

Last weekend my wife and I went completely off the deep end. It all started on Saturday with us crawling out of bed after more decent people would have been eating their lunch. Actually, because of the 36°C weather, it was more like peeling ourselves off the bed. Despite the late start, we headed out for groceries straightaway. Well… the …

Sleep Your Way to Success

Deliberate Success Every Step of the Way

Deliberate Success Every Step of the Way | Amazing Gains

This is it, Freedom Chaser. What you see in the mirror is it. This isn’t a PSA about YOLO or the cliché that we have no second chances.

How to Plant a Rose in the Sand

Using Gratitude to Erase Negativity

Using Gratitude to Erase Negativity | Amazing Gains

If you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing, don’t worry. Sometimes I don’t either. That’s natural, it’s actually normal. Actually, if you know someone who has their entire life together they’re either lying to you or they’ve given up on pushing themselves. You’re doing the best you can with the tools you’ve been given in your life. …

Cry Your Eyes Out & Chill

Starting the Journey of Self-Discovery

Starting the Journey of Self-Discovery | Amazing Gains

Last week I had the pleasure of crying my eyes out (Alex hates when I use this phrase) to a show on Netflix. I’m a weirdo when it comes to challenges. No matter what, if you challenge me to something, I’m going to dedicate my life to being the winner. The other day, some of the folks I work with …

Wet Hot Tropical Summer

Navigating Life's Seasons

Navigating Life's Seasons

The summer is SUPER hot. If you’re not in the tropics right now, you’re missing out. It’s the one time per year in life I realize that all year round the sun was only playing around, “Just kidding! The real show is about to begin!” This summer makes me think about the human race – but this could be the …

What’s it Worth to You?

Sacrifices for Fitness

Result of Sacrifices for Fitness | Amazing Gains

A lot of people romanticize the beginning of their fitness journey. They say “I’ve had enough of being overweight! Starting today I’m gonna change everything and become a new person!” Then they promptly starve themselves and work themselves to the bone.

Doubt, Fear and this Damned Belly Fat

I wish that there could be one transcendent day where I would wake up in the morning and my belly fat would be gone. It would be here today and vaporized tomorrow. Hello six pack city! I’ve done everything right, haven’t I? I’ve been eating cleaner than I ever have for the better part of 3 months. Usually by this …

5 Habits of Highly Effective Trainers

“Are you trying to kill him?” a man’s voice shouted. He sounded far away, but the gym wasn’t really that big. How should I know? I was in my own world. I glanced across to my left for a second. A second of altered focus is all I had, but in that moment I saw the image of the shouting …