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How Jordan Griffin went from a novice to a semi-pro, with a look from Barstool Sports

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From the Sticks to the Board: How Jordan Griffin went from a novice to a semi-pro, with a look from Barstool Sports 

It all started with an apparent addiction to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater game on the PlayStation 2, pulling tricks off with the touch of a button, with one of the best skaters in the world. Jordan Griffin successfully achieved these dreams that were once at the tips of his fingers, and manifested them, becoming a semi-pro skater all at the spry age of 21. 

Jordan Griffin, grew up in a household in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, with both of his parents, his little sister, Hatch, a close friend of his and one of his lifetime friends Matt, whom they took in a couple years ago. 

Even though time has passed by, and he has picked a lot of skills up at a rapid rate in the skating world, everybody has to start somewhere, including Jordan himself, despite the ease in which he now performs the multiple tricks that exist in his arsenal. 

Griffin first took his casual interest in skateboarding from the sticks to the back of his driveway in the third grade, trying to pull off an ollie with the help of his neighbor on his lawn, but to no avail. But, in the fifth grade he took another stab at it, when his three friends Jared, Greg, and Kevin, whom he all grew up with, asked him if he wanted to go skating. 

For the first couple of months, they would all go to the blacktop, but while his peers were picking up tricks fast, his progression was slower than theirs. 

“I’ve always skated with this fear in the back of my head at first,” Griffin said. 

In the years following, Griffin would oftentimes find himself losing interest in the sport, but always gaining that interest back through looking at pro skaters such as Paul Rodriguez and Manny Santiago.
“P- Rod… I’ve always looked up to Paul because I used to watch his skating videos, and interviews on YouTube, and he would always get me hyped to go skate. Manny, I loved his attitude, he was always smiling, and is such a down to earth guy,” Griffin said. 

The difficulty in learning these tricks was the reason why he loved the sport, having a naturally fiery passion for it. 

“It was always something to do, I’ve always liked the challenge, it was always motivation for me. Getting bruised up, putting yourself through different pain, is what it’s all about,” Griffin said.  

This was a jumpstart for him, leading back into what would ultimately be a passion that would follow him and be his outlet for the rest of his life. 

Griffin has now been skating for over 11 years, while creating and broadcasting his talent and arsenal of tricks for just under seven years, traveling across the tri-state area and beyond. He has built a broadband, strong and core skateboarder fanbase, with his Instagram page achieving just over 145,000 followers. He has also branched out from just posting skateboarding content; creating music and starting his own clothing brand, GriffGang Worldwide. He has also gotten big looks from skating-based: audio based companies including the likes of Thrasher and Wicked Audio, among others.  

Out of nowhere though, came an opportunity, at the hands of Barstool Sports, a mostly team-sport and pop culture based program, who has generated a following of over 8 million followers on Instagram, along with their own website as well. 

“It all started from a DM,” Griffin said. 

A filmer for Barstool Sports, Mike Wallace, direct-messaged Griffin, asking him if he wanted to be a part of a story that covered the Philadelphia skate scene, and to also be a stunt-double for their video that they would post to YouTube and Instagram.  

He seized the opportunity right away, which ended up being a major look for him. On set, there were two filmmakers, one capturing the interview, and one getting b-roll shots of him and other skaters involved in the filming process. 

Griffin ended up having a one on one conversation, where for the first time he got mic’d up. The interviewer asked him a combination of serious questions but also comedic and random questions as well, as some of their content is also funny. He was then asked to be a stunt double for the interviewer and skate in a trench coat with dress pants.

When this interview was first posted, he actually woke up to it, with one of his musical peers, Alex Catrambone calling him to congratulate him on being featured on Barstool Sports. When he opened up Instagram though, he saw a countless amount of notifications coming in from reposts, shares, and comments congratulating him.  

As a result of his immense talent, but also his natural networking skills, along with an outgoing personality, he has been able to establish good connections in the skateboarding industry. He ultimately has generated a network of 100,000 followers across all of his platforms. 

Has he lived his dream to the fullest extent? Not yet, he wants to become a pro skater down the line. He also never expected his dream to become reality, but he has put in a lot of work in order to get to where he is currently at. 

In the grander scheme of things, he appreciates it, but it has been the last of his worries or concerns. Jordan really was seeking for the ability to have a big enough voice and networking system in order to give back to his community like he has seen many semi pros and pros doing time and time again.

“I am living my dream. It’s more that I saw the destination, but I didn’t see the journey,” Griffin said. 

Written By: Justin Miranda

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How Being Different Is The Secret Behind Magician And Motivational Speaker John Kippen’s Success

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“Being different is your superpower.” That’s the motto that fuels magician and motivational speaker John Kippen. 

He knows what it is like to come from a place that is different from the rest of the world. But this didn’t stop him from achieving success and helping others do the same. 

“My story comes from my experiences and my heart. Overcoming the adversity of brain tumor removal and subsequent facial paralysis gives me a unique perspective on how to turn a difference into a superpower,” he said. 

Accepting His Difference 

How did performing magic become John’s superpower? When he was going through the trauma of a brain tumor removal which left his face partially paralyzed, he had to find something that would keep him going. That’s where magic came in. 

Through performing magic, John was able to build up his self-confidence. He said that the more he performed, the more he was able to stop hiding from the world and accept his facial difference.

Eventually, he came to terms that his difference didn’t define who he was and what he’s capable of achieving. 

John didn’t want to keep this revelation to himself. He knew that if it could help him get back out in the world, then maybe it can help others as well. And sometimes before walking down a better path, people just need the right push from another person who knows how it feels to be in their situation. 

So to make sure that he had the audience’s attention, John added magic to his repertoire, making the experience more fulfilling to those who have seen his shows. 

His Magic Touch 

Presently, John hopes to get his message of motivation across to adults from the age of 16 to 90, anyone who has dealt with adversity in their lives and finds themselves hiding from life. 

During the past six years, John has performed over 6,000 shows for anywhere from three to 700 people. In each performance, audiences leave not only entertained but inspired to change or except what they donʼt like about themselves.

“I find that my actions speak as loudly as I do which immediately gives me authenticity. I take interest in my audience and make the magic about them and I am just the conduit,” John said. 

John also spends a few hours managing his bi-coastal service company. But most of the time, he’s dedicated to developing new magic tricks to help him get his message across better. 

His current goal is to get on as many stages as possible and publish his book which will allow him to reach more people and relay his message of inspiration. 

To see his recent critically acclaimed short  film about his journey visit www.ifjohncan.com/documentary

For more information on how to book John to speak and inspire  your group, visit www.johnkippen.com.

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How Language Coach Mikel Telleria Helps Entrepreneurs And Professionals Learn A New Language Efficiently

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Learning a new language isn’t always as easy as it seems. Although there are dozens of apps available to make the process easier, some people find it difficult to progress and adapt to a new system of speaking a different language. 

Mikel Telleria, a language coach from Basque Country, Spain, recognizes the problem behind the existing system which is why he offers his services for a more efficient approach to learning new languages. 

“With my language learning system, you can become fluent in a foreign language in three months,” he said. 

Teaching Entrepreneurs And Professionals 

Presently, Mikel helps busy entrepreneurs and professionals learn foreign languages quickly and efficiently. He has been teaching and coaching business professionals, entrepreneurs, and professional athletes since 2016.

He is fluent in  Basque, Spanish, French, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian.

When teaching his clients a new language, Mikel uses a personalized plan based on input, habit building, and a focus on developing practical skills. He does this by determining his clients’ schedules and goals so he can prepare a personalized learning plan as well as guiding them in implementing these lessons step-by-step. 

“For me, language learning is enjoyable and relatively easy, because I do it the right way. I see so many people getting frustrated and not getting the results they want because they do it the wrong way. It’s not their fault, that’s what the school system taught them to do. But I want to change that,” he said. 

Over the years, he has helped dozens of clients learn new languages that provide them a benefit in their respective careers. 

Encouraged To Make It His Career 

“I had many friends who were struggling with their English and asking me what my secret was, especially after I learned Romanian in a few months, so I started helping them prepare learning plans that made sense for them. At some point, someone told me I should start charging people for it, and I realized it made sense,” Mikel shared. 

So after getting his MA in Professional Translation, he began his career by translating content for tech giants such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook, and working in embassies and chambers of commerce in various European countries.

Later on, he decided to become a full-time language coach so he can have more control of his time, effort, and profits. 

“I have been learning languages and experimenting with different methods for years, always looking to become more efficient at it. This is what I’m best at,” he said. 

Learn more about Mikel Telleria through his Instagram account (@mikeltelleria89). 

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Robert Terell – A creative businessman in all fields

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Rob Terell has extensive experience as a subject matter expert in a variety of areas. He is well renowned for being a music thought leader who is constantly honing his talents, becoming an expert on various subjects such as writing and direction. He is a well-known musician and artist who rose through the ranks of the music world from humble origins.

Robert Terell as top choice

Terell is a “celebrity business manager,” economic strategist, motivational speaker, writer, and tech entrepreneur who has been recognized as the industry’s “best pick” in several elements of business entertainment.

Terell’s rise from an unpaid internship to his current position has benefited him in taking significant steps ahead in the development and growth of young artists. Terell has built a reputation for himself by teaching those seekers fresh and innovative insights into portraying themselves in the market.

Thought leader with skills

Terell starts and builds Wealth Nation, an inter-business entertainment, business development, and artist development organization, as an industry expert and thought leader. D.J. Jaime O, the company’s C.O.O., or chief operating officer, is a long standing friend, industry friend, and business partner.

The duo envisioned an irresistible juggernaut of musical creativity and commercial savvy that would eventually transcend global culture and propel independent artists to triumph!

From a commercial and market viability standpoint, the company’s primary aim is to transfer talent into huge brands. The organization prepares its brands for long-term success in the worldwide entertainment industry by offering them a wide range of tools, resources, knowledge, and experience.

Record label marketing, brand management, social media management, and artist development are among the platforms and brand services available.

The organization acts on behalf of its clients to represent their best interests overall while negotiating deals that create more significant prospects for unlimited and long-term success, leveraging their connections, knowledge base, and industry contacts.

The organization generates situations thoughtfully, systematically, and successfully, leading to its clients’ success through skilled and very good implementation and scheduling.

C.E.O. of Artist Development Company

He is also the creator and C.E.O. of the music industry’s top-ranked Artist Development Company. His comprehensive and colorful history has made us aware of a significant gap in the music industry for musicians and industry service providers. This is the hole our company aims to address and my money for independent musicians by connecting them with appropriate vendors.

The network’s job is to link people. The parties we connect are, as you might expect, the artists and third-party providers, and we offer incentives for suitable business activities in this area. This “connecting and rewarding” approach that we are developing is long overdue for the most fragmented business.

As a company, Artists Rewards focuses primarily on music industry integrity. Whenever an artist pays for a vendor’s services, we make it our job to ensure that they produce excellent results.

This remarkable work is intended to take the form of high-quality services, punctuality, and deadline adherence, and, in general, exceeding the artists’ expectations. As a result, we assist in developing a positive relationship among artists and industrial service providers, which leads to brand devotion.

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