In this series we will be highlighting burgeoning entrepreneurs in the modern era. These are folks who have taken the risk of quitting or working double to quit their conventional jobs in pursuit of their passions. This is a difficult road that many never find the courage to venture upon, but the rewards are so worth it, and as you know, no risk, no reward, know risk, know reward.
This episode highlights Derrick Casey. If you've never thought that making money online was real, Derrick will change your mind really quickly. Derrick is a proverbial paradigm shifter with a goal of helping as many people as he can use their talents, and their skills, coupled with his knowledge of online marketing to develop new streams of income and secure financial freedom. Glowing with enthusiasm and passion, read on to learn how Derrick is building new and innovative income streams for himself and others.
Tell Me A Little More About What You Do And How You Got Into It
I am an online marketing consultant, mentor and motivator. I simply teach people how to create an additional income online. There's a lot of misconceptions when it comes to network marketing and direct sales. It's not something that you see or hear of everyday. So the perception is that this industry isn't real or it's a pyramid scheme or a scam. Although there are some pretty crazy stories of companies who fall under this category. It doesn't mean that the whole industry is tarnished. And I am determined to show people that what people get paid to do online. We've been doing for free for many years. I've always known about network marketing and I've tried a couple things that didn't work out for me. It wasn't until me and my family moved to Dallas, TX that network marketing became a big part of my life. I began to connect with people who were just like me. Tired of working hard every day. Living paycheck to paycheck just to pay bills. And I started to see more and more people working less hours, making more money, and being able to spend more time with their families. Which sounded way better than working 40 plus hours a week, being stuck in traffic, and living paycheck to paycheck.
Do you Remember Your First Day? What Were You Feeling?
I felt super excited, anxious, nervous. Just full of emotions because I didn't know what to expect. But I knew I wanted the lifestyle of the people that I was surrounded with now. I remember just staring at my computer when I first received my information. And all I could do was smile because I knew I was doing something that could absolutely change my family's life for the better. Then I was invited to my first event. And from that moment on I knew that I wanted to learn more, earn more, and teach others how to gain financial freedom.
What Were You Doing Before? Why Made You Want To Try Something New?
I'm still working a full-time job. In sales, of course. I love what I do, the people I work with and the company I represent. However, I totally understand that these JOBS are not guaranteed. And I am taking a huge risk if my only source of income is from my job. Because what would I do if they were to let me go tomorrow. How would I provide for my family? And this very thing happened to me not too long ago. My job was redoing their budget and decided to let me and many others go just to save money. They didn't care about how I was going to provide for my family. However, due to learning how to generate an additional income online while working my full-time job. I was still able to provide for my family while searching for a new job.
How Do You Balance Your Time?
Working a full-time job, taking care of my 4 beautiful children and wife while running an online business can get a little crazy at times. But I am able to manage. On my way to work, I am always listening to motivational speakers to start my day off right. From Tony Robbins to John C Maxwell. Great way to start the day. I work my typical 9-5 shift. While on my drive home, I am listening to something motivational to help me debrief after a long day at work. Once I get home, my children and wife are waiting for me. So from about 7pm – 9pm I eat dinner with the family, talk about how their day went. Play with my children. Get them in the shower. Read them books. Then put them to bed. From 9pm-10pm I catch up on all of my messages that I received throughout the day. From 10pm-11pm I spend some quality time with my beautiful wife. Then it's off to bed to start my day all over again the next day.
Tell Me About Your Business?
My business is very simple. Since there are millions of ways to make money online. I focus more on teaching people the basics of marketing online via social media. And how to connect with people. Once you learn the basics of marketing online and start to apply what you've learned. Sky's the limit to what you can do and the amount of money you can make in this industry. I decided to create a company called Pyramid Genius. And my slogan is "Changing Lives Financially with these so called Pyramid Schemes". I wanted to create something that created a little controversy but made people more curious about what me, my team, and my company represents. Once people say the magic words "What Do You Do?" Then we got them. Because most people are just misinformed. And my team is excited to break down the value of creating an additional income online. With Pyramid Genius, we love to have fun, make money, and make a difference.
How Much Time Per Week Would You Say You Dedicate To Your Work?
I dedicate approximately 10-15 hours a week to my business.
What Else Do You Like To Do With Your Free Time?
In my free time I love spending time with my family. Getting out of the house and going to do something fun. I also love playing basketball when I can. I also love playing piano and making music with my children. But my new found passion is becoming a motivational speaker. I love connecting with new people and learning about their journey. And inspiring them through my own life experiences. It's such a great feeling when people come across my videos and hit me up saying thank you for content that I share every day. I am just enjoying life and want to give back. Oh and I love to cook in my spare time. Preferably on the grill.
What's Next For You?
Becoming a motivational speaker. I love inspiring people. I want to be on the big stage in front of thousands of people. Sharing my story and impacting lives. I have so much to offer and so much to give. God has blessed with the opportunity to connect with people on so many levels. And it's time for me to put it to use.
Any Advice For People Wanting To Follow A Similar Path?
In order for things to change. You have to change. And to have things that you've never had. You have to do things that you've never done. It's inevitable that we will all die some day. It's what you do with your time while you're on this Earth. What legacy will you leave behind for your children to follow. If you want something bad enough. GO GET IT!!! Once you realize that no one on God's green Earth can stop you from being great but you. That's when life will begin to make sense. You are more powerful than your mind let's you believe. You're time is NOW. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Right NOW!!! Time to take action. And make it happen!!!
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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.
In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.
In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.
But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.
Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.
In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.
Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.
Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:
1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan
2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.
3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.
4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.
5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.
Here are charities offering support in Haiti:
1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.
2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.
3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.
4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.
When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.
Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.
The aesthetics were undeniably luxe and historic. The campaign showcased the rarely-seen Basquiat painting Equals Pi (1982), which the brand acquired for the background's proximity to its distinctive Tiffany blue. Also notably historic is that Beyoncé was the first Black woman to wear the 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond.
Before Beyoncé, the only other stars to wear the yellow diamond were Mary Whitehouse, wife of American diplomat Edwin Sheldon Whitehouse, Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, and singer Lady Gaga.
"Beyoncé and Jay-Z are the epitome of the modern love story …. Love is the diamond that the jewelry and art decorate," said the press release accompanying the campaign.
The campaign, titled "About Love," is stunning and has both classic and contemporary references. The image of the couple posing in front of high art recalled the iconic stills from their "APESHIT" music video, for which they famously rented out the Louvre and posed in front of the Mona Lisa.
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Their "APESHIT" photo made a giant cultural impact for its juxtaposition of Western beauty and Blackness. Tiffany's campaign seemed to have similar goals — showcasing Beyoncé and Jay Z as the peak of luxury, this time juxtaposing the Basquiat and the Tiffany diamond.
As a Black couple, their appearance in such a luxury campaign was a big move for representation, but in a post 2020 landscape, there was an outcry of criticism.
Despite the aesthetic beauty of the image, the high capitalist undertones didn't sit right with some on the internet — largely younger demographics. Though this campaign was an effort by Tiffany's to appeal to younger audiences and make the brand feel more relevant, Twitter's verdict was clear: a blood diamond wasn't the way to go.
The diamond, which was mined in South Africa in 1877, comes from origins laden in the implications of colonialism. The practice of mining in South Africa at the time was exploitative and destructive, eschewing the livelihoods and safety of African miners and their communities for... what? Money? So Tiffany could try to sell us some dream of affluence using Black celebrities as to "Blackwash" the history behind their treasured piece?
The Washington Post also had some choice words, saying: "Its campaign does not celebrate Black liberation — it elevates a painful symbol of colonialism. It presents an ostentatious display of wealth as a sign of progress in an age when Black Americans possess just 4 percent of the United States's total household wealth. If Black success is defined by being paid to wear White people's large colonial diamonds, then we are truly still in the sunken place."
Alongside the campaign, Tiffany & Co have promised to donate $2 million to HBCUs to fund scholarships and internships. But this measly amount (considering the multi-billion dollar net worth behind LVMH) is not enough to cover up that, despite their performative efforts to promote "diversity," Tiffany's is entrenched in a colonial history that neither beauty nor Beyonce can make us ignore.
While Black representation has been increasing over the past few years, the question of how we are represented is starting to be considered with more nuance. And as we examine the structures of wealth and hierarchical values, many people are starting to ask whether these should be the standards we aspire to anymore.
Jay Z and Beyoncé have come under fire before for their promotion of Black Capitalist values — which the kids don't seem to want. Jay Z especially seems invested in the trappings of traditional (read: white) success and wealth. His cannabis line recently unveiled a campaign based on the work Slim Aarons — which was famously focused on "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places" — and its unashamed opulence raised some eyebrows.
Images like this aren't as revolutionary as they once might have been since they reinforce the status quo and tell marginalized people to reach for the same luxuries and lifestyles deemed aspirational by the people who have oppressed them.
Anti-capitalist theory has been around as long as capitalism has, but younger generations are more likely to question the status quo — even when it comes packed with Basquiat and Beyoncé.
The conversation about the Tiffany campaign is indicative of how Gen Z thinks differently about money and what it means to them. They are less likely to be seduced by the luster of the aspirational, and more receptive to relatability.
No more does financial literacy seem restricted to the pretentious or the elite — we get it, finance bros; you love capitalism. With Cleo, understanding your money is something that can align users with their values.
And those values don't look like blood diamonds or corporate pandering.
- Sorry, Beyoncé, but Tiffany's blood diamonds aren't a girl's best friend - Washington Post
- The Black-white wealth gap left Black households more vulnerable — Brookings
- The Unashamed Opulence of Jay Z's Luxury Cannabis-Themed Slim Aarons Photoshoot — Popdust
- ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE DOING ATTRACTIVE THINGS IN ATTRACTIVE PLACES WITH SLIM AARONS — Elle Decor
Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.
From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.
1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance
If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.
2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping
All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.
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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).
3. Bring Food From Home
Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.
Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.
4. Avoid Tolls
Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).
You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.
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5. Save on Gas
Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.
6. Get a National Park Pass
All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.