Dr. Shawn Shapiro graduated from college in 1998 with a degree I communications. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. He went into retail and learned many things about to help people through this, but the corporate way was starting to make things difficult in the retail industry.One year his grandmother went in for a surgery and ended up coming out becoming ill. He was very unhappy with the outcome and decided to go into the medical field. He hit many roadblocks with this. He was very confused with how the healthcare system was set up. He found that lifestyle management was not a big part of it. The patients were not well taken care of after surgeries and hospitalization.Although he struggled to decide what to do and while speaking with his grandmother, she mentioned him becoming a chiropractor. So, he moved to Saint Louis to become a chiropractor and help one person at a time. This has been a passion for him over the years. He soon created his own practice so he can help people and give them his time to listen to their needs and help improve their lives one bit at a time.

Lokesh was born in Agra, India. Known for the 7th wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. He had a very small family and at a young age he was interested in cosmetics. He would look into the ingredients and later in life start to lo9 more into the medical aspects. In high school he started to look into what he needed to do to be a doctor. By the time he graduated he had decided to go into the pharmaceutical side. He got into the pharmacy college and graduated with a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry.He started working in the pharmaceutical industry with injectables -cosmetic and antiviral. Later on, he applied for a job for a research and development position. They asked if he would be interested in being in the cosmetic division. He worked with cosmetics and went to work with clean ingredients for cosmetics and beauty products.In 2001 he came to the US and ended up in Northern California. He started out as a junior chemist. He had made many findings and worked to create many great products. He alsoworked in many different areas from customer service and problem solving. This gave him lots of experience to help him start his own business later.In 2018, Lokesh started his own company. Nilokj Inc. was born in 2018 by Lokesh K. Jain & his better half Nidhi Jain for providing consulting services in research and developmentinnovation of personal care products (skin/body/hair) to commercial andIndie/Niche market brands especially with natural-clean culture philosophyusing most currently available upcycled, natural-clean commoditiesingredients and clinically tested cosmetics active ingredients. Nilokj’s R&Dis headed by Lokesh K. Jain, who brought his broad 23 years of hand onresearch, development and innovation experience covers all spectrum ofLokesh K. Jain conventional/natural based personal care formulation development. R&D-Innovation’s Consulting services are focused and targeted towards high-end skin care (natural-clean and conventional) including OTC/Topical drug products.

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In this special episode, Megan speaks about how her story molded not only her future success, but her daughters as well. 

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Kearn Cherry was born in Mississippi and lives there to this day. Her husband was in the military and they lived in many different countries and states. One of the countries they stayed for 5 years was in Germany. Kearn was wanting to finish nursing school but never finished. After a decade both Kearn and her husband made the commitment to go back to school for nursing in Arizona. They drove an hour and half, back and forth, everyday for a year. When their plans did not work in the nursing field, they went to classes for occupational therapy.They had 3 kids, all under the age of 10, and they both worked so hard to get to where they wanted to go. This was a very tough time for both of them and they had to make many sacrifices. Even though thiswas a tough time for them and their children, it also helped them all to build an attitude of resilience and helped to bring their children closer together. At the end of the day, their children are all very successful and have a work-hard drive that theylearned from Kearn and her husband.They never thought about asking for help from their family. They did everything by themselves. Even though this was a hard thing for them to do, it strengthened their marriage and their personal growth. It made them realize that they are dependent on each other. Kearn’s mother later offered to have their kids live with her for a while until Kearn and her husband were finished with their schooling. This really did help them during that time.When they were done they decided to move to Florida, but when they went to pick up the kids in their home town in Mississippi and ended up staying there. This is where they started their home care business. They have been running this business for 24 years now. Recently Kearn started to plan conferences and events years ago and saw there was a need for this. She really enjoys planning these, especially women’s conferences. She has been on many boards for different conferences and events. She helped other companies run their own conferences and events, but she also ran her own conferences for different reasons…one was for her care business for the elderly.Her and her partner were talking one day and came up with an idea to start a woman’s conference. The Success Women’s Conference was born. They have been doing this for years. They have really grown and now have anywhere from 11k-17k attendees.In 2020, Kearn was told by God that she needed to continue to run her own events and to write anthologies. This is where her two biggest events came to be -“Level Up” and “Power Up”. With the pandemic, it was hard to have them live but this didn’t hinder the conferences. They were a major success even virtually. They were both very new for her. Kearn learned so much from both of them. She was very intimated by it in the beginning. She just wasn’t getting anything from other conferences. She was also called to write anthology books, which was tough for her because writing is not a strong suit for Kearn. However, she stepped out on faith and did what she was called to do.In 2019 she wrote her first book, “Trailblazers Who Lead.” This was not something that came easily for Kearn but she pushed and did it. For her second book, she had other authors and other women write their stories, which became the second anthology, “Make it Happen.”

James was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in a small-town west of Fort Worth. It was mostly a ranching town. His father worked in making parts for airplanes for a company called General Dynamics. His father was a working cowboy when James was young. His father did go to the navy during the Vietnam era.James had dreams that he would go to play professional football but unfortunately, he wasn’t built for that. Both his grandfather and father were in the navy and James decided to go into the army at the age of 17. James’s mother was always very supportive of him with his army career.James is red-green colorblind so he was put into a communications support role type job. He wanted to be more in a combat role. Within two years he went to South Korea fora time. Once he was done with his time there he was moved to Kentucky where he met lots of men who helped him go down a path that worked more for him personally.He ended up going to get his special forces certification. In 2001 he was overseas in the Middle East. He ended up having to go to war, which was a changing moment for him. He was a part the first push back against the Taliban from a neighboring country. His team was a support role for those troops in Iraq.At 28 years old he invaded his first country, the western desert in Iraq. A few months later he went home and then ended up back in Baghdad. During his time there he did interact with many locals. He ended up taking 7 trips or 5 years to Iraq. There was an identity that as a solider you needed to have. As a solider you are a go getter, hard fighter and a heavy drinker. During this time he subscribed to that and ended up in a very selfish attitude which drove a wedge between him and his wife at the time and his family. He made many sacrifices, which included a divorce and his relationship with Christ.This line of work takes a toll on you as a solider and your family and friends. This is something he chose but his family didn’t choose it, which caused some strain, especially for his mother.Christ ended up taking him from his current zone and moved him to another place where he had to relearn how to follow Christ and let go of the bad habits he was following. James struggled with surrendering himself to God, but through this time God worked with him and brought him to the place he is today.After retiring from the military, he moved and met his now wife and they created a life together in Louisiana. During 2020 they decided sell everything, they bought a travel trailer and traveled the country for a few months. This was a great time for them. They all learned so much and all did a lot of personal growth. After this they ended up in Georgetown, Texas.

Sloan grew up in El Paso Texas. Her family is from the area and they created a powerful community with their businesses. From a very young age she was always pushed to be well rounded and experience as much as she can. She was very competitive as a child, she was a part of many different activities and had her hands in many different experiences. Sloan has a younger brother and he is the opposite of her. He was not into competition and was very interested in motor sports and cars.At a young age she lost her father and her mom became a single mother over night. Her mother worked very hard to create her own businesses and strived to achieve her goals and dreams. She showed Sloan that resilience can be beautiful and graceful not hard and rough around the edges.While in high school she was a people to people ambassador. She spent 3 weeks in Australia, which taught her a lot about herself. She decided to push herself to start big school early. She started freshmen year at 13 and graduated at 16. She went to Texas A&M for 5 years. During college she learned so much and had many failures. She wanted to do too many things and her grades suffered because she spread herself too thin. This was very humbling for her and she had to reassess her priorities. She realized that sometimes she can’t do everything.After college she spent some time traveling all over the US. One day she decided she would move to Nashville. She felt like Texas was a safety net for her and so she decided she needed to get out of her safety zone. She didn’t have a job or a place to live. She ended up telling her mother and a funny thing came about. Her mother’s fiancé at the time had a job offer in Nashville. She ended up moving in with them for a while. This was very hardfor Sloan because she had lived on her own since 17. She soon met her husband and they now have their roots in Tennessee.At the age 23, Sloan tried working as a bar tender. This taught her that she was not in the protective environment of college. This was real life. She worked as a personal assistant. She ended up getting fired based on a miscommunication and looking back on it, she realized that she didn’t have the confidence and strength to stand up for yourself. She just didn’t know herself. She didn’t stand tall in that environment and let it influence her. She ended up going to work for a job recruiting position. She learned that she loved getting know people and business and connecting them.Later on after her and her husband in married they movedto Kentucky and she became a fitness instructor and health coach. She took part in a beauty pageant, Mrs. Kentucky United States. This was the perfect time for her because she was more comfortable in her own skin. She ended up winning. Through this she was able to see her own passion and learned self awareness. She saw a theme of servant attitude. From here she started her company the Glow Getter Project. She loves to help people find their glow and to help them find themselves.She started to realize that personal development and growth never ends and that in order for you to be successful you have to keep moving. She then changed the name to The Glow Project and her non profit The Glow Movement.She was on the top of the world with everything going on at the time. Then her husband got a promotion and they had to move again. She had to leave her community, her network and everything that she had created. This issue was that this was just temporary. When she moved she struggled to feel good about herself.However, she was able to spend quality time with her son. This taught her that her worth is not based on what we’ve done, it’s who we are. This season in her life pushed her to really go in and look within. She was able to let go of her ego and pride and allowed her grace and love shine. She really focused on herself and her journey and she decided that she wanted to help others during their own journey and lives as a coach and mentor.

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Tim was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and his parents grew up there as well. Later oin life Tim moved to the Dallas, TX area. As a child, Tim was a tall, skinny kid and was bullied throughout school years. He watched his father be laid off often and something clicked for him at such a young age. He decided that no job would ever control him. He never believed any system worked. He grew up in a Christian school and he flunked many of his classes. His parents tried to help him with a “better” education, but it did the opposite.After graduation he moved to Massachusetts. He ended up in a large company. A guy within that company told Tim that he was about to leave and he needed to find another job because once he left they would let him go. He found a job in the coffee packing company. He still struggled with authority and he ended up being let go again. He found a job with a local car dealership, washing cars.He went through many different other jobs. One of the jobs he did was truck driving. On one of the jobs he gotten to an accident that caused him to have a seizure disorder and he was no longer able to be a truck driver…his license was taken away. Later down the road a friend from his church brought him into the MLM company. This helped in his journey to owning his own business.In 1998, a trip to visit his brother in Dallas ended upchanging his mind and he decided to stay. He worked at many other jobs while there. He ended up working some for Troy Aikman. He later became in charge of truck company. He ended up having a seizure on the job. His boss had a talk with him and told him hewould have to be downgraded. Tim decided to leave to do something else.Through all this he was very determined, resilient and positive. He started a mobile car wash business with a friend of his. He contacted a connection with a body shop he used to work with. They had a product that helped to polish cars. They sent his contact information to the company that manufactured the product. That company ended up getting in touch with Tim and gave him $5,000 worth of product to help him start his new business. He ended up working with wealthy, successful people and made lots of connections. Within 2 years they had 5 trucks and many employees and were making lots of money. Even though he had success, he burnt himself out. Through all this he learned millionaire techniques. He rewarded the people who worked for him. He ended up selling his business.Once he sold it, he didn’t know what to do. He spoke with a friend of his. This friend was the infamous speaker and coach, Zig Ziegler. He told Tim that he should be aspeaker and a coach. Tim didn’t believe him and went to be a barista at Starbucks. During his time there he learned so much about customer service. Soon after he was approached by a gentleman about having him coming to work with them to help them create abusiness.Something he always did was he learned something new and then worked hard to help them. He never boasted about what he’s done. He just is himself and he shows people their worth. He helps people start their own companies to this day.

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Denise was born in Dallas, TX. She was adopted by a wonderful couple. She has met her biological mother and she was in the beauty industry. Her adopted father was in the medical, field and that was good for her to grow up in that. Her father didn’t start in the medical field. His job was working with chemicals and he contracted a disease. This caused him to look into taking better care of his health. This brought him to learn more about the holistic approach to health. Denise has moved around a lot through her life and she lived in many different places but her heart is in Florida. During her time in Florida, she was the editor of an aesthetic magazine called Lè Nuvelle.She started by going to Australia and got certifications in holistic practices. After she received her certifications, she came back to the states, stated a family and taught aesthetic courses. She did many speaking and write many articles for various magazines. With all this experience she was asked to be the editor for the Lè Nuvelle magazine.Denise has also enjoyed helping other aestheticians and giving them the education and knowledge, they needed to further their careers. She is a big believer in finding your passion and honing in on that and sharing that with the world as a business. She says, “People over Profit,” but when you do something that you are passionate about the profitability will come to you. Focus on making a different and an impact in other’s lives and things will fall into place.

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Charles was born in Jackson, Mississippi in the country. As a child he didn’t have much but that didn’t matter to him and his siblings. He mom made it work and they had many opportunities to learn responsibility. Looking back on it now, he has a great work ethic. Charles grew up with 4 brothers and 3 sisters and they all respected each other. Since they didn’t have much, they treasured everything they received. They made due with what they had and they were very creative with it. This allowed them to develop what they needed to achieve what they wanted in life. These opportunities also strengthened his want to be an entrepreneur. This was why he got into insurance later on in life…to be his own boss. This is also seen in his siblings and what careers they chose.It was very motivating to have these side jobs as children. To be able to work all week, get paid and be able to purchase something you have wanted and not having to ask someone else for it. All these experiences were very empowering for Charles and his siblings. He wanted to go to college but he also wanted to stay close to home to be near his mother. He decided to take on a few jobs while he was at Jackson State. Through all these experiences he has much appreciation for his mother and it taught him to be grateful to not of been handed everything and that he worked hard for everything.

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Carey had been a very extroverted child but she became more introspective as she got older. She grew up in Colorado and followed her husband to Oklahoma. After they got marriedthey moved back to Colorado where they raised their family. Carey was not interested in following the 9-5 job structure. One day, while in a time of quiet she sat down and wrote what she wanted to see in her life. How she wanted to be as a mother, a wifeand an entrepreneur. She still has those lists to this day and she shows during her talks. She lost her husband in 2014 to suicide and a few years later she lost her son in the same way. She feels very blessed that God had her make the list she did all those years ago, because if she didn’t have a strong “why” that anchored her, she would gone a much different way after their deaths. In 2018, Carey co-authored a book with her daughter, Laurel. They both speak about overcoming adversity and they work together to get this out to others. Now she works with young adults to fine their passions and move forward in their lives and their careers. Many of the people she works with suffer from depression. Her programs have made a major impact in these young people’s lives.

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