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Hidden Gems: Meet Daniel Destine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Destine.

Hi Daniel, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was raised in a middle-class sort of environment where I was taught to go to school, get good grades, and get a good job. My only problem with that concept, being the youngest at one point of my life having older siblings, then becoming the oldest brother of the home to my now little siblings (not so little anymore these days), I didn’t see how any 9-5 job or career would be able to support myself, my family, and my dreams all at the same time while still enjoying my concept of what life should be like. I went to school and did well and got some scholarship money which helped my family immensely for me to afford college, but we still had to take out some loan money, thankfully not as much as it could have been.

Before college, I had worked at six different jobs (left each one because I wanted to get paid more, not because of incompetency, and I did get that raise each time). I played six different instruments (I have a passion for music), learned how to produce beats and record music, and played high school basketball (for a season haha), football, and even lacrosse! I took some AP classes, got an alright score on my SAT, that sort of thing. I felt like when I graduated high school that I was talented, but I didn’t feel talented. Maybe it was the lack of self-esteem I slightly had inside sometimes, or maybe it was because I knew even though I always worked so hard that I still couldn’t financially keep up with being able to help myself, help my family, and do all the things I wanted to do as a kid trying to keep up with other kids whose parents possibly could have been in a better financial situation. Don’t get me wrong, my parents are the most hard-working and talented human beings on this earth and provided me with everything I needed, I believe, but they just didn’t have anyone to teach them how to get financially free.

As I was finishing my sophomore year, I decided that I needed to find a way to start my own business and be a successful entrepreneur. I spent thousands of dollars on different courses like Tai Lopez’s Social Media Mastermind Academy, which at the time was valued at thousands of dollars. I went to seminars, attended info sessions and webinars, and would have acquired enough knowledge to start my own marketing business! Little did I know, though that I still needed capital to run a business! More capital than what my job as a Facility Manager at the time could handle, so once again I needed something more!

Thankfully I was introduced to a way that I could create passive residual income in recession-proof industries like energy (gas and electricity), wireless, internet, payment processing, and more! I was able to get mentored by six-figure monthly earners and was able to learn how to create passive residual income and this has allowed me to experience time freedom at the age of 23, being able to create income while sleep and getting paid on work that has already been done is a blessing. I realized that in college, they wouldn’t teach everyone how to create passive income because if they did, then who would go to work?!

I decided that I wanted to not only create passive income for myself but teach others how to do the same. With that decision, a business partner and coach of mine and I co-founded a movement called Struggle Before Success. I have been able to help brands and businesses along the way in doing so as well. Since this applied knowledge has been such a powerful agent in my life, it has allowed me to refocus the energy I needed monetarily, physically, and emotionally back into my online marketing agency business. I opened my marketing business, Max Vibe Solutions, and have been able to help personal brands, hair salons, home remodeling/construction companies, real estate professionals, and more with their marketing and advertising strategies which have allowed them to not only increase sales by commas but also learn and gain invaluable marketing skills that are none other than the cream of the crop of success.

I am only just getting started as I have many plans to invest, give back, and continue learning as a young entrepreneur in this society. I want to be able to provide for my family and retire my parents because they gave myself and our families their everything so I want them to be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor truly. I want to be able to provide for my siblings and extended family in Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago. I want to be able to be a provider for my future family someday and never have to worry about money in my life or any of my people’s lives. I want to empower my circle and my friends to be bosses and further my and their skills as we elevate in this world. I can go on, but it’s best if you just stay tuned!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I did face some obstacles and challenges. Growing up as a kid, it wasn’t a smooth road, I struggled with not telling people what I was feeling and going through in my mind. I dealt with low self-esteem and I don’t mean to use this word lightly, but depression, as well as having moments that I just felt like I was never good enough. I dealt with being overweight for my age for many years of my life despite being physically active throughout every season of the year. I was not the saddest kid in class, I was a jokester at times but looking back at it, no matter who you are, loud or quiet, we all need someone to talk to.

Growing older in my teen years, I had a best friend that basically was like a brother to me. Our mindsets made us “twin-like,” and some would say they would never see one of us without the other. I lost my best friend it feels like just yesterday but has been some time now. I feel like everyone goes through pains and trials and tribulations so I could go on and on because I have many stories, but I think what’s important in life is being grateful for what you have and being able to bounce back.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I own/co-own multiple businesses from a mentorship/financial literacy organization in which we inform individuals on how to create generational wealth through passive residual income streams (Struggle Before Success | www.strugglebeforesuccess.com), to a clothing brand that I co-own with five fellow graduates from my alma mater (TB Til Infinity || tbtilinfinity.com), to my online marketing business Max Vibe Solutions, where we aim to maximize a brand’s/business’ vibrations between them and their audience through proven six-figure to multi-million dollar revenue-creating marketing and advertising strategies.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
When searching for a mentor, it starts with yourself. What do you want to achieve in life? What industry or industries do you feel or see yourself working in? What things are you truly passionate about? Take these sort of questions and then find individuals who you see are already having success doing what you want to do! Put yourself into rooms, networking events, meet-ups, send messages and emails through social media sites like Linked In, etc. Go to events in your area or even outside of your area and be ready to actually speak with people and gain contacts and grow relationships because you never know where that next opportunity may come from! As an entrepreneur, you always want to keep your possibilities open and limitless!

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