Today’s Outside of the Box Entrepreneur Series is excited to introduce you to Daryl Kingston – some people know him as “YG”, perhaps we’ll save that Young Genius story for another time … I first met Daryl on Facebook through a business opportunity we were both promoting. At the time, Daryl lived in Texas and challenged me to get a room full of entrepreneurs together and he would make a Toronto, Canada appearance. Challenge accepted and a few short months later we made it happen. I, like hundreds, even thousands of others, have had the privilege of being personally mentored by him.
He challenged my way of thinking, pushed me out of that comfort zone, and I was no different, he believed in people who put in work. He believed (and still does I imagine) in the underdog – He owns multiple traditional businesses, and has made a substantial, documented income through Network Marketing. Daryl has defied his own odds of where he grew up, on the south side of Chicago, hustling from a young age, but more importantly, the right way. He dedicates endless hours to his craft and takes far greater pride in helping others succeed than his own success.
Daryl continues to be a huge influence in my own entrepreneurial journey and I’m excited to introduce you to him today and obtain even a small glimpse of why I’m fortunate to have Daryl Kingston part of the Outside of the Box Entrepreneurial Series.
What sparked your drive to become an entrepreneur?
There was not something in particular that sparked my interest to become an entrepreneur. I feel that it has always been in my blood to be an entrepreneur because as child I would find different ways to make money by selling different items I knew people wanted and needed. As I got older that passion grew stronger and stronger to a point where I knew I only wanted to work for myself. I could never justify working for someone else when I knew in my heart I was meant to be an entrepreneur.
You’ve been selected as an “out of the box entrepreneur” would you agree with this statement?
Yes, I would agree with this statement. This is because I love what I do. I am not just an entrepreneur for the sake of being an entrepreneur, my heart and soul goes into what I do. I come up with great ideas and I put in the work to follow through with them. My success in multiple of my businesses I own prove that.
If you could have given yourself a piece of knowledge or advice when you started what would that be?
If I could have given myself a piece of advice when I started that would be not over thinking certain aspects of business. I always give each project that I do a 100 percent and sometimes you don’t realize it’s the little things that make your business successful. Less is always more in my opinion. I learnt that as I grew in my field of work, which definitely helped me create the success in all my businesses.
To what do you attribute your success? What would say are the five key elements for starting and running a successful business?
I attribute my success not only to myself but to my parents as well. This is because my parents were always there to guide me and push me in the right direction. They always believed in me and what I did. Their love and support helped me push myself even harder to accomplish my goals. I learned that if I want something I need to put my 100 percent into it to get the results that I want. 5 key elements for starting and running a successful business in my opinion is your character, attitude, discipline, the right inner circle of people and lastly, patients. I follow these key elements which has helped me create multiple successful businesses.
Who has been your greatest inspiration and why?
My father has been my greatest inspiration. This is because he kept me grounded and taught me how to be a man at a young age. Many of the things he taught me growing up as a young man helped me in my life overall. Not only did he teach me, but he always supported and guided me. Without him I wouldn’t have been as successful as I am today.
When the readers would like to get in touch with you, what is the best way for them to do so?
The best way to contact me is through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook
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The entrepreneurs who have participated throughout this series, have done so in donating their time. Always serving, endless value, leading from the front.
When I began this series of interviews, reaching out to successful, full time, entrepreneurs, I had one purpose – for this information to touch someone, somewhere who might be thinking of giving up. Reaching someone who needed to know that entrepreneurship isn’t always rainbows and awesome sauce – but there’s a real hustle, a real grind. Know that if you put in the work, success is inevitable.
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