Overcoming Adversity: Former Felon Goes From Earning $8/hour to Multiple $6-Figures and Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur with J Haleem Washington

Overcoming Adversity: Former Felon Goes From Earning $8/hour to Multiple $6-Figures and Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur with J Haleem Washington

08 May, 2023

Looking for inspiration to overcome challenges and achieve success as an entrepreneur? Look no further than the latest episode of Entrepreneur Conundrum. In this episode, bestselling author, business coach, and corporate trainer J Haleem Washington shares his inspiring journey from an $8 an hour job to earning six figures as a commercial foot photographer, despite being a convicted felon. He developed his hashtag mantra "I won't Starve" and left his job after just one year. With international brands like Nike, Save the Children Foundation, NFL, and Amtrak under his belt, J has plenty of wisdom to share. From discussing his books written in three years to his experience with finding a job after imprisonment, J's story will inspire you to take chances and believe in yourself. Tune in to hear more about his entrepreneurial journey, target market, and the importance of community support for success. Don't miss this episode of Entrepreneur Conundrum, available now on your favorite podcast platform.

- Guest: J Haleem Washington, successful felon entrepreneur
- Overcoming hardships and taking chances
- Writing a therapeutic book
- Targeting Gen Z, millennials, and baby boomers
- Importance of community support
- Collaboration and personal development
- Self-employment vs entrepreneurship
- Importance of jobs and career paths
- Hard work and knowledge for entrepreneurship
- Speaker's journey and principles for success
- Gratitude and future episodes.



Virginia Purnell 00:01:19 So, can you kind of give us a little synopsis or whatever on your journey on how you got to where you are today?

Virginia Purnell 00:08:20 So who is your ideal target market?

Virginia Purnell 00:11:59 How do you get in front of your ideal people in front of entrepreneurs?

Virginia Purnell 00:13:16 Do you do any social media?

Virginia Purnell 00:14:14 So what are some big goals that you're looking to achieve in the next year or two?

Virginia Purnell 00:16:34 Do you still have those systems in place back in South Carolina that you had when you were over there?

Virginia Purnell 00:19:11 So with some of your goals and stuff, what do you feel is the number one roadblock that might be in the way of you achieving those same thing?

Virginia Purnell 00:22:27 What's the best advice that you have ever been given?

Virginia Purnell 00:27:04 What's the best advice you've ever given?

Virginia Purnell 00:39:53 Is there anything that we haven't talked about yet that you would like to share with us?


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Virginia Purnell

Virginia lives in Northern Alberta on a small farm with her husband and three children. Virginia is a master funnel builder having been certified as an FG Society Master Marketer, Funnelytics, and ClickFunnels Certified Partner. She uses that knowledge to help businesses with their online presence, visibility, and sales.