Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Baptiste.
Michael, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born to a single teenage mom in the inner city of South Miami.
I earned a basketball scholarship to college. However, I suffered two knee surgeries then I found myself in a hospital bed feeling like my dreams of making to become a professional basketball player had died.
I fell into a depression, dropped out of college, lost my scholarship, went back to Miami, and had to find another way to be successful.
I got back into school at Florida Memorial University. While there, I discovered digital marketing and began finding creative ways to earn online.
Later I did a seminar at FMU sharing what I was doing to get results online with other students.
After that seminar, I attracted marketing clients, and one of them being a startup project called Banana Wave Banana milk.
I agreed to help them get their product into stores and came on as their consultant for marketing, branding, and business development.
After I became a co-founder, we went out to raise money from investors for the business idea.
In 2014 we entered a business plan pitch competition, and I helped the company win the 1st place award for delivering an elevator pitch.
It was a long and tedious process for us to raise capital from investors, but in 2015 we raised enough seed capital from family, friends, and angel investors for the Banana Wave business idea.
Then in 2016, we launched our first 5,000 cases into big-box retail stores like Whole Foods and Walmart within the 1st year of retail sales.
At the same time in 2015, I started coaching people online on my experiences with creating products, closing high-paying clients, and growing a mass-market retail brand.
That led to me launching High Ticket Freedom, which has transformed lives around 12 countries.
Although we’ve achieved a bit of success, things were not always like this.
There were plenty of days and nights where I didn’t know if either of these businesses would work.
There were many times where I would doubt myself that I could actually become an entrepreneur because no one else in my family was doing what I was doing.
There were definitely times where I did think about quitting.
During these times, I would remind myself of the mission I set out to accomplish.
That mission was to create generational wealth by becoming an entrepreneur and offering valuable solutions to people’s problems.
The deeper aspect of the mission was to effectively share my wisdom with others to help them in the process of building and growing their own online businesses or retail businesses too.
This is one of the things that kept me inspired through the challenges.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road.
We have faced budgetary issues where we’ve had to perform internal raises just to keep the beverage business growing at such a rapid rate.
This was a challenge due to the heavy capital required to grow a start-up business in the consumer packaged goods retail sector.
Another struggle in the start was getting people to believe in my marketing skills without seeing any tangible proof of my skills.
It was a struggle because I knew I had something valuable to help people, but I desired a way to show them that I had what it takes to solve their problems.
Another struggle was the struggle of the majority of my friends and family not fully believing and understanding what I was doing to build these businesses or why I was doing it.
All in all, I can say that these challenges made me stronger, they made me think more critically, and they forced me to learn how to solve bigger and bigger problems in the world.
BGM Agency – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I believe everyone has a superpower.
And now I help people discover their superpower, turn it into a high ticket online business or a retail product business, so they can get paid to share their gifts with the world, impact lives worldwide, creates a fulfilling movement that transforms lives around the world, and allows them to live life on their terms. This is what we do inside of our High Ticket Freedom platform.
We specialize in the area of high ticket coaching and consulting, and we are also known for helping others with our expertise in retail business development, as well as launching digital marketing funnels.
As a company, we are most proud of the unique digital marketing and offline mass retail marketing experience with Banana Wave Bananamilk, which allows us to provide our clients with world-class cutting-edge online coaching and course-based education solutions that they won’t find anywhere else like our company.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
There are 2 of them.
The first was when I actually earned my first $20 in sales online doing some CPA affiliate marketing.
The second proudest moment of my career so far has to be when I traveled to Bentonville, Arkansas, to help my business partner, His Excellency Neter Kush Ben Alkebulan, close Walmart to agree on a deal that would take our product nationwide.
I am proud of the fact that I was on the original co-founding team that helped to close Walmart to go nationwide for the brand while still in my late 20’s.
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