Gabrielle Jordan

Episode (58) – How to impact change on a global scale


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Gabrielle Jordan is the owner of Jewelz of Jordan, an upscale jewelry business, which she started at the age of 9. She’s also the co-founder of the ExCEL Youth Mentoring Institute, and a host of a weekly video podcast called ExCEL with Gabrielle. Some of her clients include Syracuse University, Columbia University, Google, United States Embassy Nassau – The Bahamas and National Commercial Bank- Jamaica.

 

On today’s show,

 Gabrielle talks about how she has become a young entrepreneur and shares her tips on what it takes to make a change on a global scale.

 

Gabrielle also covers,

 

  • How her passion for making jewelry at the age of 7 led her to become a young entrepreneur
  • She wrote the book about physical and mental necessities of being an entrepreneur at the age of 11
  • She is the 6th generation entrepreneur in her family
  • The importance of taking the opportunity to learn something new from every person you meet
  • Her goal is to impact change on a global scale
  • How she wants to help people to understand what abilities they have so that they can unlock the potential they already hold
  • Her Life Changing Question is: Why am I important?
  • The importance of self-awareness and why is it both, a blessing and a curse
  • When you get a better understanding of yourself, you can then get a better understanding of others
  • Self-awareness is about knowing 3 things: who you are, what you do, why you do it
  • Her habits and rituals include: buying different kinds of art, creating and decorating, cooking, playing with Lego’s and hanging out with her family and friends
  • The thing on her bucket list is skydiving

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Resources Mentioned in this show:

excelyouthmentoring.com

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Transcription

Welcome to Episode No. 58 of the Life-Changing Questions podcast. On today’s show, we have a lady, who was featured in INC. as one of five entrepreneurial kids, who basically won the Internet in 2015. This lady was also honoured by first lady, Michelle Obama, during the 2015 Black Girls Rock Awards Show. Our guest today is Gabrielle Jordan. She is now age 17 and the owner of Jewelz of Jordan, an obscure jewellery business, which she started at the age of 9. Gabrielle’s passion has continued from her business now to inspire youth and mentor other youths through her program ExCEL. I am so excited today to welcome to the show Gabrielle Jordan. Gabrielle, welcome to the show.

If just one question could immediately transform the quality of your life or the results of your business, would you want to know what that question was? Life and business strategist, Kevin Bees, interviews success masters to discover their life-changing questions. Welcome to the Life-Changing Questions podcast.

KEVIN:
So Gabrielle, welcome to the show today!

GABRIELLE:
Thank you so much for having me, I am very excited.

KEVIN:
I am super excited when I think back to when I was age 17, I clearly had no understanding of what I wanted to do with life, no understanding of really business, I think I liked the idea of being like a Richard Branson, but I don’t think I really understood what it was or what it would mean to be.

GABRIELLE:
Right, right.

KEVIN:
I think it will be taking me another two decades to kind of get my head around that and understand that. Yet you are at age of 17 now, you have already built a successful business, you’ve already have a podcast, a book, you’re already helping other youth get into entrepreneurship, so I wanna start off by saying like ‘Wow!’ We are so excited to have you on the show and learn some things from you. So I wonder if you would give us a little bit of your background. I mean, at the age of 17, how have you come so far and done so much?

GABRIELLE:
Well, I will say, it started really off with just a passion for creating. I started making jewellery when I was 7 years old. So I have actually always loved jewellery. I just had this strong kind of attraction toward it. I always wanted to be part of it. I always saw things, I’d find broken pieces on the street and on my mom’s like night stand or whatever and I had all these ideas of what I could create with it, what I could do with these things and I think it was once I discovered YouTube, I started teaching myself. Just base of YouTube, how to make jewellery, how to design, how to do different things, go to Michaels, go to craft stores and things and just do what I could with what I had and it was something I loved so much. It wasn’t anything that anybody had to tell me to do. It was inclination. It was just what I wanted to do with my life. And I went on to taking the jewellery that I would make when I went to school and I would end up selling it on the playground, on the school bus. I didn’t expect to do that, ha, ha. It just happened. So I think about just kind of going backwards from where I am now. I think about that love for just creating something, creating anything, you know, drawing was the main thing, but I loved to create so many other things. I was just a very creative person. It was something I was passionate about, using my mind to dream up different things and different ideas and making those things a reality. And it was when I was 9 years old, around that time that my parents had told me about entrepreneurship. They told me about business and how I have generations of entrepreneurs on my mom’s side and that if I wanted to be an entrepreneur myself, I wanted to take this love of jewellery that I had, you know, this ability to create and make it a business, make it something real, make it something that I could make money off this, something that I can enjoy doing with my life, something that people could also see, then yeah, that I could do that, and they would help me in supporting the fact. And when I look at just kind of like that part of my life, I look at that and I think, you know, all of this really just started with this ability to create – to create the jewellery, but also to create a business for myself and develop a company with the help of my family, but to be able to create, is where it started, I had this passion, this love for just for that. When it was once, I was able to see when I would go to events, I would set up my jewellery, my tailor-made business, I would tell people my story and once I was able to see the kind of impact, the kind of effect they actually had on people’s lives that I was able to see what else I could do with this ability of creating because you know when I would go and I would sell my jewellery and I would tell people about what I was doing, these parents and adults would go and tell their kids about what I was doing and they hopefully inspired their kids to start businesses themselves and it did inspire them to start businesses themselves. It inspired adults to start businesses themselves and start putting in their dreams and their ideas into action and I never ever a million years, actually expected that to happen, you know, just by creating jewellery, that was never my thought process that I would inspire a bunch of people to do the same thing. But when that started happening, I started seeing those kinds of effects that I was having on people’s lives; they kind of changed, that I was impacting people, I went on and I wrote a book, called ‘The Making of a Young Entrepreneur’, when I was 11 years old. That was only a competition, but I wrote it for that competition because I wanted to teach people how to be entrepreneurs. I did not win the competition, but I did go on to self publish the book because I wanted to make it real, I still wanted to go, put it out there. So I created a book, I wrote a book and that made that same kind of impact on people’s life. That did that same kind of thing, it made people that read this book wanna do something with their lives as well. That made people that read this book want to fulfil, you know, utilize their potential and reach their purpose or whatever it is; they just wanted to do things with their lives when they saw I was doing. And this was really the pattern throughout my life, [0:05:41] different things that I have been doing with my life from, you know, the podcast that I created, The UV Effect, from speaking, from creating different outlets for people to learn how to be entrepreneurs at the ExCEL youth mentoring institute. All of these different things, I would create. I would create something and the effect, the impact that I was making directly because I was creating something, was that somebody else wanted to do something with their lives now. They saw what I was doing, they saw what I created and now they wanted to do this. They wanted to do something with their lives as well. And so I think, I look at that. I look at my story so far and I look at what I am doing that has really how I have done what I have done. I have used this unique quality, this unique value that I have, to do things with my life that I never really expected to do and reach people in ways that I never really expected to reach them and that’s what the podcast UV Effect is all about that I started. You know, that’s really what it’s all about. It’s about using your unique talents, your unique values, what it’s called to effect change in people’s lives and to really create, you know, [0:06:47] to unlock your greatness, whatever potential that you have, and we have a lot of it in us, and I think that’s really what really drove my career, my life so far.

KEVIN:
Yeah, wow and what a journey. So from age 7, making jewellery. So your business is Jewelz of Jordan and you are still running that, still going successfully?

GABRIELLE:
Yes, Jewelz of Jordan is still running. Actually it’s a specialty company now, so I create very few pieces throughout the month or I create three pieces in a month, like high quality statement pieces in a month. I keep the brand of myself, it’s almost like I am just kind of creating art, because jewellery is where the initial passion was and it’s just this way for me to release a lot of my creativity and so I still do the company there and I still love to do it so much and it’s a big part of my life style.

KEVIN:
Yeah, wonderful. But it sounds like then this passion for creating and impacting and inspiring others has certainly led you down another path then. Tell us a little bit more about the book, ‘The Making of the Entrepreneur.’ We would love to hear a little bit more, is there, I am hearing this message of, you know, the UV, unique value coming through, is that what we get in ‘The Making of the Entrepreneur’ or is there another message in that book?

GABRIELLE:
So ‘The Making of a Young Entrepreneur’ was a book I wrote when I was 11 years old and so at that point I hadn’t really understood unique value. I hadn’t really developed this concept of unique value back then. My big thing was really about entrepreneurship and focusing on that and it still really is a huge part of my life obviously because I am an entrepreneur myself and I still encourage others to be entrepreneurial, so the book is about teaching young people how to be an entrepreneur, what it takes to be an entrepreneur, both physically and mentally. I think it’s crucial for any entrepreneur, any person really that’s going into an aspect of their lives [0:08:37] launching themselves in some way that they understand how important both the physical aspects, you know, what you are doing, what it takes to do what you are doing, and the mental aspects. that’s about, you know, of course, its focus and passion and being able to deal with people, interpersonal skills and so the book is really about talking about, yeah, physical and mental necessities when being an entrepreneur and I think it’s kind of funny, I was reading my book a little while ago, kind of going back to it and now that kind of sounds weird, but I was going back to my book a little while ago and when I read it, I saw kind of hints of unique value kind of coming through because it really does correlate, I think when it comes to unique value that message for me is about being able to unlock into, tap into the aspects of yourself that are unique to you, no matter what age you are, but I am so big on making sure that somebody, you know that you are doing it as early as possible because I was able to tap into it early in my life and that’s really allowed my life to propel in ways that I never really expected. So yeah, the book is really about entrepreneurship, but I think entrepreneurship is such a great way to be able to figure out what unique value might be.

KEVIN:
Yeah, wonderful description and so we need to go tapping into your unique value and I am hearing a lot about your identity here. You are so clear that I am an entrepreneur, so do you say you are a 5th or 6th generation entrepreneur in your family?

GABRIELLE:
I am. Yes, I am the 6th generation on my mom’s side.

KEVIN:
Sixth generation. What I would love to hear then, I mean, clearly you have a long line of inspirational people in front of you, doing great work in the entrepreneurial space, who are the people that inspired you? Who are the people that have had impact for you to lead you on this journey?

GABRIELLE:
That is a really good question. I always find that when people ask me that question, I have a hard time kind of pinpointing exactly who because I pool from so many different people in my life. In my life, every person that I meet, I try to learn something from, that’s almost a staple in the way that I talk to people, in the way that I communicate with pple, it’s that I am trying to keep my ears open for something that I can learn from them, so I think I would say that the main people of course would be my parents, my family, have taught me so much along the way and then my, just my guardian angels have really guided me throughout this process. And I have a multitude of different mentors that have just been there, you know, since I started you know looking for these mentors, [0:10:59] which is my jewellery mentor; again [0:11:00] which is my speaking mentor and I have many other mentors that are just always on my path and supporting me and then I have, of course, I have like the ones that I look up to, that are really big like Dan Hardy, he’s huge and he’s just an incredible person. I think it’s really inspiring what he’s done with his life as well, but again it’s a really hard question for me to answer because I try and pull from every single person that I have ever met.

KEVIN:
And that the key, key message I hear in there is anyone you meet, that you are gonna take the opportunity to learn from them. So we will always, always need to be learning. And so let’s just say we fast forward, so you are 17 now, if I was to be meeting you again in 10 years, you will be 27.

GABRIELLE:
Yes!

KEVIN:
What can we expect from you, like what else do you have planned? I mean you have done so much already, what else is on the agenda for you?

GABRIELLE:
I mean, yeah, okay. You keep giving me the hard questions, ha, ha…

KEVIN:
That’s what we are here for, ha, ha..

GABRIELLE:
Yeah, I mean, I have this huge vision for my life and what I wanna be able to achieve. I know that the best thing for me is that I really want to be able to impact change on a global scale. I think something that has happened and particularly in society that we live in now, but is kind of spreading throughout the world, this is idea of conformity and I don’t like it at all [laughs]. I only wanna work to be able to travel more. I am an international speaking now, but I want to speak more internationally and reach people on a grander level and on bigger stages so that I can spread this message of UV effect, and allow people to understand what innate abilities they have within themselves so that they can unlock the potential that they already hold. I
know also the big thing that I wanna do is with my ExCEL Youth Mentoring Institute, which is the institute I use to mentor young people to start their businesses, to grow their businesses. I wanna grow that on a global stage as well. I have it as an online mentoring institute right now and I like that it is online because I am able to reach more and more people across the country, but I want to be able reach more and more people across the world. So that really is the next step there. I, of course, wanna grow the UV Effect podcast and I mean those are the two main focuses that I have right now in my life, but it’s really [0:13:07] developing this global focus and being able to reach people across the world.

KEVIN:
Yeah, wonderful. And I hear that so clearly, I want to impact change on a global scale. So clear on your mission. So clear on what you want to do. And you’ve already got resources set up in place to help people with that. So if you are listening and you want to find out more about this or if you want to may be send your children on the ExCEL online course, then you can certainly check that out at – where would they go to get that?

GABRIELLE:
They can go to excelyouthmentoring.com, so that’s e-x-c-e-l mentoring.com, yup, yeah, all that’s there. Actually it’s a free program. It’s a wonderful community to join. We put out different, you know, templates and resources for kids to access as well as different programs that we have going on during the year, really building that community now so that we can reach more and more kids.

KEVIN:
Yeah, wonderful! So excelyouthmentoring.com and of course, you can also, if you are interested in having Gabrielle come and speak, gabriellejordaninspires.com. And all of those bits of information will be in the page notes on kevinbees.com/podcast, so you can see any of the information that you need in there. Now, you said I ask you the tough questions. I have the big one. This is the one that we are here for. So, we understand that the quality of the questions that we ask ourselves really impacts the quality of the lives that we lead. So I would love to know from you, what’s one question that you have asked that’s had the biggest possible impact on your life or on the life of the people that you serve?

GABRIELLE:
I think the biggest question that I’ve asked is, if think, one of the one’s that is the hardest to answer. And if don’t know if I know the exact answer quite yet. I think this question is one that you constantly need to remind yourself of and constantly kind of revise the answer of. And you kind of grow a better understanding of it as you go along in your life. So the question that really that I’ve asked myself multiple times and you know, have asked others to answer for themselves is, ‘Why am I important?’ and that question for me, I think, it’s a very hard question to answer and I think the main reason for that is because we kind of convince ourselves as a society to think that we are almost expendable, so to speak, like what we have to offer can just, it could be offered by anybody else, that you know we are not in any way important, I mean, maybe we have important people in our lives, like family [0:15:23], but we are not really important in the grand scheme of, you know, what we want to accomplish or something and for me, I think that it’s important that I know clearly that I am not expendable and that there is an exact reason for me to be doing what I am doing and that I have an exact impact that I can make on people and so I ask myself this question ‘Why am I important?’ ‘Why am I important to this person’s life and to the world in general?’ It’s such a huge question and I have somewhat of an answer because of what I am doing right now. I find, like, why I am important is to be able to kind of change the minds of people and be able to allow people to see why they are important for themselves. So that’s my question that I have to continue to remind myself to answer as well.

KEVIN:
It is an amazing question and I love it because it’s just four words..

GABRIELLE:
Yeah.

KEVIN:
And why it’s so powerful is because when you ask it, it presumes that you are important. It already presumes that the answer you have to give is that you are important, so you are asking to find why. I really like that. I think it’s a really powerful piece there because you are right. We can get so lost in what impact we can have and so by asking this and being clear in this and I like the words you use, there is an exact impact that you had to make with this person, with the family, with the bigger community, you know, or even on a global scale. So ‘Why am I important?’ I think it’s a really, really great question. So Gabrielle, I really love that question, why am I important. I’d also love to ask you a little about your habits and your rituals. What are some of the things that you do or continue to do that has allowed you to build the success and momentum that you have already in your life?

GABRIELLE:
I would say the key thing that I do is, its self awareness. I think constant, constant self awareness. And I have learned that self awareness is being able to be completely 100% self aware of yourself, is both a blessing, but a curse because you are constantly evaluating yourself and constantly watching your moves and constantly making sure that what you are doing is positive and that can be a hard task. That can be such a difficult thing to do because when you are self aware, you are very critical of everything you are doing and you wanna make sure that you are doing everything to the best of your ability and when you do mess up, you kind of, you fault yourself a lot, but I think that self awareness is so keen, so important and everything that you are doing because, you know, whether it be communication, whether it be the work that you are doing or you are creating a new business or in your job, whether it be, you know, the relationships that you are building, self awareness is the, I would say, it’s definitely the top of the list of the most important abilities that need to be built [0:18:15] so for me, I constantly work and make sure that I am being self aware and knowing what I am doing, why I am doing it. Why did I just do this? Is there a reason behind why I just did this and can that reason help me to better what I’ll do next, you know, it’s about that evaluation of understanding because I think when you get a better understanding of ourselves, we can then gradually get a better understanding of others. Yeah, of course other people are very different from who we are. Everybody is different from each other, but people are people. Honestly, people are people and we sometimes do the same kind of things or we sometimes act the same kind of ways and so if we start by kind of understanding who we are, by evaluating what we are, we might then be able to get a better understanding of the people that [0:10:01] empathy for other people. We can, you know, just be able to relate to other people, but it does really start with kind of being able to know who you are, what you do, why you do it.

KEVIN:
So really to know who you, what you are, and why you do it. And of course, that links back to why am I important and of course, understanding your unique value.

GABRIELLE:
Well, yes we all connect.

KEVIN:
It all connects. All the links, all the way through. And in terms of the habits and rituals, I get this level of passion and level of energy, what do you do for fun?

GABRIELLE:
Oh, okay. So for fun, I mean, this might cause a shock to you, but I like to create when I [0:19:41] fun. I love to buy different kinds of art. I am not a painter anything or any span of that kind of imagination, but I do like creating, like in my room and decorating, but I also like to, of course, hang out with my family and my friends. I love to cook. I like to play with Lego’s. Yeah, I mean, I am a kind of person that’s kind of like do anything, I think I’m kind of a very adventurous person, so I think the most fun that I could have is by doing something I have never done before. So, yeah, I do, that’s just kind of some of the things that I just really enjoy in my free time, when I get some.

KEVIN:
Yes and with the amount of things you are doing in impacting the global scale then there is certainly, I guess, less and less time because you are so busy creating, which is lucky [0:20:25] you are creating. Very important too. And one of the people that we have interviewed on the show is the world’s No. 1 bucket list expert and he explains about how people can design their life, you know, and achieve these things on their bucket list. If there was one thing on your bucket list that you’re still wanting to accomplish or one thing you have accomplished already that you are so proud of, what would that be?

GABRIELLE:
Sure, for my 18th birthday, I am 17 now, and my 18th birthday is coming up in February and the thing that I am excited about doing and that I wanna do, that’s on my bucket list, is sky diving.

KEVIN:
Wow! An amazing thing to do. Very enjoyable thing to do.

GABRIELLE:
Yeah!

KEVIN:
Are you scared in any way?

GABRIELLE:
Okay, so it’s this weird feeling where I’m definitely nervous, but I am not nervous at all.

KEVIN:
Yeah.

GABRIELLE:
That doesn’t make sense. It’s just like I wanna do it so much that I have kind of knocked out that fear right now, but I am pretty sure when I am up on that plane, I am gonna need someone just push me off, ha, ha! I don’t think that I will be able to jump on my own.

KEVIN:
Ha, ha, yeah, and I am sure that will happen once you start with someone that you will up air 14,000 to 15,000 feet, the shuttered doors will open and the wind go rushing, you’ll probably watch someone else disappear out the door in front of you and then it will be your turn. And then that’s when the fun begins. So you are gonna have such a great time and I am very excited for you. What a great way to be celebrating your 18th birthday. Now you have given us so much value, so much information, I mean, my brain is still processing this question ‘why am I important?’ I know I am looking forward to taking some time off [0:21:55] really clear on that answer because it’s such a powerful question and of course that [0:22:01] assuming of course you are important is so important, so what we would love to hear from you, once the listeners have read your book, if there was one book that you could recommend for our listeners to read, what would that be?

GABRIELLE:
I love the book, ‘The Screwtape Letters’, it’s by C.S. Lewis. It’s a really great book because it really gives [0:22:19] the understanding of the human condition, why we do the things that we do sometimes. And when I read it really opened by eyes to things that I didn’t even realize that I did and things that I didn’t realize that there was a reason behind why I did. So I just think it’s a book for anybody to read. It’s a book that you need an open mind for when you are reading it, but you can gain so much from it when you really decide to open your mind and to delve deep into what the message is.

KEVIN:
Okay, so C.S. Lewis and ‘Screwtape Letters.’ Check out all of the details on kevinbees.com/podcast and you will be able to access all of the information there. So Gabrielle, you have been absolutely a breath of fresh air today. It has been so amazing to speak with you. There’s so much energy and passion and I think what I get the most of it, you just have a real clarity of the way you are going. You know that you are here to impact, inspire and create on a global stage and help people understand the unique values. So thank you so much for your time, your energy, and everything you shared with us today.

GABRIELLE:
Thank you. I enjoyed being here. I think it was a really great conversation.

Thanks so much for listening to the life-changing questions podcast with your host, Kevin Bees. We’ll catch you next time.

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