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Introducing Amani Channel
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast is Amani Channel.
He is a man who since attending University at South Florida has literally been capturing the world from in front and now behind the lens of his camera.
And although it might have seemed like a hobby, or just something to do at first, to Amani Channel it has lead to a career in TV news, video production, broadcast PR, and even teaching.
And that is the beauty of joining up the dots, although you can see the path clearly when you look back, at the time its just grabbing opportunities, making connections, and hopefully enjoying yourself
How The Dots Joined Up For Amani
And it seems that our guest who originated from California, has been enjoying himself as he has traveled the length and breadth of the country doing the very thing that he loves.
And now with a handful of awards to his name and appearances on NPR, and Forbes.com, he has developed his own resource center at webvideochefs where he teaches us all how to get the best from our cameras.
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays podcast, with the one and only Amani Channel.
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Amani Channel such as:
How he would carry a camera around with him when he went out with his wife in the early days…which bizarrely she was ok with it!
There are no get quick schemes in life, so you have to make sure you have to be 110% every time in life to get 1% respect for anyone in return!
The moment he realised that he had to change his mind-set and step up to the plate to achieve great success!
Why you have to be able to take risks in life, and see failures as the true stepping success!
The logic behind the phrase “Your mind is like a parachute and will only work when its open”
How To Connect With Amani Channel
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Audio Transcription Of Amani Channel Interview
When we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph.
David Ralph [0:26]
Yes, hello there. Good morning, everybody. And welcome to Episode 176 of Join Up Dots we are flying along, won’t be long to get to the 200. So I’m going to do a good one for the 200. But this this guy today, should have been on a long time ago. And he was one of my first kind of guests. And we were all ready to record and he got up incredibly early because he lives in Atlanta in America, and I’m in the United Kingdom. So it was something like five o’clock, alohar passport, and it was dog. And just as I started to record, my system went through a complete meltdown. And I couldn’t get anything to work, I couldn’t hear him. And I was literally running around screaming, thinking, I don’t know what to do. There’s wires behind the computer. I don’t know what to touch. It’s terrible. Just about to record today, we had the same kind of issue. He’s walking along whistling, he was so relaxed about it. So I know. But I’ve got a professional in the media business. And it’s not surprising because since attending University of South Florida, our guest today is literally been capturing the world from in front and now behind the lens of his camera. And although it might seem like a hobby, or just something to do it first is lead him into a career in TV news, video production, broadcast PR, and even teaching. And that is the beauty of Join Up Dots because although you can see the path clearly when you look back at the time, it’s just grabbing opportunities, making Connexions and hopefully enjoying yourself. And it seems that our guest who originated from California has been enjoying himself. And he’s travelled the length and breadth of the country doing the berry thing that he loves. And now with a handful of awards to his name and appearances on NPR and forbes.com. He’s developed his own Resource Centre at web video ships, where he teaches us all how to get the best from our cameras. So let’s start looking at his life through a lens as we Join Up Dots with the one and only Amani channel. How are you sir?
Amani Channel [2:20]
What’s going on? That was an amazing intro. David. I don’t know that one quite said like that. So it makes me feel like I’ve done a lot in my short life. But uh, thank you very much. It’s good to be here.
David Ralph [2:30]
I should have just done an intro about how relaxed and wise you were 10 minutes ago.
Amani Channel [2:35]
You explain that to me? Yeah, this kind of, you know, when Mic doesn’t work. So I got another mic. Let’s whistle while you’re working. Let’s see if we can get it going, which we did. So that’s how that’s how it goes. But
David Ralph [2:46]
I’m kind of going Why doesn’t this might work? What’s happened to this? Last time I turned it on it works. Now it doesn’t work. Why is he doing this? Why is he doing this but you just kind of happily went along and unplugged and different things. You are a professional DJ, do you ever have an actually sort of in in the sort of wider sense when you’re doing work? I suppose that you’re being paid for? Do you ever have issues like that, that really rocks you back on your heels? And you can’t deal with it? Or can pretty much on the the technical side you deal with anything now?
Amani Channel [3:15]
Yeah, so I’m, I’m more of a producer. So you know, I was a broadcaster I was a reporter in a former life. And now I you know, help other brands and organisations tell their storey. So normally, if I’m doing like a professional shoot, I’ll have like a kind of a crew with me. So I’ll have a cameraman an audio guy, sometimes the cameramen do the audio, maybe a production assistant to help move some lights and that sort of thing. And then I’m kind of overseeing it. So if there is a technical issue, I’m kind of like just kind of letting the professionals kind of troubleshoot it. Um, you know, like, if the camera is having an issue with the audio or something, you know, you kind of have to sit back. So that’s another reason why you kind of have to be relaxed, because you have to, you know, in video production is really about teamwork. And so, you know, it’s kind of like I can sort of listen to the situation to maybe add my one or two cents, whatever that’s worth. But a lot of times it’s kind of like letting the other professionals who are the real experts kind of figure it out and so on that’s probably another reason why I’m sort of calm about it is because you know, it’s either going to work or it’s not going to work and stressing about it usually doesn’t help the situation will exacerbate it. And so that’s that’s kind of where and I’m a laid back guy and was like I said I’m from California originally so a lot of people it’s kind of like my personality is kind of like to lay back you know let things work themselves out. And you know, had this kind of odd this kind of way about going about life where I feel like life kind of will provide the answer for you life will kind of work the situation out so that’s that’s kind of where why I’m so I guess relaxed when it comes to troubleshooting a technical challenges will call them.
David Ralph [4:44]
I had a challenge when I was in Atlanta, you live in Atlanta, so you can sort of point me in the right direction. But I got terribly lost in Atlanta because I saw in the guidebooks about it had the second biggest Pantheon, like the statue in Greece at the top of Athens, somewhere. We’re in Atlanta, and I spend all afternoon looking for this bloody thing I could never find it apparently was in some Park. I found the world’s biggest aquarium, I found the Coca Cola plays at their Martin Luther King’s place. But I couldn’t find this statue this Pantheon. Do you know where it is? Can you point me in the right direction.
Amani Channel [5:20]
I’m trying to figure out what it is. So So I noted like so Birmingham, Alabama is like Atlanta sister city. And I know they have them what’s called the Vulcan which is this huge statue that’s on top of the city. And it kind of overlooks the city of Birmingham. That’s actually what I thought when you said it. But um, I guess that’s one landmark that I haven’t found myself yet. So like you, I might get lost trying to find it. Because you know, the situation with Atlanta is that there’s a lot of peach tree streets and I’m sure you figured this out. But you know, a lot of the newcomers to the senior like how many peach tree or P there’s a lot of storeys that are named peach tree, this Petri trail is peach tree row, there’s Beech Tree way. And so that’s a lot of times when people find when they come to the city of Atlanta.
David Ralph [6:02]
So so what what do you do in the city of Atlanta, when you are just being yourself? You obviously don’t walk around with a camera all the time, sort of doing real life? Looking at the weirdos because, believe me, there’s a few strange people in Atlanta when I was there. What do you do with yourself?
Amani Channel [6:18]
Yeah, so there were there was a time when if you ask my wife that I did pretty much carry a camera all the time with me. So um, yeah, my backgrounds in broadcast news. And I studied at the University of Florida, and I graduated in Oh, many moons ago. 1997, worked at a TV station after graduation in DC, and did that for about a year, and then got the opportunity to it to work as a reporter training in Tampa, Florida. Just to give you my elevator, you know, my life in like two minutes. And then I was in Tampa for eight years where I worked on as a news reporter moved to Atlanta in 2006, where I worked for a small cable network that subsequently went out of business, like seven months after I moved to Atlanta. And so, um, you know, I looked at it more as an opportunity than like, you know, a lot of people I guess, when their job situation changes, or there’s that uncertainty, there’s that kind of, what am I going to do now, what was me, but I’d already done some freelancing when I worked in Tampa, and so that’s what I did, I kind of just did freelance reporting, and I picked up a key few clients here in there. And that’s how I ended up supporting myself and my wife. And we had a child in 2008, right around the time Obama got elected. And, you know, after he was born, she was like, yeah, let’s get some benefits, time to go back to work. So I started working for a public broadcasting station, doing more community management, kind of social media stuff for them, they were launching a online community. And I did that for about a year and a half or so. And then I got a job at a PR company, a broadcast PR company. And I worked there up until about 13 months ago, and we parted ways. And so I’ve been independent for about 13 months now. And I teach at a couple universities right now I provide consulting, so services for different organisations and companies, I provide video production storytelling services, for different nonprofits and companies and individuals. And so I spend my day, either looking for my next client or project or I’m actually working on a project or client or grading projects are working on my lesson plan for my students. So that’s basically how I spend my days, I’m, like you mentioned, I have an online video production kind of training site that I launched with a partner in Baltimore a few years back. So you know, I’m creating tutorials for that. And then I have a Leadership Development Organisation that I work with. And so between those things, that’s kind of how I spend my days,
David Ralph [8:41]
I’m exhausted just hearing you savour. And, and you know, how Balboa, this is how my brain works. But out of all, that the thing that kept coming back to me time and time again, was if I was carrying a camera around with my wife all the time, she would think I was up to something bad, she would be thinking to me, what see went to film here, I’m not going to get pulled into that. When when you was walking around with a camera all the time. Was your wife, actually your wife or she your girlfriend?
Amani Channel [9:08]
Oh, yes, she was my wife. She thought I was crazy. Pretty much. So I started when I when I moved to Atlanta, I was in grad school. And so I was working on my research involved citizen journalism. And the company that I moved to Atlanta to work for was a citizen journalism show that I was kind of helping them develop. And so you know, I started researching citizen journalism at the time, and you know, blogs were, of course, just kind of emerging. 2006 was kind of like, you know, social media was in no way mainstream back then. And so I started a blog, it was called my Urban report. And so, you know, about three or four months into it, I was like, You know what, I can do videos because of course, YouTube was around so I had this I this camera, and
David Ralph [9:46]
help you on that. Because that seems that seems like a big adult. And a boy, you go like a train on this, this, this is an hour show. Armani, we’re going to finish this in 15 minutes. So you suddenly realise, but you can make big videos and put it onto YouTube. And when you had that fault, was it a money making fault? Or was it just a creative fault? But you thought,
Amani Channel [10:08]
yeah, this is what I’m gonna do? No, it was more of a storytelling thoughts. So um, you know, it was the fact that I come from traditional broadcasting news. And, you know, now in 2005 2006, you know, anyone who has a storey to tell or share, can create a storey and share it. And so it was just from a creative storytelling place, you know, being in that I was a, you know, I was a professional broadcaster, I was in news reporter for, you know, seven years, I was still wound up pretty tight when I moved to Atlanta and I wasn’t really telling storeys every day so I was like, let me go out and find mine will community storeys to tell and
David Ralph [10:44]
just sort of like
Amani Channel [10:47]
so yeah, these like neighbourhoods storeys, there might be some some big news storey I go out with my camera and kind of tell it in my own kind of creative way. You know, when I was freelancing for I was freelancing for a network called HD news. And I go out bring my own camera and I sort of tell the behind the scenes storey of what it was like to go to a different city and be on the road for like, several days covering a new storey. So it was just a variety of things. Um, you know, let’s see. So, so in 2006, my wife was pregnant with twins, we were pregnant with twins.
David Ralph [11:20]
How did you get to do that?
Unknown Speaker [11:22]
Imani? How do I get the time? You do?
David Ralph [11:24]
Yeah. How did you get the time to produce two twins? I can’t see how you manage to get that done.
Amani Channel [11:30]
I actually didn’t need too much time to make the twins is the time after then take the bacon.
David Ralph [11:36]
I must admit, I’m at that age. Now. It doesn’t take me long at all.
Amani Channel [11:40]
You don’t need too much time to make did to plant the seed at least
David Ralph [11:44]
it’s the begging that takes the time actually to doing it. Bang. It’s done.
Amani Channel [11:48]
Exactly. It’s, you know, getting the headaches to go away and all that.
Alright, so yeah, so we had twins in 2006. They were unfortunately were born really premature. And they were born at 20 weeks. And so obviously, like 40 weeks is full gestation. So they were really at the halfway point. And so, you know, I had like all this footage that I captured on my wife and I kind of go into Dr. All the anticipation of, you know, being a father and all the excitement, and then they ended up like living an hour. And so yeah, I appreciate that. So, so so so a year afterwards, my wife and I were like, what can we do? We wanted to, you know, do something for the March of Dimes. So I created a little 10 minute documentary. And, you know, out of that documentary, you know, posted it to YouTube, it’s about 10 minutes. And you know, people started commenting and other people who had experienced like, you know, premature birth or miscarriages. And we were able to touch people in ways that I never really would have imagined if I wouldn’t have shared that storey. And that’s really when the light bulb went off. It was like, Okay, yeah, so, you know, you don’t have to really be the news is obviously, it wasn’t like an if I was like, someone of significance, right. I mean, I am of significance but of celebrity, then it might have been a storey Omani channel lost his twins at 20 weeks, but for the fact that I’m just a guy in Atlanta, you know, there’s not that really that big news value to it. But now we have YouTube, right, we have a way to share our storey and get it out there. And over the years, you know, my wife, and I’ve been able to raise really thousands of dollars for the March of Dimes. So that’s really when the aha moment, I guess, kind of went off for me. Since then, we’ve had a you know, we’ve had we have a five year old son. So you know, of course, you know, out of that tragedy, you know, we’ve we’ve gotten a reprise their reprieve there. But you know, that’s kind of what the aha moment was for me, David. It was it was like, you know, you don’t have to be a mainstream news outlet to share a storey and to make a difference,
David Ralph [13:35]
because I did a lot of stalking, virtual stalking of you. And I found this thing on YouTube as well. And it was you doing what I would clue class as the Bruce Almighty routine. It was you have a camera, doing news storeys feeding back. And you just look naturally great standing there, saying, Hi, I’m Imani. Shana, and I’m here and doing whatever I have to do. What’s that? What’s that something about you did feel naturally competent with? Or was that something about? I only saw the the highlights? And there was some pretty rough early versions?
Amani Channel [14:08]
Yes, you definitely saw the highlights. I mean, you know, now, you know, I’ve been doing this for like 18 years or so now. And, you know, when I first started in Tampa, which is the first station that I reported it if you talk to any broadcasters or any folks who are like immediate, they will always tell you to go to a smaller market when you’re starting out. And I didn’t follow that path at all I ended up the first station I worked for was in Tampa, which is like a top 15 market. I think it’s like 12 or 13. At the time when I worked in Tampa, I don’t know what it is now. And so I really, you know, it’s like a big market to start off reporting and anyone will tell you go to a smaller market. Why is that? Well, it’s because you can work out your kinks, you can hone your craft, etc. And I really didn’t get that opportunity. So when I first started on air was really, really rough for me. You know, I stumbled on air I, you know, made plenty of almost fatal mistakes. And if it wasn’t for I think my personality and the fact that i a lot of people liked working with me and a lot of the officials in the city they they saw that I was a genuinely, I guess a good guy and I had a good heart and good intentions. I don’t know that the station would have let me continue to report but my news director was very, I’d say he was lenient and very understanding and he let me make my mistakes. And I eventually got better. And I had a photographer friend of mine, who one day we were, we were hanging out at his house and he was like, you know, Amani, a lot of the other photographers talk bad about you, I hear a lot of people saying bad things about you. And I was like, I knew that I was struggling because you know what, you know, it’s like a craft, right. So I don’t know what you do professionally. But when you’re first start out with any craft or any sort of profession, you’re not going to be good at it. And it’s about getting your reps in. So this photographer, he kind of helped me, he kind of my arms when I’ll do my live shots. And I would get extremely nervous and would race through my words. And I would stumble through all of my intros and outros. And he kind of just worked with me. And after a while I kind of figured it out and got my on camera swag, as I like to call it in. Now, you know, I’m comfortable, you know, on camera, but no, at the beginning, it was rough. It was, you know, I sucked really it was, it was, it was it was not, it wasn’t a good look at all,
David Ralph [16:09]
because I’m really pleased that you did suck. Because the thing about this show is, it’s a journey. And I want all the listeners to understand that there’s no overnight success, people have to put the effort in, you have to practice you have to get better. And my shows are all out there, you can just go back to episode naught point five and hear the difference between me and now. And if you go to Episode 400, which I’m nowhere near yet, hopefully I’m going to be better again. And it is the incremental gains, it’s those practice moments, it’s those reflections, when you look back at your work, and you think right, I really need to have to raise my game here, that does set you apart, there’s no overnight successes.
Amani Channel [16:50]
No, there’s no overnight success. But unfortunately, the way, you know, I don’t know how it is over over here on your side of the world. But I suspect it’s a lot like it is over here is that people want that instant gratification, they want that, you know, they want that get rich, quick scheme. And a life really isn’t about that if you really want to be successful at anything, you have to work at it, and it’s not going to happen overnight. And you know, you just gotta you gotta do your best at all times. That’s something that my father always, you know, said to me when I was growing up he was he’d be like, you know, you have to do your best, you have to be 110% to get 1% of the respect. You know, he said, always learn something new every day, if you’re not learning something new every day, you’re doing something wrong. And so those are kind of the, the guidelines that I’ve kind of lived my life and you really have to be exceptional to. So you not only have to try your best, you really have to be the best, you have to be at the top of your game. And that only comes through persistence, patience, and in some cases, being the door down and demanding that life, you know, give you the things you want to want to get. But it’s definitely not not going to happen overnight for anyone, you know, I didn’t when I started out in in community college, within analysing class, you know, I had no idea that, you know, however long it’s been, you know, 20 years, almost 20 years since I started this journey, that I’d be where I am now. Um, but it is something that I saw. So even when I was working in news, I knew that I wasn’t going to always be a broadcaster, it wasn’t something that I aspired to be necessarily as someone that I kind of, I’d also want to I fell into it, but I kind of was just following life’s path. And that was a part of my path in my journey was to work in broadcasting. But I always saw myself being more of an independent, I guess, entrepreneurial, I’m not entrepreneur in the sense that I’ve developed some sort of huge business system, like a McDonald’s or anything like that. But I definitely, you know, enjoy working for myself, and I enjoy this this path that I’m on of, of teaching now providing service of kind of be my own person. So yeah, it’s it’s not going to happen overnight. And you know that and I think for a lot of the younger people who are like, you know, how do I get to where I want to go, you have to have a vision, you have to dream, and you have to be tenacious about, you know, achieving our goals.
David Ralph [18:56]
Yeah, absolutely. Spot on. And and the question, there’s two questions that came in my head as you were talking, the first one, I’m going to leave to the second one, because that the second one is more important to me, when you were going through that rough time, and you knew that your peer group was saying that Armani is not very good. Yeah. Have you seen what he’s works? Like, you must have had pretty dark thoughts running for your head, especially at night, when you knew that you had another two hours, you’ve got to get up and go and do it again. What made you keep on going? Because that is a key part of success, isn’t it? When it gets really difficult, you don’t quit? You keep on going. So So where did you find that strength?
Amani Channel [19:34]
You know, it’s funny that you asked that. Because, you know, my, there was a point where I got written up, like, I missed a deadline or something. And like, I got written up, and I got a really bad review one year and basically, the review said that if I didn’t kind of turn my career around, that I could possibly face termination. But you know, even even throughout that, like, I always knew the, like, I didn’t really overly stressed about it, I was just like, you know, it’s like, put up or shut up, like, you got to either do this do or die. So, um, you know, I just kept at it. And I think part of that came from, when I first started working in news, I didn’t 100% take it as seriously as I needed to, it was just sort of like a mindset thing. And then once that kind of switch was turned in my mind that, okay, I have to perform, I have to deliver every day, I always have to step up and perform, things kind of turned around for me. And it’s just, it was just a process that I had to go through as a part of being immature in the business and kind of growing up in that station. And, you know, I always knew that I could do it. But, you know, I just, it was just like a mindset kind of thing. And so I don’t I don’t remember really overly stressing about it. I’m sure I talked to my wife about some of my challenges. And, you know, she I’m sure she had some words of encouragement for me. But I was married at the time. Yeah, I was definitely married. Well, maybe I wasn’t married, but we were together. So my fiance, wife, girlfriend, whatever. Um, but you know, I kind of I always have this inner inner sense that that, you know, I could do it, you know, that’s kind of where it came from knowing that I could do it. And it was just a matter of time before I was going to turn the page and turn the corner on everything.
David Ralph [21:10]
So how did you get the job originally then to get into a top 15 market, which we don’t have in United Kingdom we have so a general National Broadcasting. So in America, I understand what you’re talking about is there are loads of different TV stations, loads of different sort of radio stations. And you was in one of the better ones from from the word go. How did you get that job, Ben, if you had no experience, and everybody advised, but you should start lower down and work up.
Amani Channel [21:40]
So So what happened was, um, after I graduated from Florida, and I had already been working, like, I guess, you know, in my college days, I’d already worked like when I was in community college, I worked at the TV, radio station and Community College. When I transferred to Florida, I can sort of continued on that path and continue to work in broadcasting. I worked at the radio station, worked at the TV station, ended up being a sports anchor before I graduated. So I had that collegiate level of broadcast experience where I was on the air, I was working in the field. So after I graduated from, from Florida, I had filled out like an application for like, a news management opportunity through like a broadcasting organisation. I actually had forgotten about it, because I was back in California. I was looking for, you know, Jobs. I was visiting small stations, I was kind of following that path. And about two weeks after being back in California home, I was in the Bay Area, I’m from the Bay Area. And I got a call and this organisation was like, hey, Imani, you know, we’re really making informing you this, but you got placed in a station in Washington, DC. And so, you know, they were like, we know, it’s a fast turnaround, but you need to be in DC at this TV station in two weeks. And so my first you know, experience really working at a broadcast station was in a top, I think DC is like seven is like seven or something like that. So, I mean, I’ve never worked in a small market. So I worked at DC under this news management internship for six months, I ended up working on the assignment desk and and by that time, I was like, Okay, I want to be a reporter. So I created this little resume reel, which, for those of you who aren’t familiar with broadcasting, you have to create not only a paper resume, but you have to have a tape or these days is a lot of people but their resume reels on YouTube. And so it’s just a little demo video that sort of shows you reporting. So I was sending this, no tape, and I was applying two stations throughout the country, smaller markets, medium sized markets. And I was really trying to go that path that people say, you know, go to a smaller market. But what happened was I really wasn’t getting plan. I think I got two interviews, one from a station in in Savannah, Georgia, one station in Roanoke. And I think one in another Virginia market, I want to say virginia beach or Norfolk, and I was for a producer job and I wanted to be a reporter. So you know, I ended up going to lunch with a fellow Gator who was in DC. She was on an internship in DC at the time. And you know, we went to school together. So we went out and had lunch was like a morning, you know, I know you’re looking for a job. I heard there’s a station in Tampa for to that as a news manager that as a reporter trainee position. And so I was like, Well, okay, I’d applied to another station back home in San Francisco that had a reporter training position that I didn’t get. And so I was kind of like half heartedly listening to her. But then I called the station just on a whim. And I talked to one of the hiring managers. And you know, when it comes to broadcasting, you normally don’t call you normally just send your information. And you don’t make a phone call, like a lot of the Jobs say no phone calls, please. But for some reason I called in the managers like yeah, send your tape because we’re about to make our final decision. So I sent my tape. And they called me like the next day, ironically, like a couple days afterwards, and they ended up flying me down. I interviewed and I ended up getting a position in Tampa. And so that’s really what happened. So for about a year, I worked behind the scenes, I worked as a photographer, I worked on the assignment desk, I, you know, started writing storeys, and then after about a year, they let me start babbling on camera so that that was my path. So it wasn’t like I wasn’t trying to go to a smaller market, it’s just that life had this certain path for me. And that’s the opportunity to present it as another thing My dad always said was that, you know, you have to be in a position that when that door opens, you have to be ready to walk through it. And so, I mean, that’s kind of what I put it on, you know, I mean, you just have to be ready for that opportunity when it comes your way. And though I did experience bumps in the road, by the end of my time in Tampa was a seasoned experienced reporter that people look to and people knew I could get the job done. So that was a good feeling to finish on top.
David Ralph [25:24]
He Bogusky got hustle muscle running through you the fact that you are an entrepreneur and you’re in a market, which is, you know, it’s based on creation over time, and you’re creating network, you’re creating content, you’re creating video and its creation, creation creation. Are you a kind of rule breaker as well? Because it seems to me from your storey? A lot of the things you’ve said, This shouldn’t have happened, but it did I shouldn’t have made this phone call but I did is is it something that you just naturally go with gut and intuition?
Amani Channel [25:55]
I guess so. You know, I feel like women have a better sense of intuition. And then the male female folk do. But you know, I guess I’m not necessarily a traditionalist, like, you know, I’m not the guy who’s like looking like I’ve been, you know, self employed for about 13 months. Now, it’s not like I’m dying to get a full time job, though, you know, I’m keeping my eyes open to different opportunities, because of course, I have a wife in a sense, so I always have to think about their well being in our security. But yeah, I guess I am kind of a rule breaker, you know, um, I come from, I’m from East Palo Alto, which is a small city in the San Francisco Bay Area. So it’s kind of a small little urban community surrounded by like, Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, all these high tech but like, East Palo Alto is like a, you know, when I was when it was basically like a dope city, it was like, you know, like a crack hole, basically, where a lot of the young people were making bad decisions. And the thing that we call each other in East Palo Alto was rogue, you know, that’s like what we call it like, that’s like the nickname that you know, everyone in East Palo Alto is like a rogue so
David Ralph [26:52]
and what what? What does road mean? Man,
Amani Channel [26:54]
a rogue is actually a liar in a thief. Oh, okay.
So as a rogue isn’t a good thing, but we kind of use it in a good way to say, Hey, we’re not we’re not traditional people, like we’re not, you know, we’re, we’re kind of against the grain. And so, you know, in that sense, you know, I’m a rogue in my own right, like, I haven’t gone the street street way of living, like, I never got involved in these sort of, you know, illegal activities necessarily. But, you know, in terms of my mindset, you know, I always have this hustler mentality where it’s like, you have to, you have to go out there and get it, you know, you have to go out there and make opportunities for yourself, you have to make a way even when there’s no way. So So that’s, so that’s kind of how I live my life in, you know, my wife’s been really supportive, like she, she’s never really, I mean, she sees you know, their their time that she’s like, go go out there and get a job, but she’s really supportive of my spirit, and she’s really supportive of my ambition. So, you know, you kind of need that because there are times when you know, you may, things aren’t really going well or, you know, you have your challenges and of course, you have your mental, you know, your mind will play tricks on you where he will tell you certain things that, you know, you have to ignore and learn how to not listen to and my pull up full of positive thoughts. But in general, um, you know, I, yeah, I guess I am, I’m a rebel in that sense. I, I’m not like a traditional nine to fiver, I like being independent. And I like kind of figuring out this path on my own. So you know, I’m enjoying life. I’m really, I’m really having fun. Yeah, I’m a rogue in my own right.
David Ralph [28:18]
Yeah, you’re rogue and you’re proud of it. And I won’t press you on this. But I was quite fascinated about you said, and I didn’t really participate in illegal activities, necessarily. And I thought, all that’s a bit woolly is a dark understory about a money channel.
Amani Channel [28:38]
Now, there’s not really a dark understory, you know, when you when you live in certain communities, you’re going to get exposed to different things that you
David Ralph [28:44]
really unnecessary. It was kind of 113 that camp Amani,
Amani Channel [28:51]
no, no, I didn’t, I say I stayed out of trouble. I’ve never been arrested. I’ve never been say I’m taking down
David Ralph [28:57]
I’m finding this is what I’m gonna,
Amani Channel [29:00]
you are trying to dig for the dirt. But that but I’m not gonna confess.
Nothing. Nothing. There’s nothing on the record. You know, I mean, you’re, like I said, you’re exposed to different things when you’re when you’re from certain communities. And there’s certain decisions that they, you know, you make as a young person that at some point can go left or right, but I’ve managed to stay on the right side. So, you know, I’m very thankful for that. I love all my experiences, because they’ve helped me become the man that I am right now. And, you know, it’s just, it’s just is what it is, like, it’s life. And, you know, I’ve managed to stay on the right side of law, and not not getting in any sort of official trouble. But you know, you make you make decisions in life. And there’s some things where you say, Hey, that was really poor decision that could have gone the wrong way. But for whatever reason, everything’s gone. Okay, for me, so I’m thankful for that. Absolutely.
David Ralph [29:50]
And I love the fact that you say that you love what you’re doing, because I’m going to play a speech now. And it’s a speech that Jim Carrey did recently. And it says so much about following your own path and finding the things that you love these Jim Carrey,
Jim Carrey [30:02]
my father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.
David Ralph [30:28]
Is that true? Is that the kind of advice that you would give you to your five year old son now?
Amani Channel [30:34]
Yeah, I would, I would tell my five year old son that that he asked that whatever he envisions in his mind, whatever he wants to do in life, he can achieve, you know, um, you can’t really limit yourself, because, you know, a lot of people want to play it safe. And what happens when you play safe, you end up being in a nine to five that you hate, you end up being frustrated, because, you know, most jobs have a salary cap, where, you know, you might get to some sort of point, but you know, once you get your 30s 40s, is really, you know, a limit to how much income you can generate. And so if you don’t follow your passions, and really pursue your dreams, you’re going to short yourself, you know, you don’t want I don’t want, you know, this is the thing when i when i when I’m gone from this planet, I don’t want to say what if, you know, I don’t want to say, What if I would have tried this? You know, opportunity? Or what if I didn’t follow my passion? Or what if I didn’t try to give back to the community, or what if I didn’t try to help this student, you know, because I mentor a lot of students now who are who are trying to get in the broadcasting business or want to work in my profession. And you know, I give them a lot of advice, I tell them, first and foremost, you probably don’t want to get into broadcasting, but if you really want that’s your passion, I will help guide them on the path that I kind of followed in and give them advice. But you know, that’s sort of what it is, like, you can’t say what if at the end of your life, because you can very easily follow the conservative route. And be miserable at what you do, and not enjoy it at all and not be inspired, do not feel like you’re giving back to community you’re not feeling like you’re living out your passion. There’s a book that I recently read by a guy named I think it’s out Williams is all it’s called, all you can do is all you can do. And you know, that book, it speaks to a lot of the common sciences and universal laws of life, you know, you have to, you know, follow your dream and sort of have a goal and, and you know, a lot of the Napoleon Hill type of information where you have to, you know, get focused on your passion and, and, you know, go, you know, just focus on what you want to do and what you want to become, and that really will happen. And so, you know, I read that book, and that really kind of opened my eyes in terms of where I am now with my life where I want to go and how my experiences have all led me to this point now. And I you know, I don’t have all the answers, you know, I haven’t, you know, arrived like I’m not some sort of super successful guy, I don’t feel on the I’ve managed some measure of success. But you and Join Up Dots, man,
David Ralph [32:53]
you this this, this is the highest point you’re gonna get, isn’t
Amani Channel [32:56]
it? You know, this is the pinnacle, I have arrived. You’re so right. It’s all downhill from
David Ralph [33:02]
Amani Channel [33:03]
Oh, my goodness. Um, so so with that being said, you know, but I feel like I’m on the right path. And I feel like, I feel like you know, life’s, the doors of life are going to continue to open for me. And that, you know, I don’t know what next year the year after is going to bring. But I feel like it can only bring, continue to bring positive things into my experience. So I’m really looking forward to, to what’s coming. And what’s what’s happened thus far.
David Ralph [33:26]
It is fascinating when you feel that I’ve done numerous jobs in my life. And I’ve never felt the way I feel now. I felt that I’ve done a really good job, I felt that there were certain things that I was naturally talented at doing. But doing this and seeing, quote unquote, the world believing in me because you do sit in a room, and you had these conversations and you put them out to the world. But just the feedback that’s coming towards me you do feel like this is it, this is my path. And once you get that is such an amazing feeling, I want to share that around me. But if I could bottle it, and give it around to everyone, because it doesn’t take much I believe to find that you’ve just got to find your thing. That’s the hard part. Now I’m going to focus over to you in a bit but one of the things that comes out in the show is time and time again. And that’s why we’ve called it Join Up Dots connecting our past to build our future is the real passions in life. The things that people should be doing are generally the things that they were doing as small children, they were the natural things they were the things that they did when money didn’t come into it because I didn’t have to pay any bills. They were just doing it for the love of doing it. That the kind of all that you’re doing now. They’re so creative side. If we went back and looked at the young Amani, is it similar? If you got the same vibe of what you love doing then as you have now? I would
Amani Channel [34:52]
say yeah, so so my dad actually, he has sort of a broad broadcast background as well. He helped build a radio station in his younger days and his a guest in his community college days down in LA. And so we were raised like here, we always have microphones around yet little tape recorders and my brother and I would always do like little newscast. My parents would do little interview segments with us. And then when I got sort of the teenage years, my dad like bought us like music equipment like MIDI kind of synthesisers and sequencers. And so we used to make little rap beats and we used to rap in the little home studio. And so my brother and I’ve always been like creatives in that sense. And you know, it sort of transferred into community college where, you know, I didn’t really know what I was going to study, I thought I was going to study like business and took a couple business classes when I first started, but then I took an announcing class and that was really it for me. I I literally took this announcing class in, like 1990 I don’t know,
David Ralph [35:47]
what is it renouncing class, I’ve never heard of it.
Amani Channel [35:49]
It was a radio announcing class. It was a radio announcing class it was a class it you know, you you create a PSA is you create a little, you know, back in the day, we did like reel to reel tape editing, and we lost how to edit audio tape. And we created little, you know, radio breaks in and do little announcing exercises, learned about how to use a microphone, how to project your voice, that sort of thing. And so yeah, I took this class and Community College, it must have been like 1993, maybe 94. And I literally have never stopped working in media since like, I’ve always, I mean, it’s like, it was like a seamless transition. So when I look back in terms of my life, like my name’s Amani channel, right, my last name is channel, my dad Charlie channel, he he he does voiceover now he’s a musician. He’s a retired attorney. Now he’s like a musician and does voiceover work. My brother works in television, he works at a station in the San Francisco Bay Area. So um, yeah, I feel like I feel like this has been sort of, I don’t know if it’s predestined, or if I just fell into it. But But I feel like life, life will lead you down the path if you’re if you if you follow the signs, right, if you follow the signs, and you follow the path. Now some people they live their fears, they let their I mean, mostly is fear. People let their fears get in the way of becoming who they are supposed to be. But I guess I’ve never been that fearful. Like, I’ve always been kind of a, I’ve always been like a risk taker when I left California to move to Florida, like I moved across the country to go to Gainesville to go to University of Florida. Like, you know, I’ve always been kind of that guy who’s who’s been ambitious enough to take that leap. And so yeah, this is what I this is what I feel like I’ve been meant to do, and, and also teaching. So now, you know, I teach, and I feel like, that’s also something that I have a passion for is education. Because, you know, I really feel like education is a difference maker. When I look at a lot of my peers and my colleagues from from my home city like Dave, you know, one of my homeboys is going to prison, like, in a couple weeks because of a poor decision. I’ve another good friend of mine who means is such you know, that he’s rogue. Oh, yeah, he, that’s, that’s the truth of it. Um, another one of my good homies growing up, is serving like seven years and just got, I mean, this is like, you know, I’m, you know, I looked back in and I look at, you know, life and the decisions we make, and, you know, life is about action and consequences. And if you make right decisions, and you try to do your best and you live by those, the right laws of the universe, you’ll have good consequences. If you don’t, life will kind of beat you up a little bit. So
David Ralph [38:15]
you know, making your best decision in life is that you didn’t take that business class. And it is fascinating, but it screams at me, but you should be doing what you’re doing. Because it just seems so natural to you, and you love it. But you almost went into the path that everybody else does. And just go for a qualification or education because you think there is a job at the end of it. And it’s not your passion.
Amani Channel [38:40]
Yeah. And you know, I took the business class, because I’ve always had this entrepreneurial thing going. So I’ve always had this sort of business kind of mind in which, you know, when I was a kid, I used to sell like stationery door to door and that sort of thing. So I, you know, that’s kind of been a part of it, and then went to Florida, actually minor in Business Administration, but I majored in, in broadcasting in production. So you know, I’ve always had that side. Me too. And so, you know, I think that now’s when it’s all coming, you know, it’s all kind of coming together now. And so it’s taken a second a few years, like, you know, when you’re on that path, I think you alluded to this at the beginning, when you’re on that path, you really don’t know where you’re going necessarily, but you know, you’re taking each step, you’re climbing up the ladder, and then it’s like, oh, you can look back and see how this led to that led to that, how, at least to where you are now. But then you’re looking forward to saying, okay, where am I going next, and I don’t know where I’m going next. I’m on like, on, you know, I’m on this road. And there’s I can see 2020 feet ahead of me right now I can, you know, I’m on a dark road, I can see the headlights are on. And I can only see 20 feet. But you know, each 20 feet that that light keeps illuminating. And so next thing you know, I’m on my next journey, and I’m on my journey now. And it’s just continuing.
David Ralph [39:44]
Well, let’s play the words of Steve Jobs, who talks about connecting those dots and joining up those dots very well. This is Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs [39:51]
Of course, it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards 10 years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leaves you off the well worn path. And that will make all the difference.
David Ralph [40:26]
Well, you obviously believe that that is true. But why do you think so many believe the opposite view that really they’ve got to go into crappy positions just to get a job. When time and time again, on this show, we speak to people who say the opposite. And by taking creative risks, and working harder than anyone else around them, and building up their network, you can really have a kick ass life.
Amani Channel [40:53]
So for me, I look at the educational system, you know, a lot of times, we’re told to figure out what you want to do. Go get educated in that and then do it. And while you know, I’m not taking anything away from education, because I credit education for where I stand today, you know that thinking that you have to work for someone else and help someone else achieve their dream is is backwards thinking and it’s not what young people should be be being taught at all I feel like we need to teach people to think about the life they want to live and then follow the path of others who’ve who are living you know, the life that you want to live in and do what they’ve done right so you know, I’ve always been a I listen to a lot of Bob Proctor I listen a lot of the professional development guys the you know, Brian Tracy’s and, and those kind of guys. And, and you know, it’s all it’s all all the information is really online, but it’s what your your vibration is tuned to. And so if you want to be distracted by the crazy Facebook videos that people post every day, and if you want to watch the scintillating TV shows, and really fill your mind with a lot of garbage out there, you’re not going to your frequency is not going to be tuned into those universal truths of follow your passion, listen to your intuition. Follow your dream, work hard at your dream, do what you love to do, and the rest will fall into place. Because you know, people are so much in this working for someone else mindset that they are blinded by the fact that they have the power within themselves to create their own blaze their own trail. And so you know, it’s important for you to be sharing this message, it’s important for you to be teaching people and educating people and sharing other storeys like my storey and I’m sure the would you had 170 interviews now or so. So, so we need innovators like yourself, and for people to really wake up right people are really Walking Dead. If If I look at like, the average person who’s going in their nine to five, like you look at people who are like commuting to work, right every day. They’re like zombies, a lot of times. And I’m not saying that to disparage anyone who works a nine to five, because I understand that people have to pay bills, we’ve created obligations that we have to meet. I’m in no way saying that I’ve found all the answers to life. But you know, a lot of the success and a lot of the passion is within us. And if we follow those little voices that are saying, do this or do that, because everyone hears that, you know, everyone has had that little voice telling them that they should try this, or they’ve had that idea that they should try this business out. Or they’ve had this opportunity where someone else’s presented another business idea to them. And but because of scepticism because they lack the self confidence, they don’t have the belief, right belief is really, really important to have that belief in yourself. They don’t go out on a limb. And until people start opening their minds, right, your mind is like a parachute. It only opens it only works if it’s open. Well, I really believe that until people really listen to individuals like you who are trying to educate others, they’re going to be stuck in they’re going to be spinning their wheels. And you know, the one thing I don’t want to be is I don’t want to leave this earth in my friends family have to worry about you know, who’s going to be taking care of them. So I’m really working on a couple of businesses that can create some passive income, I’m all about passive income right now. I’m you know, I’m on that path. Like I’m still not there yet, David, but I’m working towards it every day. And I feel like I’m on the right path. And that’s what it’s all about,
David Ralph [44:18]
I can tell you’re going to get it, I can absolutely tell you’re going to get it because you have got that passion coming out your big time. And I like to analogies you said, one is that you’re going down a darkened highway with two metres or 20 metres of light in front of you. And then you keep on going into more darkness. But every time you go into the darkness, you light it up. And that’s your journey constantly. And I think that’s so true. Because we all start these things. I’ve started this you’ve started your thing Barack Obama started he’s been and and Barack Obama is a classic one, I’ve been reading his book, dreams from my father. And to be honest, I read it at the wrong time. So it’s taken me about a year to get through it because I read about half a page and then drop off each night. And when I wake up the next morning, I can’t even remember what that page was. So I read it again, and I dropped down. So I’ve been reading the same page for about six months now. But it amazes me that even he didn’t know his path, he was struggling to find his thing, even the president of America that you almost think it’s destiny, he knows exactly what he’s going to do in life didn’t. But what he did do was take consistent action until he finds that thing. And those people who are going to work and coming home, tired and exhausted. So just flop down on the sofa, I can speak from my personal experience, and it’s only my experience. But at my tightest, I couldn’t do anything afterwards, because I really wasn’t doing anything in my life. But I love doing so the energy just getting proved the day was tenfold. Now I’m doing this, I’m working three times as long and I could keep going I could work 24 hours a day, because I love doing it. So if you are so exhausted every single night, you got all I need to do is go home and watch jack Bauer on 24 for six episodes. Think about it. Think about it. Why are you so tired? Especially if you’re a young person, you shouldn’t be that tired? Is it the fact that you’re spending all your day doing something that you generally don’t like? And it’s just exhausting you? What do you think?
Amani Channel [46:20]
Oh, I agree with that wholeheartedly. Um, you know, you have to, you know, it’s it goes back to what my dad said about learning something new every day, you know, education happens outside of the classroom. And, you know, when this how he raised me, he’s like, you know, college and in post secondary education is good, because it teaches you to finish what you start, right. That’s the so that’s the most important thing that you learn. He’s like, yeah, the degree is important. But it’s the fact that you finish what you start and the fact that you learn how to learn, that’s really what he said, the value of education is, and that education needs to continue after you finish school. And so, you know, that’s why, you know, people don’t read like they need to read, like, I’ve read like, three books in the past three months, I try to average about a book or two a month now. And you know, it’s like, the information that we take into our minds is going to create who we are tomorrow. And so that’s why it’s so important to, you know, like you said, you know, when you didn’t have a passion after work, you were like exhausted, I’m trying to think back to a job that I had where I only worked a job and didn’t do either my video blog, which is my Urban report, back in the day, or I’m working on a client project where I’m working on a blog post for web video shifts, or I’m working on a client video or project for visual I media, like I always have something else going on. You know, I’ve always been like I saw I helped launch a nonprofit A few years ago, a leadership development progressive leadership organisation here in Atlanta. So I’ve always had other passions that have always kept my mind kind of focused on the next thing. And while you know, having a comfort of a check every two weeks is is the security You know, there is a measure of security in that. If your gut is telling you that you need to be doing something else, you should find time after work in turn that part time that part time passion, and just see where that grows, he would that grows into. And you know, the money’s probably not going to come at first. Like when I made that analogy of driving on a dark road like this this past 13 months, there have been some months where I came days away from not having money to pay for our, our apartment, or our townhouse that we’re running. And things got really crucial. And my wife is like, what are we going to do? And I’m like, it’ll come it’ll come. And sure enough, like, I don’t know, if it just comes from me. And ballsy. If you don’t mind me saying that, or just the confidence or belief or faith. Um, but you know, things are working out. And it just leads me to know that things are going to continue to work out.
David Ralph [48:43]
Yeah, absolutely. I think that I’ve been doing this, you know, you’re 176. And I still haven’t made a penny on this show. And people keep saying to me, because my listener figures are beyond anything, you know, people say you should be making tonnes on it. But for me, it’s not about the money. I believe that I could have shot many financial rabbits leading up to this point. But I might as well wait for the financial elephant, I might as well wait for the job that the show to be so well known. And so out there, basically, van, the money takes care of itself. And I’m very careful on that, you know, I don’t want to be living in a cardboard box. But the passion for the job outweighs the financial aspect. And I think maybe I’m being naive, who knows. But I think that will pay me back in the long run.
Amani Channel [49:36]
Oh, definitely will and I think the money will manifest itself to you. And at some point, you may say, hey, let me create a special course on finding your passion or a course on overcoming your What do they call them overcoming your blocks or your limiting beliefs? Right? So maybe that’ll come to you like you’ll be sleeping, you’ll say, Okay, how can I monetize this? Alright, so I have this listenership, you know, you know, the way that marketers do it, they create an email list, they marketed the email list, they create a product, they sell the product, or they affiliate market, other people’s products, so that that’ll come to you like, that’s going to come eventually. And whether you want to do that now, or try to do that later, the monetization part, you know, you don’t necessarily have to worry about that, if you know, your bills are getting paid. That’s great. And so yeah, that’ll that’ll come, that’s just their passions. And that’s also the value that you’re adding, right, because you’re adding value into people’s lives are pouring into people. And at some point, people are going to want to reciprocate that and say, Hey, you know, David, your, your, your, I’ve tremendously, they will be begging you to sell them something at some point, you know, as you continue to continue on your path. So, um, yeah, you definitely don’t have to worry about that, that’ll that’ll come to you.
David Ralph [50:41]
Absolutely. And, and that’s a key message to everyone out there. If you provide enough value to people and you love what you’re doing, you don’t care about the money, you know, it’s the actual doing it, which is the key thing. And then ultimately, you’re rewarded. So if you’re looking for the quick route, the quick route would only take you to us certain point, and then you are a dead end. But if you’re looking for the long journey, the journey that you don’t know where it’s going to end when you start, but you just have this idea of what you want to achieve, then it’s going to take your world, it’s going to take you longer than you’ve ever thought possible. But you will get there I absolutely believe
Amani Channel [51:18]
Yeah. And you may be closer than you think to like you may be at the end of your rope, you may be like, I can’t go another day. But did you quit that day that you quit tomorrow might have been your payday, you know, that’s the thing, that’s the thing about life life will life is going to test you to like it’s not it’s never a straight line. It’s just like, kind of like a crooked, windy, up and down confusing journey that, you know, like, like you said, and like this, this podcast alludes to it, you know, you’re you’re connecting the dots. And a lot of times when you’re in the path, you’ll see how the dots connect at all. But if you just don’t stop, you’re going to reach your gold and, and you know, that’s the thing, like a lot of people, they’re just looking for the financial gain, they’re looking for the the big jackpot. But if that’s your only motivation for doing something, and you’re probably doing the wrong thing, you know, if you’re only doing it, you’re only doing it for the money, because at the end of the day, you know, money is is paper money is is really an illusion in a lot of ways, right? I mean, yeah, it’s real in the fact that you got to pay bills. Yeah, it’s the way we exchange for goods and services. But um, you know, money, paper money, I mean, it’s just paper with numbers printed on at the end of the day. And so, if you find something truly passionate about that really adds value. That’s where the real benefits come from, I believe,
David Ralph [52:27]
Oh, you’ve inspired me, I’m on a you already have. I’m going to do something that I’ve never done before. I’m going to play a third motivational speech on this. This is by the great Rocky Balboa and I just feel inspired to play this. You mean nobody
Unknown Speaker [52:42]
is going to hit as hard as life. But ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take it keep moving forward. That’s how when it is done.
David Ralph [52:56]
And it is, isn’t it? That is how winning is done. It’s not about having all the nonsense. It’s about getting smacked in the face. But keep on going. Because you believe in what you’re doing.
Amani Channel [53:06]
is exactly and it’s not about how hard how how how often you get knocked down. It’s about that you’re going to get up, right? I had someone on my Facebook community Facebook group that I was a part of. And she said, My biggest fear is failure. I just fear that I’m going to fail. I was like, Yeah, but failure isn’t failure. If you just turn into a learning experience. Nothing is failure. Because if you learn from it, and you apply what you’ve learned, and you just try again, there’s never any failure. There’s never any failure in life. Because you know, no matter how bad you know how deeply you are in debt, or how often the bill collectors are calling or whatever your situation is, like what’s really going to stop you from breathing. Can anyone stop you? Can a bill collectors stop you from breathing? Can they stop you from dreaming? Can they stop you from acting on your dreams? Your vision? No, they can’t. So as long as you you you’re alive, you have a chance to turn turn your life around a chance to turn the tide a chance to put the light switch on. And so that’s that’s really, you know, what I get from listening to Rocky Balboa is like, you know, it’s only getting hit, but it’s also hitting back, right? I mean, you can’t just let like beat you up, you got to take action and learn from your mistakes or learn from your situation. And keep it going you know, kick back,
David Ralph [54:11]
I’ll tell you what, I’m gonna put a health warning on this one. And people will burst into flames listening to this with so on Fiverr money.
Amani Channel [54:19]
Obama’s I mean, I like I said, I don’t have all the answers, and I’m on the journey myself. But uh, you know, it’s really been been an honour and just, you know, I enjoy talking and building like, I’ve really enjoyed chatting with you, I had no idea I was going to be in for this treat. So I want to thank you for give me this opportunity to run my mouth for a few few minutes here
David Ralph [54:35]
is an absolute pleasure. And we’re gonna let you run your mouth a little bit longer, because this is the end of the show. And this is when we send you back in time to have a one on one with your younger self. And if you could go back in time and speak to the young Amani, what would you tell him? And what age would you choose as well? Well, we’re going to find out because I’m going to play the tune in Europe. This is the Sermon on the mic. We go
Unknown Speaker [55:01]
with the best bit of the show.
Amani Channel [55:18]
Hey, Moni, you know, I know you’re a lot younger right now you’re, you know, in your teenage years, 1514 years old. And I just want to tell you that life is going to be so amazing. There are things that are going to happen to you that you aren’t going to believe there are going to be extreme highs and extreme lows. But the one thing that I want you to remember is a just remember a lot of things your father has told you because Charlie channel has told you a lot of the basic principles that will help you stay positive will help you be successful and will help you when the times get tough. So the first thing I want to just remind you is that a watch your debt, all right because um you know debt is really in flavouring and you always want to pay yourself first. So this is just me speaking to you, you know when you’re younger, but um, you know, make sure I know Charlie’s told you to save 10% of what you what you may, but definitely listen to that advice, because that’s going to pay off for you in terms of the security that you’re going to find later on. Secondly, I just want you to always to keep a positive mindset. Always think about the positive. Always think about your goals. Always keep your mind focused on your dream. Because when you work for your dream, you know, everything else really won’t matter. Because, you know, you’re going to find your path. And I’m not going to tell you a bunch of secrets about what happened, what’s going to happen on this journey because I’m not gonna I don’t want to change it. But um, I just always want you to be focused on your goals focused on your dream and always be positive. And the last thing I’m going to tell you is is is just never, never let the doubters of the haters get you down. Because there are people who are going to say you can’t do things, there are people who are going to tell you it, you shouldn’t do things. And if you just stick to your gut and just listen to what your instincts tell you, everything’s going to be okay. And so that’s really my best advice to you. It’s going to be an amazing life, you’re going to do some things that you’re not going to believe you’re going to have some challenges and some some dark times that are gonna make you wonder what’s really going on but believe that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Life is a beautiful thing. And all your dreams will come true if you just stay focused on
David Ralph [57:29]
Amani Channel/ How can our audience connect with you sir?
Amani Channel [57:32]
Yeah, so it’s really easy. You can always email me at a money dot channel at gmail. com. If you want to check out some of my more professional projects and productions. My website is visual I media that’s visual like your eye visual vi sta l e ye media. com. And if you want to learn more about video production or you know you want to learn how to make some videos with your smartphone or just if you are a hobbyist or you know you want to build Do It Yourself videos for your brand. Check out web video chefs calm and that’s web video chefs like I’m a chef cooking up video recipes in the kitchen. And everywhere else I’m Omani channel, LinkedIn, Twitter, a multi channel ama and I ch a ne L and I think that if you can’t find me just google me a Mani channel and you will definitely find a way to reach out to me on Google Plus Facebook Twitter I’m everywhere so no worries,
David Ralph [58:23]
he is everywhere and I’m going to put a link on there I first saw and it was the MRT channel resume real bad I found I found fascinating watching that when he as I say he was doing your Bruce Almighty thing standing up in front of buildings and doing his news reporting the very last question before I send you away Amani Channel, your son five year old son Please tell me about his first names cable I’ve been thinking that all the way through you
Amani Channel [58:50]
know that was never thought cable channel cable channel with a million when they
never even thought about that. No the fire hose it is Devin and Alexander channel
David Ralph [59:01]
well when next child you have there you go I’ve already named them for you
Amani Channel [59:06]
definitely saw my wife was a David we I have the perfect name for you, babe. Yeah,
David Ralph [59:10]
cable channel. I think
Amani Channel [59:12]
that was TV or the same TV company. I
David Ralph [59:14]
think TV channel be nice and punchy. Well, thank you so much for spending time with us today joining those dots. And please come back again, when you have more dots to join up. I do believe that by joining those dots and connecting our past is the best way to build a futures Amani channel. Thank you so much.
Amani Channel [59:30]
Thank you, it’s been a pleasure.
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David Ralph [1:00:00]
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