Prologue Profiles

Generation Y has tons of reasons to not pursue their dreams: there's no clear path to success, it's too risky, people are telling you not to go for it.

Prologue Profiles brings you the stories of those choosing to ignore these reasons and go after their dreams anyway.

I'm proud to present to you the following 'Generation Why Not' montage using footage from the 2014 season of Prologue Profiles. I hope you enjoy!

-Dan

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"I just went for it." - Raquel Furtado

While studying to become a nurse Raquel developed a thyroid disorder and was sentenced to a life of daily medication.

Switching to a whole foods diet Raquel fully recovered and in 2012 launched her own juice business called Pitanga Juice.

In the spring of 2014 Raquel raised $50,000 on Kickstarter and is now looking to open her own storefront in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

You'll hear Raquel discuss how a life-threatening disorder led to a life-changing career path, the encouraging signals of success and that reaching the next level has nothing to do with your comfort zone.

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"Just keep testing." - Michael Roderick

After college Michael worked as a high school teacher learning how to...teach and became a theater producer on the side where he learned how to raise money. In 2010 Michael listened to his passions and took the leap to teach his own networking workshop. He hasn't looked back. 

Michael is now a connector where he helps people grow their business by growing their own personal relationships.

You'll hear Michael discuss he connected the dots to become a connector, the power of experiments, and that if you say you want to get to the next level you're also saying you have a lot to learn.

Direct download: 076_Michael_Roderick_Professional_Connector.mp3
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"Everything that currently pays my rent has started out with the idea of being a hobby."

In 2005, while in college, Joe made a web-series with his friends that caught the attention of national press before YouTube even existed. Joe has gone on to build a career for himself out of making viral videos and is the co-creator of CDZA, a YouTube channel with nearly 300K subscribers.

Since our interview Joe has recently become the head of digital development of Conde Nast Properties. 

You'll hear how Joe rides the wave of his curiosity to create a career of his own, the importance of finding the right team, and that to see something that you've never seen before, you may be the who has to make it.

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"It's riskier to me to not do something that you love." - DJ Kalkutta

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"I just want to know: What am I capable of?"

Originally from California, Andrew competed on a national level in both snowboarding and soccer when an unexpected injury forced Andrew to find a new path.

Andrew chose to explore the world of mens style and in the summer of 2013, along with Daniel McRorie and Kyle Mosholder, founded Knickerbocker Manufacturing Co., a vertically integrated menswear company based in Brooklyn.

Oh and he’s 21 years old.

You’ll hear Andrew discuss how he used a setback to set him on track, the importance of doing your research, and that doing what you love means more than how you feel about it.

Direct download: 073-Andrew-Livingston-Fashion-Entrepreneur.mp3
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"The people that sit and follow the rules aren't the ones that make the history books."

After college Jess was working at an ad agency but knew that a desk job wasn't for her.

In August 2013 Jess decided to create her own path and left her job to become the founder of For The Good, an all-natural bath and body company.

You'll hear Jess discuss her path from trends researcher to soap maker, the unexpected benefits that come from following your dreams and that if you're on the fence about going for it, get the heck off.

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"I was just like, 'If not now, when?'"

Taryn thought she wanted to be a fashion designer, but in college realized it wasn't for her.

While working full-time at Macy's corporate she stumbled upon something that lit her up: Nail art. 

Better known to her 525K+ Tumblr followers as Miss Ladyfinger, Taryn is now a full-time nail art entrepreneur, collaborating with brands such as Maybelline and Seven Jeans.

 

You'll hear Taryn discuss how she found her fit in the fashion world, the importance of not stopping, and that  if you're wondering when to start...start.

Direct download: 071-Taryn-Multack-Nail-Art-Entrepreneur.mp3
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"Follow one course until success."

John has a podcast. But it's not just any podcast.

John is the creator and host of Entrepreneur on Fire which since its launch in September 2012 has put out a new episode every day - including weekends - and now with its multiple streams of income including e-business he's built on top of his show is bringing in six figures a month in revenue

What? I know.

In this Skype interview you'll hear John discuss his path to podcasting domination, the importance of self-belief, and that if you think success is in your future, it will be.

Direct download: 070-John-Lee-Dumas-Podcast-Entrepreneur.mp3
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"You want to make something and see if anybody else out there gets it."

After college Andrew had no plan for his career and became an IT consultant. But he had dreams of making something he was proud of. 

Andrew is now the co-founder, along with partner Johan Lam, of 3Sixteen, a high end denim and clothing brand that sources its own fabrics from the Kuroki Mill in Japan and which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Andrew and Johan are also the co-owners, along with Kiya Babzani of the New York and LA outposts of Self Edge, a premium menswear boutique.

In this interview conducted at Self Edge New York in the Lower East Side, you'll hear Andrew discuss his path to creating a custom fit career, the importance of strong support and that to get what you want in life, you gotta just go for it.

Direct download: 069-Andrew-Chen-Denim-Entrepreneur.mp3
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