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The NoDegree Podcast

Author: Jonaed Iqbal

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No Degree? No Problem! The NoDegree Podcast helps those without degrees figure out the opportunities that are available to them. Get career advice and learn how to navigate and succeed without a degree.

NoDegree will interview successful people without college degrees to figure what made them successful. Learn how they got into their respective fields and listen to the advice they have so you can follow in their path.

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Growing up in Saudi Arabia, Junaid wanted to be a pilot. But taking computer science in high school put him on a different path. When he immigrated to the US he took computer science and took a lot of networking classes. Lead by his curiosity, he was always tinkering. Listen in as he tells Jonaed about building computers, graphic design and ultimately how he became a User Experience & User Interface Designer.  Podcast Notes:Want to get in touch and/or support Junaid? LinkedInFacebookTwitterHacks and Hobbies Podcast:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInTwitterFacebookWant to get in touch with NoDegree?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember, no degree? No problem!
By 16, this poor farm boy had 6-8 people working for his welding company. Later, Norman Crowley sold his company for 200k.  He didn’t stop there though; he went on to start other companies that sold for millions. Despite his successes though, he insists that life is about getting shit done and money is just a byproduct of that.Today he’s the owner of Crowley Carbon, a company on a mission to cool the planet. Listen in as he shares his story with JonaedPodcast Notes:Want to get in touch and/or support Norman? LinkedInCrowley CarbonWebsiteLinkedInTwitterInstagramFacebookYouTube Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:Books: How To Win Friends and Influence People"  by Dale CarnegieThe Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben HorowitzWant to get in touch with NoDegree? Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and Instagram And remember:No degree? No problem!
Podcast Summary:He’s a social media influencer with 6.4million followers on Facebook. Contrary to popular opinion, the road to “over-night” success isn’t easy or fast. Markian Benhamou (pronounced Ben-a-moo) got his start while attending college at USC. His marketing class didn’t teach them about social media so he founded a Social Media Club. He started making videos on YouTube and eventually dropped out of college when balancing school and video creation became more challenging.Listen in as he tells Jonaed how his parents felt about his dropping out of college and what goes on behind the scenes of becoming a social media influencer. Podcast Notes:Want to get in touch and/or support Markian? LinkedInInstagramFaceBookWebsiteThe Smile SquadInstagramYouTubeSupport Blessings in a BackPackFacebookLinkedInResources Mentioned in this Podcast:Books: Steal like an ArtistWant to get in touch with NoDegree? Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and Instagram And remember:No degree? No problem!
He got his parent’s blessings to drop out of college. Naturally, Marc Thibodeau’s parents were concerned initially. He felt like it was a waste of his time since he didn’t learn any of the practical aspects of marketing or business. So, he made his case before his parents by showing his parents his plan for dropping out. Today he’s the Co-founder of CoachLab, an all-in-one platform to help coaches and consultants launch products, subscriptions and more. Listen in as he shares his journey and what he calls “cheat coades” to get where you want to be with Jonaed. Special Discount included in this EP.Want to get in touch and/or support Marc? LinkedInCoach LabWebsiteLinkedInWant to get in touch with NoDegree? Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramAnd remember:No degree? No problem!Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:Courses: FREE MINI COURSE: How to Get a $60K/Yr Career in Digital Marketing by Seth Jared HymesY-Combinator Startup SchoolBooks: That Art of Not Giving a FuckI Will Teach You How to Be RichPurple Cow
“Earn 70k or more this year selling cars.” That’s the ad Timothy DeJesus saw in the newspaper when he was trying to figure out if he was going to re-entroll in college. He passed his first semester but failed almost everything his second semester. He decided to apply for the job. Listen in as he tells Jonaed what it’s like after 15 years in the business, the lessons he learned, advice and book recommendations.Podcast Notes:Want to get in touch and/or support Timothy? LinkedInInstagramTwitterYouTubeFacebookTikTokDealer Masters LLC WebsiteBook: The Business of Time: Earn More. Work Less. Feel HappyWant to get in touch with NoDegree? Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramAnd remember:No degree? No problem!Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:Author: Joe VerdeBooks:Earn Over $100,000 Selling Cars - Every YearA Dealer's Guide To Recovery And Growth In Today's MarketManage Your Career In Sales - Goal Setting For Salespeople38 Hot Tips On Selling More Cars In Today's Market 
In grade 12 he told his dad he was dropping out of school. He was a DJ from the age of 12. He turned that into his career and worked different jobs while building his DJ Business. Anything he thought he needed to learn, he got a job to teach him. He even sold insurance at one point. Listen in as he shares his entrepreneurial journey with Jonaed and how he’s adapted during COVID-19. Want to get in touch and/or support Ryan? LinkedInInstagram Want to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and Instagram And remember:No degree? No problem!
Ryan had a dream of becoming a rapper. He spent a lot of his time in high school and his early adulthood focusing on music. After some years in the industry, he realized the lifestyle wasn't for him.   He tried to stay in the music industry but ultimately ended up in sales. His music skills didn’t go to waste though. Listen in as he tells Jonaed how music is still incorporated in his sales career.  Want to get in touch and/or support Ryan? LinkedInWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?  Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and Instagram Remember, no degree? No problem!  Resources Mentioned in this Podcast: Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss
Brandon Durkee didn’t care if he got F’s in school. He describes himself as a “lost soul” during high school because he didn’t know what he wanted to be. He flunked college, worked a series of entry-level jobs and always had issues with his bosses. Convinced he’d never be a success because he didn’t have a college degree, his drinking and partying dug him into a financial hole.   Although he hated school, he LOVED learning. As contradictory as that may seem, especially given his bad grades, he learned his way up the corporate ladder. How did he turn his life around and eventually made six figures? Listen in as he shares his story with Jonaed in this episode.  Podcast Notes:Want to get in touch and/or support Brandon? LinkedInFitRecruitersWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember, no degree? No problem!Resources Mentioned in this Podcast:The Personal MBA
Want to get in touch and/or support Blake? LinkedInBrinc DronesWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember, no degree? No problem!
Want to get in touch and/or support Bryan? LinkedInEver Present TalentLinkedInWebsiteWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and Instagram
Podcast Notes: Want to get in touch and/or support Jon?  LinkedIn WebsitePodcastYouTubeInstagram Want to get in touch with NoDegree Inc? Listen to more podcast episodes here Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn Follow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and Instagram  Remember, no degree? No problem! 
Want to get in touch with and/or support Jermaine? LinkedIn The Mars Hill GroupWebsiteInstagramFacebookLinkedIn Want to get in touch with NoDegree Inc? Listen to more podcast episodes here Follow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedIn Follow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and Instagram  Remember, no degree? No problem! 
Want to get in touch and/or support Drew? Check out his website or connect with him on social media.LinkedInYouTubeWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember, no degree? No problem!
Want to get in touch and/or support Benjamin? LinkedInWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember, no degree? No problem!
Want to get in touch and/or support Jae? LinkedInTwitterMentorship at MentorMesh Want to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and Instagram Remember, no degree? No problem!
Podcast Notes:Want to get in touch and/or support Michael? LinkedInPortfolioBehanceInstagramBattle Oasis (Feature Film)Want to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember, no degree? No problem!
Want to get in touch and/or support Trent? Check out his website or connect with him on social media.LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trentvbray/Company Website: www.hustletheday.comPersonal Website: https://www.trentvbray.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trentvbray/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrentVBrayYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbXKf9N6ELcvwUj-iLiY1OQWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember, no degree? No problem!
 What did he want to be in high school? [00:01:15]His mom gave him two options. Work so be able to pay for what they wanted or play sports in school and she’d cover all their expenses. He played sports up until the last year in high school, which is when he started working. His thoughts on working [00:03:10]If he wanted something, he’d work hard to get it. He was never lazy. He has the same perspective on his fighting career. How did he get into fighting? [00:07:08]He and his roommate came across an episode of an Ultimate Fighting Championship. Inspired by what he saw, he signed up for boxing at the gym. One day someone approached him and asked him if he wanted to learn how to fight. Why did he continue working at the beginning of his career? [00:09:30]Many athletes quit when they feel that they've made it. Although the money from winning is good, it only lasts a short period of time. He considers professional fighting a hobby until it can pay all personal expenses.  He juggled working fulltime and fighting. [00:11:28]He had a really supportive boss that gave him time off to go to fighting events. His boss was so supportive that he told DJ he’d be fired if he ever chose his fulltime job over fighting.  His wife is an instrumental part of his success. [00:13:15]He describes his wife as a “monster” because she juggles many responsibilities so well. Why is he detached from the outcome of his fights? [00:18:33]Although loosing sucks, he doesn’t believe that a person should change their perspective and how they act. Why does he also want to be known as a gamer? [00:23:10]Many times athletes live by their identity. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, he knows he won’t be able to fight forever so he shares his passion for gaming on Twitch. Then, when he’s done fighting, he’ll have people to hang out with. How does he stay positive even when he’s being criticized when gaming? [00:24:11]Being in the limelight for so long has allowed him to see the “good in the good and the bad in the bad”. He feels that there’s a lot of negativity in the world that overcomes positivity. He wants people to come to his channel and have a positive experience.  Advice for new fighters coming up? [00:30:18]His advice is simple: save your money and enjoy it.  Has he ever felt insecure about not going to college? [00:32:30]He feels that college is a valuable tool but it wasn’t for him. He felt that he’s learned more as a professional athlete in the business world than he did going to school.  Connect with Mighty Mouse on:InstagramTwitterTwitchWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember,  no degree? No problem!
Want to get in touch with Sheridan Clayborne? Connect with him on:LinkedInLendtable.comInstagramFacebookWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember,  no degree? No problem!
Want to get in touch with Martin Pratt? Connect with him on:TwitterFacebookLinkedInWant to get in touch with NoDegree Inc?Listen to more podcast episodes hereFollow and/or connect with Jonaed Iqbal on LinkedInFollow NoDegree on LinkedIn,  Facebook and InstagramRemember,  no degree? No problem!
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