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The common theme of Akai Jackson’s career has always been helping people grow into the best version of themselves. The longtime entrepreneur’s dynamic approach to health and wealth wellness is the byproduct of formal education, life experience as a decorated college athlete, and his own personal journey with mindfulness and growth. He founded I Excel Today, a personal development agency that curates health and wealth programs that take their clients from existing to excelling in their physical, mental, emotional, and financial health. Recently, Akai was voted America’s Favorite Mindfulness Coach because of his dynamic approach. Akai makes us take account of how we, as a culture, have normalized feeling stressed, anxious, and have activated fight or flight responses, but those “normalized” emotions keep us from excelling in our physical, mental and professional health. Akai doesn’t just bring to light how common this problem is; he gives us the actionable tools we can put into place today, right now, from anywhere to achieve transformative change, a more positive mindset, and reduced stress.
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2021 and 2022 has been a tough year for business around the globe. In your experience can you share how businesses prosper in 2023?
I have indeed witnessed the challenges that businesses faced in 2021 and 2022. However, 2023 presents a unique opportunity for companies to survive and
thrive. One of the critical lessons I have learned is the importance of adaptability. The pandemic has forced businesses to adapt to new and unexpected circumstances. In 2023, companies should continue to embrace change and be willing to pivot their strategies as
needed. Another lesson is the power of connection. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of community and relationships in personal and professional settings. Businesses should build and maintain strong relationships with their customers, clients, and employees through personalization, empathy, and genuine engagement. Mindfulness and mental wellness have also become increasingly important in the business world. In 2023, businesses should prioritize the well-being of their employees by providing resources and support for mental health. This can include things like mindfulness training, therapy, and flexible work arrangements, all things my agency provides. Finally, I believe that businesses should focus on creating a positiveimpact.
The economy has been turned on it’s head in the wake of the pandemic. What should businesses focus on in 2023?
Consumers are increasingly conscious of businesses’ impact on the environment and society, and they are more likely to support businesses that prioritize sustainability and social responsibility. By aligning their values with their customers, businesses can make a positive impact and differentiate themselves in crowded markets. Businesses can prosper in 2023 by being adaptable, building solid relationships, prioritizing mental wellness, and creating a positive impact. By embracing these principles, companies can survive and thrive in the years to come.
What are the pro’s & con’s of working from home and have you any first hand experience?
As someone who has worked remotely for many years and helped many others transition to remote work during the pandemic, I’m happy to share my thoughts on the pros and cons of working from home. Pros: Flexibility: Working from home allows for greater flexibility in working hours and schedules. It can also eliminate the time and stress associated with commuting. Increased productivity: Many people are more productive when working from home, with fewer distractions and interruptions than in a busy office environment. Cost savings: Working from home can save money on transportation, eating out, and other work-related expenses. Lastly, improved work-life balance: Working from home can allow for more time with family and friends. Pursuing hobbies. Taking care of personal responsibilities. Cons: Isolation: Working from home can be isolating and lead to feelings of loneliness, especially if you are used to working in a social environment. Difficulty separating work and personal life: When working from home, setting boundaries between work and personal life can be challenging, leading to overworking or burnout. Distractions: While working from home can eliminate some distractions, it can also introduce new ones, such as household chores, pets, or family members. Lack of structure: Without the structure of a traditional office environment, it can be challenging to stay motivated and focused. As for my personal experience, working from home has been an excellent fit for me. I enjoy the flexibility and freedom it provides, and I am often more productive and focused when working from my home office. However, I also recognize that it’s not for everyone, and I always recommend that individuals consider their unique needs and preferences when deciding whether or not to work from home.
How can business owners combat the rise of inflation and what have you done that you can share?
As a mindfulness coach and founder of a personal and professional development agency, I understand business owners’ challenges, particularly during economic uncertainty and inflation. To combat the rise of inflation, business owners can take a few steps. First, they can adjust their pricing strategies to ensure they are charging enough to cover their costs, including the increased cost of goods and services. They can also explore ways to reduce their expenses and increase efficiency, such as by implementing automation or streamlining their operations. Another strategy that business owners can use to combat inflation is to diversify their income streams. This can include expanding into new markets, launching new products or services, or exploring new revenue models. By diversifying their income streams, businesses can better withstand the impact of inflation and economic uncertainty. I have taken steps to combat inflation in my own business. I have reviewed my pricing strategy and adjusted it to ensure I am charging enough to cover my costs. I have also explored new revenue streams, such as launching online courses and offering consulting services. By diversifying my income streams and being mindful of the impact of inflation, I am better able to navigate economic uncertainty and continue to grow my business.
In the last 5 years we have seen the rise to Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, NFT’s, Digital Marketing and many more! What do you think will impact the world most in regards to online selling?
As a mindfulness coach and social impact entrepreneur, I have had the opportunity to observe and experience the impact of various online selling trends over the years, including the rise of Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, NFT’s, and Digital Marketing. I believe that the use of Blockchain technology will have the most significant impact on the world of online selling in the coming years. More businesses are moving in this direction. Companies are accepting payments with blockchain, and you can even buy houses with cryptocurrency. I do believe this is the future. Another trend that I think will continue to impact online selling is Digital Marketing. With the increasing reliance on digital channels for marketing and sales, businesses that can effectively leverage these channels will have a significant advantage over those that cannot. Overall, while several trends will impact online selling, the adoption of Blockchain technology and the continued evolution of digital marketing strategies will be the most transformative in the years to come.
On a more subtle note. If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive who would it be and why?
If I could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, it would be my grandmother first, because I miss her. She was the matriarch of our family and passed away on 2020. There has been so much growth, change, maturity, that I would want to share with her. I’d also like to meet Eric Thomas, arguable to best motivational speaker in the world today. He is very inspirational, powerful, and energetic. I have learned so much from listening to his book and his talks. I aspire to reach a level of success as a speaker. Another person I’d like to have dinner with is Oprah Winfrey. She is a strong and inspirational woman who has overcome incredible adversity to become one of the world’s most successful and influential people. I admire her authenticity, compassion, and commitment to helping others, and I believe she has a lot of valuable insights to share about mindfulness, personal growth, and goal achievement.
Reading is still one of the most popular ways to learn anything. What is your most recommended book(s) by who and what did you learn from them?
As a mindfulness coach, I fully agree that reading is one of the most effective ways to learn and grow. My most recommended book would have to be “Grit” by Angela Duckworth. This book emphasizes the importance of perseverance and passion in achieving our goals and teaches us how to develop grit in our own lives. I learned so much from this book and have found its insights incredibly valuable in my personal and professional life. Highly recommend giving it a read!
What is your purpose for getting out of bed each day and what do you aim to achieve in the future?
I get out of bed each day to help people achieve their goals and excel to be their best. I want to create a positive impact in the future.
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