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From The Projects to Online Profits: How This High School Dropout Built a 7-Figure Business in eCommerce

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John Lawson is the CEO of 3rd Power LLc, an online retail company and founder of ColderICE Media, a social commerce education, training, and consulting agency based in Atlanta, Georgia. 

John has sold millions of dollars in eCommerce merchandise in 20 years and facilitated more than 500,000 transactions online. He has achieved the status of Platinum eBay PowerSeller, top-rated Amazon Merchant and Small Business Influencer of the Year. 

John has spoken to over 200,000 people worldwide on eCommerce and social media marketing. Now he has put all his experience and expertise into a product for speakers, authors and thought-leaders, so they too can follow his successful influencer path with Pro Speaker Funnels.

We had the chance to interview John on his success as an entrepreneur.

What is your mission?


My mission is to directly affect the bottom line of one million businesses worldwide and to help those businesses increase their revenue by teaching them how to effectively navigate internet marketing and e-commerce. Helping them to successfully utilize social media and resourcefully use automation and web technology tools to ensure profit and progress.

“After successfully launching my own online business in 2001, selling over 20 million in products online I began speaking and teaching others how to do the same. This led to me writing my best selling book, and the rest was a jet-set lifestyle around the world speaking and teaching hundreds of thousands.”

John has an impressing pedigree of speaking on world stages, having spoken at numerous famous tech and business events around the world, including South by Southwest (SxSW), Internet Retailer (USA), E-Tail (Denmark & Singapore), Informator (Stockholm, Sweden), and Payoneer (Shenzhen, China) just to name a few.

“I built that speaking business and realized there was a lack of ready made tools and technology in the industry to help new and even-established Speakers, Authors, and Coaches.”

It was then that ColderICE Media was born, and his agency has since helped clients worldwide. Now John has put all the experiences into a product where entrepreneurs and thought-leaders can do it themselves with Pro Speaker Funnels.

How did this all start?

As an enterprising innovator, as far back as high school, John had a knack for starting businesses and making-do whatever he did. John was born in Woodside Housing Projects in Queens, New York.  His father left the home when he was 11. 

Ultimately his Mom moved him to a lower-middle-class area of Columbus, Ohio. John and his sister watched as their single mother struggled to provide a decent lifestyle for them.

Desiring to achieve success, John co-founded a party promotion business in high school in 1982 and started DJ’ing at local events. He began to spend more time promoting his weekend party business around Columbus and little time in the classroom that he was expelled from school in his senior year.

Undaunted, John earned his GED and continued on to the Devry Institute, where he got a taste of the world of technology for the first time. “I was in my 20s, but I was struggling with my identity,” says John. After a brief stay with his father in Dallas, Texas, John returned to Ohio, where he joined a Christian church, formed a Gospel Hip-Hop group, and even managed to sign a recording contract with Star Song Records, where he produced his first single. The single sold very well and they made a video, but the rap game was not a long term thing.

After a series of excellent IT positions, John took a leap of faith and joined his sister, who had moved to Atlanta, GA. “It was right after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. I got an offer, packed my car and moved down.”

In 2001, while enjoying career success at The Fortune 100 consulting firm Accenture, a friend drew him into the world of real estate investing. 

When did things start to change?

“I nearly went bankrupt. We tried to flip a house and it went wrong. I let him use my credit to buy a house that we could never trade.” Now saddled with two mortgages, John started selling his IT books, printers, and ink on Ebay and soon discovered that selling online was a great way to earn the extra money he needed. Thus his first ecommerce store was born, 3rd Power Outlet.

In 2004, 3rd Power Outlet was providing almost as much income salary as his corporate job at Accenture. He then realized that if he spent the same eight hours working in his own business as working for others, he could make his fledgling company a success. That September he devoted himself full time to his online business and never looked back. In 2006, 3PO made its first million in sales and continues to do spectacularly.

Today, Mixergy calls John Lawson an “Energy Salesman.” American Express rates him as an “Outstanding Entrepreneur.” Startup Nation says he’s the “smartest” on Social Media and Small Biz Trends named him “Influencer” of the year.

John has traveled to nearly a dozen countries to teach people how to achieve their business goals online. His ability to convey complex concepts in understandable language has made him “the toast of the city” on the talking circuit of social commerce.

Where did the idea to leave your job come from?


I had a peanut butter and jelly moment. I thought if I did not have to get all the nice clothes, get them cleaned, pay for parking, etc. then I would save on all the work expenses. So I decided I could eat PBnJ sandwiches and take my Ebay business full time. 

At the time I was selling mouse pads so was thinking how many I need to sell to quit my job. I put together an exit strategy to get out of my day job. Every mouse pad I sold I made $5..I figured out that I had to only sell 10 a day to replace my job if I sold them 7 days a week on Ebay. 

How did your social media expertise start?


I was having anxiety about being alone so much because I was working at home and felt isolated. I started using video and talking to the camera about small business and Ebay. I started to get a following on Twitter from that.

It was 2008 and I entered a contest for small business in the social media category. It was based on votes and everyday I was going out and posting five things on Twitter that I had read in my industry. Then the 6th tweet would say “vote for me” in the contest. I did that everyday and BOOM, I won Startup Nations’ Savviest in Social Media Award.

Now, John is also an Amazon #1 best-selling author, international speaker, IBM Cognitive College adjunct professor and is celebrated as one of the 50 Most Influential in SMB Marketing. 

John has taken his journey a long way from high school dropout, to Christian rapper, working in corporate, selling mousepads, and everything in between. Now John is focused on his speaking career and building his new venture, Pro Speaker Funnels, to the next level!

John Lawson is undoubtedly an amazing example that no matter where you start in life, you can finish off strong.  

To learn more about how you can work with John vist him at his instagram here

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Bryan Quaranto is the CEO of Dreamwood Media. He is also the host of The Creative Activation Podcast available exclusively on DreamwoodMedia.com

Bryan Quaranto is the CEO of Dreamwood Media. He is also the host of The Creative Activation Podcast available exclusively on DreamwoodMedia.com

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Young Singer, Desi G Releases a New Single

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Young singer, Desi G releases a new single

In a world we live in today, it is very important that we all find something we love, and share it with the world! Now let’s hear how a young singer, Desi G, shares her passion for music with the rest of us!

From a hobby, to a passion

Since a very young age Desi always loved music, just like any kid she would enjoy the melody and sing along. However, with some people this interest that Desi had in music evolves into a passion or even lifestyle, just like it did for her! “When i was 5 or 6 that’s when i started to explore singing! Since then I was always intrigued in music and that is where my passion started to grow”, Desi said!

The inspiration to create her own work

Desi has never planned to put out her own music, or to become a professional singer, however at the age of 9 Desi fell in love with performing music through musical theatre! From there on, Desi loved performing and sharing her music with others! Officially Desi started to put herself and her music out mid November in 2019, this is where her career began! 

New music coming out

Desi is now working on releasing her own music, starting with her brand new cover of Dance Monkey! Dance Monkey by, Desi, was sung halfway in spanish! The inspiration behind Desi’s version of Dance Monkey is about a girl who was originally turned down, but later uplifted by a boy who is an amazing dancer and uses dance to uplift her spirit!

Connect with Desi

Desi loves to connect with people and share her passion with others! If you would like to connect with Desi, you can always do that through her instagram account! Or you can check out more about her on her website!

I am Marko, im an entrepreneur and an agency owner. I love sharing stories of people with passion, tallent and value!

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The price of success is incalculable on every level and taxes people’s souls beyond normal. The fear of failure suffocates people’s mentality, which paralyzes future moves.

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The price of success is incalculable on every level and taxes people’s souls beyond normal. The fear of failure suffocates people’s mentality, which paralyzes future moves. The distance between a person’s dreams and reality relies upon their self-endurance. Understanding limitations, facing uncomfortable fears, and challenging oneself without an audience requires a rare breed of individual.

Venus Rose does not think, drink, act, eat, or view the world as an average person. Born with visionary instincts, she’s able to engineer, inspire, and breed innovation in the moment of creation. Chasing amazing, balancing vulnerability, and calculating risk require visual genius.

Haus of Creators (HOC), LLC unapologetic, and epic boldness enables their digital ingenuity to architect unparalleled artistic designs in fashion and global styling.

Haus of Creators (HOC), LLC unique, and ultra-dynamic blueprint in the world of creative production and entertainment marketing manifest beautiful design disruption. Venus Rose’s unshakable faith in herself paints an unusual image before the world. An visual-only Venus can decode and control. Welcome to Haus of Creators, where evolution is more potent than fear.

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