Today we’d like to introduce you to Ishmael Mayhew.
Ishmael, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been a digital media strategist and serial entrepreneur for over nine years. I started freelancing web design & social media management during my freshman year of college many years ago.
Since then, I created my personal brand (Ish Content) and later developed agency experience and launched my own agency (The Label Haus) with my best friend when I moved to Los Angeles three years ago. We’ve worked with small businesses, startups, high-level executives, celebs and creatives across varying spectrums.
I’ve always cared about quality lifestyle items and skincare which is why I launched SAVISH. We create sustainable, cruelty-free, vegan skincare products that are all made in the US. Our next set of products will be amazing home items. I’m really excited to share that!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has absolutely not been smooth. In fact, most of the entire process of building all of my businesses has been difficult emotionally, financially and spiritually. It’s been worth it every time and has awarded me a lot of success.
As a business owner, I’ve dealt a lot with cases of disorganized people, inconsistency in people wanting to partner with me, laziness in people wanting to work with me and clients who don’t take their business seriously. That can all be mentally draining when you’re trying to run a business.
On top of that, I faced a lot of personal challenges along the way; unexpected expenses that scared me a few times and slowed down the progress of some of my business ventures in addition to having to walk away from an emotionally and physically abusive partner who inundated me with toxicity that led to me losing two clients.
I look at it all as a blessing now because I learned valuable things about what I want in relationships, how to value myself and how I want to run my businesses. My standards were very low, and I learned the price of settling. I settled for every single thing I wanted in a partner and in business, and that is why it failed.
Thankfully, I’ve learned and was able to restore everything. I credit my dogged resilience and My Higher Power’s unwavering love for me for getting me through that.
Please tell us about SAVISH.
I’m a serial entrepreneur. I’m currently transitioning all of my digital media & digital B2B services to courses and personal coaching and phasing out clients that I work on for digital media. I just don’t have the bandwidth now to manage everyone’s platforms.
Clients that I will retain will be funneled to my agency, The Label Haus. We launched last year and have a good team of people who can handle our clients’ needs. Right now, SAVISH, creative directing/educating entrepreneurs are my main focus, and it’s what I do best!
I’m most proud of my lifestyle/skincare brand, SAVISH. A lot of love and triumph came out of this. I know it will be meaningful for the people who receive the products because of the mission we have. I’m preparing to partner with economic inclusion, environmental and domestic violence awareness initiatives through most of the messaging with SAVISH. I’m excited to give back in that way.
The thing that sets me apart from many people is my undefeatable resilience. I’m just so unstoppable. I don’t give up, and I don’t let pain render me useless. The show will always go on. I will always go on. I will be around for a long time, and I don’t let defeat me. I never quit. That’s my biggest secret to success; simply not quitting. I’m kind, loving and loyal but more than that I am insatiably tough. I can’t be stopped.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would never settle for less than what I deserve. I’ve dated and done business with people who are way out of my league and grossly incompetent who only intended on using me to elevate themselves.
I used to have too much of a soft spot, and that has hurt me in life. I think it’s important to be kind, but it’s also important to be kind to yourself first. I wasn’t doing that. I wasn’t protective of myself.
That’s a valuable lesson I’ve learned so I think that if I ever had to start over I’d leave a lot of DMs on read, be a lot less accessible, be a lot less open to new energies that haven’t been vetted and I’d love on my self a lot more and not be so easily impressed with the unimpressive.
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