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Meet Jeremiah J. Brown author and financial educator

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremiah J. Brown.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jeremiah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Never in a million years did I imagined that I would be an author and investor, but I always believed in my ability to add value to the world. My entrepreneurial journey started as a teen in Brooklyn, New York. Born in a single-parent household, with my father incarcerated when I was two years old, in a city littered with violence, something told me that I was more than the reality of my circumstance.

At the age of sixteen, after hearing about a 19-year-old kid from Harvard turning down a sale of his company worth a billion dollars, a black man from Marcy projects selling a clothing brand for over 200 million, and a man from Detroit earning $100 million to fight professionally for less than an hour, I quickly began to research what made them so valuable. What I found was so compelling, that it sparked my interest in discovering opportunities to impact lives at scale. The game was business. Oh! And that company the kid refused to sell is called Facebook; that kid from Marcy is formally known as Jay -Z, and the man from grand rapids, Michigan is Floyd Mayweather.

Once I turned eighteen, and while still playing high school basketball (before graduating college with a degree in finance), I launched and sold my first company. From the sale of the proceeds, I was introduced to the world of investing by my friend’s dad. He told me that the key to freedom is the cash flow and the vehicle is investing. With this information, I began investing, and I never looked back. Throughout the time, I invested in the stock market and experienced first hand it’s many ups and downs.

However, over time, these experiences would teach me how to be an effective leader, and build wealth from the bottom up. But, something was missing along my journey. While I was inundated in this comprehensive financial education and wealth-building journey, there were people close to me who lacked the same knowledge and understanding of how to achieve economic mobility. This dilemma weighs heavily on my conscious. So on my 27th birthday, I decided to write a book about my experience with investing, and create financial template that even the average person could understand. This book was called “Financial Freedom: My Only Hope”. Since the book’s inception, it has become a bestseller and impacted tens of thousands of lives. Simply from my experience and testimony.

It is so rewarding to know that I have a tribe of people who support my message and vision to financially educate the world. Although achieving accolades and getting notable visibility excites me, it brings me true joy knowing that I am really changing lives and helping to empower and enlighten people who normally are kept from achieving economic mobility. Despite any obstacles that we face along the way, I hope my story proves that it is possible to achieve financial freedom in spite of any setback.

Has it been a smooth road?
There were many struggles affecting my journey to accomplishing my goals, from subtle social biases to the insidious institutional racism that still runs rampant in society today. However, the biggest hurdle was growing up in an environment where the narrative was that the only path to success was through sports. Hearing this rhetoric at such a young and impressionable age could have negatively impacted my ability to dream. However, there was something both cognitive and spiritual that kept me on a straight path, helping me in my journey to achieving my goals.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am an entrepreneur, investor, financial educator, and author of three best-selling books. This work has allowed me to be featured in various publications, including Cheddar, Ebony Magazine, Respect, Newsweek, Billboard, and Entrepreneur Magazine. My entrepreneurial journey has also enabled me to become an investor–an investor in people, and in the education of those who desire to be financially free. The commitment of time through the mentoring process is one of the most essential gifts a young person can receive, and with the help of organizational partnerships, I am able to share my knowledge to educate the youth and young professionals, as they navigate the complex world of finance. Financial education is an essential element in one’s success, and I am grateful to have partnered with organizations like United Way, MKE Fellows, NFTE, and USC to further the initiative to educate our communities. 

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I love most about the city of LA is the flow of creativity that one is allowed to have in this special city. Unlike many other cities, where culture is influenced by grit, this place allows you to unlock your inner child and dream. And I believe this is the ingredient needed to not only elevate intellectually but innovate and disrupt antiquated systems and methodologies. However, similar to fire, what makes this city great, could also be the same thing that could dismantle it. There are many people here who’s dreams of making it big and creating, has made them homeless and worst; hopeless. This characteristic could either make or break a transplant looking to live and grow in LA.

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