Today we’d like to introduce you to Maurice Manley II.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles California, where both parents were entrepreneurial. Their example set the stage for me, therefore having my own business was never a question. I am multifaceted in knowledge and experiences, I believe that we are all given gifts and talents so that we may have the best life experiences possible. My gift is the ability to lead in thought through my experiences, in addition to being a maven for information. I started my first business at the age of ten. Since then, I have successfully started several other businesses including but not limited to, business consulting services, owning vending machines, Amazon arbitrage, selling insurance, investment banking, real estate investing, record label, club promotions and owning a barbershop. Being that I was fortunate to have these types of opportunities, it allowed me to gain a high level of social intelligence and understand the psychology of people. Now I have set my sights on creating and cultivating a leadership lifestyle brand (Lead Up Inc.) that facilitates the basic needs of the current and/or future trailblazers.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been many challenges along the way. The usual business challenges are always present such as scaling, finding the right personnel, marketing or the lack thereof and more. However; the biggest and greatest challenge I have faced thus far has been and still is “Myself “. Mastering me inside out is the ultimate battle. When I am able to conquer, control or even understand various aspects of self, all other challenges are no more. The better I get with me, the easier things outside of me become. If you don’t go within, you go without!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the LEAD UP story. Tell us more about the business.
LEAD UP INC. aka “LUI” is spearheaded by me (Maurice ManleyII) and partner Derek Jennings. LUI is a leadership lifestyle brand committed to helping new and or existing leaders in every aspect of life. Our chief aim is centered around helping people move their story forward. This is accomplished using a multi-prong approach. Our podcast “LEAD UP” is a platform where the experiences of ordinary people doing extraordinary things are shared. These stories provide a basis from which people can glean inspiration, while also capturing somewhat of a blueprint for success.
In addition to the podcast, the following will soon be available for purchase or participation- LUI apparel, courses in the leadership academy, business incubator, health and wellness, LUI hedge fund, LUI publishing and production studio to create original content for burgeoning film and TV creators. At LUI we pride ourselves on having the ability to pay it forward by first, adding value to the lives of others and secondly, having a platform where opportunities are available for the advancement of people. Thus far our proudest moments happen when individuals contact us and share how our platform has helped change the trajectory of their life. We are the first leadership lifestyle brand of this kind that has a built-in ecosystem for the collective advancement of leaders.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe luck has played a part in my life or business in the traditional sense. I was taught that luck is when opportunity meets preparation. I have had many opportunities that I was prepared for (based on that definition I guess I’ve been lucky a lot). I’ve also had a lot of moments that I wasn’t prepared for and consequently I missed the opportunity. I don’t think those incidents were a function of me having bad luck though.
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