Spotlight on Carlyle Grant

Meet Carlyle Grant: Brand Ambassador for the US Embassy (Jamaica), Carlyle is the managing partner of Digital Danes, a creative digital marketing agency.

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What is your best advice to a younger entrepreneur hoping to follow in your footsteps?

I'd say if you have that idea, that invention, that skill, and you strongly feel you can earn and build from it then go for it. Despite the fear and uncertainty of the process or lack of resources, as a young entrepreneur, you don't truly have a lot to lose when you really think deeply about it. You're probably without a mortgage, without a child to support (and if you do then this should be the motivation) and many major expenses. If you try this out and it doesn't work, will life really be that bad? I don't think so.

I think for a lot of us we may still have family and friends who will help us in tough times along the way or even strangers and mentors. You may also even have a degree or some form of education to fall back on to get a job if it doesn't work out. I'm not saying you will fail but I'm saying you have a 50:50 shot at taking control of your life's outcome. If you are 'hungry' enough for success. you will figure the ways and means to make progress in your ventures. There are many resources such as Next Gen Summit who can offer guidance, opportunities, and assistance.

The greatest things in life are on the other side of fear!

If you could go back in time and give your younger self advice, what would it be?

Be hungrier for opportunities to grow. In other words, be more active in pursuing and researching ways in which to develop personally and network more!

What do you want to be remembered for?

For being resourceful, the guy people look too for solutions to their problems. Also a symbol of positive influence on youth to go for their dreams with no fears.

Words you live by: The hallmark of excellence, the test of greatness, is consistency.
Best trip you ever took: Indonesia for my Creative Residency (Bali, Lombok & Jakarta)

Alex Gordon