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Nov 2, 2020

We often talk about "finding your passion" in life ... but what happens when you find your passion, and then you feel it fade away? Where do you go from there?

According to Ryan Mason, you find a different dream and make it come true.

Ryan is the Founder and CEO of two successful businesses. The first is Luxe Brand, America's leading luxury shoelace provider, which has been featured on Good Morning America, the NFL Network, in Foot Locker stores, and on more than 30 athletes and celebrities -- and the other is BizBuzz, which provides integrated marketing automation software and services for more than 250 small and medium-sized businesses. Yahoo recently named Ryan one of its Top 12 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2020.

During this episode, you will hear Ryan talk about:

  • His promising early football career -- and why it came to an end during his college years
  • How an Instagram post set him on the path to building his new creative business idea -- and the hard work and focus it took to make his idea a reality
  • How Luxe Brand captured the attention of celebrities, the media and Foot Locker
  • The people who have mentored and supported Ryan throughout his career journey
  • How repeatable processes and unique marketing tactics helped Ryan's companies grow

To find out more about Ryan and his work, visit his official website or the websites for his companies Luxe Brand and BizBuzz. Additionally, you can connect with Ryan on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

Ryan's new book, The Digital Playbook, is now available for pre-order -- and for Beyond 6 Seconds listeners, he is offering free marketing tools to the first 100 people who preorder the book and fill out the "Get Started For Free" form on the BizBuzz website.

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