The Man with a Heart, Jake Melton who teaches “Cut The Crap” out of your business and personal life
💥As the Contributing Interviewer for SPN💥, I will bring HUGE VALUE to the readers. When Mike O’Connor discussed the opportunity, I immediately knew who would be my first interview, Jake Melton. He was chosen as the 🔷SPN Member of the week🔷 because of his sheer determination to be successful and his huge Heart. Jake is all about helping you take action and live the life you’ve always wanted to live by cutting the crap that holds you back. He focuses on the less crap you have to worry about, the more you can focus on your success and living that life you’ve always wanted to live.
Craig Wasilchak: Jake, what is your mission on social media?
Jake Melton: My Mission on Social Media is to build my speaking engagements, coach business, share my journey, and help as many people as I can along the way.
Craig Wasilchak: Do you have a fun or unique unknown Gift or Talent that you can share with everyone?
Jake Melton: I’m an actor. I can do voice impressions, sound effects, and did improv for a long time. Voice impressions include Jack Sparrow, Yoda, Darth Vader, R2D2, Mickey Mouse, Scooby-Doo, Aaron Neville, Movie preview guy, door shutting, ambulance siren, helicopter, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Droopy the dog, and many more!
Craig Wasilchak: Tell me about you and your business.
Jake Melton: As a speaker, author, coach, and owner of The J.B. Melton Group LLC. I speak and coach on mental health and wellness and the profound effects it has on organizational and personal development. I work with people who are trying to keep their businesses moving forward, let go of crap that holds them back, improve their employee retention and engagement, become more productive, and tackle mental health and wellness challenges that distract them from added success and happiness. I am the author of “Minimalize to Maximize Your Happiness: Cut the Crap.”
Growing up, I wanted to be an NBA basketball player, but once I got into high school, I realized that wasn’t the thing for me. I had been an actor and took that up full-time in high school. Towards the end of high school in preparing for college, I wanted to become a public speaker. I had a knack for it and excelled in it. I loved being in front of audiences and inspiring on a larger scale. I’ve always belonged up on stage.
However, I was diagnosed at 16 with Tourette’s Syndrome. I was diagnosed with the motor tics. When this diagnosis came I feared never being able to get in front of audiences without the judgment or embarrassment, never thought I’d get married (I thought who would want to marry me, right?), and didn’t think I’d ever excelled in academia or obtain higher education because of my poor attention span, focusing ability, etc.
Fast forward about a decade. Now, I had found a beautiful woman who loved me for me. We got married and have two beautiful children. I obtained a BA in strategic communications and an MA in organizational psychology. I had already overcome two of the biggest feats I thought I would never be able to achieve.
Now, I was unsatisfied working in the corporate world. I never liked the control, I had terrible luck with some of the companies I chose to work for and working for someone else just wasn’t what I was made to do. With my organizational development and human behavior background, there were a lot of things I realized companies needed help with and I couldn’t do it when I was limited working in a specific role for someone else’s company.
January 2018, my family and I had just moved to Texas after I took a job that lasted only 3 months before they told me they couldn’t afford my position. We had moved into a place a week before this and we had no furniture, no fridge, nothing. Our families were across the country and we didn’t know hardly anyone in the state. My wife took a leap of faith for me and told me to start my own business. I listened and jumped on the support she offered. So, I overcame my third fear and started my own speaking and coaching business. Here I am today. Proud of my family, proud of my education, and proud of my work.
Craig Wasilchak: Our readers want to know your TOP 6 Social Media friends that have helped you grow the most? List their name and a single sentence or two stating how they helped you.
- Fanny Dunagan pushed me to dive into LinkedIn and social media for my business and has continued to support me.
- Jake Jordan has supported me since day 1 and introduced me to some of the most amazing people, plus we get lunch every week and have become best friends.
- Jaime Cohen has become one of my best friends and is there for me each and every day supporting me and helping me grow.
- Lila Smith not only is she one-of-a-kind, but she was the one that pushed me into engaging on social media and meeting people outside of the platforms.
- Brian Schulman is my #twitchbrother and someone who remains positive day in and day out.
- Joe Crenshaw has supported me and continues being there as a friend and fan.
Craig Wasilchak: Do you have a favorite organization or group you belong to and why is it your favorite.
Jake Melton: I am a part of the Tourette Association of America. I have had Tourette’s Syndrome my entire life and couldn’t think of a cause I’m more passionate about supporting than being able to help people overcome challenges that I’ve been able to overcome.
Craig Wasilchak: What is one piece of wisdom that you received, that changed your life forever?
Jake Melton: My mom has always taught me that life is hard, but it’s worth it. She’s my hero. We lost my dad after he battled a terminal disease for 10 years, he died a week before he turned 50. My mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor shortly after and is still undergoing treatment. She has suffered financially and had to raise my three youngest siblings without their dad. When she tells me that life is hard, but still worth it, I know it’s WORTH it.
Craig Wasilchak: Quotes make us stop and think. What’s your favorite quote?
Jake Melton: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” –Matthew 6:21
☕ Craig Wasilchak’sCaffeinated Questions☕
Craig Wasilchak: What book or podcast have you read/listened to in the last 90 days? What was your biggest takeaway from it?
Jake Melton: I reread one of my favorite books of all time, “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller. This book has drastically changed me like and gave me a fresh perspective of life and what I’m doing on an everyday basis. It uses some of the concepts of productivity that I use but truly focuses on the science behind our focus and productivity.
Craig Wasilchak: If you could drink coffee with anyone that has ever lived but is no longer living…
💥☕ Who would it be? Dean Martin
💥☕ What would you talk about? His life experiences, what it was like singing with the Rat Pack, and ask him questions about all the celebrities during his career.
💥☕ Why? He is my favorite singer and celebrity of all time—even named my son after him!
Craig Wasilchak: If you could drink coffee with anyone that is alive today…
Who would that be? Justin Furstenfeld, my favorite musician and artist.
What would you talk about over coffee? I’d talk to him about his journey, mental health past, music, family, and get advice about overcoming weakness.
Craig Wasilchak: Who is your typical Avatar?
Jake Melton: An organization or individual looking to get unstuck, leave all the crap behind, and start afresh journey.
About Jake Melton
Jake Melton is the owner of The J.B. Melton Group LLC. He is the Author of “Minimize to Maximize your Happiness, Cut The Crap” speaker, and coach. His book and a workbook edition are available on Amazon. Click on the Amazon SPN link to purchase the book. Contact Jake directly for speaking or coaching engagements at [email protected]