Kevin David has been an entrepreneur since the age of 14. He grew up in the suburbs of Eugene, Oregon playing soccer. His passion for the sport taught him valuable lessons about competition, hard work, and the art of winning.
Kevin David began traveling and creating gaming apps & website blogs learning how to Monetize using the Amazon Affiliate Program and Google Ad Sense. He had some success, but nothing would compare to what was to come.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State Honors College, Kevin David began his career working as an Accountant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers an Accounting Firm in Portland, Oregon.
Although a seemingly prestigious position with nearly 500 applicants for only one consulting position, Kevin David quickly realized that working 80 hour weeks for someone else was not the life he was meant to live.
One Friday night while working late for his 9-5 Kevin David stumbled across Amazon FBA. One month later Kevin launched his first Amazon product and the rest is history.
Kevin has been featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Inc for his achievements. With thousands of students, his training courses continue to create new success stories every single day!
Kevin David and the entire THATLifestyleNinja team are on a mission to free as many people as possible from their 9-5 jobs, and they are just getting started!
Where did the idea for THATLifestyleNinja come from?
I was tired of my 9-5 job and community every single day. I wanted to travel the world and I didn’t want a boss to tell me what to do. I quit my job and started Amazon FBA, giving value to people and sharing all of my process from 0. People started to follow me on Youtube and asking for a course, I did a course and fast forward, here we are now, with thousands of successful students and the biggest Amazon FBA community in the world and still going strong.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Do my morning routine and then workout, talk with my employees and my business partner David related to new business ideas, read books and go to bed.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I follow four processes to bring any idea to life:
Research-> Map out Plan of Action-> Bring Action into Work-> Evaluate, And Improve
What’s one trend that excites you?
My main focus is Amazon automation. I love to bring value to business and help them scale
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
My main habit is working out and taking time to meditate. This helps me focus and reorder my thoughts. I think if we slow down and enjoy what we have around it truly helps your productivity. Being grateful for the present moment. I love read, hang out with my friends and connect like-minded Entrepreneurs
What advice would you give your younger self?
Do not worry, I know you feel like it’s getting so hard, but you will get there.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
“Never stop learning. There is always room for improvement in your project, never settle for ok, if you can do it better”
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Be grateful, slow down, exercise and enjoy the now
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Focus on the right things and be consistent. Learn how to say no. You will find a lot of shine objects, but it will detour you from your main goal.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
A couple of months after I started my store it got shut down, I was living in Brazil and I was very discouraged with what happened, but I didn’t give up. I opened a new store, with Amazon guidelines, started from zero recordings every single process, and got a mentor. If that wouldn’t have happened, my story would be completely different.
Nobody wants to have a failure in their life, but through overcoming failure you become stronger and better. It took Thomas Edison 1,001 times to get the light bulb right. He never gave up, and he always improved himself. That’s part of being a human, you will have failures, but just keep going and improve.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Start a drop servicing agency, you don’t need to have an upfront capital, and it’s easy to scale. Human beings love people who add value to their life by solving problems, depending on the size of the problem, that’s how much money people are willing to pay.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
On the personal side, the best $100 spent recently was when I hung out with my friends. People take leisure for granted. My family and friends are what keeps me going and make me a better person.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Marketer magic has everything I need to market my future audience, organize my team that is in a remote location, helps me verify emails, and even scrape my leads from other businesses and potential clients
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Knowledge is key to opening income. Hands down for me the best book that anybody needs to read, no matter what stage in life they are at, it would be if any would Unfair Advantage: The Underground Blueprint to Creating a Massive Movement by Turning Your Knowledge Into Income.
The more knowledge you gain the more control of your life and economic freedom you may sustain.
What is your favorite quote?
“If you change Nothing, Nothing changes”
- Having a growth mindset – there is so much information available online, once you pick what you want to learn, finding the best educational tools to help you get there is key. But having that intellectual curiosity to continue to learn has paid dividends for both my personal and professional growth.
- Enjoy the now – It is very easy as an entrepreneur to be thinking 5-10 years out about your strategy, business plans, etc. But if you’re not enjoying it ‘in the now”, is it all worth it? I really enjoy all that I am doing and I love sharing these strategies with other business owners.
- Do not be afraid to fail. Every great entrepreneur learns from their mistakes and comes back even better having learned from the pain.
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