Jesse Meester Opens Up About Pushing Through Bad Times
Personal Interview with Jesse Meester by Nathan Rayortega
If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?
First, I’d say, develop some skills and character traits necessary to kick-start your entrepreneurial journey. As I’m still learning along this journey, you will. The majority of this game is in the process. Confidence and resilience, for example, are key traits you’d need to possess. A person attempting to emulate my career would fail if they didn’t first build their self-confidence, and they’d also need to be able to cope with rejection. Be prepared to handle 100 “No”s before your first “Yes”. I couldn’t stomach that much rejection in the beginning, especially on top of being actor I felt so lost. Be prepared to become uncomfortable of surroundings and learn that your convenience and conviction do not live in the same house. The sooner you realize that you have to sacrifice most of your daily habits in order to achieve success, the better. I would suggest consulting or coaching because I see that as my biggest mistake. I had zero guidance and support so I made unnecessary mistakes. It’s important to hire a coach because it’s inefficient to attempt to figure everything out by yourself. Harness your natural skillset, and outsource the rest.
What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?
I’m working on my psychology thesis, a book about intermittent fasting and applied psychology. I’m preparing to speak on some big stages throughout the world, where I’ll be giving motivational talks to large audiences eager to learn how to become successful and ultimately a closer.
I know this is not an easy job. What drives you?
I was young with materialistic desires, but that’s not what gets me out of bed anymore (Thank God!). Once I try to get too fancy, I just have to rewire my mind. Many entrepreneurs are driven because they want the fancy car, the designer shoes, or the luxury home. Those things are great, don’t get me wrong, but wanting those things is not what keeps me motivated. Instead, it’s the impact I can have on thousands of people. Legacy is forever and money I don’t get to take to my grave. It’s about a deep understanding that I don’t want an average or mediocre life. It’s knowing that I don’t want to live paycheck-to-paycheck.
It’s understanding that I’m not looking to live a life of restriction. What drives me is proving that everyone who doubted me and told me I wasn’t good enough was wrong. My haters are the fuel that drive me towards my greatness.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? What lesson did you learn from them?
I live from gratitude and through mistakes in investments, relationships, surrounding myself with the wrong people and what not. I just learn from all these experiences and lost myself sometimes by not seeing it earlier. But in everything is a lesson to be grateful for. My mother is my number one. I’m grateful for the business partners and mentors who believed in what I had to offer and motivated me.
A great lesson I learned is this: surround yourself with people who recognize your worth, believe in you, and encourage you. Keep people in your life who see the greatness in you and who bring that greatness out of you. If you’re pursuing success, you need people in your life who encourage you to pick yourself up and keep pushing, even when they see you fail. You need those loyal fans who refuse to give up on you, even if it looks like you might be ready to give up on yourself.
Mr. Jesse Meester, how do you push through your worst times?
Asking yourself what is there here to teach and grow stronger from. Winners never quit, and quitters never win. When you live in gratitude and hit rock bottom your greatest gift is still being alive. So what is really the worst time? People are dying and we are complaining about not having enough cream in our $5 Starbucks coffee? I know this and I have always had enough resilience to push through the hardest moments. The way I see it is that I’m pushing my way towards my greatness, and the fight is worth the prize. I know what waits for me on the other side of fear and challenging moments. I know it’s worth fighting for or even suffering for. I have learned that the toughest, most difficult times in our lives are a sign that we’re on the edge of success. That’s what keeps me going, and that’s why I’m comfortable being uncomfortable.
Thank you Jesse Meester,
Interview by Nathan Rayortega