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How to Reach Your Potential: An Interview with Jake Nicolle

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Jake Nicolle (partner at Rainforest Digital, co-founder of 180 Drums, host of Novel Podcast and international speaker) is taking part in the "How to Reach Your Potential" initiative, a series of 100 interviews with leaders who inspire Alex Rascanu and whose insights can help you reach your potential.

Jake Nicolle

About Jake

Partner at Rainforest Digital and international speaker, Jake Nicolle serves as a product expert, directing the online advertising budgets of companies to the newest emerging platforms in tech, such as Instagram, Amazon or Snapchat. Jake is also the co-founder of 180 Drums, the online music education platform. Over the last 5 years, Jake has emerged as an expert in product development, marketing, business operations, and online branding strategy. In less than a year, he garnered an audience of over 200,000+ social media followers and 2M+ views through his unique online brand development strategy. Jake is also the founder of Novel Podcast, where he interviews top performers across various industries, including Forbes and Fast Company-featured entrepreneurs.
Connect with Jake on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out his website JakeNicolle.com.

Jake Nicolle, on the right

Alex: What is your life’s purpose?

Jake: To leave behind tools that will help others achieve their dreams while realizing that they should do the same.

Alex: What are the three things you’re most passionate about?

Jake: Living a life of faith, building community, and education.

Alex: How do you stay healthy? What’s your main health-related goal?

Jake: I wake up at 5:00 am every day (I try to get at least 7 hours of sleep) and hit the gym with my co-founders, followed by sauna, a cold plunge and healthy food!

Alex: How do you build wealth? What’s your main financial goal?

Jake: Anti-diversification today, diversification tomorrow... I use forced savings, buy insurance policies that have returns, and invest money in my personal and professional development.

Alex: How do you balance work and family life?

Jake: I put it in my calendar in advance!

Alex: How do you enjoy spending time with family and friends?

Jake: Talking together or sharing a new experience together / learning.

Alex: What has been the most fulfilling role you’ve ever had, or the most fulfilling project you’ve been involved with so far?

Jake: Rainforest Digital is really exciting to me right now. We're helping companies truly understand what's happening on emerging platforms with an emphasis on Amazon. Novel Podcast has also been remarkably rewarding with over 70 interviews banked and amazing relationships having developed. 180 Drums features drummers around the world interact with an exciting online education that features the world's top drummers.

Jake Nicolle teaching drumming on Breakfast TV

Alex: What’s one career planning lesson that has made a significant difference in your life?

Jake: The most significant career lesson I've ever received is to try and become a master in your 20's and avoid becoming too thin of a generalist.

Alex: What would you like your legacy to be?

Jake: A quiet one, that people rarely, if ever, hear about but has a deep impact in the lives of the impoverished, weak and less fortunate.

Alex: Thank you, Jake, for taking part in the interview and for your insights!

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