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"Never stop believing in yourself"- Sergio Centeno

What’s your backstory? 

Born and raised in a small town called Tri-cities, Washington. I grew up in a household of five with two sisters and my parents, I was the youngest. My early life was quite a roller coaster of emotions due to living in a house full of negativity and a lot of violence. I remember coming home everyday to hearing my parents fight about money. At a very young age I realized that I didn't want money to ever be a problem for me. 

I told myself that I was going to make something out of myself and help my family and my next generation have a different life from the one I had. I experienced a lot of pain very young seeing my mother get abused by my father growing up. It hurt me a lot to see her go through that and not be able to do anything about it.

Although my parents had their problems, they were still a blessing to my life and I am so thankful for them. In school I was never a good student, I always had low grades and didn’t take school seriously. I was the class clown and I managed to copy most of my way through school. I still remember my father telling me that I wasn’t going to be nothing in life. So a lot of my passion was driven from pain that I felt. 

I managed to graduate from college just to later learn that I had wasted my time because even with a college degree no one wanted to hire me. Eventually I did get hired and was only getting paid a little over minimum wage. Even after agreeing to get paid less than what I was expecting, it didn't take more than 5 months before they fired me. This was a real slap in the face. 

That is when I realized that I had to make a change with my life. After losing my job that is really when I dove deep into learning about entrepreneurship and learning how to start my own business. One night after doing research and watching videos on youtube I stumbled across a Tai Lopez “here in my garage” ad. It didn't take me much convincing before I bought the course called 67 steps. This course taught me the foundations to being an entrepreneur. That is when life started to make sense for me again. 

It gave me hope, it was a brand new opportunity to make something out of myself. I was sold on the luxury of living a life by design. I was sold on the fact that I had full power to changing my life and that it was up to me to make it happen. The dreams of having fast cars and big houses got refueled and my motivation skyrocketed.

Throughout this time is when I first connected with Nathan Ray Ortega founder of Influencer Podcasts. I was given the opportunity to enhance my skills within the PR space which allowed me to grow and get me out of my shell which enabled me to network with millionaires. After 6 month of learning with Nathan I got introduced to Josue Arteaga and Ulyses Osuna. That is when they were starting this new program called Manufacturing Influencers and they were offering opportunities for new upcoming PR specialists. I quickly took the opportunity joined their team at Influencer press. 

If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?

I think the most important thing you need to know is to never stop believing in yourself. There has been many times where I have found myself alone with no one on my side. But that's why they say being an entrepreneur can be very lonely because a lot of the times people will not understand you. 

Some people will say you are crazy and others will say that what you are doing will not work. But what you have to do is go with your gut and ignore all the negativity people throw at you. In this career you have to be able to go against the odds and that is why I say believing in yourself is so important because at the end of the day the only person you have is yourself.

What are the most exciting projects you are working on now?

I'm excited about the release of our program called Manufacturing Influencers. In this program we will be helping high level entrepreneurs build an indestructible brand using PR. We help them become household names and the Go-To’s in their fields. We accomplish that by getting them onto major publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. and onto media news outlets like podcasts shows, Youtube shows and even National T.V. 

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