“When you understand your strengths and weaknesses, you will become more confident and more creative.”

Ep #182:  Miles Mussenden, Cloak and Dagger

Ep #183:  Malynda Hale, Singer and Songwriter

Ep #184:  Tim Alison, Screw The Naysayers

Ep #185:  Genecia Alluora, Soul Rich Woman

Ep #186:  Kirk Deis, CEO

Welcome to Week 36 of The Daily Grind Business Podcast Weekly Summaries. Colin speaks to some of the world’s most insightful and successful people 5 days per week. The goal of this show is simple. To show you how these people think, act and the steps they took to get where they are today to hopefully inspire you to follow in their footsteps.

This show is for people who want to learn, who want to grow and develop and who are willing to lay it on the line and grind for what they want.

Each week the interviewees impart their wisdom by sharing their experiences. Learn from them. To connect with them and to receive some free information please click on the links below.

There is a common thread with all successful entrepreneurs and that is the importance of investing in both your business and personal growth. So each week we also share with you titles of books that either these entrepreneurs have written or suggested that you read.

We are passionate about helping entrepreneurs get started in their businesses so this is why we have compiled weekly notes from our weekly podcasts. The entrepreneurs who so graciously offered their time to be interviewed are passionate about giving back and helping others as we do.

You are not alone!

Week 36

1. Miles Mussenden is a force to be reckoned with as he joins the Marvel Universe this summer in the action-packed new TV series Cloak and Dagger on Freeform. Miles will play the series regular role of ‘Michael Johnson’ (Cloak’s father) in the TV series, alongside stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph (Cloak / Tyrone Johnson). The series recently premiered to the highest numbers that Freeform has seen in a series since the Pretty Little Liars finale with 1.64M live viewers.

Read about Miles’ role in “Cloak and Dagger” here:


Miles started acting in the theater when he was a young child in New York City, attending the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has since been featured in recurring roles on Queen SugarArmy Wives, and Bloodline. Additionally, he’s made appearances on hit TV shows Stranger Things, Ballers, Secrets and Lies, Mr. Mercedes, etc. Miles is known for bringing strength, warmth and charm to a myriad of characters.

Miles was born in London, and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His parents hailed from the South American country of Guyana. Growing up in a low-income neighborhood similar to his parents, Miles developed a special yearning to help ‘at risk’ youth which he still advocates for today. He currently works with local hands-on and non-profit charity organizations such as Front and Center, supporting ‘at risk’ youth, and Caring For Others supporting struggling families.

2. Malynda Hale authentically gives herself and her heart on and off the stage through her music, melodies, and movement. The African American singer/songwriter uses both her music and social stature to bring to light new perspectives on important issues including female empowerment and the Black Lives Matter movement. Malynda just released her latest single “Something Worth Fighting For,” serving up a perfect combo of an upbeat melody and inspirational lyrics. The single comes in anticipation of her full “The One” EP release on June 22nd and an extensive tour throughout the summer.

Listen to “Something Worth Fighting For” on: Spotify | iTunes/Apple Music

Check out Malynda’s upcoming tour dates here

Malynda was born and raised in sunny Santa Barbara, California where she began singing at just five years old. At the age of seven she was learning to play the piano, and by the age of nine she started writing her own music. Malynda has since gone on to lead a successful, long-lasting music career. Just last year, Malynda won “Best Female Vocalist” at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards, was the headliner of the 2017 NAMM show, and has opened for artists such as Tyrone Wells, Ernie Halter, and Levi Kreis.

With a mic constantly in the palm of her hand and a vast audience at her fingertips, Malynda has been able to utilize her voice to elicit change on multiple platforms – social justice, female empowerment, LGBTQ+ rights, veganism, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Noting reactions are best responded to by taking action, Malynda has managed to dip her hands into several projects to support these causes. She hosts the femme-empowerment “Boss, Please” podcast, which shines a light on female execs and all-around girl bosses. She’s also the face of Valana Minerals, one of the very few brands that have cruelty free beauty products for women of color. Malynda has often spoken out regarding the importance of beauty brands being more inclusive and having products that represent different skin tones.

Listen to the “Boss, Please” podcast here

Watch Malynda Hale’s “We Run” music video here

Additionally, Malynda’s recently released single “We Run” was written in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, depicting her experience as a black woman in America. The track, which is included in her upcoming EP, is meant to start a conversation by shedding a new light on the issue. Malynda has already touched the lives of so many people, and will continue to do so with her new EP “The One” (6/22) and countrywide tour this summer.

3. Tim Alison is a lifelong entrepreneur, business coach, best-selling author, and host of the Screw the Naysayers Podcast Show. At age 31 Tim walked away from a six-figure income and moved to a tiny fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada. The naysayers laughed when he said he was
starting an educational software company.

They stopped laughing when sales topped $10 million. His life philosophy is simple- Know the Life You Want and Have the Courage to Live It.

4. Genecia Alluora is the Founder of Soul Rich Woman, South East Asia’s leading network for female entrepreneurs connecting 11,000 women across the region.

Genecia was drawn to entrepreneurship in her mid 20’s following her time as Miss Singapore when she established Coffee: Nowhere, a specialist cafe for coffee lovers which has grown into a renowned retail cafe chain with a presence across three countries in Asia.

Keen to explore different marketing avenues and empower like-minded women, Genecia began her own live stream channel, Soul Rich Woman TV. Today, Soul Rich Woman TV has a combined social media reach of 200,000, consists of 1,000+ episodes and has built the foundations of her current business.

Established in Singapore, Genecia has expanded Soul Rich Woman in recent years to Malaysia,
Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Soul Rich Woman has also recently partnered with giant companies such as Facebook and Shopify to continuously provide its members with opportunities and exposure to help them with their entrepreneurial journey.


5. Kirk Deis has been featured on Forbes, Podcasts, and radio shows in the US.

He is the CEO and Founder of two companies – Treehouse 51 a digital agency in Newport Beach, California and The Bug Squasher a universal web app that helps you diagnosis site issues.

 Here are the key overarching takeaways from Colin’s interviews.

If anything resonates with you, click on the link and listen to the full one-half hour podcast or if you have any questions these entrepreneurs supplied you with their links so you can personally reach out to them.


Whatever business you are in whether you are an actor in business or if you are an athlete, self-awareness is important. We are trained to conform and many of us do not discover who we really are.”  By Miles Mussenden

I say a mantra every day. I am convincing myself that I can succeed. I am a whole, perfect, strong harmonious and happy human being. I feed myself positive affirmations from other people.” By Miles Mussenden

“I had to learn to connect with people on a personal level. Today, people connect with me every day. They are requesting something from me but I do not know who they are. If they would reciprocate by liking some of the things that I was doing by making comments I would be more familiar with them. So I might be inclined to help these people that I recognize.” By Miles Mussenden

Thought of the Day:  “In the darkest times, your light can shine the brightest. Even when things are rough there is strength inside you that you can overcome what you are dealing with. Stay positive at all costs.” By Miles Mussenden


“Figuring out my place and my genre has been the most difficult obstacle I have faced. It took me a while to get to the point feeling comfortable with myself performing the music I liked most. Because I am black, producers and managers wanted to pigeon hole me into R&B. I had to stand my ground. I had to assert myself as the artist I wanted to be.”  By Malynda Hale

“Your mindset determines how successful you will be.
What you talk about and what you think about is what you bring about in your life. If you talk positively and if you think positively you will bring positive results into your life. Get rid of the negativity, get rid of the self-doubt and say out loud what you want.” By Malynda Hale

Thought of the Day:  Don’t be afraid to ask.”  By Malynda Hale


“This is what we should be talking about. In North America 50% of adults under the age of 30 are either underemployed or unemployed. Most of them are underemployed. There is work out there and to say there isn’t would be wrong.”  By Tim Alison

“The millennials have bought into this myth that there purpose in life is to first go to school, sit down and behave and do what you are told and wait for instructions and you will be rewarded. Get into a good college or a good university and when you graduate great jobs will be waiting for them. This is what happened to me. In my 20’s I was chasing goals that other people set for me.”  By Tim Alison

“Listening to podcasts is a mind-expanding activity.”  By Tim Alison
Thought of the Day:  “Know the life you want and have the courage to live it.”  By Tim Alison

“Don’t let your circumstances determine your situation and your future.”  By Genecia Alluora
Buyers online are different from buyers’ offline. You need to understand true buyer’s psychology online to sell your products successfully.”  By Genecia Alluora

“There are 3 obstacles that women entrepreneurs face when moving their businesses from offline to online.
#1: Their mindset remains the same when they move their businesses to online. They are not willing to let go what they already now. #2: Women suffer from the shiny object syndrome. #3: They still have a traditional mindset and they think that if their business is working now why would it not continue to work online.”  By Genecia Alluora

Thought of the Day:   “Your failures are not meant to break you. They are meant to strengthen you.”  By Genecia Alluora

It was a humbling experience when I first started my digital business. I didn’t know much about how to be an entrepreneur. The first few months I started building content. They say if you build it they will come but they didn’t. I built it and they did not come. I was blogging 3X a day.” By Kirk Deis

“When I started to reach out to my friends on Facebook and former bosses to tell them about my new company I got my first referral. I asked them if they could give me a referral I would give them XYZ in return. So I recommend for anyone starting a business – develop an outreach program. Don’t just ask for a favor see what you can do for them as well.”  By Kirk Deis

“If you don’t have that thirst in business then I can guarantee you that your competition does. If you put in 40 hours and your competition puts in 70 hours then they are ahead of the game.”  By Kirk Deis

Thought of the Day:  “How do you know what you don’t know? When you are starting your business the answer to this question is – You Don’t.”  By Kirk Deis


To connect with Miles: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilesMussenden

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milesmussenden/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MilesMussenden/

Check Out, Cloak and Dagger:  Watch on HULU

To connect with Malynda Hale: Malynda’s Music: Spotify

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malyndahale/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malyndahalemusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MalyndaHale

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/malyndahale

Malynda’s Podcast: http://bosspleasepodcast.libsyn.com/

To connect with Tim VISITscrewthenaysayers.com and get a FREE GIVEAWAY!

Tim’s Podcast: http://screwthenaysayers.com/podcast/

To connect with Genecia VISITsoulrichwoman.com

To connect With Kirk

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Suggested Readings:

The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Work Less, Make More: The counter-intuitive approach to building a profitable business, and a life you actually love by James Schramko

Built To Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What do Do About It by Michael Gerber

Market Mind Games: A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk by Denise Shull

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham

The Fred Factor: How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary by Mark Sanborn

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Week 23 and Week 24 and Week 25 and Week 26 and Week 27! And Week 28 and Week 29 and Week 30 and Week 31 and Week 32 and Week 33 and now Week 34!

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