We had the good fortune of connecting with Joseph D. Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joseph D., is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Giving people the absolute best mobile services experience they could ever imagine when they need me the most.
What should our readers know about your business?
I love listening to people, learning about their experiences in life, watching their emotional reactions to their own story while listening for those internal nuggets that were intended for my ears and my heart at that moment in time. My desire to become a business owner came from watching my parents struggle while I was growing up. I knew I wanted more for myself and my family. I knew it was going to be risky but with the creator’s insight and guidance, I felt I could accomplish my objectives. Their struggle became the catalyst and the fuel to my drive to be different, live differently, love differently, and have a different relationship with the creator. Different meaning- having a clear view of how the creator sees me and my potential. The way I communicated with the creator totally changed since I became an entrepreneur as well. For example, giving thanks for something in advance versus, asking the creator, would you, could you, may I, etc.
I began walking, talking, and exercising my authority as a co-creator with the creator totally changed the dynamics of our relationships on both sides.
This all started back in my high school days, I remember helping my good friend, Dexter Arnold sell candy and snacks in between classes. Looking back, it was a great mental exercise coming up with creative catchy phrases to draw attention to myself and sell products. “I got these chips for your lips, come get these buns… HONEY BUNS… Come get these white nuts, & black nuts… (I was referring to powdered donuts and chocolate donuts LOL). It got the attention of my clientele and I made sales and grew a strong loyal following. I learned three valuable lessons during that experience: (1) supply & demand (2) marketing (3) people buy from people they like especially after you make an emotional connection with them.
Fast forward to my college days, long-distance calling was our normal. Yes, this was during the time when payphones were still around too. Do you remember the sense of urgency that was created when another call came in and you clicked over and said, “I’m on a long-distance call, let me call you back later?” Or do you remember coming home for the summer, Thanksgiving, or Christmas break and making long-distance calls to your girlfriend or boyfriend? Then about a month later, your parents presented ‘the bill’ and said the following; “I hope you don’t think I’m going to pay for these long-distance calls…” They presented you with your portion of the bill with yours highlighted in green. How many of you remember having to pay a three-digit long-distance bill back in the late ’80s & ’90s??? Well, I learned there was a difference between full minute billing vs six-second billing or incremental billing. I started educating my peers and selling a revolutionary way to pay for long-distance calls to a lot of my college friends who were like me, paying hundreds of dollars monthly just to keep the love alive with their college sweetheart over the breaks. Twenty plus years later, I’m now an inventor, real estate investor, world traveler, son, husband, father, executive producer, and now, a full-time entrepreneur. I continue to find ways to solve other people’s problems. I guess I’m just a servant & a 1099 Kind-A-Guy.
Oftentimes, people would ask if my journey was easy? No, nothing is easy. Everything has its own set of challenges; stages of growth and seasons to harvest. I’ve learned to acknowledge my mistakes, give thanks for another opportunity, and retake the test in life. Here are some principles I’ve learned along the way on this journey; 1] Your words MATTER more than you THINK. 2] Know your numbers; learn to love math and what math can do for your situation. 3] Sowing & Reaping yields a beautiful harvest each and every time. 4] Lack & Shortage is man-made. 5] Work & Life Balance is just as important as a $30,000 paycheck for a week’s work. 6] You can’t be a successful entrepreneur and NOT have a relationship with the creator of heaven & earth. Where else can you get infinite wisdom on where your next check is coming from? 7] Find good mentors. 8] What you focus your energy towards is what you get more of. 9] Entrepreneurs are NOTHING but problem solvers. 10] Money is currency to learn how it works and flows. 11] Funding my businesses with business credit vs personal credit. Business credit is the way to go! At the end of the day, I’m a lover of GOOD people, a problem solver, trustworthy & reliable, and a great listener and a lover of LIFE.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
1) Spend the day at the Porsche Experience. 2) Visit one of the local athletic clubs and enjoy tennis and workout. 3) Go skydiving. 4) Patronize local businesses like Busy Bee’s, Big Dave’s Cheesesteak & Kemper’s Cafe (Yummy, Yummy). 5) Travel to Buena Vista, GA for the best ribs in GA at A & R BBQ! 6) Hangout at Six Flags over GA for 28,800 seconds! 7) Go bike riding in the North GA mountains.
8) Hangout with a rooftop bar for drinks, a beautiful sunset with our beautiful wives. 9) Attend a jazz concert featuring Michael Franks, FourPlay, Ken Ford & Lee Ritenour. 10) Catch some sun on St. Simons Island at the beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to the parent who wanted to make sure her daughter got a chance to travel France with her classmates and needed a parental consent form notarized from the other co-parent four hours away. Shoutout to the children of an aging parent who was able to contact Noble Mobile Notary Services just in time. The aging parent had just enough energy to sign their name for their durable power of attorney documents along with their last will & testament before they transitioned weeks later. Shoutout to the baby brother of an older sibling who almost lost her life to alcoholism and by the grace of GOD, a next-door neighbor felt something was wrong and went over to the house and noticed she was unconscious and unresponsive. She was transported to the hospital just in time to save her life. Several weeks later, the brother needed important POA documents notarized so he could handle the business affairs of his sister from another state. Shoutout to the first African American state-approved hemp farm licensed by the State of Georgia who needed important documents notarized at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic over zoom video conference. They were just one document away from making their dream come true. Though we were three hours away from each other, thanks to technology, Noble Mobile Notary Services was able to get it done. Finally, Shoutout to the lovely couple who lives on a 500-acre cattle farm in southwest GA who needed important documents and several architecture plats notarized in order to sell acres of land in the state of Texas. That transaction took several two-hour trips back and forth over a couple of months to get the job done. A Texas Road House restaurant now exists on that on land with a host of other businesses. Yes, shoutout to the people! The great conversations, the discussions of love, racial issues, raising families, marriages, and great business advice. They deserve this recognition, I’m just a conduit and servant. I’ve had some of the best conversations with good people thanks to my notary stamp.
Finally, shoutout to my children. I love watching your development, watching you grow through your mistakes and become powerful beings of love, light, compassion, and intelligent future millionaires. It feels amazing watching them learn the rules of this “life game” play it, and now they’re starting to see some success.
Our motto is simple, with Noble Mobile Notary Services, you’re One Signature Away from a Peace of Mind.
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