It was a broken hand that helped Kale Abrahamson, college basketball star and CEO/Co-Founder of E-commerce Company Nine University, realize that his true passion lay in ‘Building businesses" and not in playing basketball. Once he heard this epiphany, he didn’t take long to give up a career in Division 1 College Basketball and launched a business from his apartment, selling products through Amazon FBA program. Today, he is the owner of a multimillion-dollar E-commerce enterprise, NineU and he also runs a business coaching program called Nine University KT V.I.P.
Despite leaving behind a career, which most college players only dream of, Kale is satisfied that he listened to his heart and instead of working for someone else, decided to be his own boss. However that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t regret giving up basketball. He says, “It kills me that I didn’t get to live my dream of becoming a pro-basketball player." But he takes this disappointment in himself and uses it to fuel his true passion, which is building an entrepreneurial empire. It is this burning desire to succeed and this realization that has made him free to work for himself and find a “better way to make money" as well as to “find happiness in what he is doing."
It is this ‘Why’ that Kale says is the most important question that aspiring entrepreneurs need to answer before taking the plunge into this ocean. Kale says, “What is the reason you are doing what you do? You have to know that first in order to succeed."
The next thing that matters while making a decision like this is what you want out of it. For Kale, he was on his way to NBA when he realized that though he loved the game, he was in it because he wanted to “make a lot of money."
Kale’s first brush with entrepreneurship came at Northwestern University, where he and a friend started selling wristbands to high school students, who came to watch high school football games. They made a profit of a couple of thousand dollars doing that and that fueled his entrepreneurial spirit further. After wristbands came the hoverboard, which he rode to his classes. After he received compliments for his hoverboard, he went into business again, even leasing space in a local mall. He was sold out within 42 days, making $75,000 in the process. He did all this while playing Division I Basketball, managing a store and playing basketball at night. Oh yes, he was also studying for MBA during all this!
Spurred on by the thought of working only for himself, Kale launched three different businesses – selling products on Amazon, running a company helping Amazon sellers optimize their product listings and a YouTube channel training people how to sell products online.
Kale met his current business partner Taylor Hiott, at Church in 2017, and from then, after passing through different phases of businesses, they created NineU, a business coaching program, which has 5,000 members globally. The venture has now evolved into a seven-figure business. The coaching program aims to teach budding entrepreneurs how to achieve success in their entrepreneurial dreams.
Kale and Taylor’s mission is to train young minds to build and scale a thriving drop-shipping business and achieve financial freedom in the process.
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