Name: Aaron Paxton Arnold
Profession: Entrepreneur Lifestyle Expert and Coach | Media correspondent | Key Note Speaker | Founder, Music Is My Business
One Word That Describes You: Blessed.
Heterogeneous is a adjective for something diverse in character or content. So what do you get when you mesh entrepreneurship, music, social media, and a dash of corporate america? You get one of the country’s top young faces — entrepreneur lifestyle expert — Aaron Paxton Arnold the founder of Music is My Business and www.aaronpaxtonarnold.com.
Following his passion, Arnold walked away from a successful career and took an unpaid intern/assistant job with Sean “Diddy”Combs for 18 months, in hopes to become a part of next generation of entrepreneurs influencing business and entertainment. “My necessity is to be happy in life. Refusing to be miserable has made me fearless in the pursuit of happiness and committed to executing my dreams, despite self-doubt, doubt from others, and all the challenges in-between,” he tells BE Modern Man.
Growing up on the south-side of Chicago presented Arnold with many obstacles. “I was blessed to have parents that exposed me to everything. I went to school with the dope boys and the AP students. I learned that both were equally smart, the difference was their choices and exposure.” Sacrifice, hard-work, and commitment have made Arnold a highly sought-after influencer, curator, and keynote speaker. He’s been recognized by CNN on their “Young People who Rock,” and by Inc. Magazines for his role as CEO of “America’s Smartest New Companies led by people under 30.”
Utilizing his ability to relate to a wide range of audiences, Arnold has had speaking engagement at everywhere from Harvard and USC, to Capitol Hill. His goal is to break stereotypes, particularly for those on the outside looking in. “As a young father, husband, and entrepreneur, I pray that my example, mentoring, and results can continue to show people of color that anything and everything is possible. We’re more than just sports and entertainment. We’re curators of culture, business, medicine, and politics. We touch every industry that impacts the world.”
The Black Enterprise team appreciates all of the work that Aaron Paxton Arnold does to influence and change the narratives that exist around the 21st century black man. Through perseverance, hustle, strength, and resilience, he continues to provide an illustration of what the BE Modern Man resembles in America and throughout the world. In the words of his mentor, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Arnold: can’t stop, and he won’t stop.
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