We had the good fortune of connecting with Franklin Westbrooks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Franklin, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
The median household income in the United States for Asians is 74k. For White America, it is 53k. For African Americans, its 35k. 7% of the population makes 100k or more. 6% makes between 75k-100k. 16% makes 50k-75k. 36% makes between 25k-50k and 35% makes less than 25k. In the richest country in the world, these statistics are staggering. What I’ve learn about the middle class is that the middle class is not stupid, lazy or weak. The middle class lacks Financial education, financial options and financial accessibility. I love that I provide those things as well as an opportunity to be mentored and trained to go out and make a difference in the community through financial literacy, and get paid very well to do so.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is has two branches: on one side, I have assets under management, focusing on financial education, wealth building, tax advantage strategies as well as premium finance for my higher net worth clients. One the other side is a leadership and development business where I mentor and educate others on how to run a super distribution system marketing financial vehicles. Since I believe we can not out earn our identity, I’ve learned that so much of our business as entrepreneurs is a fair representation of who we are a person. If I learn your daily activities in which you engage to build your business, I can learn a great deal about you. So we build the individual to match the business goals the individual has. A basic question we ask is “Who do you need to be in order to achieve that business goal?.” This process is not an easy process at all. And it has not been for me. If you want to learn about who you are, start a business. You’ll learn how you handle relationships, how money may be an emotional trigger for you, that you are motivated by fear, that you may have self esteem issues. At times its painful and uncomfortable, but growth and comfort can not coexist so I had to get comfortable being uncomfortable. I want the world to understand that I am absolutely passionate about making sure I make a real contribution to lifting people, families and businesses up and getting them performing at the highest level. We all benefit from me becoming the best Franklin Westbrooks I can be, but I was coached, loved and supported in my journey, and in turn I must do the same for others. I Especially want to make sure I help people of African Decent to obtain the 40 acres and mule we were told we were going to get as a result of the emancipation proclamation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would make sure I take them to ts see all of the geographical regions of southern California. We’d go to the beaches of Malibu. The next day, we’d go to The Last Book Store in Downtown Los Angeles where we could spend the whole day reading and listening to old jazz masters and classical vinyl LP’s. We would check out one of the best orchestras in the world, the LA Philharmonic, with Dudamel. Then we’d drive up to Big Bear and do some snow tubing. and of course go for a hike by the Hollywood sign at the Griffith park Observatory, a favorite of my son and me. I am a great cook, so I’d make a brunch with omelettes, bacon and my famous Peaches and Cream French Toast is a strawberry compote. Its amazing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mentor and trainer’s name is Pavlina Bramson. Ever Since I started working with her and have been under her leadership, I’ve had unending support and coaching. She is one of the smartest people I know, but also one of the kindest as well. She’s an amazing business woman and a great deal of my success comes from her leadership. I can’t say enough about mentorship.