We had the good fortune of connecting with Sebastian Naum and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sebastian, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
The concept of work-life balance is super interesting to me.

To begin with, there are things that are a MUST in my life. That’s going to be meditation and exercise. It’s imperative that those two are in there almost daily. Outside of that, I feel that balance comes in waves.

There are moments in our lives when we need work sprints in order to create what we’re needing to create. Perhaps that sprint can be a few days, weeks, months or even a few years. As long as I am including moments to myself, mini-vacations etc I believe this is completely healthy to be head down on a project. This can yield incredible results in moments of inspiration and times in your life when you have the time whether it is bc of your age, family situation etc. This type of sprint may allow significantly bigger chunks of vacation, times off, or even early retirement.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The two agencies that I own, www.goglobal.agency and www.sb.agency both stand out from the rest in the level of customization and attentional to detail. At Socketbox we are going way deeper into research when it come to SEO. At Go Global we have a very unique niche which is that of helping international brands expand and grow in the US. Our secret is building incredible teams that will fit the exact needs of our client partners.

Last year, my partner and I launched Chakra Spiced Coffee (spicedcoffee.com). We have single-handedly created a new category for coffee; spiced coffee. We take single-origin beans from Kilimanjaro, batch roast them in Huntington Beach, and blend the coffee with purposeful spices such as ginger, turmeric, cardamom and more. We’ve created a product with an incredible taste that also helps brain function. Given our passion for mental health, we donate 5% of proceeds to help expand awareness for mental health.

My main lessons in all of my business have to do with honest and open communication that is in line with my/our values. Business done with no values or passion with the pure goal of making profits simply isn’t for me. I strongly believe in the power of profit with purpose. This is the foundation for how I approach business.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Let’s do a little drive through the coast from Malibu down to the South Bay. Hit up some hipster coffee spots along the way, have a drink in Venice and dinner in Santa Monica. Spend a whole day playing volleyball in Manhattan and hit up some epic ocean view hikes.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My biggest shout-out has to be to my parents. They have supported my journey in life no matter what I’ve done. That backbone has allowed me to have unconditional love and support that has allowed me to easily believe in myself.

Website: www.goglobal.agency

Instagram: @sebnaum

Other: www.sb.agency wwwspicedcoffee.com www.sebastiannaum.com

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