“We are working on breaking the paradigm that you have to be a “solopreneur” to be successful.” with Dame Doria Cordova and Tyler Gallagher

I worry about the whole idea — which is, unfortunately, as American as apple pie — that you are alone and that there’s such a thing as a “solopreneur.” And the lack of understanding and education about the benefits of the Blockchain technology — how it truly can be utilized for the benefit of many. We are working on breaking the paradigm that you have to be a “solopreneur” to be successful. We’re all in this together.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dame Doria Cordova (DC), owner of Excellerated Business Schools® for Entrepreneurs and the Money & You® program — an organization with more than 145,000 participants from more than 85 countries since 1978. They have a particularly strong presence in Asia Pacific region and the Americas. The programs are available in English, Chinese and Japanese and now expanding into Bahasa, Spanish, Tamil, Hindi and other languages. Many of today’s wealth and business leaders have attended Money & You and have transformed the way they teach and run their organizations. Her list of graduates read as a Who’s Who of financial and entrepreneurial educators.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you share with us the story of how you decided to pursue this career path? What lessons can others learn from your story?

I was part of a team that 41 years ago created the entrepreneurial experiential transformational training field — the Financial Literacy field. My mentors Marshall Thurber and Bobbi DePorter, were the co-founders of the work. Currently Bobbi DePorter is an expert in teen education and is the co-founder of the SuperCamp program. Our organization has trained the likes of Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, Jack Canfield and many others), I personally have had the opportunity to learn alongside leading masters, experts and very successful entrepreneurs.

One of our mentors was Buckminster Fuller (an architect, mathematician, inventor, author of 30 books and a renowned futurist who passed away in 1983), taught us about the positive aspects of technology and how it can impact the world positively.

That training and my experience dating back to 1977, has taught me that good technology can solve world problems. Our programs have always been ahead of the curve. We set up one of the first Apple Computer stores in San Diego in 1981 — even Steven Jobs came down to visit us once!

I had an email address on CompuServe early 1986 — at the time, people didn’t yet know what emails were. Around the same time, we were one of the first organizations to use fax machines in the States. I couldn’t believe people didn’t know what they were… They were widely used Australia!

It was then that I began to see that the bulk of the U.S. population can be a little behind in some of the latest widely used technologies in other countries — though we do have one of the biggest technology centers — Silicon Valley — which is a trend setter and is now a major hub for technology worldwide.

There are people and countries around the world that have seriously committed themselves to advancing technology including Malaysia who has built Cyberjaya (City of Cyber) where the government is still inspired to support as many high-tech innovations as possible (including bringing technologies from around the world) to support them in becoming an economically-developed country.

Can you tell me about the most interesting projects you are working on now?

At the top of the list would be to become more educated about Blockchain and use the technology in my business and network to support further collaboration and supportive marketing endeavors with other Social Entrepreneurs and amongst the graduates of our work.

Through the years I have learned to stay ahead of the curve by understanding the teachings of masters like Bucky Fuller (and others) about what trends to keep an eye on… If you understand the progression of humanity — first there was the Agricultural Age, then the Industrial Age (also known as a the Industrial Revolution”), the Information Age (also known as the Space Age) — it was only natural that when I started hearing about the Blockchain technology that I would dig in and lead out. At first, like everyone else, when I heard about Crypto Currency — I’d think about Bitcoin — and immediately I thought that I knew what they were talking about — I couldn’t have been more wrong — this, of course, has also been a big block in many entrepreneurs’ and people’s minds.

In our Excellerated educational system, we learn from masters and the “first communication” about a concept, a technology — anything, really — it creates the mold of that specific thing - — so people think they know about it and they don’t — but the initial impression gets stuck. Crypto Currency was introduced through Bitcoin. The biggest Crypto Currency is actually Etherium, but fewer people are aware of it, particularly in the U.S. which is very worrisome.

So our biggest challenge when speaking of the Blockchain technology is for people to understand how to utilize it in growing a business or a non-profit organization. How I got interested in the subject in a broader sense, is when I began to be asked questions by prestigious graduates of my programs and didn’t have a well-informed answer.

Then I ran into NASGO, a new Blockchain platform and ShareNode, a sidechain leveraging the power of the NASGO Blockchain technoloy. NASGO has developed and launched a very robust Blockchain platform for companies to simply and easily leverage the power of Blockchain. Through sidechains, like ShareNode, companies around the world can simply and affordably tokenize their businesses.

The NASGO Blockchain platform is agnostic and decentralized that powers apps, dApps and sidechains. Two of the most exciting apps on the NASGO Blockchain are VAPR and AMICO, fulfilling the promise of leading-edge marketing tools that maximize global exposure and tokenization for SME/SMB’s.

NASGO has built a Blockchain platform and aligned with applications are so agile that the needs of companies, musicians, artists, and non-profit organizations can be tokenized in minutes. This is the reason NASGO has been called the “GoDaddy® of Blockchain” — what is now being called “Internet 3.0”.

Sharenode is one of the sidechains on the NASGO Blockchain network that I am working with. I chose to work with Sharenode because for companies and others it can be a one-stop shop, creating a Web presence, tokenizing, marketing and teaching companies how to maximize the VAPR, AMICO and other applications on the NASGO Blockchain. Their two-tier Affiliate component is a bonus to those who may want to be compensated for referring their clients/customers/networks to use the Blockchain technology to support their marketing endeavors. This is really a perfect storm, especially for SME/SMB’s that are not technically savvy but want to leverage the power of Blockchain and the cost-effective marketing of tokenization.

I have some colleagues who are very progressive and are conducting events like the Summit for Women in Blockchain. But these are rare. Most people hear about Blockchain related to some scandal or something they see in the news. Some of my most successful entrepreneurial friends have no idea what Blockchain is, which has made it an important and natural step for me to add this subject in my curriculum in the Global Excellerated Business Schools. In my school, there are three areas of focus that I initiated about five years ago to create a new paradigm for entrepreneurial education: New Technologies, Renewables and Contribution.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

I have dozens and I would specifically want to acknowledge Buckminster Fuller — of all the masters that I have learned from, his teachings have impacted me the most. We constantly share a questions that he posed to us: “How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity, through spontaneous cooperation, in the shortest possible time, without any ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone?” When entrepreneurs / business people create products / services that answers that question, we move into the road of success for everyone…

What are the 5 things that most excite you about Blockchain and Crypto? Why?

The architecture of the Blockchain is interconnectedness. It’s transparent. You have to cooperate as you participate with others. So by its very architecture it is designed to scale — to inherently motivate — and to require us to be our best — to do our best.

What worries you about Blockchain and Crypto? Why?

I worry about the whole idea — which is, unfortunately, as American as apple pie — that you are alone and that there’s such a thing as a “solopreneur.” And the lack of understanding and education about the benefits of the Blockchain technology — how it truly can be utilized for the benefit of many. We are working on breaking the paradigm that you have to be a “solopreneur” to be successful. We’re all in this together.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? Can you share a story?

I have used my trainings to “churn-out social entrepreneurs” who answer Dr. Fuller’s question. For instance, a group of our graduates had a direct impact on the Singaporean educational system ­­ — one of the best in the world. I’m inspired by my many graduates. I’m grateful to have expanded the field of transformational, entrepreneurial, experiential trainings together with my mentors who put that industry on the map. This would include my partnership (back in the mid-80’s — 90’s) with Robert Kiyosaki, the co-author of Rich Dad Poor Dad book series who shared the teachings offered in our programs. There are a number of foundations including The Lighthouse Foundation and The Reach Foundation in Australia that have been inspired by our work — and I am happy to say, the fact that we have influenced many of today’s leading wealth experts and mentors that took our teachings into their organizations and teachings and have influenced millions.

As you know there are not that many women in your industry. Can you share 3 things that you would you advise other women in the Blockchain space to thrive?

Yes! I would advise them to keep up with the latest technology. Find an organization that truly understand leverage and how to create true wealth. And never give up your woman’s intuition, your ability, your gifts — they are highly needed in the world!

Can you advise what is needed to engage more women into the Blockchain industry?

We need to approach more women and be patient with them as they go through the process of educating themselves. I had to be educated as well. We need to keep at it. Be persistent. Women have to work harder than men. There is no country on the planet that has equality between women and men. I am an advocate for women to create a fulfilling, successful and prosperous life even if they don’t have the same rights men have… and the world is changing as we speak…

What is your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that had relevance to your own life?

One of my quotes is “It’s Impossible To Be Wealthy Without Being of Service…”

Let me explain… I started life with tremendous loss. My first love died when I was 18, one month before we were to be married. I miscarried our baby four months after he died. I had another miscarriage two years later, and I lost 14 friends within 3 years. I had a very tough start in life. That put money in a very clear perspective — it does not solve all problems. I also had an enlightenment experience when I was 26 years old… Without knowing what I was doing, I started searching for my life purpose and after watching Bucky Fuller for the first time (at 27 years old) I began to live a purpose-driven life.

When you commit your life to the betterment of humanity — a life of service — you learn that you can also have a profitable business environment — and the ripple effects create the wealth for many. There’s a difference between being rich and being wealthy. Wealth is sufficiency. From that space you can create riches and wealth.

Create business model — an economic engine that can support a business that adds value to many. The Blockchain technology can be a great vehicle for anyone (especially women) to support any endeavor. My model is to license my intellectual property. I created systems around that IP and this has allowed me to be financially independent that support me to live a life service. These two things can become one…

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

We have initiated a movement called Women, Cash and Divine Matters. It is sitting there ready for me to give it more fuel. A key component of this work will be a global, multicultural Web site/mobile site where women can connect and support one another, receive mentorship and coaching, inspiration, and practical business-oriented education. The business education component will incorporate the specific issues and needs of business women worldwide at all stages of their careers, as employees or entrepreneurs. Sadly, most women in the world do not currently have access to this kind of education that can empower them to move to financial levels to support themselves and their loved ones as well as giving them the motivation, ability and drive to join forces to eradicate hunger, poverty, violence against women and children and other types of suffering. The work will begin in English, then Chinese, expanding into the Hispanic, Middle-Eastern, European and African markets in alignment with sister organizations — and, of course, the Blockchain technology will make it easier to expand the work!

How can our readers follow you on Social Media?

Go to my Web site, http://www.DCCordova.com You can also find me at http://www.Facebook.com/DCCordova and http://www.Facebook.com/MoneyandYou

I have more than 100,000 followers in various Social Media sites so it’s easy to find me… Also, if you Google me, there’s wonderful free education through the countless Podcasts / Webinars / Online courses that I have been so blessed to be asked to participate in. Keep educating yourselves!

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!