Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
Robert Pauley III aka The WELTHĒ Guy is a Men’s Style Expert, Custom Clothier, Published Photographer and Social Media Influencer. He is the creator of WELTHĒ Lifestyle – a lifestyle services brand.
Since he was a kid, Robert enjoyed the “art of dressing up” and has built a vast knowledge of men’s style coupled with a natural ability to know what looks good on himself and others. He’s grown a social media following by modeling his own clothing designs and sharing men’s style and grooming tips.
Prior to taking the leap into entrepreneurship, Robert worked in Finance for 10 years and has lived in Brazil, China, Hong Kong, and Spain. In addition to reaching over 100K people on social media, Robert speaks to high school and college students on the importance of your appearance to your success. He is also the Host of The My People Podcast.
Robert is a native New Yorker and currently resides in Harlem, NY.
What exactly does your company do?
WELTHĒ Lifestyle delivers one-of-a-kind experiences, tailored to make you look, feel and be the best version of yourself.
This transformation is carried out in three parts.
The first step in your transformation is a thorough assessment of your wardrobe with our WELTHĒ Look Style Enhancement experience. This guarantees shopping for yourself is a breeze. Step two in your journey is elevation. Your choice in suits and outwear reflects who you are. Our WELTHĒ Clothing experience boosts that reflection with tailor-made clothing just for you.
The final step in your journey is letting the world see your new image. Our WELTHĒ Images experience captures the new you with portraits that will become a part of your legacy.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I faced was learning how to reach an audience online and convert them into clients of my business. There are so many people selling their products on social media and it’s so easy to get lost in it. To get people to buy from you they have to trust you and unless you’re an already established name, it is difficult to do. I started to overcome this by sharing information through videos. Doing videos lets people get a glimpse into who you are as a person as well as sharing useful information helps to build trust from your audience. Once people feel like they know who you are and what you know what you’re talking about, they are more likely to buy from you.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
The piece of advice I wish someone had given me when I started my business is that it’s ok for things not to be perfect. Put it out there and refine it as you go. I would spend a lot of time wanting everything to be perfect without realizing that nothing is perfect and that things get better with refinement over time.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
I march to the beat of my own drum but one person I really admire is Barack Obama. He gave hope and inspiration to so many people by becoming President of The United States. What really impressed me about him is he always presents himself with poise and class, something that is difficult to do when faced with so much adversity.
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?
My friend Reuel Matthew started his custom clothing business before I did and he was really instrumental in putting me in touch with the right resources to bring my ideas to life. He was also an early supporter of my business–he actually used my services and paid for them. He didn’t think because he was a friend that he should get them for free or at a discounted price.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
My greatest success in life so far is building my legacy. When I worked in Corporate America, I realized that no one would ever know what I did there, but with my business, it is my own name and my own brand and I will forever be etched in history.
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