WHO IS RAPHA-EL?
Rapha-El Daligheto (born August 4th), is an entrepreneur.
A creative mind and a positive attitude have carried J. Vance (known as Rapha-El Daligheto) through his success. “I never would have imagined that I would have been able to help this many people in this amount of time, while still creating a business that can support myself and my family. It’s a good look.”
Over the past five years, Rapha-El has trained hundreds of willing individuals on how to create their own online businesses. One of his most proud accomplishments has grossed over $8.9 million from his trainees hard work. As Rapha-El now takes his training a step further, he looks forward to what a new trainees with more innovative training methods will accomplish. Although his business endeavors have provided a very comfortable lifestyle, money did not always come easy to Rapha-El and his family. Born in Queens, NY Rapha-el recollects growing up ‘average to poor’. “My family didn’t have much but we had what we needed growing up. At one point, my parents both lost their jobs. We lived in homeless shelters and even the “Stinkin Lincoln.” Yet, as a testament to his family’s strength and bonds, they remained a strong support system for each other.
‘Playing by the rules’ also didn’t come easy. He laughs about being a “knuckle-head” and being involved in some illegal activities as a teenager. Once graduated from high school, Rapha-El decided to join the Army in hopes that he would be able to restore structure to his once scattered life. The Army brought him around the world and gave him the opportunity to see many different walks of life. It also gave the desire to settle down; he married, started a family, and bought a home all before finishing his term with the Army.
Once he returned home, he was determined to be successful and was certain that the [hip-hop] music industry was the way to go. “I was hell-bent on being successful and planned an event dated September, 28th 2001, which was extremely close to the September 11th attacks. I had lost a big investment.” As New York City tried to regain momentum, Rapha-El was spending time trying to recover from his own losses. “I lost twenty-thousand dollars that day, alone. I foolishly put a loan on my house to help finance the event. I went from an excellent credit rating to bankruptcy in a very short span of time.”
Shortly after, Rapha-El found himself looking to Orlando, Florida for more opportunities. “Over a period of 13 months, I had been hired for 53 different jobs. It seemed like I had almost every job possible.” His various positions ranged from refrigerator repair to shipment packing, from vacuum sales to telemarketing, and much more. Several months later, he returned to New York City to pursue a dream of starting a hip-hop magazine called ‘Mic Magazine’. “I managed to land interviews with major artists like the GAME, T.I., Lauryn Hill, Jim Jones, Mobb Deep and Slim Thug just to name a few. [It also] opened up a lot of opportunities and led to me promoting events and directing music videos.”
Despite the relative success of his magazine, his time in the hip-hop music world would come to an abrupt end at the end of 2007. “ I realized there was a major cap on how much money could be made in the music industry. It was in a serious decline.” By New Years, Rapha-El made a resolution to take his creative mind and aspiration to conduct business on the Internet.
Little did he know, at the time, that this journey through understanding internet business would equip him with the knowledge to help create opportunities for hundreds more. “I started with 3 types of businesses to get a feel for the Internet. I worked in Credit Restoration, had an E-bay business and affiliate marketing.” His trials were successful. His three business ventures had helped him create six figures in a short span of time.
With money on his mind, the young eager mind from New York City, was thrilled by his earnings. Thrilled enough to let the money ‘get to his head’ where things took a turn for the worst. “My biggest setback at the time was my mindset. I quickly learned that my mindset was a limiting factor in my success. I thought that because I had money, I could easily spend money without any repercussions.” His success fueled him to spend $50,000 on a luxury apartment in an upscale neighborhood in Manhattan. “I had always wanted to live in that part of [the city]. I felt like because I could afford it, I could spend it.” And, he did by signing a one-year lease for an apartment that was well above his means. “I couldn’t secure that kind of lifestyle.”
Unknowingly, in 2008, he invested $30,000 into what turned out to be a scam. “The scam involved paying someone with perfect credit to co-sign a $10 million dollar loan. The loan was fake and the scammer made $1.4 million total from myself and others.” Between the scam and helping to support his family, he ended up with a luxury apartment and nothing in his bank account. “Something needed to change.”
More matured and poised by his accomplishments and determined to avoid another down fall, Rapha-El began returned to Internet Marketing. “I started making money again and began to think about helping other people learn how to make money online. I realized the average person doesn’t consider how powerful the Internet can be in generating money.” He openly believes that the urban community did not have the knowledge or guidance to make it a successful business practice. “I recognized that I had the potential to solve this problem and began posting videos online introducing myself and how to make money online.”
His idea was nothing short of great. His concept and patience birthed the Money Lesson into the successful business it is today. “I have had the opportunity to connect with thousands of people globally and help them understand how making money is truly something that can be done. The success of my trainees has kept me invested in reaching more people. I want to reach and help as many people as possible.”
Over next few years, Rapha-El plans to reveal a more innovative training opportunity. “I’ve gathered the feed back from my trainees and worked with some really brilliant people to create a more informative and powerful training.” This new training will feature many of the same lessons and topics from the Money Lesson, but will also include more personalized features that can help people from all backgrounds experience the same success.
A modest man, living a comfortable life is grateful for his success. “It’s not all about me. I’m glad I had the opportunity to help others create great opportunities for themselves. That’s all I want to do, help people change their lives.”