Do More of What Makes You Happy

Johnny Earle, the founder of the iconic t-shirt brand, Johnny Cupcakes, spoke at the Ultimate DECA Power Trip Saturday morning during a high energy and extremely inspiring session.

The room was packed as members and advisors stood along the walls, since all 200 chairs were already taken, and despite the Boston Red Sox World Series Championship parade passing by the hotel during Johnny’s session, not one person left the room.

Johnny started off his entrepreneurial journey early in life. From selling cold drinks at the beach in his hometown of Hull, Mass., and creating the first-ever yearbook at his middle school, to selling candy at lunchtime in high school, he never gave up trying to find ways to make money by doing the things he loved.

In high school, Johnny interned at a local shirt company, which left a lasting impression on him. Johnny stressed the importance of getting internships to help students realize not only what they want to do, but what they don’t want to do in life also.

When working at Newbury Comics, Johnny started wearing custom made shirts to work. People started noticing these unique shirts, and when Johnny was just 19 years old, he decided to try his luck at selling these popular t-shirt with his bizarre nickname, Johnny Cupcakes, printed on them. It wasn’t easy and it took a few mistakes for Johnny to hit his stride, but after one year Johnny opened up his first store in his hometown of Hull. The simple cupcake and skull logo has now become a world-wide name, and Johnny is proud to now own stores in Boston, Los Angeles and London, as well as in Martha’s Vineyard.

When asked what he thought about DECA, Johnny stated, "I think DECA is amazing. If I had it when I started Johnny Cupcakes, or even when I was in high school, I could have saved so much time and money, and become a better business person. I believe it should be in more schools, and I would love to share my advice to as many schools, DECA students and DECA conferences as possible."

This phenomenal learning lab gave all students in attendance valuable information and left a lasting impression. DECA would like to thank Johnny for sharing his incredible message and for helping us all learn to do more of what makes us happy.

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