TEDx Speaker, #1 Bestselling author of The Six Habits and Life Mastery Coach, Laura DiBenedetto teaches how to create the life of our dreams without sacrificing what we love. As Founder and CEO of Vision Advertising, a company that she built aged 19, she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs build and grow profitable enterprises entirely on their terms.
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Peter Rabey is the Co-founder & CEO of the X4 Group, an award-winning global multi-brand recruitment business specialising in the technology, life sciences, construction and communications sectors with offices in the UK, USA and New Zealand.
“have learning at the centre of what you do and what your team do. If you got anyone that doesn’t want to learn at any point, I feel that that’s a really dangerous individual potentially. So having learning at the centre of everything would be the biggest piece of advice I would suggest”…[Listen for More]
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Vidya Ravi is an internationally-acclaimed Facebook ads strategist and marketer. Since 2014, her company, Storybird Ads has managed ad accounts and campaigns for clients around the globe, often with results of 42X ROI. A former funnel builder, Ravi is noted for her holistic approach to analyzing every aspect of the ad campaign, from artwork to every touchpoint in the client’s journey to purchase.
“dream bigger if you are actually going to dream… Everything that you imagine if you are going to go behind this it is going to happen. So just go and dream bigger and bigger and bigger because everything is definitely going to happen”…[Listen for More]
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Colin C Thompson, a Canadian born Jamaican, is founder and CEO of Oligye Enterprises (Shanghai) a Business Consulting company focused on coaching, training, and Blockchain technologies. Specializing in Personal Development, Diversity, and Career Coaching, Colin coaches individuals and groups on how to reach their dreams, goals, and desires.
“have some very, very thick skin, skin so thick that you can’t help but go forward. Have a very high level of confidence. I call it having the Kanye West confidence meaning no matter what anybody tells you you are going to succeed. You have to have that to believe in yourself and to continue to go forward. And with a thick-skinned… You also have to have thick-skinned in the business meaning you have to invest time in the business but you also have to invest money”…[Listen for More]
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Since co-founding Escape Fitness, taking it to a $33 million-dollar global business chosen by big brands and independent fitness professionals, such as the UFC, Equinox, 1Rebel, Sanctuary Fitness and more, Matthew Januszek has continued to be a powerful advocate for functional training. Their goal is to motivate and inspire people to get started and create exercise habits that last. Matthew travels the world, helping studios and gyms to turn their visions into world-class fitness destinations and awesome training experiences. During the pandemic, Matthew has become an advocate for at-home training and maintaining physical and mental health to persevere in the face of life's challenges. In addition to being a father, he has started five companies and sits on the board of three companies across three continents.
“Put your health first. Get super clear about where you want to go. And that doesn’t just mean doing a goalsetting workshop. That means trying to spend half an hour a day for 30 days every single day doing it. And if you get to the end of that apart from enjoying the process you will have a lot more clarity. Then just being aware that all of those mistakes that you make on the way… And you will make them if you are progressing at any level you are going to make a lot of those mistakes… But seeing those as part of the fun and the enjoyment because it’s not just about destination either”…[Listen for More]
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Dan Greenberg is the CEO & Founder of Sharethrough, the largest independent native advertising platform that powers in-feed native ads for publishers like Forbes, Time and CBS and enables marketers like Coca Cola and P&G to programmatically distribute branded content at scale.
“1) marry the problem not the solution. Spend your time validating the problem, spend your time learning the problem, spend your time with customers about the problem not your solution and the solution will come out of that. 2) work with people who share your values and that you can trust in the long run. The rest won’t work without that”…[Listen for More]
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Luke Shankula is a mortgage marketing expert and the CEO of Paragon Digital Marketing Group. With his result-focused services, he aims to help people systemize their work and go beyond lead generation. Besides running a successful 7-figure mortgage marketing agency, Luke has spoken at several Legion of Loan Officer events.
“continue to do the things that scare you because ultimately those are the things that are going to cause the growth… The one thing that you need for success is to never give up, to never stop and to never get complacent with your growth because every single day if you are continuing to work on yourself the only thing you can do is grow. So, taking one step forward every single day and doing one or two or three actions every single day that is going to move your business forward or your personal development forward. That I’ll have a massive impact on your success”…[Listen for More]
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Jared Pope is the CEO and founder of Work Shield. While practicing law focused on human resources, ERISA, benefits, and employment matters, Jared realized industry-standard practices and the "system" for managing workplace harassment and discrimination were broken. Despite using outside reporting platforms, internal incident investigations meant employees were not reporting incidents due to fear of retaliation, and employers were not protecting their culture or themselves from the risk of legal action. Always ready for a challenge, Jared decided to make the system better, where voices are truly heard and incidents have a clear path to resolution. Jared created Work Shield - the first and only start-to-finish workplace harassment and discrimination solution and technology platform that gives employees a real voice, protects and ensures a safe workplace culture, and removes employer liability - all at the same time
“trust your gut and if you believe in yourself you have got to trust your gut. I assume any entrepreneur doesn’t start company because they don’t believe in themselves it’s because they do and you have to remember you have an idea and it’s okay that if it doesn’t work let the market tell you what’s good about it, what’s wrong about it, how do you need to tweak it, what’s the next iteration. But trust your gut. And no one is going to know your product better than you… And you can learn more from other people and adapt it to your knowledge but there is this intuitiveness of a gut check. And trust your gut, go with your gut and bet on yourself”…[Listen for More]
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Seth Pearson is a Self-Love Warrior based in Seattle, WA. He is the host of the Love Amped podcast, and facilitates events and life coaching sessions in the area. He helps people understand that anything is possible. He is an expert in compassionate communication and effective boundary setting.
“live from your heart, it’s going to be the best way moving forward in your business and your life that there is really no separation from your business and your life. You are creating a more expressed version of yourself by having your own business karma. So make it heart centred ”…[Listen for More]
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Elias Zepeda is founder and CEO of Need Clients Now, a national marketing agency specializing in customer acquisition. Elias and his team have been helping businesses scale their revenue by building high-converting sales funnels for their business.
“Have a mentor. I think that’s so important… For those that are looking to start, launch or grow their own business I think having a mentor or multiple mentors and people they can rely on for advice I think that’s extremely important and I think that’s going to make a very big difference. ”…[Listen for More]
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James Jacobson has founded several companies and is a serial entrepreneur whose career has primarily been focused in the media arena since graduating from the University of Virginia in 1988. Currently James is building Dog Podcast Network. In the past several years, James has been putting his attention on a promising cancer therapeutic company he co-founded with Dr. Demian Dressler in 2008 called Functional Nutriments. James Jacobson has been described as both “a serial entrepreneur” and as a “monk in the marketplace.” He has authored best-selling books, been a broadcaster and built businesses that leveraged new trends that were sometimes considered “just a little ahead of their time.” The overarching theme of his career has been building ventures that make a meaningful difference in the lives of as many people as possible. For over 20 years, that took the form of creating projects and companies that leveraged the power of media including teleproduction, radio, publishing and, the Internet. Since 2008, James Jacobson’s focus has been on Functional Nutriments, a biotech company that has developed and brought to market first-in-class nutraceuticals that induce and support apoptosis. Apoptosis is a critical biological life process that is encoded in the DNA; and the absence of normal levels of apoptosis is linked to serious diseases including cancer. Businesses that he developed, founded or helped co-found include a video yearbook company, a teleproduction and video marketing company, a talk radio station, a cable TV network, an e-commerce company, a magazine publisher, a book publisher, and a biotech nutraceutical firm. His author credits include "How to Meditate with Your Dog" and the best-selling series "Top Maui Restaurants" which he co-authored with his wife, Molly Jacobson.
“do what you love, be passionate about what you love and don’t do it for the money. If you love money don’t be an entrepreneur be a salesperson… If you are going to dedicate your life and your blood and your sweat and your tears and your shower time and endanger relationships should be for something that you really, really love. And I think that’s so critical and I think sometimes especially at the beginning of someone’s entrepreneurial journey they are just looking to make the quick buck that usually… I won’t say never… That usually doesn’t work out in the long-term and it certainly doesn’t pay the psychic dividends that will feed you when you come across adverse”…[Listen for More]
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I’m Chad Burmeister - Believer, Husband, and Author. I empower sales professionals to become the best version of themselves by focusing on their mindset, skillset, and toolkit.
“burn the bridges… When you know the time is right… I am not saying burn the bridges if you are one year out of college, that might be a high risk. But once you know the skills you know that the value that you provide in the marketplace is there have trust and confidence in yourself and in the process. Trust the process, burn the bridges”…[Listen for More]
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Tyler Jefcoat is the Founder & CEO of Seller Accountant where he exercises his passion for helping sellers maximize their businesses. Tyler provides financial coaching for sellers totalling more than $100 million per year in e-commerce sales. Tyler also leads the Sellers Roundtable, an exclusive mastermind group for seven- and eight-figure sellers.
“Four C’s: Character, confidence, communication and cash. If I am going to start a business in five years if I make my right now about cultivating experiences that build character. Like I was talking about selling, having to lead, having to charge up a hill even if I might fail. Cultivate that character of grit, that want to and that drive… And confidence as you try things and you have various levels of success it’s going to make you more confident”…[Listen for More]
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Lamine Zarrad is the SVP, Head of Product at ZenBusiness. He began his entrepreneurial journey shortly after immigrating to the U.S. and serving in the U.S. Marines. His expertise lies in banking regulations and financial services, and he co-founded fintech Joust in 2017, which was acquired by ZenBusiness in 2020.
“really learn yourself, understand your limitations and understand your strengths… I’m hesitant to tell people to trust your gut. The gut is so important and it’s very important to know when to trust it. And so, the only now you would know when to trust it and when not to trust it is by truly, truly understanding who you are. And there are many different ways you can get there… Now what your limitations are. And sometimes they are very difficult to accept but nonetheless are there. And if you are operating within that framework then you will operate with some degree of comfort and consistency and this will help you succeed”…[Listen for More]
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Peter Ticktin is the Senior Partner at the South Florida-based firm, The Ticktin Law Group. In the years that followed, Mr. Ticktin was on the cutting edge of law, appearing in Court TV, Inside Edition and many others for his perspective. For this work, the Daily Business Review in South Florida honored Mr. Ticktin with an award of being a “Distinguished Leader” in his profession.
“you have got to know where you are going in order to get there… Goals are everything. If you don’t have your goals well established you are not going anywhere. And they have to be real goals and they have to be written down. Business plan is important because the business plan is your way of documenting and making solid those goals. So, my advice is to stop dreaming, stop changing your dreams”…[Listen for More]
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Matt Johnson is a marketing agency founder, podcaster, and musician. Matt runs a podcast launch & production agency based in San Diego, an international team that helps business coaches, consultants and thought leaders use done-for-you podcasting to attract an audience, build influence & become MicroFamous.
“decide as quickly as possible who the right person is that you want to have in your life especially if you are doing client work. One of the best questions I have asked myself was if a client landed in San Diego, got off a plane and texted me and said hey man I just dropped in let me buy you a drink, come out. Who is the person I would want to get that text from that I would want to say yes to?… The faster you figure out who that right person is the faster you can make all those other decisions that I mentioned. Like what’s the one thing I am going to sell to them? How do I become micro in that space to them? You can’t make any of those decisions or take any action there until you make that very first decision. Who is that person that I want to serve and impact, person that I want to teach, train and lead? Who is that person that I want to hang out with? Make that decision as quickly as possible and then you can get busy doing the other stuff”…[Listen for More]
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After spending significant time as both a driver and a passenger of ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft while in the military, Ryan Green saw a problem: drivers didn’t have enough data. A strong drive toward entrepreneurship prompted Green to launch Gridwise in 2016 and address that problem with a crowdsource-powered app that empowers rideshare and delivery drivers to earn up to 39% more per hour.
“one, is don’t try to build your vision from day one. I think a lot of people who come into starting a company have the vision and have the passion associated with how they want to grow the company. But everyone wants to jump in and try to build this sleek, perfect mobile app or web app from day one. And what you end up doing is you end up building something from day one that most likely people don’t want”…[Listen for More]
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Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts in business storytelling. He’s the bestselling author of several books, including The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell and Lead with a Story, holds an MBA from the Wharton School, and is a former executive of The Procter & Gamble Company.
“test market your ideas… Test market your idea before you quit your job… Test market your idea while you have still got your main job and the income is coming in because you might have to try three or four ideas before you find one that works. And that we you have not thrown your family out on the streets trying to find this brilliant entrepreneurial idea. And establish your success criteria upfront… Pick what are your success criteria for this test market and then if you hit it then you can go and you can feel good about it that you’ve made a wise decision”…[Listen for More]
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Sahin Boydas is a serial entrepreneur living in Silicon Valley. Sahin has built and managed 100% remote teams for over a decade now. In the past, he co-founded 3 Startups, he is alumni of 5 accelerators such as Stanford StartX, 500 Startups, FI, Betaworks Vision, Quake Accelerator. He sold his first company to Gfycat in silicon valley. Sahin is currently working on RemoteTeam.com to bring his vision to the future of work. With his 10 years of experience managing remote teams successfully, he is now on the media about the future of work-life and Silicon Valley, sharing his experiences on building a company culture and a successful team.
“you have to be good at something first and then you have to learn to learn a lot of things and then you have to see what is missing in what you want to build because you need to have some experience… You need to know the market a little bit. And so now in the market, knowing the need of the people and then trying to build something… And learn how to convince people”…[Listen for More]
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