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Meet The Woman Behind The Cover Of The November 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Geena Davis

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By Allison Kugel

Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis has spent decades breaking down barriers for women with powerfully resonating on-screen portrayals transcending entertainment and inspiring seismic cultural shifts in how women are viewed in art and real life.

Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in the classic 1982 classic comedy Tootsie, and she went on to star in such films including The Fly, Beetlejuice, The Accidental Tourist, Thelma & Louise, Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Stuart Little, and A League of Their Own.

From the quirky and offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, to her Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-nominated performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise alongside Susan Sarandon, to leading the cast of Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own opposite Tom Hanks; Geena Davis has portrayed characters who claim their own narrative and make us reimagine womanhood. Geena Davis’s roles have remained evergreen in their ability to reflect the human condition, brilliantly, long after their release.

In 2019 Davis was honored with a second Oscar trophy, this time the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, in recognition of her work over the decades to achieve gender parity onscreen in film and television.

Ahead of her time, Davis also earned the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Dramatic Series for her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in the ABC television series Commander in Chief.

Geena Davis is the archetype fearless female who gets it done. Yet, to speak with her is to witness a soft-spoken and centered human being who draws you into her space with carefully cultivated wisdom that doesn’t need to shout to be heard. A world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer) and a member of Mensa, most recently, she is recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. Davis is the Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentage of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.

Allison Kugel: What are the three major life events that shaped the human being you are today?

Geena Davis: The first one would be having the parents that I did. Both of them were great, but particularly, my dad was very encouraging in a subtle way. Whenever he was doing something, like working on the car, shingling the roof, or whatever, it was he who would have me come along with him just as a matter of course. I grew up feeling like there wasn’t anything I wasn’t supposed to do, and also feeling very capable, which I’ve taken into my life. Another one would be getting to work with Susan Sarandon. She had the most impact on any person in my life, because I’d never really spent time with a woman who moves through the world the way she does. It sounds crazy to be 33 years old at the time and first experiencing a woman like that, but I really had previously never met a woman who didn’t preface everything with, “Well, I don’t know what you will think, and this is probably a stupid idea, but…”

Allison Kugel: Really? Interesting…

Geena Davis: Yes. She just lived her life and said, “This is what I think.” To have three months of exposure to that was amazing. And obviously, the third biggest impact on my life was becoming a mother.

Allison Kugel: Same here! I want to ask you, regarding Susan Sarandon, when you watched her move with such confidence, and I’m assuming this was on the Thelma & Louise set, how was she received by male co-stars, producers, writers, the film’s director (Ridley Scott)?

Geena Davis: As completely normal, which was also stunning to me. The way I was raised was to be extremely polite, to a fault. I was sort of trained not to ask for things and not to be any trouble to anybody, but she obviously wasn’t (laughs), so she just said things the way she wanted to say them, like, “Let’s cut this line,” or “Let’s do it this way,” or “This is what I would like to do.”  There wasn’t any reaction whatsoever from anybody of, like, “Wow!,” partly because she didn’t present herself as combative. She was always just like, “This is what I want. This is what I like. This is what I think.”

Allison Kugel: I love it, and I love the fact that you said your dad didn’t place any limitations on you.  Do you have brothers?

Geena Davis: I do. I have an older brother and he, of course, did all of that stuff as well with my dad, but I did it too! My dad didn’t seem to have the impression that I should just be learning stuff that my mom would teach me. It was very natural for him to include me in everything.

Allison Kugel: That is pretty awesome. To unpack your third major life event, motherhood, did you feel instantly reborn when you had your first child, or was it more of a subtle shift for you?

Geena Davis: I don’t know that I would say I felt reborn, but it certainly changes your life dramatically. I had my daughter first and very clearly started seeing the world through her eyes, and it has just been magical.

Allison Kugel: I want to talk about the Oscars and your Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for The Accidental Tourist. I think so many actors, and especially actresses, see an Oscar win as their ticket to being treated as an equal in the film industry. Like, if you get that gold statue, you are now an equal and you are going to be treated with a certain level of reverence and respect, and you are going to get substantial roles and you can exhale and just relax. Was that your experience, where you felt like, “Okay, I’ve arrived.”? Or did you still feel like you had more to prove?

Geena Davis: Well, I didn’t ever think, “This is my magic ticket to…”

Allison Kugel: Equality (laugh)?

Geena Davis: Doing everything I want to do, or like now I was at the top of the A-list, or anything like that. I didn’t think of it that way, but I did unexpectedly feel a tremendous feeling of having accomplished something. I thought, “Well, I got that out of the way. I never have to wonder if I’m going to get one of these things.”

Allison Kugel: They didn’t have the term “bucket list” at the time, but I hear you.

Geena Davis: Absolutely. I thought, “Well, I got this out of the way early. That’s cool.”

Allison Kugel: Very cool! I know, philosophically and humanly speaking, we can all fall into this mindset of, “When I get this, I’ll be happy.” Whether it’s getting married, winning an award, making a certain amount of money, becoming a parent; whatever it is for people. Are you one of those people that sees life that way, or do you believe in the journey as opposed to the destination?

Geena Davis: I’m more of a journeyperson. I haven’t, in my life, been clamoring for the next thing that will make me fulfilled. I get a lot of fulfillment from what I do and just living my life.  Speaking of winning the Oscar, does it change how people see you and everything? I had two directors, after I won the Oscar, who I had a rocky start with, because they assumed that I was going to think I was all that, and they wanted to make sure that I didn’t feel like I was all that. Without having met me or having spent any time with me or anything, they just assumed I was going to be like, “Well, now no one is going to tell me what to do.”

Allison Kugel: You kind of had to go out of your way to let people know you were down to earth.

Geena Davis: I just am.

Allison Kugel: I don’t think a male actor would have had to prove he is still nice and cooperative, and down to earth.

Geena Davis: Yes, and I think maybe because I was a woman, that the directors felt that way. And maybe it was even unconscious bias that they would maybe do it to a woman and not a man. But they didn’t want a woman to potentially cause them any problems. They wanted to make sure I knew my place, and maybe you’re right, it probably wouldn’t happen to a man.

Allison Kugel: We already talked about working with Susan Sarandon, but generally speaking, what did doing the film Thelma & Louise, and its subsequent success, do for you, both as an actor and as a woman?

Geena Davis: I had read the script for Thelma & Louise after it had already been cast. I thought, “Oh my God! This is the best script I’ve ever read. I wish I could be in it.” I ended up having a year-long pursuit for the role, because Ridley Scott was only the producer at that time, and different directors and different pairings of ‘Thelmas’ and ‘Louises’ were coming together and falling apart, and so for a year my agent called at least once a week to say, “Just so you know, Geena is still available. She’s still interested.”  Then when [Ridley Scott] decided he was going to direct it, he immediately said, “Yes. Okay sure, I’ll meet with her,” and I convinced him somehow or another (laugh).

Allison Kugel: Way to play hard to get Geena (laugh).

Geena Davis: (Laughs)

Allison Kugel: Let’s talk about male and female pairings in film. Normally, it’s very common to have a 50-year-old or even a 60-year-old leading man opposite a 30-year-old leading lady. That’s just kind of been the norm, although there are a few exceptions, and that is what our eyes are used to seeing. I know that kind of sucks, but how do you feel when an older woman is cast opposite a younger man?  Do you see that as a win for more mature actresses? 

Geena Davis: Let’s see… in Thelma & Louise they cast Brad Pitt to be my sort of…. love interest, and it wasn’t actually because he was younger. They didn’t purposely try to cast someone younger than me. He just gave the best audition and he was the best choice. But I thought that was pretty cool.  He’s only, like, seven years younger than me, but I thought that was quite cool that they did that.

Allison Kugel: We are all a bit societally conditioned to look at it sideways if the man and woman on screen are exactly the same age. If you put a leading man who is 50 with a leading woman who is 50 or even 45,  I feel like that would almost look odd to us, the audience, because we are so brainwashed.

Geena Davis: It’s very strange and so prevalent. A certain male actor that was making a movie said that I was too old to be his romantic interest, and I was 20 years younger than him. You know what it is? Women peak in their 20s and 30s, and men peak in their 40s and 50s as far as actors go. So the male stars of the movies want to appear to be younger than they are, or they want to appeal to younger people, so they always want a co-star who is really young. I guess it’s to make them seem whatever, but that is why that happens and that is why women don’t get cast very much after 40 and 50. It is because they are felt to be too old to be a romantic interest.

Allison Kugel: Tell me what inspired you to create the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media. Was it one thing or many things?

Geena Davis: It was one very specific thing. I had my awareness raised about how women are represented in Hollywood in Thelma & Louise, and seeing the reaction. It was so extreme if people recognized us on the street, or wherever, and it made me realize that we really give woman so few opportunities to feel like this after watching a movie, to identify with the female character or characters and live vicariously through them. I decided I was going to pay attention to this and try to choose roles that make women feel good. So I had a very heightened awareness of all of this, and then when my daughter was two, I sat down and watched pre-school shows and G-rated videos with her, and from the first thing I watched I immediately noticed there were far more male characters than female characters in a pre-school show. I thought, “Wait a minute, this is the 21st Century. How could we be showing kids an imbalanced world?”  I saw it everywhere, in movies, on TV. I didn’t intend at that moment to launch an institute about it, but I found that no one else in Hollywood seemed to recognize what I saw. I talked to lots and lots of creators who said, “No, no, no. That’s not a problem anymore. It’s been fixed.” That’s when I decided I’m going to gather the data because I think I’m really right here. I’m going to get the data and I’m going to go directly to the creators of children’s content and share it with them privately because I know this is unconscious bias at this point. So that is what we did, and that is what we have continued to do.

Allison Kugel: Did you think back in 1991, after the success of Thelma & Louise and the overwhelmingly positive feedback you received, that the barn door was blown open and you would see many more female driven stories now?  I remember when the movie Bridesmaids came out several years ago, and it was that same feeling once again of “this is it!” Universal didn’t even want to make Bridesmaids at first. It wasn’t until the success of the movie that they thought, “okay, maybe we’ll make another one.” You know what I mean? 

Geena Davis: Oh gosh, yes. What happened was, when it really took off and struck a nerve, the press, as one united body said, “This will change everything.” That was all the headlines. “Now everything is going to change. So many more movies starring women and blah, blah, blah…”  I thought, “Hot dog! I’m going to sit here and wait for this to happen.” Then my very next movie was A League of Their Own, and a similar thing happened where all the press said, “This changes everything. Now we are going to see women in sports movies.”  It was a very big hit. I’m thinking “Okay. Here is me being able to change the world!” (Laugh) or being part of movies that will change everything, and it profoundly did not happen. Then I started to notice every four years or so a movie would come out where they would say, “This one is going to change everything.” Like First Wives Club was very big where they said, “This changes everything. Now we’re going to see movies starring 50-year-old women left and right.”

Allison Kugel: And then… it didn’t happen (laugh).

Geena Davis: It didn’t happen, but I remember reading about when Bridesmaids came out, and the thought before it ever came out was if this fails it will destroy movies for women (laugh).

Allison Kugel: Damn, no pressure.

Geena Davis: No pressure. And thankfully it was a giant hit, but that still didn’t fix anything at all. People in Hollywood are still resistant to the idea, even though they know my institute found in 2017 or 2018 that movies starring women made more money than movies starring men. It’s been blockbuster after blockbuster starring women, and it’s about time to get with the program.

Allison Kugel: Yes, seriously. Tell me how you are getting your organization’s data into the right hands?  You’re gathering what I would call evidence-based information, so it’s not just anecdotal evidence. You’re getting science backed, evidence-based information and data. How are you going about getting that into the right hands?

Geena Davis: My thoughts from the beginning was since I’m in the industry I can get meetings with all the people I want to share this with so that I didn’t have to try to influence the public to rise up and demand this.  I could go in a very friendly way privately with my colleagues and share information with them.  The universal reaction when people first hear it is, they are stunned. Their jaws are on the ground, and they cannot believe it, especially the people that make kids’ entertainment. They can’t believe they weren’t doing right by girls. The combination of seeing the data proved that there is a big problem, and then realizing they want to do right by kids has been the magic formula in creating change, which is very exciting.

Allison Kugel: When I was watching a lot of children’s programming with my son, who is now 12, I definitely saw an interesting progression in content. Everything from the way girls are presented to the way interracial families are presented, to LGBTQ+ characters on television.  There is so much stuff that is being worked into the content to make a new generation of kids really open to the concept of equality and inclusiveness.

Geena Davis: There definitely is. In fact, we have met one of our goals which was to get more female leads in entertainment made for children and families. We have achieved that. In fact, we have achieved one of our goals, which was to get more female lead characters in children’s and family television programming and movies. Just last year we did reach that milestone of being 50/50 in male female in both of those medias so yeah, we are very thrilled about that.  We have other goals but that is a big change because in the first study we did way back in the beginning female characters where…. Female leads were 11 percent at that time and now it is 50 percent.

Allison Kugel: You told me you were raised to be extremely polite, but yet there is an interesting dichotomy there. You were raised with what I call “the disease of politeness” that girls in my generation and your generation, we were kind of infused with it. But at the same time you were also raised by your father who was quite inclusive with a lot of things that were traditionally male. In what ways are you raising your daughter similarly to how you were raised, and in what ways you are raising her differently from how you were raised?

Geena Davis: Well, it’s all been quite different. She was just born the way she is, which is very self-confident and poised. I tell her, “I will never be as poised as you are.” I wanted to be her popular culture literacy educator. That is why I started the whole institute, was because I realized when I first saw that first television program I thought, “Oh no. Kids are being raised from minute one to accept that men and boys are more important than woman and girls.  I can’t prevent her from growing up knowing that woman are thought of as second class citizens, but I’ll do everything I can to change that for her.” With her and with my boys, I did the same thing. I always watched with them. whatever my boys were watching, like you did with your son, I could say, “Did you know that there is only one girl in that whole movie?  Did you notice that?” Or, “Do you think girls can do what those boys are doing?” Or, “Why do you think she is wearing that if she is going to go rescue somebody?  Don’t you think that’s strange?” They became very savvy. Then they started noticing things before I did. So that was great.

Allison Kugel: What is really cool is that they were actually interested in the questions you were asking and receptive to it. I would imagine that you raised your boys to be very conscious young men in terms of how to treat a woman and how to view women.  Can you tell me a little about that?

Geena Davis: It’s not just for women that we need to show more women on screen. My goal is to have fictitious worlds reflect reality, which is ½ female and incredibly diverse; which is 40 percent people of color, 20 percent with different abilities. Forty percent are heavy body types, and the representation of people with different gender identities and all of that, it barely registers.

Allison Kugel: What is so interesting is that society kind of goes in a loop, right?  You’ve got reality, then you have art, then you have people looking at art and then incorporating that into their reality. It’s like a circle. Think about how many people are influenced by television, film, music, and then that influences how they show up in our culture, which then shapes our “reality.”

Geena Davis: Oh, absolutely. You think these are just harmless pieces of entertainment, but they cause tremendous change that we have measured. FOX asked us to do a study on the Dana Scully character from X-Files to find out what impact she had on women going into STEM careers. We found that 58 percent of woman who are currently in STEM jobs named that character, specifically, as their inspiration to go into a STEM career. That’s just one character on one TV show. It’s really incredible.

Allison Kugel: Mind blowing.

Geena Davis: In 2012, girls’ participation in archery shot up 100 percent and it was because Brave and The Hunger Games both came out in the summer of 2012, and girls left the theater and bought a bow.

Allison Kugel: Let’s talk about the recent study, Women Over 50, The Right to Be Seen on Screen. Can you tell me a little bit about that study and how that is being presented to the entertainment industry, and what you hope to accomplish with it?.

Geena Davis: I hope to accomplish getting more jobs (laugh). You can tell that there are very few parts for women over 50, but we found that characters over 50 are 20 percent of characters on screen, so that is pretty low.  How many people are over 50? But women are only a quarter of those characters. Woman over 50 are five percent of characters on screen in film and television. And those commonly cast as supporting characters and minor roles are less likely to be developed with an interest in characteristics or certainly to be romantic interests. We are using our same philosophy of working directly with the film studios and television networks to get them this information share it with them, and encourage them to make some changes. So I think this will be very impactful.

Allison Kugel: What has been the feedback?

Geena Davis: Great feedback, and again, people were surprised. They did not know it was unconscious bias, so we are looking to see some important change happen.

Learn more about the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and get involved at seejane.org. Follow on Instagram @geenadavisorg.

Listen to the extended interview with Geena Davis on the Allison Interviews Podcast at Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Follow Allison Kugel on Instagram @theallisonkugel and at allisoninterviews.com.

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Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The September 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Elton A. Hollis, III

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A veteran entrepreneur, Elton A. Hollis, III helps businesses succeed by utilizing his 25 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Construction field – he provides consulting, training, executive coaching, and all facets of safety management and compliance services to clients in the industrial, commercial and small business industries. In fact, he’s the co-founder of Small Business Friday! video podcast with his partner Joe Tant. It’s a podcast that helps small businesses to get their names out there at no cost. They currently stream on Spotify, Apple Podcast, TikTok, and YouTube.

Elton is the owner of Hol-Tech Resources, LLC – a full-service consulting service that provides guidance and training in the Safety, Quality, and Compliance realms. He also happens to be the General Manager of RT Technical Solutions LLC, where he helps lead their team to the forefront of the Industrial Electrical and Instrumentation fields. Besides his executive work, Elton is a Golden Triangle Industrial Group co-founder and Vice Chairperson for the Contractors Business Development Group.

A multifaceted business leader, Elton has held a wide range of titles, from Field Laborer to Executive Ownership, during the course of his career. His diligent work attitude combined with creative critical enables him to problem solve for his clients. He is well-regarded in the Safety and Training field for his Small Business training grant work in collaboration with Lamar Institute of Technology. Hence we’re not surprised he has been featured in several magazine articles such as VT Post (named in the Top 100 Entrepreneurs in Texas), Elitepedia, The Los Angelers, Refine Post, and The Global Celebrity. He is also a proud recipient of the 2022 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics Award for Microbusiness.

Elton is a highly sought-after mentor who coaches entrepreneurs across the country – he teaches and encourages entrepreneurship by conducting marketing meetings, events, and numerous mentor speaking engagements. He is also an author – in late 2021, he published his first book, “Creative Problem Solving,” and he has now published his second book, “Buy Into Yourself First,” which outlines successful business development tactics.

Global Millionaire recently caught up with Elton to discuss his journey to entrepreneurship, and here’s what went down:

When did your entrepreneurial flair first reveal itself?

I had the opportunity to be involved in starting a company early in my career, at age 26. I can’t lie; I was scared to death. I almost turned the opportunity down and talked myself out of it. Instead, I took a chance, and from that first day and all the brainstorming we did, I was hooked!

How did your life look like before being an entrepreneur?

The complete opposite of an entrepreneur, or so I thought. I was concentrating on just learning crafts in the field, making money, and raising my kids. I had no clue these basic things would be immensely important in forming a solid foundation for starting several companies.

As an entrepreneur, what is it that motivates and drives you?

I enjoy the new challenges every day. It’s never melancholy or boring; always a new problem to solve. Also, there is just something exhilarating and sometimes stressful about building a work family and watching it grow at your company.

What do you put your success down to?

Without a doubt, it’s been because I was taught to help people – even people I didn’t like or agree with. I learned from working with my dad that there is an art and satisfaction to making the person above you look like a superstar, even if they are not. People recognize that , maybe not a first, but always eventually.

What would you say are the key elements for starting and running a successful business?

Hard work, forgiveness, and thick skin. Hard work is the foundation for anything you do in life. Forgiveness, because you will be done wrong somewhere along the way and because you will also mess up, and both parties deserve forgiveness. Thick skin, because being offended or constantly feeling you are attacked keeps you on the defensive. Defensive units are built to stop things; Offensive units are built to advance. Entrepreneurship is all about advancing.

As you grew the business, what have been some of the most important leadership lessons you have learned?

The top two business lessons I have learned are:

1. It doesn’t take a big person to carry a grudge. It really doesn’t pay to be offended in life, especially in business. I’ve learned the best thing to do is to really try and understand the situation and see if it may apply to you, no matter how it feels at the time.

2. Tough or difficult advice is sometimes just what you need. I call this “Brahma Bull Advice” because, just like a Brahma bull, it is usually:

a. Not always pretty.
b. Usually right up in your face.
c. Hardy and can withstand anything.

What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses all over the world?

I hope this trend of blossoming small businesses will continue to succeed. Seeing these owners take full advantage of state and federal resources is awesome. Also, I’m highly optimistic to see these owners reaching for any type of higher education they can find. Hard work and common sense have always been needed in small businesses, and I love seeing them become popular again these days.

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Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The August 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Tel K. Ganesan

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A serial entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, and mentor for young entrepreneurs, Tel K. Ganesan single-handedly built a multi-million dollar IT company expanding it into an empire that now encompasses film, music, wellness, and more.

Ganesan’s enterprises include Kyyba, Inc., Kyyba Films, Kyyba Wellness, Kyyba Fashions, and Kyyba Music. He is the founder of two non-profits, including TieCon (Talent, Ideas, Enterprise) Detroit – the global organization behind TiECon, the world’s largest entrepreneurial conference – and Kyyba Kidz, dedicated to uplifting underprivileged women and orphans. Throughout every venture, his guiding principle centers on entrepreneurship as an effort to make people happy by solving their problems. And according to Ganesan, “Only a truly happy person can spread happiness to others.”

While happiness is an emotion-based state of being, Ganesan is not advocating building one’s business based solely on emotions. Instead, he maintains that healthy growth is balancing happiness with self-control. In this paradigm, decisions are made during moments of composure rather than in the adrenaline rush of initial excitement. To help guide the introspective process, Ganesan asks himself three key questions: Will this make me happy in the long run? Am I helping others through my activity or task? What would be the aftermath of my decision?

Ganesan’s success philosophy is less about immediate gratification than long-term satisfaction. And just because an opportunity passes the happiness test does not necessarily mean it will be easy to achieve. In Ganesan’s view, the yin and yang of business are balancing happiness with aspects like hard work, strategic planning, knowledge acquisition, and surrounding yourself with the right team. (Then, making sure to empower your team to derive happiness from the process, as well).

Following this approach, Ganesan finds a powerful rush in doing things that others are afraid to attempt. But striving to achieve difficult goals means that setbacks are bound to happen even when all elements are in order. Earlier in his career, Ganesan purchased a handful of companies without proper due diligence and experienced a financial tsunami when the 2008 recession hit. What did he do? He leaned into more of what made him happy, managing his responsibilities while continuing to pursue creative ventures. In every setback, there is a lesson or two. And each challenge taught Ganesan to seriously consider the “worst case scenario” before making big decisions. That way, he could plan for any unwanted outcome while working toward the most desirable.

Global Millionaire Magazine caught up with Tel to discuss his journey as an entrepreneur, and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

As a serial entrepreneur and movie producer, my closet is filled with many hats — all fun to wear. My journey started in the US when I came to pursue my master’s in mechanical engineering and landed at Chrysler in Motor City after that. With vast experience gained by working for over a decade, entrepreneurship stood as the guiding light.

At that point, it was a major life-changing decision to quit my well-paying job and secure life starting from scratch with me at the helm. I somehow managed to convince myself that the risk would pay off, and with all-encompassing enthusiasm, I dove head first into becoming my own boss. I took the initiative to invest in myself and all the knowledge, skills, and foresight learned from personal and professional teachings to kickstart the venture.

Kyyba Inc, a Michigan-headquartered IT company, became my launchpad with industry verticals in automotive, education, public services, financial services, aerospace and defense, insurance, transportation, technology, government, healthcare, and medical, manufacturing services, and oil and energy. Kyyba has newly adopted health and wellness through Kyyba Wellness and entertainment, giving way to Kyyba Films, a global film production, and distribution company. Portfolio expansion has grown my business to now having 700 employees plus working across the globe.

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

I love the quote, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” My businesses are highly diversified, and I believe that networking, upskilling, and keeping up with current trends and industry developments are essential to pack a punch. I consciously employ and surround myself with highly talented people to which I can help guide and empower them to own their lanes of expertise. This methodology allows less intervention round the clock and enables them to become better decision-makers.

I always emphasize the importance of networking, as it helps everyone to sprout new ideas, gain valuable insight, and analyze newer market trends. I make it a habit to evolve my contacts, submerge myself in new business circles, and travel to new places that help me to think differently and spark fresh ideas.

I am also a firm believer in maintaining a strict diet of primarily vegetarian/pescatarian and intermittent fasting, prioritizing meditation, and taking an East meets West approach to whole body health that combines the best of both worlds. Good thoughts and positivity attract blessings and catalyze the perfect body/mind/spirit connection.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

I maintain a healthy mix of social media platforms to promote my brand and various businesses. Facebook owns a significant audience share and is best for promotion across geographies. Nothing outperforms LinkedIn when it comes to concentration on organic, professional connections. Twitter is quick, convenient, and gains faster reach, while our Instagram accounts are rapid-fire and often go viral. We have just begun integrating TikTok as Kyyba’s film, and music legs have taken off. Those audiences appreciate the fun factor and a less corporate feel to overall brand messaging.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

When I started my business, much of our communication streamed through the formula funnel of emails, calls, and meetings. Today, our in-house team for traditional and digital lead generation is heavily vested in email outreach, web apps, mobile marketing, content marketing, ongoing SEO/SEM campaigns, and other proprietary tricks of the trade. Also, social media is a must for any business wanting to compete in today’s working environment. I am very proud of our well-equipped, global team who initiates and handles most of our necessary tasks online. However, we schedule in person when it’s time to close the deal. Hands down, my vote goes to digital marketing! Brand awareness (marketing + public relations + social media) = sales.

What is the most challenging decision you had to make in the last few months?

Heading a company requires a lot of ongoing, strategic decisions of risk/reward evaluation. One such important one of last was implementing a hybrid working model with flexible working hours. We at Kyyba have employees working worldwide in different time zones, continents, and capacities. Earlier in my ventures, we had fixed office hours and centralized operations with weekly meetings and team discussions.

While analyzing worldwide, the trend of great resignation was peaking globally, and it was essential for all entrepreneurs to retain solid talent. It is also important to change the organizational policy to be decentralized. We continued the meetings online, allocated tasks, and supported them remotely.

This paid off for Kyyba as we have now connected all our team members through cloud activity. This flexibility has led to better team spirit and motivated Kyyba members to achieve their goals. The company is now in growth mode, expanding into more dimensions. My employees are happy with this model, and so am I.

What do you think you came into this life to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach?

I believe “there is light at the end of the tunnel.” One has to be very patient when going through difficult times. The testing period is the best teacher you could ask for, as it will impart a depth of knowledge. It strengthens, liberates one from fears, builds character, and provokes the courage to try new things. My life was no different. I have run into many challenges and gained insights into every one of those bumps in the road. Today I implement the education and growth I’ve experienced along the way into my personal and professional life.

I would teach that the pursuit of life is happiness and to lead each day with self-confidence. If you do anything wholeheartedly, the result will be fantastic. When you love what you do, you can ensure that you are investing yourself entirely! Happiness is contagious, and as a leader, I want my employees to feel good about coming to work every day. I want those who meet with me to expand my business to walk away feeling my authenticity and appreciation for our shared time. You will achieve greater heights of success, too.

How different is it to have a business within the IT and film industries? And which one do you prefer?

In terms of creativity, dedication, and work, both industries are time-bound and require tunnel-vision, resiliency, and steadfast commitment to succeed. IT is exciting because of continuous technological advances, but it carries more of a traditional work environment feel. The film industry is by far edgier and more glamorous, with exclusive access where one can gain fame, exposure, and stardom quickly. My popularity meter began to rise after becoming a movie producer. My likeness is better now as a film personality than a techie, thanks to Kyyba Films’ success. Honestly, I enjoy working in both industries as they offer unique opportunities. I appreciate the different people and personalities attached, too. It’s always a win when I can combine my right and left brains.

If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Hands down, I would cast Regé-Jean Page to star as me. His body language, smile, and overall appearance share similarities. His aura is impressive, and I appreciate his on-screen presence. I’ve enjoyed many of his roles and OTT series.

What is the best advice you have ever been given by someone?

The best advice of my life came from a well-respected entrepreneur when I first opened my company. He emphasized the importance of investing the soul to the cause we believe in and leaving a legacy behind. And once we find our passion, we must work toward reaching the goals of success despite whatever hurdles are standing in the way. Entrepreneurship is like a ride on a catamaran on a mammoth, stormy ocean — the more significant the risk, the better the reward. We also must give back to society and shine our skills and knowledge on a good cause to support underprivileged people who are desperate for support.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

Entrepreneurship is about adding values and finding solutions for challenges people wish to do away with altogether. It is essential to research the field of interest and gain insight before diving deep. You must constantly be in tune with your industry’s advancements and stay at the forefront of its trends.

Discover and decode your keys to happiness. Follow your passion and seek joy in all pursuits. Make resilience and patience your best of friends, as there may be some rainy days that require a healthy blend of peace and perseverance. Once you find happiness in your work will feed your passion and zeal, allowing you to become your best self.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Star Behind The Cover Of The July 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA

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By Allison Kugel

As the leader of the legendary multi-platinum selling rap group, The Wu-Tang Clan, RZA, or Bobby, as he is known to close friends and colleagues, had a particular way of putting beats to razor-sharp lyrics that made you feel part of a song’s creative process. Fans feel RZA’s music, both from Wu-Tang and his solo and collaborative efforts, on a cellular level.

An urban-bred intellectual who expresses through a mic or camera lens, RZA is considered prophetic to his community and perhaps a unicorn to mainstream culture. With a penchant for Eastern philosophy, as is evident in the name Wu-Tang Clan and lyrical nods to Shaolin Kung Fu, RZA shared, “One thing I’m looking forward to doing in the near future… I’ve never been to India, and I have to check that one off,” referring to the top item on his bucket list. I recommended he connect with Indian author and yogi, Jaggi Vasudev, also known as Sadhguru, when he makes the trip. RZA is so well-read and well-versed; it felt novel giving him someone and something beyond his scope to Google.

As a film director, RZA paints complex portraits with colorful, multi-faceted characters that inspire engagement and empathy. His latest directorial effort, the allegorical Cut Throat City (streaming on Netflix) features an all-star cast. It examines the lives of people living in New Orleans’ economically depressed Lower Ninth Ward in the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The historically disastrous storm broke through poorly constructed levees, flooding out the city’s most vulnerable residents and leaving them with little hope or help from FEMA. Much like our current pandemic, Katrina shone a light on shameful racial and economic inequities. Though the film’s story is sobering and the lead character’s decisions are morally ambiguous, he insists the film portrays “a story of redemption,” with parallels to his own life.

“No one [in this film] is completely bad, and no one is completely good. They were all flawed. It exemplified their humanity, and it comes down to a choice. The theme of [Cut Throat City] examines the importance of dreams against a backdrop of survival.”

Reflecting on his early days in the spotlight, RZA denounces some of his youthful bravado as he recites a trademark Wu-Tang lyric for me, “Wu-Yang Clan ain’t nuthing ta fuck wit,” and laughs out loud at an ego-driven existence that took center stage early on. It’s now tempered, he says, by a need to serve something greater than himself. Throughout our conversation, RZA’s words are prophetic, culturally provocative, and spiritually centered. We talked about a life lived outside the matrix of material trappings; a topic he initiated and encouraged me.

Allison Kugel: Do you believe anything is possible or that circumstances dictate our destiny?

RZA: Wow, that’s a strong question. I think that persistence overcomes resistance. Therefore, every possibility is actually expressed in our children’s wishes. The things we wish for as young minds and things we thrive in our spirits for, I think they make that which seems impossible, possible. The whole Greek study of Icarus and the idea of men flying… that seems like it would be magic or some other thing. We fly every day now in many different variations of flight, for example, flights that leave our basic atmosphere and travel across the whole world. So, what seems impossible, I think positivity and possibilities are probably boundless.

Allison Kugel: What lessons can be learned from poverty, and what lessons can be learned from wealth?

RZA: Poverty and wealth are two very different circumstances, but those are physical circumstances. I think we have to be conscious to not have the physical circumstance truly shake our spiritual and our personality. I grew up in poverty, but I was never unhappy. Joy and love were in our household. My mother was a single mother, but joy and love made up for the lack of food and shelter. The point I make in saying that is, of course, in a capitalist society our freedoms are compartmentalized. Therefore, you could be physically free and not spiritually free. You can be spiritually and physically free, and not economically free. Since economic freedom is a requirement for proper food, clothing, and shelter, it can become something that transcends the physical, and bleeds into the spiritual. If life was simple, everything we want is already provided for us by the planet. There is nothing on this planet that we eat, ingest, take, dance with, fly with, that is not from the planet. It’s just that when you are dealing with certain [economic] systems, they take control over us. Even in some religious traditions they have ways of controlling what is naturally ours. I’m out here in New Jersey in the woods right now, and I just saw some deer walk by. A whole family [of deer] eating whatever they ate and they keep walking.

Allison Kugel: I had a similar moment when I looked at a family of birds outside my house, and they don’t need anything. They’ve figured all of it out for free, on their own.

RZA: Yes! There is a beautiful verse in the Holy Quran that speaks on that. I’ll paraphrase it. It says something like, “The birds and the bees are taking care of every day with no worries. Do you think Allah would do less for man, his greatest creation?” Everything they have access to, we have access to. It’s that we grabbed control over it and denied access to certain people. That’s playing into the theme of my film (RZA’s latest directorial effort, Cut Throat City, streaming on Netflix).

​Allison Kugel: Yup! That’s why I’m asking about it…

RZA: One of the biggest issues of the situation in this film that I hope the audience catches is that Blink (played by Shameik Moore) goes in with his wife (played by Kat Graham) and child for help from FEMA and they ask, “What is your salary?” She says, “About $32,000.” Not a bad salary and not a great salary…

Allison Kugel: It’s a hard salary. It’s a salary that would be very challenging to raise a family on. Would you agree?

RZA: Yes, I would agree. And within that salary she’s paying a third of that in taxes. Her tax money is paid into a system to protect her when the time comes that you need the protection. Now here it is, I’m in need of what I paid into and I’m being denied because of my community or because of my race. That is the equation we overlook in our capitalist society. The money that they spend every year is not their money, it’s our money that they are controlling.

Allison Kugel: After watching your film, Cut Throat City, which depicts the lives of people living in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward in 2005, post-Hurricane Katrina, I researched and read that in 1965 there was also a catastrophic hurricane in the area. Same thing happened, where the levees were not maintained properly and they broke. They already knew there was a strong possibility it could happen again, and yet they did nothing to protect these people.

RZA: The line that Ethan Hawke gives in the film, he talks about how it also happened in the early 1900s, but it was more intentional. They let the levees break so the water could flood the lower land and it wouldn’t spread up to the white districts. The thing about separation of people who are of color or [lower] economics, it has existed for a long time in our country and there is no relief and no delivery from the situation. Even if the Lower Ninth was built to be low income, as your city is growing and your tax dollars are coming into your city, those resources should be used to ensure everyone’s safety and security. In the beginning of the city’s history, I understand. I started in a small apartment when I left my house. I was nineteen years old and my mother said the time had come to go. I started in a small apartment and (Wu-Tang Clan member) Ghostface [Killah] was my roommate. We had another roommate, my cousin Rob. We lived there, three guys in a one bedroom, and we stayed there until we raised enough money to get a two bedroom (laugh). You know what I mean?

Allison Kugel: (Laughs) Yes! I do know what you mean.

RZA: We kept going, and it even got to the point where one of us could move out and one of us still stayed, and that lasted until we hit it big. The point is, it’s okay to start at the bottom and struggle, but when there is no relief from the struggle, that is when it becomes insidious, evil, and oppressive. Like I said, the money that FEMA was giving in 2005 for Hurricane Katrina Relief was the money that came from the people. It wasn’t [FEMA’s] money.

Allison Kugel: I’m assuming you spent time in New Orleans prior to directing Cut Throat City?

RZA: I traveled there many times and spent three weeks studying the city. This film wasn’t just about these four guys in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was the fact that this was a story about what happens when your aspirations turn into desperation. That I know, that I’ve felt, and that I’ve lived. I come from a single mother household and so does my whole crew. Seven of the nine members [of Wu-Tang Clan] are that. In this film, Blink (the film’s lead character) was a nerd, in all reality. He was an academic and went to college. He had a talent, you know?

Allison Kugel: That is what is so heartbreaking about this story. Here is a guy who went to Tulane University, who has extraordinary talent for drawing and storytelling, and it’s wasted talent. It’s a squandered life. But then at the end of the film, there are two different endings. Explain that…

RZA: A lot of people have been tweeting about that and asking what’s going on. The artist in me left it up for interpretation. If you go back and look at the film closely, you’ll see that there is an egg in there that should answer the questions. Maybe people missed it, but the reason why I did that is because in life, very few of us get second chances. But, what happens if you give a man a second chance? I, myself, am a second chance-er. When I read this story, I felt the character Blink all in my system. I felt his pain. Then I realized I actually was an artist and a smart guy who got caught up in gangs and the streets, and ended up facing eight years in jail, but I won my trial. When I won my trial, I changed my life. I focused on study and making myself better, looking at my creativity, and I formed The Wu-Tang Clan. I became a success story, because I was given a second chance.

Allison Kugel: Sometimes a single decision can change everything…

RZA: And I wasn’t bad. A lot of people are not bad, they just made a bad decision. [I wish] the criminal justice system could look at it that way. Most of the guys in the Wu were the same. We were all arrested felons or something like that, and we had a second chance. I wanted to express that in this film. In the original screenplay, though, I have to be honest, he dies. But as a director I get to tell the story and I get to shape it. I wanted to shape it with optimism. I said, “I’m going to leave some optimism there and let the people who watch it decide, which pill would they take?” In the film the detective tells him, “A pen will get you further than a gun.” I’m living proof. It was a pen that got me further than anytime I was trying to do something foolish with a gun.

Allison Kugel: Speaking of which pill to take. You strike me as a guy who operates outside the matrix. I know you’re part of the Five Percent Nation. Do you sometimes feel like you don’t quite sync up with the everyday person?

RZA: No. I don’t feel like I don’t sync up. I feel blessed that I see the beauty of what I see. Whether anybody else sees it or not, it’s okay. It’s not like, “Man, wow, they’re missing it.” Even as a vegan and never having a yearning for steak, never having the idea in the back of my head of the pain I’m inflicting on someone else; it’s a very liberating feeling to not be the cause of pain and turmoil to any living thing. I actually feel more required to do what I’m supposed to do, so that if there is positivity in what I’m doing, may others see it. They’ll see it in their own given time, and I’m okay with that.

Allison Kugel: Do you want to explain what the Five Percent Nation is?

RZA: I’m going to tell you something they taught us in studying the lessons of The Five Percent, and it is sometimes misunderstood. What they are trying to say when they say, “Five Percent,” is they took a number of 100% and they separated it into the different types of people in the world. They say that 10% of the people know the same things that the five percent know, but the 10% use it to control other people. They know that there’s falsehood. They know it’s a game, they know the rules of the game. They aren’t playing it, but they’re making everybody else play it. They say 85% of people are easily led in the wrong direction. The 10% will lead them in the wrong direction even though they know the right direction. Then there’s 5% of the people who know the right direction and they strive to teach it. Scientists who deal with quantum physics and the measurement of space, they say all the atoms in the entire universe only represent five percent of the universe.

Allison Kugel: And the rest is space.

RZA: The rest is space. It’s a mathematical equation. They taught us that we should all strive for the Twelve Jewels of Life which is: knowledge, wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, equality, food, clothing, shelter, love, peace, and happiness. If you have that, you’re rich. I honestly feel I have that, and to me, that is more valuable than anything that is out there. In my art, I try to express those qualities.

Allison Kugel: In the film who would you say was the most fun to direct, who was the most challenging, and who did you vibe with artistically?

RZA: Wow, it’s hard to separate such a great cast and great talents. Every one of us had our moments, like an all-star team. I can say that Kat Graham really shows that it’s not just beauty in her, but it’s her strength and expression. I’m glad that she became the anchor of that family, and she did it beautifully. She could have played it pretty and sexy. Even though she was beautiful on screen, it was natural. She was strong to go and fight for her man. Ethan Hawke, I felt like we were on a natural high working together with the way the ideas were flowing back and forth, and his choices of emotions. And as a fan, it was a joy to have Terrence Howard, Wesley Snipes and Isaiah Washington come and work in my film.

Allison Kugel: Did you originally think Kat Graham was too pretty for this role?

RZA: No, that wasn’t a thought. I got lucky to get Kat. We had developed her role for another actress who became unavailable about two weeks before we were shooting. Then our agent said that Kat Graham read the script and was interested, and would I be interested to talk with her? We did a FaceTime and she said exactly what I needed to hear.

Allison Kugel: Which was?

RZA: She said to me, “The strength of this woman is in the pages, Bobby, and I want to bring you that strength.” It wasn’t about bringing beauty; it was about bringing me strength. Then when you look at T.I., he totally shocked me and blew my mind. T.I. also came into the cast late. I had been developing the film for five years, and I always wanted Method Man to play the role of Cousin, but he told me he wasn’t into the bad guy roles right now.

Allison Kugel: What do you want people to take away from the film, Cut Throat City, beyond being entertained?

RZA: I would like to think the people who see these four main characters in the film as criminals can now understand that they are a victim of circumstance. If we can walk away and understand that some people who are in bad situations are victims of circumstances, we can prevent the circumstances. I don’t know if that makes sense to you.

Allison Kugel: That makes sense.

RZA: How do we prevent the circumstances? Before I started the movie, I met with a guy who was locked up and he told me he read an article about me and he agreed with what he read about me. I asked him, “Which article was that?” He said it was an article where I said I was a nerd. And I was like, “Yes, I am. I like comic books. I like video games. I like chess.” He said, “I loved reading that about you, because I’m a nerd too!” This guy was serving 15 years for armed robbery. He was saying that really, he is also a creator, but there was no outlet for him. So he got caught up in a hustle. There was another guy that was in the cell with him who ended up fixing all the computers inside the jail, but he’s in for murder. I’m not justifying a murder, but he said that he was bullied and bullied and bullied. He was forced to fight, and once he fought it was like he became a cowboy.

Allison Kugel: Here is the question I ask everybody. What do you think you came into this world to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach in this lifetime?

RZA: Wow, that is a beautiful question. What did I come to learn? One thing I am learning is humility. Even though I may appeared, on the surface, to have it, it was something that I think I lacked. I was pretty conceited, really coming up. If you listen to my old music, I acted like, “I’m the greatest and everybody else is beneath me (laughs).”

Allison Kugel: Well, you were in your twenties, right?

RZA: Yes..

Allison Kugel: Hello! (laugh)

RZA: Exactly. But it’s good to understand that there is a universe out there. You can be a sun, but there’s other suns. But I do think what I’m destined to teach, if anything, is that you can be a living example of your own ideas. Through my art, I’ll be able to inspire and that’s the best thing. I think I was brought her to inspire. I was born to inspire.

RZA Photos Courtesy of CAA, Film Stills Courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment/Netflix

Cut Throat City is currently streaming on Netflix. Follow RZA on Facebook and Instagram.

Allison Kugel is a syndicated entertainment and pop culture columnist and author of the book Journaling Fame: A memoir of a life unhinged and on the record. Follow her on Instagram @theallisonkugel and at AllisonKugel.com.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The June 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Anouk Brumfield

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Having worked with teams for over thirty years, including C-suite managers, she brings deep experience from many industries to the consulting arena. With a track record for driving successful and efficient large enterprise initiatives, the people she works with are assured of a dynamic outcome, leading to profitable growth, transformation, or product innovation.

Anouk is also a highly sought-after motivational speaker who coaches entrepreneurs where she teaches and encourages entrepreneurship through a unique blend of mindfulness and strategy. By helping aspiring and experienced business leaders gain a greater perspective, she inspires them to get the job done efficiently, get it done right and assume a positive outlook. This doesn’t just help productivity; it improves morale throughout the organization. Over the years, it’s been evident to Anouk that people respond best to those who work hard, get things done and take a task from beginning to end efficiently – which is something she prides herself on doing. Besides working with Fortune 500 companies, Anouk works with colleges, universities, non-profit organizations, and her community as well to help more people reach their potential.

Global Millionaire Magazine recently caught up with Anouk to discuss her journey in the industry, and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started?

My grandparents reared me in Shreveport, Louisiana. My grandmother was a very strong and wise lady who taught me the value of hard work and the importance of building, nurturing, and sustaining relationships. She also instilled in me that I can do ANYTHING. Early on, I cherished learning new things. I love a good challenge, and I establish short-term and long-term goals. I started my professional career in the oil and gas industry. Now, 30 years later, I have been afforded the opportunity to work across several different industries and perform in various capacities. My focus has been on building a diverse background and being a flexible asset. There have been several times that I had to reinvent myself. I have an accounting degree, and I started my corporate career in accounting.

I now work as a VP/Senior Partner for IBM, where I am responsible for the global strategy, organization, and business performance of Blockchain Services. In this Executive role, I partner with client and industry leaders, global consortia, and venture firms. I am focused on delivering accelerated client value in the advisory and creation of new business models coupled with intelligent workflows powered by blockchain AI and hybrid cloud. As a proven COO and serial innovator, I am known for driving global businesses and strategic growth initiatives in a profitable and scalable way, inspiring change, and delivering brand breakthroughs for clients. I have significant experience helping teams and people reach their full potential, creating a growth culture with delivery excellence. I have successfully created, led, transformed, and delivered various CEO-focused programs and businesses across my previous executive and leadership roles in sales, delivery, operations, consulting, account management, and business transformation. I have built winning and empowered teams whose results are recognized by analysts as market-leading and market-making. I am active in various global diversity initiatives and mentor a large talent population.

I help businesses grow with my cross-industry and cross-domain background. I thrive off of starting and recovering organizations and businesses. I am most passionate about helping others; therefore, I spend a lot of time mentoring and coaching people. I also do a lot of community service and participate in various nonprofit organizations.

How would you describe your leadership style?

That is a very good question because I have to admit that my leadership style is different now than it was 20-25 years ago. My current leadership style prioritizes focusing on people since they are our biggest asset. I spend time getting to know my employees so that they can see I sincerely care about them as individuals. I drive with simplicity and clarity and empower people to do their job responsibilities without micromanaging. I challenge people to be the best, and I have high expectations.

What factors do you consider when defining long-term goals?

I have ‘personally’ learned it is important to ensure goals should not conflict with your values. And throughout life and life’s seasons, your values may change, so it is important to know that you can adjust your goals along the way.

So the key factor I consider when defining my long-term goals is my values.

What is your method for shaping a company culture?

I bring my authentic self to work every day. It is important that everyone brings his/her authentic self to work every day. We each must strive to be our best version of ourselves. We should all come to work as an original. Be ourselves because everyone else is taken anyway. If we all do this, we help build the culture. We help build a diverse and inclusive environment. We help to be the catalyst for the change.

What is the most difficult decision you had to make in your position?

Companies are around to drive profitable revenue growth and to serve their clients and their employees. I had faced times when I had to be bold and take risks to ensure my employees were being treated fairly. I have had to stand up for them. I had to be their voice. I had to speak up in some very sensitive situations. I had to be an upstander. I had to do the unpopular thing at times and be willing to be misunderstood, but I was okay with that when I knew in my heart of hearts that I had to do what was right by my employee at all costs.

Secondly, I also have had to be an advocate for my clients at times to make sure we are listening to what they wanted and/or needed and not trying to sell them something that they did not want or need.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I really love spending quality time with my family and friends. I love to laugh and have fun. I really enjoy reading, traveling , and exploring new and different things. I am recently engaged to be married and love spending time with my finance’ and am looking forward to building a life with him.

What are your greatest professional strengths as a senior partner?

Building meaningful relationships with the team and our clients is my biggest strength. I have also mastered how to keep things simple while staying focused and driving client outcomes to obtain strong business results.

It is all about serving. I pride myself on being an outstanding servant leader.

What does success mean to you?

Helping others. Paying it forward is success to me. I have benefited from so many great mentors and sponsors along the way that I feel compelled to make sure I am benefiting others as well. At this juncture in my career, I am most concerned about helping others obtain their goals… which is success to me when I can pay it forward and help the next person.

What motivates you to succeed?

I feel very motivated when I think of all of the sacrifices my grandmother made for me. She is my driving force. She passed away some time ago, but I want her to look down and take pride in the little girl she reared. I know that I can, I will, and I must, which is something that I keep at the forefront of my mind. I have a saying posted in my room that says, “This Girl can DO IT.”

How do you deal with conflicts in your workplace as a senior partner?

It is important to pick your battles. Not every battle is worth fighting. Not every battle is worth fighting immediately. When there is a battle I determine that must be addressed; I address it directly with facts and without emotions.

What would you consider your biggest achievement?

My biggest achievement is that I have the privilege to be in a position to help my family, friends, and community.

What advice would you give someone who wants to follow your footsteps?

Know yourself, Be Your Self, and Surround Yourself. Let me dive into each of these. Know yourself is where you make sure you align to your values. Be Yourself is about being authentic. Surround Yourself is to remember that no one gets there alone, so build your network of mentors and sponsors and ask for help when needed.

Know that you can do it. When I was little, one of my favorite quotes was, “Shoot for the moon, and if you miss, you will be amongst the stars.” Set goals, and then just do it and breathe and enjoy the journey. And on the journey, give grace to others as God gives it to us!

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Entrepreneurs Behind The Cover Of The May 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Solar Energy Partners

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In 2017, brothers Alex and Clint Williams and Founding Partner Dave Madrid poured their skills and entrepreneurial drive into starting Solar Energy Partners, also known as SEP. After developing their business model around the philosophy that “more options means more deals, which means more savings,” the trio went to work partnering with many of the largest, highest-rated companies in the solar industry. From there, SEP began to take off.

This growth coincided with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited social interactions and meant salespeople could no longer work on their original direct-to-home, door-to-door sales model. Additionally, tariffs implemented on solar panel imports made the challenge of staying operational even more monumental. However, Alex, Clint, and Dave stepped up to the challenge and approached it with innovation and proactivity, pivoting their operations and bringing their business to fruition during a time when many were struggling. During this period, SEP experienced such high growth that it provided employment opportunities for more than 1000 new representatives, including many struggling musicians, actors, and others in creative industries across Southern California.

The Global Millionaire magazine recently caught up with the Solar Energy Partners Founders to discuss their journey in starting and growing SEP, and here’s what went down.

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about your company and how your company started?

Our organizaton has evolved significantly from when we originally launched to where we are today. We started with the same mission: to offer the best customer and consultant experience in the solar industry; that hasn’t changed. The most endearing aspect of building a business is that, at some point, the business takes on a life of its own – today, our purpose is to spread that message and reinforce positive change in every community we touch.

Clint, Alex, and I founded the company after crossing paths in the solar ecosphere multiple times. Eventually, we were able to find common ground, and it only made sense to work together. From the moment we were able to actually sit down and start discussing our perspectives on the current and future shape of the solar industry, I think we all looked at each other and said, “how have we not had this conversation sooner?”- I love the moment when something symbiotic just ‘clicks.’

From that moment, as previously mentioned, we’ve grown from that existential vision that we all shared into something capable of growing. At this point, I think we’re looking at things on more of a universal scale.

How does your company approach recruiting a new person?

We always approach recruiting with an open mind. We want to keep the doors open to those who want to pursue a new career path with their inherent talents and skills while providing the knowledge to pave the way for success in a new career. Of course, we’re interested in working with people that are self-starters, but what’s unique about the experience is that we offer the scholarship opportunity to pursue the industry from start to finish; novice to master.

Most companies generally look for individuals with outright solar experience – we’ve always believed that everyone is born with the same potential; it’s just a matter of one having the right opportunity and mindset to foster success… that’s what we’re all about: fostering success.

What are some significant events that have made your company the company what it is today?

There have been so many, but walking away from a high-level corporate position at a billion-dollar company to pursue my own business, realizing I could make a bigger difference on a smaller scale, is probably where it started. It really came to fruition when we noticed the business snowballing, not just in sales but also in the quality of people joining our ranks. I think that all comes down to the culture we’ve developed from the ground up. We genuinely wanted to change things; we had a mission to fill the void in solar where so many customers were let down and consultants felt abandoned; we aimed to be the solution. Once we noticed that our dreams were starting to lean closer and closer to reality, we knew this was real.

Do you think the solar industry is mobilizing in this day and age?

That’s a great question. I believe it’s moving and becoming more efficient. Still, the truth is it’s still the wild wild west in the solar industry – with all of the growth; it feels like the industry has to capitulate at some point to remain healthy. I think that it will be the entities that provide the best, most authentic service that will inevitably stand the test of time.

How is your company adapting to the Coronavirus in its daily operating model? What has it been like for your employees?

COVID was inevitably a game-changer for any business. We had to pivot to stay afloat, and ultimately we found that it served us well. We were able to utilize our knowledge from door-knocking in the past and translating that information over to a more virtual model, which we’re still using today. Even as COVID becomes more endemic, we’ve noticed that the business has forever changed – we’re now perpetually thinking outside the box.

How do you balance the need to respond to a crisis like COVID-19 rapidly while at the same time keeping a long-term, resilient course?

With an anomalous situation that rocks the world as COVID-19 did, the only option was to stagnate or progress. Given that the renewable industry is a constantly revolving door in terms of information, litigation, adoption, etc., it seems like we’re generally used to swimming upstream in one way or another. When the pandemic became tangible, we did what we do best: evolve.

How has your company gone about the arduous task of engineering a change in company mindset?

Personal and professional development are two things we’re perpetually fixated on; we’re constantly engineering change in mindset across our business. We want to unlock our consultant’s innate potential so they can make legitimate changes in their lives and the lives of others. When someone is brought into the fold working here, they have the opportunity to grow without fear of a ceiling progressively. One of the critical factors of succeeding in entrepreneurship is the never-ending belief in yourself- sometimes that fire requires a little tinder, though. Through our scholarship, we provide constant motivation and dedication, which we’ve found has fortified our purpose as an organization: to make a positive difference.

What are your company’s main priorities, hopes, and aspirations looking ahead?

We’ve always had big dreams. We’re looking forward to further expansion on a national scale as well as fostering new and exciting partnerships in the next year. Ultimately, everything we do is in the best interest of the people we work with, as well as the people we work for.

We’re looking forward to 10,000 installs per year in our future and taking our organization international. As far as the immediate future, stay posted for all of the news and updates via our Instagram @solarenergypartners.

Where do you see the most growth opportunities in the solar industry right now?

Another great question… all I can say is that the company that gets creative with financing as more liquidity enters the renewable market in the United States will make serious waves.

What advice would you give to those hoping to follow in your company’s footsteps?

Work hard, play harder, and never lose track of your dreams.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The April 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Cal Evans

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Cal Evans is an award-winning international cryptocurrency lawyer. He is the managing associate of Gresham International, a US Securities Consultant with a wealth of experience working in top law firms in both California and London as well as the founder of Fortune Wallet.

Cal undertook advanced IT at a junior college and received the top AVCE recognition award before undertaking his undergraduate in law. He eventually passed law school in England specializing in business and corporate law. In 2015 Cal undertook his certificate in financial markets with Yale – he is considered one of the leading individuals on Cryptocurrency and Crypto Raise Compliance. Few people have the technological, legal, and financial expertise needed to tackle the cryptocurrency market and Cal certainly is one of those rare individuals. He has experience working with companies across the globe, including some of the largest tech companies, during his time working in California.

Global Millionaire Magazine recently caught up with Cal to discuss his journey as an entrepreneur, and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

I started Gresham International back in 2015. The truth is that I was broke, living with a good friend, and had to move back to the UK to be closer to my mum, who was sick. I decided that I honestly had nothing to lose at that point in my life, so I should just roll the dice and start my own firm.

As things grew, I realised that having flexibility was a great thing. I could focus more on clients, meet their needs a get more involved than if I was just working for another firm. It’s amazing the stamp that you get to put on something when you build it yourself.

I can remember the first time I was able to give my friend ‘rent’ money. It was only a couple hundred pounds, but I earned those hundred pounds from my company. It was a great feeling.

Prior to setting up Gresham International, I worked at a California law firm. It was a great time. I finished my training with a small law firm and was preparing to take the bar when I had to move back to the UK. That time in California exposed me to real startup life if there is such a thing. Meeting so many amazing entrepreneurs also drove me to set up my own firm.

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

Gresham has an amazing industry name in the Crypto space. We have offices in multiple countries, and I love the team we have grown! The real benefit of our industry position is that most folks have heard of either me or us (probably both). Growth feels very organic at this point in time.

With the Crypto industry going so crazy, with so many new avenues, we’re not short on new clients. Actually, the opposite. We are now focusing more on strategic clients such as RadioShack, BabyDoge, CEEK, etc.

Don’t get me wrong; we love startups and new clients entering the market. The only problem is that as the number of them has grown, our test for them has too. Sometimes, it’s better to be kind to someone, highlight some flaws in their ideas and give them some steer, rather than just take their money!

We forecast some pretty awesome growth this year, focusing more on larger strategic clients.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

Instagram is a heavy hitter for me. I have to balance between my personal image as an industry expert and the corporate one.

A couple of years ago, I decided to focus more on myself as an expert than as a company regarding social media. The reason being, is that most people don’t really have ‘brand’ loyalty, but they can develop ‘personal’ loyalty.

As a result, I have about 14,000 followers on Instagram and a large following on LinkedIn too. I actually think our corporate social media is dormant at the moment, given the change in strategy.

I have hardly ever used Twitter. I have a real personal issue with how Twitter treats its users and Jacks’ ever-changing view on Crypto.

What is your experience with paid advertising, like PPC or sponsored content campaigns? Does it work?

Honestly, no. PPC Campaigns are a thing of the past. They also get beaten by bots if they work out you have paid for engagement.

Our marketing focuses more on ‘in person’ events, especially with my speaking reputation. I would much sooner spend money at an event meeting, people, than hoping people click on our website.

What is your main tactic for making more people aware of your brand and engaging your customers? How did your business stand out?

Marketing is very tough in the crypto industry. Especially being a legal service firm. The whole social media scene is full of fakes, bots, and spam. My social media accounts are constantly being cloned, and these clones reach out to my followers in an attempt to steal money.

As a result, my main tactic is to do as much face-to-face work as possible. In an industry full of so much ‘fakeness’ it’s easy to hide behind an email. Conferences, events, and speaking are all the main ways of generating interest and meeting people.

Of course, we keep the corporate side of things up with a solid website and some social media presence. The engagement of that definitely shows an intention to be in the industry.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

In-person marketing has worked the best. Getting to events and conferences and meeting with people.

There are so many lawyers claiming to be ‘blockchain believers’ or ‘crypto captains’ – the minute I see a tag line like that on anyone’s social media, I switch off. It’s obvious they are full of crap. You see the same people at events worldwide, the real titans of industry. They recognize each other, and usually, meeting them shows your commitment to the industry.

My dad ran a very successful business for years. He once told me that we could put a sign out the front of the office, saying our services are free, but no one would come in if no one needed them. The reality is to realize that in any service industry, you are outnumbered, and it could all end at any time. We keep that philosophy. As a result, our marketing is nimble, and we try to be as out-the-box thinking as possible.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

I recently moved to a new location, which was well away from what I would consider the ‘hustle and bustle’ of city life. I went from London to California to where I am now. To say it was a culture shock is an understatement.

Like many, during COVID, I realised that I don’t NEED to be in the middle of everything.

My main worry was that being so far away would impact my work and client relationships. My aim was to become more focused on things that I could help develop and build the company and better service our clients.

I think it has paid off. I have the ability to strike a much better work/life balance and enjoy what I do so much more. Not that
I didn’t enjoy it before! It’s just when you work long days; it’s hard to find time for yourself often.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

I made a lot of mistakes—both personally and professionally. However, I wouldn’t do a thing differently. I believe those mistakes helped shape who and what I am. I would say the same to anyone else. Mistakes are as much a part of life’s journey as the wins. Embrace them as you do a win, and everything balances out.

If you are looking for one personal money mistake? I definitely sold some of my Crypto holdings WAY too early. However, I can never see that as a bad thing. I spent the money on stuff I needed!

What new business would you love to start?

It’s actually starting! Fortune Wallet is something I have been working on for several years. Filing the patent, fighting for trademarks, developing strategy. I just got the first valuation back at $10million, a pretty great starting point for a new company.

The wallet is essentially the best wallet you will ever use. Think of a Venmo or PayPal style app which allows users to remit Crypto easily to each other, using a really cool method. That system is patented.

Watch this space!

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

Honestly, nothing. Except probably buy more Bitcoin.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

I took a lot of influence from my dad. I think most young men do, although they wouldn’t admit it. My dad has always been very pragmatic in life; a simple problem, a simple solution.

I also read a lot of books by industry leaders. I try to get as much information from them as I can while reading between the editing lines.

The best advice I was ever given, was honestly to just try things. There is only one way to find out is something I have lived in business and personally. You can plan, plan, plan, but there is no substitute for just trying and seeing how it goes at the end of the day. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I wouldn’t change anything about my past. If I had an idea, I tried it. If it didn’t work, I moved on.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

Just go for it. Don’t over plan. Don’t overthink. I promise you everything you think of will be different from how you originally planned it. You can never plan for every possible outcome, and you can’t predict the future.

Richard Branson is famous for saying, ‘if someone asks you if you can do it, just say yes, then work out how to do it when you need to’. Sure, that doesn’t work if you are a pilot, but it’s a great way to grow and adapt if you are starting a business. Don’t say no to something just because it doesn’t fit in your business plan. Grow along with your business and the opportunities life gives you.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Serial Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The March 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Meeta Vengapally

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Notoriously known for founding and successfully exiting a fitness and tech platform Garnysh, Meeta Vengapally has made a place for herself as an investor, advisor, and Board of Director in the business world. The woman serial entrepreneur is also a writer and Top Influencer in the industry noted by Forbes and momager to Winston and Sitara Vengapally. Recently she was also seen at the judges’ table for the Ms. California Pageant. Highly sought-after by wide genres, including tech, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty companies, this self-made multi-millionaire continues to pave the path and inspire women and men. As of 2022, Meeta’s net worth is reportedly estimated at 10 million.

Meeta also holds an M.S. in Psychology, and she wrote her thesis on mindfulness which has been published and is currently available on Google Books. She has continued to write about women in business and current social issues for major publications. Because of her status and influence, she has been featured in top-tier publications such as Forbes, MSN, Entrepreneur, BuzzFeed, Thrive Global, Inc among others. As a top influencer, she has also worked with several high-profile brands such as Kat Von D, Sephora, Elizabeth Arden, Pixi, and many others.

Meeta’s entrepreneurial roles include being an investor and part of the Board of directors to several Silicon Valley startups and several global companies. Most of her time is split juggling between being an entrepreneur and managing her kids Winston and Sitara, who happen to be actors.

Global Millionaire Magazine recently caught up with Meeta to discuss her journey in the industry, and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

I’m known as the founder and CEO of a fitness and tech company formerly known as Garnysh, which was acquired right before the pandemic. I’m also recognized as one of Forbes’ Top 5 Social Media Influencers. Currently, my entrepreneurial roles include being an Investor and part of the Board of directors to several Silicon Valley startups as well as some global companies. Most of my time is split between doing that and managing my kids Winston and Sitara, who are actors.

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

To be honest, I’m currently in a balancing act game, trying to manage everything on my plate. But even so, the entrepreneurial spirit stays open to any new opportunities, ideas, and projects. I am grateful for my team to tackle everything that directly correlates to my focus, drive, and undying desire to do it all.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

Mostly Instagram and Facebook, but I have to admit that social media sometimes needs to be on a snooze mode to stay focused.

What is your main tactic for making more people aware of your brand and engaging your customers? How did your business stand out?

Authenticity and openness to failure go a long way. I learned that in the initial days of my business. Staying original to the idea, no matter how big or small I think, leads to the roadmap of the business. Then it’s a matter of taking small steps daily, which eventually become part of the big picture. I believe my business’ uniqueness was how we approached our initial customers. We built a product purely based on our beta testers’ feedback. I failed and pivoted, then failed and pivoted, and just kept going through this cycle until one day, our platform crashed due to too many orders. That was a true a-ha moment in the face of panic.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

We didn’t spend anything on marketing. Part of our vision is to be face to face with our customers. This is probably not the fastest or the quickest way to scale at mass levels, especially when you are just starting with limited team members. However, it was very important to me to start local, gain feedback from the get-go, and have a personal touch.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

Saying no to opportunities due to too much going on. Because I’m directly managing both of kids’ acting careers, I’ve had to make some choices to make room for this adventure.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

I wouldn’t call it a mistake per se, but I do understand one thing which I think some people can benefit from. You don’t need to spend a lot of capital when starting out. And another huge trend I noticed as a new founder and now as an investor is that people ask for funding too soon in the game. We don’t invest in ideas; we invest in proof of concept and the team. I am humored when the wannapreneurs try to “pitch me” their idea but have nothing to back it up with.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

You will never influence the world by being just like it.

What new business would you love to start?

I would love to contribute to the mental health space. I’ve always had a passion for it, so I’m currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Psychology. I don’t know about business, but I would like to give back by doing what I can in that space.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I’d change my narrative and the self-talk. I’d love to have seen me get started sooner than I did without ever doubting myself or my drive.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

Outgrind, outwork, outhustle everyone and look at your competition as your inspiration for improvement.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The February 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Carl Runefelt

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There is no shortage of wealthy people in today’s world, but a few special minds have changed their fortune miraculously. Where contemporary entrepreneurs struggle to gather thoughts and strategies with plans of progress with half or full decade stages – Carl Runefelt has done wonders in just a few years; it is a tale worth narrating. There are very few smart people around us. These smart brains made it possible in less time, with minimum effort compared to others, and the only thing that makes them unique is being perceptive and modern about their method toward their goals.

Founder of The Moon Group, Carl Runefelt is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist. The Moon Group is a group of companies in the cryptocurrency space. Currently, his establishments are working on numerous projects to increase the adoption of crypto into the mainstream economy using blockchain technology, not just financial markets.

Carl is most known for his success on YouTube and his huge following across all social media platforms. He has the largest crypto analysis channel on the platform and is one of the biggest Twitter personalities in the crypto space, with over two million followers across social media. Runefelt is the fifth most influential person in the crypto industry, according to Hackernoon.

In an exclusive talk with The Global Millionaire, Runefelt said, “The power of my social platform has greatly assisted my abilities to bring mass awareness to crypto and showcase individuals on how they can use crypto to better their lives, just as it did for me. It’s a great way to reach and impact others.”

Carl said, “My net worth has exploded in the past 3 years due to my 350 plus investments in crypto start-ups, my yield farming strategies, and the increase in the valuation of all my crypto companies. My goal for the end of this year is to be among the top 100 wealthiest people globally, making me the youngest person on that very list. I’m the founder of multiple companies, and Kasta is one of the companies I co-founded. Kasta is a payment solution; it enables us to make crypto payments instantly and for free. Kasta will help mainstream the adoption of crypto which aligns with one of my long-term goals”.

Twenty-seven-year-old Runefelt mentally transformed himself into a person. From where he was to where he is and now to where he’s headed. It’s been a shift of mindset and approach towards life. Self-belief and optimism about the future provided him with the enthusiasm, courage, and strength required to go through the barriers. The entrepreneur dropped out of school early because he was unable to concentrate due to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). He started working in a grocery store to make a living. During that time his daily routine consisted of working at the store and sitting at home watching YouTube videos but essentially being unproductive. He realized he needed a change because if he continued to live like this he’d never have the life of his dreams. More than anything, Runefelt wanted to do something that would make his parents proud.

Talking to The Global Millionaire, he said, “When I was working as a cashier in a grocery store, I was watching luxury content on YouTube and Instagram of successful billionaires; this inspired me. I was so motivated by watching these people with their Bugatti’s and expensive watches that it helped me visualize my dream life; it helped me to get where I am today. Now that I am in the same place as the people I watched back then, I want to give back, that’s why I am showing people my luxury lifestyle. By showing them my Bugatti, my office, my million-dollar crypto punk NFT, I wish to show people that you can go from working in a grocery store to buying a Bugatti within 3 years if you simply use the Law of Attraction and prioritizing mindset, realizing, that mindset is everything.”

Carl is also a philanthropist, sharing a bit about his social work he said, “previous year I donated an amount to a charity for disabled children. This year one of my goals is to donate a lot of money to charity through smart campaigns. I’m currently developing a few that I am excited to release publicly soon.”

The entrepreneur wants to be remembered for his extensive career. The creation of wealth is no longer a motivating factor; he wants to contribute to society through philanthropic ventures. He says: “I want to be remembered as a great person who did great things. I already know that I’ll be one of the wealthiest people in the world, so it’s no longer a big motivator anymore. I want people to remember me as someone who did well for other people, and made a positive impact for many humans in this world.”

He believes achieving success is not a matter of luck; it is a decision. He said: “I thank myself every day. I decided to become the person I am today because I wasn’t happy with who I was before. The way to become whoever you want is to believe in your mind that you’re already that person. Act as if it’s already your reality, and you’ll attract it. When I was working in a grocery store, I was visualizing myself with a Bugatti and flying in a private jet on a weekly basis. Now it’s finally my reality.”

Explaining why he presents his lifestyle extravagance on his social media he said, “sharing my luxury lifestyle has a huge symbolic value, hopefully inspiring millions of people to go out there and realize that they also can achieve their dream life if they just put their mind to it. One of my biggest missions right now is to teach people about the Law Of Attraction and how it can change your life, just like it changed mine completely.”

Carl now employs over 120 employees, working for him directly under The Moon Group. This is an enormous achievement as he directly impacts his employees’ lives. He is very happy with himself, and so are his parents. The fact that he was able to get to this point in such a short period of time working on creating his crypto empire is incredible.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Entrepreneurs Behind The Cover Of The January 2022 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Dennis Koutoudis And Emily Pappas

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LinkedIn is a social media platform that has risen to the top of professional and entrepreneur networking sites in recent years. It now has over 700 million registered active members. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have migrated to online work-from-home mode, increasing the importance of LinkedIn even more. Now, if you really want to increase your presence on LinkedIn and elevate your game to another level, then you need to get in touch with LinkedSuperPowers. This is where Dennis and Emily come in. LinkedSuperPowers is a global Social Media Consultancy that has successfully assisted individuals and businesses in elevating their LinkedIn game for the past seven years. Fittingly, they’ve been mentioned in several high-profile publications such as Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, HuffPost, CNN, as well as other major international publications and various TV Channels.

Dennis Koutoudis is the LinkedSuperPowers’ founder and CEO. He’s a rising LinkedIn master and a Social Selling guru – a successful entrepreneur with a Harvard University certification in Social Media Marketing and Disruptive Strategy. He is also a well-known public speaker. His business ventures led to the formation of LinkedSuperPowers, a company specializing in assisting individuals and businesses worldwide, helping them unleash their “superpowers” on LinkedIn.

Emily Pappas is a social media and social selling expert and a #1 International Bestselling Author. Her commitment to reaching her greatest potential has earned her a household name. She is the co-founder of LinkedSuperPowers. Emily’s efforts have paid off, as she has been featured on some of the world’s leading news and information sites, including CNN and HuffPost. She has worked with the majority of the Fortune 500 corporations and, with her partner, has even ventured into the book sector.

Global Millionaire Magazine recently caught up with Dennis and Emily to discuss their journey as entrepreneurs, and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourselves and how you started your business?

We were social media marketing managers of various companies from various industries, utilizing mainly LinkedIn to accomplish the unique targets each company we were employed by had. One day I decided with Emily to create a company that could help millions of individuals and businesses accomplish their professional dreams. Hence, LinkedSuperPowers was born!

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

I network with target prospects through LinkedIn and form strategic professional relationships with them, combined with super targeted PR activities.

What is your experience with paid advertising, like PPC or sponsored content campaigns? Does it work?

We have mainly grown our business through organic growth methodologies on social media. That being said, we are aware of companies that have utilized paid advertising with good results.

What is your main tactic when it comes to making more people aware of your brand and engaging your customers? How did your business stand out?

Networking with the right individuals through LinkedIn and nurturing those relationships to the point that a solid collaboration is formed. I believe one way we stand out is that we interact with people with a networking mindset and seek win-win collaborations instead of a “sell our services” mindset. After all we are co-authors of the book “The Superpower of Online Networking.”

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

LinkedIn Marketing, most certainly. LinkedIn can become one’s most powerful tool for professional growth if utilized in an effective way. And this is exactly how we help our clients achieve their goals.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

To put our trust in a new promising vendor regarding PR. We’re confident we’ll see a considerable return on investment, though. We’re big believers in constantly re-investing our company’s revenues back into the business.

What mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

We wouldn’t try so hard to make something work when we had an indication that it wasn’t working. We’d be more flexible to change course, especially early on in our entrepreneurial journey.

What new business would you love to start?

We very recently expanded our service offering to include some super targeted PR efforts for a select number of clients. We’d love to expand this new service offering further.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

We’d focus more on things that brought maximum results early on, rather than dividing our energy to other things that were not so effective for the growth of our business.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Nobody owes you anything in this life. It is up to you and only you to create the life of your dreams.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

Economic cushions and support from family and others usually very quickly evaporate. In order to achieve professional success nowadays, you need to rely 110% on your own capabilities. And remember, working hard is just not enough anymore. Just think about this: how many hard workers do you know that are barely making enough to cover their expenses? To succeed nowadays, you need to love what you do, have extreme and constant focus on your targets and work in a super hard and simultaneously super smart way.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The November 2021 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Ganbold Tordai

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Ganbold Tordai is the inspirational serial entrepreneur behind “The Corporate Hotel” – one of the largest hotel chains in Mongolia. Tordai graduated from the Institute of Foreign Languages and the University of Finance and Economics and he initially kickstarted his entrepreneurial journey by selling wheat. Back in 2001, the agricultural sector in Mongolia was in full decline, and the main raw material to create flour which is wheat was supplied by Russia – he alone supplied up to 60% of wheat in the market. In 2006 he established a chain of The Corporate Hotel and he was also appointed as the CEO of the Darkhan Metallurgical Plant. From the time he was the CEO of the Darkhan Metallurgical Plant, the production capacity rose from 20 to 88 percent, dramatically increasing efficiency and enabling the company to be the main supplier in the domestic market all on its own.

In 2011, Tordai acquired a Russian-owned gold mining company called Altan Dornod Mongol LLC – it was Mongolia’s largest gold exploration and mining company at the time. In 2015 he built a Shambha-La Park Town housing project, and in 2020, he built the Alpha Theater where the famous enlightener Goethe’s Faust was staged.

Global Millionaire magazine recently caught up with Ganbold Tordai to discuss his journey as an entrepreneur and here’s what went down:

Greetings Ganbold and thank you for accepting our invitation to interview you.

Thank you for the opportunity.

It’s a highly known fact that Covid-19 is widespread in several countries all over the world which applies to your country as well. What do you think are some of the major problems that the pandemic is causing to people and various businesses?

The situation is quite challenging in our country. It has heavily impacted a country with a small economy, a small population, and poor medical care and facilities. Even though the pandemic has spread to many countries around the world, the first case of Covid-19 wasn’t registered in our country until 10 months later. However, this gap or timing was not taken advantage of by the decision-makers so our country couldn’t take the appropriate action and prepare for the impact.

This lack of action was directly related to the parliamentary elections. The situation is still difficult up to today due to wasteful spending on the economy in the name of development – ineffective spending and improper decisions have directly affected the lives of citizens as well as small to medium-sized businesses.

Many countries around the world have spent billions of dollars to reduce the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak and to improve public health. Unfortunately, as a citizen of our country, I am pretty critical about this issue and I have been expressing my position publicly because I believe that the budget and such aid funding have been spent chaotically and inefficiently.

The business sector has collapsed and jobs have fallen sharply in several countries all over the world due to the pandemic. What are some of the challenges your company as well as other Mongolian businesses are facing at the moment? Given that you have successfully established a chain of hotels in Mongolia that are known to thousands of visitors, how do you think we can overcome this adversity?

I think the business community has been impacted hard because we did not expect the Covid-19 pandemic to continue for such a long period of time. The situation is honestly not very good in every sector and we are still currently looking for optimal solutions.

One of the most revenue-generating fields, such as the tourism sector has dramatically collapsed. The hospitality industry has been completely affected as well because there are no guests or visitors at the moment. However, we have a strong policy of keeping our employees on the job which is quite risky because how can any business survive without any income in such conditions right? The government of other developed countries provides tax and financial support to small businesses and we are hoping to receive such stimulus as well.

What was the first business that kickstarted your career? Could you please share with us some of your success stories?

During the transition period from communism to market economy and democracy in the 1990s, a vast majority of our businessmen started trading.

Just like the others, I was also involved in trading and I reached a quite good result at that time. Some of the projects that I have successfully completed were:

From 2001 to 2007, the agricultural sector was in full decline, and the main raw material for flour, such as wheat was supplied by Russia – I alone supplied up to 60% of wheat in the market.

In 2006, 2009, and 2013, I built a state-of-the-art concert hall and a chain of The Corporate Hotel.

From 2006 to 2009, I was appointed as the CEO of the Darkhan Metallurgical Plant. During my time with them, the production capacity rose from 20 to 88 percent, dramatically increasing efficiency, and enabling the company to be the main supplier to the domestic market all on its own.

I also made sure that the Tumurtei iron ore deposit – the largest iron ore deposit in Mongolia was recognized as an important asset to Mongolians. I managed to win in a three-stage court which enabled us to acquire it from a Chinese company and made the Tumurtei iron ore deposit become 100 percent state-owned.

In 2011, I acquired a Russian-owned gold mining company called Altan Dornod Mongol LLC. At that time, it was Mongolia’s largest gold exploration and mining company and I had to pay off large amounts of outstanding debts as well as rehabilitate degraded landscapes that mining has caused to the environment.

In 2013, I initiated the Mongolian Gold Miners’ Association to unite local companies and negotiate with the Government, in order to create a favorable legal environment. This move has resulted in an increase in the gold supply to the Central bank from 3 tons per year to 20 tons.

In 2015-2019, I completed a Shambha-La Park Town housing project and in 2020, I built the Alpha Theater where the famous enlightener Goethe’s Faust was staged. The plot of this theatrical show revolves around the consequences of injustice and the value and nature of human life. The show has given many people insight into their lives and has been greatly appreciated by Mongolians.

We appreciate the fact that you are not only investing in commercial businesses but also investing in education. Are you able to share with us some of your future business plans and what areas you are looking at getting into next?

I think tourism is an important and strategic sector. And obviously, infrastructure is the most important development factor in this field. The government recognizes the necessity of this important mega project but has not been implemented for many years.

I am still striving to raise awareness on such important issues and contribute to the development of our country. I have also been investing in foreign markets to the best of my ability so I can expand my businesses.

Mongolia’s economy is worth $13 billion and it is almost the same scale as a company in one of the world’s largest economies.

Although Mongolian businesses are growing rapidly, they do not have the experience, capital, or economic capacity to penetrate the international market. There are many challenges for businesses in Mongolia to overcome due to political decisions, bureaucracy, and uncertainty. It is impossible for me to say if I would be able to invest or do business in such an environment.

What are some of the big projects you are planning at the moment? Will there be a new mining deposit, a processing plant, or a new hotel in your future?

Although 70% of our economy depends directly and indirectly on mining; processing plants are not well developed and I am not sure that most people would be able to understand these issues. Even though it is necessary for the hospitality industry to further develop by building new hotels, these new hotels need to meet the international quality standards.

I do have a plan and a goal to build a large and modern world-class Emergency Center and Cancer Hospital that will cover not only our country but also extend in the regions. But I think this is a really important mega project rather than a business.

You are currently the Honorary Consul of Uruguay. Do you have any business linkage with this country?

I do have many international friends. A friend proposed for me to become an Honorary Consul and I think the role of Honorary Consul of any country is to take full rights and responsibilities; to represent many citizens and legal entities, to protect their legitimate interests, and to take the necessary measures to restore the violated rights of citizens and various legal entities.

Mongolia talks about diversifying its economy yet it appears to still be somewhat dependent on the mining sector. As a businessman, what do you see as a way to expand and diversify your economy?

It is very risky and hopeless for a country to depend on just one sector. Mongolia has some similar aspects to your country within the mining industry. The difference is that Mongolia’s mining products are exported to the southern neighbor at very low prices and such a small amount of income is pretty much used to buy machinery, equipment, fuel, and lubricants to be used in the mining sector. Due to the lack of equipment and production of mining products in our country, we have to import them.

The small amount of money leftover from this sector is going into the housing sector, which is in high demand but not affordable. Although our country has a large territory, urbanization and population density are concentrated in the capital city. Housing quality standards are not so good. In the construction sector, for example, materials are too expensive because they are 100 percent dependent on imports.

Given this situation, I see that it’s a necessity to focus on economic expansion and diversification and to support tourism and agriculture sectors through appropriate and effective policy tools. We all know how successful your country’s agricultural sector is. And in our case, we see Agriculture as our traditional sector and it has been going on without effective policies and economic support.

I think, in order to increase the number of people living and working in rural areas, we need policy tools and stimulus incentives to provide jobs in rural areas and it is necessary to abolish taxes for a certain period of time and implement large-scale long-term development financing instead. Instead of going abroad and doing the hard labor, Mongolian youth can get the opportunity to work and earn enough at home.

As mentioned earlier, the primary and secondary processing of mining products is important for economic expansion.

Foreign direct investment is very important for the development of any nation. Some news outlets claim that investing in your country can potentially be risky. What is your position on this?

I understand very well that foreign investment is a vital element in an economy. When you look at the history of a country’s development, it has developed with the help of know-how, the best technology, and the support of foreign investment, and has put its wealth into economic circulation and benefited from it. More than a decade ago, investors flocked to Mongolia, and we were on the radar of the world’s largest stock exchange, Mongolia was quite popular among the investment community and we were so-called Mongolia, the Mining country.

But due to the illegal actions of some individuals and decision-makers, it created an atmosphere of unfavorable business and investment climate. Our country is still ranked 116th in the Corruption Perceptions Index and 109th in the Judicial Independence Index. It is unfortunate that some of the decisions from the authorities’ leaned in favour of certain investors, which resulted in the public viewing investors as liars, thieves, and fraudsters.

It is clear that any country, high-profile investors would prefer to enter into a legally stable, equitable, and mutually beneficial agreement. No investor will refuse to cooperate with an honest government.

Based on your answers, we can tell that you have gone through some unfavorable economic and political climate, How do you see the future of Mongolia?

Our country covers an area of 1.5 million square kilometers and has a population of 3.4 million. It has rich mineral resources, well-developed agriculture, and a traditional livestock sector. Given such conditions, I see the full potential and opportunity to grow in a very short period of time.

Throughout the history of any country’s development, there has been a great deal of corruption and populist decisions caused by wrong decisions. And such countries would correct their mistakes in a short period of time and usually, most of them would spend 20-25 years to reach the level of rapid development. In our country’s case, we are in transition mode for almost 30 years and I think we could have reached the level of other developed nations if we were able to establish a system of accountability during this period.

The legal and judicial system must apply equally to ordinary citizens and the authorities. It is not possible to talk about development in a situation where the accountability system for the highest officials is not strictly enforced and the legal climate is in different favor.

Civil society in developed countries is very active and accountable to those in power. The authorities have a high sense of ethics and responsibility because their ordinary citizen can strictly control, unite and dismiss the politicians they choose to represent them.

In a developed world, people march 3-4 times a year against the inappropriate and blind decisions of the government. Whereas in Mongolia, we protested 3-4 times in 30 years – unfortunately, there is such submission and inactivity.

The consequences of this situation might force Mongolia to slip into the examples set by North Korea, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, which are all subject to the decisions of one group or an individual and it could be the same case with countries such as Venezuela and some African countries that are under chaos and violence.

We chose a citizen-friendly democratic country, however, the reality today is not so good. The alignment of politics and economics are linked, and I think that development is not far off if we create a favorable legal environment and do not lose the basic principles of democracy and equality. Those are my cautions and criticisms.

Optimistically, we have a lot of opportunities. For the first time in 30 years, there is one party faction serving together as the President, the Speaker of the Parliament, and the Prime Minister.

In this case, I think there is optimism that it is possible to push forward with our mega projects and make important strategic decisions. I don’t want to lose the opportunity and waste our economic opportunities.

Mongolia is a lesser-known travel destination – In some countries it is well known because of Genghis Khan, while in other countries it’s referred to as “Chinese Mongolia.” How do you think your country measures up compared to the rest of the world?

Mongolians are in the top ten out of more than 200 countries in the world in terms of intellectual potential. Mongolians are people of intellectual ability, responsibility, adaptability, and high productivity. I want Mongolia to be well known in the world as this image. Nowadays, there are many young Mongolians successfully working and leading in the world’s largest companies and banks. So, therefore, I believe we have a great future.

Thank you for your time and we wish you more success in your business!

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Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The October 2021 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Guruji Shrii Arnav

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Guruji Shrii Arnav, considered the Father of Astro Gemology and a mentor to Statesmen and Millionaires, is an internationally acclaimed spiritual Guru who uses techniques based on spirituality, Astro Gemology, and modern management methods.

The author of the Magnum Opus” Secrets of Jyotish Gems”( translated in 6 languages), he is the mentor of the world’s largest E-commerce portal to buy natural Gemstones online (Gemstoneuniverse.com) that has a mind-boggling reach of 4 million monthly users and has been around since the early days of the internet since 1996.

We are quite certain our readers would love a no holds barred conversation with a major thought leader so they can benefit from Guruji Shrii Arnav’s insights about entrepreneurship and business in general. Global Millionaire magazine recently had the good fortune of meeting and interviewing Revered Guruji Shrii Arnav during the Gemstoneuniverse Founder’s Day and here’s what went down:

What are your standards for success? Is it a certain dollar figure?

For me personally, I was never into numbers. My singular philosophy since I believe in the theory of Karma is that every single person engaging with me should benefit from me or by my enterprise.

And that happens when customers vouch for you by word of mouth, give you referrals, and sometimes raise concerns as if they were family and they own the enterprise as their own.

And at Gemstoneuniverse we see that happening all the time. Since 1996 we have had such a loyal base of patrons (I do not like to call them customers) that till today we have not had the need for any kind of advertising of any sort.

Also to have industry leaders from Google, HP speaking about you on video is a huge takeaway and speaks of standards. Those are feedback and testimonials that money cannot buy.

What do you think made you successful in business?

Even though I am a spiritual person I like the word business which means transacting and all of us are business people since the world moves by give and take and by a transaction.

I think having clear-cut goals, delighting our patrons, and being attached to the greater cause of serving people and solving their problems by spirituality, gem therapy helped me in achieving a reasonable degree of success and recognition.

My life philosophy revolves around the Gemstoneuniverse Motto of – Deo Amabiles Et Hominibus which means Pleasing to God and To Men- and it’s in that order that has helped me.

What inspired you to develop your idea?

More than inspiration it was a necessity. In 1996 we reached around 11,000 people in a year and by 1997 it was 40,000.

I will be upfront and honest with you – no single patron ever asked me the price of any Gem. They would say you know better- please do what is best for me.

So five things here: Firstly, I was not in a humanly position to speak with every single person. Secondly, when customers were buying Gemstones without taking a look at the product just based on trust – that was creating a huge pressure on me. Thirdly, I wanted the patron to choose a Gemstone in the privacy of their own environment without any kind of pressure. Fourthly, the intention was to serve the people with the powerful science of gem therapy that delivers phenomenal results and fifthly, bring some kind of organization in a vastly unregulated market.

Real Natural Gemstones form only 2% of all world stock so you can understand the rarity and importance.

With Gemstoneuniverse the patron is assured that the best in the Gem world work assiduously to make them win and that we are on their side.

What were the main challenges you faced at the early stages of your business? And do you still encounter them to this day?

People, Problems, Possibilities, Potential, Product, Price are all words that start with P ( Smiles). There are three more P words that will solve the entire jigsaw but I would not like to mention them here.

Since the start of mankind, these 9P’s are responsible for all complications and solutions. If whatever information listed on the search engine is true then there should be no problems on the planet (Hey, another P word!).

If whatever has been written in the religious scriptures is interpreted correctly then any problem will cease to exist.

So as we continue to grow and evolve, problems will remain due to lack of quality information, incapacity for correct decision making, and resistance to change.

You can motivate and change these 3 core issues within yourself but you cannot do that for the people who work for you neither can you do it for the people interested in you with 100% quantitative compliance.

That is why I love to be in the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen and also motivate my team to be in the state of Kaizen at all possible times.

My own interpretation of Kaizen is that that there is nothing at any point in time that cannot be improved. So we are always striving to improve and be in the perfect state.

What keeps you going even in hard times?

The opportunity given by the almighty to serve and the appreciation we get for it. You will be amazed that during this COVID era both I and the organization attained personal bests.

There is an interesting parable from the life of Lord Shri Krishna. Once the great warrior Arjun asked the Lord- Krishna, write something on the wall that after reading will make a happy person – sad and a sad person -happy at the same time.

Krishna took a piece of chalk and wrote – “This Too Shall Pass”. I believe in this philosophy. What is in my hand is the right action, why worry about things that you cannot control.

What are your thoughts on entrepreneurship for young people especially in an economy where jobs are harder to find?

COVID and the currently prevailing circumstances have proven that what was conventional is not essentially the right path and in fact, some people shone brightly by using innovative ideas and proved that humans have a wonderful ability to adapt and improvise – these are the two qualities in humans that have made us the alpha species.

I think it will be wonderful to have young energetic people join the entrepreneurship bandwagon and they in turn will create new and fresh jobs.

However, I can suggest some things – always put a priority on niche specializing, always keep learning, don’t put yourself under pressure to be the next Elon Musk, work harder than anybody else and as you grow stay humble and have fun. No work is good enough if it does not give you joy!

What strategies did you first use to market your business?

To be honest with you I do not believe much in traditional marketing or advertising.

Your biggest marketing assets are your people and your product and nothing beats word of mouth.

To cut a long story short, I wrote articles about spirituality, gem therapy, astrology, and gemstones because I was appalled at the pedestrian impotent fare that was pedalled in names of these subjects which was causing more harm to people than benefiting them.

I think what has benefited us since the inception is sharing of good quality cutting edge information in form of quality articles, media resources in form of high-quality gem pictures and videos. Over a period of 26 years, there are 3500 articles on Gemstoneuniverse which are highly informative and give something to a user or solve a pain point. I think you can call it our marketing strategy if you will. Creating and sharing good quality content has been our only strategy.

I did my first Facebook live on the Gemstoneuniverse Facebook Page on 29th August 2021 and now it’s nearing 300K views already.

How have your priorities changed from when you first started?

More success comes with more responsibilities and there are other ramifications and responsibilities when you are touching lives on an epic scale. You need to be future-ready and beware of copycats that may be out to dupe people riding on the coattails of a successful enterprise.

Another thing to mull upon and work on is supply change management. The demands and numbers at Gemstoneuniverse are huge but the earth’s natural resources and the human resources we have in for of trained consultants and practitioners is limited and we have to do all this while ensuring that the Gemstones we use and supply are ethically mined, responsibly sourced, conflict-free and traceable.

Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently when you were first starting out?

Not a thing and I am just starting!

What two pieces of advice can you give to someone who wants to become an expert in their chosen field?

Another of my favourite P Word – Practice and Fail early and Fail Fast.

Failing gets you a PhD. in experience in record time provided that you learn from failure. If you are afraid of failure, to be honest, the chances of doing something noteworthy are very minuscule and at best, life would be normal, predictable, boring, and ordinary. That does sound SCARY to me at least.

What is the last ‘one word’ advice you will give to our readers when it comes to succeeding as an entrepreneur?

Niche, Niche, Niche – Do what you love and be the best at it. I wish all the readers health, happiness, and abundance.

You can follow Guruji Shrii Arnav and Gemstoneuniverse via their official social media pages:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gemstoneuniverse
Instagram: @gemstoneuniverse
Website: www.gemstoneuniverse.com

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Meet The Man Behind The Cover Of The September 2021 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Deepak Chopra

 

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By Allison Kugel
 
Deepak Chopra has been a mentor of mine from the day of my first interview with him more than a decade ago. I will never forget the day in 2008 when I asked him to explain such existential concepts as the distinction between the brain, mind, and soul; the concepts of space and time, and how meditation benefits our physical and mental health. His answers then were clear and precise and without hesitation; on my end, it felt like waking up from a dream and setting about on a continuous path of discovery.
 
He and I sat down once again, this time to unpack the pressing issues of isolation, anxiety, and depression and the growing epidemic of suicidal ideation and suicide, which has taken a sharp incline over the past eighteen years. Deepak Chopra is now part of a team spearheading the Never Alone movement, a grassroots movement that aims to create community-led organizations around the world to help people in emotional distress who need community support. Never Alone is being funded through a GoFundMe campaign that has already surpassed its original goal.
 
In tandem, Deepak Chopra has released his latest book, Metahuman (Harmony Books/Random House), which delves into the true essence of our nature when we break free of societal constructs and embrace a higher level of consciousness and greater zest for living on this planet.
 
Allison Kugel: The subject matter we are about to discuss is an uncomfortable one, but one that needs to be addressed because we are losing too many people. I looked at some World Health Organization statistics that report there has been a 60% increase in suicides over the past 45 years, with a 30% increase since 2001. My first question for you is simply… why?
 
Deepak Chopra: We are living in a culture that aggrandizes narcissism and the whole idea of a separate self. People are constantly engaged in social media, and in general media as well. All of this leads to performance anxiety in a sense. Am I relevant if I’m not being noticed? On the one hand, social networks are supposed to increase our connectivity. In one sense they do because we can communicate more effectively. But it also increases our isolation if we don’t get noticed. Young adults, in particular, are at a very delicate stage of their life where they’re beginning to wonder about their identity. As young children, we never wonder about identity. We are just happy, without wondering about self-esteem and all those things. As we enter adolescence, identity becomes an issue and we are still forging our identities. Today our identity is all about, “Am I important? Am I relevant?” It’s not even about knowing who we are at a fundamental level. 
 
Allison Kugel: I remember seeing my son, up until about the age of three, exhibit this pure unadulterated confidence and joy that emanated from his being. I have a video of him at the age of 15 or 16 months, where he’s running through a field and cracking himself up for no reason; just happy to be running in the grass. Why do we lose that joy and that feeling of wholeness, of being enough just as we are, as we get older? 
 
Deepak Chopra: You are very right in your observation. The poet Rabindranath Tagore is quoted as having said that “every child that’s born is proof that God has not given up on human beings (paraphrased).” Children are naturally joyful and loving and have empathy and compassion and playfulness as their innate traits. The rest is the hypnosis of social conditioning. Unfortunately, it gets recycled through every generation and now it’s getting worse because of our ability to communicate our self-importance. Self-esteem is natural, in our natural state. We are confusing [self-esteem] with self-image, which is the ego-bound identity. Self-image constantly needs validation or else it feels very fearful.
 
Allison Kugel: I’ve noticed a pattern in the 21st century where we are being pushed to the brink in so many ways. We have extreme weather patterns, mass shootings, more chronic illness, more narcissism, and certainly more anxiety and depression. And we have more people who are medicated than ever before. What is all this pushing us towards?  And what is the spiritual reason for it all?
 
Deepak Chopra: A lot of what you are seeing is the mental health of a collective mind, or a collective humanity, that has created a world with all the things you mentioned. We’ve seen extinction in every other life form, but now we’re ready for our own extinction. The last extinction was sixty-five million years ago as a result of a meteorite hitting the earth when dinosaurs were wiped out. We learned as a result of that extinction. But now if we have our next extinction, it will be as a result of human behavior. If this is not collective insanity… If we don’t acknowledge it then we are decreeing our own insanity. We need to understand our personal role in this collective insanity. Suicide and depression are symptoms of our collective conditioned mind. We treat hate to be normal. We treat the psychopathology of our everyday existence as normal. So numb have we become. And so immune have we become to the cruelty that happens every day in the world. 
Allison Kugel: What if you’re an empath, and internalize everything, and you’re in a constant state of feeling the pain of everybody and everything?
 
Deepak Chopra: We can resign ourselves and say the human experiment has failed; that the human species was an interesting idea on behalf of nature’s evolutionary impulse, but it didn’t work. We can resign ourselves and wait for our collective extinction where we just go to the bar and get a drink, which will numb us even more, and which people are doing with drugs and alcohol and other addictions. This is mostly linked to this massive epidemic of suicide and depression. Or, we can do something about it and hope for the best. What I have discovered through careful observation and as a physician, is that when people support each other in anything, and it doesn’t matter what it is, it is healing. When we support each other, the outcome of whatever that condition is that a person is struggling with, it does improve. This is what has led me to the opportunity to create, both, online and real-time communities where people can support each other for a more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier, and joyful existence. Ultimately, this is the purpose of life, to experience our innate joy. That comes automatically through empathy, which leads to compassion, which then leads to the desire to relieve another person’s suffering.
 
Allison Kugel: For all the empaths out there, including myself, the answer is to not just feel the pain of the world, but to take loving action towards solutions where and when you can.
 
Deepak Chopra: Right, because compassion leads to love, and it leads to love-in-action. Love-in-action leads to healing. Love without action is irrelevant. And action without love is also meaningless. This is an opportunity for us to create a self-sustaining ecosystem where people support each other and help each other. Helping each other is the best way to help ourselves.
 
Allison Kugel: You’re a part of creating the Never Alone movement to provide support communities around the world, which we hope will prevent suicide and help people feel connected to real support systems. How will the Never Alone platform work, and will it be accessible to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and geographic locations? 
 
Deepak Chopra: Right now, the Never Alone platform will be run by GoFundMe. We are helping create an advisory board for the GoFundMe campaign. Our goal is to create self-sustaining grassroots movements across the world because even in very impoverished parts of the world, people now have access to wireless technology. In wisdom traditions, a healthy community has three things: people dedicated to serving the community; spiritual practice of reflective self-inquiry, and getting together with other people in the community. Today we can do that online, but we can also do that by creating our own localized communities and centers. This is not a Deepak Chopra campaign or anyone’s campaign. It should be a totally grassroots, self-sustaining campaign where we create an ecosystem for helping each other in [times of] distress.

 
Allison Kugel: With the film The Offering that you’ve recently raised funding for, this is not a documentary, correct? This is a work of fiction that is based on real stories about suicide? 
 
Deepak Chopra: The actress Gabriella Wright, her sister was a very accomplished musical artist in Europe who committed suicide at the age of 28 or 29. This is a film for awareness, in which actress Gabriella Wright is playing the role of a mother whose son commits suicide. We hope to use the film as a tool for bringing awareness to this cause, and to the Never Alone movement. When you give facts alone, some people are moved by the facts, like you were moved by the statistics. But by themselves, facts can be very dry. When they are linked to an emotional response, people feel compelled to look at the facts in a different way. We are hoping that The Offering will be a film that will bring some insight to the epidemic of loneliness. The film is only one aspect of this movement. After that, the goal of the Never Alone movement is to encourage other people to produce videos and films, and to share stories to increase awareness and create their own communities both offline and online.
 
Allison Kugel: I have a question that could be construed as controversial, but it’s been on my mind. Over the last 15 to 20 years the veil, so to speak, has been thinning in terms of more people becoming aware that our souls are eternal and that there is a spiritual dimension to which we go on; the concept that we were alive before we got here and we will be alive in spirit when we leave. Do you think this information can be a double-edged sword in the wrong hands, and that people might then see suicide as a viable option because of this? For example, the thought could be, “I don’t want to cease to exist. I just don’t want to be here.” I would hate for that to be the case…
 
Deepak Chopra: I hesitate to answer that because I don’t really know that that’s one of the reasons for the increasing epidemic of suicides. Many people do not have insight into the true nature of their soul. In the past, if you spoke about the soul or the spirit, a lot of people considered themselves scientists and secular, and they would roll their eyes and look away because you’re not talking science. Right now, there’s a big discussion among scientists about what fundamental reality is. Is fundamental reality physical, or is fundamental reality non-perceptual and in the realm of what you and I would call the soul? Scientists are now struggling with a good physical explanation for what we call “consciousness.” There’s no biological explanation for consciousness. Right now, as I’m speaking to you, all that’s going to your brain is an electrical current. You are experiencing the sound of my voice, and not only that, you are interpreting that into meaning. Where is that happening? Science has no idea. So, there are some cutting-edge scientists now that are addressing this. What we call the physical world is an interpretation of perceptual connectivity in our own consciousness. The only thing that is eternal is what you just referred to as the soul, which is not in space or time. It will take a long time for science to catch up to this idea. In the meantime, we have to deal with everyday reality. And some everyday realities, at this moment, are very depressing and it’s our own collective projection. We need to change it. 
Allison Kugel: For somebody who is having suicidal thoughts or feelings, what does it take to bring them back from the brink and to move their energy back into a space of embracing life once again?
 
Deepak Chopra: It takes a loving, compassionate, caring being to be present for them. And that’s all it takes. I think there’s no situation that is so desperate that love and compassion and presence and caring can’t alleviate it, with any kind of desperate situation. But we now need to create the platform for that.
 
Allison Kugel: Have you, yourself, at any point in your life had a suicidal thought or feeling, and if so, how did you work your way out of it? Or has a loved one of yours ever experienced something like that?
 
Deepak Chopra: I have personally never experienced this kind of extreme ideation. But when I was in active practice as an internist and an endocrinologist and emergency room physician, I saw it all the time, several times a day. And then I looked at my own family; cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts. And I don’t find a single family, including my own, where this type of extreme desperation has not resulted in a suicidal act. From my medical school days to my internship and residency, I have witnessed these kinds of ideations and this kind of outcome of extreme desperation, which we call suicide. It’s never been out of my awareness, not even a single day since I became a medical student. And I do remember also in my early growing up years, becoming aware of relatives in my extended family who have done that, so it’s a daily reminder that we need to do more to alleviate everyone’s suffering. Our own personal happiness is dependent on the happiness of others. In fact, all the data shows that the most effective way to be happy is to make someone else happy. The easiest way to make someone happy is to give them attention, which means to listen to them, not advise them, but listen to them. You don’t try to change another person. It’s hard enough to change yourself when you want to. But if you listen to them and you are there to support them, then they change, especially if you care.

 
Allison Kugel: Let’s touch on your new book, Metahuman. Does the book delve into teaching people to tap into the quantum field?
 
Deepak Chopra: The book is about what is fundamental as opposed to what is a social construct. War, terrorism, socio-economic circumstances, injustice, climate change are all because of false constructs. The falsest construct that human beings have created is that we are separate; the subject and object of experience are two different things. Right now, for example, I believe that I am the subject of this experience and you are the object of this experience. You think you are the subject of the experience and I am the object of the experience. This is an artificial divide. Unfortunately, our science is based on that, so we end up using science for diabolical purposes and ultimately risk our extinction. My book is saying that you should wake up from the dream which has now become a nightmare. And the dream is that we are separate beings. We are actually part of a holistic process and when we embrace that wholeness then we are holy, and we are healed. Wholeness, holy, health and healing go together. Everything you mentioned about mindfulness and meditation, these practices give us that experience of wholeness. When we go beyond our skin-encapsulated ego-identities, that is what the book is about.
  
Deepak Chopra’s book, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential (Harmony Books/Random House), is available wherever books are sold. Learn more about the Never Alone movement at GoFundMe.com/NeverAlone. Follow Deepak Chopra @DeepakChopra and tune in to his podcasts Infinite Potential and Daily Breath for your regular dose of Deepak, wherever podcasts stream.
 
Allison Kugel is a syndicated entertainment columnist, author of the memoir, Journaling Fame: A memoir of a life unhinged and on the record, and owner of communications firm, Full Scale Media. Follow her on Instagram @theallisonkugel and at AllisonKugel.com.
 
Photo Credits: Todd MacMillan, Jeremiah Sullivan, Harmony Books/Random Hous
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Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The August 2021 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Agus Dinata

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A hardworking entrepreneur, Agus Dinata specializes in cryptocurrency and the tech industry. Originally hailing from a humble background, Agus’ parents were strict and disciplined when it came to education. He was always taught to be independent and not to cause any trouble for others. His parents also taught him to live a disciplined life, regularly plan for the future, and always be punctual. He truly believes that he grew up different from other young people because of his parents’ guidance. He didn’t party nor did he play too much when his friends were having the time of their lives. Instead, at the age of 16, he was already business-minded; his entrepreneurial mindset has always been encouraged by his family, especially by his parents who always encouraged him to be an independent person. At the age of 20, he decided to join his parents and help out running their business. It was also at that point when he was also thinking about establishing his own business.

Agus has always been interested in starting a business within the technology space especially something that’s related to web and mobile applications. In 2010, he started getting into cryptocurrency which was very new at that time – most people still did not know what cryptocurrency was. Eventually, he decided to try running a business within the cryptocurrency industry. Without much preparation, he just jumped straight into the crypto world through various companies that at that time, launched crypto-based projects. Then finally in 2019, he initiated a fairly massive business in Indonesia with an established loyal community that consisted of thousands of people. The business was called “Smart Ecosystem,” Agus, along with a group of like-minded entrepreneurs created this smart contract-based ecosystem that in the future can disrupt the technology industry; specifically when it comes to creating utilities that can benefit many people in the long term.

Global Millionaire Magazine recently caught up with Agus to discuss his journey to entrepreneurship and here’s what went down:

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

Education and internalization of militancy or leadership values are my backbones when it comes to developing a cryptocurrency-based business that opens up opportunities for others to participate in the market and make profits through the affiliate system the I am currently working on, i.e., the “Smart Ecosystem.” The type of business with an underlying asset such as crypto is indeed unique because you could say that marketing or customer acquisition is not the most important part of the business. Similar to many other digital businesses, there are more crucial things to look into such as community management, community education, and project management. With good community management and education, we can create numerous loyal customers which we currently call the cool “Smart Army”, this is a community of people who are loyal to this smart ecosystem business. Besides marketing, we also provide education about crypto fundamentals, DeFi, as well as promote the spirit of leadership to the Smart Army.

Additionally, my team and I constantly develop the business by conducting seminars both online and offline in various cities in Indonesia since 2019. Even though we are currently facing a massive challenge due to the ongoing pandemic in Indonesia, we are still trying to continue to grow by investing in research and development, especially those related to smart contracts and AI (artificial intelligence). Finally, after a very long preparation, we are about to launch the latest sub-products and systems of the Smart Ecosystem, namely: Smart Academy, Smart Living, Smart Utilities, and Smart Wealth. Several sub-products of the Smart Ecosystem have contributed to each other to provide more benefits and income opportunities to the Smart Army.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

Twitter and Youtube. They have become the favourite social media for cryptocurrency enthusiasts because on Twitter there are numerous tweets from influential people from all over the world who support the cryptocurrency existence and its development globally. We also frequently use YouTube as a medium for interaction with the community to increase community engagement.

What is your experience with paid advertising, like PPC or sponsored content campaigns? Does it work?

Talking about our experience in using paid advertising, we always do trial and error and various experiments before we determine a paid advertising channel that is suitable for a typical niche market business like ours. In the end, we decided on some of the most suitable paid advertising channels, i.e., advertising through social media such as Twitter, Youtube, and several websites specific to the crypto industry that are frequently visited such as Coinmarketcap, Coinecko, and so on. The impact of paid advertising is huge if we do the right analysis beforehand such as being attentive to the factors of traffic, visitor personality, good copywriting, and one more thing, an eye-catchy animation-based promotional video content, so that makes it easier to deliver marketing content more emotionally and ultimately convert visitors into buyers.

What is your main tactic when it comes to making more people aware of your brand and engaging your customers? How did your business stand out?

Brand awareness and customer engagement are the two most important elements of product management we created. We took several strategic steps to ensure that our brand continues to be the leader in the market even though we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We do cross-selling through the sub-products we launched, and provide additional benefits beyond the main benefits. So that our customers can continue to automatically engage with our business longer while providing them with a platform to gain income through a Smart Ecosystem called Smart Wealth. Smart Wealth is a decentralized platform that allows the Smart Army to contribute to smart token sales and Smart Army licenses. So, we can also make efficient customer acquisition costs due to the very large contribution from the Smart Army. Through these strategies, we firmly believe we can build and continue to maintain brand awareness of the Smart Ecosystem.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

Marketing by influencers and the affiliate system which is a sub-product of the Smart Ecosystem, namely Smart Wealth, has become the main strategy of our marketing and sales division. Apart from it, we also carry out various marketing strategies such as digital marketing, paid advertising, copywriting, video marketing, and so on.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

The toughest decision I’ve ever made in the last few months was to lay off some staff due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is very hard for us to do this because we have a corporate culture that emphasizes teamwork, collaboration, and mutual understanding on issues between divisions so that we can maintain a very close relationship between colleagues in the company like a family.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

A money management mistake I made a few years back before I started my Smart Ecosystem business was that I didn’t realize the importance of portfolio diversification in multi-product financial management. I used to think that some products could be managed through centralized organization and financial management. However, it turns out that this has actually backfired because there is a conflict of interest between the interests of one product and another. It has really been my biggest lesson and I have now diversified a good portfolio of products from the Smart Ecosystem.

What new business would you love to start?

Financial products, such as E-Payment. In fact, I have prepared this for a long time and it is designed as a long-term goal that I can achieve together with the Smart Army community. We design e-wallets like Alipay and Google Pay, but it is backed up directly by one of our tokens, SMT cash. In the future, we will name it Smartpay, the one and only e-wallet with underlying crypto where the underlying SMT cash is designed as an absolute deflationary token or non-inflation-able token.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I would have started a Smart Ecosystem business back in 2010! Unfortunately, this brilliant idea came to me in 2019 and it got further improved this year. If I worked on this idea even earlier, its value would be much bigger now.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

In the past, when I first started a business, I was always thinking about how I can increase personal wealth through business. And it affected the business; the business was unable to develop properly and management fell apart. Until one time I got advice from a person (I can’t mention his name) and this person said “Don’t even think about starting a business so you can have a lot of money. Instead, start a business so you can make a difference in people’s lives.” I continue to take this advice to heart up to now so I can be in this position.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

My advice for newbie entrepreneurs who are starting their business is to never have a mental block when it comes to starting a business and initiating a business based on trends. Expand your relationships, and learn about the industry you’re interested in deeply and seriously. Don’t invest in a business you don’t understand.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Man Behind The Cover Of The July 2021 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Kamran Karim

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Kamran Karim is a progressive and result-driven entrepreneur with 13 years of professional experience in mobile app development, software development, and deployment building strategic alliances, branding, product life cycle completion, digital marketing, and internet promotions. He’s an inspirational individual who has been a crucial part of brand development and click monetization projects of several Fortune 500 companies.

He has founded several companies such as Tech Whizards – a global company that provides innovative digital solutions for businesses. He was also the founder of Yacht Rental DXB – a luxury yacht rental company applying Uber’s digital business model for clients to rent yachts and spend time with their friends and their loved ones. On top of that, he is also the founder of Binary Geeks – a software house that provides innovative products for the global market.

Kamran has several exciting upcoming projects under his belt such as a YouTube channel named “She Inspires,” where they will be interviewing women who have gone through struggles and overcame all the obstacles life put them through. He’s also planning to launch another YouTube channel called DefiGeeks which is catered to the Pakistan market where they are planning to post weekly episodes about cryptocurrency and the hype surrounding it. Lastly, he’s also in the process of launching a private jet rental company called Jetify in UAE, where users will be able to follow the Uber business model and rent private jets, similar to their Yacht initiative.

Global Millionaire magazine recently caught up with Kamran to discuss his journey to entrepreneurship and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started in business?

I actually had a humble start in my journey; I belong to a traditional middle-class family but I received good education though because my father was determined to give me a better future. I started working with startups at an early age but it wasn’t until I reached Dubai that I realized that the better future that my father had hoped I would have could be obtained by having my own business rather than by working in a 9 to 5 job.

When did your entrepreneurial flair first reveal itself?

The nascent seeds of entrepreneurship must have always been there for me because honestly, I hated those conventional jobs that I had. I did not think I had the ability to conform, and that problem led me to develop my own thing.

How did your life look like before being an entrepreneur?

Life before being an entrepreneur was “traditional”, “conventional” and in short “unchallenging”. It was simply something every other person could do and was doing, I was cut out for going with the crowd sort of thing.

As an entrepreneur, what is it that motivates and drives you?

Not knowing what is coming next, the challenges that every day throws at me, and also my passion for tech, is a major driving force.

In one word, describe your life as an entrepreneur and explain why.

“Majestic” – yes I will use the word majestic because I am the king of my own world, I make my decisions and I rule over myself (along with own my team).

What were your top three motivations for starting your business?

Well hmm.. let’s see, having your own business enables a person to implement what they always thought should be done, that is a great deal of independence one deals with. The biggest motivation is obviously that you can’t let your business fail, it is like your baby and you never want to fail your child. The third motivator is that having my own business enables me to actualize my vision.

What do you put your success down to?

Persistence, the only word I can use to define the reason for my success. You need to be persistent.

What would you say are the key elements for starting and running a successful business?

Know what you are doing, have a vision, stick to the vision, be persistent, and don’t give up, all big businesses were small once upon a time.

What are the three biggest challenges you have faced growing the business and how did you overcome them?

Finding good employees is a major problem when the business is in its initial stages, I was lucky to have my brother as my support in this regard.

Does the loneliness of the entrepreneur really exist?

Yes and no, if people around you understand and appreciate your vision, then you won’t be lonely but often that is not the case.

As you grew the business, what have been some of the most important leadership lessons you have learned?

Taking the hard decisions like firing someone or shelving an idea; these are the minuscule things that lead you to develop leadership skills. The most important thing I learned was that sometimes, you just can not be soft-hearted, people will take advantage of you and that is not good for your business.

What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses all over the world?

I think the pandemic has made it clear that there is a great future for small businesses around the world, especially in the tech industry.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Man Behind The Cover Of The June 2021 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Steven Harold Jorchen

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Steven Harold Jorchen alias “Jorchen Borjigit” is a 36th generation heir of the Borjigin dynasty – a dynasty that was started by Emperor Genghis Khan in the 13th century. He immigrated to the United States in the 90s and with more than 20 years of experience in the USA, he has learned the American way of life. He has been an active member of various American social activities. He is the Chairman of the World Peace Commission, he’s also the CEO of Asia-USA non-profit organization alliances as well as the deputy of the New York Chinese Chamber of Commerce. On September 24, 2015, he held an audience with H.E. President Xi Jinping and other top Chinese politicians and leaders.

Steven has established close cooperative relations with the United States, China, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, and he plans to deploy specific cooperation projects related to it. As a community leader and a world social diplomatic activist for many years, his image has long been deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. The fruitful results of his nearly two decades of continuous hard work have given him special influence and appeal in the community. His power is increasingly valuable; along with his prestige, fame, and even his name. Hence the reason why he has such a good relationship with senior Chinese leaders and senior leaders in Russia, West Africa, North Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Furthermore, he has even participated in several banquets and galas held by President Bush, President Clinton, President Obama, as well as President Trump.

Global Millionaire magazine recently caught up with Steven to discuss his life as a 36th generation heir of the Borjigin dynasty and here’s what went down:

Tell us about a time in your life that you wanted something so badly that you were unstoppable in pursuing it. What obstacles did you overcome to get there?

My life was generally easy. I was brought up under the legacy of my family, so my earlier years were pretty much assured by some kind of political arrangement. My main obstacle was to start a life that’s decided on my own terms. You see, my dream was to be a world leader, not just confined by my birth in Kangba (SiChuan), the Chinese Tibetan autonomous region. I think that’s why I gave up my pre-destinated roles in China and came here to New York.

Tell us about a time you experienced what you perceive to be an injustice.

I have opened a museum in the 90s of the Tibetan culture here in New York with a partner. Later, due to the collection of a Tangka that is made of human skin, I was arrested. Tangka is a Tibetan religious relic often preserved to honor the Buddhist deities or Buddha. Often in ancient Tibet, people offer their bodies as a will after death. This is to show their confidence in the Dharma. You see, Tibetans, like the Indians (and unlike the Chinese) have a tradition of leaving human bodies out to be eaten by vultures. And they even hack the bodies to pieces; in some cases remove the skin.

However, the Americans have no understanding of such, and due to cross-cultural ignorance, I was arrested. I think people have to learn more about other people’s cultures. Particularly in the new world. I also think many of these countries have not grasped the old traditions. European cultures are very sophisticated, but the people of the new world have forgotten that, I am quite sure it is the same situation in Australia.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

That’s a good question. In the past few months, I was forced to decide if I still needed to carry on the noble mission of re-establishing the Borjigin legacy. You see, sometimes this can be a tricky endeavor. The DNA offspring of Genghis Khan has amounted to around 16 Million worldwide. But no one has seen this fact as a cultural asset. However, I see there’s a force behind these warrior people. Genghis Khan is known for war, but at the same time, his treatment of the captive women and children was very much mild and compassionate. I see the need of promoting global peace through both women’s and children’s welfare globally. I know there will be political obstacles in my work, in particular some fraction of different egos and interests. But I also know that someone has to do this in order to revive the inner spirit of Genghis Khan. The core of assuring world peace is actually to re-unite the Euro-Asian landscape.

Who is your role model, and why?

I put all my faith in Buddha, the enlightened one. What Buddha taught us was to maintain our own minds with peace and compassion. I mean, how else can we contribute to the world if our own minds are not tamed right?

I see life as a mirage of our own merits. There are certainly injustices and miseries of this world. But a lot of these are caused by our own wrong-doings. Cause and effect is the golden principle of life. In the popular sense, you can call it the law of attraction or whatsoever. You need to cultivate good deeds, so those good things will return to you.

What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses all over the world?

With the rapid technological advances, our ways of life are also changed. The way how we run a business is transformed or you can say unrecognized sometimes for people of my generation. The material success of many nations has reminded us what is important for our future. I see more and more small businesses are now considering the social responsibilities. This means we are now more and more focused on our inner beings. In the new ventures in many places, I see there’s the trend of offering organic products, non-GMO to also assure healthy lifestyles that promote spiritualism. This is very good! I am sure we are entering into a new page of human evolution. That is also why I always stress the culture. We as humans, by the end of the day, need to deal with our inner-self. Culture forms that inner being in many ways.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet Bryan Legend: The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The May 2021 Issue Of The Australian Millionaire

Cryptocurrency veteran, Bryan Legend is an Australian self-made millionaire, entrepreneur, and the founder/CEO of Clever DeFi Pty Ltd.

For the 8 years that Bryan has been in Cryptocurrency, he’s mastered the art and craft to near perfection. An embodiment of strategic planning and execution, he has hit gold in this field with his innate Crypto-oriented mindset, the evidence of which can be seen from the successful start-up companies he has created from scratch, complemented by his estimated net worth of roughly 6.3 million dollars.

With widespread attention from interested parties scattered from around the globe, Bryan’s company, Clever DeFi Pty Ltd, is into Decentralised Finance, and it intends to shake things up in the financial industry. His Decentralised Finance concept though a relatively new concept, has been gradually gathering recognition from various financial institutions.

Broken down for the layman, Bryan’s Clever DeFi is a revolutionary Blockchain Defi Protocol that automatically distributes set interest payments of up to 11% per fortnight to all token holders of Clever Token (CLVA). Simply put, Bryan believes that Clever is the new way to store wealth with a guarantee of a greater interest rate, which apparently trumps the typical interest rates obtainable in the traditional banking system.

Speaking about his creation, Bryan said: “Clever Token (CLVA) is designed to primarily suit anybody who is looking for a safe, reliable place to store wealth at a high yielding interest rate instead of the comparative ‘store money in a general savings bank account’ with practically no interest accruing at all. CLVA also suits any investor looking to start or expand their investment portfolio or even looking to de-risk themselves into a fundamentally sound asset.”

Bryan has been in Cryptocurrency for the past 8 years, with his formative niche in Blockchain where he initially gathered an amazing wealth of experience, before branching to a more Decentralised approach. One of his most admirable qualities is the fact that he walks the talk. “I know full well that both delivery and execution are the two fundamental challenges any business will face. Many companies are promising the world but underdelivering and falling short by not meeting their goals or objectives. I make sure any company I build encompasses a brand image that speaks for itself”, he said.

For the Crypto-inclined, several mechanisms constitute the Clever Protocol; chief among them, the Decentralised Distribution Mechanism or DDM for short which works on a pre-programmed routine cycle schedule over 888 cycles – each cycle lasting 14 days with the very last cycle ending after 34 years. It appears to be an innovative architecture in the financial industry.

Clever DeFi is distinct from other Crypto projects with its CLVA minting starting at Zero supply. This implies that Bryan and his team hold no tokens at all – a relatively new concept in the industry. “CLVA is by far one of the safest tokens to hold as a store of wealth and due to a restricted total supply and forecasted increased demand, the token is sure to prove its worth,” remarked Bryan.

The Australian Millionaire magazine recently caught up with Bryan to discuss his journey to entrepreneurship and here’s what went down:

Why would you recommend Cryptocurrency to a potential investor?

Crypto in general is still in its infancy when looked at from the road ahead and brings with it a fairly new industry tied around Blockchain. For geeks, they love the tech and for investors, well, they love the ability to make money hand over fist during a bull market.

Timing is everything when investing and anyone can make money during a bull market and due to the inherent volatility within the Crypto market, it offers more upside versus traditional assets.

Which Cryptocurrency intrigues you the most?

There is an astonishing number of different Cryptocurrencies available to pick from, most of which being scams, unfortunately. The way to navigate the Crypto waters is to always do due diligence yourself and never just jump in blindly without knowing every nook of detail behind the project you’re investing in.

With any investment there are risks and the bigger the risk, the more potential there is for your investment to be returned to you multiple times over. One of the less risky but sustainable Cryptocurrencies right now in my opinion is Clever DeFi (CLVA) which delivers guaranteed interest payments every fortnight and is an easy choice for investors to watch their money grow without anything else needed.

What’s the biggest scam you’ve ever heard of in the Cryptocurrency World?

Probably the most well-known scam was released back in 2016 which was called Bitconnect that was an illegal financial Ponzi Pyramid Scheme that eventually collapsed and stole over 250 million from investors.

For anyone interested in Cryptocurrency – can you provide a checklist to follow?

Only invest what you are prepared to lose. The Cryptocurrency industry is unforgiving and most have to learn the hard way. Do not get drawn into FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) as this is a sure way of losing money by buying at the top of an already saturated asset. Only invest in solid projects with fundamentals that can be shown and proven. If it sounds too good to be true, 99.99% of the time it most certainly is.

What is Clever DeFi? Can you tell us more about it?

Clever DeFi is a Decentralized Finance Protocol that distributes automatic interest payments to all native CLVA Cryptocurrency holders on a pre-programmed routine cycle schedule over 888 fortnightly cycles taking exactly 34.15 years to complete.

The Clever protocol was designed, deployed, and implemented over many months in the making since its release last year in 2020, and as such it is the protocol itself which given Clever DeFi it’s underlying value. All an investor needs to do is buy and hold the CLVA asset to be paid interest payments guaranteed of up to 11% each fortnight.

What would you suggest to people interested in trading in Cryptocurrency but whose country does not support Cryptocurrency yet?

First of all, I do not condone illegal activities or in any way shape or form encourage people to go against their country’s restrictions or governmental policies. With this being said, people have been known to circumvent the system by using VPN software to conceal their IP location which allows them to use Cryptocurrency exchanges that do not require personal information about the individual.

This is probably the easiest way to go but on the other side of the coin, if you are using any Cryptocurrency exchange that does not require KYC information from you as a client, this in my eyes throws caution to the wind as a very risky play indeed.

What are some of the biggest challenges that lie ahead for the Cryptocurrency world?

Mass adoption and Regulation with both of these things being quite tied to each other. In order for mass adoption to be achieved on a global scale, there needs to be protection in place for the people and policies in place to prevent illegal market activities from taking place through regulative bodies in order for the large institutional money to enter into the space.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

That’s a tough one indeed. I am sure that most of us being asked that very question would have a vague idea at best although the best way to answer it would be from a directional perspective. The direction am I following is to capitalise on industry trends over the coming years ahead and of course this will mean staying part of the Cryptocurrency scene in a big way. My goal over the next 5 years is to make as many millionaires as possible within Crypto and I will be following the industry closely with the progress it makes in order to make my goal a reality.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Man Behind The Cover Of The May 2021 Issue Of Global Millionaire: The Incredible Bryan Legend


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Bryan Legend quit school at the age of 20. Yet today, at the age of 37, despite quitting school at an early age, he still ended up becoming an inspiring self-made millionaire. His against-the-odds persistence enabled him to make a name for himself in the Cryptocurrency sector and beyond. Starting with Blockchain, which he studied for years, learning the fundamentals of it, he was able to master the art and craft of Cryptocurrency to near perfection. This culminated in the versatile entrepreneur climbing the ladder up to becoming an expert in that niche – with the creation of Clever DeFi, showing the results of his hard work.

One of the potential benefits of a short-long term investment strategy is portfolio diversification. This is a concept that Bryan understands very well. His first stint in the entrepreneurial sector was back in his marketing days. Today, with this concept of short-long investment strategy, Bryan’s success can be seen through the number of tentacles his brand is spread to, among which are online marketing ventures, becoming a pioneer in SEO, SMM, and SEM. Not to mention there’s also TWILX; a digital advertising firm he created from scratch. Then, of course, there’s Clever DeFi, which he believes is the future of financial investment.

Bryan is also a firm believer in branding, a concept on which his business success is built upon. He believes that the way people perceive your company is a direct reflection of how they will engage with you.

The person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder. According to Rick Warren, the greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without purpose. Bryan seemed to take this quote to heart, for, in his early twenties, he discovered he was a gifted negotiator. Right there and then, he realised that his purpose lies in the business world. He subsequently developed his skill set in business negotiations, which would later pave way for him as he reached his way to the apex of the business world.

Global Millionaire magazine recently caught up with the inspirational Bryan Legend to discuss his journey to entrepreneurship and here’s what went down:

Can you please tell us something about yourself and what your business is all about?

I am a born entrepreneur and I have a passion for making a difference in business, namely in the Cryptocurrency space by introducing fresh ideas and concepts to the market in order to help and evolve the industry as a whole.

Clever DeFi is a Fintech company primarily focused on delivering decentralized finance applications within the Cryptocurrency industry. It supports a second choice for those who do not trust traditional banks, nor like the fact that they are receiving a complete cop-out toward extremely low-interest payments on their capital. The versa is to hold CLVA Cryptocurrency which delivers a much higher competitive interest yield.

When did your entrepreneurial flair first reveal itself?

In my school years, I never found myself compelled to learn and instead saw myself just breezing aimlessly without care to study at all. After dropping out 3 years before year 12 graduation, I entered the labour workforce and then progressed into sales where it did not take me long to work out that the blue-collar lifestyle was not for me and that I needed to get out of the rat race.

This is where I began to take deeper interests into self-development and knew wholeheartedly that the only way to get ahead is to do things myself without relying on anyone else, nor working for anybody else. I chose to learn the basics of business and expand my skill set through a hands-on approach combined with true hunger and determination to break through the resistance barrier.

Through years of persistence and numerous successful small internet e-commerce business startups I founded, I gained more knowledge and learned from mistakes made. I turned this into a cocktail for success by always going one step up with every new business I headed up. The world of Cryptocurrency presented itself to me as a fantastic opportunity to be a part of as I recognised there to be a lot of untapped possibilities.

As an entrepreneur, what is it that motivates and drives you?

What motivates and drives me is the attainment of a new goal through my persistence, tenacity, and focus on what needs to be done to meet my objectives. I treat any startup business I have started as a new birth coming to life that needs to be nurtured until it is strong enough to work on its own. Just like Elon Musk, I don’t let one-second pass by where I am not thinking about ways to improve, and as such, I believe personal growth, as well as the growth of a company or business, is a continued effort. One word I would describe life as an entrepreneur is “freedom.”

What were your top three motivations for starting your business?

1) The desire to solve the problem of low-interest rates for consumers paid by traditional banks for savings accounts.

2) The knowledge of how Blockchain can be used in order to facilitate this.

3) Confidence in my own abilities to be able to deliver to market what is promised.

What do you put your success down to?

The ‘never give up and hard work’ angle may seem cliché but it holds true time and time again for all accomplished individuals in any industry of business. Nothing comes from nothing so what you get out of something is in direct proportion to what you put into it. The more time and energy you spend on improving your idea or business, the more success you will benefit from it in the long run. There is no secret to success other than completing the actions required in order to achieve your entrepreneurial vision or personal goal.

What would you say are the key elements for starting and running a successful business?

Solving an actual need though adds a unique value proposition that your business offers by focusing on your customers’ interests first and of course securing ongoing revenue streams with an effective cost structure and strong marketing initiatives and reward system.

What do you hope to see happen in the near future for Cryptocurrencies all over the world?

I personally believe we are nearing the tail end of a current bull market with the end more than likely aiming to take place at the end of the year. With this being said, there is much hype and foolish money entering the market from retail investors who really have no clue about what they are actually buying at all. They are new to Crypto and just go with the Fomo crowd. There can be money to made in the interim but for seasoned veterans that have been through these cycles, it will more than likely end in tears for most that are not smart enough to know when to get out before losing it all in over-hyped risky altcoins.

What I would like to see happen is the complete disbandment of all those scam projects and Cryptocurrencies with no use case or utility behind them to disappear and clear up the way for the actual legitimate ones to stand tall. There is way too much money being “invested” into Cryptocurrencies right now like Dogecoin which was created as just a meme without any fundamentals or development. We need to see useless Cryptocurrencies leave the space for good.

Amsterdam,,Netherlands,-,October,08,,2018:,Forbes,Magazine,With,Jeff

Meet The Man Behind The Cover Of The April 2021 Issue Of Global Millionaire: Mohanad Alwadiya – The Wolf of Dubai Real Estate


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Mohanad Alwadiya is the founder of Harbor Real Estate Dubai and is considered by many as one of the property industry’s most dynamic practitioners. He is an award-winning real estate professional and entrepreneur who, as the CEO of Harbor Real Estate, has set new standards in providing real estate investment and management solutions to Harbor’s clients, and has led to Harbor Real Estate’s winning the highly-coveted title of “Best Agency for Property Management” in the Property Times People’s Choice Awards 2015.

Mohanad’s achievements have emanated from his success in developing the industry-leading capabilities of Harbor, resulting in exceptional results for the multibillion dirham portfolios held by clients such as National Bonds Corporation, Investment Corporation of Dubai, Al Thani Investments, Daman Investments, Tadhamon Islamic Bank, Amlak Finance and Global Investment & Development.

Mohanad is also considered to be one of the most candid, insightful, and eloquent commentators in the UAE property market, whose extensive experience makes him a reliable industry resource. He is renowned for his professionalism, incisive analyses, and astute observations.

Global Millionaire recently caught up with Mohanad to discuss his journey as an entrepreneur and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

I am fortunate and thankful to have grown up in the UAE, a land of boundless opportunities. People talk about the American dream. Well, I have lived the UAE dream.

I guess I realized what my personal possibilities and opportunities were when I was completing my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a double concentration in Marketing and Advertising from the American University in Dubai. I remember those days very well because I really felt that the world was truly at my feet.

I started my career at Leo Burnett, a Chicago-based multinational marketing services group of companies with offices throughout the Middle East and I’m proud to say that I became the most-awarded Communications Director during my seven years there. This period of my career really prepared me for success because of the vast amount of learning that I received from, not only the Leo Burnett organization, but also from the excellent clients from various industries that it was my pleasure to work with. Those were happy times!

However, having descended from a real estate family, I soon realized that my passion was real estate so I launched my real estate journey and was soon Head of the Projects Marketing and Sales Division for the global real estate arm of Dubai Holdings. Once again, the knowledge that I absorbed and the experience I gained from being part of this great organization really gave me the confidence to start my own business launched as Harbor Real Estate Dubai.

Over the last 20 years, I have also obtained a master’s degree in property management from the University of Salford, published two books about real estate and one of them became the best-selling book in the Middle East, and hosted the top-rated radio and reality-TV property shows in the Arab World.

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business? 

I won’t bore you with a dissertation of the global economic carnage that COVID-19 created but in March of 2020, our initial objective was pretty basic … to survive in an environment with a set of dire circumstances that nobody in the industry had witnessed before!

We quickly realized that everybody was in the same boat and, in order to survive, we needed to maintain our competitive edge in the area of customer satisfaction. We knew our clients would require our assistance and that any recession, whether generated by a pandemic such as COVID-19 or by a financial crisis such as that in 2008, is all about being able to survive. It was tough and there were many sleepless nights during this period.

At Harbor Real Estate, we currently manage real estate portfolios with a total value of around AED 14.8 billion. So, there are lots of clients with lots of money invested that are relying on us. We take this responsibility very seriously indeed.

Obviously, we needed to adapt. This required a brutally honest assessment of our capabilities as individuals and the capability of Harbor Real Estate to continue to provide the services that our clients required during a pandemic and resulting economic turmoil on a global scale.

Thankfully, the country’s leaders showed great wisdom and resolve to enable businesses such as Harbor Real Estate to navigate their way through a very awkward period.

We realized early on that needed to make sense of the chaos and we determined that we required new solutions to meet new challenges and I think this is the greatest lesson that we learned at Harbor Real Estate during the Global Financial Crisis. Innovation and the ability to learn relevant to circumstances will always prevail regardless of what the circumstances are. This is the first time any of us had experienced a globally crippling pandemic and our experience, innovation and adaptability allowed us to keep serving our clients.

I recall the executive team discussing the Great Depression of 1929 whereby the first mistake that many companies made was to downsize their client servicing workforce. This action essentially compounded their problems because it affected service delivery and strangled revenue generation. This was one thing that we at Harbor Real Estate refused to do and during the course of the pandemic, we have actually grown our workforce by 38% and consequently managed to grow the portfolios we manage by more than 30%.

On the cost side, it was important to modify the business to reflect a more variable cost structure. Fortunately, we had always been conscious of overheads, particularly those that were fixed in nature and re-structuring the business to minimize those fixed costs was not too difficult to achieve. So, the focus was really on revenue generation complemented by realistic cost control measures designed to enhance productivity, not strangle operations.

Finally, it was about people. To develop and maintain a competitive edge any business must have a team dedicated to providing the best they possibly can for their clients. This includes not just generating the solutions but executing and delivering on promises as well. Harbor’s success can be attributed directly to the efforts of its people and I am so thankful to the Harbor Real Estate Team for their resilience and commitment during this difficult period.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness? 

I am active on all the key social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tiktok, Linkedin, and Youtube. I’m glad that my efforts in producing relevant content for my followers consistently have paid off and today I have over 2.5M followers across my official verified social media accounts.

What is your experience with paid advertising, like PPC or sponsored content campaigns? Does it work? 

There are so many variables that must be considered to determine whether a particular advertising approach is successful or not. What works for one organization will be totally different from what works for another organization. There are no set formulae for success.

At Harbor Real Estate, we believe that to really get to know our brand, you must meet it face to face. That’s why, in addition to my social media platforms and attendance at a wide variety of live seminars and conferences, we introduced the television program MEMAAR.

MEMAAR was the first-of-its-kind property reality TV show in the Middle East. The show is broadcasted exclusively on Dubai TV, part of the Dubai Media Incorporated and viewers can also follow the show online through awaan.ae.

The show was created to provide insights into the machinations of Dubai’s Real Estate industry in an entertaining yet informative way. We all know that Dubai is a preferred Real Estate investment destination with celebrities, successful entrepreneurs and the business elite from all over the world. The show allows the average viewer to appreciate the considerations, opportunities, and eventual decisions required to make a sound and lucrative purchase as the journey from the initial idea or need to the eventual purchase is captured on film and presented to the viewer in an engaging and entertaining format.

Even though the show features celebrities or high net worth individuals, it is interesting to note that many of the challenges and concerns that arise and are dealt with on the show are shared and relevant to the everyday property investor as well, whether they are a potential owner occupier or landlord in the making.

What is your main tactic when it comes to making more people aware of your brand? How did your business stand out? 

It’s all about credibility, consistency, and constancy. My favorite 3 C’s.

I have said many times that I believe my value as a professional who has built a strong communication platform is in the field of Real Estate. I am not going to profess to be an expert on cars or fashion. That would not be credible.

In addition, I must be consistent. There are principles that I conduct my business by and I must abide by them at all times. I must be consistent in that what I recommend to people is based upon my best judgment, not what I believe my audience wants to hear.

And I strive to be ubiquitous or omnipresent. I want to be there when my clients or potential clients need me. I will not be a friend only for the good times, but I will be with you during the bad times as well. In this way, constancy will enhance my credibility and consistency.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years? 

Digital marketing including social media would be the obvious answer, but satisfying my clients and having them be advocates for Harbor Real Estate is by far the most valuable marketing medium that I have ever invested in.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months? 

Surprisingly, there haven’t been any particularly tough decisions. There have been many decisions and many challenges but, with great support from the executive team, decisions have been relatively straightforward once we applied logic and common sense.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)? 

The biggest mistake I made regarding money in the early days was actually worrying too much about money. This can be debilitating and stop you from thinking creatively and logically.

Put simply, if you fully focus on understanding the problem, identifying the right solution, and implementing it properly, the money will take care of itself.

What new business would you love to start? 

I’m so in love with real estate which is why I’m always investing and expanding across various geographies and asset classes in the field of real estate. On the other hand, given the major improvement in technology that the world is witnessing, I have been investing in tech companies and I’m in the process of launching a real estate focused Fintech firm.

 If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently? 

SLOW DOWN! I know it sounds strange but the overwhelming urge when I started out was that everything had to be done in the next hour!

With experience, you realize that every issue, challenge, or roadblock needs to be carefully considered and there is usually time to do that. Sometimes, to ’sleep on an issue’ resulted in much better solutions.

Also, I learned very quickly to explore multiple solutions to a problem. There will always be a logical ‘first’ solution. I learned with experience to try and come up with multiple solutions and either choose the best or see if a hybrid solution might work better.

 What is the best advice you have ever been given? 

Listen actively. If you are talking, you are not listening.

Empathy is key in my business. If people are looking to me for leadership or counsel, I must truly understand them and their situation. I can only do this if I listen actively.

 What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

The most important thing to do as a young entrepreneur is to be yourself.

Be yourself and be confident with who you are and what you can achieve. I believe that every entrepreneur must develop his or her own style to be consistent with who they are as a person and what they stand for. It’s virtually impossible to copy or emulate somebody else and maintain your credibility over the medium or long term. People are generally very astute at detecting someone who is not genuine.

I try to learn continuously. No person, entrepreneur or otherwise, is the encyclopedia of all subjects. I can learn from anybody as long as I am willing to. While I try to learn from others around the world, I recognize that the true assessors of my capability and success are my clients. It is their opinion that really counts.

Of course, there are fundamental personality traits and behaviors which must always be observed … honesty, transparency, consistency, good communication skills. But I still maintain that being yourself is your biggest asset.

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Meet The Man Behind The Cover Of The February 2021 Issue Of The Global Millionaire: Dr. DL Wallace

Dr. DL Wallace is the CEO and Founder of SimplySuccess.com (aka Success Training Institute), which is an Education Technology that offers professionals from all walks of life the ability to learn and earn with its mobile-friendly training platform. The company offers certification courses in numerous core business competencies known as “soft skills”; which current trends show are most critical to business success.

Leadership, team building, sales, conflict resolution, and overcoming adversity are just a few of the courses designed to boost social, emotional, and workplace effectiveness. The subscription-based membership also allows professionals to earn money by referring the corporate services of Simply Success to business leaders in their respective networks. In addition, paying subscribers can activate scholarships for the less fortunate simply by completing the online certification programs. This cause-based approach to training allows each customer to contribute to the advancement of those in need.

Global Millionaire magazine recently caught up with Dr. DL Wallace to discuss his journey as an entrepreneur and here’s what went down:

1. Could you please tell our readers about your background and about your motivation for launching your business?

I started my first business venture as a junior in college at Baylor University. This is when I discovered my passion for innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship. After college, I excelled in Corporate America and was blessed to retire at the age of 32. This led me back to my early passions for developing great business enterprises.

Being fascinated by technology, I wanted to create online tools to empower the masses with the skills you don’t learn in college. I wanted to bridge the gap for business-minded professionals with on-demand training that actually produced the desired results. This led to the development of Simplysuccess.com; which allows people from all walks of life to gain certifications that boost their resumes, earnings potential, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Today, our company has a presence in multiple countries across four continents.

2. What makes your business model unique?

It’s our focus on philanthropy. We are the only company in the Education Technology space that offers a one-to-one match with our educational and training products. This means when our paying customers earn certifications through our online platform, we donate training scholarships to those less fortunate.

Here’s the impact of the model: As our customers are growing personally and professionally by earning certifications in Leadership, Sales, Team Building, Conflict Resolution, and more, they are automatically empowering at-risk teens, victims of domestic violence, single parents living in poverty, disabled veterans and other members of society who would not otherwise be able to afford this type of training.

3. Can you describe your typical client?

We serve both corporate and retail clients. Our typical corporate clients include school districts, colleges and universities, and companies looking to improve retention and productivity. We work with all types of corporate clients because every organization needs quality training programs that are customized to suit specific needs.

Our retail clients include a variety of business professionals who are looking to both boost their skills and earn extra money. We have a program that allows them to earn commissions by referring corporate clients. It’s very popular because it encourages them to turn their contacts into contracts. Our retail clients can even enroll in programs to become certified trainers within our network; which allows them to earn money by training for us in live and online settings. This program alone helps us attract professionals from all backgrounds and industries.

4. How has the global pandemic impacted your company?

Being an online Ed Tech company, our business has thrived like never before during the pandemic. We offer Virtual Internship Programs for college students seeking work experience, mobile-friendly training business professionals and everything we do is online. Therefore, the demand for our services is at an all-time high.

Most of the world has been forced to make a major shift in their approach to doing business in order to ensure the health and safety of their employees and clients. Our company is helping usher in this new era of online training and development. People are now seeing the power, convenience, and effectiveness of learning and earning remotely and our company is definitely benefiting.

5. What business achievements do you cherish most?

First, is our customer satisfaction rate because business is all about managing the customer experience. Over 97 percent of our clients rate their experience with Simply Success as exceptional. That means a lot to me. It shows that our products, processes, and personnel consistently exceed customer expectations.

Next, would be the development of the SIPS Instructional Method. This is a process we pioneered and perfected. It’s the art of delivering impactful, video-based training in 8 minutes or less. People want to grow professionally but don’t have time for hour-long webinars and boring presentations. They need power-packed, high energy training segments that complement rather than compete with their busy lifestyles. Our training method accomplishes that and much more. It’s one of the reasons our programs are so popular.

Last and certainly not least, it’s the people we’ve been able to help through our Global Success Initiative. This is where we provide training scholarships to those in need. Sometimes, we hear back from the recipients and they tell us how the access to our training helped them get a better job or a promotion. In other cases, we hear how our training programs have boosted their confidence or helped them become better parents. I’m always encouraged to know we’re making such a difference in the world.

6. What is your most valuable personality trait and why is it so important to your success?

That’s easy! Creativity. In business, it’s important to stay on the cutting edge. New ideas, new process and always improving is critical. Everyone has been blessed with creativity but not everyone uses it. For me, ideas don’t leave my head until I act on them. By implementing rather than just talking about great ideas, our company stays ahead of the pack.

7. As a business leader, how would you like to be remembered and why?

My goal has always been to help make the lives of people better. I enjoy being an agent for change. Our company was designed to help people achieve success because success makes people feel better about themselves. I’d like to be regarded as a leader who brings out the best in everyone I meet and in everyone who experiences our services.

8. Who are your role models/mentors and how have they helped you succeed in business?

I’ve had the privilege of exceptional professional mentorship and have been fortunate to interact with some of the world’s wealthiest and most successful business leaders. However, there has never been a role model that has made a greater impact on me than my parents. My father and mother gave me all the love, support, guidance, and preparation needed to prepare me for success in life. Their profound influence on me can be seen in every aspect of my life. I thank GOD for blessing me with the best parents on the planet!

My work ethic, patience, and focus are all attributes I learned from my dad. Attention to detail, commitment and drive to help others are just a few of the traits I learned from my mother. They both made sure I was grounded spiritually, taught me the importance of character and integrity, and never discouraged my big dreams and aspirations. Most people don’t realize the magnitude of being raised by exceptional parents. It impacts everything, including business success. They cultivated my confidence and provided the environment that allowed me to reach my full potential and I’m forever grateful.

9. What is the most important advice you could give to an aspiring entrepreneur?

This one is easy. Become great at doing what you love. We all have something we were born to do. However, most professionals chase money by doing things they don’t love; not realizing they could make far more money by focusing on their passions, their gifts, and their unique talents. Some would call this risky but it’s gratifying. The bigger risk is neglecting your true talents and wasting time doing things that don’t inspire you. Entrepreneurs need one-track minds to succeed and if you’re going to think about one thing, it may as well be the thing you love most.