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We had the pleasure of interviewing Raul Villacis from The Edge. Raul has started a global wave of male re-empowerment. As an entrepreneur and a man who believes in the power of family, Raul knows the difficulties men face as they try to find balance in being business leaders, family men and role models. He knows what it’s like to pursue balance while trying to find strategies to boost life to the next level. His determination and drive are fueled by an overwhelming desire to bring about tangible change. After years of research and personal experience, Raul has developed a unique and powerful approach to help individuals create balance, find purpose and infuse creativity into their lives. His highly successful professional development brand, “The Next Level Experience” focuses on helping entrepreneurs, CEOs and celebrities devise a system to regain the balance in their lives and create success in any economy. Raul is a highly successful entrepreneur with over fourteen years of business experience. As the CEO of minority-owned and operated, ARG Advisors, a real estate firm based in Connecticut and New York, he led the company to consistently market and sell over $100 million per year in distressed real estate. His acumen working with top financial institutions caused the Wall Street Journal to dub ARG as “One of the Nation’s Top Real Estate Firms”. Raul can relate to business owners and companies because of his own success keeping ARG strong and profitable through the financial meltdown. Raul has also co-authored books with Steve Forbes and Brian Tracy. He believes The EDGE stems from having the capacity to execute while others sit on the sidelines and wait. Learn how you can get the EDGE at www.TheNextLevelExperience.com

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Disrupt Magazine Tony Delgado, is a Puerto Rican American software developer, businessman, activist and philanthropist. Delgado is also the host of the Disrupt Podcast where he interviews the most disruptive business owners, leaders and change makers in the world. Tony Delgado is best known as the founder, and chief executive officer of The Disrupt Foundation, a social impact movement to grow Puerto Rico’s technology ecosystem and host of the semi-annual Disrupt Puerto Rico Conference. Tony Delgado has also helped mentor thousands of students, create financial freedom, all from the comfort of his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Revitalizing The Global Economy Through Profitable Business Ownership With Entrepreneur

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The world was caught unprepared by the current coronavirus pandemic that is affecting the lives of billions of people around the world. It already claimed millions of lives worldwide. Measures to contain the spread of the illness have forced governments to shut down trade and activity in many cities across the globe. Airports, factories, shopping centers, hotels, and schools are examples of these closures. Although quarantine measures are helping in containing the disease, it is leaving its mark on the global economy. Closure of many businesses has crippled the global economy and left millions of workers without a job.

Due to the closure of many industries, millions worldwide are left without any source of livelihood.  In the United States alone, government figures showed that about 30 million Americans are seeking unemployment benefits after they were laid off by their companies. The impact of the pandemic on the global economy is tremendous, and experts predict that it will take years to recover.

But as Albert Einstein said before, “in every crisis, lies great opportunity.” It is a hint that there are some positive aspects in these difficult times. Derik Jensen Paatan, the founder of Lead Altitude, offered insight into how to put the global economy on the road to recovery. Paatan believes that business ownership in essential services is the crucial ingredient in reviving the global economy due to the shock brought by the pandemic.

Entrepreneurship Drives Economic Growth 

Undoubtedly, the world will wince in pain from the negative impact of the pandemic. But Paatan sees an opportunity for entrepreneurs to bolster the global economy. Paatan said that by creating innovative business ventures in essential and emerging concept service verticals, entrepreneurs could kick-start the economy. After all, entrepreneurship helps stimulate the economy by providing new wealth that, in turn, will increase the national income.

Some people might ask if it is the right time to start a business at the beginning of a recession. The answer is actually yes. Paatan said that challenging situations such as recession create new problems. And when there is a problem, there is an opportunity to build a business that offers a solution. Some entrepreneurs can reposition their businesses to address the situation. He added that, like in our case today, most countries are implementing stay-at-home policies, so business ideas that can provide the basic needs of people without leaving the comfort of their homes will be thriving. And indeed, delivery and service-oriented ventures are flourishing during these difficult times. He continued that if there is a demand, there is always an opportunity to do business.

Paatan said that entrepreneurship creates employment, which in turn provides purchasing power to workers. The more people are buying, the more the economy is getting a boost. Paatan shared that is the reason why during the Great Depression, the US government went on to build Hoover Dam. The infrastructure project employed thousands of workers and revitalized many companies for the needed materials. 

Who Is Derik Jensen Paatan?

Paatan is a well-known Franchise & Investor lead generation expert in North America and around the world. Paatan has helped many businesses lead generation, email marketing, and public relations. “I started my career in the direct response industry in 2012. At the same time, I was grinding my craft in multiple sectors, including health coaching, search engine optimization for SaaS, SaaS business development, high-level coaching, and mortgage brokers.

Then, a client came back to thank him for the positive results and ROI because of the work that they provided the client. “It was a turning point in my life. It paved the way to start my journey in the franchise and business acquisition vertical,” Paatan said. He realized that compared to other verticals, there were many opportunities to position himself in that business space. In 2019, Paatan co-founded Lead Altitude, an online direct response lead generation agency. The company is helping the franchise industry connect with business buyers and sellers in North America and across the globe. More than a year later, the agency has a scalable service within the industry to serve 100 clients towards the end of the year. “We are eyeing to double that capacity by next year. With each client at least making one to two deals per year, that would be over 100 businesses established. And will be a big help in assisting the economic rebound,” he added.

Best B2B Client Attraction

Paatan said that the agency is specialized in assisting franchise brands and business brokers in scaling their brand in the United States and other areas around the world. “We provide the best-in-class business to business client attraction strategies for franchisors, business financing partners, and business brokers,” he added.

The company aims to ensure its clients that the time they spend interacting with other businesses will provide the highest financial return. “On average, our outreach methodologies can generate three to four new businesses annually per client. We are the only service provider with guaranteed campaign service options and the most competitive cost per placement,” Paatan said.

Final Thoughts

Currently, Lead Altitude has made thousands of lead generation for business buyers and sellers around the world. Each client deal they help closed is one step further in creating profitable business ownerships that could spark the revival of the global economy. They are helping the world in making an economic rebound, one deal at a time. 

To learn more about how Lead Altitude can help you in lead generation, visit their website today at https://www.leadaltitude.com/ or send Direk Jensen Paatan a message at [email protected].

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Olumide Gbenro is growing the World’s largest community of Digital Nomads

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Olumide Gbenro, also known as The Globopreneur™, is a multilingual businessman who has grown and monetized the brands of world-class Entrepreneurs, Influencers, and Startups. Olumide Gbenro has built a global network of influence, all from his laptop in Bali, and his personal brand spans to every continent.

Olumide is the founder of Digital Nomad Summit, growing the world’s largest community of Digital Nomads. Currently based in Bali, Indonesia, his reason for starting his venture was because when he arrived in Bali after traveling three years as a Digital Nomad, he found it challenging to connect with a like-minded community of entrepreneurs. He was quick to realize it wasn’t all sunsets and beach life. There were moments of loneliness and challenges in working from a new environment, so he wanted to create a place where online entrepreneurs of all levels could feel a sense of belonging in a community.

He faced immense hardship during his childhood and experienced rock bottom three years ago, where he started with humble beginnings as a Digital Nomad. He couch surfed while hustling all day and night using laptops he borrowed from friends and lived off oatmeal, living in complete survival mode to the point where his body became weak and fragile. Olumide never gave up hope knowing he was working towards a bigger vision and brighter future for himself. A stark contrast to the finer and more luxurious amenities enjoys today.

Today I had the privilege of sitting down with Olumide to ask him three quick-fire questions around his lifestyle and business.

“You are well-respected in the global community for your ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Can you share more on how you did this and how it has helped you?”

“I go into relationships not expecting anything at all, only providing value to people I have a genuine interest in and would work with regardless of monetary gain. I truly believe value attracts money, and if you build a relationship with the intent of value-driven outcomes from the beginning, success will follow”.

“Many Entrepreneurs fall into the trap of thinking they can do everything alone. Why do you believe community is so important?”

“I truly believe it takes a village to be successful. We need a community to create valuable things in our society, and during tough times, we need others to lean on. From knowing where to renew your passport or even just need someone to connect with after staring at our screens for too long, the community is what soothes our human soul and keeps us moving forward”.

“What is your top tip for aspiring Digital Nomads?” the trap of thinking they can do everything alone. Why do you believe community is so important?”

“Be sure to balance work with fun. And most importantly, you have a guaranteed and solid source of income, so you aren’t simply working to survive and instead are thriving as you travel and work. I’m also a firm believer in “slow travel,” staying in one city for 2-3 months at a time (if laws permit) and getting to know the locals and culture, instead of merely taking advantage of the geographic arbitrage of online income”.

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A 6 Year Old with A Dream To Be An Up And Coming Global DJ! Where Is Sean Kilkenny Today?

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Sean Kilkenny has always had a passion for music. From an early age he was inspired and looked up to people in the music industry. At age six, he followed DJs on Radio Disney and would call in to talk to them every day, even if that meant waking up at 5:30 in the morning. These mornings had a big impact on Sean.

“Ever since I was a little boy I had a keen sense of music and entertainment. When I was just 6 years old I would set my alarm every morning to wake up at 5:30am so that I could call into Radio DIsney and talk to the radio hosts. I had found a “sweet spot” of when I could call in and actually talk to the disk jockeys before the phone lines got busy. At just 6 years old I was being featured on Radio Disney and would talk on the air with the hosts almost every day. They called me DJ Sean O and although for them it was just a fun cute thing with a 6 year old at the early hours of the morning, for me it was so much more. Little did they know the impact those mornings had on me and how it would end up shaping the course of my life in the entertainment business forever.” Recounts Sean.

From that moment on, Sean knew that his life would be defined by music and that this was something he wanted to pursue. His first attempt as a DJ went terribly wrong, but this did not stop him from continuing to try and reach his goals.

“I spent countless hours practicing and preparing and when I showed up at my first real gig a bunch of kids from my middle school went there to laugh and tease me. They made such a scene that McDonald’s kindly asked me to cancel and leave. I felt humiliated and almost completely threw in the towel with my dream of being a DJ, but a fire kept burning inside of me and I didn’t quit. I pushed harder and let my passion for music and events and the teasing fuel me to keep going.” Remembers Sean.

At 16, Sean got his big break and the opportunity to begin hosting his own events, which he realized was the only way he was going to make it to the next level. He did not have the funding to host his own parties, but he knew that the local radio station did, so he set up a meeting with them and got their support.

“After meeting with the program director and sharing everything I had organized and planned, he decided to sponsor me and backed me both financially and legally. With the radio station now backing me and my event it was full speed ahead. Over a thousand people attended my first event and it was wildly successful. I went on to host multiple events with the radio station backing me till I was over 18.” Explains Sean.

From this moment on, Sean has amassed a massive following on social media. The events that he has hosted have only gotten larger and more impressive. He even scored a brand partnership with a drink that has helped him generate more revenue. Sean hopes to keep pushing the envelope further and plans to become a global music festival DJ.

“I am currently bouncing back and forth between Arizona and California and my dream is to perform at music festivals around the world. I play all genres but my specialty is in Electronic Dance Music or EDM for short. In the midst of my DJ career, I started promoting an energy drink called Verve. Every time I DJ’d and got on stage I brought up a can of Verve with me to promote it. I ended up being a brand partner with the company from 2012 to 2015 and my direct enroller-tree sales generated over 2 million dollars in revenue. I became a DJ for the company and performed at their 2013 convention at the Mirage in Las Vegas in front of 10,000 people. I have a great relationship with the CEO Bk Boreyko and have worked at multiple other events for their company.” Says Sean.

If you would like to find out more about Sean, you can follow him on Instagram @seankilkennyofficial.

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