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leadership is one of the biggest responsibilities one can have with Jesse Meester

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Jesse Meester, born December 21, 1992 in Amsterdam, has built a track-record with international clients on various levels. He started out as a young entrepreneur, psychology student, and actor after his service in the military. At the age of 24, he became a public speaker, engaging audiences on issues like psychology, sociology, and creating a positive mindset. He found that his psychology training helped him in resonating with characters as an actor. More so than drama or acting school, studying psychological behavior helped Jesse embody characters like its second nature.

Jesse is also a personal trainer and life coach. His website, meesterPT.com aspires to educate his clients in the larger philosophy of : “body, mind & psychology.” This led to a 2 page publication in one of the Netherlands’ biggest newspapers, AD, in May 2016. In 2017, he created caffemeester.com, a merchandise and coffee company where he sells internationally to his fans.


Today, Jesse is a public figure creating daily content on his social media outlets, interviews, film and TV. His entrepreneurial and acting endeavors are his primary focus. Jesse is always moving. He continues to look for the distinctive ability to speak in front of the camera. In 2016, he appeared in the U.S. on scripted reality TV shows and as a social media influencer, who has millions of followers on different platforms.

Jesse started a full-time Bachelor of Applied Psychology in 2014 and will receive his degree in 2019. Growth, distinctiveness, integrity and passion are key concepts in how he keeps innovating, not just as an entrepreneur, but moreover, as a person.

Source: www.imdb.me/jessemeester

 

‘Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?’

 

My prior successes include being the winner of the Dutch Fitness Awards 2018 with the highest rating in the city of Amsterdam. Also speaking on big stages with high performing entrepreneurs, but also schools, nursing homes, veteran homes and even senior facilities about loneliness. I started my own coaching company www.meesterpt.com in 2010 and coffee company in 2018 in alignment with the core values of the MeesterPT values of “Body, Mind & Psychology”. Growing that company into a world wide creditable brand offering services for body and mind with an applied psychological approach and also selling merchandise at www.caffemeester.com through e-commerce.

 

Being the kid who was always told he’d never graduate college, now being asked to speak in front of thousands of people last month was quite fun. I faced multiple challenges throughout my life. Whether it was due to being the underdog, being bullied or being ridiculed, for years I carried self-limiting beliefs with me wherever I went.

 

Even when I gained confidence, there was always someone attempting to dim my light. “Too many snakes in my grass”, as they say. Other challenges included people constantly thinking I was too loud, too vivacious, or bothered by my positive vibes. Throughout my life, people were always trying to pull me down and once I gained success I started seeing that my closest friends were actually my worst enemies. They were intimidated by me, which only goes to show how threatened they felt by my conviction and successes being self-employed and them wanting to take that away from me by lies, manipulation and me falling for it. Even in my own relationship where I ended up paying for someone else’s debt.

 

Some of my major responsibilities resolved about being self-employed as a young-adult, traveling the world, and managing my company abroad for which I was leading and employing coaches internationally. In my current business, I am responsible for everything because it’s my business and I oversee every department of every single operation. As an actor – which is my primary passion with my MeesterPT business – I continue to distinguish myself and have to find balance in all areas of life.

 

I always have to be several steps ahead of the game – whether it’s in my business or in my acting career – so that I’m always at the forefront of change with people that want to take away from my brand. I always have to be a leader – even on the days I feel off or unwell. On the days I don’t feel like being a leader, I still show up and push forward because that’s what leadership requires. That’s why leadership is one of the biggest responsibilities one can have.

 

‘Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up?’

I remember this moment like it was yesterday. After leaving the military I was just starting out my business without any preparation and getting more and more into debt. I had no mentors, no support system and no direction. I failed hard. I was preparing myself to declare bankruptcy. I was lost. I was scared. I was broke and I was broken. In those dark times, terrifying and lonesome moments of my life, I almost accepted failure. I almost decided to finally accept that what everyone had been saying to me my whole life was true: I wasn’t good enough; I wasn’t going to make it. I felt like all I could do is to just finish my psychology degree, not pursue acting or entrepreneurship and just work a corporate 9-5 job. In other words, I was on the brink of allowing everyone else’s pessimistic predictions of my future to come true. I felt hopeless.

 

In that same moment, however, I realized that this is exactly what I needed to happen. I needed to hit rock bottom so that I could find the motivation to change my story. Even though I came close to accepting defeat and giving up, I chose not to surrender. I chose to take the other path, the one where I don’t give up on my dream.

 

So, I went home, started studying psychology again, and started thinking outside the box. I also stopped looking at what people were doing, and started looking at all the success stories from people I coached and helped at MeesterPT. Was I losing myself in the process of helping others? I started looking at what was missing. I was getting fancy, instead of following trends, I knew this was the time in my life when I had to become the real leader.

 

Through self-assessment, I fell back into alignment with my core strengths and I found myself again. The better version of myself surfaced. I returned to MeesterPT as someone who felt certain about his skills and truly believed in what he had to offer. This allowed me to enter my speaking, entrepreneurship and acting with raw power, raw strength, clarity and unwavering conviction.

Nathan Ray Ortega is the founder of influencer podcasts. Nathan helps those share their great story, by helping entrepreneurs, authors, influencers, millionaires and many more get on podcasts and tv shows around the world, his passion is to help share the stories of the few to impact the lives of the many. Nathan had to overcome many obstacles during his journey, from having 16 different jobs at age 20 to being homeless and sleeping in a car with his pregnant girlfriend, and even changing in public bathrooms for 2 months, but during that time Nathan stayed motivated and listened to many powerful stories that changed his life for the better. Nathan thanks the power of podcasting for motivating him to push further with every episode of entrepreneurship. ''Life is never a straight road, we have to face unknown obstacles, many emotional experiences, and life-changing habits, to get to where we need to be.'' - Nathan Ray Ortega

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Meet Andrew Ragusa: The Real Estate Investor Who Wants To Give Back To People Around Him

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For many people, college is not the way to find financial freedom. Though we are pressured from a young age to attend college and get a good education to help get a better job in life, for some it is not the only pathway to success. This is what Andrew Ragusa discovered, perhaps a bit too late, when beginning his business career.
“I went to college because my parents and everyone else told me that was the right thing to do, and $60k in debt later as well as a bunch of promises by the college recruiter that they will help me get a job, I was a secretary in a physician’s office with a Master Degree in Health Care Administration making about 30k annually and was passed up on every job transfer I applied for.” Andrew recounts.
Soon after this, Andrew realized that his path had led him to a career he was not interested in, with few opportunities to increase his lot in life and use his degree to its fullest potential. He wanted to try and do something new so he decided to try real estate. He did not think that it would become much more than a side gig, but he soon realized that he could really make a living off of doing it.
“Once I got started in real estate and saw the potential; I never looked back. Throughout the growing pains of starting a business I had people supporting me and pushing me while I tried to find my place in the world.” Andrew explains.
Since beginning his career in real estate, Andrew has taken off. He now owns a real estate brokerage and a large fund that invests in real estate flips. He has been recognized in numerous ways for his success in the real estate industry.
“When I was working as a Realtor, I was having great success from my ability to sell property higher than most agents for sellers who hired me. On the buyer side, I was being so aggressive with the listing agent that my buyer clients were first in line all the time and were getting the homes they loved. At one point, my past clients and many of the doctors I used to work with started to reach out to me asking for me to find them investment properties. One day I woke up earlier than usual and I was laying in bed while an idea was forming, I realised instead of trying to find investments for everyone, I should just create a great investment!” Andrew states.
And create a great investment he did. Andrew’s fund has secured returns for his investors on an average of 20%, surpassing most other passive income investments. Because Andrew has achieved such massive success and recognition for his work, he plans on giving it back to others to help them achieve their own success.
“The fund has had an incredible unintended result for the people involved, not only was the investor benefiting remarkably but the contractors involved in the property renovations grew their businesses by a lot. My partner and I ended up employing over 25 families to get the work done to these houses.”
What inspired him to help people was his own success, but he also wanted to pay forward the kind of mentality and financial support that was provided to him when he wanted to begin his career.
“My goal is to provide over 1000 families with work and opportunity by 2025 after seeing the impact we had on the lives of these workers. I want to share the love that was given to me by so many loving people and create an abundant life for my circle and all those who become a part of this growing movement!” Andrew exclaims.
For his next project, Andrew hopes to grow both his real estate brokerage and the investment fund. The more properties he is able to acquire, the more work he can provide for people and share the wealth that he creates with everyone involved. His goal is to flip more than 25 houses a year, using the assets given to him to create more opportunities for both the people working on the homes and the families that trust him to grow their investments.
“The next big thing I am working on right now is the investment fund and growing the brokerage. The fund took some time to get started because what I am doing is pretty unique and hasn’t been done before as far as I know but we are ready to start. Normally when people invest in a RE fund they would receive monthly dividends from rent collections and a lump sum when the building is sold down the road. My fund is going to buy properties and renovate them to be resold on the market at a higher value and I want to pay the investors lump sums everytime a property sells. My goal is for the fund to be flipping so many houses that I am able to pay investors on a quarterly basis, all while providing work for more families with my businesses and all the other businesses we collaborate with.” Andrew says.
If you would like to learn more about Andrew’s goal to help 1000 families and his real estate businesses, you can check out his Instagram page here. Andrew was recently featured on Yahoo! Finance Top Entrepreneurs to Follow During COVID-19.
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Why Travis Guterman Is Set to Be The Go To Manager For Entertainers and YouTubers

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Travis Guterman has always found immense satisfaction and gratification in helping his clients reach their financial goals. He is in the business management business, and acts essentially as a personal CFO for YouTubers, pro athletes, and entertainers. It truly is a dream scenario for Guterman, as his passions growing up were in both business and entertainment. In fact, he basically plays the real life role of the financial advisor for the character Vince in one of his favorite shows, Entourage. 

Growing up in Los Angeles, it did not come as a surprise to Guterman that he found his calling in the entertainment industry. He grew up in a Jewish household that placed importance on integrity, giving, and education. With such a positive upbringing, his work ethic and desire to be successful was strong from a young age. In high school, he spent his summers interning with Merrill Lynch and taking business classes at a local community college. 

His work ethic and passion for business carried over to his life after graduating from college, as he would work in finance and business for a major, well established firm and for a startup. The skills he learned at these two distinctly different ventures would help him immensely in his career, and his transition into working for celebrities was quick. In a very competitive industry, he was able to build a stable client list before the age of 30 whereas most of his competition was well into their 50s.

With all of the success he has had thus far, Guterman still values failure. He understands that setbacks are a part of life, and he believes that almost no one can say that they have had careers that have ended up exactly how they would have expected at the exact time they thought they would. With so much uncertainty in life, Guterman has always sought to improve himself and be better than he was the day before in order to be ready for anything life throws at him. He is adamant about sharing his successes, as he is always looking to inspire others and finds it important to let them know that failure is just as prevalent and important as success in life. 

Guterman has put his tremendous ability and work ethic to work, and coupled it with an ability to see an emerging digital market for what it truly is. While many others in his industry shy away from the digital industry and social media, he gravitates towards this demographic of clients and enjoys working with them, knowing that social media and YouTube are only just getting their start. He has always been able to capitalize on what life has thrown at him, and he has no signs of slowing down as he strives for greatness each and every day. 

 

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Why Graham Byers Has Been Unemployable Since High School

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For Graham Byers, the idea was pretty simple. While money may not buy happiness, being broke doesn’t either. The only difference is that achieving financial freedom is far less stressful, so he set his mind to growing a business to the point where he could be free. Even at a young age, he knew he was never meant to have a normal desk job, or even a normal life for that matter.

As a kid, Byers would flip things on eBay and Craigslist to make money for himself on the side, opting to hustle on his own rather than spend time at a part time, minimum wage job. From that point on, his mind was set on finding a way to make a living out of working for himself. Once he saw how his family struggled with the 2008 recession, he knew it was time to take action.

During his time in college, he and his business partner would constantly scheme up ways to make money online, but did not gain any traction with anything. Once he graduated, however, things began to change. He found a breakthrough with an e-commerce business, and was able to scale it rather quickly to the point where he was able to exit the business after only a year of starting it. 

Having already sold his first company just a short time after graduating college, Byers quickly found himself with more freedom than he ever imagined. His instinct to work towards building a business for himself paid off big time, and he was quick to take advantage of his newfound freedom. He relocated to Puerto Rico with his business partner, where he still works on his two other businesses in real estate and e-commerce. 

While Byers is grateful for the dream life he is able to live today, it has certainly not come without sacrifices and mental toughness. In times when his business was not growing, he only worked harder. When it was not certain whether his venture would be a success or complete flop, he kept grinding. From the outside, his journey from college graduate to successful business owner seems pretty straightforward. But, it certainly did not come without his fair share of setbacks and bumps in the road. What kept him going was his constant desire to be free and live the life he wanted to live, and he has been able to see it come to fruition as a result. It may be easy to see his life and become envious, but understand one thing: Work as hard as Graham Byers did, and you can live your dream life too. 

 

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