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Mark Neilson Shares Tips on What It Takes To Become a Successful Entrepreneur

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Parents struggling to make ends meet for their children is familiar among many families, and Mark Neilson’s family wasn’t any different. He watched his parents struggle to put food on the table and cater to their other needs. Having a mother who did odd jobs to supplement his father’s fishing income taught him that he had to work hard to make it in life. Although they weren’t rich, he learned the virtue of honesty and hard work from the example his parents set for him. Mark knew that if he was to build a better life, he had to work very hard and maintain honesty all through.

Early Life Journey

Mark grew up in a trailer based out of Alaska. Although his parents tried everything to give them a good life, it wasn’t enough. They still struggled. This formed the basis for Mark Neilson to want to build a better life for himself. He ventured into entrepreneurship while still young and living in Alaska. His family started a firework stand. The relocation to Utah at 9 didn’t kill Mark’s entrepreneurial dreams. He continued by selling Christmas trees during the festive seasons and selling other products in other seasons like lemonade during the summertime.

They lived in Utah until his teenage years when he decided to leave and find another home. While still with his parents, he tried to help them in their business. Through this, he was able to better his entrepreneurial skills, skills he later used to thrive in his environment. He first left Utah to go on a mission trip that ended up igniting in him the need to help other people achieve success. He realized that his success would come from their success. Mark also realized that he needed a different setting for his dreams. He set out to look for a new place that would feel like home to him and traveled to different states including Washington and California. He ended up settling in San Jose, where he currently resides.

Work and Achievements

Mark Neilson has a business in the insurance sector. For over ten years, he has been providing exceptional services in that industry and has grown to become a force to be reckoned with. Although seeking employment was a possibility for him, he decided to start his own business because he didn’t want a limited income. He wanted to earn as much as he could work for. He didn’t depend on his abilities either. He accepted help from others when he could and had mentors he worked with.

Mark Neilson has achieved many accolades during the ten years he has been in business. He has been an AO Rolex Recipient, AO squire, and AO knight, First to break $7,000,000 in AO Regional in one year, first producer in AO to net $150,000 in one month, and first in AO Regional Manager to net $400,000 in production in a week. He was also Producer of the Year in 2013, Number Four Manager in 2017 2017 AO Leader of the Year, and again AO Leader of the Year the following year. He also an Only Diamond Club Member, Million Dollar Club Member, four times Presidents Club Member, seven times Gold Club Member, three times Founders Club Member, and two times Monthly Producer Record Holder.

Advice on Success

Mark Neilson attributed his success to his hard work, professional work ethics, and his mentors. He advises upcoming entrepreneurs to understand that success doesn’t happen instantly but instead takes time. He also advises them to keep going, especially when it gets tough. Another tip is for new entrepreneurs to develop a passion for learning and to listen to the advice given by mentors. The mentors have been through the journey and know what it takes to get to where you want to be. Loving others is also essential because it is the only way you’ll be able to prioritize their needs and do what’s best for your clients.

One thing that is evident in Mark Neilson’s journey is hard work. For him, that is the only way to achieve anything he wants. He is always ready to put in the time and effort, do whatever has to be done to finish the job at hand. He also enjoys helping others and derives his success from their success.

Josue Arteaga is a 20 yr old Branding Expert and Ventur Capitalist. As the Vice President of Disrupt Media, his aim is to disrupt how personal branding is done through marketing tools like Social Media, Press, and Podcast in a unique way. Josue has worked with clients worth over $100m, celebs, and the worlds biggest entrepreneur influencers like Ed Mylett, Julius Dien, etc. As for as investing his owns and manages $2m in rev/yearly in meat markets and is expanding with his goal to own 1,000 meat markets and generate one billion in annual revenue by the next 7 years. If not he says "$10m a year doesn't sound so bad"

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The History of Watchmaking You Never Knew

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 History, as the old adage goes, is written by the winners. Such is the case with the tourbillon watch.

All throughout the watch world, John Breguet is revered as the “father of the tourbillon movement”. Receiving the first patent for his tourbillon design in 1801, Breguet was already a well-respected horologist among the aristocracy. Although a bit of a showoff, Breguet himself revealed the true inventor of this gravity-defying movement: John Arnold. While it may sound like the beginning of a story of corporate espionage and underhanded deals, much like the history Silicon Valley presents, nothing is further from the truth.

The esteemed pair were actually very good friends. Introduced by one of Breguet’s first clients, the Duke of Orleans. Throughout the years, they traded craft secrets, offered help to one another with new designs, even sending their sons to apprentice under the other.

Pocket watches were the mobile timekeepers of that era. Due to the relatively stationary position of the pocket watch, watchmakers struggled with how to answer the uneven wear pocket watches that affected the accuracy of their devices. A problem presented by a force that no artisan at the time could escape, gravity.

It was John Arnold that discovered the solution: to create a device that would release the escapement, allowing an additional rotation that would correct the drag of gravity on the delicate moving parts. This design gave birth to the first ever tourbillon movement.

The death of John Arnold, in 1799, was a terrible loss to Breguet. As a final labor of love to honor his colleague and friend, Breguet modified one of Arnold’s earlier creations with the first real tourbillon built. The modification was completed and presented to Arnold’s son in 1808 with the heartfelt inscription, “Breguet’s first tourbillon regulator, united with one of Arnold’s earliest movements; a tribute by Breguet to the revered memory of Arnold and presented to his son in the year 1808.”

At Aventi, we don’t just make watches, we’re watch enthusiasts. Much like our predecessors, we constantly challenge ourselves to design and create something truly unique that overcomes a weakness in the industry.

We’ve taken on the big names and challenged the idea that tourbillon watches are meant for only the social elite. We’ve created a new design and system that answers the inefficiencies that plague horology today, reducing the production costs to mere fractions of what is commonly accepted, allowing us the opportunity to offer the first ever tourbillon for under a $1000. Curious about what other innovations Aventi has up their sleeves? Go to www.aventiwatch.com to learn more about our revolutionary crowdfunding campaign that is challenging everything we know about watchmaking.

 
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The HighKey Brand is Dominating Social Media: Meet Luke Lintz, One of the Minds Behind it

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Luke Lintz

Growing up in the age of social media and in a completely digital world, Luke Lintz always found it very easy to communicate ideas and use social media to drive results in multiple industries. This motivated him to have his own e-commerce business early when he was just 16, so young that he was not even legally allowed to sign the ownership papers of the cooperation.

Luke started HighKey Technology Inc., a futuristic technology company, along with his brother Jordan Lintz. They wanted to transform the name HighKey into a sustainable business, even though many doubted their efforts.

Today, Luke is co-owner of HighKey Holdings Inc., a company that owns large equity positions in HighKey Technology, HighKey Agency, and HighKey Clout. They are all within the same industry, which the brothers define as social media real estate. They buy, sell, hold, and flip online real estate on a daily basis amongst all of their companies.

My motivation over the years has grown and my purpose and view of life has completely changed.” Luke shares. “I am now focused on fulfilling my purpose of becoming a world leader with massive global influence.

They Lintz Brothers care about creating the best products and services that they are capable of. For them, competition does not exist. Instead, what he cares about is what he has seen as a major barrier to entry in the digital marketing space, the fact that the average business has no idea how to capitalize their services on social media.

HighKey is also known for their very unique marketing strategy on social media that incorporates comedic videos and influencers. From their unique content, they have received a tremendous amount of hate across social media.

To make an impact on a community you have to inflict some emotion, and that is exactly what we do with our social media content.” Luke says. 

For Luke, branding is the number one most important thing in the world. He also believes that a personal brand is the most influential and underestimated technique in business.

You are able to create relationships with thousands and thousands of people and then refer them over to your business, which replicates the best marketing imaginable… Word of mouth. With companies like Amazon, you will be forced into the commodity market if you do not establish a brand,” Luke stresses.

HighKey Agency Inc. has a very unique selling process that is based completely on referrals and word of mouth. Luke and his brother are able to do this because of the amazing service that they provide to their clients. They focus on building a personal relationship with the clients, which ultimately is what closes deals.

Moreover, Luke wants those who are looking to have their own business to understand that business is not a 60 meter track and field sprint, but is instead a full 26.2 mile marathon, that ultimately comes down to consistency.

Consistently getting out of bed and crushing a 10 hour day of work. Consistently saying ‘no’ to going out with your friends. Consistently motivating yourself and improving,” Luke advises. 

In addition, to successfully launch a business having the right mindset, extreme pain resistance, an unbelievable work ethic, and immense motivation is necessary. This has been the key to success for Luke and his brother.

Having started at just 16, Luke can now look ahead and know that he will continue to dominate the business industry with creativity and passion. To follow him on Instagram, go here.

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A Courageous Female Founder Finds Light in the Darkest Days as a Mompreneur

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When I was a teenager I had a picture of how my family would be. A tall, dark, and  handsome husband, 5 kids, a dog and a white picket fence. Really! That was my ideal family. I never planned for things to be quite as interesting as they are today.

Thirteen years ago I found myself a single mother of a baby boy, I dropped out of college, in between freelance jobs and alone. After a rough breakup, financial hardship, failures and many disappointments I still chose joy.

No more pity parties. No more shame in being single, no shame in not graduating college, and no more excuses. I had decided to own my situation and live my life.

I looked at my son and said to myself “How can I make the best of this?”

I knew that I had to learn to enjoy the here and now and teach him to do the same. So I began to not focus so much my “issues” and find happiness in the little moments.

I can remember laughing when we had to use the one bathroom we had in our tiny apartment, because I was just happy we had a safe place to call our own.

I found humor in the awkward conversations with my ex because I was just thankful to be happily single, instead of miserably married to one bad decision.

I let every late notice and past due bill fuel my faith and increase the hope I had for a better future.

In all the celebrating I found that I focused less on the  drama and more on the things I was getting right. I focused more on the productive situations and less on the counterproductive ones i.e. complaining, worrying, and doubting.

You will see your confidence beginning to increase thus making you happier.

Once I realized how content and happy I actually was, I wondered what would happen if I pursued something greater.

So I challenged myself to pursue the possibilities.

Once things got stable for me I did not want to get complacent. I wanted to keep growing and continue to elevate my life.

I made the choice to be grateful and content but I knew I still wanted more.

I wasn’t sure what I could reasonably at the moment, given my current situation but I knew I could do something. So even if you have to take baby steps toward your goals you should still be working on them.

I decided to think back to my younger self. What dreams did she have? What did she want to accomplish in life?

And surprisingly a lot of those things I still wanted, even in my single journey. I had just suppressed those desires because I felt I needed to put being a mother before my personal desires.

We seem to do that a lot as moms.

But, I realized I was letting my younger self down.

So I decided to pursue the possibilities and get back into writing. I already owned several journals that I would write in whenever I had something to say and nobody to say it to.

I began writing more often and it was a way for me to express myself and do something I genuinely enjoyed doing.

If you don’t already know, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine when you take the leap into entrepreneurship and pursue your mompreneur business ideas.

In fact, it’s probably safe to say that for most of us, starting an online business involves a few bumps, bruises, and “WTF” moments along the way.

Of course, we all want to hear the success stories of our favorite bloggers, authors, and online entrepreneurs who are running successful creative businesses.

We want to know exactly what makes them successful, how long it took to get that success, how much money they made, and any other positive details that will inspire us along our own journey.

But what about their failed business ideas? What about what DIDN’T work?

What about the times they fell flat on their faces with their business ideas? You know, the ones that completely, and utterly flopped?

I’m always fascinated with this side of the story.

This is probably because I have my own unique failure stories which have shaped who I am as a mom entrepreneur and how I approach my digital marketing business today.

With more and more women running successful businesses, the rise of the mompreneur is real!

What makes moms such great entrepreneurs? My guess is it has something to do with years of practicing patience, persistence, multi-tasking, and knowing how to make the most of every spare minute!

A few months after starting I was reading a very intriguing book, Think and Grow Rich which was Napoleon Hill’s personal copy of the first edition where Hills draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation that illustrate the principles of success. Teaching me the secrets that brought me fortune. My whole mindset shifted in an instance realizing this was the secret sauce to my thriving business of female entrepreneurs sharing their secrets to their success.

It intrigued me, so I began researching women of power who can share their tips and tricks to their success stories, how to run a successful startup and business. I researched for a while before I actually started my full service media company, ZavoMedia serving female entrepreneurs, specializing in public relations and marketing strategy.

In the time I created my team of experts, editors and writers we came across numerous rejections from investors to partners who didn’t believe in our business model. That didn’t stop us from achieving the next level…

These C-level executives on our show serve as mentors, they coach girls from high schools, first year of college and orphanages. Giving back was always an important factor for me. I have established a leadership program for women where they feel empowered. I call it the home of empowerment for every female who wants to take her life to the next level in business and personal life. We host courses on personal branding, brand awareness and content marketing.

I have implemented all the success stories on one platform my successful podcast, What Makes A Woman probably too long but here I am.

It was slow going at first but I am starting to find my groove.

But the important thing is I have something of my own, that I can be proud of. That makes me happier and more fulfilled than ever.

Having something outside of motherhood that’s yours is beneficial and necessary.

Then after doing those things I was able to really fall in love with my life. Decide how you can fall in love with yours.

Here’s the thing. We all have had a vision for our lives that may not reflect what it looks like now but listen…

Life is not perfect. It will never be perfectly orchestrated the way you imagined it. There will be mountaintop moments and valley moments, and then there will be times of perfect contentment.

I had to learn to be happy no matter what state I was in. I finally understood that the things I were going through were just temporary and would eventually change.

So when things are going the way I want, I’m grateful and I celebrate that.

But when things are not going as planned, I’m still grateful and celebrate the triumphs to come.

It’s about finding a new way to look at the situation.

Can you do something different to make the circumstance better? Can you learn from it? Can you prevent someone else from going through it?

When I decided to fall in love with my life that meant becoming unconditionally grateful for life itself. That meant being grateful for the small things we often take for granted and making a choice to be happy in whatever state I’m in.

When you decide to be happy with where you are, what you have and who you’re doing it with, even it means being single, you’ll find that joy just comes as a byproduct of that contentment.

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