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Resilience is the key to success – An interview with high powered executive coach, Dr. Taryn Stejskal

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Success is a concept that is desired universally. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, conglomerate, or brand, everyone has their definition of success. Though success does not have a stipulated formula, successful people often exhibit similar qualities. Dr. Taryn Marie Stejskal was born on December 27th, 1978, in Michigan, USA, and is a celebrated American executive coach, author, and speaker. She firmly believes that resilience is the missing ingredient that has immense potential to help people succeed and achieve their goals. In this interview, Dr. Taryn shares her thoughts, experience, and inputs to help us understand how resilience is indeed the key to success.

Dr. Taryn, could you tell us more about your upcoming book titled “Flourish or Fold: The Five Practices of Particularly Resilient People”?

My book is based on a decade worth of research. I analyzed thousands of pieces of data to understand behavior patterns and practices that allowed people to develop and sustain resilience in both leadership and life. People can’t lead flourishing lives without complexity, challenges, or change. What defines us is how we choose to react to stressful situations and how we allow it to mold us for the better. My book covers the five behaviors that resilient people practice and exhibit. The secret to building resilience into our lives depends on our willingness to imbibe and emulate these five behavior patterns. Flourish or Fold, is slated for release in 2020, and I hope that it will empower people to lead more fulfilling lives.

How did you discover the power of resilience?

Dr. Taryn: I have dealt with undiagnosed dyslexia and several traumatic experiences during high school, which led to twenty years of PTSD. My formative and adolescent years were difficult, but in the end, I rose above it. I conquered my demons through introspection, perseverance, and a deep understanding of resilience. Through my trials and tribulations, I conducted in-depth research to understand the latent potential of resilience and how it can be harnessed to help people lead better lives. My quest to unravel resilience lead me to ask a simple question. When faced with a challenge, why do some people flourish, while others fold? This is how my own experiences lead me to discover the power of resilience.

Could you tell us how resilience is the key to success both professionally or personally?

Dr. Taryn: Resilience has multifaceted applications. I have spent several years coaching CEOs and executives in leading organizations to help them lead their companies successfully and face failure. Through the power of resilience, teams can work together efficiently and boost both morale and productivity. When people choose to cultivate resilience in their lives and embrace it, it will help them unleash their full potential. Being resilient allows you to grow, evolve, and improve as you face challenges in life. Resilience can help you become the best version of yourself, and that is the highest form of success.

Karishhma Mago is a former investment banker turned digital marketer. She has been in the digital marketing industry for over 6 years and has worked with clients across different sectors including Volkswagen Finance, Natera, Reliance, Standard Chartered amongst others. She has also done special content projects for Facebook. Karishhma is also a Wikipedia editor and has created over 300 pages for her clients. After founding Facilius Inc in 2014, she has helped grow the company from a two-person team to a dynamic team of 30 people.

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Erika Mejia- Founder of Lovely Roses

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Erika Mejia- Founder of Lovely Roses

Who says achieving your goal is impossible if you don’t have piles of money in your pocket or are not skilled already? Yes, these are important but not ultimate elements for a magnificent triumph.

Achieving Goal is Possible- Example of Erika Mejia

You might have heard somewhere a saying, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” and Erika Mejia is a perfect example of this. She opened her floristry named Lovely Roses after going through a lot of struggle for years. Originally from Honduras, she left her country during her teenage and came to Miami to test her destiny. Having only 200$ in her pocket, she continuously looked for her desired work, revealing her high dedication, hope, and a positive approach.

She did many jobs but sought her passion, meanwhile. She knew that she had not yet achieved what she wanted. This is why, when she got a chance to learn floristry during one of her jobs, she became entirely fascinated with roses and everything that could be done with them. Although she did not have any skill for that, she kept on learning, becoming proficient ultimately.

 

Erika Mejia Opened her Flower Shop

After a great deal of discipline, dedication, effort, and hard work, she learned various techniques to turn roses and other flowers into a great piece of art. Now it was the time to bear fruits of her meticulous efforts. She turned her life from an employee to an employer. She opened her flower shop named Lovely Roses, the famous roses store in Miami.

 

Lovely Roses- What You Need to Know?

Lovely Roses is an international and Miami’s most famous floristry dedicated to creating authentic bouquets of roses as luxurious as they are exclusive. Her dashing bouquets have inspired many individuals falling in love. Her unique designs have quenched her clients’ thirst for finding impeccable nosegay. Among her many clients are celebrities including Pitbull, Demi Lovato, Anuel AA, Karol G, Luis Fonsi, Camila Cabello, Thalía, and many others.

 

Why Choose Lovely Roses?

Lovely Roses designs and offers fashionable and luxurious products featuring preserved roses. The experienced professionals of the company know the art of infusing glamour and luxury into traditional gifts to convey your pure emotions to your loved ones. They provide the best of their expertise in each product that they design.

The suppliers of Lovely Roses reside in South America (Ecuador and Colombia), where they meet and exceed international quality standards when it comes to their production systems. The sublime designs are made of preserved roses, which can be kept indoors for up to 3 years. These are specially treated through a certified process, unlikely the other mechanisms, to maintain their freshness and naturalness.

You can order your choice of roses to give as presents, decorations, or souvenirs to the desired people. The light-weighted boxes for these roses are made of laminated and textured paper. These are manufactured in various cylindrical, square, or personalized designs according to your choice and need.

Not only company has ensured the presence of preserved roses as beautiful and heartfelt, but the Lovely Roses delivery specialists are also always dressed elegantly to meet any occasion. They give their services in a professional manner, which causes you to order again and again.

 

Erika Mejia’s Secret of Success

It’s certain that you have someone behind you who keeps on backing you while you go through hard times. You give them all your credit for your success. Erika Mejia also credits her family and friends for her dedication to her personal and business success. 

She does not believe in achieving only personal goals. She wants to share her knowledge and keys to success by training those who are interested in learning the art of roses and floristry in general. For this, she has come up with an idea of introducing a comprehensive course that provides basic materials and tools for developing arrangements from Natural and Preserved roses.

In fact, Erika Mejia is exemplary for those who want to start-up their business on a small scale. Not only is she a leading businesswoman but also a perfect motivator, especially for Latin American immigrants who face similar trials in their way to success.

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The Media Reformation Has Begun: Find Out How HumanKINDtv Is Disrupting The 24/7 News Cycle

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Prior to COVID19, about 67% of Americans had stopped watching the news because they found it too depressing. Tired of feeling manipulated by fear, millennials and boomers alike just checked out. They stopped tuning in. They stopped watching the fear-based news because they don’t trust the media. COVID19 brought an onslaught of attention from audiences who needed to get informed about what’s going on. But with that brought skepticism, cynicism, and conspiracy theories in an attempt to understand how things just don’t add up.

But how did it get to this point? First, we have to examine how objective journalism failed under the pressure of the 24/7 news cycle. 

In 2012, the Huffington Post published an article that took an honest look at the problem, entitled 24 Hour News Killed Journalism. In that article, they examine how there was once a time when news organizations spent a long time developing stories to present them during one hour of broadcast time each evening.

Confirmation bias is inevitable when you’re living the story in the heat of the moment. It’s not possible to step back, check your bias, and report objectively when you haven’t had time to process information emotionally. Citing sources, fact-checking and transparently sharing data information sources, including who funded studies, is missing from modern journalism.

Enter HumanKINDtv, an online video streaming startup preparing to launch a self-sustaining ecosystem in entertainment media that reforms and transforms the entertainment industry by creating a culture for journalists and content creators where storytellers win big.

Are you in search of solutions journalism via an online streaming distribution platform? Or perhaps you are looking for curated news content you can use? Well, the media reformation has begun, and HumanKINDtv delivers! Kayla O’Donnell is the founder of HumanKINDtv,  a video streaming platform, and HumanKINDpro, a content creation studio, dedicated to curating and distributing inspirational and informative stories that foster empowerment. HumanKINDtv believes in elevating humanity by leveraging the power of storytelling. Its mission is to restore trust and connection via entertainment media. 

HumanKINDtv started on July 4, 2014. It is a voice that you can trust, propelling everyone into the future of past chivalry and honest gestures in the new economy. HumanKINDtv was founded on the principles of compassion, caring, connection, and collaboration. It stands for all that is true and all that is right. It is all about people and the worldwide community. The HumanKINDtv cycle intends to overwhelm ordinary reality and cause you to question everything you hold to be true. But how is HumanKINDtv breaking the 24/7 news cycle norm?

Inspiring

Kayla O’Donnell’s creativity is an inspiration. She is a content creator who produces unique heart-centered content to teach lessons to her audience. She also creates original content for SMB (specializing in B2B content services with ROI tied to metrics but also for B2C). Her thesis for HumanKINDtv is that content creators must be well cared for in order to create content that cares for and inspires people. Among other ventures, she played the lead in Goodnight Wonderland, The Last Plague, and Mayo Girl (short films). She’s currently developing an updated version of The Last Plague: A Choose Your Own Adventure story examining potential outcomes for COVID19 through a fictional lens.

Informing

Information is vital to adult education through the media industry. And not just information but correct, relevant information. She believes that although Ted Turner is an admirable and tenacious entrepreneur, he never could have foreseen the outcome that a 24/7 news cycle would produce.

“It’s impossible to show up to the scene of a crime where someone has been murdered and not sense the eerie quality of a soul leaving this earth. We are all connected. So unless you’re a sociopath, you need time to process the information and the emotional aspect of this atrocity. When journalists and field correspondents are expected to get the details and immediately report on the facts without emotional processing, we do a disservice to the lives that were impacted and to the public,” says O’Donnell.

In addition to creating media, Kayla O’Donnell has written and developed over 15 television and film concept stories, including outlines, characters, scripts, mood boards, and treatments. She discovered the power of language and stories when she was in college. Her inner passion was to disrupt the way content was being produced and distributed, which is the very reason she founded HumanKINDtv. 

O’Donnell also worked on productions for major brands like The Onion, HBO, The History Channel, Second City Communications, Lifetime Walmart, ATTN: Comcast, Dhoom 3 (Bollywood), the state of New Jersey and many independent projects.

Empowering

Empowering refers to the act of making someone, or people, stronger and more brave or confident, especially in controlling their own lives and claiming their rights. It is giving someone the authority to do something and to advocate for themselves.

“Without relevant data-based information, people are confused. The current media system focuses on what’s going wrong, rather than what’s going right because, historically, it works. Human beings are hardwired and conditioned to search for danger. It’s neuroscientifically almost impossible for human beings to ignore an imposing threat to our safety. Yet we are tired of feeling manipulated by fear,” says O’Donnell.

Kayla remembers how she overcame numerous challenges and adversity and wants to help other people to find empowerment through stories and tools. She believes that entertainment and media have the power to transform worlds or poison populations.

Connecting

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. Other times, it is allowing others to take your side. HumanKINDtv brings the world community together with truth and a unique connection. 

O’Donnell has also managed the design and implementation of over 80 IT and telecom installations across 16 states. She co-created the Women’s Film Festival (6 years running) that hosted over 200+ live screening events to date at their annual festival. She also co-founded the Walnut Club, a social club for professional women, in Philadelphia. Kayla has also participated in early-stage development of 12-15 startups, including ROAR for Good.

How Kayla Achieves In The Entertainment & Media Industry

Kayla O’Donnell is not afraid to look at things the way they are. Though as an entrepreneur wanting to will things into existence, she sees things optimistically, while not being afraid to break the rules. She does not conform to societal norms, but instead finds herself envisioning ways to make things awesome, not “better” because better for some isn’t always better for all. O’Donnell always collects data to assess situations. Her practice of meditation and mindfulness also helps her create authentic content. This media icon also learns to appreciate the little things and moments of life. She dreams big, she loves hard, and dances a lot but never enough. Her patience and perseverance in achieving success are what will amaze you. 

Kayla’s HumanKINDtv has the power to disrupt and transform the entertainment and media business models and consumption habits beyond recognition across the globe. She’s achieving this goal by elevating humanity through storytelling. If you are looking for answers to the entertainment media challenges or insights to satisfy your audience, it will help if you connect to Kayla O’Donnell. Join the trend today. HumanKINDtv, together with you, can transform the culture of corporations and media companies. HumanKINDtv is bringing back the American dream through empowering and informative content.

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Meet Katerina Leroy: The Social Media Influencer Who Turned Her Passions Into Profits

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Most of us in the creative industry has a multitude of talents, but it is unique to stumble upon a style guru with an equal passion for photography and a knack for a good online marketing strategy.

This is where Katerina Leroy, the travel icon with a skill for track and field, enters the scene. Katerina’s fast-growing social media accounts featuring her classic style are matched only by her prowess on the field. Truly an artist of both worlds, photography and online marketing, Katerina took the time to sit down with Disrupt CEO, Tony Delgado, to answer a few questions about her art and her lifestyle.

Adapting to Quarantine Life

Of course, here comes the part of every conversation these days where we turn to the elephant in the room — COVID-19. The global pandemic has swept across most continents and is affecting the lives of every person on the planet. We wanted to know what Katerina has been up to during this time to keep busy and healthy. In addition to taking up sewing, she is also focusing on her training. These activities “really help take your mind off things, and is a good distraction from the current situation,” she shares. Also, she is using her extra time to create content at home, and says that if this pandemic has taught us anything it is that “we are a technological generation and have been able to quickly create a new normal online that we should be proud of.” Adaptation has been her key to quarantine success.

“It’s very frustrating that we can’t travel and our commodity ceases to exist at the moment. My content is mostly travel-related, meaning it has been almost impossible to go out and create. I am currently sharing a lot of ‘throwbacks’ and it’s encouraged me to edit photos I hadn’t had time to even look at before.”

Forced To Think Different

“However, I still maintain a great relationship with my cooperation partners and focus more on online. I began to work longer from my home office by developing the new marketing strategies, collecting the content ideas for this autumn, and creating product pictures for different brands.”

As is the case with any of us at the moment, Katerina’s self-care and beauty routine come in handy while she is in quarantine. Sometimes these simple, everyday rituals in life can ground us and bring us back to our centers during times of stress or crisis. Opting for the Skin689 cream to keep the body glowing, micellar water for cleansing, and face cream to keep her skin supple and smooth, Katerina also revealed that a part of her regular skincare routine is to not wear makeup; and her natural glow reflects that. In addition to her beauty routine Katerina also keeps her home space a specific way to ensure a positive environment in quarantine.

Conclusion

To wrap up our session Katerina touched on some positive, forward-thinking projects that she is currently working on. In the turmoil of today, these “future” goals are so precious, and hers are anything, but small. When life returns to “business as usual” Katerina is looking forward to returning to her normal track and field training routine and getting back into the social arena with her friends. Until then, we wish her good health and happiness.

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