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My man Anthony Delgado came all the way from Puerto Rico to be on today’s podcast! Anthony was in PR because he runs an entrepreneur community there called Disrupt Puerto Rico. He was born and raised in NY but his families homeland is PR so it’s near and dear to him. Due to the last devastation in PR which left them in a blackout, Anthony decided he wanted to do something about it. His driving point is showing people how to get resourceful. Over here College doesn’t always mean you’re going to be successful in life and it can actually be a trap for most, the same goes for the people in PR. Surprising to most, many people over there have a college education but the opportunity isn’t always available, especially after life changing disasters. Instead of having people feel the need to move in the states, Anthony set out to show them the entrepreneurial route that allows them to stay in the homeland they love surrounded by family and friends. ” If you have WiFi, you can do anything ” Anthony hosts big seminars and has amazing speakers come from all around the world in various industries to talk to the people in PR and open their mindset for whats possible! Anthony is a great man that’s dedicated himself to helping others and changing the way you think, you don’t want to miss out on this podcast. I’ll be at his next Seminar so make sure you say hi! Much Love, Dr. Sam Bakhtiar

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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Instagram Marketer Zach Benson Is Giving Back To The Struggling Travel Industry

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We recently released a list of the Top 20 entrepreneurs to watch in 2020. On top of that list was Instagram Marketer and Social Media Influencer, Zach Benson is another major entrepreneur who is helping businesses struggling during this time of COVID. He’s the Founder of Assistagram.us and one of the best Instagram marketers in the world who has helped to empower hundreds of influencers such as John Lee Dumas, Russell Brunson, and many Fortune 500 companies to help them connect with their target audience online using organic social media. 

I sat down with Zach to learn about how he’s giving back to the travel industry in these tough times and asked him about his current activities.

 Zach, how are you helping hotels during these times when tourism is heavily reduced?

“I started reaching out to big hotels on one of my travel Instagram pages and posting them for FREE during this COVID thing. Lots of hotels are super grateful and want to invite my team to do consulting and training and stay for FREE when this is all over.”

Normally, lots of hotels are so used to influencers reaching out with little value, just to try and get some free hotels and nights. I say this is the time that you give back to those in need.  

In a time when tourism-related industries are closing shop, Zach is jumping in to save their day and at least provide some marketing assistance while things take time to return to normal. Zach shared the reasons why he chooses to help.

Hospitality and tourism are struggling now. Lots of businesses are shutting down. I had some hotels tell me that it’s refreshing and nice that we are doing this. When everyone else just wants free stuff they’re nowhere to be found but remember those who have helped you out, invited you to stay for FREE, took care of you, and treated you like a king and queen, give back to those hotels and people.

When asked to explain the justification and marketing angle of giving away free services, Zach encourages other marketing professionals to help out their past or current clientele and tells us why.

 “Help them because you can, it’s the right thing to do, and you have the power to do so. We are posting so we can help grow their Instagram accounts for FREE, drive more exposure and web traffic to their website that customers will think of their hotel when they open back up and book their hotel.”

Tell me about your biggest challenge you ever faced and how you overcame it?

So in 2016, I cold-emailed the Dubai tourism board and I volunteered to help them for free. I reached out to influencers from the countries they were targeting and cold emailed influencers about coming on a free trip to Dubai.

 Zach shared with me exactly the steps he took to go from one email to traveling to Dubai to complete a memorable trip with a handful of influencers he recruited after getting the approval of the Dubai tourism board.

“I had all odds stacked up against me but took a risk and took that leap of faith to make something out of nothing. Even though they didn’t pay me money, I got tons of positive responses from influencers wanting to come on the free trip.”

 He emphasizes that building relationships should be the goal when trying to build a real and impactful business and how it was more instinctive in nature, saying: “The best relationships are when you operate from a giving mindset. You give without any strings attached and you give and you help because you can.”

He gives us all a brilliant anecdote that really drives the point on how to have a giving mindset in the most natural way possible. Zach says, “It’s just like when you see an elderly woman with a big bag of groceries trying to walk up the stairs, and then drop her things. It’s being present in the moment, acting super quickly, and then seeing that need and meeting that need and helping that person in need.”

 

Are there particular people (family, mentors, books) in your life who helped you progress in your entrepreneurial journey?

My parents, just by how they live their life. They keep things simple and stress-free. They keep their promises and commitments. They are people of integrity. 

What is your biggest advice to people for becoming a successful entrepreneur, financially and also in terms of personal growth?

Take a moment to think of other entrepreneurs, famous people you love, admire, and respect. Think about what kind of entrepreneur, what kind of person you’d like to become in the future.  That is the question you must ask yourself.  Work on becoming that person. 

Any final words you want to share with our readers?

Offer your very best in everything you do. Your attitude is everything; All you can simply do is try and see and believe the best in others. And, try to be there for support, love, encouragement, and prayer.

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Interview With Instagram Influencer Yuri Kuznetsovsky (@kuznecovsky)

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Today I had the opportunity to interview one of my all-time heroes, social media influencer Yuri Kuznetsovsky. Yuri (@kuznecovsky) is one of the most prominent representatives of the generation of bloggers. Yuri has nearly 2 million followers on Instagram and his videos are gaining millions of views and likes every day, and his whole country is watching his family drama. Yuri told Cetre ’about his personal life, failed career as a lawyer and new hair.

What do you call yourself – a writer or a blogger?

Yuri: Still, a blogger, because I not only shoot Vines, I also write on YouTube and Telegram.

How did it all begin?

Yuri: It all started with Instagram in 2015. I shot on the front-end than the just appeared format – funny short videos. At first, I shot something of this kind of weird, and then I found out that there is a whole format abroad, which is called Vines. And the winners remove the vidos, collect a bunch of views, likes. I thought, why don’t I try too, because I have a good sense of humor.

What did you do before Instagram? How was your life?

Yuri: It was very consistent, even. I graduated as a lawyer and worked in my specialty. But it did not inspire me, it was completely uninteresting. I was one of many other millions of people who live in order to work because they have to earn money. Then the opportunity turned up to somehow realize myself and, in fact, I used this opportunity.

You can follow Yuri on IG at @kuznecovsky

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Drip Creationz – Their Origin and Background

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This fashion company has strived to achieve all its goals of becoming a trendsetter in the industry.Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories have been an obsession of its owners since childhood, and that led them to pursue their passion for creating something new. Something unique that nobody has created for a while in this competitive industry that led them to create shoes and designs that are highly creative. This passion started with an addition of embroidered roses to shoes that are already quite popular, and the sale volumes of the same have been on a constant rise.

What was the thought behind starting Drip Creationz? How did it happen?

I believe that it was something we always wanted to do. We always wanted to start a shoe company that. works around the industry of fashion and let us be a bigger part of it. We are fashion designers and creators, so it was just a natural way for us to participate in the system basically. We want to help design things that people will like and love.

How is your brand different from other apparel brands?

We believe in a co-participating system between our team and our followers on social media. Manyfashion brands have tons of fans today, but not many listen to their feedback. For us, it is really important to co-design with our followers as well. They are the ones that make it happen. If they are satisfied, then we know we did a great job.

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