Success

Success Starts From You

When it comes to success, everyone wants a piece of the pie. Nobody wishes to look back at their life and realize that it had been nothing short mediocre. Unfortunately, the number of people who have accomplished something big in life is very less. They might often dream of making it big and successful, but it is not really everyone’s cup of tea. This usually happens because you might be following the wrong rules and expecting some other results. A lot of times, you want to first make the decision that you want to be successful in life. But it does not just end there. You have to do a lot more than just think that you want to be successful, there are consistent steps that you need to take to really achieve what you want to, just the way Can Muhammed Karagoz did.

With his mother passing away when he was just 4 years old, there was very less a child at such an impressionable age could really want from life. This is also the age at which he took up dancing, and then at the age of 6, he had to work as a shoe polisher just to be able to keep his head afloat. It was a tunnel of struggles for Karagoz going on forward, but his courage never wavered. He never had a second pair of anything (shoes, pants, shirts). But he got lucky in discovering that he had a passion for dancing.

Now Karagoz has walked numerous fashions shows, danced in world-class events, and also was nominated for the best model of 2016. He competed in the Ballroom and Latin Dance Sport Championship as a professional level dancer, and he also took up a job as a dance teacher which won him up to 11 awards. He even went on to be featured in a movie called Musical Chairs as a pro Dancer.

Karagoz’s life is the picture-perfect story of rags to riches. But in all honesty, his success did not come with a quick flick of a wand. It took him a lot of hard work that he committed to doing externally and internally get to where he is right now.

Dreaming big is a severely beaten up and consistently ignored saying, but it is significant nonetheless. A lot of people do not dare to dream big, or sometimes they have the wrong idea of what dreaming big is like. They usually think that dreaming big is opening up a business or being able to pay off bills or something along the same lines. This is not something that successful people do. Successful people believe in their dreams, and follow them with passions in order to see them come true.

Another trait that successful people identify with is to constantly keep moving. They do not ever stop and rest but instead keep achieving their goals which makes them an inch closer to achieving their dreams. Take Karagoz for example: he has taken part in modeling, dancing, teaching, and even a movie to get to where he is right now.

How to Succeed as a Film Director

There are many things that you need to keep in mind if you want to succeed as a film director and follow the likes of Tony Jeton Selimi. Once a homeless man feeling helpless on the streets of London, he is now a globally respected educator, screenwriter and an award-winning author. He is also the co-creator of Living My Illusion, that since it hit the film festivals around the world, it has instantly become a global phenomenon.

In the first episode titled “The Truth Hurts”, the protagonist Joel Van der Molen, through Tony’s careful process and powerful questioning, he willingly and openly expresses on camera his deepest secrets and what is truly going on with his intimate relationship with his wife, creating suspense, drama and the desire to want to know more.

As someone who is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in personal development and on the psychology of breaking through perceived limits, Tony uses his 30 years of knowledge to help others create life breakthroughs that pave the way for a healthier and happier life.

Many actors, musicians, film directors, entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, doctors, MP’s, lords, royalty, billionaires, celebrities, politicians and people from all professions hire him to help them create the life outcomes they desire. Organisations seek his help to teach his unique self-mastery values-based strategies to help them mindfully implement change programs, mental health and wellbeing strategies and engage their employees.

More and more film festival organisers book him to train filmmakers, directors, screenwriters and producers how to pitch their ideas and film to distributors, media, press and financiers so that they can build a business and wealth on the back of their film.

Since starting on his filmmaking journey, Tony has become an avid fan of filmmaking and has a few tips to share with others. Here are a few tips on how to succeed as a film director.

  1. Pitching (that is, the presentation)

“If the presentation does not get you hooked in the first two sentences, do not expect anyone to get hooked”, says Pegah Farahmand, the editor of the Random Acts program of Channel 4 UK. Most common in a pitch are the empty palaver and the endless descriptions. According to Farahmand, it is best to write a short, clear and concise paragraph.

  1. The idea

According to Selimi, many believe that the best stories have already been told, but the truth is that the key lies in the way of telling them. Do you have a different point of view? If you are presenting your story to a producer, ask if you have the liberty of finding a way to develop it within the context they ask for, or if you should adapt specifically to their needs. Also, make sure you create a logline that captivates the person you are pitching your idea to.

  1. You have to sell your movie!

Filmmaker Jake Witzenfeld – who premiered his documentary Orientated at Doc/Fest – says you have to focus on selling your work and not waiting for opportunities to knock on your door. Witzenfeld said that until Sheffield showed interest in his film, he had to move his work everywhere (and had to hear “no” a lot of times).

  1. Find your mentor

Find someone happy to be your mentor. “When I was just starting, I was lucky enough to find a person who helped me understand all the ins and outs of the film: festivals, networks, distribution…privileged information and someone has to teach you,” said Tom Davies, the producer of the movie Breaking a Monster. Tony J. Selimi is not the cheapest one, but he is considered one of the world’s best.

  1. Commit yourself

It is very important to be attentive to everything that is happening in the world, both socially and culturally, to broaden your perspective.

  1. Collaborate

If you want to be a director, you will need a camera operator: find someone with the home you share a common vision, have matching values, and you want to work with. Some prefer to share costs others create joint venture partnerships. “Networking goes way beyond meeting Steven Spielberg, you have to find people who are in the same situation as you,” says Charlie Lyne.

  1. Be kind

“The size of your ego can make certain people not want to work with you, I’ve seen many filmmakers work for the wrong reasons,” says Farahmand.

On that note, let me leave you with this kindness quote:

“Kindness is a quality of your heart that maintains the equilibrium between your narcissist and altruistic nature.” –Tony Jeton Selimi

A Recipe for Success, Courtesy of Dean Akers

No one purposely sets out for failure, why would they? However, in the world of business, marketing and finance, not only are you supposed to eliminate the thought of failure, but also foresee any unfavorable circumstance that might lead to it. However, if companies had a magic crystal ball that could tell them what the future had in store for them, 50% of them wouldn’t end up as failures within the first five years of their launch. This is a statistic all companies need to remind themselves of with every passing day, and if they happen to make it through the five-year mark, they have to change game plans from staying afloat to moving forward.

Dean Akers is the CEO of Adjunct CEO – a company based upon training senior officials of companies for striving for more rather than settling for what they have. Dean visualizes companies as standing on three legs; if one is shorter than the other, the entire structure crumbles. You wouldn’t want a wobbly table simply because it’s of no use to you. The three legs in question here are sales, operations and finance. All three of them are key elements of forming and maintaining a company.

Who exactly is Dean Akers, and does he have the necessary skill-set to provide you with what he claims he will? To answer the latter part, the Adjunct CEO offers a money back guarantee to whichever company doesn’t profit from his mentorship. Dean completed his bachelors in Advertising from the University of Florida and quickly joined a company in Lakeland, Florida as a warehouse runner. By the age of 28, he was appointed as the COO of that company. Using his unique skill-set and business philosophies, he was able to raise the company’s profits from 50 million to 103 million in 2 years with the same workforce as before.

Dean has worked for over 25 years with numerous companies which were at the brink of failing. However, they still stand strong to this day under Dean Akers and Adjunct CEO’s efforts.
The commercial world appears to be blooming every day but that’s more of an idealistic scenario. The truth is that businesses fail and succeed every day. It’s more about what you do to keep yourself from sinking and staying relevant in a world that’s constantly changing.

Dean has been appointed as a CEO in numerous other companies besides Adjunct CEO which is his own company. One of these companies is Ideal Image. How well his other companies have been doing only provides testimony to his word. The burning question now is; why should you call up Dean? I mean, you have a company and you have the necessary ambition to strive for success. The answer is simple: you cannot live in hope of a better and booming business with nothing but ambition. You could’ve been the lead in your very own Broadway Musical, but you didn’t strive for mentorship. You need to have someone tell you from their own experiences what works and what doesn’t, what to say and what not to say.

The Difference Between Managing Things and Managing People

Accountability, self-awareness and empathy are three of the key features any human being who is on a path of bettering themselves for those around him or her would develop within themselves. A person would undoubtedly rather be remembered as a man or woman with a personality that could dominate a crowd yet not be over bearing, someone who could control a room whilst also engaging with the crowd and allowing all the attendees to voice their opinion without fear of being rebuked.

These three skills are some of the key skills anyone in a leadership requires. It isn’t merely about having the loudest voice which turns heads, if you’re loud enough to come with a bang people will undoubtedly turn around to look where the commotion is coming from because that’s general conditioning. However, if you only hold power in the frequency of your voice and not the words that come out of your mouth, everyone will go back to doing what they were doing.

Our general perception of a boss or anyone in a leadership role is one where those working for him or her are generally fearful of them. This has to be one of the biggest drawbacks to productivity that any company can possibly face. The fear of being rebuked or demoted might be powerful enough to get your point across a room and have someone do something for you as hastily as you want. However, this instills nothing but resentment amongst the workforce. They shouldn’t fear you because you’ll fire them out of anger, they should want to avoid disappointing you because that would make them feel like they let you and themselves down.

If you’re at a meeting with your boss and a topic comes up where you have valuable insight to contribute and you want nothing more than to get your point across, yet you fail to do so due to shyness or fear, then your effectiveness is naturally cut in half.  A good leader is one who recognizes that you have some internal blockages that are getting in your way.  Your workplace may not be someplace where people just desire to clock in at nine and clock out at five.  Maybe people need their jobs for sustainability and they also want to do a good job. Both of these are true, you can’t ignore the fact that they’re underlying factors to actually having a job. However, your workplace has to be a safe zone where you feel like you can engage with your peers and more importantly your leader.

Lively Paradox is the brain child of Nicole Price. Nicole has been known and is renowned for her skills at engaging with a crowd to allow them to bring out the best in themselves. For Nicole, it isn’t merely about being a better leader for maximum productivity, it’s about creating a safe enough workplace for people to perform well. You have to bring about an innate sense of leadership within individuals and allow them to harness that skill into being better people to their employees. Nicole Price has since been nominated for various awards and has published numerous books on bringing out leadership skills.

A Man Who Peaked the Summit of Success

There aren’t many people who can compete with the brilliance and excellence of Anthony Bennett Park aka Tony Park. Anthony was born to Merle Denise Park and Arther Frank Park on April 5th, 1957. Tony acquired his initial Master’s degree from the University of Tasmania where he studied Business Administration and Management. He has also done Masters from Adelaide University and Deakin University. Tony is currently completing his Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania. He is a renowned business coach and an internationally awarded entrepreneur.

Racing through Success

Tony has always been a fan of politics, a dream that led him to enter the political arena. He has a great deal of recognition to his name in Tasmania. Tony served as the president of Hobart Young Liberals between 1985 and 1989. He also worked with the Young Liberals Party of Australia during the same period. Later, Tony joined Cosy Cabins as a Director. He has also served the same position for several other companies including BIG4 Holiday Parks, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Tony has had a vast and prolific career where at each of the positions he served, he was able to perform at his utmost best. He has served different companies in different capacities like the President and the Vice President. Apart from serving these positions, Tony Park is also a consultant and a broker. As of now, he is the Head Business Gardner at “The Business Gardner”.

The Author

Tony Park has reached the epitome of success in his career. This is the point where it becomes more of a moral obligation of yours to share the tricks of the trade with rising entrepreneurs and all those who look up to yours. The Entrepreneurial Giant has co-authored a book in which he talks about how he harvested such a prolific career.

The book, ‘Ignite Your Life’, talks about having clear visibility of the road you want to take. Tony says that it is all about the drive to be different! It is your will to get up from rock bottom and rise to the epitome of success that will be the decisive element. Different people have different levels of visibility in the beginning, which changes as you take the initial steps and strive to keep moving forward. The book is available right now at Amazon.

Tony has made a fortune by stepping into different businesses through the years. He made around $54 million and had won several local and international awards.

What’s Next?

Tony Park already stands tall on the pinnacle of success, but as he mentions in his book, always being proactive and continuing to strive for more and better is what leads you to greater heights. As for Tony, he is looking forward to developing a $8M Motel, as well as to launch a membership site where he could train those who wish to follow in his footsteps. Tony is also doing research for his Ph.D. on Guanxi and Networking bonds. You can learn more about Tony Park’s life and stay up to date with his work at http://www.park.com.au/.

How to Drive on The Road to Reach $60 Million

It’s an average day for you and you’re just scrolling on Instagram. You see Louis Vuitton skins, voluptuous models in mink coats, business tycoons surrounded by stacks of cash and the classic pretentious couple in some exotic hotel in Switzerland or Bali. Any onlooker would wonder how these people got to this part of the world which every human being wants. Who wouldn’t want to know how to get to the upper echelon and live their best life? Being able to pay for anything and not being neck-deep in debts and financial problems is a huge blessing. However, all great things require sacrifice and relentless hard work.

People come up with all kinds of ideas on a daily basis. Nobody wants to take the backseat in the race to survival in this world. There is so much competition that if you don’t have any skill or talent to add to the game, then you are going to be the spectator under the bleachers. There is no shame or vanity when it comes to having a high ambition. Reality may limit our possibilities but if we don’t dream big then we can’t push past the limits of our reality. This is the way the world works.

What is a reality today was once a dream. So what you first need to do in order to get to the hotshot millionaire status is by recognizing your strengths and weaknesses. Once you have mastered self-awareness, begin to take interest and pursue different fields of study that have immense demand in the market today and are heavily paid for as well. It is only after you have experimented thoroughly will you know where your heart belongs and what kind of skill comes naturally to you.

We always wish that there could be someone out there who could mentor us towards having the leanest entrepreneurial techniques and to groom us into a person that knows how to get to the top and remain there. That happens through networking a lot and being in a lot of places at once. We would share the success story of an American producer, entrepreneur, musician, and songwriter Michael Blakey. He is a hardworking, dynamic and charismatic man who delved into every field of business when he was in London. At just 19 years old, Blakey got appointed as the resident producer of Hansa Studios in Berlin. After working in more companies and fields, Blakey became the Managing Director of Maserati UK Ltd. Wanting to pursue more options in America, and his ambition still soaring, Michael Blakey came to the States and began his own record label named Platinum Records. In 1999, he co-founded the label 2K Sounds which got him working with a handful of notable artists. The label grew quite large and was acquired by Virgin Records America and Blakey was made President of the Record Division. He wanted to pursue his passion for music and combine it with his polished entrepreneurial skills and he made another record label with Comedian Ron White. Blakey is also a certified marksman and has a Fixed-Wing aircraft pilot’s certification from both the Federal Aviation Administration and Civil Aviation Authority. He is a member of the Institute of the Motor Industry from England and is licensed to drive Formula 1 race cars as well as RAC Rally vehicles. He also supports cancer organizations and charity forums around the world. Today, Michael Blakey is worth $60 Million.

It was not a simple road as you can see. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Highly Effective CEOs in the World Today

Every business graduate wishes to become a CEO of a company one day. The lust to climb the corporate ladder ignites as soon as you land your first job and for most people, this is the very space where they map out a career growth strategy and stay committed to it. Being a CEO of a company is not an easy job; people do not realize the underlying truth of such a responsibility. Surely, it is glamorous and you get to wear more suits than you ever will in your lifetime but all the stake relies upon your decision making and as much frightening it may seem, it is definitely fascinating.

We are talking about the top CEOs in the world today who have made significant contributions to their companies. These people are a core reason why their companies reach exuberant success every fiscal year and just why they are important besides their basic professional jobs.

James Michael Lafferty

He is the CEO of Fine Hygienic Holding, previously a CEO of The Coca-Cola Company (Bottling) in Nigeria, Procter & Gamble, and British American Tobacco in the Philippines. James has also been the coach of Nigerian Marathon team and Philippines in Rio Olympics of 2016. He co-founded a beginners’ marathon event called The Bull Runner Dream Marathon, which is held in Manila every February. A University of Cincinnati graduate, he is a professional athletics coach, award-winning columnist for a leading Philippines-based newspaper, a college professor and competitive powerlifter.

Indra Nooyi

The powerful President and CEO of PepsiCo have been a key individual. She is a graduate of Yale School of Management and is responsible for over 26,000 global employees. She even oversaw the major acquisition of Tropicana in 1998 and her business strategy has been followed since a decade now. Indra is the 5th CEO of PepsiCo and was named 2nd Most Powerful Woman in Business by Fortune magazine in 2015. Her net worth is $80 million.

Tim Cook

Filling the footsteps of late Steve Jobs wasn’t easy but Tim Cook has been recognized as a highly influential CEO in the tech industry today. He holds an MBA from Duke University and joined Apple back in 1998. After Jobs resigned, Cook was announced as the company’s CEO in 2011. Tim Cook has steered Apple Inc. to a great record of annual profits and overseen releases of most modern iPhones and other Apple products. He was named Person of the Year in 2014 by Financial Times.

Jack Ma

He leads an inspirational story and was even denied by KFC for a minimum wage job. He was rejected by Harvard University and different other institutions. After facing rejection from 30 job offers, Jack Ma decided to keep pursuing his goals. He started his first company in 1995. Then, founded Alibaba in 1999 with 18 people and it quickly became a billion dollar company. He is the Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group and has many different brands under the portfolio: AliExpress, Alipay, Alibaba e-commerce, Taobao Marketplace, eTao, Tmall, Alibaba Cloud Computing, 1688, Juhuasuan.