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Alana is an entrepreneur, UX designer, and writer. She previously founded the edtech company Caila and participated in Parallel18’s accelerator in Puerto Rico. Since then, she’s dedicated her career towards promoting entrepreneurship on the island. She was a Contributing Writer for Women at Forbes where she wrote stories about entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico and Latin America; she worked in community development with the startup NeedsList after Hurricane María; and she currently conducts research on startup ecosystem development in second cities. She also works as a Venture Associate with a group of aspiring Latino VC and angel investors. Our goal is to increase Latino representation in the venture capital space, as Latinx employees represent only 4% of the venture capital workforce.

My website: http://www.alanamatos.com/

Best place to reach me is LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanamatos/

I’m very responsive so I’m happy to chat with anyone who reaches out!

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Achieving Success And Overcoming Obstacles In The Modern Entrepreneurial Industry; The Rio Osorio Way!

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As Entrepreneurs, we face obstacles and setbacks that seem impossible to overcome. The good thing about this is that each time, we often come out better off in the end than we were at the start. Yes, I won’t lie. Entrepreneurship is totally different from what society portrays. 

Every day, entrepreneurs are subjugated by their fears, inconsistencies, and losses; but what most individuals tend to forget is that failure is the condiment of their success. 

Amongst these entrepreneurs is brand strategist Rio Osorio. Widely Known as The Hustle Mentor, Rio is an entrepreneur who’s risen above his failures by putting in outrageous amounts of hard work to perfect his craft, and building long-lasting relationships with partners by providing more value than he receives. 

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to discuss entrepreneurship with Rio; he reveals the principles he applied to attain his level of success. These principles transformed his life and can change yours too.

Principles of Business Success

1.Loyalty

Loyalty is something that’s lacking in the entrepreneurial society today. Rio explains that a lot of entrepreneurs chase cheques, are selfish and don’t bother about the end goals of their clients.

Most successful businesses today are obsessed with making sure their customers achieve their goals. Essentially, they put the customer first before any other thing! This is a mantra that shouldn’t be overlooked when running a business.

2.Continuous learning 

They say that the average CEO reads a total of 54 books every year. This habit might seem overkill, but I guarantee you it’s not. Business owners have to observe this habit to flow with current industry trends.

Staying conscious of what’s happening in the corporate world is crucial to running a thriving business and setting the standard for excellence in your field.

Continuous learning, as some might call it, has given Rio a competitive edge in business, and he shares that this is one of the key factors contributing to his success in business.

3. Mentorship

Starting a business is a daunting task for many. You’ll face opposition from loved ones, pressure from the competition, time restraints, and a host of other obstacles.

At the start of his entrepreneurial journey, Rio faced most of these challenges. He overcame them by seeking out mentors who guided him through every one of those problems. 

Not only is this an easier alternative to figuring things out yourself, but it’s also a way to shorten the path to success.  Don’t get me wrong, the road to success is treacherous, but having the right people to hold your hand can make the journey less challenging.

Try not to be the smartest person in the room- Michael Dell of Dell Technologies.

Handling the Stress of Being an Entrepreneur

1.Disconnect

There are some days when we feel like our world is coming down on us, and for those of us whose businesses operate mostly online, the effect of this is triple-fold.

The endless messages from clients, problems sprouting from every corner, and the need to over-deliver can be overwhelming. When you notice your stress levels picking up, Rio recommends you take some time off work; you could call it a work detox. 

Start by switching off your phone and any other device that might bring in disturbances from clients and team members. This will significantly reduce your stress levels, and in a day or two, you would be back to your healthy self.

2.Friends and family

Mental health is another overlooked aspect of entrepreneurship. We often engross ourselves with work and forget that human beings are social animals; we can’t stay alone forever. 

Rio shares with us that spending time with our loved ones is also a great way to disconnect from all the noise. Little things like hanging out with friends, going to a baseball game, or even watching a movie can mean the difference between you having a mental breaking or building a successful business.

Facing Fears

Uncertainty is a common trait all entrepreneurs possess. We see ourselves asking questions like, ” What if the client doesn’t accept my offer?”Are my services not good enough? Should I fire this team member? Will I break even this quarter?

The questions are endless, and we often find ourselves getting caught up in answering them. This uncertainty is the primary reason most individuals don’t venture into entrepreneurship. 

Why would you leave a secure job to start a business you’re not sure would see the light of day? After years of being in the business, Rio affirms that there is nothing as rewarding as being an entrepreneur. 

Yes! The tasks at hand might seem impossible, and your efforts might look silly, but if you’re willing to put in an ample amount of work and provide enough value to your clients, you’ll uncover an endless stream of income no 9-5 job can guarantee.

At the end of our discussion, Rio spoke about the chances he didn’t take when he was younger; he shared a few words of advice to anyone who’s just starting their journey.

This is what he said;

Entrepreneurship requires you to do things that would make you feel uncomfortable. You’ll have to learn to leave your comfort zone.

I understand your fears, but you have to realize that you’ll miss every shot you don’t take. So instead of sitting and whining about the opportunities you missed, I suggest you do it scared, deal with the fear and go for it! 

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Achieving Success As a Student Entrepreneur, The Robert Carpenter Way.

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College Student Robert Carpenter is on a mission to change the world by improving on the current online educational system.

Today, we will learn what Robert feels every student who is striving for success should know. Here’s Robert’s take on success, stress, and motivation.

Achieving Success

As a student, success in your studies should be your number one concern. 

But let’s face facts; success is not something that can be easily achieved. There are a lot of factors that determine whether you will be successful or not.

And one of those factors is how you spend your time. Would you prefer to play video games all day with friends, or would you feed your mind with tons of valuable information at the library?

You see, these little choices and actions we make daily can significantly affect our chances of success. Robert is a major believer in learning something new every day. As a matter of fact, he spends hours daily perfecting his craft.

It might not look like it, but Robert is actually giving himself a competitive edge against his peers. Think of it this way;  an overweight individual goes to the gym to lose some pounds; the first day, he notices that he doesn’t lose any weight. He felt bad but kept on visiting the gym and working out.

Subsequent visits to the gym proved successful. He lost over 60 pounds. The key takeaway here is consistency and determination. Apply these principles started here, and you’ll be on your way to achieving success in no time at all.

Avoiding Stress & Drawing Inspiration.

Every day, students face a lot of stressful situations. And a lot of times, this leads to mental breakdowns, illness, and burnout. 

Robert avoids this by proper planning. Today, most students don’t acknowledge the fact that proper planning can significantly reduce the stress they experience and increase their chances of success. 

Planning your day the night before can help you split the task thought out the day and complete them faster based on decreasing priority. 

So you’ve tried this, and you still ended up experiencing burnout. Well, here’s the thing; everyone has experienced burnout at some point in their lives. And in this state, they undergo emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. You will feel less motivation to accomplish tasks, and your overall output will be little.

When Robert experiences burn out, he takes a break and finds a quiet place to sit down and reflect on his goals, why he started, and what he’s going to achieve at the end. This helps him prioritize his goals, and instantly, a strong desire to fulfill those goals overwhelms him.

In Recent Times

Robert plans to study and practice math every day. This is the only way he can make an impact on society and help fellow students around him who strive to attain success.

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It runs In the family: Amel Elezovic and Anes Elezovic

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Director Amel Elezovic and athlete Anes Elezovic are mega-talented brothers, working in the same industry. They share their favourite memories of stealing candy, running with cheetahs, and being there for each other when things get rough

What’s your first memory of each other?

Amel: One of my earliest memories is of Anes learning to sit up. I was asked to take care of him one evening. Normally he would just roll over but that afternoon, he just balanced himself and sat up. I was thrilled.

Anes: Me and Amel are twins so I remember when we were 12 and we celebrated halloween together and Amel dressed up really weird, at first I thought it was another person. He had long hair in a ponytail, a beard, and was wearing black. He created a late-night commotion in the house and I was like, “who is this guy?”

What is the craziest thing you have done together?

Amel: We haven’t had the opportunity to do a lot of crazy things together but I know we will…soon.

Anes: We went running with some cheetahs on leashes in Kruger National Park. We were also the only two people there when my grandmother passed away. It was very sad and emotional, as she was someone we both adored deeply.

What did you get punished for the most as a child?

Amel: I was a very assertive and curious child, constantly challenged my parents and got on their nerves, and got reprimanded. I never got punished as such.Anes: At age eight, I stole some money from my dad’s wallet, ran all the way to the market alone and bought the most expensive Japanese candy I could find. My mum wasn’t very happy when she heard about all this.

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