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How Ariya Behjat Was Able to Go from Dropout to Silicon Valley Powerhouse

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How many of you have ever thought of dropping out of school? My guess is, everyone. It is not ones that you questioned the very reason you went or go to school. The fact is, the school does not always deliver on its promise for success in life. Only a few people end up doing what they studied for a living after leaving school, and if they do so, many go to work for the government. No wonder most Billionaires we know are school dropouts.

Ariya Behjat, a professional entrepreneur, photographer, and industrial designer, knew what he wanted in life, and he knew he was not going to find it through school. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Axenic Studio which has its offices in Monaco, Dubai, and Calgary. To get to where he is, Ariya had to deal with many hurdles after dropping out of school to pursue his dreams. Now he is a Silicon Valley powerhouse trusted by world-famous celebrities, entrepreneurs and brands.

Pursuit for Purpose

Originally from Dubai, Ariya developed the desire to study Architecture and Industrial Design. It was mainly influenced by the climatic design changes and developments that were happening in Dubai when he was growing up. As a result, he went to study Industrial Design at San Jose State University. While there he acquired jobs with some notable record labels and working as a lead photographer and graphic artist for top international artists in the music industry. His next job and a search for a purpose were what fueled him to drop out.

Opportunities came knocking, and Ariya knew it was time. He always felt that school slowed him down on his mission to success. While still in University, Ariya got a job to design and develop products for some of Silicon Valley’s top tech and athlete companies. For someone who learned more outside than he did inside a classroom, dropping out was the most sensible act at that point. Even his college professors agreed with that decision. Ariya dropped out and became an independent contractor in industrial design and photography.

That decision was, however, going to be followed by a lot of uncertainty and insecurity about life.

Re-Identifying Himself

Ariya had to remind himself of who he was and why he was doing what he was doing. He was now free to explore new heights. It was not a walk in the park dealing with angry parents, social anxiety, and the feeling of not being a positive example to his younger brothers, who were still in school. After two months of handling all that he was back to making business strategies and plans.

After working as an independent contractor for some time, Ariya decided to move to another field, branding, and marketing. He became a self-taught expert in that field. At the beginning of 2015, he co-founded Axenic together with his friend, Lewk. At Axenic, they invest marketing and branding solutions designed to mitigate risks for both investors and brands getting into the market by creating low-risk ventures with high market potential. The creative agency has grown into a global company, and Ariya plans to make it the backbone of his future investments.

His Accomplishments to Date and Dreams for the Future

Since starting photography as a 14-year-old, Ariya has had very many achievements. At that age, he became an assistant to Lasheen Usif, a reputable Dubai based photographer. In 2011, Ariya became the official photographer for companies like Ruby Skye, Red Bull, Live Nation, among others. His career has taken him to places most of us couldn’t even dream of going. He has been to over 120 cities around the world with more than ten artists including, Above And Beyond, Steve Angello and Arty. At 22, he was able to make one his dreams come true, to own a professional studio in Columbus Street, San Francisco.

With Axenic, Ariya has 28 visual artists all around the world to help with the company projects. In 2017 he closed his first million-dollar client. The following year he captured the attention of significant Universities and was invited to talk at UC Berkeley, LMU, and even his former school, San Jose State University. Also, they closed another million dollar deal through funded startups. In 2019 they got two huge Hollywood Deals. Axenic has gained many international clients, including Dolby Audio, Lamborghini, Uber, MasterCard, DJ Snake, and more.

In the future, Ariya wants to change the education system that is in place today to make it more inspiring and enjoyable.

Ariya Behjat has defied all the odds, coming from different parts of the world and conquering the entrepreneurial world internationally. He did not have secure networks or funding to pursue his dreams but still achieved them. That is the true definition of working smart.

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Learn How Digital Nomad Ksaveras Jancauskas Is Disrupting The Instagram Marketing Industry

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Ksaveras Jancauskas is a digital nomad who helps industry leaders and businesses, spanning different countries, to grow their online presence via Instagram and scale their brand. 

So far, Ksaveras started and scaled his Instagram marketing agency to a 6-figure firm. The well-known brands and non-profits such as RepresentUS and GivePower Foundation been clients of Ksaveras. The biggest turning point for Ksaveras was when he was able to grow brands to over 221,000 real followers in just ten days!]

In this article, Ksaveras shares how he climbed up the industry ladder and became the successful digital marketer he is today. 

Being Different

If you’ve heard about Ksaveras before then you’ve probably heard of the Instagram Leverage Framework. The Instagram Leverage Framework is the brainchild of Ksaveras and is referred to as a system that helps anyone assert their authority in their industry.  

With this system, Ksaveras has generated ten times return on investment (ROI) for different businesses on Instagram. This is why he’s one of the most sought after Instagram experts in the world. 

Overcoming Challenges

At the start of his journey to success, Ksaveras faced a significant amount of challenges. His biggest challenge was that he trusted a lot of unqualified individuals to carry out his task. Slowly but surely, his brand was no longer sought after by prospects.

“I tried taking shortcuts by delegating my work to individuals who offered cheap prices, but in turn, they gave my clients a lot of substandard results.” -Ksaveras says.

In due time, he learned that trust is a belief that has to be built and that taking words for a fact without testing can prove detrimental to the status of a business. Ksaveras also shares that it’s important to test a product before you sell it. He’s acknowledged the fact that it’s better to employ individuals yearning to learn and improve on their craft every day than to outsource to a third party “professionals.” 

Values and Principles

Ksaveras is a proud advocate of the “learn something new every day” movement. He never rests on his laurels and no matter the level of success he attains, he doesn’t get comfortable. 

Everyone in his industry learns how to grow Instagram accounts and then complacency sets in. Instead of following the status quo, Ksaveras improves himself every day and according to him, he knows more about Instagram than Instagram knows about themselves. 

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Garrett Atkins- Making Use of Full-Service Digital Platforms to Serve Others

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With the advent of the internet and advanced technologies, many business-minded people are investing in this sector. In fact, the number of people who have become reputed and wealthy online entrepreneurs has surged over the past 10 years. Among the reputed entrepreneurs who have stood out in the market, entrepreneur Garrett Atkins is a class above his peers.

At the age of 27 years, Garrett Atkins owns one of the successful full-service digital advertising companies. He is the Chief Executive Officer of VIE Media, a company based in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the founder and a major stakeholder in St. Louis Podcast.com, the only and the most incredible podcast recording studio in the region. 

What Does Garrett Atkins Advertising Business Focus On?

Through his VIE Media; Mr. Atkins has been working with many household brands that have also taken advantage of his full-service digital advertising platform. These labels include The UPS Store, Better Homes & Garden, Metro Powered by T-Mobile and Sansone Group. Other notable brands include Farmers Insurance and Arsenal Credit Union among others. 

For small business owners, VIE Media has been a blessing. Thanks to incredible leadership and guidance of Garrett, the company has been working with numerous renowned start-ups as well as small to medium-sized businesses. The good news is that Garrett has been responsible for the establishment and growth of these relationships that have led to these incredible partnerships.

Significantly, through his podcast recording studio, Garrett Atkins has changed the livelihood of many people looking for a means to share and view content online. His podcast has been using advanced technology such as 4K video recording of the podcast. 

Through his podcast, it has been easy for his clients content to be distributed to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and other incredible platforms. Luckily for most of his clients, the content is also perfect to distribute via social media. 

The most common platforms many of his clients use are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. This has been possible due to the implementation of high-quality videos.

Garrett Atkins has been an Inspiration to Many People 

It is not all about making money when it comes to Garrett Atkins’s endeavors. He is also a motivational public speaker who has inspired many people. He has been using social media, podcasting, and leadership to inspire many people not only in St. Louis but also in many other parts of the world. 

Among the great event, he has graced as a keynote speaker is the St. Louis Live2Lead event, an event that focuses on leadership. 

Garrett believes firmly that in life, those who do good things will then be rewarded down the road. Not because we live in some type of fantasy land but rather because people take notice of the good deeds you do and people to admire such things. They admire these things so much that they are also willing to work and provide a helping hand to those who are making a positive impact. 

What More Garrett Atkins has to Offer?

Mr. Atkins believes in the mantra that; nothing feels better than helping another human being. He is a Board of Directors of KMA Foundation, a non-profit organization that works together with the Missouri Department of Transportation. 

The main focus of the organization has been to identify roads where there is a high rate of fatalities and make necessary changes to reduce such deaths. Through this organization, Garrett Atkins and his team have been traveling to many high schools enlightening students about safe driving techniques and sensitizing the importance of safe driving. 

The organization has also been offering a scholarship to needy students. Mr. Atkins has been a staunch believer of good relationships and he believes they are the best way to serve other peoples’ interests. He wants to always be recognized as a great content creator, entrepreneur, public speaker, and a devoted philanthropist.

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How to Beat the Odds in Life with “Your Favorite Online Trapper” Anthony Williams

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Anthony Williams’ success is a classic story of falling on hard times and rising back up by reinventing himself. Before finally realizing his potential. From getting caught in one of the biggest marijuana busts to becoming one of the most promising and successful young entrepreneurs and economists. This young man has come a long way. At 24, Anthony Williams has achieved more than many of his age. His life story has been awe-inspiring, and it was only his determination and perseverance that he has allowed him to overcome all the difficulties that came his way and has become the man of influence and substance that he is today. Let’s take a closer look at his life and the struggles that he had to go through in a little detail.

Anthony Williams – An Eventful Life full of Struggles

Born in the twin cities St Paul- Minneapolis, Anthony was abandoned by his parents while he was still a kid. Raised amidst immense hardships by his grandmother, “Nanny,” he had seen all sorts of eventualities and difficulties coming through. Anthony recalls a police raid at his mom’s residence as his first memory since he was born. He then later lived in a Public Housing Project, called “The Rose” with his Nanny and his other siblings.

The harsh reality of life hit him hard when he and his family were kicked out of the rose when he was 17 and was rendered homeless. This was just before he was about to enter his senior year at high school. He would have perhaps perished in oblivion had one of his best friends who co-coincidentally also goes by the name of Anthony would not have helped him. Anthony, then moved into his friend’s house and lived there for a good five years till the age of 23.

While living with his now extended family, he had too little money to afford to go to a community college and hence had to drop out in less than two months of attending St. Paul Community College. He was forced into the world of drug dealing to make ends meet while working a job, but even that was barely enough for him to survive alongside his newly found family. The worst was about to come in 2017 when a Minnesota Police Patrol team intercepted a truck full of marijuana and had charged Anthony for possessing 50 kgs (nearly $2M worth) of it since he was also in the pick-up truck. He went to jail as well and had to fight a legal battle to beat the case against him. His good friend and an exemplary lawyer Daniel Repka helped him to win the case.

Having seen his life and struggles, let’s look at his success story as well.

Successes and Achievements

Anthony started with day trading in the Foreign Exchange Market initially and kept digging in the world of finance and banking, and after acquiring enough knowledge, he helped his mentor with improving his credit so that he could qualify to buy a Lamborghini SVJ. Since then, there has been no looking back, and he has been named as “The Numbers Guy” or “Your Favorite Online Trapper.”

At the age of 24, he has achieved quite a lot for any 24-year old. He has been successful in creating the first-ever hybrid company involving Finance and Education in Minnesota. His expert knowledge about numbers, money, and the financial markets has made him a sought after name by many independent Financial and Banking institutions. He is an A-list Board Certified Credit Consultant and is FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), and FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) certified. Anthony has helped clients with institutions as well as the end customers with his expert consultant services. When wearing his suits, Anthony proudly wears his Star Achiever Award lapel pin that he received during his early days in business as a Network Marketer for his exemplary service.

Anthony Williams – The Man with a Vision

With all that said, Anthony makes it pretty clear that he is into this business to help others. Perhaps that is much to do with the deep-rooted pain he had gone through being financially weak in his teens. He envisions, creating a system where people understand finance and the importance of money and how to go about increasing one’s worth, value, and credit through means of teaching financial literacy and investing.

His vision is to continuously create a delightful client and student experience showing that human touch, love, and compassion towards people with their particular financial problems. His purpose is to not only provide solutions to them but also to make them feel the way nobody else can make them feel when handling the sensitive topic of money — your friend in the financial arena.

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