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Chris Diaz Epitomizes The Saying ‘Your Network Is Your Net Worth’

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Chris Diaz has built incredible relationships with athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and influencers. His vast network of connections has allowed him to build out a 100M+ person digital network, grow a personal brand online that gives him credibility and has established himself as a leader of his industry. Whenever he encounters a new person, he immediately seeks to provide value to them, because this allows for a transparent and authentic relationships to form that will create a natural energy that will return massive value for everyone in the long term. While he radiates positive energy today, this sadly wasn’t always the case for Chris.

Chris Diaz once felt that he had nothing left to live for, and felt completely depressed with no drive nor direction. He was lacking drive to the point where he would nearly fall asleep at any point during the day, would procrastinate everything possible, and even failed to seek proper treatment for his dog. But, Chris is here to tell you firsthand: you can rise out of any situation, no matter how dark it may seem in the moment. In fact, the lowest points in life are when you learn most, develop the most mental toughness, and are able to bounce back than ever before. 

And did Chris ever bounce back. 

He decided to invest the last dollars to his name into growth and personal development. In doing this, he found a passion for helping others grow, and there is no other platform at the moment better for personal growth than Instagram. With this in mind, Chris decided to go all in on what he loves to do, and pursued Instagram with everything he had. Using his authentic transformation and story along with strategically leveraging his personal brand to build the right relationships, Chris soon found massive success with building an online business.

Chris is now able to leverage his connections and large following to help bring substantial growth to his clients’ brands and effectively scale it so they are able to have a digital footprint comparable to his. As a master of marketing & personal branding, he is very aware of the challenges associated with it, and is willing to share some tips on personal branding. 

First, you must be willing to put in the time to engage with your followers and make them feel important. Get creative when it comes to strategy, cross platform market yourself, collaborate with industry leaders, and similar accounts in your niche. While you can grow from your phone rather than an office desk, it still requires you to put in hours similar to a full time job. Next, consistency is key. To see massive growth, staying on top of your content and providing daily value is huge in a saturated social media market. Differentiate yourself, and turn your followers into opportunities, clients, or business partners. Last, and arguably the most important, Chris stresses that success takes time. While Instagram is a great platform, it also gives everyone access to successful people’s lives, which gives a sense of urgency to be successful now. Comparing your chapter 2 to someone’s chapter 20 will only bring stress and frustration, as even the most successful influencers have been grinding for years to get to where they are. 

With a work ethic and mindset as strong as Chris possesses, even he still credits his long term success to building a rock solid team around him. He values the team he surrounds himself with, building strong relationships with them to establish a level of trust and respect, and constantly supporting and pushing those around him to be their best so they can return the favor and see massive growth together. 

Chris Diaz is a force in the industry thanks to his profound ability to network and connect with people, and his successes are only the beginning.

He can be contacted via his Instagram @itschrisdiaz & for business inquiries you can schedule a consultation with him at http://chrisdiaz.co

I am a Marketing & PR Specialist with a strong background in E-commerce with over 5 years experience. I am the CEO of Prestige Public Relations, a PR agency where I help entrepreneurs big and small get their story on major publications.

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Journey Into An Artist’s Life: Exclusive Interview With Jennifer Jean

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Meet Jennifer Jean. A hapa who grew up in Philadelphia and has been creating art for over 15 years. She attended Syracuse University and received her MFA from Boston University. She worked as a gallery director, operations manager, and fine art consultant, and has been an adjunct educator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Jennifer Jean is currently the President and Founding exhibition chair of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. MA chapter. Recently I got a chance to interview Jennifer, and we spoke about her journey as an artist. 

In this article, you’ll learn all about her story, her biggest influences, values and principles that led to her success and a lot more. This article is jammed with a lot of life-changing experiences. 

1. Tell me about yourself (a brief background story) and what you do?

My name is Jennifer Jean, and I grew up in Philadelphia. I attended Syracuse University and received my MFA from Boston University. Art and being an artist are therapy for me, not just physically but psychologically and spiritually. My dual Buddhist-Catholic heritage is reflected in my work. I think of my art as an objective homage to my Eastern and Western traditions and to the raw architecture and sounds of the city. My 2D work (primary oil on canvas and wood) is a reflection of what is beautiful and sometimes misconceived in both cultures. My use of color and creative texture lend harmoniously from the natural world and my heritage influences. 

Each piece I create is inspired by my own life, language, travel experiences, and poems. Poems have a way of speaking the truth, to empower and encourage the reader as 2D and 3D artworks affect the viewer. Conflict, balance, and harmony are reflected in each piece.

What do I do? My life is filled with creating, managing, mentoring, and communicating about modern and contemporary art. I worked as a gallery director, operations manager, and fine art consultant, and have been an adjunct educator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. I am currently the president and founding exhibition chair of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. MA chapter. As one Gallery Director said ‘You are a character who is always smiling’. I know for myself I am unconventional but inspiring and outré at times — so what I do and create is a reflection of that. In short, I do artsy things.

2. Who were the biggest influences in your life?

My Mama has always been my creative inspiration, a safe and offbeat person. My first memory in the arts was being able to create a wall consisting of a large white or brown paper held by tape—my artistic Mama would say “wow me.” I thought this was the norm in everyone’s home. She would always hide my doodles from my Dad who feared the lack of security of being an artist. 

Other influences, include Philadelphia. Outside of school, I spent many hours exploring the 1300 Chestnut Street murals, sketching at the Rodin Museum, and sitting/drawing in the Arms and Armor room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In addition, I sketched anyone who would let me and sometimes people I saw at a distance—I still remember the glares and fingers of unwilling subjects.

Happily, both continue to be strong forces and inspiration to me. This year I started my COPA Artist in Residence ‘the Arts in the Court project 2020-2023’ for judge’s chambers where my 60×48 inches oils give us a glimpse into an earlier period of Philadelphia history where the city was the “workshop of the world”. The potential subjects include the manufacturing line at old industrial companies such as a Bergodoll brewery, the Tasty Cake Company, Philco Radio Company, and steel making at Midvale Heppenstall.  

3. What do you think about when you create art?

I always start by writing ideas. These thoughts lead to themes adding conflict, balance, and harmony to shape my work’s form and energy. 

From the written ideas, images are formed from quick sketches, and the work begins. Every piece in the series is a representation of an idea. I did this with my current theme: ‘Knots of the mind’ which explores the ongoing melee between the heart and the mind, complicated by love, hunger, power, doubt

4. What values and principles have led to your success?

A constant thirst for knowledge and determination. I’m lucky to have my Mama’s gift at following through with things. She would say “Listen to yourself as there is always another way,” Those words along with “one, done and move on” are constant reminders of why I love being an artist. 

As long as I am able to create art, write, and experience the joys of life—a hopeful outlook—then I have achieved some balance. Balance consists of always learning, experiencing, and pushing myself to reach for more—an ongoing narrative where I hope to always be surrounded by honest critics, and people who are inspiring and stimulated in their own lives. Laughing is a must, and being loved and respected by intelligent people. I want to be mind-blown and leave this world a little better.

5. Do you have a special ritual when you create art? 

I’m a creature of habit! My personality keeps me listening to the same album when creating a piece and ultimately a series. I sit on the ground a pillow covered with paint along with standing constantly when my bum is numb. I am able to close off the outside, which I am grateful for.  

6. Any other hobbies we should know about?

I love anything water-related especially vacationing on lakes where I can waterski and so forth. Other than collecting books, I collect shells from my travels. They are so beautiful and to know they were once a home that provided shelter for a beautiful or unsightly creature is incredible. 

7. What advice would you give to your younger self?

No preparation is enough to be a full-time artist. You just need to persist and dive in.

“I think a lot of making art is listening to yourself,” said Kiki Smith. This holds true to how you want to be perceived on social media. By listening to oneself you are never limited—it is your own vision. 

You can reach Jennifer Jean on IG: @jennyjean25

You can also check out her website: http://jenniferjeanart.com/

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Meet Rob Krzak: The Athlete Turned Businessman That Operates a Seven-Figure Online Business

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Rob Krzak grew up playing three different sports, with dreams of attending a D1 school and one day being the new face of the sports industry. Now he runs a successful e-Commerce business that has transformed his life. 

In the 8th grade he began getting offered D1 scholarships, but instead he chose to go to public high school instead. He went into his local Public High school believing that he could change the culture and make a change in the sports world. He worked hard, but eventually felt like he had enough and started making bad decisions. After being a three sports athlete his entire life, his senior year came around and he was completely kicked off of all teams because of his poor choices in partying and having many distractions,

“The day I got in my car after finding out I was kicked off the football team where I was the senior quarterback, I drove home devastated, but deep down I knew a chapter of my life was coming to an end and I needed to find a new one,” he shares.

Rob knew he wanted to be different than everyone in his graduating class. He didn’t believe in dream chasing, he had a much bigger vision. This is when he first started with online business. Rob first did Amazon FBA where he was successful, but he wasn’t able to grasp the scaling aspect. After, he decided to move into the e-Commerce business. With e-Commerce he learned that he can scale Facebooks ads aggressively. Rob loves speed and control, and he quickly learned that e-Commerce gave him both of those things. His business has now turned into a seven-figure online business.

His biggest challenge throughout this process has been commitment. Staying focused when you first start an online business can be very difficult he shares, especially when you are used to a certain lifestyle.

“When you jump into online business the biggest challenge is commitment. People don’t actually realize that an actual online business requires everyday work, rather its 15 minutes to 10 hours. Checking in everyday is showing commitment and I believe when first starting, commitment is something lots of people lack in the beginning, including myself,” he says.

For him, mindset isn’t the biggest thing when it comes to starting a new business venture, if anything he believes it is overhyped. He believes that people focus too much on mindset and not enough on the commitment aspect of things.

“People would rather THINK they were doing something good rather than showing up and winning the day. Mindset is very important when things get rough in business, which they do. Entrepreneurship comes with bumps in the road and when first starting if you do not have a STRONG mindset you will fail and become the 95% off people instead of the 5%,” he emphasizes. 

What truly sets Rob apart and has made him so successful is his authenticity. He describes this as the most important aspect of himself and business owners alike. When it comes to his business, he is completely transparent with his customers. He values over providing information and making an actual impact on the world more than anything else. 

For more information on this entrepreneur, click here.

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Meet Andrew Evans: The Serial Entrepreneur With The Secret To Success

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Serial entrepreneur Andrew Evans is the host of the Ace Weekly Podcast, one of the top 100 podcasts on Apple Podcasts. He currently owns and operates four separate companies: AI Powered Forex Trading Software, Student Development Company, Ace Weekly Podcast, and a Social Media Marketing Agency.

For as long as he could remember, Andrew has had a heart and desire for entrepreneurship.

“Whether it was starting a landscaping company, performing magic at restaurants or starting an e-commerce site, I always was attracted to the idea of getting paid based on the value that I deliver to others. My perspective is that entrepreneurs are the people that change the world and I love that my work each day has the opportunity to impact so many others,” he says.

At a young age, Andrew was already fueling his entrepreneurial drive with his success in sales. He developed his work ethic, speaking skills, and learned to connect with others by building numerous small businesses, but he always knew that he had a deeper calling to serve and impact others. After breaking sales records at his company throughout the years, Andrew decided that he wanted to equip other young people with the same skills and habits that he’d developed.

In 2018, he began working on the Ace Weekly Podcast where he would be teaching other aspiring leaders how to gain the mentality needed to be successful.

“Ace Weekly teaches people the skills, habits and the mentality that is needed to succeed today. I show others how to dominate their field, and find fulfillment in the process by interviewing high-profile entrepreneurs, CEOs, athletes, and other influencers,” he shares. 

Andrew’s Spartan organization works with more students than any other organization in Miami-Dade County. His mission is to empower young people and transform the way that they show up in our world and in our communities. The reason why he opened his original sales office in Miami is because of the great impact that Vector Marketing had on his life at a young age and he wanted to be able to provide that same opportunity to other young people in his community. They work with more students than any other organization in Miami-Dade county.

“Young people are the future of our country and world, and because of this, I know that when I am able to positively impact and change the trajectory of many students lives and careers, I am subsequently impacting and changing the world,” he says. 

Aside from his podcast and sales office, Andrew is also passionate about creating a financial revolution for individuals across the world. Powered by Artificial Intelligence, his corporation Ace Trading Enterprises is helping provide software that allows the average person to have an easier and more successful experience in the world of trading and investing.

His future goals involve transforming the broken education system by building a non- profit college in Miami. Andrew wants to create a modern curriculum that advances human consciousness and teaches students the information and skills that are most important for young people to learn, all while creating a placement program that ensures that students are graduating with job offers and equipped to be valuable in the industry that they desire. 

When Andrew started the Ace Weekly Podcast, his main goal was to help provide and equip people with the mindset that is required to succeed. As someone with the habits and mentality needed to be successful in life, he is a role model for people who wish to find success.

For more information on this entrepreneur, click here.

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