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Dyar Al-Ashtari’s 5 Best Tips On Being a Young CEO

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23-year-old Dyar Al-Ashtari is the CEO of a digital firm, Pivot Flow LLC. A startup that he launched at the age of 17, with his partner. The digital firm specializes in content creation, search engine optimization, and website development. Today, Pivot Flow LLC is worth almost 25 million US dollars and Al-Ashtari himself is worth 3 million US dollars.

 

Dyar Al-Ashtari achieving such career highlights at the young age of 23 is no small feat. That is why we caught up with him to share some inspiration and advice to young upcoming CEOs. These are his 5 best tips on being a young CEO.

 

On Life

 

Dyar Al-Ashtari believes that the most important tip on being a successful CEO, especially a young one, is to understand that success in your workspace is not the goal; the goal is success in life. Real success is not limited to financial success but also entails succeeding at having a wholesome life. Every other aspect of your life has to be on par with the kind of business success you want to achieve as a CEO. And the only way to achieve this is to integrate work ethic into your life.

 

It is not enough to demonstrate a strong work ethic at the office and within work forums only. Replicate that high level of organization, consistency, determination, productivity, and cooperation in all other aspects of your life. Al-Ashtari made his strong work ethic part of his lifestyle since the inception of his first business at 13 years old. Today, he attributes the success he has achieved as a young CEO to this decision.

 

On Goals

 

The biggest challenge that young entrepreneurs face today when coming up is being coined “too ambitious”. There are only a few people who will believe in their vision and even fewer people willing to support them. Dyar Al-Ashtari and his partner faced the same challenge when getting their startup off the ground but they did not give up. To the young entrepreneurs, he says “aim for the stars, you might just reach them.” Nobody believed Al-Ashtari would generate his first million dollar profit at the age of 18, but he believed it and he did it.

 

In his journey as a young CEO, one of the skills that have ensured Al-Ashtari’s consistent progress as an entrepreneur is the ability to set realistic deadlines. As a leader, you have to be aware of your capabilities and those of your employees both at a comfortable pace and under healthy pressure. This should dictate how you schedule tasks and set deadlines. Otherwise, you and your workforce will be under too much pressure, fatigued and suffer from burnouts leading to decreased productivity. And as the CEO, learn to listen to your mind and body, when you need a break take one, recharge and come back at a hundred percent.

 

On Leadership

 

Mistakes and setbacks are inevitable on any entrepreneurial journey. Dyar Al-Ashtari affirms that as a young CEO you will make numerous mistakes, some easily overlooked, some costly. And as the leader, you will be tasked with the responsibility of moving the business forward after such challenges. This will only be possible if you change your perspective. View your mistakes as less of failures and more of lessons. Take a step back, do your assessment, understand the lesson, refine your process and get back to your journey.

 

As the CEO you should always be at the forefront of learning. In today’s technological era, change is rampant and being caught unawares is not an option. So, in the struggle to remain relevant, you must actively and constantly learn, change and adapt. You have to know how to use the new tools from today to your advantage and your company’s. Your company’s survival and relevance will be dependent on the ability to provide solutions to today’s problems.

 

In Conclusion

 

Dyar Al-Ashtari has proven that being a successful young CEO and a successful entrepreneur is possible. He maintains that the journey, while well worth it, is not for the lighthearted. There will be challenges, but these 5 tips should set the foundation for you to overcome them. Al-Ashtari hopes that he inspires the next young CEOs by sharing his journey. It is your time to get out there and be great.

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Jake Brackenwagen Is Only 23, Yet He Already Has Over $10M In Real Estate

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While many 23 year olds are still not sure what it is that they want to do for a living, one individual in particular is smiling his way to the bank because of the years of work he’s already sacrificed and put into his career. His name is Jake Brackenwagen, and he already has over $10M worth of real estate under his name.

Jake is essentially playing the game “Monopoly” in real life. As the owner of Jake Buys Houses, he buys multi family investment properties on the cheap, and after stabilizing management, dropping expenses, rehabbing, and boosting cash flow, he either sells them for a profit or keeps them as an investment. He believes that his greatest accomplishment to date has been the trust that investors have given him in their family’s money, for the responsibility and pressure to perform for them is one of the greatest feelings in the world for him.

Jake has had numerous pivotal moments, but two in particular stick out to him. He’s never let his age hold him back, for his first deal was done while he was still in high school, and this helped him get over the fear that many people have about doing their first deal. His bias towards action has clearly paid off handsomely, for he has absolutely no fear when working with clients or investors today. Because of the mentality he has developed, he is able to move forward and continue progressing very quickly. As a matter of fact, the very first private money investor that he brought in has now done four separate deals with him. 

“My biggest piece of advice I’d give to anyone just starting in this industry is to first make sure to read and comprehend as many books as possible on investing, real estate and business. You should always use conservative numbers in your cash flow estimates, keep large reserves, and have patience for a good deal. Never get trigger happy,” Jake told me.

Jake apparently wasn’t inspired into this business, for he instead tried it just because he wanted to make lots of money and have financial freedom from passive income. Interestingly enough, this picked up for him very quickly after getting into this game, for he got those two much quicker than he had expected. 

When asked why he believes he has succeeded in a generation of people who seem to feel lost, he explained, “I spent ages 0-9 mostly in the back of a single engine airplane, traveling the country with my family. I’ve never had a game system, so I found my fun by getting out and doing things. Multiple near-death experiences made things seem easier in the normal world, for at age 6, I had my own boat with a mortar that I took daily fishing in one of Wisconsin’s most deadly rivers. I’ve even had a few earlier entrepreneurial attempts, such as selling pearls I found in the river at age 7, selling bait fish from ages 8-9, selling fishing lures on Ebay from ages 10-12, and even mowing lawns and tilling gardens.”

Now being hooked to playing his favorite game growing up, Monopoly, as his full time career, Jake is showing no signs of slowing down. As a matter of fact, his next moves are to continue with his current buying strategy until the next market downturn. At which point, his current assets will either be consolidated and sold, or refinanced. According to Jake, his investor network will be expanded massively during downturn, and he will be buying America for pennies on the dollar. The gap in value and price will allow for him and his investors to easily turn all their properties into energy neutral properties, or be sold and reinvested into their next investments. 

“I believe real estate is my favorite thing in the world simply because I’m really good at it. If I sucked, or if things hadn’t worked out the way they did, I’m sure I’d feel differently. But at the same time, if I did indeed do poorly in the beginning, I’d likely still be hooked to this business simply because I’ve always seen the potential,” Jake explained.

His ultimate goal is to give away all of his money, either soon before or immediately after his death. Whatever amount that ends up being, he hopes it makes a recognizable difference. 

If you’d like to keep up to date with Jake, you can follow him on Instagram (@jakebuyshouses) where he occasionally updates his audience on his latest deals.

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Saqib Malik The Face Of The Digital World!

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Smart work has always got an upper hand over hard work. It’s all about how you progress and give the best to your clients and the end-users.

Saqib Malik, an entrepreneur from England has changed the entire scenario of entrepreneurship. He began his career as a full stack developer and later made his foray into music production. Having a deep interest in Information Technology, he improved his skills and made his mark as a significant name in the digital marketing industry.

He is the founder of Prestige Perfections, a digital media company which focuses towards the growth of Artists, celebrities, Influencers and businesses. For his company, he has many employees all around the world, who are remotely working to create job opportunities.

Besides this, the young entrepreneur also owns Diamond Jewellery business Ice For Clout, web hosting company Hosting Vender and the news portal named Clout News.

Clout News, is one of the fastest-growing portals on the internet. Right from films to the latest market trends, the portal keeps the audiences updated with all the new and authentic information. Moreover, the website has subsequently seen a drastic growth and it has got good traffic with a strong presence on Google.

Saqib has kept his work-life flexible and has experimented at several things out of which celebrity management is another feather in his cap. He has worked for many elite artists and brands including Juicy J, Chloe Crowhurst, DJ Shadow, Pitbull, Janet Jackson, Warner Bros, 300 Entertainment and many more.

His theory for success revolves around “Making connections. Customers. Investors. Partners. Press. Build that trust. Speak their language. The little things count.”

Well, in teenage when everyone is busy partying, Saqib Malik has taken a completely different route and is on his way to become the youngest and the most successful entrepreneur in today’s time.

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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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