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How Agostino Marengo Helps Millennials to grow and build the Future of Business

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Live like your future self is watching you.” That’s the motto that Agostino Marengo lives by and what ultimately led him to create the FSP [Future Self Proud] Self Growing Method, because he can see the potential of Millennial Generation as the near future most important job class.

Who is Agostino? He is a Multi-Hyphenate person as they call him. It means that does several different jobs and has continued his growth as a full-fledged: engineer-researcher-university professor-startup owner-philanthropist.

He says: “I’m an Engineer, I love airplanes because I like flying, I’m a University Professor, I love young people because they can fly and I’m an Entrepreneur, I love challenges because they allow me to fly.”

So, what is the Future Self Proud Self Growing Method?

Future Self Proud Method is about re-designing and building ourselves on new foundations that we can find only within ourselves, refining our senses and looking for our passions, that are the only ones that can give us the energy to reach our goals.

Passions, goals, energy. These are the three levers to rely on so that our “future-self” will be proud of us.

Let’s think about ourselves in 20 or 30 years, in the future, how are we doing now, how are we organizing now to be proud of ourselves and what we have done, in the future?

Marengo says: “Thinking about our future-self that looks at me is a constant of my day, it helps me to always act for the best and to make decisions dictated by common sense rather than by haste or desire. My future myself helps me to be better. Over the years I wondered how to make my future-self proud of me. I share my answer and my strategy in FSP Method.”

To put it simply, it can be thought about as a way of life in six steps that will impact on our personal and professional behaviour.

FSP STEP 1 – BELIEVE in your possibilities

If there is one thing guaranteed in life, it is that change is inevitable. No matter what we do, something around us will always change. So, Marengo suggests that due to these circumstances we must be self-aware, in order to know what to expect. In order to improve your perception, one has to learn about self-awareness, self-improvement, accountability, Kindness and honor so that they may accept and let go of change responsibly while remaining innovative. In order to improve yourself and your perception, you must be susceptible to change.

FSP STEP 2 – CLOSE with your past

FSP is all about the future, and in order to move forward, one must leave the past behind. It is important to not focus too much on the past. Often, this will hold you back and put you in a state of growth paralysis preventing you from improving yourself. Instead of loathing on the past, Marengo suggests moving on with gratitude. Be thankful for your past but accept whom it has made you and focus on what is to come and what is next in your growth.

FSP STEP 3 – INVENT yourself

One of the most important aspects of FSP, according to Marengo, is that it suggests for you to stop searching for yourself and instead focus on inventing yourself. When people are looking to prosper in life and their careers, they often think they have to stop for a moment and “search” for themselves and who they are. This is a waste of time, as an FSP talent, you have the ability to determine who you want to be and who you are going to be. The best part about inventing yourself is that you can make yourself the best that you can be.

FSP STEP 4 – FIND your WHY

Motivation, a driving force that at times, can make us work like a well-oiled machine. Some lack it while FSP talents never run out of it. It is important that you identify what drives you and what you are reaching for. On the surface, many see motivation on an emotional level, but it is also important to connect with motivation on an intellectual level and play smart with your decisions to make you happy.

FSP STEP 5 – PLAN your future

Grab a pen and pencil and write your goals. It’s no joke, having your goals on pen and paper and seeing them lay in front of you allows you to be more grounded and concrete. It is a start and allows for ideas to flow in and out of your head while creating space for more. Make a SMART model if you have to. Write down your goals and be specific with it, make sure it is measurable through time, be able to take action, measure the risks and estimate how long it is going to take you. Planning your future is a project management strategy that is guaranteed to help.

FSP STEP 6 – TAKE ACTION

So, you wrote down your goals, what next? You guessed it, take action. A lot of times, people make the mistake of thinking when it comes to this step. Ready to take action? Great, do not stop now to think, get up, and start taking some form of action. While this may be the most difficult step, Agostino makes sure that his students are taught to work hard, grind, and sacrifice themselves to reach their goals.

 

In conclusion, Marengo is searching for and building something he calls “FSP Talent”. Who is an FSP talent? First of all, he must have the humility to learn, which seems normal, but it’s not so. Our study paths divert us, they lead us to think that after sweating on our books we are ready to say something to ourselves, but! After studying, however, we are ready to understand how we learn and, often, we do not learn what we studied, but we learn to manage the change, our profession, our talent, our person within a team.

The team, that’s it! For an FSP Talent, the team is his “adoptive family”, he must know that others are there and he must be there for them, he must not leave them behind, he must cuddle them and he must be cuddled, he must poke them, impress them, laugh with them, plan, win, lose with a smile, develop a dream and share it.

An FSP Talent is a dreamer! An FSP Talent has respect and kindness in his DNA, another obvious characteristic, which my students say is not true.

Respect is not learned at school, but within the family… rare, like finding a golden nugget in Alaska in about fifty years.

An FSP Talent doesn’t stamp his card, he doesn’t work so hard to achieve, he joins his job for a reason: to change what’s there and share its satisfaction.

That’s what an FSP talent is.

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How Marco Cabrera Created a 6 figure Real Estate Empire in Less Than a Year

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All his life, Marco Cabrera has been an entrepreneur at heart. Ever since he was a little boy, Marco Cabrera’s mind was business oriented. He learned from a tender age to take advantage of every presenting opportunity to make some money. At some point in his childhood, he made money from his mother’s friends by offering to paint their nails for $5. When 7-year-old Marco knew that her mom’s friends used to get paid on Fridays, he realized it would not be difficult to get $5 from each of them by doing their nails on Saturdays when they came over to their house.

 

To Marco’s parents, that might have just been their kid passing time while making a few bucks to buy candy with. To Marco, however, this was the beginning of a long journey into the corporate world. It was never going to be an easy journey, especially considering that business is full of risks and an uncertain future. There was much learning to do, and Marco was ready to go all in on the lessons life was going to teach him.

 

Believing in Himself and Learning From His Mistakes

 

True to his nature as a serial entrepreneur, Marco Cabrera worked hard to the extent of setting up 5 businesses. Like any other risk-taker out there, he knew there was a chance that a few or none of the businesses would grow into huge enterprises. Even so, he was not about to stop dreaming, and most importantly, taking action.

 

In his own words, Marco says, “Some of the companies did better than others, but what mattered most to me was taking action, believing in myself and learning from my mistakes.” One such mistake he made was backing down from his dreams. Instead of pushing through with his dream of becoming the entrepreneur he was born to be, he ended up being employed. Though he was still making a sizeable income from two of his best-performing businesses, he wanted something more for himself, his wife, and two kids.

 

From Stable to Uncomfortable

 

Marco Cabrera might have secured a ‘stable’ job six years ago, but to him, it was the same as having given up on the dream of greatness. He wanted a life higher and beyond the corporate cubicles, he had found himself in. Marco says, “I felt like I had thrown in the towel on my dreams, and was now settling. I knew something was not right.” The discomfort he felt being in the corporate cubicles then bred the determination to leave it all for something else. He realized it was not all about the money, but about fulfillment. Then came the tall and thick wall separating him from leaping onto his destiny – fear. Marco’s vision had been somewhat blurred by the confines of the corporate job that he was terrified about failing if he dared trying reaching for his dreams. Marco Cabrera, however, knew that something had to give, and it surely did.

 

Building a Fresh Relationship With God

Having lacked the strength in him to move forward, Marco looked to God for help. He started working on his relationship with God. That is how he found the confidence, faith and drive to get to where he had always wanted to be, where he was supposed to be. He confesses, “Through Jesus Christ, I have been able to get clarity and a new focus in my life, family, and business.” During his time growing in Christ, Marco attended a seminar where he met a distinguished real estate investor, who later became his mentor. Before long, Marco, through his mentor’s coaching, was able to finally create a six-figure real estate business. Marco Cabrera finally saw and lived the reality of his lifelong dream, and it all happened within a year.

 

Unlike many who give up on their visions, Marco Cabrera did not. He finally quit his corporate job to fully become a real estate investor. Today, he closes deals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars every month without prior experience of having ever been in the real estate industry. So, what is stopping you from pursuing your dreams? Are you stuck in some corporate cubicle feeling sorry about yourself? Don’t let life beat you down. Like Marco, you can find help in Jesus and finally see the realization of your dreams.  

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5 Things Photographers Need to Know By Jaime Flores

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Jaime Flores is a photographer based in the Pacific Northwest (PNW). He is best known for his portraits but also does a variety of different types of photography. In just a span of a year, he grew his two instagram accounts to have 10x more followers than he had we started. Before photography, Jaime was going to college with no real idea of what he wanted to do for a career. After receiving his Associate’s degree with an emphasis in business, Jaime decided not to continue school and look for something new to pursue in life. He bought his first camera in April of 2018 and quickly gained the knowledge needed in order to be commercially successful in his hometown.

At first his focus was only portraits but later on he began doing product photography, events, landscapes and more. In May of 2019 he started his own Media company called Digital Trends Media. The company provides photography, videography, graphic design, and social media management services. Jaime hopes to inspire and help others find skills that are needed in today’s world driven by social media.

 

1. Carry your camera at all times

It’s actually really important to always have your camera with you. Pretty often, people get curious and will ask you: “Are you a photographer?” or “What kind of camera do you have?”. Use that as a chance to show them your work and/or hand them a business card (you should always have some). Take your camera everywhere you go and learn to take candid photos of people out in the city, take pictures of your food/drinks, take pictures of nature, etc. This seems pointless but people are willing to buy print versions of those types of photography. Expand your skillset beyond portraits.

 

2. Leverage your personality

Don’t rely solely on your work to catch the attention of potential clients. Your work will only get you so far but you have to be willing to put your personality out there as well. If you take a look at some of the most successful and well known photographers, you’ll notice that they not only take amazing pictures but they also have huge personalities. People love to see what the person behind the camera is like.

 

3. Make your photography stand out

Editing is crucial, spend lots of time learning new editing techniques. Also, when shooting portraits, take your time and really analyze backgrounds. Take pictures from numerous angles to give your pictures unique perspectives. Combine a unique editing style with new angles/ideas, and you will gain popularity.

 

4. Youtube is your best friend

A question I get asked all the time is: “How can I get better at taking pictures?” My answer is always Youtube and practice. Of course you can pay to attend seminars and pay for online photography courses, but to me that’s all unnecessary. All the information you need can be found on YouTube for FREE. At least that’s how I learned everything I know.

 

5. Cameras don’t do the work for you

A common misconception that people tend to have is that having a good camera is all it takes to be a good photographer. Nowadays an iPhone camera is the best camera to use as a beginner. Anyone can buy the most expensive camera but it takes knowledge about camera settings in order to take the best pictures, as well as good editing skills.

 

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There are 4 Ways to have Fun All Summer Long

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Three Connecticut friends transformed a dream into a booming business. While watching sports one night, something sparked their creativity and they realized that there was a gap in the sports industry. After conducting additional research, they found that they truly had an original idea, so they came together and created the blueprint for their game, and within a year, a prototype was born! Now there is a new way to enjoy summer sports whether you’re on a beach, at a picnic, gym, or park. This four- way intersecting volleyball net has all the fun of a traditional volleyball game but with a unique twist and a brand-new set of game rules.  

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The real final four.

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The World’s First 4-Way Volley Ball Net

Chris Meade, the co-founder of CrossNet recounts the journey of creating the world’s first 4-way volleyball net when the idea was only in its infancy. “A prototype that was created and tested on a beach in the summer of 2018 gained lots of attention. It went from the four of us playing and having a good time to 25 people waiting in line and me not even getting to play my own game at the beach. As soon as that happen, we knew we had a great game.”

Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight

In most cases, success doesn’t happen overnight, and this was definitely the case for the Connecticut trio, they attribute their success to creating a clear set of game rules for their users, implementing strong branding techniques, and utilizing social media to build brand awareness and outreach. “We were three kids from a farming town in Connecticut. We had an idea and we were able to make it come to life, and now we’re being played in over 500 gym classes across the world. You can also find their products in some of the world’s top retail stores like Walmart, Target, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Amazon, and many more.

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The best place to meet your friends is at the net.

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New-Found Freedom

Meade enjoys the life that entrepreneurship has awarded him. Since the business has taken off, he’s able to reclaim his time, energy, and life back. When asked how has entrepreneurship improved his life, he had this to say: “I have more flexibility! “Nothing is worse than going to a job everyday and working for somebody to improve their business. Everyday I wake up and ‘think how do I improve my business?’ Which is a direct impact on my life and the life that I live.”

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Spike what? CROSSNET!

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Changing the Game of Outdoor Sports

Meade is proud of the success and attention that the CrossNet game has gained since it’s release in June 2017, he also mentions that the sports industry has plenty room for innovation, yet, despite the passing of time, the industry lacks fresh innovation, until now! “The outdoor game and sports market is a very boring industry, and I mean that in the sense that no innovative outdoor game products really came out to the market. Our parents and their friends have been playing corn hold, Frisbee, and basketball outside for the last 100 years. There’s only so many times [that a new outdoor game is developed] and becomes a game changer, and we’ve brought in a four-way volleyball net, four-square combined, and a new game of CrossNet.”

CrossNet Brings Value to Players

CrossNet is a unique game that brings value to anyone who is willing to take part in the sport. Families can enjoy this game at a picnic, or at the beach. Physical education instructors can use this game as a pre-workout tool or as a fun workout for students. Even professional athletes can find ways to enjoy this game. Its versatility and easy game rules makes this a suitable activity for anyone to enjoy. Meade says “Leisure players can now play volleyball in a one-on-one setting. Children and young adults who are looking to learn the basic skills of volleyball can now play with select friends. It’s also a great warm-up and skill and development tool as well.

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Sunset CROSSNET in Australia. (via @nbva.manly)

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Here’s to the Future!

Chris Meade is a young 26-year-old who has successfully traversed the world of business and entrepreneurship. Together, him and his friends were able to take an idea, and turn it into profit. As a piece of advice to young aspiring entrepreneurs, he says “Have a concrete idea and run it by your peers. Don’t give up! It’s been over two years in the making and we went from a company that celebrated one sale a day, to now making the news in Minnesota were sport anchors are taking our game out of the box and showing the entire state of Minnesota.”

For business inquiries and questions, Chris Meade can be reached at [email protected].

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