You can’t always count on college to get you the success you seek. Sometimes, even moving to a different continent and pursuing an undergraduate degree in a coveted professional field doesn’t work. For Ismael Sidi, college in America was a chance to surpass the success he could have found at home in Niger, West Africa – one of the poorest countries in the world. He always considered himself to have an entrepreneurial mind, even back when he was just six years old. Little did he know then that that mindset would serve him well into his young adulthood.
In order to complete a degree in Petroleum Engineering at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, he left behind his family in 2010, from whom he learned all that he now values about success.
While in school, he put in the effort to secure his success in the field, even working part time for NASA. While working with NASA, he worked specifically at the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. One would think that Sidi was doing everything he could in his position to prepare for what would come in the post-graduate world. However, he was ultimately faced with a common situation soon after – unemployment.
But this wasn’t enough to stop Ismael. He credits his determination and entrepreneurial skills to his upbringing. He owes his values and core beliefs to what his father taught him. And he owes his compassion and determination to his mother. And in his career, it is his strong connection to and love for his family that ultimately drove him to be successful enough to give back to them. He even went on to give back to his home community in Niger.
Faced with this unemployment after graduating college, Ismael chose to thrust himself into a career of entrepreneurial e-commerce, where he would ultimately surpass hundreds of thousands of dollars, to get to millions, by his second year in the business! He eventually had enough money and success built up in this field to give back in a way he chose fit.
In 2018, Ismael founded an NGO that is now called TAGAZ and is based in NIger. With this NGO, Ismael set out to sponsor other entrepreneurs in Niger who held dreams similar to his own. He was also able to utilize his new-found wealth to support his younger brother in pursuing a college degree in Canada. With his efforts, perhaps one day his brother will be able to follow in his footsteps
As you can see, Ismael took a struggling situation and found a means to succeed despite it. He claims that his ability to not give up comes from the fact that he recognizes his opportunities in America and what they mean for him and his family. He also recognizes that it’s his priority to give back to his family and community at home. And equally important to him, Ismael credits his success to his wife, who supported the two of them when Ismael couldn’t pitch in. His family is one of his most valuable resources in business.
Setting an amazing example for anyone who wants to pursue big dreams with minimal resources, Ismael says,
“I haven’t really had my worst time yet, but I’m comfortable with failures and challenges in business. When life gets in the way, I pray and talk to my father. I am very self-aware. Self-awareness is one of the most important traits of successful entrepreneurs, so I’m mentally prepared for the worst times and whatever I have to do, I do. Whoever I have to outwork, I do.
If you wake up excited every day to live the day, then you’re successful. Success is not a universal metric; however, it is directly correlated with happiness. You can’t be successful if you’re unhappy.”
Mona Corona’s Luxury Travel Brand is Where Instagrammability Meets Eco-Sustainability
Mona Molayem, also known by her Instagram handle Mona Corona stormed onto the luxury blogging scene in 2017 with the goal of inspiring millennial women to obtain their dream vacations on a gig economy budget. Her travel blog and Instagram posts are packed with various resourceful travel “hacks” on how to secure business class upgrades to screen saver worthy destinations all over the world while gaming loyalty programs and cutting costs that might befall the less savvy (and wealthier) boomers. As a luxury travel and lifestyle influencer, she has collaborated with mega brands such as Nike and Hilton just in the last year, and her following has doubled, tripled, and quadrupled in the three years since her blog’s conception. However, what sets Mona apart from her peers on Instagram and the rest of the blogosphere the most is her devotion to ethical and responsible ecotourism. Going into the near year, her platform continues to be not only making luxury travel affordable, but environmentally sustainable too.
For instance, while a many Instagram travel influencers are perfectly happy showing off their figure in a bathing suit and Gucci flip flops for “likes”, Mona would rather call her followers’ attention to her reef safe sunscreen. She says, “Sunscreen and bug sprays are the two products that tourists use which cause the greatest damage to our ecosystems. Reef-safe sunscreen while swimming in the ocean is a must to protect the natural environment from dying off. Certain sunscreens contain harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate which cause damage to coral reefs” and her posts and stories are filled similarly eco-friendly advice. Thinking about taking a cute pic of yourself posing with a tiger in Thailand for The ‘Gram? (Or maybe your Hinge profile?) Her blog points out that these animals are often drugged and sedated to their health detriment, and while she never scolds or preaches to her audience, she raises awareness to issues many Western tourists might take for granted. She is a longtime advocate of Elephant Nature Park, one of the few ethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, which she ranks as one of her top ten travel experiences of the decade.
As a millennial in the Influencer Age, Mona understands that the true value in luxury travel is not merely in the over-water bungalows of Maldives or the lux “glamping” sites of the Sahara, but in the experiences themselves, whether it’s a starry desert sky or the sight of a silver Moroccan moon that could make a Carl Jung profess faith in the goddess Astarte, or more importantly, getting to interact with the local people of these distant places and appreciate their cultures. She says, “If an area is known for a certain crop such as coffee or chocolate, consider going on a locally-run plantation tour. Anything you can do to interact with locals and learn about their heritage and/or daily life is a great way to culturally immerse yourself and connect to the people and surroundings.”
With the rise of environmental awareness, green movements, and the millennial generation seeing (and reeling from) errors of our predecessors, 2020 marks a shift in collective consciousness and Mona Molayem has her finger on the pulse. To quote Chief Seattle, “Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” Juxtapose this wisdom with one of my favorite Mona Corona Instagram posts, which is a picture of a sign on a beach in Maui that simply reads, “Protect the Earth; it is the only one we have.” The image is a perfect summation of her mission: to make trips to these destinations not only enjoyable, but to protect them so that our future generations can enjoy them too.
Author credit: Barrett Lyle
How Have Success on Fashion Industry – with Chrisa Pappas
Chrisa Pappas is an established brand in the world of fashion, offering honed perspective and value to those on the hunt for fashion advice, information, and inspiration. At the core of the Chrisa Pappas brand is the mission to make luxury fashion more relatable – to give people the tools they need to make informed decisions when it comes to their fashion investments while offering fashion insight and inspiration through a lens that is elegant, educated, sophisticated, fashion-forward, fun, and approachable.
As a lifelong luxury client, she is able to share her real-life fashion adventures with her followers through her social media channels. She has a unique ability to influence a wide age range of followers who shop high end luxury with her authentic experiences, style and sense of fashion. Chrisa has created her own network in the fashion industry both on the client and PR side. She has hosted successful shopping events for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Net-a-Porter (to name a few). She educates women on how to shop luxury products which in turn leads to long term client relationships with each brand.
Chrisa can’t really say when she started her career since she feels like she draws inspiration from her entire life.
She has always had a great eye for style and has the ability to add her special touch to the world around her. With the rise of social media, Chrisa has been able to share her unique taste with her followers. Her daily fashion looks and beauty routine started off as a fun hobby, but has now turned into a full time business. She shares her fashion experiences, reviews products and inspires stylish yet wearable looks to those who follow her. Her business may have physically started 3 years ago but to her this is a lifelong adventure.
To conclude, we list three small suggestions from her:
- Focus on what makes you stand out and shine. Do not try to be anyone but yourself.
- Keep it simple, do not overthink everything.
- Learn from what you do everyday and become better from all successes or failures
Make sure to follow her on Instagram
Gaurav Gaikwad from Pune has become the highest paid influencer
Gaurav Gaikwad is specialised in the blogging niches of Lifestyle , Fashion , Technology & Travel.
He is the owner of blog www.thegauravgaikwad.com
His site is ranked 1st on the Google page .
With over 37k followers on Instagram and 1.5 lakh blog views ,Gaurav is the only one in his age group to achieve this .
He started blogging at the early age of 17 but Initially he was not so recognised .
With consistency towards creating content , Gaurav’s blog started to grow exponentially .
His passion towards blogging took him to become the top blogger of the country .
At beginning Gaurav did many barter collaboration with brands . After many successful collaboration. Gaurav started getting many paid international collaboration. Who offering more than $1000 .
Gaurav only promotes those brands which focuses on customer satisfaction .
Gaurav’s journey is inspiration to many teenagers who hesitate to follow their passion
Today at the age of 18 Gaurav earns about $2500 USD a month by collaboration on Instagram and Google Ads .
He is managed by THEPRIYANSHUCHAIHANCOMPANY and GRAVMO DIGITAL .
Gaurav is coming up with his new startup in January 2020 .
Title – Ace Fashion & Lifestyle Influencer of country.
Currently he is perusing his Btech Computer engg degree .
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