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.”
How To Work From Anywhere & Travel The World For Free: With Zach Benson
The life of an entrepreneur is a very hard and lonely road that most people often quit because of how hard and inconsistent it can be. Sure, there are a lot of successful entrepreneurs out there but there are even more that are barely getting by or some that are in massive debt. When it comes to social media it seems as if every entrepreneur and influencer is wealthy and happy but that’s not always true. It takes years of hard work and dedication for most entrepreneurs to even be able to hit the 6 figure mark.
To be able to work from anywhere using just a laptop and a phone is the goal every entrepreneur wants to reach, but most don’t have what it takes to reach that goal. Zach Benson is apart of the few entrepreneurs who do have what it takes and more. Benson is a full-time entrepreneur, world traveler, influencer, speaker, and investor. Growing up was a bit difficult for Benson because he had a speech impediment which was the reason why he couldn’t pronounce the letter “R” until he was in his twenties.
The kids Benson grew up with would always make fun of him for his speech impediment and especially because he looked different. He always felt left out and very different because he was born in Korea and was later adopted by his parents in Iowa, so of course none of the local kids understood his situation. Everything seemed to change for Benson once he found dance. In high school, one of Benson’s girlfriends gave him a “How To Breakdance” DVD and he watched it day and night while practicing.
In his college years, Benson was traveling and competing in dance competitions. He actually made it onto the popular TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”. After all of that, he started teaching others how to dance and he was earning $1,000 an hour for it. Then, one day he hurt his back and the doctor told him he would probably never be able to dance again with his injury. Benson became depressed but he knew he had to do something, so Benson and his brother started growing Instagram accounts for money.
Then something quite random happened, he had an opportunity to invest his last $10,000 into an Instagram account. He made that choice to invest every last dollar of his and with the new account, he used it to grow his client’s accounts. With all of the money he was making with the new investment he kept buying accounts and assets.
Now, Benson is the founder of Assistagram, an Instagram growth, and marketing agency with an incredible network of 220 million followers. They specialize in the growth of Instagram accounts. He is currently working with some of the most famous brands and celebrities in the world: everyone from Ritz Carlton, Russell Brunson, etc. Benson also specializes in Instagram campaigns that are able to reach millions of people worldwide. He works with Tourism Boards and brings over destination influencers to different countries to create the most amazing content to share it and make that content go viral, which results in lots of exposure, growth and new customers.
In the past 3 years, Benson has received over 500 completely free nights at the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts. Luxury brands definitely see the ROI when it comes to Benson. Thousands of influencers, celebrities, and brands trust Benson with their campaigns and Instagram accounts because of the amazing results he is able to deliver in such a short amount of time. Benson is currently one of the best Instagram growth and marketing entrepreneurs in the world.
Why College Is A Trap With Sam Bakhtiar
My man Anthony Delgado came all the way from Puerto Rico to be on today’s podcast! Anthony was in PR because he runs an entrepreneur community there called Disrupt Puerto Rico. He was born and raised in NY but his families homeland is PR so it’s near and dear to him. Due to the last devastation in PR which left them in a blackout, Anthony decided he wanted to do something about it. His driving point is showing people how to get resourceful. Over here College doesn’t always mean you’re going to be successful in life and it can actually be a trap for most, the same goes for the people in PR. Surprising to most, many people over there have a college education but the opportunity isn’t always available, especially after life changing disasters. Instead of having people feel the need to move in the states, Anthony set out to show them the entrepreneurial route that allows them to stay in the homeland they love surrounded by family and friends. ” If you have WiFi, you can do anything ” Anthony hosts big seminars and has amazing speakers come from all around the world in various industries to talk to the people in PR and open their mindset for whats possible! Anthony is a great man that’s dedicated himself to helping others and changing the way you think, you don’t want to miss out on this podcast. I’ll be at his next Seminar so make sure you say hi! Much Love, Dr. Sam Bakhtiar
Every Visionaries Dream Come True: How Media Agency Whiteout Is Bringing Together The Worlds Top Creative Artists From Around The World
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jamieson Murphy and Clint Hodnett, the founders of Whiteout, a media agency filled with some of the top visionaries in the world who all have a passion for creating visual stories that bring every brand and business to life. They started the company over a shared love of creating memories and stories that will last a lifetime.
The Whiteout team has taken their success from social media and rendered it to work closely with some of the world’s most respected brands. They have been able to stand out from everyone else because of their attention to detail, creative direction, and ability to develop amazing results for every single one of their client’s marketing campaigns. As a stacked team of over 200+ creators, the Whiteout team will always bring the vision of your company to life.
Both are from the Northeast, with Jamieson coming from Connecticut and Clint from Rhode Island. They currently live in Miami Florida where they get to travel and explore some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, producing digital imagery that speaks for itself.
Jamieson & Clint: We pride ourselves on never forcing creativity or inspiration at all, we seek it out and always go the extra mile for every business, brand or artist to showcase their product, hotel, festival, etc., that always leaves the viewer wanting to see more.
From A Dream to Over 200 Creators
Jamieson’s story is unlike most, he picked up a camera about 8 years ago after the death of his father in 2009. He used creative art as a source of expression and a way to deal with depression.
“A fellow visionary once said that art and depression go hand in hand… and I couldn’t agree more”
I don’t think that I would be in Miami or have ever picked up a camera if I didn’t go through such a traumatic experience at such a young age says, Jamieson. Taking that initial jump to chase a dream and go after a goal was frightening. He knew the risk that he was taking and how serious it was but he just couldn’t sit around in a small town in Connecticut. Fast forward two years and the risk was one of the best decisions he’s ever made!
How The Creation Of Whiteout Will Change Lives
Jamieson & Clint: There are so many influential and all-around amazing people in this world that need more recognition for their work and Whiteout is definitely going to change the lives of some of those individuals. We created Whiteout to show the world through our creative viewfinder. Whether it’s shooting a short promotional video for a real estate agent, short travel film for a 5-star hotel or a car commercial that the client never expected could be produced, Whiteout puts all of our young, creative minds together to make it possible for any brand or company.
Every creative in the world has a dream brand or company to work with and I know with the help through Whiteout we can make that happen. We can not only grow this agency into one of the top agencies in the world, all over the news, magazines, etc. but also help anyone along the way with jobs and making a huge impact on generations to come.
The Difference Between Whiteout and Everyone Else
There are so many “agencies” in the world today. Whiteoutes attention to detail and creativity separates them from everyone else. They always go the extra mile for every one of their clients and always brings a final product that leaves clients speechless.
In 5 years, they see Whiteout as one of the top media agencies in the world. Jamieson and Clint, along with the whole team have the drive and ambition to make this happen. Jamieson says that Whiteout is going to be known globally. Though there may be obstacles and challenges along the way, with a team as solid as theirs, I doubt there is anything that can bring them down.
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