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Interview with Rory Brown | Charleston, SC Native | Food Critic

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After spending the first 40 years of his life in the United States, Rory Brown decided to focus on the quality of life and began living internationally. He now spends his time in Charleston, South Carolina, Sydney, Australia, Lake Como, Italy, and Kauai, Hawaii. His appreciation for simple health food that embraces local traditions of excellence has earned him credit among farm-to-table communities everywhere he goes. Rory Brown began his career as a technologist and has always focused on healthy lifestyle choices. His well-researched lifestyle writing has increasingly focused on living life to the fullest each day throughout the world.

Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I was walking down Market Street in Charleston, SC just after I had dinner at Peninsula Grill. I was in deep contemplation of the sweet harmony the chef produced by the spices and herbs used to make my entree. It was that night I decided to become a food critic and the very next day I started my blog to share my culinary adventures with the world. My enthusiasm for food and the scientific reasoning behind the use of ingredients and their effects on healthy living fuel my writing and my pursuit of exploring the world to find the best each region has to offer.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

I believe that life is lived in pursuit of purpose and passion as well as for conquering your fears. After buying my home in Kauai, Hawaii, I decided to rise above my fear of scuba diving in the ocean at night. I went on this excursion with a couple of local divers. We had lights underwater, and though I was nervous for the initial couple of minutes, I was immediately in awe of the underwater life around me. I took it all in and loved every moment of being in the depths of the Pacific. We were just about to surface when all of a sudden, we noticed that there was a school of manta rays swimming towards us. It was honestly one of the scariest times of my life, but swimming with manta rays ended up being one of the most magical things in the world and the icing on the cake that night.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I first started my blog, I was really technical in my style of writing. I was packed with information in my mind, and I wanted to share my entire knowledge-base with my readers and subscribers. The funniest thing I ever did was mention the scientific name and origination of morels (which are a delicacy in the mushroom family). I went into exhaustive detail about morels when I realized, a page into writing about their genus, that nobody really needed to know that much information about a mushroom. I realized that I had to balance the scientific relevance of a particular ingredient with the actual physical properties of its taste and what it added to the dish. I became a lot better with incorporating both the factual and the palpable as my food adventures and writing progressed, but in the beginning, it was a comical struggle for sure.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

My company is one of a kind because the perception I have with taste is one of a kind as is my quest to balance delicious food with a healthy lifestyle. I started my blog with an overwhelming passion for wanting to bring good food and its origins home to people around the world. I have homes in Charleston, Kauai, Sydney, and Lake Como and I travel between my homes to make sure I keep my taste buds aware and my writing nuanced. With the advent of the internet, our world is certainly becoming more accessible, and my writing does its part to share the sights, smells, and tastes of the world with our readers.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Thriving in our industry takes a lot of determination and hard work. I would encourage my colleagues to be mindful of the rapidly changing methods of cooking and how they are being applied to cuisines. I would encourage them to be thirsty for information and hungry to help people make food decisions that are well thought out.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

I will forever be grateful to my mom who has been a guiding light throughout my life. When I first told her about my idea to start my company and establish a blog, she told me that she saw the spark in my eyes and the joy in my voice when I talked about it and that she was behind me a hundred percent. Every great business idea needs someone to believe in it and someone else to back up its believer. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I try to use my success to bring goodness into the world on a daily basis. The motivation for my work is rooted deeply in trying to help people from all over the world understand cuisine that is not local to them. I write about my experiences with food so that I can share what I have learned with my readers and hopefully produce a little bit of happiness or curiosity in their day.

 

 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Shortcuts make long delays.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes and one that I cherish in my life. I was in middle school when I first came across this quote, and it changed my life. I was trying to come up with a science project for school, and I came up with the idea that would test the types of soil that would grow the best carrots. I bought two different kinds of soil rather than the recommended six variants of soil to grow the carrots in. Suffice it to say that I did not do very well in the science fair and instead, had to come up with a whole new project altogether. Shortly after the science fair ended, I came across the Tolkien quote, and since then, I have avoided taking shortcuts.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

1.    You won’t have blog visitors instantly.

2.    You will have hurdles with writing some days.

3.    Taking a break from writing is okay.

4.    Do not rush anything.

5.    Stay true to who you are.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

A movement that I would love to trigger is a collective movement towards gardening in the home. I know that communal gardens are popping up in neighborhoods and that some people certainly do garden in their backyards, but I would love to take that movement a little further. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see gardens on windowsills or garden boxes in balconies or a portion of a backyard dedicated to growing herbs and vegetables? If everyone, regardless of whether they live in an urban atmosphere or suburbia, started to grow something on their own, I think conscious eating would be on the rise as well. I believe people would take more pride in their food choices and healthier eating would be more achievable for a larger population. 

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Disrupt Magazine Anthony Delgado, is a Puerto Rican American software developer, businessman, activist and philanthropist. Delgado is also the host of the Disrupt Podcast where he interviews the most disruptive business owners, leaders and change makers in the world. Delgado is best known as the founder, and chief executive officer of The Disrupt Foundation, a social impact movement to grow Puerto Rico’s technology ecosystem and host of the semi-annual Disrupt Puerto Rico Conference. Delgado has also helped mentor thousands of students, all from the comfort of his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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The diaspora is key in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico

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If it has ever been more than evident that Puerto Ricans who have left the island do not forget their homeland, it is just now during the emergency caused by Hurricane María passing through Puerto Rico.

Long and wide across the United States and the world, Puerto Ricans have activated their networks in spontaneous solidarity-based operations of collecting donations and sending aid to the Island. They are living proof that Puerto Rico is more than 3.5 million. of inhabitants of this small Caribbean archipelago.

Puerto Rico is present and active in every corner of the globe. Some more visible than others, that so-called diaspora has given glory to the country and put its name up. After the devastation caused by the powerful hurricane María, on September 21, the aid efforts of these thousands of Puerto Ricans living abroad are crucial drivers in the present struggle to rebuild the country.

Sports, art and entertainment celebrities have put their fame at the service of efforts to collect and bring aid for the victims. Among them, Jorge Posada, the former receiver of the New York Yankees in the majors, who has made at least three trips with supplies to distribute through the United for Puerto Rico initiative.

Like Jorge and his wife Laura, the stellar receiver Iván Rodríguez, recently exalted to the Baseball Hall of Fame, has brought more than a dozen containers with aid.

They are joined by Carlos Beltrán, Bernie Williams, Roberto Alomar, Carlos Arroyo, Ricky Martin, Luis Fonsi, Lin Manuel Miranda, Benicio del Toro, Jeniffer López, Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Nicky Jam, who have somehow attracted American attention and international towards the pressing needs in Puerto Rico after the scourge of the hurricane.

The list continues with many names that we did not hear before and so many others that we will not get to know, but that are equally committed to the common mission of raising Puerto Rico.

In cities across the United States, unions, groups of friends, restaurant owners, municipal government officials, state, congressmen, have said theirs present. To mention a few, in Washington DC, the Puerto Rican community filled four trucks with some 78,000 pounds of supplies that will be integrated into the United for Puerto Rico campaign.

The nonprofit group Friends of Puerto Rico began a fundraising campaign that will benefit ten Boy’s & Girls Club centers on the Island. The Alejandro and Orlando Bravo brothers, who established the Bravo Family Foundation two years ago, based in California, they didn’t think twice to bring a plane loaded with provisions that they distributed personally.

In Pennsylvania, Puerto Rican student José Diego Toro launched a campaign on the GoFundMe.com portal to raise $ 10,000 to help victims. Soon other Puerto Rican students joined in more than a hundred universities in the United States, constituted under the name of Students for Puerto Rico. They had already exceeded $ 160,000. Only in that portal there are more than 30 campaigns in order to help the victims in Puerto Rico.

More Puerto Ricans have established dozens of known collection centers in Florida, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania. And even if they don’t all transcend, there must be a collection center in every state.

The extended hand of the diaspora has not limited itself to collecting, sending or bringing aid to the Island. Many groups have redoubled their lobbying to ensure that the federal government responds quickly, effectively and sustainably to the magnitude of the disaster and efforts. of reconstruction, just in the most serious period of fiscal precariousness that the country has had in decades.

To all of them, thank you. Today more than ever, Puerto Rico embraces them with pride.

This article was originally published by the Bravo Family Foundation.

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Max Karg Is Making A Killing By Marketing Exotic Vehicles

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Could you imagine getting paid to take pictures with luxury, vintage, and even exotic cars? Well, 21 year old Max Karg has managed to figure out exactly how to do so. 

Max runs a business that basically consists of him helping vehicle owners sell their vehicles faster, easier, and for top dollar through his marketing and advertising methods. Since most people aren’t experts in the space of automotive marketing, Max found his opportunity to take control of that market and absolutely dominate. To date, he’s managed to market millions of dollars worth of vehicles.

What’s pretty interesting about him is that he didn’t come from a wealthy family that had connections to fellow successful individuals, nor did he have any advantage of being taught business strategies at a young age. Instead, he was making minimum wage while working at a Dairy Queen, and he decided to buy a coworker’s car for $800. He washed it, detailed the interior, and cleaned the throttle body. A few weeks later, he sold that same car for $1,400, profiting $600. This is when he realized, “I made in a few weeks what it took me a few months to make working minimum wage. I should do this more.”

This then turned into him dabbling in other areas of the automotive industry, such as detailing cars, mechanical repair, and cosmetic repair. They all had their pros and cons, for they allowed Max to work with cars, but they also each came with a set of drawbacks and difficulties. He eventually landed on something that had no ceiling and required no shop or tools: automotive marketing. 

Max was able to combine his existing skill set of photography with his newly acquired skills such as copywriting, and paired them with his passion for cars to form a highly valuable service that he could be compensated well for.

From not being old enough to drive at all, to now getting paid to drive some of his dream cars, Max has come a long way in just a few years. This is the first year that he is legally allowed to buy a drink, and he already has more experience (and success) in business than most people ever get.

Knowing what’s possible when someone has the skill set and knowledge that Max has, he wants to share this golden opportunity with whoever is looking for that right “vehicle” to go all in on. Through his various social media channels (@maxckarg on Instagram), he will be sharing his best tips and kept secrets with those who want to follow a similar path as him.

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Showcasing The Human Side Of Entrepreneurs Through The Lens Of Hustle Hive TV

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Many people are intrigued by the daily routine of young and budding entrepreneurs. The curiosity of a lot of people is aroused by how young entrepreneurs deal with their daily lives. Plenty of individuals are asking how they started their business or the challenges they’re facing as young entrepreneurs. People want to learn the steps that they take, the habits that they’ve adopted or the things that they did in order to be successful in their business endeavors.

This is the goal of the Dickens brothers of California. Eriksen and Soren Dickens are the founders of Hustle Hive TV, which is an educational platform on YouTube that shares knowledge about the different facets of entrepreneurship. Through their lenses, they want to document the lives of young entrepreneurs and share it with a wide range of audiences to inspire others with similar mindsets. The content they produce hopes to humanize and humorize the entrepreneur lifestyle while adding educational value to the lives of others.   

The Dickens brothers are known for producing documentary films like “Dirty Toes” and “Magic in the Lane”, both documentaries about entrepreneurs who’ve overcome adversity in their lives to get where they are today. The brothers are drawn to making films about young, hustling entrepreneurs because it’s so relevant to who they are. 

“Telling stories through documentary-style filmmaking is our greatest passion. We have been making films since we were 10 years-old. So, now, we want to tell the stories of young entrepreneurs and show the highs and lows that they encounter every day to reach their goals and become successful,” Soren Dickens explains. 

The Dickens Brothers

Eriksen and Soren grew up in the so-called Cowboy Capital of the World – Oakdale, California. It is a small, cowboy town located in the Central Valley of California. 

Since they were 10 years old, they have been fascinated with making films. They started

making home movies using their mother’s VHS recorder and even made their own costumes and props. This love for filmmaking persuaded them to establish their own production company in 2016, called Platinum Peek, while both were still in college at California Polytechnic State University. A year later, they established Peek Wedding Films, a brand that specializes in unique wedding videography.

Founding of Hustle Hive TV

Eriksen explained that as business-minded filmmakers, they are always looking for interesting people to tell stories about and so they looked around them and found the perfect people. The brothers currently live in San Luis Obispo and have immersed themselves within a broad network of young entrepreneurs on similar paths.   

“As young entrepreneurs, we realized that our lifestyle is quite unique compared to most people. Up until this point, all of us had been relatively quiet about our ventures—working hard but working in the dark,” says Eriksen.

They reflected and realized, why not share the successes and challenges that they, and so many other budding entrepreneurs face on a daily basis? “We realized that a central part of being able to retain knowledge, is being able to share knowledge—to educate others,” he added. This reality became the laying foundation for Hustle Hive TV. 

Who is a Hustler?

As defined in the dictionary, a hustler is an enterprising person determined to succeed. They are hard-working people who know how to get around problems and make money. This best describes Eriksen and Soren and their peers. They are a group of normal guys living in San Luis Obispo, California pursuing different goals, but with the same intensity and drive. 

“The cool thing about Hustle Hive,” Eriksen Dickens says, “is that you’re able to get so many different perspectives. Because there’s a handful of us involved, one day you might get tips on app marketing, the next day you might learn something about filmmaking. One day you might learn about the importance of keeping a healthy mind as an entrepreneur, and then the next day you’ll learn about real estate investing. But the underlying theme in all this is centered around what makes us human. At the end of the day, we’re human beings and face adversity like everyone else. By showing this, I think it demystifies the whole entrepreneurial lifestyle and makes it more obtainable for people.”   

Inside the Hustle Hive, they have content creators, app developers, sales professionals, market insiders and serial entrepreneurs who have created several streams of income.

Brett Foreman, the founder of the San Luis Obispo based mobile app called Kick-it-Points and a co-star on Hustle Hive TV, says of the platform: “Not only has it helped grow my business within the community, Hustle Hive TV has allowed us to educate both businesses and young entrepreneurs looking to learn more about digital advertising.”  

What do they do?

Eriksen explained that they peek into the daily lives of young entrepreneurs who experience the highs, the lows and everything in between. “It’s not always sunshine and rainbows on the road to complete financial freedom! There are bumps along the road and sometimes you encounter detours, so we want to show that despite the circumstances, these young entrepreneurs continue to push forward until they reach their goal,” he continued.

Soren added that they will show the behind the scenes of the lives of entrepreneurs which will cover their struggles, successes, and everything that they have been facing in the past several years. “We are going to show it through reality content, value-driven content and a little bit of entertainment,” he noted.

In a nutshell

The Dickens brothers are not only using filmmaking as a platform to tell stories, they’re also utilizing the medium to inspire young entrepreneurs to continue moving towards their dream of financial freedom. Starting a business is not easy. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication, but with that persistence, it is obtainable. This is why they established this educational platform—to inspire young and budding entrepreneurs to not give up on their dreams.

To learn more about the lives of young entrepreneurs, please follow the Dickens brothers on Instagram at @hustlerhousetv, @sorendickens, @eriksenwdickens, and @platinumpeek.

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