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Jacob Zetino Shares How He Was Able to Go from the US ARMY to Award-Winning Producer

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Managing to stay alive for ten years when your job mostly involves exchanging bullets is not easy. Many don’t make it home, and among those who do, some of them come back with major psychological issues. Others lose themselves entirely to drugs and end up in the streets begging to survive. Even so, some have served and come back hope to be even better versions of themselves. Among those heroes is Jacob Zetino, multiple award-winning CEO & Producer at Dapper Penguin Productions and a former US Army Sergeant honorably discharged after ten years of service.

Zetino is a highly decorated Army Veteran receiving the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation medals, and three Army Achievement medals, among others. Zetino served tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Doha, Kuwait, and lived in Grafenwoehr, Germany, for four years. In the US, he has worked at stations like Fort Drum, New York, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Eustis, Virginia, and separating from the Army at the National Training Center – Fort Irwin, California. He served as the transportation NCOIC and protected all Colonels, Generals, Sergeant Majors, Royal Dignitaries and Celebrities who had come to visit the installation.

Leaving the Army

After his ten years of service in the military, Zetino went to study at Divers Institute of Technology, a veteran-owned and operated school in Seattle, Washington, to study commercial diving and underwater engineering. At the institute, he describes his time there as ‘a blast, crazy fun.’ After graduating as a commercial diver with dives of depths over 200 feet, he started inland diving working on reservoirs, dams, water treatment facilities, and water towers just out of Montana as he was waiting for acceptance into the New York Academy Conservatory for Acting.

In 2013, Zetino got accepted and joined the conservatory back in Manhattan, New York. While at the film academy, he did some commercials and became part of Veterans in Media and Entertainment, an organization for veterans who are seeking to be or in the entertainment industry. Everything from then on changed for Zetino and the entertainment world. He met an HBO director who became a mentor and helped him realize his love for producing. It is then that he decided to go to Los Angeles after leaving the conservatory.

Taking on Hollywood

Zetino graduated from New York Academy with a new mission, to conquer Hollywood. California was an adventure from when he got there. He joined the Los Angeles Film School right after leaving New York, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Producing and Filmmaking. After four years in the film school, he received his bachelor’s and graduated with honors.

During his first year after graduating, Zetino featured on a short sketch comedy episode, The Working Actor’s Audition. Other stars that were on the same comedy episode include; Kathleen Kinmont from Halloween 4, Renegade and Mortal Kombat, and Caleb Thomas who was in Modern Family, Lost in the West, and other Nickelodeon shows, all thanks to his good screenwriter friend Joe Wakefield. That helped Zetino build the momentum he needed in creating his future projects and award-winning films. Also, he is in the series, Preface to Being Jaded.

Conquering the entertainment world

Since his childhood growing up in the Bay Area, where filmmakers like Lucas, Spielberg, and Craven had filmed, Zetino knew that in the entertainment industry is where he was meant to be. He went on to form his own production company, Dapper Penguin Productions, in Beverly Hills. 

Zetino has produced over ten films and television projects. Among the ten films, he has won multiple awards for three; Daydream, Blood Bonds, and The Devil Lives in Clarksville County. His latest project, Sins Unveiled, is in its post-production stages. Zetino also has a  YouTube a series currently airing he help produce Fuzz & Malloy a really crazy cool comedy.

Conclusion

In a town where blockbuster films and major shows overshadowed him, the former soldier has had to overcome many challenges to get to where he is today. Even so, he says that when you love something, it does not feel like work or a burden. He learned from his challenges, and with the help from other colleagues, he has managed to overcome them. Zetino is the true definition of a hero, both on the battlefield and in the world of filmmaking.

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The Story of a Dreamer Committed to Bettering the World

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Fahed Al Essa is a dreamer, innovator, and achiever.  Born and raised in Kuwait, his first exposure to America was under difficult circumstances. During the Gulf War, his family was displaced and sought refuge in California. Many years later he would return to that state under vastly different circumstances in pursuit of an entrepreneurial dream. 

Essa has always enjoyed and prioritized learning, particularly in areas where science can improve people’s lives. After getting his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in molecular biology, he obtained a master’s degree in biotechnology with the ambitious aim of curing cancer.  It was during this time, he began conducting cancer research as an intern at the Wistar Institute. Essa, now later reflects on this experience noting “I was naïve, it wasn’t that easy [to cure cancer], but the research I was doing was part of a lab that contributed to the development of the T-cell therapy, which is the most novel way of treating cancer today”. After spending time in the life sciences branch of healthcare, Essa began to note the opportunities in the provider realm. 

He created a technology company back in Kuwait that would shift Kuwait’s healthcare facilities from paper to electronic means, a move that the healthcare world has since whole-heartedly embraced and now the largest public hospital in Kuwait boasts of its fully electronic operation. However, Essa was slightly ahead of this movement and was unable to gain traction. Many entrepreneurs cite that failing was their best learning experience, and Essa is no different, seeing the lessons and opportunities that stemmed from the experience. A private hospital, Taiba, was excited about his ideas and Essa was hired to the Director of Strategy. During his tenure at Taiba, he designed and implemented the first hybrid operating room in Kuwait, a form that many hospitals have since adopted. 

One of the aspects that strike people the most about Essa is his ardent belief that healthcare should be patient-centric and anyone working in the industry needs to remember that they are treating human beings.  By understanding and empathizing with patients, the business can build the right solutions and profits will follow. 

Essa’s latest venture after completing his MBA and MPH at UC Berkeley is Dala Wellness, a personalized wellness program with a multivitamin subscription focused on patients with chronic pain. The program is based on clinical evidence and engages chronic pain specialists, physical therapists, mindfulness experts, and nutritionists to complement traditional medicine and help patients take back control of their lives. For Dala, healing comes by bridging the mind, body, and soul. It is initially targeting patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, crest, and ankylosing spondylosis. His app stands in contrast to traditional healthcare models, treating patients like a partner and valuing their voice. As Essa states “we are also putting the patient in the center and building around them. As such everything we provide them is patient ideated, patient-driven, patient-centered and makes the patient’s life easier”.  He has backed this claim up with extensive market research, interviewing over 50 patients as the app continues in development. 

The mindset of valuing dialogues and incorporating the views of others comes naturally to Essa. He believes that many of the failures of healthcare stem from our own opinions and biases: we only see the world from our point of view. As a result, in Dala he is looking to address patient issues from many different angles, which leads to creative, pragmatic solutions. 

Many of us could learn from Essa’s student attitude and commitment to bettering humanity. For others looking to follow in his footsteps he counsels us to invest in providing the best customer experience and learning from the negative experiences. When it comes to facing adversity, he notes, “We must learn from it, move on and know there are better times around the corner. Be optimistic and trust people until they prove you wrong. Be confident about your future and in everyone else’s”.  Brave comments from a brave man.  

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Dr. David Fabi on the value of inspiring patients and others through motivational methods

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“I want to help the 7.2 billion people of this world!”, exclaims Dr. David Fabi.  “Since it’s an astronomical number, it will always motivate me to do more for the rest of my life.”  And it is this motivated mindset that Dr. Fabi brings to his life, to his career, to his pursuits and to all of his patients.

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s relatively easy to get derailed and frustrated.  Whether it’s professionally or in your personal life, motivation is paramount. It is the reason orthopedic surgeon and motivational speaker Dr. David Fabi believes in the immense value of motivation and inspiration. Motivation is a tool that can be used by many professionals and people, in general, to successfully govern their lives and inspire those around them. It’s very reasonable for people to experience highs and lows in their day to day life. One of the essential things motivational speaking brings to the table is a compelling story that speaks firsthand about the experience with success. Dr. David Fabi has experienced the strength of finding and implementing motivation in his life and in the lives of others.  He grasps the value and prioritizing providing pre and post-operative motivation to his patients. By merely saying the simple words “I am proud of you” and/or “you’re gonna do amazing”, the positive effects are profound and evident in his patients. 

 Helping People View Things Differently  

We are often our biggest critics, and this is because we tend to focus on all the negative occurrences in our life rather than appreciating all that is positive. As humans, our mental hardwiring is frequently programmed to compare and contrast how we could have and should have done something differently in the pursuit of perfection.  But this hardwiring of second-guessing ourselves can be rewired through the adoption of a positive mindset and positive input from individuals who reaffirm our self-worth.  This, in turn, helps people to circumvent the burnout and frustration commonly experienced these days. Inspiring and motivating people to see things differently, especially in the workforce today, may help in the curation of new ideas and strategies that improve the culture of the workplace in general as well as overall satisfaction with work and life.  

Improve Team Work with Motivational Speaking  

When leading professionals such as doctors, CEOs, managers, and supervisors speak words of motivation to their team members, it can help improve a team’s efficiency and overall job satisfaction. Having a group of members that work well together means seeing more innovation and faster progress. Inspiring coworker’s this way can help build a sense of commitment and ignites enthusiasm among team members to strive to accomplish a common objective.  

Helping Employees Find Work-Life Fulfillment 

Outstanding motivational speakers can help others not only find satisfaction in work but in their personal lives as well.  Dr. Fabi states, “I believe that work and personal life are linked.  Disgruntlement with work often translates to the quality of personal life and vice versa.  A suboptimal personal life can translate to the work environment.  When both are in harmony, overall fulfillment with life is enhanced exponentially!”  Achieving this symbiosis in life culminates in replenished energy, enthusiasm as well as further aspirations in most if not all of one’s endeavors. Further, people tend to be happier and in turn, look forward to daily challenges with increasing confidence. And the results continue to be multiplicative as stress can be minimized and therefore, the efficiency with all the tasks that work and life demands.  And excellent leaders foster this type of mindset which transcends to those they associate with.  Dr. Fabi fancies himself a multiplier type of leader. “The best leaders are ‘multipliers’ in that they encourage, are receptive and involve all employees and appreciate their improvement.  They don’t ‘diminish’ This type of leadership can culminate in the employee working at 100% of their capacity and sometimes 110% of their capacity in that employees start doing things they didn’t think they were capable of previously!”, says Dr. Fabi.

Motivating Personal and Professional Growth  

Being in a position of leadership consists of more than delegating. As Dr. David Fabi puts it, it involves touching the lives of people by inspiring them to unleash their human potential and helping them find meaning in all that that they do. Dr. David Fabi states, “I believe in the infinity of human potential.  We are all capable, it is just tapping into that potential can be difficult and arduous.  Like most, if not, all important things in life, realizing potential takes hard work, dedication, belief, determination, and grit.”  That’s what excellent leaders and motivational speakers do. There is no single formula to help impart motivation into people. Different people work differently and find inspiration for various things and through various methods. Being an excellent motivational speaker requires one to provide sound advice that mainly focuses on achieving one’s personal and professional goals. It also requires the ability to inspire people to break through barriers and being better than you ever thought possible. As humans, we have shown that through the process of positive affirmation, we tend to feel better about whatever position we are currently in, no matter how critical or hopeless the situation is. Also, positive feedback almost always helps to change our mindset. For instance, Dr. David Fabi reports that with his patients, assuring them that they will be able to be discharged home the same day of a hip or knee replacement lays the foundation for a quicker and smoother recovery.  Drawing on his motivational skills, Dr. Fabi instills in his patients that just like life, 95% of the recovery after surgery and even nonoperative treatments is mental. Oftentimes, this makes the patients excited for their surgery and other treatment options moving forward!  “Conveying this to my patients raises the bar for their postoperative journey in that they can achieve recovery milestones and satisfaction much quicker than most.  And not only do I hope this improves their results but also instills in them confidence that translates to their professional and personal life”, states Dr. Fabi with exuberance.  That sentiment he brings to his patients and others is truly a large step towards helping the 7.2 billion people of this world! 

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Learn How Digital Nomad Ksaveras Jancauskas Is Disrupting The Instagram Marketing Industry

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Ksaveras Jancauskas is a digital nomad who helps industry leaders and businesses, spanning different countries, to grow their online presence via Instagram and scale their brand. 

So far, Ksaveras started and scaled his Instagram marketing agency to a 6-figure firm. The well-known brands and non-profits such as RepresentUS and GivePower Foundation been clients of Ksaveras. The biggest turning point for Ksaveras was when he was able to grow brands to over 221,000 real followers in just ten days!]

In this article, Ksaveras shares how he climbed up the industry ladder and became the successful digital marketer he is today. 

Being Different

If you’ve heard about Ksaveras before then you’ve probably heard of the Instagram Leverage Framework. The Instagram Leverage Framework is the brainchild of Ksaveras and is referred to as a system that helps anyone assert their authority in their industry.  

With this system, Ksaveras has generated ten times return on investment (ROI) for different businesses on Instagram. This is why he’s one of the most sought after Instagram experts in the world. 

Overcoming Challenges

At the start of his journey to success, Ksaveras faced a significant amount of challenges. His biggest challenge was that he trusted a lot of unqualified individuals to carry out his task. Slowly but surely, his brand was no longer sought after by prospects.

“I tried taking shortcuts by delegating my work to individuals who offered cheap prices, but in turn, they gave my clients a lot of substandard results.” -Ksaveras says.

In due time, he learned that trust is a belief that has to be built and that taking words for a fact without testing can prove detrimental to the status of a business. Ksaveras also shares that it’s important to test a product before you sell it. He’s acknowledged the fact that it’s better to employ individuals yearning to learn and improve on their craft every day than to outsource to a third party “professionals.” 

Values and Principles

Ksaveras is a proud advocate of the “learn something new every day” movement. He never rests on his laurels and no matter the level of success he attains, he doesn’t get comfortable. 

Everyone in his industry learns how to grow Instagram accounts and then complacency sets in. Instead of following the status quo, Ksaveras improves himself every day and according to him, he knows more about Instagram than Instagram knows about themselves. 

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