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The 5 Pillars of Work-Life Balance

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Hustle. Hard work. The grind. Goal digger. Contemporary buzz words made popular in recent times, particularly by big names in entrepreneurship like Gary Vaynerchuk.

It seems that we can’t have one quick scroll on Instagram without coming across the latest motivational quote – featuring a man in front of a sports car and flashing a Rolex watch.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the “hustle” (and Gary!). The definition of success can of course vary among each person, and it goes without saying that success in business (and in life) usually starts with a very large amount of hard work and many late nights.

But if there is something I have learned in my – admittedly short – time so far in the world of business, it’s the need to find a work-life balance in order to be happy, healthy (mentally and physically), efficient and thriving entrepreneur.

Not work-life balance in the traditional sense of work and play, but specifically, a mix of the following five foundational “pillars”:

1. Working and productivity

Putting in the long hours and taking action on building your business (or whatever pursuit you are undertaking) is of course the way to achieve your goals and aspirations. It definitely won’t be a simple and straight road, but if you’re taking action (every single day) to get you one step closer to making these ambitions a reality, you’re already further ahead than the other 95%. This pillar will likely take up the biggest chunk on the pie.

2. Learning and upskilling

I’m a huge believer in the “never-stop-learning” mindset. To be honest, I don’t refer to myself a social media marketing “expert”, as to me, an expert is a person who already knows everything about their area of knowledge, business or their profession – and there’s always something to learn! Taking the time to up-skill, take a course, read up on new updates and the latest trends not only builds your skillset, but is a sure-fire way to raise the quality and efficiency of your business.

3. Personal development

The other half of the coin: learning more about yourself. Personal development is essential to our growth as individuals – but has significant impact on our businesses as well. Some will go so far as to say that your business success (or failures) reflect where you’re at personally and mentally. So taking time each week to read a self-help book, listen to a personal development or motivational podcast, or watch some TedTalks are great ways to help expand the mind.

4. Fun and self-care

But you know what? Life isn’t meant to be so serious! Although I appreciate the saying “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”, I believe we still need to take some time out to do relaxing, fun activities – that aren’t to do with work and business at all. It’s totally okay to have outside (and unrelated) interests; for me, I love acting and theater! Or self-care could just be enjoying the simple things in life like having a bath, watching a movie, meditation, or even taking the dog for a walk. These aren’t to be confused with procrastination or being lazy; they’re about filling up your own cup before getting back into the groove of business and life.

5. Social life

Last but not least, us humans are naturally social beings. We thrive off human interaction. As a business owner who works from my home office only 3 days per week (currently), the going can get tough and lonely. So make the time to catch up with friends, join a social club, or even choose to work at a co-working space once a week. Collaborating with other like-minded people on a project, or even reaching out and asking for some advice. Not only can these help fill the social void that can come with being entrepreneur, but it also helps build the all-important network, too!

Finding the right ratio of each of these pillars will differ for each person. I’m working on these areas every week and still finding the balance that works for me! But I believe that when implemented each week, these 5 pillars will lead to a much happier and healthier bunch of entrepreneurs (and more successful businesses in general)

Nabeel Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Vertabyte, a full-service digital media agency that partners with clients to drive their growth and achieve all their business goals. At Vertabyte, his special focus is on leveraging the power of social media to boost businesses exponentially. A marketing expert, Nabeel has a deep understanding of what it takes for a business to completely crush it on the social media landscape. His expertise in marketing has allowed him to help a number of businesses increase their revenue by tremendous amounts. Apart from that, due to his PR expertise, he has been able to get many companies and public figures featured on top news publications like Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Inc Magazine, and more.

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THE MANDALAY GROUP SHARES NEW UPDATES FOR #PAY TAMPA BAY

The Mandalay Group today announced updates for the upcoming #PAY TAMPA BAY event, including additions to the advisory board, two of the keynote speakers for the February 20, 2020 Conference as well as a new community partnership in the Florida technology corridor.

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The Mandalay Group today announced updates for the upcoming #PAY TAMPA BAY event, including additions to the advisory board, two of the keynote speakers for the February 20, 2020 Conference as well as a new community partnership in the Florida technology corridor.

The theme for 2020 event is “Banking, Blockchain and Beyond”. Event proceedings are being co-sponsored by BlockSpaces, a Tampa based blockchain technology innovation studio. This unique event will be staged at the new Embarc Collective innovation hub in downtown Tampa.

“We’re excited to enter into these new partnerships leading up to the event” said Bruce Burke, CEO of The Mandalay Group. “These high-profile supporters and contributors will help amplify our message and attract attention and investment to our thriving technology community.”

Andrew Morris, Founder & CEO of new consultancy The Fintech Agenda LLC, will be joining the #PAY Board of Advisors. An expert in the technologies and trends shaping the future of financial services, payments and commerce, Andrew serves on multiple boards and is an advisor to several fintech organizations, including the Technology Association of Georgia’s Fintech Society and the HOPE Global Forums.

“Having served for 5 years as Chief Content Officer for the Money20/20 conferences, and thus helping to build the leading fintech events globally, I have seen how powerful events can be to move industries and companies forward,” Andrew explains.

“The #PAY event brand is in the right space at the right time. I’m excited to play a role moving forward in helping #PAY produce world-class events exploring the innovation that will occur over the next decade in payments.”

#PAY also announced several presenters for the event, including keynote speaker Matteo Rizzi, an unconventional Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator and Author of the new book “Talents and Rebels, Dealing with Corporate Misfits”.

This book is an inspirational journey where – hopefully – misfits get a spot to be heard, and everyone gets an opportunity to understand a different innovation perspective. For three years in a row, Financial News has nominated Matteo as one of the “40 most influential Fintech executives in Europe”.

Matteo will be joined by executives from Arival, the first fintech bank. Arival was founded in 2017 by a dynamic trifecta consisting of two seasoned fintech venture capitalists and one young fintech entrepreneur.

Regarded for the team’s prior investments in pioneer digital banks such as Simple, Moven, Fidor, & RocketBank – they decided it was time to take the bull by the horns & build their own. CEO, Vladislav Solodkiy, CFO, Igor Pesin and COO, Jeremy Berger will participate in the #PAY event. Arival now boasts a pre-money valuation of more than $14.8 million.

“We’re proud to have so many fintech leaders as headline speakers for #PAY,” said Rosa Shores, Co-Founder of BlockSpaces. “These innovators will explore the most transformative technologies and ideas reshaping the banking, fintech and payments industry. 

We look forward to shining a global spotlight on Tampa Bay as an emerging fintech hub and, once again, show the nation we are a “go-to” city for blockchain innovation.”

The Mandalay Group also announced a new community partnership with the Florida based non-profit, Synapse. #PAY will host a panel session focused on Fintech investment during the Synapse Summit being held February 11-12, 2020 at Amalie Arena. Leading VC’s, institutional investors and well-funded fintech firms will provide information and insight with key strategies for successful exits.

“Synapse is glad to partner with #PAY to ensure our audience of upwards of 6,000 attendees from all parts of Florida’s innovation ecosystem have the chance to learn about the growing fintech and payments industry,” said Lauren Prager, Synapse Vice President of Community Engagement.

The #PAY TAMPA BAY agenda offers keynote sessions from global leaders in the banking, fintech and paymentsindustry, with more than dozen sessions on topics ranging from opportunities in blockchain, to shifting consumer payment preferences, digital identity, innovative payment solutions and how these changes will reshape the banking, payments and commerce industry.

Reserve your spot today at: www.paytampabay.eventbrite.com

Industry innovators count on #PAY to connect them with key decision-makers at financial institutions, venture capitalists, and fintech startups as well as service providers, analysts and media.

Get your brand message in front of executive-level stakeholders and buyers. #PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters.

For more information visit: www.paysymposium.com/contact

About The Mandalay Group

The Mandalay Group is a consortium of professionals focused on accelerating the future in the banking, fintech and payments industry globally. TMG is well known for bringing together thought leaders, innovators and decision-makers from across the financial services industry to discuss the tsunami of transformation changing the face of finance.

Attendees benefit from access to the world’s foremost experts focused on emerging payments technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptocurrencies, e-commerce, blockchain, cognitive platforms, digital identity and experiential customer engagement

Media Contact: The Mandalay Group: [email protected] (727) 612-5775

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How Nolan Johnson Created Fortune with Sales Funnels Strategy

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Nolan Johnson’s story begins in Hancock, Michigan where he was born in 1992. Many years had passed before he realized how to make money and approach people in the digital world. Nolan wasn’t one of those highly successful people who made millions out of nowhere. He carved the path very patiently and today, he is one of the biggest influencers in digital marketing and sales funnel matters. How did he succeed to be an influencer? He created his way of digital marketing automation that provides results and makes him lots of money.

The Story about New Beginnings

Nothing was easy for Nolan Johnson. At an early age, he was just an ordinary guy with one extraordinary dream—he wanted to become a millionaire. Many years passed and he realized the only way to make money was to approach people online. Since he didn’t want to do traditional approach methods of convincing people about some products or services, he made a different decision. He created the sales funnel methods that change the way we see online marketing today.

Johnson started with an online marketing platform that didn’t bring much money at the beginning. He was making only $800 a month. And it lasted for 2 years. Day after day, Johnson wanted to break through and make something different. He learned digital marketing and Facebook Ads in 2017. It was a brand new start for him.

In November 2018, Johnson founded NXJ. Marketing. It was the time of huge opportunities in the industry, and Johnson had the chance to hit the larger market with his innovative sales funnel strategy. His target groups were not only Americans. He expanded the reach and his audience is now located all over the world. The USA, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, and other English-speaking countries are part of his audience. Johnson is now able to communicate with millions of people through his sales funnel strategy.

Giving More Than People Expect

Today, Nolan Johnson’s company is part of the marketing world that creates new circumstances for people. We all want to know what is new in the world of entrepreneurship, and Nolan Johnson makes things easier. With his insights and keen attention to detail, we can discover new entrepreneurship methods that bring the most results. We are no longer limited when it comes to digital marketing because we can learn from the best people in the industry. Nolan Johnson is one of those men who make a difference.

NXJ. Marketing is a digital company that is on the pace to be a $10 million company by the end of 2020. If you wonder how a 27-year old entrepreneur can make a multi-million-dollar company from scratch, just take a look at the story of this young man and discover why social media and Facebook Ads have such a potential to grow one business. Sales funnels are the specialty of Nolan Johnson, the man who knows how to apply dedication and persistence to create massive results in one business strategy. We now have the opportunity to explore his system and create the same results on our business path.

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How Jessie Lee Ward Helps Us See the Potential Of Network Marketing

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When Jessie Lee Ward joined the community-based marketing in 2015, she didn’t have any prior experience nor expectations. Today, the MLM marketing strategy is making 7 figures per year, and that is only a result of the huge dedication and endless support the team members give to each other.

Jessie Lee Ward is a leader in the team, and she experiences great rewards after so many years of struggle to find the place where her voice can be heard. She touches others on a higher level and provides opportunities to each of us who wants to be independent and confident with the voice that can change the world for better.

How Jessie Lee Helps Us See the Opportunities

Nothing was easy for this young lady. She was growing up in poverty in Maryland where she was earning only $300 a month to have a roof over her head. She managed to make the circumstances better so she dedicated herself to education. Jessie Lee Ward is one of those persons that believe a positive change starts in the mirror. She reflects everything she is and she tries to show people how poverty can be a huge motivation for success.

After graduating from university, Jessie Lee Ward wanted to create a community where people will share their opinions and ideas. She enrolled in the MLM program and started seeing the change. After a few years in marketing, she developed her unique presence. Her face was on the cover of Networking Times, and she is also a speaker for the Association for Network Marketing Professionals.

What Differs Jessie Lee Ward from Other Marketers?

Comparing Jessie Lee Ward to other network marketers could be slightly vague. Jessie Lee is not another self-proclaimed marketer who knows how to use media for the advantage. She develops a community that has an impact on the modern world. The true power of an influencer is the ability to serve people on many levels. Jessie Lee Ward does exactly what a marketer and influencer should do—she unites people around the same idea.

Network marketers are usually self-centered. They all want attention just for the sake of popularity. Using the potential of popularity is what makes a difference. Jessie Lee Ward explains to the people how they can all benefit from coaching and education. Network marketing is about spreading the right message, and when a message takes effect, it is proof of a good strategy. Jessie Lee Ward goes one step further and creates an environment where every woman believes she can make a change.

If you can identify with Jessie Lee Ward, you are not the only one. This powerful lady lives in a happy relationship and tries to protect the rights of all human beings, and dogs. She always finds a way to make us more aware of our potential, which is a crucial thing in modern network marketing. Jessie Lee Ward creates a world of chances and opportunities for all of us who want to spread the right message and have the right impact on others.

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