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The Power of Networking and Leveraging

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My name is Super Manny Creative Director at Disrupt.

What I wanted to share today is the power of networking. and I know networking has been mentioned many times when it comes to networking and building businesses and things like that but i still don’t think that people understand the power of leveraging. So one of the things I want to explain about is actually a topic that’s very close to me. and it is about networking within the creative community. just in your area or your town or even in your state.

A lot of times many people don’t  understand  the power of networking and leveraging other peoples resources and other peoples time. So let’s put this into perspective so you as a Photographer , you have your certain strength, your certain niche, your forte. Whether You are a product photographer, portrait photographer or wedding photographer., maybe you do events. You have a certain brand that you are building and certain clientele that you work with. However, being in that brand there are many other clients who also reach out to you for different types of work.

So if you create a network of different types of photographers, then you guys are able to collaborate with each other. When an event comes up, then I know a certain event Photographer, I can link them two together. Same, Let’s say an event photographer that knows a product photography client that needs help then he will call me and vice-versa. So when you leverage each others strengths, not only are you doing the work that you love but also you are doing it correctly and growing Your business properly.

However if you try to do it Yourself, let’s say I do an event but i’m not fully equipped for events. I try to do maybe portrait photography but your are not familiar with studio lighting or even natural lighting when it comes to human subjects. Instead build a network of different photographers with there different strengths and collaborate with each other that way you can feed off of each others creativity, and then the work can continue to flow and go around.

What I see a lot of times especially in the industry that i’m in and the state that I am in, New Jersey there’s a lot of competition. “ I wanna be the best and I don’t want to see you grow” however, we need to break that, and we need to build a community where we all help each other and then in that way we will all grow. Because Imagine how powerful it will be, working together, leveraging everybody’s networks and everybody’s strengths  to bring out the best of us for our clients. So I want you to take that into consideration. then, let me know what industry are you in and what are the ways you think you can connect with other creatives or not only just creatives but also other professionals in Your industry and how you guys can work together or maybe a story that You already have, where You had an amazing collaboration come through by using each others strengths. Alright guys thanks again. This is Super Manny with Disrupt and Can’t wait to see you guys in the next video.

 

 

"Your favorite creators, favorite creator." Creative Director at Disrupt. Photographer/Videographer/Content creator based out of North New Jersey. Looking to bring a fresh and authentic feel to the industry. Enjoy meeting new people and working together to share our passion.

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Two UK Based Entrepreneurs Plan To Help 100’s Create Online Businesses

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Jay Parry and Louis Cooke are 2 young entrepreneurs based in the UK. Jay and Louis have been focusing on building drop-shipping brands via Instagram for the last 4-5 years. They focus heavily on automating without relying on paid advertising to build their businesses. Their streams of income are automated with their strategies for drop-shipping so they are now focusing on helping others achieve success with minimal budget and/or experience needed.

What’s your background story?

Jay & Louis: After years of being employed in jobs that we didn’t enjoy, hopping around different companies and just never being happy with that “9-5 life”, after seeing people we followed building companies and brands, we decided to embark on our own journeys. Just like many first time entrepreneurs, we both began with building clothing lines. These brands are where we discovered and learnt strategies that we would later apply to drop-shipping to stray away from having to pay for advertising like everyone else does. We have built multiple brands that are now established and essentially run themselves with a minimal amount of work.

What differentiates you from everyone else in your field?

Jay & Louis: We work completely differently to the traditional ‘Online Entrepreneurs’ in drop-shipping. We have 3 offices where we are now hiring in house staff to learn and grow with us and we do not pay a single £ on paid advertising. It would be hard to find any other people in our space that is doing anything similar. With our first member of staff, Chizolf (Charlie), joining us 1 month ago, we are now ready to scale even further and blow up. We love to create and build. We’re not naive when it comes to scaling, we know that we need to employ staff to be able to scale and allow us to have free time to focus on other parts of the business.

What are your accomplishments?

Jay & Louis: Since starting our personal brands, we have started to build a good community of young entrepreneurs on Instagram, as well as starting our own entrepreneurial Podcast that at its highest reach, hit #34 in the world for business. Combined we have helped over 100 people to create successful online stores with some reaching as much as 5 figures a month and heading towards a 6 figure year. We coach a huge range of people from 15 year old school students to 50 year olds in full time employment. With some of our 15 year old students even making more than their teachers.

What were the biggest entrepreneurship lessons you’ve learned?

Jay & Louis: We have learnt many lessons, the biggest being that without putting yourself into the most vulnerable and risky situations, you will never succeed. As cliché as it sounds, you will never find success within the comfort zone. “Regret Is Poison. Take Risks.”

We often hear stories that make it seem like someone was an overnight success when really there were setbacks and stumbles along the way. Why do you think it’s valuable to be candid about both failure and success?

Jay & Louis: There is literally no such thing as an overnight success, no matter how many people you see just blow up, there is so much hard work you don’t see behind the scenes. We owe our success to our failures. I think the best thing to do is own it, if you can own your failures and run with them, you are only going to learn from them and grow. People are very fast to jump on the bandwagon of any ‘guru’ promoting fast success, selling courses etc, we are hugely against it. We want everyone to know how hard it can actually be, the struggles they’ll actually experience. Otherwise the first issue and failure they come against, they get disheartened and quit. We are always as realistic as possible with people who come to us for guidance and support. If it was as easy as people make out, everyone would be doing it right?

Otherwise, follow and join in with the crazy journey we are on.

@alwaystakerisks   || @regretispoison

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Interview With Connor LaRocque President of LA Rock Enterprises

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Connor LaRocque, an expert at helping young adults and entrepreneurs become leaders, overcome fears, and distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace. Currently he is President of LA Roqk Enterprises, a multinational direct sales and consulting firm. The CEO of SocialRise Revenue Marketing Agency and he’s on the same speaker bureau as Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank (the Big Idea Speakers).

Hey Connor thanks so much for this interview! Can you tell us little about your story?

Connor LaRocque: I grew up overweight and was an uneasy, goofy type of kid. I played Hockey until I was 16 and then gave it up to join Muay Thai. Joining Muay Thai I found my passion. I competed at the Canadian nationals and lost a title fight to receive a silver medal. A big part of my story was that I was a C student in high school and didn’t get into university my first attempt. When I finally got in, I published two books (one bestseller), made honor role, and spoke to thousands of students on overcoming fear and being able to strategize for the future while completing my degree. I originally was planning on going to Law School, but instead took a risk and became an entrepreneur thanks to my brother. He got me to sell door to door with his company in minus 30 degrees weather which then launched my career as an entrepreneur.

As a entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, what differentiates you from everyone else in your field?

Connor LaRocque: At 25 years old, it’s rare to find someone whose accomplished what I have, but my true distinguishing factor is in my ability to build relationships and connect with people without looking for anything in return. I truly love helping people, it is the fire that fuels my heart and soul. I wouldn’t be doing this if it were just about the money. I walk into everyday wanting it to be hard; I want that workout to make me suffer, I want to go to work and completely exhaust myself because that’s how I am going to be better than I was yesterday.

What is your inspiration for what you do?

Connor LaRocque: Saying that I love helping people is too cliche and generic. The reason I do it isn’t for myself but to reach the newly discovered element of Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs called “Self-Transcendence.” There is no better feeling than helping someone or giving something more of yourself. I always tell people if you’re having a bad day, go try and help someone in a worse situation than your own. Watch how you feel when you’re done.

Can you tell us what your books are about and what inspired you to write them?

  • Life is Motivation is about building a self-sustaining platform for the rest of your life and about asking strong questions to help discover yourself and try to reach a point of self-actualization.
  • Mindset is Everything is about the fact that luck is an illusion. If you study any “successful” individual, what you will discover is that the had the proper clarity, strategy, and a strong execution to achieve what the desire in their lives. It breaks down getting focused and clear on what you want, finding what your passion is, and then using that energy to completely change your life.
  • What inspired me to write the books was that I have always been a writer. I wanted a permanent outlet to showcase my thoughts which I hoped could help some people going through hard times. It was my way of giving back and having something I could call my own. All of my mentors had written books and I wanted to do the same.

What would you say to someone who came to you for advice about taking ‘the leap of faith’ into entrepreneurship?

Connor LaRocque: What gets you excited and fired up in the morning? That’s where you start! You can’t be doing it just to make money because your fulfillment will be hollow. It’s that passion that is going to allow you to push and grind when you don’t want to, not the money! You also need to have a strong clarity on “Why” you’re doing it because everyone is going to try and convince you otherwise so you need to be strong in your direction. When your Why is strong you will figure out the HOW.

What is one thing you wish you had known when you were starting out in your career?

Connor LaRocque: That you can actually create those moments that you visualize within your mind. Clarity and what you focus on are by far the most crucial aspect to the results you achieve.

Can you share the most interesting story that’s happened to you during your entrepreneurship journey?

Connor LaRocque: I worked one the biggest personal development conferences in North America at the Madison Square Garden all because of my red shoes! I met a gentleman who is now a dear friend named Conrad Greiner from Germany who referred me to this company. Next thing you know, I flew out to New York City, and got to meet the likes of Richard Branson, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Steve Forbes while working in a B2B Sales lead position at 23 years old off of Wall Street.

We often hear stories that make it seem like someone was an overnight success when really there were setbacks and stumbles along the way. Why do you think it’s valuable to be candid about both failure and success?

Connor LaRocque: It makes you human, helps you relate to people, and gives people hope when they need it the most. We all have gifts, talents, and abilities which distinguish us from one another, but at the end of the day, we all have a brain, body, breathe, and bleed. No one is immortal.

What is your personal definition of success?

Connor LaRocque: Being in alignment physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially. Living a life that is meant to serve others with no expectation of anything in return. It’s not just about having a big wallet, it’s about having a big heart that uses that wallet to make the world a better place.

What is the best way for someone to reach you if they are interested in working with you?

Connor LaRocque: DM me on Facebook, Instagram (@laroqk) or LinkedIn. You can also email me at [email protected]

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Interview with Tetty Thomas

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In this featured interview, we take an in-depth look at latinos in tech, how to avoid social media anxiety, how to avoid burnout, dating in entrepreneurship and what it takes to date a boss.  Tetty Thomas is on a mission to make girls who code cool again and rewrite what it means to be a boss. On this episode of the Disrupt Podcast we talk to Tetty about everything from entrepreneurship, coding, latinos in tech and blasting female stereotypes. She shares what she has learned during her entrepreneurial journey and where she is going next. Follow Tetty on IG: @tettythomas

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