Starting a business and making it successful is never an easy task. You have to go through some significant challenges that may seem impossible to overcome, which is why most fail at it. However, some people thrive in their businesses and end up providing sources of inspiration to many others. Most top entrepreneurs have a sad background, but the fact that they overcame all of their struggles to make it big in their respective industries is admirable.
This year, Disrupt Media put together a list of what they consider to be some of the top entrepreneurs to watch in 2020. There are a lot of top entrepreneurs in the game right now, but here are the top ones that Disrupt picked who will most likely continue to create an impact in 2020 and beyond:
1. Jacob Galea
As one of the well-known Success and Transformational coaches across the world, Jacob Galea has built a great name and business. He is one of the most reputable life coaches, and he has worked with a lot of people, including celebrities and other business owners. Jacob Galea has invested in education just as much as he has invested in his business. He learned about psychology and martial arts, and he uses the knowledge he got from them in addition to his passion for helping as many people as he can. He is one of the entrepreneurs who have proven that you can achieve anything if you set your mind on it, and he teaches others to do the same. Jacob Galea has coached thousands of people and gives inspirational speeches in several forums across the world.
2. Paul Getter
Paul Getter is a self-proclaimed digital marketing nerd, and it’s safe to say that the title fits him perfectly. He is one of the entrepreneurs that overcame a lot of challenges growing up to prove that he could build a good life for himself. Paul ventured into the marketing world after losing his job and without any prior knowledge on the subject. His dedication and passion are what drove him to learn digital marketing, and within a few years, he has become one of the most reputable entrepreneurs in the industry. His level of expertise in digital marketing and his passion for helping others is what makes Paul Getter one of the top 20 entrepreneurs to look out for in 2020. He has built a strong network with most people still seeking his assistance with digital marketing. He has already helped many people take their businesses to the next level. Paul still spends millions of dollars on his clients yearly, and he isn’t showing signs of slowing down.
3. David Meltzer
David Meltzer is one of the entrepreneurs who has already built a fortune. David now uses that experience and expertise to help other people who are interested in transforming their businesses. He focuses on one of the most important aspects of any business, which is consultation. He provides a different approach to businesses in various industries, and that is one of the reasons why he has built a good reputation. David has expertise in various business areas ranging from fundraising and strategies to marketing and brand building.
4. Stephen Campolo
Stephen Campolo is a fitness expert, influencer, and muscle-building machine. Stephen went from overweight to fit and is now teaching others his secrets. With his many online courses and social media content, he has helped thousands of people get their dream bodies. Stephen is also the Founder of the 12-week transformation challenge.
5. Zach Benson
Zach Benson, a full-time entrepreneur, world traveler, dancer, and owner of Assistagram, has used Instagram to get sponsorships, travel the world for free, and generate leads for his business. His Instagram account is filled with content from his worldwide adventures which results in a unique and interesting page.
6. Kustas Kirsipuu
Kustas Kirsipuu is a serial entrepreneur and cryptocurrency investor from a small village in Estonia. Kustas has worked with world-class influencers including Eric Worre and he is widely known as a leader in the business community for his work in network marketing, scaling multiple 7-8 figure businesses and training young entrepreneurs to reach their goals and create financial freedom.
7. Dallas Basha
Dallas Basha is a real estate developer, philanthropist, and national speaker. He is the Founder and CEO of Basha Real Estate and is committed to changing how communities connect. Every day he becomes closer and closer to changing the Real Estate industry for the better.
8. Tony Delgado
Tony Delgado is a serial entrepreneur, internet personality and philanthropist who is mostly known for his work in Puerto Rico’s Entrepreneur & Startup ecosystem. Tony is the mastermind behind many of the most successful brands. Tony has collaborated with influencers like Tai Lopez, Gerard Adams, John Mallot, Casey Adams, Jason Capital, and Charlie Rocket and worked with brands like Armani, Steve Madden, Marvel Comics and K-Swiss. Tony is also the host of the Disrupt Podcast where he interviews the most disruptive entrepreneurs, leaders, and change-makers in the world.
9. John Mallot
John Malott is the founder and Chairman of Build Your Empire. John has built global originations doing 100’s of millions of dollars and has helped thousands of people achieve financial freedom. Recently, John Malott has joined forces with the brand-new Designer Nutrition company, ÜFORIA Science, that uses your DNA to look for variances when it comes to heart, brain, cholesterol, immune system, and much more.
10. Sam Bakhtiar
Sam Bakhtiar is a doctor, CEO, author, world-class bodybuilder, and multi-millionaire entrepreneur. He runs a fitness franchising business, The Camp Transformation Center, with 110 locations and two different supplement and nutrition companies. With a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in sports science and life science and a doctorate from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Dr. Bakhtiar has helped over one hundred thousand people transform physically and mentally. He specializes in helping people get to the top 1% in any and every aspect of their life.
11. Ralph DiBugnara
Ralph DiBugnara is the President of Home Qualified, a digital resource for the buyers, sellers, and realtors driving today’s millennial market. Ralph has been a major disruption in the real estate space leveraging social media to dominate the marketplace in New York and New Jersey.
12. Ninos Shamo
Ninos Shamo is the high school student who is building an e-commerce empire built on the Shopify platform utilizing drop shipping. He has recently been featured on sites like Thrive, Disrupt and BuzzFeed for the accomplishments he has been making in the entrepreneur space.
13. Ben Buckwalter
Ben Buckwalter is an award-winning sales strategist and serial entrepreneur working with business owners, companies, and corporations to master their selling process so they can consistently magnetize ideal prospects and scale exponentially using the Infinity Sales Method™. Ben’s consulting and genius is trusted by global brands such as Bayer. He has also been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur, Disrupt, Future Sharks, and more.
14. Peter J Voogd
Peter Voogd is the author of the best selling book 6 Months to 6 Figures, as well as the founder of The Game Changers Academy. He’s a leading authority on Gen y leadership who has trained and inspired well over 4,500 entrepreneurs with his true story of going from dead broke to a six-figure income within six months. His podcasts, videos, websites, and social media reaches more than 200,000 people monthly.
15. Martin Mander
Martin Mander is a luxury and travel influencer who became an internet sensation because of his exclusive content on social media. He is an emerging name among bloggers and has many followers on Instagram. His content majorly caters to travel and lifestyle lovers.
16. Jason Capital
Jason Capital was recognized as a Top 100 Entrepreneur by President Barack Obama. He is the best-selling author of Higher Status and affectionately known as “America’s High-Income Expert.” He became a self-made multimillionaire by 24. Today he is the “Success Trainer To Millions”. He is the founder and chairman of Capital Research International. For 11 years, he has served as a coach and consultant to Fortune 500 executives, professional athletes, US Marines, and A-List Celebrities.
17. Travis Fox
Travis Fox is a doctor with 25 years of experience as a CEO. He is also a three-time published author and EMMY ® Award-winning producer. It is no surprise that this renowned man is also a Motivational Speaker. He is a Sports Performance & Personal Transformational teacher who has over 14,000 hours speaking on stage around the globe. His Architect of BEing ® program has helped thousands of people find their true passion.
18. Dean Graziosi
Dean Graziosi is a multiple New York Times Best Selling Author, creator of multiple 9 figure companies and one of the best real estate educators and marketers in the world today. He has touched the lives of millions of people annually for the past 16 years through his daily television shows and social presence.
19. Gabriela Berrospi
Gabriela Berrospi, also known as Gaby Wall Street, is the founder of Latino Wall Street, a movement to empower the Latino community, especially Latina women by giving them the tools and education necessary to achieve Financial Freedom. Thanks to her teachings, thousands within the Latino community have been able to trade within the stock markets, to obtain financial freedom. Originally from Peru, this powerful Latina can be seen traveling across The United States and Latin America giving conferences on the power of Wall Street and how Latinos can generate income from the stock market by trading from home.
20. Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley
Charlie “Rocket” Jabaley is a globally-recognized serial entrepreneur, speaker, and influencer on a mission to transform millions of people worldwide. Charlie is the former manager of 2Chainz (Grammy-nominated & winning rap artist) and the previous founder of Street Execs – an Atlanta based hip hop firm managing megastars such as Travis Porter. Charlie became a motivational speaker after being diagnosed with a brain tumor and losing over 100 pounds and taking his life into his own hands. Today, Charlie is taking the social media world by storm with his “winning streak” movement.
These top 20 entrepreneurs have effective methods in their various industries of operations. More than that, they have a vested interest in helping other people achieve their dreams, and they use that interest to do some good in the world. Many people and even young entrepreneurs can learn a lot from these great entrepreneurs.
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The Story of a Dreamer Committed to Bettering the World
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.
Dr. David Fabi on the value of inspiring patients and others through motivational methods
“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!
Learn How Digital Nomad Ksaveras Jancauskas Is Disrupting The Instagram Marketing Industry
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.
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.
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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