Many entrepreneurs start their forays into the business world with unbridled enthusiasm and optimism. They come in determined to make the most of the perceived freedom they hope to find by being their own bosses and giving their all to actualize their dreams faster. And then, reality dawns on them. They discover entrepreneurship is hard, and the ever-evolving business landscape is rife with pitfalls. To overcome that, many fall into the trap of believing they need to sacrifice themselves to succeed. They make drastic changes in their lives, including personal sacrifices, like giving up sleep or not spending time with family, to make more money and scale their business ventures. While that may work in the short term, it ultimately ends in pain, as Nick Komodina attests.
Nick is a mindset coach and entrepreneur who has been in the industry for over 10 years. He’s mentored many successful entrepreneurs on growing their businesses by first transforming themselves. As an entrepreneur, he understands that developing one’s mindset is key to success. Unfortunately, he didn’t learn that lesson straight away and had to endure ten years of pain to get to the other side. Nick shares his experience with those struggling with inner demons, such as depression or anxiety, and provides insight into how they can change their lives through self-improvement and goal setting.
A self-driven individual, Nick developed a passion for entrepreneurship early on. By 21, he owned a successful gym and was venturing into other passions. However, Nick admits he was woefully unequipped to handle the success he was achieving and had to learn everything the hard way. He lost millions on failed ideas, bad investments, and get-rich-quick schemes because he never wanted to ask for help. Losing everything multiple times led to depression, and the lack of adequate leadership skills cost him valuable contracts. Additionally, Nick admits he lacked self-awareness, so he kept self-sabotaging and became vulnerable to misdirection.
After ten years of doing the same things repeatedly, Nick became tired and embarked on a self-actualization journey. That’s when he started changing his mindset and seeing positive life improvements. With his internal environment taken care of, the external stopped being so bothersome. Nick scaled his business further over the following months and expanded his empire. Since then, he’s scaled his coaching business to 7 figures, established a clothing brand, partnered with a skincare company, and impacted thousands of lives worldwide. His podcast, “Headstrong,” is one of the top-rated entrepreneur podcasts on Apple and Spotify.
Being purposeful is one of the factors Nick emphasizes to entrepreneurs. Although being driven is essential, Nick has found that knowing why you are doing what you are doing has a more significant impact. That defines how you conduct your business, relate with clients, and overcome the obstacles stacked against you. Once you establish your why, you’ll also create a winning strategy that allows you to take better care of yourself, which you will definitely need as your business grows. As a fitness enthusiast, Nick says nothing beats self-care when it comes to productivity.
Nick says business is not supposed to be challenging, but it can be if you don’t know what you are doing and why. His dream is to help more entrepreneurs scale their businesses by learning about themselves on a deeper level and discovering their true mission.
Many people are influenced by their past experiences. Their traumatic pasts determine who they become or what they do as adults. For instance, some borrow from their parents and transfer the same experiences to their kids. But what if you grew up without a dad or even both parents? Does it mean you can never become a good dad or mom to your kids? Your past should not influence your parenting skills, and the story of The Present Dad, George Jones, proves this.
George is a former professional footballer and a self-made motivational speaker who speaks a lot about parenting. He is also an international best-selling author, but this piece will focus on his other side. George went through one of the most significant transformations worth being recognized, from a troubled childhood to one of the greatest dads the world has ever seen.
George grew up without a father, and most of his childhood was spent in violence and extreme poverty. The first positive male figure in his life came when he started joined middle school, and he embraced that experience. It was the first time he ever felt positive affection towards a male. This family took him into their home and cared for him unconditionally. He made every moment of his new life count, which helped him heal to forget from about his traumatic past.
What enabled him to overcome it was his openness. He knew it was wise to open up and get the pain off his chest by sharing and reaching out to other men and learning from them. His efforts led to his transformation and self-discovery. That was when he developed a passion for being a motivational speaker.
George’s troubled past never stood in his way. When he finally became an adult and had kids, he devoted his life to them. All George wants is to give his sons the parental care he missed as a child. He also admits to making mistakes as a dad along the way, but that has not held him back. At times, he has been too hard on his sons because he thought that was what dads were supposed to do. When he reached out to his mentors, they gave him advice on how to coach and provide feedback. George soaked up that information. He continues reaching out to other men to learn more and correct his mistakes to be the best dad he can could possibly be.
As a dad to a son with special needs, George has had to be a present father. He has to do certain things differently, but the aim is to be the best dad to his son and meet his needs. George says that his son made him the present dad he is today. His success as a dad is also attributed to being a stay-at-home dad. Although he knows many men are yet to agree that a man can be a stay-at-home dad, he was never discouraged. In fact, George is happy staying home to take care of his sons while his wife provides for the family as their breadwinner.
George wants other parents to learn that parenting is a privilege not everyone has. He does this through the books he writes, hoping to inspire someone for the better. As a motivational speaker, George advises parents to spend time with their kids and use every opportunity to strengthen family bonds. He believes that saying “Goodnight and I love you” to kids is not enough. At the very least, he hopes parents can pick up their kids from school, have dinner together, put their cellphones down and be present for their kids.
How Karen Hite Co-founded An INC 5000 Agency & Manages Over 200 Employees
Entrepreneurship is difficult, and even more so concerning startups. In addition to trust and synergy amongst founding members, gender diversity within core teams is essential for establishing successful organizations.
There is no common strategy for assembling the ideal startup team. The overwhelming consensus, however, is that female co-founders might be a fantastic benefit for any firm since they bring various perspectives, experiences, and thought processes to the boardroom.
Trust was never an issue between JC and Karen. They had been friends, partners, and confidants and even started a family together out of mutual trust.
Out of need, they devised the plan to run their digital agency together, and as a result, they swore to be there for each other every step of the way. JC identified Karen as a source of novel approaches to problem-solving and various leadership styles that provided diverse perspectives on specific tasks and activities. She sought excellence with persistence and courage while injecting a ray of perspective diversity into their startup, which was essential for making better judgments and drawing in top talent.
Karen Hite brought an analytical mindset to the operations of Hite. She was pregnant when they began, but women are skilled at juggling multiple responsibilities. Karen was still incredibly essential in managing the tiny crew they began with. Between JC’s competitive character in the agency’s daily operations and Karen’s natural tranquility in the face of volatility, it seemed like she constantly shifted and produced a sense of equilibrium in operations and relations.
She is the company’s “heart.” Continually engaging in lucrative negotiations. She managed the cash flow at the beginning before the finance sector was created, and she is still involved with it today. Karen is incredibly brazen and inventive. During the franchising process that HITE has been undergoing, she handled the process with ease while intuitively and effectively monitoring market conditions. She gives great vitality to the discourse, is self-deprecatingly humorous, and constantly focuses on the future.
Hite Digital has a nursery and daycare because of her ingenuity, making it one of the first companies in the sector to introduce women-friendly facilities. Consequently, the women with whom she works feel motivated and empowered. No wonder she has no trouble managing over 200 employees. They are all already on her side and would gladly take delegation at her discourse.
She has had challenges come her way, especially because she has had to balance her work and motherhood, but she has eventually come to the stage where she understands how she is empowering her children by retaining her role at Hite. She would never give any of it up. If anything, her business and family have interjected perfectly to fill her life and give it meaning. She is a wonderful woman.
Influencer Press First-Ever Event at Notoriety in Las Vegas
On September 11th, we went bigger by hosting an event at the Notoriety in Las Vegas. The event was mind-blowing, as it was a hive of excitement, engagement, and inspiration. We got to talk about Influencer Press and how our work is more than just working with major publications. What’s more, other Latin entrepreneurs took to the stage to talk about their experiences and offer golden nuggets of advice.
The show was big, and we plan to go bigger in the not-too-distant future. Yet the show would not have been a success without the involvement of Notoriety’s team.
Notoriety is a premier Las Vegas live performance venue. The platform consists of seven individual performance theaters ranging from 60 to 250 seats, two 5,000 sq. ft. performance bars, and a 4,500 sq. ft. Members-only VIP Lounge and event space. Located in the downtown side of Sin City, Notoriety is ingeniously placed at the famous Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. The number of major events that have been held on this platform is endless. Celebrities such as Clint Holmes, Jeremy Piven, Darrell Hammond, Zowie Bowie, Reckless in Vegas, Aussie Heat, Chase Brown, and the cast of Faabulous, Justin Young, Jonathan Karrant, Linda Marcus, Vincent John, and more. Holding an event on such a great platform was truly an exciting time for us as we became part of that history.
No glitch-Pure Awesomeness
Notoriety has built a reputation as a hotspot for fabulous shows. There’s never a dull moment at Notoriety Live as a diverse range of musicians, comedians and actors perform Live. Thousands of people across America visit Notoriety for Live music, comedy, plays and live performance. Notoriety also hosts live virtual events. As their tagline states, Notoriety is where you discover the undiscovered. This tagline is true; we experienced the same revelation when we hosted our event.
Every element of Notoriety wowed us, from the food, lights, orchestration, ambience, equipment and support team. The music transported us and our audience to where we wanted to be-in, that dimension of success where you realize that you have the power to succeed. There was no glitch or temporary setback. Rather, the event was a hive of audience engagement as every step played out as we had planned. In fact, everything went beyond our expectations, and we finally realized there were not enough five-star ratings on the trip advisor for this amazing place.
Anyone planning to host an event at Notoriety gets to work with Ken Henderson. Ken is the CEO of Notoriety Live and is in charge of creating the events’ entertainment concepts, production, and overall management. Ken’s unmatched enthusiasm and attention to detail are likely one of the reasons each event goes on seamlessly. No doubt everything Ken touches turns into a success.
Ken and his team are out-of-the-box thinkers with the knowledge and experience to deliver memorable events. It was a pleasure working with and learning from them.
More events our way
We definitely plan to have more events where we get to engage with our audience and impart life-changing knowledge. You can keep tabs on us through our social media sites. We hope to see you in our upcoming events as we plan to go bigger.
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