My ‘On The Run’ Experience

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Wow! Wow! Wow! That’s all I could say after seeing Jay & Bey’s exceptional  performance. Last Friday, I had the pleasure of seeing this generations Pop God & Goddess perform at the MetLife Stadium in Jersey. The power couples On The Run Tour is definitely setting new standards for entertainers. Personally, I didn’t want to waste the entire concert snapping pics and recording videos, I just wanted I enjoy the experience. The well executed production ran about 2 hours, and they kept us standing on our chairs the entire time! The Carters performed an array of hits from their extensive catalogs, but completely won everyone’s hearts with their closing performance.  I won’t ruin the surprise for you guys though. Throughout the course of the show, they play clips of their extremely well produced movie that will never be released. I’ve heard that some people didn’t like the clips, but I felt that it added a great cinematic touch to the show. One thing that really stuck out to me, is how well the entire show was well executed. You can tell they worked extremely hard to bring us a good show, and it inspired me. It made me want to do my absolute best in anything I do. You would have to see the show to understand what I mean. Granted the prices are up there, but believe me when I say it’s well worth it to see this show if if given the opportunity. Below are a few of the pics I captured that night. Enjoy!

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My 4th!

Hey guys,

I can honestly say this was one of the best 4th of July’s I’ve ever had. I was surrounded by great company, and due to the location of my office we had front row vip seats to the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. I invited a few friends to view the show, and I think their appreciation of the view is what really made my night. You can see that they genuinely appreciated me inviting them to watch the show, they didn’t have to deal with the hassle of being caught in the insane crowd outside, and did I mention we had an amazing view?!?!. There were plenty of laughs that night, and the main phrases of the night were “I wasn’t readyyyy”, “BROOKLYN BRIDGE!!”, and “Not on tv…real life”.  You had to be there to understand. 

Below are a few of the shots I caught from the night. There weren’t too many shots, as I really just wanted to enjoy this moment.

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Be More Than Your Diploma: Why Self-Branding Is Crucial To Standing Out In The Job Market

Imagine that you are applying for a job. You create a standard resume for yourself. After submitting that resume, you are told to wait patiently for a response because they are overwhelmed by the amount of applicants they have received. That sounds reasonable, but you then find out that the number of applicants is 1,606,000 — and that number doesn’t even include all of last year’s applicants that the company wasn’t able to get around to.

One-million six-hundred and six-thousand is the forecasted number for US college students graduating with a BA in 2014. And the hypothetical scenario above is how I believe a college degree positions students in the job market. That’s one and a half million students all having learned relatively the same material and counting on the same credential to get them a job: their college educations.

There are many reasons we attend college. I believe that the most common reason is the fear that we won’t get a good job if we don’t. We have been raised to believe that a college education makes you stand out to employers — that it makes you unique. However, the hard truth is that graduating from college only makes you as unique as the students sitting with you at commencement, which distinguishes you no differently than any of the other 8.5” by 11” pieces of paper in that 1,606,000 sheet tall resume stack.

As much as I hate to acknowledge it, a college degree is the key to many of the most highly regarded social and professional opportunities. It is not the only key, but it is the least risky one to pursue. However, your diploma becomes less and less valuable as more and more people earn theirs. And this is why I believe that non-academic engagement and self-branding have become more important for young people than ever before.

There are two types of people that I know who don’t really need resumes, but instead only business cards. The first type could easily fit their name, school, GPA and contact information on a 2” x 3.5” card — because that is all that they have done. Any more detail than that would be fluff and fodder. The second type doesn’t need a resume because their business card is for their own business, which differentiates them from everyone else who has become commoditized.

Now, I’m not saying that you need to start your own business — nor am I discouraging it. However, what is important is that you (a potential or current college student) understand that college does not get you to where you want to be in life any more. You get yourself there. College has merely become a box on a list that is in your best interest to check off.

Internships, mentorships, jobs, clubs, sports, traveling, projects, startups, art, service work, community evolvement, writing, hobbies, etc… What actually distinguishes you is everything else you engage in that is non-curricular. Over my last four years in college, the most commonly voiced concern I’ve heard from peers is that they fear a company will look at them as a number instead of a person. And the only honest response to that fear is: “Yes! They will… if you only give them a number to look at.”

I’m not writing this to justify my own behavior. My aversion to academic focus was not part of a self-branding or differentiation plan. It was simply because I chose to pursue my own interests instead. However, with my current perspective, I can honestly say that I would have focused much less on school if I were back at day one. And, instead, I would have focused much more on this “real world” we all hear about.

(Source: elitedaily.com)

15 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do Every Day

The most effective entrepreneurs view themselves as assets. They continually invest in themselves and in their future through continuing education and self-improvement.

If you want to become a better entrepreneur and successfully grow your business, dedicate time and energy to improve your daily habits.

Here are 15 things many business influencers make time for in their busy schedules. 

1. Eat breakfast. To work at your peak performance, your body needs fuel. Rather than just grab a cup of coffee on your way to the office, take a few minutes to eat a meal or drink a protein smoothie — even if it’s on the go.

2. Plan your day. First thing in the morning, look at your calendar and prioritize your schedule. If you work best during a specific time of the day, block out those hours for quiet work time. I do my best work in the mornings, so I try to schedule at least 90 minutes to work on my writing before daily distractions begin. While you’re at it, schedule short breaks throughout the day to eat a healthy snack and keep your energy up.  

3. Don’t check email right away. It’s tough not to hop on your smart phone first thing in the morning and see who’s emailed you. Often checking email is a distraction from what you want to focus on early in the day. Try to wait until 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. to check email, after you’ve completed at least one of your critical to-do items. If you’re working on an important project, try not to check your email more than three times a day.

4. Remember your purpose. Take a few moments at the start of each workday to remind yourself of your company’s goals. Think about your core customer and which areas of your business are most profitable. We oftentimes get caught up in the minutia of daily tasks we lose sight of what brings us happiness and profitability.

5. Single-task. We live in a world that praises multi-tasking. Unfortunately, when you have too much going on at once you may become distracted by interruptions and unimportant glitches. To be productive and effective, prioritize, delegate whenever possible and focus.

6. Visualize. It may feel silly, but close your eyes and envision your success. Imagine what you will feel like when you reach your goals. Visualization is a powerful tool and can help you keep your aspirations at the front of your mind. It might also help to post a picture of what you’d like to accomplish. For example, if you’re interested in taking a trip to Paris, post of photo of the Eiffel Tower on your desk.

7. Say no. Entrepreneurs especially feel pressure to accept every opportunity that comes their way. However, not every opportunity will benefit you or your business. Time is our most valuable commodity. Be selective about what you agree to do.

8. Value your time. Unlike money, time is a non-renewable resource. There’s simply no way to make more of it. Guard your time and spend it doing the most important things for yourself and your company. Avoid distractions whenever possible. Whether you facilitate or attend a meeting, online or in person, get clear about the start and end time. Whenever someone requests a meeting or consultation with you, try asking for the questions in advance so you can do my research ahead of time. This will keeps you on time and on task.

9. Delegate. In the early days of my business, I thought I could save money and do everything myself. Then I realized the small, mundane tasks were taking me away from those things that generated the most income for my business. I was on the fast track to burnout. When you become overwhelmed with work or can’t figure out a solution, hire someone to help.

10. Listen. Be present when you speak with a colleague or employee. Take the time to fully understand what the other person is saying. Leaders who listen effectively avoid miscommunications and are less likely to have to ask for clarification later.

11. Show gratitude. Make it a daily habit to sit down and be thankful for all the opportunities you have been given and all the things you’ve accomplished so far. Simply reminding yourself of your past successes will keep you focused, present and productive. 

12. Stand up and move around. Did you know sitting is the new smoking? This car-commuting, desk-bound lifestyle can be harmful to your health. Studies show it raises the risk of disability, diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer and obesity. No matter when you can make time for it during the day, take a few minutes to stand up and take activity breaks every hour or so. It’s good for your body and mind.

13. Breathe deeply. Many people take shallow breaths. Every hour or so, stand up from your desk, stretch and take 10 deep breaths. The quick break and boost of oxygen will reinvigorate you for your next task.

14. Take a lunch break. Get up from your desk and eat lunch elsewhere. If you can’t spare even a moment away from work during the day, make lunch your networking hour. Schedule lunch meetings throughout the week with key clients, professional acquaintances or friends. 

15. Clear your desk. At the end of each day, clear the clutter from your desk. Put away your pens, stack loose paper and straighten other items. A clear desk will give you a clean slate for the next day and prevent you from feeling bogged down by yesterday’s work.      

(Source: entrepreneur.com)

Afrojack’s Full GMA Summer Stage Performance

Afrojack: GMA Summer Concert Series

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On Friday June 27th, Afrojack rocked the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series Stage in Central Park.  He had the crowd on level 10 early in the morning! He brought out Wrabel, Matthew Koma, and the legendary Sting! He performed his 3 singles, “Ten Feet Tall”, “Illuminate” and “Catch Tomorrow”. What made me appreciate Afrojack even more after this concert, was the fact that he performed a 20 minute set for the crowd while we were waiting for his main performance to begin. Usually the artists do their sound check, and then the audience is waiting for about an hour until the live performance begins. He said he asked GMA if he could do this for his fans, since they came out so early to see him. So it was as if we had a free mini EDC party.  I can say Afrojack seems like one of those celebrities, who truly value their fans. Below are a few of the pictures I captured from his performance. Enjoy!

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Beyoncé’s TIME 100 Title Solidifies Her As Pop Music’s Reigning Queen

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Beyoncé landed at the top of the TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list most influential people. Hailed as the first “Titan” mentioned and the issue’s cover star, Beyoncé was lauded for breaking all the rules in the music biz and championing women’s rights to lead.

In keeping with TIME’s tradition of casting cultural icons to write affectionate blurbs about the honorees, LeanIn.org founder Sheryl Sandberg wrote the ode to Beyoncé. “Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one,” she wrote.

Beyoncé’s whirlwind 2013 centered around dropping her self-titled LP in complete secrecy in December. She ran a sold out Mrs. Carter Show world tour, was a full-time mom and became the leading voice in support of women in pop culture and music. “Her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren’t afraid? appears to be ‘Watch me. I’m about to do it,’” Sandberg wrote. “Then she adds, ‘You can, too.’”

Her husband Jay Z was labeled a “Titan” last year and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg sang his praises, adding, “He even put a ring on Beyoncé.” The couple is set to continue music domination and will embark on a major summer tour together, the Mr. And Mrs. Carter Tour.

Bey also nabbed a spot on the list last year, where she was then labeled as an “Icon.” In the article written by director Baz Lurhmann, he complimented her work ethic and warmth. “When Beyoncé does an album, when Beyoncé sings a song, when Beyoncé does anything, it’s an event, and it’s broadly influential,” he wrote. “Right now, she is the heir-­apparent diva of the USA — the reigning national voice.”

Only a year later and Beyoncé is no one’s heir-apparent. She’s pop music’s queen.

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(Source: Huffington Post)

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