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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Jason Arshan Nik presents SUCCESS


There is no one way to define success. Everybody has their own visions of what it means to succeed. So I asked people from all walks of life, all at varying stages of success -- people who are at the beginning of accomplishing their dreams all the way to millionaires and billionaires still chasing new dreams. I asked each one of them the same question: How do you personally define success? These are their answers.
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Ashish Walia, COO of LawTrades
In the business world, I would define success by being able to grow a business from the ground up and being able to deliver something of value to our users/customers. When LawTrades started, it was simply an idea. Seeing how far it's come in only a few months has been great, but we'll know it’s successful when it becomes the go to resource for everyone looking to get quality legal help.
Rob Spaz, Recording Artist & Songwriter
I define success as humbleness with courage and a little bit of insanity. A lot of people let pride get in the way of their success. Pride knows too much. Being humble you remain learning. No matter the situation, loss of friends, relationships, money, etc. you still have the courage to keep going for your goal. Insanity is that small minded person that says you're crazy for doing whatever it is that you do. That's probably been told to some of the greatest minds in our history.


Kristina Tsipouras, President & CEO of Zoos Greek Iced Tea
I define success by the amount of joy I feel on a daily basis. Through joy and passion comes abundance and success in the traditional form, not the other way around. Success is a balance of excitement for the future, with a appreciation and excitement for the present moment, for the journey.  

Dan Piraro, Creator of Bizarro Comics
Success is when you succeed at something. Donald Trump is successful at money. I am successful at ridiculous mustache.
Lee Springer, Founder of Health as We Age
Success is finding happiness. Cliché I know, so the next question is "define happiness." Simply put, to be loved by those you love, and to be valued in your career/line of work.


Michael Gruener, Founder of Days Island Essential Oils
I'll have to borrow my definition of success from Zig Ziglar -- doing the best you can with what you have.

Shannon McIntosh, Professional Race Car Driver
To me, success comes in all shapes and sizes. Mostly, I believe that setting goals and giving 100% always results in success if you are constantly evolving and getting better.
Talia Russo, Spokesmodel/Actress
I define success in many ways. When I reach a goal I'm happy with to me it could be a big deal and others not. So as long as I'm happy and fulfilled in what ever it is I'm doing, I’m successful!
Jay Grave, Professional Bass Fisherman
Loving what you do and being able to give back to your neighbors.
Cheri Garcia, PR Consultant & Inventor
Success is doing what you want, when you want while being happy. That could mean raising a family, or growing a company.
Beverly Ritz, Professional Photographer & Graphic Designer
Success is defined to me by achieving long term safety and comfort in life. Knowing if I leave my son's bike in the front yard overnight it will not get stolen.
Katie Summers, Fitness Coach
I think success is finding whatever it is that makes you happy and doing that. I think that you need to be able to be successful selflessly sometimes to truly be successful. Every person has the right to their earnings but nothing is ever worth much if you had to lose your soul to get it. I think success is finding what lights your heart on fire. Whether you spend your life chasing  the fire, perfecting it, dreaming about it, holding it, whatever, as long as it makes you better and you are happy. Then I think that is success.
Kristen Putney, Singer for Instants and Bass Player for Black Pills
My success definition is to do what I love and with people I love. If I am happy, I am successful. Building a legacy for our names and our daughter. Happiness is all I want.
Chizom Ekpunobi, Founder of Peernergy
Success to me is finally being able to say “I did it!!” When you’ve worked hard for something, after failing miserably and being told by others you can’t do it so you should quit or something ‘less tasking,’ and you finally get it done, that’s success. Success is being able to change the lives of those around you who cannot necessarily do anything back for you. Success is being able to give back. How many people can I say I took off the streets and made their lives better? How many children did I put through school? How many school supplies did I provide for schools in third world countries? How many communities did I put a process to give them clean drinking water? How many children did I give shoes to? How many people are better off today because of me? Etc. When I answer these questions and smile at my numbers, then I can truly say I am successful.
Dez Bryant, Professional Football Player for the Dallas Cowboys
Being able to do what makes you happiest!
Jose L. Torres, Owner of Tower Studio
Success to me is accomplishing anything you set yourself to do and getting it done to the best of your ability. Esther Spina, Entrepreneur & Author of The Ambitious Woman
Defining  success is different for every woman (person).  If you want to be successful, then you must choose to do what ambitious people do. How about the stay at home mom who knows how to handle her kids and keeps her home running smoothly----she’s successful. What about the woman who can balance her career and a family ----she’s successful.  The woman who is determined to earn her degree, the woman who is a visionary and is making her dream a reality, the woman who is consistent in character and in the way she lives life---they are all successful. Trudy Magnum, Reggae Pop Singer
The highest level of enlightenment to know oneself from within. Maher Maso, Mayor of Frisco TX
Making a difference doing something you enjoy.
Shannon Allen, CMO of EvoLux Transportation & Author of Going Up
My personal definition of success is the ability to have time to do whatever you want. The ability to experience what you want with the ability to bend time to your will. Time is key.
Garni Sohrabian, Founder of Steal Time Back
​I'm a simple man when it comes to this. I gave up a lot of what society considers success in terms of money and status to write books and start Steal Time Back. But I consider myself successful because I get to wake up and do what I love and better the world in the process.
Rick Fox, 3-Time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, Actor, & Producer
That I continue to evolve in all areas of my life - progress not perfection.

Lizzie Blazquez, Singer
Success is the result you get when you don't give up on any situation in life. It’s when you turn the negatives to positives. It’s when your desire to be great is more than anything else that can hold you back in life. It’s the result of overcoming persistently any situation everyday to achieve you goals. Success is the result of an everyday exercise to reach your goals. Success is the result of failure everyday, without giving up. Success is when everything negative in your life turns positive because of your persistence.
For me, I think success is overcoming my own obstacles (myself is the biggest one) and believing in my potential.
Andrew Ference, Professional Hockey Player for the Edmonton Oilers
Success is dedicating yourself to whatever it is you want to accomplish and doing your best. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but you’ll have no regrets knowing that you did everything you could.
Daniel Kearny, Founder of SEaL International My personal definition of success is not dependent upon bank account balances during your lifetime, but is rather an achievement that is reached at the end of your journey. Although it is absolutely true that more money gives you more options and allows you to be financially prepared for certain situations, it ultimately does not define you as a successful person. Until the true purpose for your existence is revealed and you can start fulfilling your actual destiny, finding something that you are incredibly passionate about and developing a way to use it so that others may benefit is what will put you on the path to real success. Keep in mind that the one thing which will be most remembered about you after you leave is the story of what you did while you were here. Therefore, that little dash in between the dates on your headstone will contain the most information, so creating an unforgettable story for that dash to forever represent is what will make you successful in the end.

Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks & star of Shark Tank
Waking up every morning with a smile knowing it’s going to be a great day.
Cindy Shtevi, Graphic Designer
To me being happy means you've succeeded. Who can judge or define what makes one man happy and therefore successful? Personally, being in a place where my bills are not piling up, being able to travel, being able to put my kids through good private schools and still be able to enjoy the small stuff means I've succeeded. I don't need a mansion or fancy sports car to be successful.
Bronwyn Reed, Actress on Law & Order: SVU
To be happy, in love, and respected for your art.
Tayo Rockson, CEO of UYD Magazine
Success to me is the ability to do what you want when you want. I love this quote by James Cameron, "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success."
Cindy Millet, Educator & Partner at Milletworks
Being successful is all about forming connections and building relationships. It's the human to human interaction of providing encouragement and hope.
Athena Moberg, CPC, Trauma Recovery Coach, Speaker, & RokuTV Host.
When I have the opportunity to wake up every single day and reach out to as many people as possible, help them in ways that are significant, minister to them in ways that are positively life- changing, all while knowing deep down in the very core of my being, that my thoughts and my words and my actions all are in alignment with my core beliefs. The cherry on top will be when I can make a decent living financially while accomplishing all of the above. Neon Hitch, Singer
Happiness.
Susie Cortez, Artist
Having the ability to make a change in someone's life for the better, whether it's through them experiencing my work or by showing them how to unleash their creativity. I believe we are all contributors to society and those that care enough to give themselves to make a difference are the most successful.
Demetrie King, Creator of the Vending MyChine app
Success is like going on your first vacation. Either you strive to work harder to go even bigger the next year or you are complacent with where you have been. Amanda Nicole Miller, Professional Photographer
Personally, I define success in a manner that is paralleled with happiness. My first impression of success will always be one involving career, and having “made it” within whatever path has been chosen there. However, when taking a deeper look at success, there is truly so much more than profitability, recognition, and the like. These things contribute to happiness but cannot provide happiness in its entirety. I believe a successful individual will have that thriving career, but also will be happy with his or her place in the world and where he or she stands. Success is the ability to look around oneself and be satisfied with essentially all aspects: because we, as humans, are a collective being. In order to obtain success, we must also obtain some level of balance. Needless to say, success is a very intangible concept and everyone’s definition will differ. Yet, we still may find that despite differences in definition, we agree with other individuals’ definitions as well. I suppose that’s the beauty of something like success: there really isn’t a right or wrong answer per se.

Birgitta Sunding Thorsen, Film Producer & Artist Manager
Success starts the moment you take the first step towards any goal you set in front of you. The size and reward of the success comes along the journey and may have many stations. Stations that you jump off at to embrace and celebrate, but then get back on again, because no success has a final destination. It should be ongoing! Montel Williams, Emmy Winning Television Personality & Author
I define success by what I give, not by what I get.
Jason Arshan Nik, Life Coach & Author of The Warrior's Odyssey
Success isn't simply about money, it's about a state of enlightenment. A lot of ruthless people make lots of money, does that make them successful? I don't believe losing your humanity makes you successful. Success is when you have a dream that you wish to achieve -- business, faith, family, creativity, whatever it may be -- and you see the obstacles in front of you, conquer those obstacles and achieve those dreams. If you have a willingness to evolve you can succeed. If you stay humble and kind you can succeed. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos & Author of Delivering Happiness
I think true success is when you get to the point where if you were to lose everything you have and had to start all over, you'd truly be okay with it.


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© Jason Nik and JNikLC, 2014. All material posted on this blog is owned by Jason Nik. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written consent from Jason Nik is strictly prohibited. Links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jason Nik and JNikLC with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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All content provided on JNikLC is for informational purposes only. Jason Nik makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. Jason Nik will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Jason Nik will not be liable for any personal, emotional, and/or physical injury, death, or loss of property which may occur as a result of engaging in anything discussed in this blog.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jason Nik interview with/entrevista con Lizzie Blazquez


Lizzie Blazquez isn’t defined by any genre of music, instead she is undefined.


I spoke with Lizzie about her upbringing, unique singing style, and journey as a singer.

Lizzie Blazquez no defina por cualquier género de música, en lugar de eso, ella no se defina.

Hablé con Lizzie acerca de su crianza, estilo único de cantar y su trayecto como cantante.

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Jason Nik: Tell us a bit about growing up in Venezuela and how that made who you are today.


Lizzie Blazquez: I grew up a little different, maybe because I studied in a private school, different from all schools in Venezuela  was  founded by Americans and almost everyone were American citizens,I learned to speak Spanish and English simultaneously..and so it was that I was raised perhaps a little more Americanized.

Jason Nik: Cuéntanos un poco acerca de crecer en Venezuela y cómo eso hizo lo que eres hoy.


Lizzie Blazquez: Creci un poquito diferente, quizas porque yo estudie en un colegio privado, diferente de todos los colegios de Venezuela fundado por Americanos donde la mayoria eran ciudadanos Americanos, aprendi a hablar Español e Ingles simultaneamente y asi fue que me crie..quiza de una manera un poquito  mas americanizada.



JN: Your music style is not really confined to one genre. So if you were explaining what your music is like to someone who has never heard your songs, how would you describe it?


LB: My music is like a buffet where you can sample and choose your favorite dish. lol
Really is pop dance music, and depending on the track each one has a different mix on it..maybe one song is more pop dance with some dubstep and then another song is totally different like a new trap song I recently recorded.

JN: Tu estilo de música no es realmente limitada a un solo género. ¿Así que si estabas explicando como lo que tu música es a alguien que nunca ha escuchado tus canciones, cómo lo describirías?


LB: Mi música es como un buffet, donde podrá degustar y elegir su plato favorito. lol
En realidad la música es dance pop, y dependiendo de la pista cada uno tiene una mezcla diferente , tal vez una canción es más dance-pop con algo de dubstep y luego otra canción es totalmente diferente, como una canción nueva que Recientemente grabé al estilo trap.



JN: Who were your musical inspirations as a child?


LB: I don't know. I learned how to play chords in the guitar when I was 7 years old.

JN: ¿Quiénes fueron tus inspiraciones musicales cuando eras una niña?


LB: No lo sé. Aprendí a tocar acordes en la guitarra cuando tenía 7 años de edad.



JN: From “Deep Inside Me” and “Tanta de Nada” to the much anticipated upcoming songs “Ouh Baby” and “Mine” you write all your own lyrics to your songs. What inspires your writing?


LB: My life experiences the good and the bad, Love, etc.

JN: De "Deep Inside Me" y "Tanta de Nada" a las próximas canciones muy esperadas "Ouh Baby" y "Mine" tu escribes todas tus propias la letra de tus canciones. ¿Qué inspira tu escritura?


LB: Experiencias de mi vida buenas y malas, amor etc.



JN: Is there anyone in the music industry you would like to work with?


LB: Yes so many..Pitbull..ummm..Calvin Harris,  David Guetta..soo many!! :)

JN: ¿Hay alguien en la industria de la música con quién te gustaría trabajar?


LB: Si!! Pitbull..ummm..Calvin Harris, David Guetta..y tantos otros! :)



JN: What advice can you give people pursuing a career in music?


LB: Ha! I am still learning lol its a non ending subject.. is like any other business you have to work and work and work.. also very important to learn about the business side of music there is a book they call it "the Bible of the music business" by Donald Passman the 7th edition.

JN: ¿Qué consejo puedes dar a las personas que buscan una carrera en la música?


LB:  Ha! Yo sigo aprendiendo lol en una materia sin fin.. No es nada diferente de otro negocio trabajar trabajar y trabajar..y aprender el lado del negocio de la musica, recomiendo "la Biblia de la industria de la musica" de Don Passman la 7ma edicion.



JN: Lizzie, thank you so much for joining me for this interview. Is there anything else you would like to tell the JNikLC readers?


LB: Yes!! I hope you like my music. Thanks so much for listening. If you want to follow me on my journey, you are welcome. ♥♡♥ :)

JN: Lizzie, muchas gracias por acompañarme en esta entrevista. ¿Hay algo más que te gustaría decir a los lectores de JNikLC?
LB: Si!! Espero que les guste mi musicá. Muchas gracias por escucharme. Si quieres seguirme en mi viaje, que son bienvenidos. ♥♡♥:)


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All content provided on JNikLC is for informational purposes only. Jason Nik makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. Jason Nik will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Jason Nik will not be liable for any personal, emotional, and/or physical injury, death, or loss of property which may occur as a result of engaging in anything discussed in this blog.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jason Nik interview with Shannon McIntosh


Photo courtesy of facebook.com/shannmcintosh
Before suggesting that Shannon McIntosh is the next anybody in the racing world, I'd like to stop you and tell you that she is the first Shannon McIntosh in the racing world. Starting at a young age and never looking back, Shannon is one of the most motivated racers, woman or man, in racing today.

I spoke with Shannon about her life as a race car driver and her journey toward achieving her dreams.
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Jason Nik: You started racing at the age of 5! At that age most kids are playing with toys. Instead of playing with toy cars, you played with real cars. Tell me about that.

Shannon McIntosh: I was always an "active" kid who didn't like toys to begin with but when my parents took me to a Quarter Midget race (a type of racing just for kids), I fell in love and knew that I had to do it. I asked my parents if I could race and we began as a family when I was 5!
JN: What was one of the biggest obstacles you had to overcome to get to where you are today on the roadway to achieving your dream? And how did you overcome it?

SM: The biggest obstacle is finding funding to race and keep my career going. Our sport is driven by our fans and funded by sponsors who see the value of being involved in motorsports. I recognized early on that I wanted to continue racing and my family wouldn't be able to afford it, so I did research and leaned on several experienced people in the industry by being relentless and always asking questions. Although I have had lots of opportunities and formed several partnerships, it is a continuous battle and I am still working to overcome it every day.
Photo courtesy of facebook.com/shannmcintosh
JN: Here at JNikLC, I’m all about dreaming big, conquering obstacles, and achieving those dreams. Your dream is to become the first woman to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup series title. What do you feel will be necessary to achieving that dream?

SM: At this time, the biggest thing I need is to find the right partner who is on board for the long-run and who sees the vision of having a girl like me in victory lane at the pinnacle of American motorsports. I believe I have what it takes, and if I have the ability (like I know that I do), I will be able to fulfill my dream. 
JN: What advice can you give someone who wants to become a race car driver? Where should they start?

SM: Depending on which route the driver wants to go I would recommend Quarter Midgets for kids, and Late Model stock cars for NASCAR route. If you're interested in road racing, definitely go-karts.  JN: Not only do you want to achieve your own dreams, you want to inspire others to achieve theirs. What is something you would like to share with JNikLC readers to help inspire them to work for towards their dreams?

SM: We only have this one life so my message is that if you have something you want to do in life, GO FOR IT. I can tell you, although I am still working hard towards my dreams, I have learned far more in my pursuit than I would if I had chosen the safe route. Even if your dreams and aspirations seem far fetched, the journey of seeking a dream is far more rewarding than the latter. 


Photo courtesy of facebook.com/shannmcintosh
JN: What is your favorite racing movie? Favorite non-racing movie?

SM: My favorite racing movie is Senna and non-racing movie is probably a documentary called Searching for Sugar Man.

JN: Considering all professional racers of the past and present -- who would you like to race against in your dream race?

SM: I would like to someday race against Tony Stewart. 

Shannon McIntosh recently launched a new crowd-funding company, ClutchFunded, created specifically for people with dreams of racing. Check out the stories of these amazing drivers and help them reach their dreams!



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All content provided on JNikLC is for informational purposes only. Jason Nik makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. Jason Nik will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Jason Nik will not be liable for any personal, emotional, and/or physical injury, death, or loss of property which may occur as a result of engaging in anything discussed in this blog.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jason Nik interview with Garni Sohrabian, Founder of steal time back


How much time do you spend regretting past decisions? How often do you worry about the future? 

How much would you achieve in your life, if instead you focused on the now? Garni Sohrabian decided to inspire people to live a life in the now when he founded steal time back a company that envisions a world where rather than focusing on time, people focus on the oneness of now and grow to become their best self.


I spoke with Garni and discussed his journey to becoming a time bandit.
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Jason Nik: Tell us about your start in the business world and how you ended up founding steal time back.
​Garni Sohrabian: I am actually not a business mind by nature. I graduated from UCSB and was not sure what to do next. A friend suggested we start a shoe company, so we did. I turned out to be good at it and became the President. We grew it into 19 countries and learned a lot in the process. 


Everyone thought I was living the dream, but I was suffering on the inside. I felt a very strong pull towards something, but wasn't sure of what. As I went up in the mountains every day, I learned to see life from above again. Nature helped me remember that all is one. I sold my ownership in the company and left. I knew that my purpose was to remind the world of unity, but not sure how until one odd day.


Two months after leaving my job, I found an old black & white wall clock I had bought 8 years earlier. I had never used it, I really don't like clocks. I only bought it because it said “the truth” on it. Something about it made me keep it all those years. As I was looking at it that day, I realized something. The time is always now. The clock should say now, that is the truth. When we shed the illusions of separation and labels and immerse into the present, we feel the unity of all things. That is how "the truth" inspired us to steal time back!



JN: What is your philosophy on time?

GS: My philosophy on time is very simple. It's always now. Many of us are stuck in worries of the future or past and forget to live in this eternal moment. When we are fully present we realize that all is one and naturally try to better ourselves and the world.
JN: You have traveled a great deal. What are some of your favorite places you have visited? What are some places you would like to visit?
GS: ​My favorite place is here wherever I am. It took me a long time to realize that. I traveled a lot in my life, and sometimes I wondered if I was running towards something or away from something. It was only when I learned how to be here now that I realized the best travels are to go within. I often take what I call "a road trip within".

JN: What do you like to do when you’re not working?
GS: I never really look at what I do as work. I see everything as play. I think part of the reason why so many of us are suffering is that we have created these separations between work and play. All of life can feel like play if we immerse into it fully. 


JN: How can a society so dictated by deadlines choose to steal time back?
GS: ​The best way to
steal time back is to fully engage in what you are doing here and now. Easier said than done in a world full of distractions of course. Put the phone down, listen to the sounds around you, smell the smells, look around, use all your senses. Look into someone's eyes. When we engage in life in that way the universe rewards us with a feeling of deep euphoria that becomes quite healing. In fact, we go and pay to see people who do this because they radiate that energy and make others feel it. Artists, athletes, musicians, etc.

JN: Thank you so much for joining me for this interview. Is there anything else you would like to share with the JNikLC readers?

GS: ​now is the time don't forget
for if you do you will lose it​

steal time back


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All content provided on JNikLC is for informational purposes only. Jason Nik makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. Jason Nik will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Jason Nik will not be liable for any personal, emotional, and/or physical injury, death, or loss of property which may occur as a result of engaging in anything discussed in this blog.