Darrah Brustein: Serial Entrepreneur & Networking Guru

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My Native Admission Statement: I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I was put on this planet to be a connector. I’m best and putting the puzzle pieces together of who should know whom for the advancement of both. Equal parts teacher, connecter, and founder, my work stands for entrepreneurial empowerment. In the fall of 2018, I launched "Life by Design, Not by Default" sharing stories with visionaries like Deepak Chopra, Adam Grant and Jen Sincero in a 45 speaker online summit reaching over 7,000 people. For the past 10 years, I founded and scaled two businesses in tandem: a networking events company serving 30,000+ people and a payment processing company spanning 38 states. As a writer and interviewer, my articles have been read by over 1 million people across Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Thrive Global.  My motivating motto is "build a life of your own design, a career to fund it, and a network to support it" which has inspired thousands to reach higher and dream bigger. Most recently, I launched the video series “Diving Deep With Deepak & Darrah” to make deep topics relatable and translatable into your life. Also, don’t take yourself too seriously.

Career advice to those in your industry?

Stay true to yourself. There are a lot of entrepreneurs, specifically those in the digital content space, who get caught up comparing themselves to how everyone else is doing it. So, they mimic their style, and water down their authentic voice and message. Thus, not standing out. There is one you. Own it. Also, be sure the business you create is in service to the life you want. I was guilty of getting on the hustle/grind/burnout wagon so that I could build a ‘bigger is better’ company. Until, I realized that I was neglecting my values and things I cared about for years. Then, I reverse-engineered my companies to work in favor of the life I wanted, not consume it.

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