Jim Toner offers Advice to Entrepreneurs

Jim Toner has had a successful career in the real estate industry for over 25 years. Apart from being an investor, he is an entrepreneur and an advisor to upcoming and successful investors on stock market trends. He acknowledges the fact that all Americans have been affected by the Recession which left the economy vulnerable and housing prices shooting to the roof. He, however, believes that every entrepreneur can become successful leaders if they remain competent enough. Thus, he offers them tips to get rich.

Advice to new entrepreneurs in the real estate industry

Jim Toner explains that attitude is an important factor to wealth creation. Although people have always shifted blame on the 2008 financial crisis to be the major cause of the market crash, he believes that making wrong choices was the cause of the crash. Apart from attitude, he also mentioned knowledge to be important; you can only invest in a market that you are informed about. To succeed in the real estate market, Jim Toner advice that one must be equipped with the right knowledge in order to succeed.

According to The News Version, another important advice given to entrepreneurs is that everyone is an asset. According to him, when you decide to be valuable, then you can greatly increase your income. He, therefore, claims that one must work on his/her mind and body in order to succeed. If the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of the body are ready, then the financial life is also ready for a change.

Advice on becoming rich

Jim Toner respects the wealthy and the rich, but he does not forget the poor. His main advice is that one must act rich in order to be one. This means that success begins from the mindset. If one surrounds themselves with successful people and read books that enhance success, then they would soon get better. Another element of getting rich is through proper time management. Jim Toner (@thejimtoner,) insists that time is key; if one does not spend every minute wisely he/she would remain poor by failing to do constructive engagements. Jim Toner concludes by suggesting that at the end of the day, it is an individual that matters.

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Preston Smith of Rocketship Education Explains the NRP Negated Report

In 2013, Preston Smith was named the CEO of Rocketship Education. As the co-founder of the school, he has been instrumental in guiding the board of directors, teachers, and scholars throughout their course of study. Until now, he has been nothing but supportive of the education system. Even with that in mind, Preston is still addressing some challenges regarding the manner in which the system is controlled. For instance, in a recent report by NRP, Preston was dumbfounded to read about his school providing rigorous learning systems for young scholars. As a matter of fact, most parents of the same students raised alarming questions that propelled him to issue a report in regards to these accusations. Here is a brief review of some of the highlighted points in the report;

The NRP Report

According to NRP, a news commentary that disseminates critical news on different subjects, Rocketship Education is overly strict with its students. As the publisher puts it, students are somewhat grilled to take difficult tests. The report goes on to shed more light on the internal practices of the school. For instance, at Rocketship Education, the exams are not fairly set to challenge student’s IQ but make them accustomed to cramming numerous segments prior to the tests. Blogger Anya Kamenetz goes on to write that the long hours of studying and tight discipline create an unpleasant learning environment for students. Even if they are willing to take up more lessons and perhaps tuition, it becomes a challenging because of the environment.

Preston Smith’s Sentiments

Over the past few years, Rocketship Education has adopted a tech –model of education. Later in the years, they realized that they would need to change the model. This has also been a concern to the public. Now that NRP has issued a negative report, Smith is here to disregard it by addressing it in a few points;

The Review

For starters, he asks why the school has retained about 95% of the attendees even with the negated report. Then, he also questions why the scholar’s parents are still allowing their children to attend the same school. In essence, if things were as bad as the NRP reporter paints it, the school would be empty as of now.

Bradesco’s Impressive CEO

     Luiz Carlos is the current president of Bradesco, the second largest bank in Brazil. He was born in Marilia in 1951. In 1969, he joined the ranks of Bradesco as a clerk. His Bradesco career spans over 4 decades. His longevity has seen him develop an impressive resume of achievements in his career.

His Career Path

At only 18 years of age, Trabuco joined Bradesco as a clerk and moved to Sao Paulo after two years. His career’s upward path began after his appointment as Bradesco’s marketing director in 1984. This trajectory didn’t stop as between 1992 to 1998, he served as the bank’s executive director and president of its pensions company. What’s more, in 1999, he became its Vice President and in 2003, he became the president of Bradesco’s insurance outfit.

Between 1999 and 2005, he served in the bank’s board of directors and later became its Vice Chair. Trabuco also held the post of Bradesco’s Seguros Group before his appointment as Bradesco’s CEO. His ascension to Bradesco’s Presidency is due to his accomplishments at Bradesco’s Insurance Group. He helped the insurer double its market share, regional reach, and revamped its management style. Luis went on to accomplish an unprecedented feat in acquiring HSBC’s Brazilian operation for a sum of $5 billion. This was a most impressive accomplishment as it was a record at that time. Subsequently, the company’s market share increased by 35% an increase of 10 percentage points than before 2003.

Ascendancy to the Presidency

In 64 years of its history, Bradesco has had three CEOs prior to Trabuco. Its former CEOs included Amador Aguiar (Bradesco’s founder), Lazaro Brandao, and Cypriano (Trabuco’s predecessor). Unlike other bank executives with degrees in engineering, administration, accounting, and economics, Trabuco holds a post-graduate degree in Politics and Sociology from the University of Sao Paulo.

Leadership Style

Luiz Carlos Trabuco is renowned for his exemplary leadership style. Typically, he arrives at the office at 7:00 am and works until 6:00 p.m. Often, he extends his working day through business dinners. Because of his devotion and commitment to Bradesco, he has earned various prestigious rewards. For instance, he bagged the Insurance Person of the Year award twice, in 2006 and 2007. Also, he appeared in Brazil’s list of 100 most influential business executives in 2009. In 2015, Dinheiro awarded him the Entrepreneur of the Year award. Although he inherited Bradesco during an economic recession, he prevailed and managed to steer the company to greater achievements.

Sightsavers Fight for the Disabled

Sightsavers was established by John Wilson in 1950 with its headquarters at Melksham, United States. It is a non-governmental organization that works with developing countries with the aim of protecting sight and fighting for disability rights of people with impairments and other disabilities. Currently, Sightsavers holds more than 33 branches globally more so in the worlds poorest countries. Sightsavers was recently involved in a panel discussion on National Disability Dialogue for the Ugandan government. This forum was to ensure that disability was inclusive of the forthcoming Global Disability Summit to be held in London whose aim is to ensure that the disabled people gain long-lasting changes in their lives and celebrating their rights and achievements.


Among other agencies Ugandan Sightsavers office was actively involved in this summit which was spearheaded by Ugandan minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development Hon Janat Mukwaya.emphasis was on how the more than one billion disabled people will be part and parcel of the sustainable development goals and hence global development. The Sightsavers’ director in Uganda Dr. Johnson Ngorok gave an oversight that the disabled will be involved in policy making as a result of this forum ahead of the Global Disability Summit. Additionally, he passed his gratitude to the Ugandan government for their assurance in support for the disabled in economic empowerment, exploiting technology and innovation, education inclusion and handling discrimination and stigma.

Sightsavers documentary about disability outlines how disabled people, especially in Bangladesh live and the solid commitments put in place to fight for their rights. The phrases that state disability is not inability come out clearly through the views of some of the disabled in Bangladesh. For instance, the advocate for Visually Impaired in Bangdalesh Supreme court, Md. Mosherraf Hossain Majumder outlined that disabled people in the country faced different problems with him being among them having lost his sight at the age of four years. He added that impairment or other disabilities are not a problem in human life as they could contribute to the society as any other person could do it at all the special needs are provided and thus calls for everyone to do all it takes on people with disabilities. He is a professional lawyer having completed LLB and LLM in Law.


Sightsavers was established in Bangladesh in 1973 to provide support and ensure that the disabled are self-dependent. Rifat Shahpar Khan, Sightsavers country officer speaking said that they aimed to ensure the disabled enjoy their rights and equal participation thus ensuring a Barrier Free Inclusive Society. They have offered a program for the visually impaired students and with disabilities alongside restoring eye sight through cataract surgery of more than 1.5 million people.