Putting Your Ideas into Action

When you have a vision for a business, it can be difficult putting it into action. You may have a great idea, but no clue how you should move forward with turning that concept into a tangible business. There are lots of small steps you’ll need to take, like finding people who can work for your business, finding the funds to start it, filling out the correct paperwork, and making a name for yourself. While these steps are all very important, there are also bigger picture ideas that will greatly benefit you and can help actually turn your business idea into action.


Identify a need

You may have some idea of what industry you want to begin your business in and you maybe even know what you’d like your business to do, but if it’s an industry that doesn’t need your services, what should you do? In order to create a new business, it’s vital that you identify a need in the industry where you’d like to work. If you can pinpoint an area that needs improvement or assistance, you’ll find it much easier to turn your idea into reality. When I started my company, Dominion Partners, I saw there was a need for real estate investing and went from there.


Work on time management

Starting a business is a lot of work. I get up early in order to make the most of the day ahead of me and be as productive as possible. I go from calls, to meetings, to the gym, to the office and that’s a normal day! Take time to create monthly, weekly, and daily schedules and stick to them as much as possible. Work toward not wasting any time throughout your day. Proper time management is a skill you should begin developing, even before you start your business.


Learn from mistakes

It’s vital that you encourage your curiosity and take risks, but you also must learn from your mistakes. No one is perfect so you won’t run a perfect business model, but you can always look for opportunities and ways to improve. What you learn from your mistakes will make you and your business better in the future.


Take care of yourself

As you work on your time management skills, it’s important you schedule time for self-care. You need to do something you enjoy and take care of your physical and mental well-being. No matter how busy you are, get enough sleep and find just half an hour of your day to do something unrelated from work that you purely enjoy. The one habit I refuse to take time away from is working out. I believe in order to be successful in your business, you must take care of your body and stay healthy.


Pairing Passion with Philanthropy

They say you should do what you love–what motivates you, what inspires you, what helps you become the best you possible. Though many people follow through on this advice, many more don’t. I’m lucky enough that I’ve been able to step into a number of professional roles that have allowed me to do what I love.


Outside of my work, I get actively involved with philanthropic causes that I support. And I don’t do it for the tax write-off or the ability to pat myself on the back. I do it because I’m passionate about helping others–and you should be too.


Getting involved with philanthropy is one thing. It’s easy to write a check. It’s easy to sign a slip of paper indicating that you want $25 from every paycheck to go towards helping…someone. It’s easy to make these sort of philanthropic donations that are written off, signed for, and done. You don’t know where the money is going nor who it’s helping. It’s another thing–a completely different thing–to really try to make a different. To find that philanthropy you’re passionate about. To find a cause worth helping, worth supporting, and worth your time.


I found my personal passions–helping children, funding educational endeavors and putting time and money towards causes like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through my personal life and experiences. These were people and organizations that I aligned with, that I truly cared and felt passionate about. Finding your own philanthropic passion helps to facilitate a more meaningful connection. So how do you do it?


The short answer is by researching. Find your passions and research how you can get involved–if you’re passionate about helping animals (as my father, Anatoly Vanetik, is), research animal shelters in your area. Then, coordinate some visits and find out how you can get involved. By finding an organization that allows you to pair your passion for philanthropy for your passion for what’s around you, you’ll find it more fulfilling, and perhaps even start an annual tradition.


In the end, a check coming from someone who only marginally knows and cares who he’s helping, and one from a passionate philanthropist looks no different. There’s no discernable variations between the two checks and, once cashed or deposited, the money will look the same too. The passion that you may or may not have for helping others is intrinsic, but moldable. Find what you’re passionate about and make a real difference. Donate, volunteer and reach out when you can. Helping those that you care about and finding your philanthropic passion will help form a mutually beneficial relationship that should last forever.

Do Awareness Campaigns Work?

At the peak of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the summer of 2014, it seemed like no matter where you turned someone was dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads for a good cause. In the name of raising awareness of the debilitating illness, people around the country–from you and your family to the likes of Chris Pratt, Oprah and Conan O’Brien–turned on a camera, hit record, and doused themselves in ice cold water.

Many were criticized for their efforts. The claims came pouring in left and right, saying that “awareness” wasn’t going to help anyone suffering from ALS, only monetary donations could help.

The truth is that, yes, you’ve more than likely already heard of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. You, and the good majority of the country are aware of the disease and the effects that it has on those unfortunate enough to suffer from it. Awareness, as it stands, is not typically an issue when it comes to diseases.

But as it turns out, awareness campaigns can–and often do–yield incredible results.

It was announced in July of 2016–almost exactly 2 years after the trend went viral around the globe–that a gene was discovered as a direct result of the awareness and subsequent increase in donations that resulted from the Ice Bucket Challenge. The huge influx of donations came thanks in part to the process of “nominating” other participants via video–if those participants elected not to douse themselves in water, they were asked to donate to ALS research instead.

Not all awareness campaigns are created equally, though. Awareness campaigns that have spread across social media platforms in recent years have been met with somewhat middling success. Multiple breast cancer awareness campaigns have flooded the Facebook feeds of millions of users in recent years. One that garnered a particularly high amount of attention came in the form of status updates containing just one word–a color. Seeing these pop up on feeds around the world lead many people to question why their friends were posting “blue” or “pink” or “black” seemingly without context. Later, it was discovered to be a breast cancer awareness campaign that asked women to simply post the color of their bra on social media without context.

The attention garnered from the campaign was immense, but that’s more or less where the productivity stopped. There was no donation-portion of the campaign, an important distinction from awareness campaigns like the Ice Bucket Challenge, which asked people to donate if they were nominated but opted not to participate.

While some awareness campaigns are effective and potentially life-changing, others have yet to solidify just how they plan to go about making that important impact. Without proper planning and execution, an awareness campaign can come and go, leaving little more behind than a status update that says “blue.”

Yes We CAN (Drink Wine From Cans)

Recently, I wrote a blog post on YuriVanetikWine.com about the influx of quality boxed wine in recent years. No longer just a way for college students to ensure their wine would stay good longer and allow for easier stacking of multiple containers, boxed wine has taken on a new life. And now, somewhat unsurprisingly, we can say the same about wine in a can.


Before I get in too deep here, let’s get something straight. Most boxed and canned wines aren’t going to touch the lips of true wine snobs. A box of Bota or can of Underwood isn’t going to be of the same quality as high end bottled wines–that’s just a fact. But at the same time, there’s nothing wrong with buying cheaper wine when the time calls for it. Not every bottle you drink has to cost in the triple digits–in fact, it shouldn’t. And if you are opting for somewhat cheaper wines, why not add in a bit of convenience and grab a can?


Cans may lack some of the grace and class of a bottle of wine, but often come at a much cheaper price like their boxed counterparts. Cans also add an air of convenience–as has been showed on a number of TV shows–the risk of spills is lessened considerably,  nice asset to have if you’re having a drink near kids, pets or particularly animated friends.


Like virtually every other wine on the planet, not all canned wines are created the same. Here are a couple of the better ones on the market right now.



At roughly $25 for a four pack of cans, Underwood offers a good blend of quality and quantity at an affordable price. Created by Union Wine Company, Underwood comes in pinot noir, pinot gris, sparkling and rose.



Trading a somewhat less refined look in favor of a cheaper price and a convenient straw, Sofia from the Coppola Family Wine line gives off a younger and slightly more feminine vibe to it, but that certainly shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it–if you’re drinking canned wine you likely aren’t overly concerned about keeping an uptight classy appearance anyway.


Alloy Wine Works

Wine Folly’s choice for the best canned rose doesn’t disappoint. The rich and fruity wine made with grenache grapes has received favorable reviews from wine reviewers at a very affordable $30 for a four pack.


If you do choose to indulge in canned (or boxed, for that matter) wine, do it right. Don’t show up to a dinner party with a 6 pack of Underwood in your hand and a Little Caesar’s pizza. There’s a time and a place for cheap wines, and classy affairs aren’t an example. However, if you and a friend want to sip on some wine at the beach, at a concert or in your living room, give the above choices a try, you might not be disappointed.

Nonprofits–Not Just Big Orgs and Polticians–Need to Strive for Transparency

Access to information in today’s day and age is unparalleled; most anything we want or need to learn is available at the tips of our fingers, just a few taps on a laptop or cellphone away. We can learn that the population of Zambia is about 14.54 million; we can learn that Mercury takes about 88 days to orbit the sun, and we can learn that Bill Gates has a net worth of about $84 billion. All important in the grand scheme of things, no doubt, but what’s more important is the information readily available to all of us pertaining to the businesses around us–or at least, the information available in a best case scenario.


With this increased access to information, the necessity for businesses and high profile individuals to increase their level of transparency has risen. Unfiltered access to information about an organization can lead to a stronger public opinion and more fluid collaboration between businesses. While not all organizations are jumping aboard the transparency train, those who are have seen tangible benefits.


While we’ve heard the call this political season for transparency on behalf of those in politics, and we’ve heard people voice time and time again the necessity for big businesses to increase their levels of transparency to benefit both mankind and consumers, we often neglect the importance of transparency in the world of nonprofits.


Transparency becomes an issue when a lack of it leads to scandals like the one that rocked the Cancer Fund of America not long ago. The discovery that millions of donated dollars were being misused on personal items worked to effectively shut down the charity permanently. And on top of reflecting poorly on the charity itself, it called into question just how the funds were being used at other charities.


It wouldn’t be difficult to imagine that people would be a bit more hesitant to donate their money immediately following a scandal of that magnitude–it’s been shown in the past that even seemingly reputable charities have had their fair share of issues with transparency and ethical dealings.


This is precisely why it’s so important that nonprofits around the globe open their organizations to the public as effectively as possible. A study done by Georgetown University found that charities who are open and honest with their operations could see a rise in donations. As an organization opens itself to the public, the public will begin to build trust, which, for a nonprofit, can make all the difference.


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