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The Real Challenge is to keep up with the High Velocity of Digital Change, says Invigor8 co-founder, Alex Lombard




In a world where it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to have a digital presence, there are entrepreneurs and budding digital nomads who are striving to meet that requirement. These 20-something people have virtually built their vast business empires by cracking the code behind Instagram marketing. Alex Lombard is one such entrepreneur, who is helping multimillion-dollar businesses increase their social footprint and of course, their revenues.

Lombard got his start at the age of 21 when he realized that the conventional path of working 40 hours a week for 40 years is not meant for him. Driven by the urge to do something, not within the norms of society, he joined Instagram to leverage the opportunity it held in terms of marketing. He spent years scaling his brand while learning the ins and outs of using Instagram to make money.

After numerous failings and countless iterations, Alex finally managed to decode the enigma of Instagram and digital advertising. That’s when he realized that he was ahead of the curve and could establish a solid business by offering his services to individuals and brands interested in boosting their digital presence and scaling the number of followers by tens of thousands.

It was out of this vision that Invigor8 was born – a booming Instagram and social media marketing company that Alex co-founded with his best friends. The company works with pretty much anyone who is interested in leveraging social media platforms to make big bucks – whether it is an upcoming entrepreneur or a thriving business interested in expanding their online presence. In addition to Invigor8, Alex is also actively involved with his other brand – VisionWall. Together; the two entities have more than 1 million followers on Instagram alone.

It wasn’t an easy journey for Alex to create his own enterprise and take it to a point where it is making good profits. The situation of not knowing where the money would come from next is certainly quite daunting, but for Lombard, it was the idea of being completely free that drove him further. The idea of financial freedom appealed to Alex to an extent that it kept him going in the face of adversity.

His efforts are bearing rewards now as Invigor8 is on the path to making $1 million in revenue in 2019. Presently, Alex manages over 100 brands and businesses earning upwards of $1 million a year through his company and helps increase their influence on social media.

Alex’s mantra for businesses and brands to do well on Instagram lies in three things – posting high-quality content, building a fan base of people who love the brand, and lastly, engaging regularly with the audiences. With this, he also recommends people to be aware of the rapid pace of change in the digital world. The real challenge, according to him, is to swiftly adapt to the new trends emerging in digital advertising and get ahead of the others.

The idea of Bigtime Daily landed this engineer cum journalist from a multi-national company to the digital avenue. Matthew brought life to this idea and rendered all that was necessary to create an interactive and attractive platform for the readers. Apart from managing the platform, he also contributes his expertise in business niche.

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Turning Tragedy into Triumph Through Walking With Anthony




On the morning of February 6, 2010, Anthony Purcell took a moment to admire the churning surf before plunging into the waves off Miami Beach. Though he had made the dive numerous times before, that morning was destined to be different when he crashed into a hidden sandbar, sustaining bruises to his C5 and C6 vertebrae and breaking his neck.

“I was completely submerged and unable to rise to the surface,” Purcell recalls. “Fortunately, my cousin Bernie saw what was happening and came to my rescue. He saved my life, but things would never be the same after that dive.”

Like thousands of others who are confronted with a spinal cord injury (SCI), Purcell plunged headlong into long months of hopelessness and despair. Eventually, however, he learned to turn personal tragedy into triumph as he reached out to fellow SCI victims by launching Walking With Anthony.

Living with SCI: the first dark days

Initial rehabilitation for those with SCIs takes an average of three to six months, during which time they must relearn hundreds of fundamental skills and adjust to what feels like an entirely new body. Unfortunately, after 21 days, Purcell’s insurance stopped paying for this essential treatment, even though he had made only minimal improvement in such a short time.

“Insurance companies cover rehab costs for people with back injuries, but not for people with spinal cord injuries,” explains Purcell. “We were practically thrown to the curb. At that time, I was so immobile that I couldn’t even raise my arms to feed myself.”

Instead of giving up, Purcell’s mother chose to battle his SCI with long-term rehab. She enrolled Purcell in Project Walk, a rehabilitation facility located in Carlsbad, California, but one that came with an annual cost of over $100,000.

“My parents paid for rehabilitation treatment for over three years,” says Purcell. “Throughout that time, they taught me the importance of patience, compassion, and unconditional love.”

Yet despite his family’s support, Purcell still struggled. “Those were dark days when I couldn’t bring myself to accept the bleak prognosis ahead of me,” he says. “I faced life in a wheelchair and the never-ending struggle for healthcare access, coverage, and advocacy. I hit my share of low points, and there were times when I seriously contemplated giving up on life altogether.”

Purcell finds a new purpose in helping others with SCIs

After long months of depression and self-doubt, Purcell’s mother determined it was time for her son to find purpose beyond rehabilitation.

“My mom suggested I start Walking With Anthony to show people with spinal cord injuries that they were not alone,” Purcell remarks. “When I began to focus on other people besides myself, I realized that people all around the world with spinal cord injuries were suffering because of restrictions on coverage and healthcare access. The question that plagued me most was, ‘What about the people with spinal cord injuries who cannot afford the cost of rehabilitation?’ I had no idea how they were managing.”

Purcell and his mother knew they wanted to make a difference for other people with SCIs, starting with the creation of grants to help cover essentials like assistive technology and emergency finances. To date, they have helped over 100 SCI patients get back on their feet after suffering a similar life-altering accident.

Purcell demonstrates the power and necessity of rehab for people with SCIs

After targeted rehab, Purcell’s physical and mental health improved drastically. Today, he is able to care for himself, drive his own car, and has even returned to work.

“Thanks to my family’s financial and emotional support, I am making amazing physical improvement,” Purcell comments. “I mustered the strength to rebuild my life and even found the nerve to message Karen, a high school classmate I’d always had a thing for. We reconnected, our friendship evolved into love, and we tied the knot in 2017.”

After all that, Purcell found the drive to push toward one further personal triumph. He married but did not believe a family was in his future. Regardless of his remarkable progress, physicians told him biological children were not an option.

Despite being paralyzed from the chest down, Purcell continued to look for hope. Finally, Dr. Jesse Mills of UCLA Health’s Male Reproductive Medicine department assured Purcell and his wife that the right medical care and in vitro fertilization could make their dream of becoming parents a reality.

“Payton joined our family in the spring of 2023,” Purcell reports. “For so long, I believed my spinal cord injury had taken everything I cared about, but now I am grateful every day. I work to help other people with spinal cord injuries find the same joy and hope. We provide them with access to specialists, funding to pay for innovative treatments, and the desire to move forward with a focus on the future.”

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