THOUSANDS OF NAMES VIE FOR ATTENTION. BUT SEPARATING THE GENUINE ARTICLE, SOMEONE WITH BOTH PERSONAL PASSION AND THE ABILITY TO BUILD BRANDS, FROM THE PRETENDERS IS EXHAUSTING.

A TEDx speaker, social-media trainer for international brands like The Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, and ViceRoy, and past participant on "So You Think You Can Dance," Benson doesn't just manage his own Instagram network of millions; he's also the founder of Assistagram, where he's guiding other influencers and Fortune 500 companies into social-media success.

 

Lastly, he is the founder of 6 Figure Dancer Academy, where he teaches other dancers the exact step-by-step system that he used to create a profitable 6-figure dancing business, traveling the world.

 

What you probably don't know is that Benson's childhood resembled something far closer to outright failure than the kind of wins he has experienced today.

 

At only 4 months old, Benson, who was born in South Korea, was adopted by his parents in the States, where he was taken home to Des Moines, Iowa. Benson was one of the very few Asian kids in his school.

 

Benson was bullied and abused by his peers in school due to his ethnicity.

 

"l remember at soccer games, kids were using racial slurs, or at elementary school kids called me China boy," Benson said.

 

On top of looking different, he sounded different too. Benson was diagnosed with a speech impediment and was placed in speech therapy classes.

 

"l couldn't say the letter R. Kids would tease and make fun of me so I hated public speaking, my hands would get super sweaty and my stomach felt weird when / was asked to read. So / just didn't say a lot or talk to other people.

 

" To top it off, Benson was diagnosed with ADHD and consistently found himself getting in trouble at school

 

"l was constantly being sent to the principal's office for being disruptive in class. I had a hard time paying attention and focusing. I got really bad grades with a school GPA of 1.6. My parents thought I was going to be a juvenile delinquent." Benson said.