He’s the immigrant edge and the American Dream. A true rags to riches story of a self made entrepreneur who escaped communism, came to the United States, ate out of dumpsters and built several multiple million dollar generating global brands and businesses.
Bedros Keuilian has been called the “hidden genius” behind many of the most successful brands, businesses, authors and experts throughout multiple industries. Odds are you’ve seen his international franchise Fit Body Boot Camp in your town, or his coaching and consulting clients on hit TV shows featured on ABC, NBC, Spike TV, in popular magazines, and on top of the New York Times Bestseller list.
He is the founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp International (one of the fastest growing fitness franchise brands worldwide), creator of the 7 Figure Formula Mastermind group a 12-month coaching program for business owners who want to dominate their market. He’s also the creator of the 100K Platinum Group – an elite level coaching program that serves high performance entrepreneurs, thought leaders, consultants, and authors.
Bedros’ Favorite Quote:
“Circumstance does not change responsibility.”
Robert’s Favorite Books:
The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions)
Samantha Skelly is the founder of Hungry For Happiness, a movement to support women around the world who are suffering from disordered eating and body image issues. She is an author, speaker and visionary leader in the eating disorder recovery space.
After spending many years as a dancer and actress, Samantha moved on, but lost her significance and struggled to be whole. She went into fitness training, but her eating habits were far from fit. She had some self-discovery and had a breakthrough, Hungry for Happiness is her mission to help other people find the happiness and self-love she found through handling her eating issues.
Samantha’s Favorite Quote:
“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
Samantha’s Favorite Books:
The Science of Getting Rich (A Thrifty Book)
I think one of the main problems with new entrepreneurs is they think it will be way too easy; they try one thing, the seas get a little rough and they are done. To really be successful and to really create life on your own terms, you’re going to have to hustle. Find ONE thing that you can do, and do a lot of push the gas down and start work your butt off.
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After quitting his day-job to pursue his dream of working for himself, Calvin relocated from Salt Lake City to sunny Southern California. He sold solar systems door-to-door to pay the bills and fund his online business. Calvin’s passion is helping entrepreneurs grow their business by taking advantage of modern tools and technology.
Calvin recently authored the book “Fish Out of Water,” in which he takes entrepreneurs from starting to swimming with the sharks.
Matt Miller graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989 and was an Air Force pilot for 9 years. Post-military, Matt worked in both the medical and advertising fields as a top performer. His long-term desire was to start a business to build a lifestyle based on freedom and choice.
A conversation with a good friend led him on a 10-year business quest that has brought Matt’s franchising company to the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries. Starting with an investment of $100 he has built School Spirit Vending (http://ssvbusiness.com/) into a multi-million dollar vending business.
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Matt’s Favorite Quote:
“You help enough people get what you want and you’ll be taken care of.” — Zig Zigglar
There’s a distinct difference between an entrepreneur and a business owner. They are two distinctly different people and today we dive into what makes them so different and society view them as just a tiny bit crazy.
Are you a business owner or an entrepreneur? Take pride in what you are, but figure it out and operate honestly as it.
Aaron Walker is a veteran entrepreneur as well as a Life and Business Coach in Nashville, TN. He started his first business at 18 and sold it to a Fortune 500 company nine short years later. Unwilling to rest on past success alone, Aaron started, bought, and sold eight successful companies over the past 36 years. Having a strong desire for personal development has kept Aaron in a weekly mastermind group with other notable Nashvillians for more than a decade.
Today, Aaron spends the majority of his time helping men grow in success and significance as President and Founder of View from the Top, a premier life and business coaching resource.
Aaron’s Favorite Quote:
“Fear missing an opportunity more than you fear failure.”
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Jonathan Mead is a day-job elimination coach that helps people create businesses they can conduct from anywhere. He’s passionate about helping people say sayonara to dead-end work and start creating lives of freedom while serving the world with their true talents.
Jonathan worked for years at what he termed “survival jobs” while building his own business that would eventually support his freedom. Because of his first-hand experience in the corporate grind, he’s intimately familiar with the frustration and despair that many face in similar circumstances.
He’s been featured as an expert in many publications, including Forbes, Business Insider, Copyblogger, Zen Habits and Fast Company.
He’s a martial artist, trailrunner and lives with his wife Ev’Yan in Portland, Oregon. The current project that his is focusing on is called “The Uncaged Man,” where is focusing on bringing men back to their aggressive roots — he feels that society has pulled men away from what actually makes them manly.
Jonathan’s Favorite Quote:
“The master in the art of living drawers no line between his labor and his leisure, his mind and body, his work and his play, his eduction and his recreation, he draws no distinction, he hardly knows which. He pursues his excellence in whatever he is doing, and leaves others to decide if he is working or playing; to himself he is always dong both.” — James Mitchner
Jonathan’s Favorite Books:
Iron John: A Book about Men
Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses: Fresh out of college, he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now, he runs VaynerMedia–one of the world’s hottest social media-first digital agencies. Along the way, Gary became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M investment fund.
Gary was named to both Fortune and Crain’s 40 under 40 lists in the past year, has been profiled in the New York Times, Fortune and Inc. magazines, and is frequently sought to share his expertise on CNN, BloombergTV, CNBC, and many more.
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In addition to being one of the highest rated keynote speakers in America, Hal is the #1 best-selling author of one of the highest rated books in the world (with over 1,500+ five-star Amazon reviews), The Miracle Morning and creator of The Miracle Morning book series.
He is also a Hall of Fame business achiever, ultra-marathon runner (that’s 52 consecutive miles), host of the top rated Achieve Your Goals podcast, creator of the Best Year Ever [Blueprint] live event, and grateful husband & father of two.
Known as “Yo Pal Hal” since his mom gave him the moniker to use while hosting his first radio show at age 15, his greatest triumph came at age 20 after he was hit head on by a drunk driver (at 70 mph) and found dead at the scene…
Despite being dead for 6 minutes, in a coma for 6 days, breaking 11 bones and being told he may never walk again, Hal defied the logic of doctors and the temptations to be a victim, and he bounced back to prove that ALL of us are capable of overcoming extraordinary adversity to create extraordinary results in our personal and professional lives.
Hal’s Favorite Quote:
Who you are depends entirely on where you were and where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be.”
Hal’s Favorite Books:
Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results
Greg Walker was born and raised on the south side of Columbus, Ohio. He is the only one of fifteen children to ever Graduate High School. Greg was living in a drug infested, alcoholic, and domestic violent environment. Greg has overcome many obstacles and yet accomplished so much more. Coming from a family of failures, Greg was always teased and labeled as a slow learner, he was asked to drop out of high school on his very first day, just because his twelve siblings dropped out before him. He refused to drop out and graduated high school because of a loving teacher, he then attended The University of Florida. Greg pursued his Dreams, even though everyone around him laughed and called him “The Big Dreamer”.
Greg became a Millionaire at a young age, he accomplished this through changing his mindset and becoming a Successful Entrepreneur by owning three National Franchises and a Master Developer of one of them. Greg was voted Business Person of the Year, he became an Award Winning National Motivational Speaker at the age of forty-eight. Recently, he spoke at the Twitter/Periscope Summit in San Francisco California. “I speak all over the world and I have Never heard a better Inspiration Motivational Speaker like Greg “The Big Dreamer” Walker.”- Murray Newlands of Forbes. Greg is also a Success Coach and a forth coming Best Selling Author. As an expert on Leadership & Success, he is known for his burst of excitement and allows his life to be an open book from which radiates dynamic and inspiring messages that many people across all barriers relate to. Greg is known as “The Big Dreamer,” “Changing Lives by Changing Minds!” Greg will inspire you and your crowd to achieve all your Dreams or Visions.
Greg’s Favorite Quote:
“How can you catch your dreams if you’re not chasing them?”
Greg’s Favorite Books:
Think and Grow Rich: The Classic Edition
Positive Failure enough weight to fail because its too heavy, but not because the muscle is tired but because it fails to have the power to lift a heavier weight. The is centered around an approach of at least 4 but no more than 6 reps.
Linear Progression: This is a complicated way of saying to make the weight just a bit heavier, each week. Over time, the muscle will grow.
Rest: workouts should only be about 3 days a week, and workouts need to be 30 minutes or less.
Food: eat clean all the time and you will grow. Eat like crap, look like crap.
Volume Sets: German volume training, instead of 10 sets of 10, its 5 sets of ten, or the last one may be 6-8 Combine that with linear progression and rest pauses. I had a client do this combo and gain 18lbs of muscle in a month.
Kevin Harrington has been a successful entrepreneur over the last 40 years. He is an Original Shark on the ABC hit, Emmy winning TV show, “Shark Tank.” He is also the Inventor of the Infomercial, As Seen On TV Pioneer, Co- Founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) and Co- Founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).
Kevin has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each, has been involved in more than a dozen public companies, and has launched over 500 products generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, and the new I-Grow hair restoration product on QVC.
Kevin has extensive experience in business all over the world, opening distribution outlets in over 100 countries worldwide. His success led Mark Burnett to hand pick Kevin to become an Original Shark on Shark Tank where he filmed over 175 segments.
Kevin’s Favorite Quote:
“Whatever you vividly desire, ardently believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitable come to pass.” — Paul Meyers
Kevin’s Favorite Books:
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
After the loss of his mother when she was only 56 years old, Keith decided right then and there to live his life with no regrets. With that “No Regrets” mantra he started the business he was always wanting to start but was too afraid, which was investing in Real Estate.
After building an 8 figure investing firm in the first two years he went on to teach thousands of other investors on the biggest stages in the country how to do the same. He then started an online education company teaching people how to raise money for their real estate deals.
With a huge learning curve to overcome as he was new to the online space he was able to figure the ins and outs and help thousands of investors with his tools. Seeing how freeing the internet was and how much impact and reach you could have online he created the Amplify Live Experience, which is a unique LIVE four day experience that teaches people how to find their mission, message, passion and purpose and how to make profits with that passion.
The top business thinkers, practitioners and executors continually speak on stage with Keith at the Amplify Live Experience a few times a year in Las Vegas. Keith prides himself on helping others learn from A to Z on how to make money online and have joy doing it!
Success without Joy is failure in Keith’s eyes, so with that end he shares and serves others to truly bring the joy in their personal and professional lives.
Keith’s Favorite Quote:
“It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out where the strongman stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the area, who’s face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, comes up short again and again, because there’s no effort without err and shortcoming, but who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasms and great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best in the end knows the triumph of high achievement who at the worst if he fails while daring greatly, so that if he fails his place will never be with thos cold and timid souls, who neither knew victory or defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Keith’s Favorite Books:
The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive
Links From Today’s Show:
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
Amy Stefanik is a wife, mother, and along with her husband Matt has been on the entrepreneur roller coaster since 2002. Matt put in his time, and made it big in real estate, but in 2008, the bottom fell out of the economy, and Amy’s hard work kept the family afloat.
She created The Entrepreneur’s Wife™ to connect with like-minded, family oriented individuals who can relate to the fears and failures, thrills and triumphs that come with being an entrepreneur. She believes that the entrepreneurial journey can be lonely for spouses, and she has made it her mission to create community for other women that are pushing for greatness.
Amy’s Favorite Quote:
“She stood in the storm and when she saw the winds did not make her fall, she adjusted her sails.” — Elizabeth Edwards
Mark Divine is from upstate New York with a degree in economics from Colgate University and an MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Mark’s first career was with Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) as a Certified Public Accountant. Clients included luminous financial firms such as Solomon Brothers and Paine Weber.
Four years after joining Coopers, Mark left behind the corporate world to pursue his vision to become an elite Navy SEAL officer. At 26 he graduated as honor-man (#1 ranked trainee) of his SEAL BUD/s class number 170. Mark served for nine years total on Active Duty and eleven as a Reserve SEAL, retiring as Commander in 2011.
In 2006 he launched US Tactical, a government contracting business where he gained contracts with Naval Special Warfare Group ONE for training support and with the Navy Recruiting Command for a nationwide mentoring program for SEAL trainees. This latter program was credited with increasing the quality of Navy SEAL candidates and reducing the attrition rate at BUD/s by up to 5% and was the inspiration for SEALFIT.
Mark is an accomplished martial artist with black belts in Seido and Goju Ryu Karate, a military hand to hand combat certification in SCARS and senior ranking in Saito Nijutsu. He is teacher trained in Ashtanga Yoga, and created the innovative Unbeatable Warrior Yoga program taught to his students.
After working with thousands of special ops candidates and professionals developing mental toughness, Mark self-published his first book Unbeatable Mind in 2011 and launched the at-home study program www.unbeatablemind.com. He is also the author of The Way of the SEAL published by Readers Digest and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT published by St. Martins Press.
Mark’s Favorite Quote:
“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill
Links From Today’s Show:
Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (Third Edition)
Kokoro Yoga: Maximize Your Human Potential and Develop the Spirit of a Warrior–the SEALfit Way
The Way of the SEAL: Think Like An Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed
All my wine drinking friends are going to love that I finally produced this episode. I spoke to a gentlemen at the gym today that talked about the terrible hangover that his drinking the previous night had caused, if only he knew the rest of what that alcohol was causing.
Beer causes more than just belly fat:
It causes a hormone that called cortisol that causes you to lose you hair, muscle and to develop a luscious gut.
What is resveritrol?
Its an amazing antioxidant and an extract from red wine that causes your body to recover that much better. However, you’d need 28 bottles of the average red wine to get enough to recover properly; about 250 mg. So, obviously this does not make wine a dietary supplement.
When Michael went from high school teacher to Broadway producer in under two years people started to ask him how he managed it. Michael began his career as a high school English teacher before producing Off Broadway and then on Broadway. This combination of experience in the arts and entrepreneurship led to Michael starting an arts incubator program to teach more artists about building and growing their own businesses (PLAE). Eventually, he decided to develop a workshop on networking which grew into a full time consulting practice and that became Small Pond Enterprises.
Michael took a short break to work as the V.P. of Operations and as a Director of Business Development for an NYC Ed. Tech Startup which introduced him to the New York Startup community. Most recently, Michael founded The Connecting Connectors Conference (ConnectorCon).
Michael‘s Favorite Quote:
“You can have anything you want in your life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
Michael’s Favorite Books:
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
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Alex Charfen has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs grow their business through his insights from consulting for billionaires, the Fortune 500 and some of the most successful people in the world.
Alex is the co-founder and CEO of CHARFEN, empowering entrepreneurs to grow and scale businesses and make their greatest contribution. An in-demand thought leader on business strategy and entrepreneurship, he regularly appears in major media outlets such as MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Investor’s Business Daily to provide his unique views and insights.
Alex has recognized a certain set of traits that many entrepreneurs have in common, and from that, wrote his book, The Entrepreneurial Personality Type.
Alex’s Favorite Quote:
“Every failure carries with it the seed of an equal or greater success.” — Napoleon Hill
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Focus is one of the biggest killers of entrepreneurs out there. We can’t march to the same drum of society, but all too often, we try to march to the beat of ten drums at once and hope one of them is the one that will be the big break.
Doing what you are doing while you are doing it is so important, actually being present and being on task is of massive value; most people are mentally off in space somewhere.
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Tony Horton is the wildly popular creator of the best-selling fitness series: P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, Ten Minute Trainer®, One On One with Tony Horton®, and his latest program he calls “The on-switch to fitness” P90®. Tony is a world-class motivational speaker and the author of top-selling books “Bring It”, Crush It!” and his latest motivational book, “The Big Picture” 11 Laws that will change your life. He has appeared on countless television programs as a fitness and lifestyle expert to promote healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition. Tony’s latest endeavor is a partnership with 7-Eleven to offer fresh and healthy sandwiches, wraps, salads, and cold pressed juices, providing nutritious options to people on the go.
For the past 25 years, he has used his unique brand of humor to change the lives of over 8 mil- lion people through his incredible fusion of motivation, physical exercise, nutrition, and discipline. From worldclass athletes, pro sports teams, celebrities and the U.S. Military, to corporate executives, couch potatoes, and busy moms and dads alike, Tony has what it takes to reach and teach them all.
Tony believes that real and lasting change can happen when we commit to health as a lifestyle. Exercise, whole foods, and the right mindset is the formula that leads to a vibrant, productive and full life for anyone who focuses on being the best they can be.
Tony’s Favorite Quote:
“Do your best and forget the rest” — Tony Horton
Robert’s Favorite Books:
The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals
The Seat of the Soul: 25th Anniversary Edition with a Study Guide
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
Anthony Vaughan is the founder for Cognizance Capital Consulting, a company that helps entrepreneurs position their companies for success.
Anthony, an under sized West Virginia football player, initially got his start in football training, teaching others the strategies that helped him to go from undersized to really competing. It was initially successful, but fell apart 18 months in; Anthony blames himself.
He did something different than a lot of people generally do, and grew from the experience, and creating Cognizance Capital based upon the strategies that he learned after no acting correctly in his initial foray into business.
Anthony’s Favorite Books:
SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together
I think theres a lot of false ideas out there that people are adopting, as to the way that entrepreneurship works. Entrepreneur stories are missing the real story. Hustle can me hard work, not stupid work. I think people are starting to use the incorrect definition for hustle and I think we looked at not repeatedly running into the same wall but building a better and more effective way around the wall.
Entrepreneur stories perpetuate the ideas that it must be the hardest thing you’ve ever done: On a couch, homeless in a shopping cart, credit cards maxed or last dollar. Now, its not to say those stories aren’t out there and very authetic, because they are; some very successful entrepreneurs have becomes more battle tested that way. I’m suggesting that operating thinking thats the way it has to be will cause you to make incorrect decisions or ones with incomplete data.
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Meryl Johnston is a Chartered Accountant, which is the Australian version of a certified public accountant. She started her career in the audit division at BDO (Melbourne), followed by a number of years in commercial roles and a stint as a lecturer in accounting and audit. She started her own consulting business, but found scaling it to be extremely difficult, and thus looked for a better option — thats when she discovered accounting software.
Meryl is a keen surfer and can often be found at her home break at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast. Its actually the main reason that she left her Melbourne home, and that building her company, Bean Ninjas, actually allowed her to do what she loved.
Meryl’s Favorite Quote:
“Decide your no’s in advance.” — Tim Ferriss
Meryl’s Favorite Books:
The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch
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