How Rejection Turned Sam Bakhtiar From a War Refugee into a Champion Bodybuilder and Multimillion-Dollar Franchise Owner

The Camp Transformation Center co-founder and One Percent Nutrition CEO is on a mission to inspire others to live the American dream. October 17, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After surviving a series of bombings and near-death experiences, a skinny 11-year-old refugee, Sam Bakhtiar, left Iran with his single mother in 1985. They arrived in the U.S. with $500, one piece of luggage, and big visions of America. “From watching old-school TV shows like Dallas, Dynasty, and The A-Team, I thought that everyone in America would be millionaires who lived in mansions and drove Bentleys or Cadillacs,” Bakhtiar recalls. A family member picked them up at the airport in Pittsburgh, Pa., in an old car with smoke coming out from under the hood. They drove to a neighborhood with abandoned buildings, broken windows, and “No Loitering” signs. “My new home wasn’t exactly the […]

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How Pharmaceutical CEO Bradley Burnam’s Relentless Infection Turned Into a Relentless Pursuit for a Cure

This self-taught formulator and regulatory expert grew Turn Therapeutics into a disruptive enterprise with nothing but a credit line, Google and the FDA help desk. October 10, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Bradley Burnam, founder and CEO of Turn Therapeutics, which is on a mission to render disease obsolete. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Bradley Burnam: I am a healer and a teacher; my company is both my laboratory and classroom. My father was a physician. Growing up, I was inspired by his ability to heal people with his knowledge. Although I have some regrets over not becoming a doctor, my chosen path has permitted me to heal thousands of people via my organization and products. What began as a journey […]

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Why Italian Immigrant Lanfranco Pescante Believes the American Dream Is Still Alive

‘Always believe in your dreams; they do come true if you want them badly enough.’ October 9, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Lanfranco Pescante, co-founder of Nocturnal Hospitality Group. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Lanfranco Pescante: I am the co-founder of Nocturnal Hospitality Group (NHG), which has produced countless events in Florida with artists ranging from Nelly to Avicii. I have a vast nightclub and restaurant hospitality background stemming from my childhood in Italy, where I started as a dishwasher. I moved to America at 17 years old and worked every single position in the restaurant and bar, moving up the ladder rapidly. I always loved the industry and the people and knew I wanted to be in it. What are […]

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8 Crucial Steps You Need to Take Before Launching an E-Commerce Business

Bethenny Frankel, Gary Vaynerchuk, and other online sales experts explain how to be part of this trillion-dollar opportunity. October 4, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Thinking about starting an online business? It’s a good idea: e-commerce sales are expected to reach $3.45 trillion globally this year. Here are eight steps to take when launching your business, according to successful e-commerce entrepreneurs and advisors in The Oracles. 1. Play to your strengths and outsource the rest. Image credit: The Oracles “I don’t even have a laptop or iPad, and I have no idea how to launch an e-commerce business — so I hired people who do. I live by one simple rule: If you don’t know what something means, ask immediately. Don’t pretend. My strengths are marketing, branding, identifying your target audience, and designing a narrative about the product, which are all crucial in e-commerce. […]

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How to Start a Multimillion-Dollar Amazon Business With Less Than $2,000

It takes just one hour a day. October 3, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article was written by Matt Clark, co-founder and chairman of Amazing.com, co-creator of Amazing Selling Machine, and an Advisor in The Oracles. This isn’t a popular opinion, but entrepreneurship is a terrible idea. While it’s great for society that so many people are innovating, taking massive risks and working 18-hour days is rarely in the individual’s best interest. Yes, the potential payout is huge, but the odds of success are low. At the same time, it’s increasingly difficult to stay happy in a salaried job when you’re bombarded with entrepreneurial success stories that seem too good to be true. But what if there were a reliable way to start a business that could significantly improve your life without sacrificing blood, sweat, and years? Thanks to Amazon, there is. […]

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What Serial Entrepreneur Nathan Mummert Has Learned About Success and Failure

October 2, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Nathan Mummert, CEO of Wildfire Marketing Secrets, a lead-generation agency with a focus on paid media. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Nathan Mummert: I’m a husband, father, and serial entrepreneur. In the last decade, I’ve been an integral part of seven online startups, including two that sold for six figures within three years. After years of marketing my own businesses, I realized that I really enjoyed marketing and had become quite good at it. So in 2018, my brother, Jordan, and I started a marketing agency that focuses on generating leads through paid media. What is one of your proudest moments? Nathan Mummert: My proudest moment was the day I sold my first company, […]

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How a Frantic Phone Call During the Great Recession Led Patrick Brewer to Building Companies Aimed at ‘Removing Financial Anxiety From the World’

“People were in desperate need of good advice,” says the financial advisor. September 27, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Few things can motivate you more than witnessing someone lose their life savings in an instant. Patrick Brewer was working the phones at Vanguard, a leading investment firm, when he got the call. As Brewer remembers it, the client, a plumber close to retirement, frantically ordered him, an entry-level employee, to cash out the client’s 401(k). The plumber needed the funds, he explained, because he was just days away from losing his house. This money, gathered over decades of hard work and responsible savings, should have stayed put to provide security in his later years. Yet it was liquidated and gone in an instant. Brewer, then in his early twenties, stood helplessly by as the man made a devastating financial decision. It was the […]

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Sustainability and Roofing Expert Mike Feazel Predicts a Bright Future for Solar Technology

September 26, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Mike Feazel, co-founder and CEO of Roof Maxx, which uses plant-based technology to restore asphalt roofs. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Mike Feazel: I grew up in a small farming community just north of Columbus, Ohio. I moved away for a while, but now I’m back, and I’m the third generation in my family here. I’m addicted to travel, adventure, and exploring new cultures. We have a patent pending for our plant-based roofing formula, which is environmentally safe and prevents asphalt shingles from drying out, adding to their lifespan. I have never done anything as disruptive as what my company is doing right now. There have been highs and lows, but I love the challenges […]

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Why Day Trader Marcello Arrambide Is Bringing Business Opportunities to Developing Nations

‘I believe in educating people so they have the best tools to make better decisions,’ he says. September 25, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Marcello Arrambide, founder of Day Trading Academy and SpeedUpTrader, a funding company for aspiring day traders. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Marcello Arrambide: The day I decided to quit my job to travel the world. I had a great deal of fear and insecurity about not having a paycheck, but I found that if you believe in yourself and work hard, you can achieve anything. From the time we are born, we are told what to believe, what language to speak, why our country is better than others, and where we […]

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11 Simple Steps for Building Habits That Guarantee Success

Step one: Start with purpose. September 24, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article is written by Katrina Ruth, founder and CEO of “The Katrina Ruth Show,” a multimillion-dollar online coaching business for entrepreneurs. Whether your goal is to run a multimillion-dollar business or get in shape, your habits can make or break your success. No matter how talented you are, unless you leverage the power of habit to work for you, you’re unlikely to build the momentum you need. Everyone knows what it’s like to go to bed feeling mad at yourself for failing to follow through on what you intended to do that day. What if you could accomplish everything you wanted without thinking? That’s what habits can do for you. Here’s how to cultivate the discipline and consistency to achieve all of your goals. 1. Start with your purpose. Your […]

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Transformational Business Coach Lilia Navarrete on Being More, Not Doing More

Being the best version of yourself doesn’t have to be hard. September 19, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Lilia Navarrete, founder and president of Success Without Struggle Inc., which helps entrepreneurs become leaders and influencers. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Lilia Navarrete: I’m a transformational business coach for talented and purpose-driven coaches and entrepreneurs who are tired of the hustle. My mission is to help them reach their next level of success without the struggle, so they become unstoppable. After realizing that a finance job in New York City came with a great deal of hustle and sacrifice, I quit and became a health coach to live by my values and passions. Unfortunately, no one warned me that entrepreneurs hustle just […]

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6 Top Executives Who Credit Other Powerful People for Helping Them Succeed

David Zaslav, Marla Beck, and other business leaders share what they learned from their mentors. September 18, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Behind every successful entrepreneur is someone who influenced and guided them. We asked these business leaders and Advisors in The Oracles to tell us about the powerful person, or mentor, who helped them get their start. These are their stories and their advice. 1. Spend time with people you admire. David M. Zaslav Image credit: The Oracles Success is about finding great mentors. For me, those leaders were former General Electric chairman and CEO Jack Welch and Liberty Media chairman John Mallone. You become the people you admire if they let you spend time with them. The more you spend time with them, the more you think like they do, see the world as they do, and ask questions they would […]

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How Johnathan Ruggiero’s Search for a ‘Manly’ Wedding Band Sparked the Idea for an Eight-Figure Empire

And why his proudest moment was crucial to the company’s success. September 17, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Johnathan Ruggiero, founder and CEO of Manly Bands, which specializes in unique and affordable mens’ wedding bands. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Johnathan Ruggiero: When I was about 10 years old, I was lucky enough to get an old IBM AT computer for Christmas. This was before Windows, so as I remember, there was no “start” menu. Instead, you had to type specific commands to get around — for example, “DIR” to open the directory of files. It was a used computer, so it didn’t come with a manual of the commands, but I had a little […]

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Hustler and CEO Los Silva on Why Making an Impact Starts Right Where You Are

Tired of the grind and want to take control of your life? He’s talking to you. September 6, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Los Silva, CEO of SVG Media, whose company helps influencers and athletes build and scale their brands. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Los Silva: My name is Los Silva. I’m a father, husband, investor, and hustler. I’m also a self-made million-dollar entrepreneur and the CEO of SVG Media, which helps influencers and athletes build scalable companies. I’ve built multimillion-dollar companies and executed several seven-figure product launches. As a business development and marketing automation trainer, I share my knowledge, experience, successes, mistakes, and general tips with future leaders and entrepreneurs who want to learn and grow. I work with […]

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Keto Diet Evangelist Harlan Kilstein on How to Achieve Things You Never Thought Possible

‘Go for it. Go for it. Go for it.’ August 26, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Harlan Kilstein, founder of Completely Keto and the Speed Keto diet. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Harlan Kilstein: I hold a doctorate in education, but I left teaching to become a businessman and marketing expert. I’ve struggled with weight my entire life. A few years ago a doctor diagnosed me with metabolic syndrome, or Syndrome X, and told me I would never be able to lose weight. In my search to get better, I discovered the keto diet and it turned my life around. As a result, I founded the Facebook group and lifestyle site Completely Keto and the Speed Keto program to help other […]

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‘I Own You.’ How These Words Changed Everything for 21-Year-Old Stratton Sales Agency Founder Ambro Di Pilato

The moment he decided he would never work for someone else again. August 23, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Ambro Di Pilato, founder and CEO of The Stratton Sales Agency, which helps entrepreneurs and influencers outsource sales. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Ambro Di Pilato: I went to school to become an architect, but when I was 18 years old, I realized I was never going to work for someone else. I was working part-time at a pub in Montreal, Canada, while I was studying, and that was where I heard the words that I’ll never forget: “I own you.” When my manager said that to me at the end of my shift, it entirely changed my view of the workplace. […]

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How Ryan Dossey Pushed Past Fear to Lead a Happier, More Successful Life

Lead from a position of strength. August 19, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Ryan Dossey, founder of Call Porter, a support company for real estate investors. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Ryan Dossey: Growing up, I watched my grandfather bust his back as a pharmaceutical sales rep. He and my grandmother grew apart as a result, and she got heartbreakingly bitter, so it was incredible to watch them fall back in love when he retired. But then, she had a stroke 12 months later. She forgot his name, and her mental capacity reverted to that of a 12 year old. Now he’s her caretaker. He worked so hard for decades to enjoy just one year. […]

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Mompreneur Shira Nelson on the Importance of Not Doing It All

How this mom of two went from burnout to doing only what she does best–which isn’t cooking or cleaning. August 8, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Shira Nelson, founder of MomBeyondBaby, which helps moms become their best amidst the wild world of motherhood. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Shira Nelson: In almost seven years online, I have inspired and helped thousands of moms become better versions of themselves after having babies through my MomBeyondBaby programs and coaching. A MomBeyondBaby is the woman who has found herself in motherhood. To some that means becoming their strongest and fittest, while to others, it means building and growing a business. Regardless of the “what,” they all find their purpose and become fulfilled in ways […]

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The Life-Changing Lesson That Turned Stefan Aarnio into a Real Estate Rockstar

Success starts with realizing that anyone can be rich. August 7, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Stefan Aarnio, founder and CEO of BlackCard Elite Academy, a real estate investment training company. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?  Stefan Aarnio: I’m the same kid as when I was 16 and wanted to be a rockstar. I was in a band while in school in my early 20s and then played jazz for a few years, but when my dream to play music full time didn’t come true, I jumped into real estate investing. I was making $10,000 a year at the time, so all I wanted was to earn the same amount flipping a house so I could replace my income. Years later, […]

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Starting a Coaching Business Isn’t Easy. Here’s How to Do It Successfully.

Ignore what you’ve been taught. August 2, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs offering life and business coaching seem to be popping everywhere. It’s clearly a hot field; but with no barrier to entry, anyone with an internet connection can be a coach. Not everyone, however, will be a good one or a successful one. These Advisors in The Oracles have made millions through their coaching businesses. Here’s their advice for getting started and standing out from the crowd. 1. Attract the best and repel the rest. Dan Lok Image credit: The Oracles The secret to a profitable coaching business is selecting the right clients. Don’t get into the “fixing” business of turning losers into winners; it’s exhausting. You know the people I’m talking about — they say they want something but don’t take action to get there or aren’t willing to pay […]

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