How a Near-Death Experience Gave Entrepreneur Michael O’Brien the Tools to Save Others From a Life of Bad Days

Replace external motivations with intentional living. January 9, 2020 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Michael O’Brien seemed to have life figured out in summer 2001. The 33-year-old was married to the love of his life and had two beautiful young daughters. He’d worked his way up to marketing director of the flagship product at the U.S. division of a Japanese pharmaceutical company. Coming off a spectacular national sales meeting, O’Brien felt he had a strong tailwind pushing his career forward. Furthermore, after years away from his favorite sport of bike racing to climb the corporate ladder and start a family, he’d recently recommitted to the passion he’d pursued competitively through college. Although he wasn’t thrilled about his company’s choice to host a meeting in the remote New Mexican desert in July, he was a glass-half-full guy and brought his bike anyway as others brought […]

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How Do You Create Change? One Street Corner at a Time, According to Cannabis Connoisseur Robert DiVito.

Here’s how he’s doing it and why the idea that ‘every day is a Monday’ fuels him. January 7, 2020 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 Robert DiVito, founder and CEO of Element 7, an equity-driven cannabis retailer focused on safety and education. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?  Robert DiVito: I’m an educator. I started my career in education by building and operating one of Chicago’s most enviable emotional intelligence-based charter schools, Imagination Children’s Academy. We built the school around the idea that through play and exploration, kids could develop with a more well-rounded education. The results speak for themselves. Parents love the concept and kids thrive in the environment. When I started my journey in cannabis, I looked around. I saw a […]

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How James Daily Went From Whistleblower to Millionaire Lawyer Taking Down Fraud

He turned a defamatory lawsuit into a triumph, then used his experience to help others. January 3, 2020 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2010, James Daily faced three things no lawyer ever asks for: the feds were calling him; he was being sued for $500 million; and subsequently, he was on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. After establishing a prestigious career in law, Daily was now the one who needed a lawyer — all because he did the right thing. He had reported embezzlement, and this was payback. Today, Daily is a self-made millionaire running his own firm, Daily Law Group, who now lends his expertise to the U.S. government. Daily’s journey to top dog, however, would be full of battles. A Boy Scout Goes West Daily grew up in rural Wisconsin, a member of the 4-H club and the […]

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How Chris Dufey Stopped Trading Time for Money and Skyrocketed to Success

It started with a baby bottle. December 31, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For Chris Dufey, founder and CEO of Coaches Cartel, a missed feeding with his baby daughter, Arlo, was the final push he needed to make a change. At the time, he owned a personal training business in Dubai, where he worked 12-hour days, six days a week. It began as a typical day for Dufey (pronounced DuFay). He woke up at 4:30 a.m. to be at the gym by 6 a.m. for his first client, who canceled at the last minute. He grinded out the day with the rest of his clients before wrapping up at 7 p.m. — when he jumped in the car to race home and give Arlo her nightly bottle. “It was the only quality time I spent with her on my workdays,” recalls Dufey. But […]

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Why Some Entrepreneurs Will Never Make It — But Here’s How You Can

If you want it all, here’s what it will take. December 30, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article was written by  Katrina Ruth, an Advisor in The Oracles and the founder and CEO of “The Katrina Ruth Show,” a multimillion-dollar online coaching business for entrepreneurs. Sleepless nights, hard work, and constant inner criticism are common challenges for entrepreneurs. Becoming successful isn’t easy, but it’s possible if you want it badly enough; you just need to understand what it will take. Here are six reasons that many entrepreneurs fail and how to overcome them. 1. They aren’t crazy enough. My clients often worry that they might be crazy. My answer? I hope so! To make the top 1 percent, you can’t be normal. Your definition of “normal” is whatever you’re used to. Your current reality — how you perceive success or wealth — […]

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How Holly Parker Used the Power of Empathy to Sell Billions in Real Estate

One of Manhattan’s chief closers built her real estate kingdom by personally investing in each client. December 23, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In early 2017, Holly Parker sat with a daunting list before her. On it were dozens of names she had to call with terrible news: a slump in the New York City real estate market had gutted their investments. She had long-standing relationships with these clients; some felt like family, and all were important. While many business leaders could have panicked or shrunk from the task, Parker picked up the phone. Relying on years of experience turning setbacks into triumphs and leading people through life-changing choices, she dialed. “Hi, it’s Holly …”  Parker’s personal investment in each of her clients is her “it” factor, the very thing that has made her a leading luxury real estate closer and one of […]

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Do You Have a Business … Or a Job? Ask Yourself This One Question.

Hint: It should work without you. December 20, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This is a guest post by Yuri Elkaim, Founder and CEO of Healthpreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and an Advisor in The Oracles. If you’re like many coaches, you might have a job, not a business. What’s the difference? A business produces a profit regardless of how involved you are day-to-day. If you go on vacation, it still functions without you. But if it stops working when you do, it’s not a business; it’s a job. Ask yourself: Do you have a predictable way of generating revenue that doesn’t depend on you? If not, don’t worry. By leveraging group coaching and the three Ts — training, technology, and a team — you can create an automated, scalable system that ensures you aren’t the cog in the wheel. With this […]

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Is Cryptocurrency Coming Back or Going Away for Good? 6 Experts Weigh In.

December 19, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cryptocurrencies have kept a relatively low profile in 2019 following a record-breaking rise in 2017 and then a spectacular crash in 2018. Are they worth revisiting in 2020? We asked these experts and Advisors in The Oracles to share where they think crypto is headed next. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article expresses the views and opinions of individuals and is not a substitute for professional financial advice. Do your own research and consult your own financial adviser. Any claims in this article have not been independently verified. 1. Cryptocurrency will transform banking. Tim Draper Image credit: The Oracles The world is getting ready for a financial and banking transformation. Engineers and product developers have been hard at work getting products together to bring Bitcoin to general use and distribution. In a year, there will be no reason […]

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Looking for a New Career but Don’t Know Where to Start? If You Have These 6 Qualities, This Might Be Your Calling.

You can make the transition with just an hour a day, according to former athlete and master trader James Sixsmith. December 18, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When James Sixsmith was 28 years old, Monday mornings filled him with dread. He was living his dream of playing hockey professionally, but mounting financial stress and a demanding schedule threatened to ruin his young family. On top of that, hockey had broken his nose 13 times. “I’d drag myself out of bed in the morning, look in the mirror, and ask myself what I was doing,” recalls Sixsmith. But when he thought about career alternatives, he came up empty. “I had played hockey my entire life, I wasn’t the best student, and I didn’t have much savings. I didn’t know what else to do — I just knew I didn’t want to sit at a […]

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No Idea What to Do With Your Life? Gary Vaynerchuk and Others Explain How to Find Fulfilling Work.

Discover what you’re good at, what you like to do, and what you can get paid for. December 16, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Many of us don’t know what we want early in life, which is when we’re faced with choosing our career. So it’s no surprise that more than half of us aren’t satisfied with our jobs. These Advisors in The Oracles have reached peak success and satisfaction in and outside of work, so we asked them how they did it. 1. Try many different things. Gary Vaynerchuk Image credit: The Oracles Find a job or build a business based on whatever you like to do when you aren’t working. If you don’t know what you like, try different things. Test out everything from operations to sales. Travel and take hula-dancing and pizza-making classes. Putting yourself in a position to do […]

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How to Excel in the Housing Market According to This Seven-Figure Real Estate Entrepreneur

Connect deeply with potential clients by guiding them through a psychological journey of getting to know, like, and trust you, says Jess Lenouvel. December 12, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article is written by Jess Lenouvel, realtor for over a decade and founder of The Listings Lab For Realtors, a multiple-seven-figure business.   Let’s face it: Not everybody likes realtors, which is unfortunate since most of them genuinely want to help people with the biggest investments of their lives: buying or selling their home. Realtors have this negative perception because they forget the psychology of marketing: Position yourself as the solution to your customers’ problems. Instead, most of them rely on 1970s marketing techniques, such as flyers with giant headshots and fluff statements like “number one salesperson,” which is disconnected from the problems they solve for customers.   Because most realtors still market like […]

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7 Steps to Acquiring a Small Business

You don’t have to start a business to own one. December 3, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. EDITOR’S NOTE: Investing of any type involves risk, and therefore there is potential for losing money. Before investing, seek advice from a professional financial advisor. Post written by Moran Pober, an Advisor in The Oracles and founder and CEO of Acquisitions.com. Owning a business is one of the best ways to create lasting wealth and freedom. But there’s a lot of uncertainty.  Maybe you don’t have the funding, connections, or world-changing vision required to get moonshot ideas like Tesla, Amazon, or SpaceX off the ground. Perhaps you have a business but are struggling to build momentum. Or you have a franchise but want to create something of your own. I know how difficult it is to start a business from scratch. My first entrepreneurial venture was […]

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Behavior Science Expert Chase Hughes Trains Real-World Jason Bournes on How to Negotiate, Interrogate, and Read People for Extreme Persuasion

Hint: It has to do with laundry. November 22, 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 Chase Hughes, founder and president of Applied Behavior Research, which develops behavior analysis and human-influence techniques. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Chase Hughes: I served in the U.S. military for 20 years and have become a behavior science expert for intelligence work and now business. For the better part of 15 years, I have been developing world-first behavior skills courses and tactics for intelligence operations. As a teenager, I had social anxiety and barely made it out of high school. I became obsessed with human behavior, and the better I got at reading people, the more human they became to me. I reached a point where I […]

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Dwayne Clark’s Solution to America’s Silver Tsunami Crisis and How Living on Stolen Potatoes Made It All Possible

November 21, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you ask Dwayne Clark, founder and CEO of the senior care company Aegis Living, what he is most thankful for in life, he will unabashedly tell you “growing up poor.” For Clark, a childhood spent in poverty instilled a compassion-first mentality and a burning desire to help others lead lives of dignity. Today, Clark is seen as a change-maker in his industry. Aegis opened its 32nd location this year and has eight more facilities in development. The company is on track to have operating revenues of over $300 million in 2020, with real estate holdings approaching $3 billion. An Impoverished Childhood Clark is the youngest of four children raised by a single mother in Walla Walla, Washington. When he was 16, his mother told him they were completely broke and had no money for food. […]

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How a Life in the Military Gave Patch Baker the Skills to Help Veterans Excel at Becoming Entrepreneurs

The Marine Veteran and CEO of Mobius Media Solutions is on a mission to make Veteran Owned the new American Made. November 20, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Patch Baker left the Marine Corps, he had survived some of the most hellish war zones on Earth. He had spent more time “in country” than out — so much time that he could have applied for citizenship. However, Patch quickly realized entering the civilian world with a Marine Corps mentality and work ethic would prove to be a difficult obstacle that he hadn’t anticipated. After a lifetime of purpose and structure, Patch knew nothing about how to excel as a civilian. “It is just as hard to fight a war as it is to build a business,” says Patch Baker. Image credit: Patch Baker Redefining Family As an eighth-generation Marine, Patch knew from […]

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As He Lay Waiting for a Trauma Helicopter to Save His Life, Michael O’Brien Made a Promise. Here’s How He’s Keeping It.

November 15, 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 Michael O’Brien, founder and Chief Shift Officer at Peloton Coaching and Consulting. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Michael O’Brien: Before what I call my “Last Bad Day,” I was a successful sales professional and marketing director. On July 11, 2001, I was in New Mexico for a meeting. I brought my travel bicycle because I was training for a race a few days later — but I didn’t make it. During my morning ride, an SUV crossed the centerline in the road and hit me head-on at nearly 40 miles per hour. As I lay there waiting for the trauma helicopter, I told myself that my life would be different if I survived. Thanks […]

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How to Improve Your Financial Advisory Firm’s Marketing

To get in front of more qualified prospects, follow these three steps. November 14, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article is written by Patrick Brewer, founder of Brewer Consulting and SurePath Wealth, host of “The Model FA” podcast, and an Advisor in The Oracles. If you’re a financial advisor, you may be facing challenges when it comes to marketing your business. There are many tools out there that promise to automate and simplify your marketing. But automation alone won’t solve your challenges. That’s because the advisory business requires a level of trust-building that just can’t be automated. When you try to automate everything, your outreach ends up being ineffective. It might even burn your audience. I should know. I’ve helped hundreds of financial advisors improve their marketing techniques with the exact strategies I have personally used to grow my advisory business from […]

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6 Tips for Excelling in Life and Business No Matter What Challenges Life Throws at You, According to Fitness Entrepreneur Sam Bakhtiar

‘To be truly successful, you must make yourself a priority,’ says the entrepreneur and champion bodybuilder. November 13, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Sam Bakhtiar was 11 years old, he and his mother immigrated from Iran to the U.S. in search of a better life. They arrived with only one suitcase between them and $500 in cash. Today Bakhtiar, who is an Advisor in The Oracles, is a champion bodybuilder and the owner of an international nine-figure health franchise. Along his journey, he experienced rejection, family challenges, and a recession that nearly wiped out his business. Now that he has come out on the other side, he helps others reach the top 1 percent in life and business, as he has. “When we’re younger, we care about how we look and feel,” he says. “Then life happens, and we put ourselves on […]

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How Fear and Heartache Gave Trevor Turnbull the Resilience to Build a Successful Mentoring Community for ‘SOLOpreneurs’

You may be SOLO, but you don’t have to be alone. November 11, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 27, 2018, is a day Trevor Turnbull and his wife, Sharmila, will never forget. It’s the day their son, Bodhi, was born four months early — and the day they discovered that miracles are possible. Weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces, Bodhi was considered a “micro-preemie” — the most extreme category of preterm births — and his chances of survival were less than 35 percent. “Looking at a baby that small, you can’t believe he’s alive,” Turnbull says. The birth of a child is supposed to elicit joy and happiness, but the Turnbulls felt helpless. They’d been here before, having lost two preterm babies in two years. Bodhi was born weighing just 1 pound and 3 ounces. Image credit: Trevor Turnbull Bodhi spent […]

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Branding Expert Rey Perez on Empowering Others and His Life’s Mission to Be a ‘Kingmaker’

Thoughts equal beliefs; beliefs equal actions; actions equal results, he says. November 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 Rey Perez, global branding expert, CEO of AMP Productions, and creator of My360Sites.com and Brandin2days.com. The interview was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Rey Perez: I’m an innovator who creates solutions to entrepreneurs’ problems. I’ve leveraged technology, systems, and processes to find a niche working with service-based entrepreneurs, or “personality-driven businesses.” For example, speakers, coaches, authors, consultants, and trainers — anyone who is the face of their business. My Brand in 2 Days workshop turns you into the recognized authority in your niche or industry. It includes copywriting, photography, graphic design, web design, and social media, as well as a unique marketing strategy to attract […]

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