Dan Lok Failed in 13 Business Ventures Over Three Years. Now This ‘Unemployable’ Immigrant Manages Millions and Mentors Young Entrepreneurs.

From thousands in debt to helping thousands around the world find success. July 16, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. At just 20 years old, Dan Lok was already $150,000 in debt. Over three years, he launched 13 businesses — and every single one of them failed. Today Lok is a multimillionaire and business mentor, thanks to the help of one man and his life-altering lessons. Now he’s paying it forward. Lok with his parents in Hong Kong, China. Image credit: Dan Lok Lok’s parents separated when he was 14 years old. He and his mother emigrated from Hong Kong to Vancouver, Canada, later that year. His father continued providing for them, but when Lok was 16, his father filed for bankruptcy and could no longer support them. “I will never forget the look of hopelessness on my mom’s face and the tears in […]

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How 7 High-Performing CEOs Maintain Massive Momentum in Their Businesses

Do the little things every day. July 3, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ever wondered how high performers maintain momentum throughout the year? Here’s how these business leaders and Advisors in The Oracles keep themselves and their teams motivated. 1. Learn this important superpower. Tai Lopez Image credit: The Oracles Maintain momentum through osmosis. Our brains get inspiration by example; so spend time with others who are 10 years ahead of you, which also makes you more competitive. Then train yourself to stay cool under pressure. Momentum creates choices, which overload your brain, whose default reaction is to stop. When you’re gaining momentum, little things will constantly go wrong and opportunities will pop up to distract you. You’ll feel torn between spending time with family and friends, working out, eating right, sleeping enough, and building what you’re building. Don’t get overwhelmed or let […]

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How to Create a Lucrative Marketing Business Right from Your Laptop

To build a 7-figure business with no experience, follow these four steps. July 2, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article is written by Josh Harris, founder of Agency Growth Secrets and an Advisor in The Oracles. Businesses desperately need help with digital marketing, and most sophisticated digital marketing operations today can be run from a laptop. That means anyone with decent digital marketing skills and the right technology can build a location-independent business that creates full financial freedom, right? Wrong. There’s one problem: The competition. It’s easy to dream of living anywhere you want while running a successful business with nothing but a laptop. Except there are a lot of experienced professionals out there already doing just that. They’ve built multimillion-dollar companies. Many have years of valuable experience working for other agencies. And they invest a small fortune in staying ahead of […]

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Why Passion Is the Key to Success, According to Social Media Strategist Jenny Brooks

July 1, 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 Jenny Brooks, founder and CEO of International Loops, a social media marketing agency. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Jenny Brooks: I’m a 38-year-old serial entrepreneur who owns and runs several businesses, including International Loops, a social media marketing agency, and Kepdit, an online store with items for the whole family. I absolutely love connecting with people and helping them grow any way I can. I also do affiliate marketing to assist people in finding the cheapest travel rates and helping other affiliate marketers sign up to make money the same way. I’m an influencer working with tons of brands and businesses on social media. Most importantly, I’m the mother of three beautiful babies and […]

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Keir Weimer’s Quest for Redemption

He made costly mistakes as a college student. Now he’s on a mission to make his life count. June 28, 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 international luxury real estate and lifestyle entrepreneur Keir Weimer. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Keir Weimer: When I was 23 years old, I was the driver in a boating accident that took the life of a beautiful young woman, Tiffany Heitkamp. I had been drinking that night with my friends, it had been raining, and we crashed into an island. I was fully responsible for taking her life and I have to live with that for the rest of mine. I spent three and a half years in prison for […]

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Cryptocurrency Entrepreneur Zach Salter’s Take on Failure

Lessons learned on the journey from door-to-door sales to serial entrepreneur. June 27, 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 Zach Salter, co-founder of blockchain and cryptocurrency investment firm Zima Digital Assets and co-owner of Saltmine Studios. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Zach Salter: I co-founded Zima Digital Assets, a global cryptocurrency trading firm. I also co-own Saltmine Studios, a top-of-the-line recording studio in Arizona, with my father. I’m a serial entrepreneur and work in the aviation and automotive industries as well. I’ve known since I was young that I wanted to make a positive impact. My mantra is “Gold Intentions,” which I got as a tattoo when I dropped out of college at 20 years old.  What is one of your proudest […]

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How a Breakdown at the Airport Led to a Breakthrough for Entrepreneur Jeanine Blackwell

She restructured her life to prioritize what matters most. Now she helps others do the same. June 21, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2007, Jeanine Blackwell stood at the gate, a “flight canceled” status flashing above her. “We can’t get you out for another three days,” the ticket agent said. Blackwell fought back tears as her world collapsed around her. A missed flight meant a missed school play, broken promises, and more time away from her children. As a mom to three daughters, she desperately needed to get home to New Orleans, but she couldn’t bargain with a Minnesota blizzard. The cruel irony was Blackwell had built a successful consultancy helping Fortune 500 companies to afford her the freedom to be with her family. But the more her company grew, the more her time was consumed traveling to conferences and on-site meetings […]

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Tech Entrepreneur Nathalie Dorémieux Says You Can Achieve Anything If You Leave Your Comfort Zone

June 20, 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 Nathalie Dorémieux, co-founder of New Software Marketing, an online marketing company. Who are you?  Nathalie Dorémieux: I grew up in Grenoble, France, and graduated from the University of Pau with a computer science degree in 1982. Then I moved to the north of France to pursue my master’s degree, which is where I met my husband and business partner, Olivier. When we graduated in 1995, we decided to take our chances and go live the American dream. Everyone in France thought we were crazy, but we quickly found jobs and got married in Reno, Nevada — “the little Las Vegas.” Ten years, three kids, two dogs, and a cat later, we decided to quit our jobs in biotechnology. […]

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How to Massively Grow Your Amazon Business in 8 Steps

Increase your conversion rate by 20 percent with these simple tips. June 17, 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 and co-creator of Amazing Selling Machine, who is an Advisor in The Oracles.  So you’ve launched your Amazon business and are ready to grow your sales. How do you stand out among the millions of other sellers? Focus on two factors: traffic, or the number of people who visit your page, and conversion rate, meaning the percentage of them who purchase your product. It’s a common misconception, but more traffic doesn’t necessarily mean more profit. You must be able to convert that traffic into sales — which starts by optimizing your product page. Here are eight steps to creating the perfect page. 1. Analyze your data. First, you need a benchmark. You can […]

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Podcaster Travis Chappell on How Adding Value Will Bring You Long-Term Success

His journey from door-to-door sales to interviewing top business moguls. June 14, 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 Travis Chappell, founder and host of “Build Your Network,” a business podcast about creating genuine connections. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Travis Chappell: I’ve always had the “entrepreneurial itch,” from selling trinkets in elementary school to starting a landscaping business before my senior year of high school. While in Bible college in my hometown of Lancaster, California, I started doing door-to-door sales for a solar company. I was hooked almost immediately.  I married my high school sweetheart, Jacqueline, right after graduating college. Then for the first time in my life, I moved away from where I grew up. A few years later, despite seeing […]

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Shannan Monson on Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Woman With a Vision

With the right plan, virtually anyone can earn financial freedom with just their smartphone, she says. June 12, 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 Shannan Monson, a business strategist for female entrepreneurs. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Shannan Monson: I help service-based female entrepreneurs create scalable revenue. I started as a personal trainer and wellness coach before transitioning to helping women build their own businesses. I made the shift because I saw so many passionate experts stuck in the one-to-one business model. I am obsessed with my work because I think women have really low expectations for their earning potential as a general rule. We’re not as bold about asking for more, so I help women shift their mindsets from solopreneur to CEO. […]

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7 Things Sharran Srivatsaa Learned on His Journey to Success

He arrived in America with limited resources and then grew a business 10X. Here are his tips for accomplishing any massive goal. June 7, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2011, Sharran Srivatsaa walked away from his banking job on Wall Street to become the president of Beverly Hills-based Teles Properties. At the time, the luxury real estate brokerage was making over $300 million annually, but it was far from its original growth projections. In just five years, Srivatsaa and his partners transformed the company into a business worth more than $3 billion — increasing its value 10 times over. Srivatsaa is now a venture capitalist, sought-after business coach, and the CEO of real estate software company Kingston Lane. He has earned a comfortable lifestyle, but things weren’t always that way. After immigrating to the United States from India as a teenager, Srivatsaa […]

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She Chose Tattoos Over Traditional Success. Why Katrina Ruth Refuses to Be Anything But Herself.

June 5, 2019 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Too loud. Too intense. Too much. All these terms and more have been used to describe Katrina Ruth. She’s been a redhead and a platinum blonde, has a “sleeve” tattoo on her arm, and her personal style is less than subtle. Looking at Ruth, you wouldn’t believe the confident success coach used to be a nerd with an eating disorder. Listening to her may make you doubt it even more. “F-ck you, I won’t do what you tell me,” begins one of her Facebook posts. The Rage Against the Machine lyrics reflect her approach to life. She’s been rejected by fellow entrepreneurs; has walked away from her life, twice; survived a potentially life-threatening medical condition; and recovered from a six-figure debt — which she accumulated while making five figures a month. Now the Melbourne, Australia, native […]

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Timothy Burke on Why You Should Enjoy the Struggles on the Way to Success

May 29, 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 Timothy E. Burke, founder and CEO of the social media app, RUON AI, and SovereignSky, a blockchain platform aimed at eradicating global poverty. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Timothy Burke: I like to describe myself as a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and science fiction visionary. I’ve had 15 to 20 different projects going on at once many times, mostly in different industries. Right now, I’m pretty focused: I’m working on global philanthropy, an artificial intelligence social media app, and a space-based blockchain platform. I’m also a science fiction writer and producer of the upcoming Lionsgate movie, “Killers Anonymous,” starring Gary Oldman and Jessica Alba. While it’s possible to spread yourself too thin, spreading yourself wide can […]

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How a Missing Accent Mark Changed Inés Ruiz’s Life Forever

The simple mistake that put her on the path to success. May 28, 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 Inés Ruiz, founder and CEO of Medita Spanish, the world’s first language learning and guided meditation app. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Inés Ruiz: I’m a former Cambridge University professor, military spouse, and the founder of Medita Spanish, the world’s first language learning and guided meditation app. I’m originally from Spain but now live and work in the U.S. My experience as a teacher showed me that students who struggled to learn had one thing in common: their mindset. I used my love for languages and my own unique learning method to create a Spanish teacher certification company. After its massive success, I realized […]

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‘Don’t Come to Work Unless You’re Ready to Give 100 Percent’

Everything that’s worth it in life takes hard work. May 23, 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 Satish Gaire, CEO and founder of LogicXY, which operates hundreds of SaaS platforms like WooAgents and DirectPay. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Satish Gaire: I migrated to the U.S. from Nepal when I was 12 years old and started my first business selling website architecture when I was 14. I bought a sample website template, modified it, and then resold it. Today I am the CEO and founder of LogicXY. We have founded and acquired multiple software companies in various industries. The most well-known is WooAgents, a customer relationship management platform for real estate agents in the U.S. and Canada. We are also the team […]

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Sam Bakhtiar’s Secret to Making Life Interesting and Keeping Your Brain Young

Most of us stop doing this when we become adults. May 17, 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 Dr. Sam Bakhtiar, CEO and co-founder of The Camp Transformation Centers and CEO of One Percent Nutrition. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life?Sam Bakhtiar: One of the most defining moments of my life was when my mom and I moved from Iran to the U.S. when I was 11 years old. We arrived with only $500 and one piece of luggage. With no family, no friends, no money, and no resources, we had to develop a “make it happen, no matter what” attitude. We learned how to make things happen from thin air. What is one of your proudest […]

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5 Leading Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Advice for Bootstrapping a Business

Work with those you trust, pick the right business, and roll up your sleeves, say Kara Goldin, Tai Lopez, and others. May 14, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. About 42 percent of startups fail because there’s no market need for their product, and almost 30 percent don’t make it because they run out of money. So, what does it really take to succeed in business, especially when you’re bootstrapping? We asked these top entrepreneurs and Advisors in The Oracles, including Hint Water’s Kara Goldin, investor Tai Lopez, and designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, to let us in on their secrets. 1. Surround yourself with people you trust. Kara Goldin Image credit: The Oracles When you’re bootstrapping a business, it’s paramount that you work with people you really trust. We self-funded initially so that we could stay true to our vision and control […]

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9 Secrets to Having World-Class Customer Service

Hint: It starts with your people. May 10, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Good customer service is crucial to ensuring your business will continue to grow. These nine experienced leaders and Advisors in The Oracles, including Canva founder Melanie Perkins and clothing designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, share their secrets for guaranteeing a world-class customer experience. 1. Turn feedback into an actionable list. Melanie Perkins Image credit: The Oracles There are endless projects our team could be working on, so prioritizing goals is incredibly important. Keeping customers at the core of every decision makes that easier. It is vital to connect and empathize with our community. As we grow, one of the challenges is ensuring that we have systems to actively listen and respond to our customers’ needs. We’ve had over 800,000 pieces of feedback across all of our channels; so we […]

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Rafael Romis Says This Is the No. 1 Mistake That Online Businesses Make

May 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 Rafael Romis, founder and CEO of Weberous, an award-winning web design agency in Los Angeles. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Rafael Romis: I was born and raised in Greece and studied and worked in London at a pharmaceutical company. When I was 21, the owner thought I was a corporate spy because I networked with so many suppliers — but that’s a long story. After a brief stint back in Greece, where I opened a retail store, I decided to move to Los Angeles. I found my home there in many ways. It’s where I started my digital agency, Weberous, met my wonderful wife, adopted our dog, and recently welcomed our daughter. In my two […]

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