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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Meet Nick Onken, the World Traveler Behind the ‘GQ Style’ Photos of Some of the Biggest Brands, Celebrities, and Entrepreneurs on the Planet

Be aspirational but authentic and relatable to your audience. November 4, 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 Nick Onken, a personal brand photographer who gets results for entrepreneurs. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Nick Onken: I capture “GQ style” images for entrepreneurs who want to elevate their personal brand and connect with their audience deeply through visual storytelling. I’ve photographed celebrities like Justin Bieber, Usher, and Jessica Alba and entrepreneurs like Tony Robbins and Lewis Howes. I’ve also worked on global advertising campaigns for megabrands like Nike and Coca-Cola. What are you more skilled at than most people in the world? Nick Onken: My style is what I call “Elevated Realism,” which captures the highest version of someone in a photograph and […]

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How Johnathan Ruggiero and Michelle Luchese Left Their Jobs, Moved Across the Country, Got Married, and Started a Business in a Month

And why ‘stupid confidence’ helped skyrocket them to success. October 24, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Quitting your job, moving across the country, getting married, and starting a business are some of the most stressful life transitions, so adjusting to just one of these changes can take time. Yet Johnathan Ruggiero and Michelle Luchese decided to tackle all of them at once. When Luchese unexpectedly lost her job, the couple decided not to treat it as a setback. Instead, they took advantage of the opportunity to make a change — or two or three. “We were living in a tiny apartment, doing the same thing year after year and not going anywhere,” says Ruggiero, who had been working in the same job for 10 years. “We got to the point where it was more painful to stay the same than take a risk […]

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Attorney Dennis Carrion on the Art of Negotiation, Championing the Injured, and Following Your Passion

October 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 Dennis Carrion, Esq., founder of The Carrion Firm, a personal injury law firm in Florida and New York. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who was your biggest influence growing up? Dennis Carrion: It sounds cliché, but my parents. As immigrants from Cuba and Puerto Rico, they are the classic American tale of what’s possible when you couple hard work with strong family values. My mom has always been entrepreneurial, the one who finds a way to turn a nickel into 50 cents. While her tenacity and knack for business gave us a great life, we weren’t rich. However, what we lacked in material things, we certainly made up for in love, community, and a value system that […]

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How Tom Albert and His Team Are Changing the Way the World Sees Risk

Risks and no regrets fueled this entrepreneur’s rise to the top in artificial intelligence technology. October 22, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The team at Tom Albert’s company sounds like the cast of a Marvel movie. His staff includes National Security Agency veterans, hackers, celebrities, and a leading intelligence and military behavioral expert. His company’s advisory board includes PhDs, former FBI officers, and retired military personnel. Albert’s life is the stuff of movies, too. He’s lost a home to fire, saved lives, and put his own at risk more than once. If he’s in a sticky situation, he can press a button and a helicopter will land almost anywhere to extract him. That’s the kind of security you need when adversaries of the United States offer you millions to write software for them; but the patriot can’t be bought. The entrepreneur’s artificial intelligence […]

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How a Lesson From Her Son Inspired Elizabeth Sarquis to Build an Advertising Company for Social Good

‘I thought advertising was terrible. Now I’m passionate about what it can do to help people rather than hurt them.’ October 21, 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 Elizabeth Sarquis, co-founder of Jukko, an advertising technology company promoting social good through targeted digital advertising. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Elizabeth Sarquis: I’m the co-founder of Jukko, a programmatic mobile advertising network that’s strictly focused on participating in a purpose-driven brand revolution. Our vision is that everyone considers everything they do and use: where it’s made, how it’s made, and how it affects our society. What are you more skilled at than most people in the world? Elizabeth Sarquis: I’m skilled at seeing things others don’t and connecting the dots between different industries. […]

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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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