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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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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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 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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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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The Miracle Equation and How to Help You Achieve Your Biggest Goals

Hal Elrod: He said, “Hal, you don’t have that kind of cancer. You don’t have a slow growing tumor.” He goes, “You were healthy last week. You’re on the verge of death right now, and you’ve got days to live if we don’t do chemo.” I thought that was a scare tactic. I’m like, “You know, let me sleep on it.” I Googled it and basically found this is real, most people die from this cancer because they go and get misdiagnosed with pneumonia, which is what I was diagnosed with initially. Then before they figure out what’s actually wrong, the person’s dead. And so I started chemo . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Hal Elrod, a near and dear friend of mine who has gone through, now, a second near-death experience. The first time he was on the show, he talked about his book The Miracle Morning, […]

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How to Overcome Entrepreneurial Anxiety, Banish Stress, and Crush Your Goals

‘Unstoppable’ author Craig Ballantyne outlines 12 habits that will help you beat anxiety, refocus, and excel. April 16, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This is a guest post by Steve Costello, head of membership and co-founder of The Oracles, a mastermind group composed of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. In 2006, 30-year-old self-confessed “know-it-all” Craig Ballantyne checked into the emergency room of Toronto General Hospital with “heart attack” symptoms — twice. In reality, the hard-charging entrepreneur was suffering debilitating anxiety attacks triggered by his lifestyle: 12-hour workdays with no boundaries or structure, and partying until 3 a.m. several nights a week. More than 40 million people suffer from some type of anxiety. “You’re confused, overwhelmed, reactive, and operating at 60 percent capacity, at best,” says Ballantyne. “But if you have the right tools, you’ll be okay — and be back to 100 percent as fast […]

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‘I Would Probably Be Dead or in Jail.’ How Dave Fox Went From Struggling With Addiction to Living Life on His Terms.

You can live like a victim or see every problem as an opportunity. March 21, 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 Dave Fox, founder and CEO of IT staffing firm Focus Global Talent Solutions. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Dave Fox: I graduated in 2009 with a finance degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. After graduation, my wife, Brittany, and I moved to New York City because we wanted a challenge and an adventure. We had never been there before. We both ended up working at Adult & Teen Challenge, which helps people struggling with addiction. Afterward, Brittany took a job in real estate, while I worked in recruiting for one of the world’s largest staffing and recruiting firms. Over the […]

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From Suicidal Thoughts to a Spiritual Awakening and Becoming a Millionaire

Libby Crow shed her shadow and built an empire. Now she shares her shine. January 22, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2012, Libby Crow received a phone call from a woman selling renters insurance. Little did she know that the seemingly mundane conversation with a stranger would save her life. Crow was 25 years old. She had just dumped her boyfriend, quit her elementary school teaching job to become an entrepreneur, and moved to Denver, Colo., for a fresh start. Renters insurance seemed like a reasonable precaution — but she didn’t plan on living long enough to need it. As she listened to the woman explain policy options, Crow repressed the pain of her father’s recent death, the loneliness of being a digital business owner, and the dark thoughts that had recently emerged in the vacuum of leaving her old life behind. […]

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What Being Embezzled Out of $5 Million Taught Me About Forgiveness and Moving on

Here’s what it takes to get past an unfortunate event in your business. December 7, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Life often gives us lemons. Our experiences are not always easy, pretty or fun. And they aren’t always fair — something many business owners, including myself, have learned the hard way. But, what is important to realize is that forgiveness can help you get past these challenging times. After about three years being in the world of coaching, I decided to partner with a few people to do a training program for professional development. Part of the deal was combining our customer contacts (mine being in the thousands) to build a stronger, larger client base. It was an extremely lucrative partnership and was making a lot of money — until I wasn’t. One day I called up to have a check sent to […]

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A 4-Step Guide to Overcoming Obstacles

While we don’t get to choose our ‘hand’ in life, we do get to decide how we play the cards we are dealt. November 21, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” –Viktor Frankl You know the old adage “life isn’t fair.”  Well, fair or unfair, obstacles will present themselves — some more challenging or more painful than others. While we don’t get to choose our “hand” in life, we do get to decide how we play the cards we are dealt. Related: 5 Big Lies That Block Your Progress — and How to Conquer Them And when life throws you lemons, you can choose to either wallow in your misfortune or transform those lemons into lemonade. […]

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5 Big Lies That Block Your Progress — and How to Conquer Them

Next time there’s something that you really want to do and you’re second-guessing yourself, stop to see if one of these five big lies is the culprit. November 14, 2018 7 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate Every day I talk with people who have big dreams and want to pursue them but don’t. They feel frustrated and stuck and aren’t sure what to do about it. Deep down, they know exactly who they are and what will make them happy, but they are afraid to give in to their desires. Related: Struggling With a Career Change? Try Looking at It Like Dating. When I probe a little deeper to understand why they don’t pursue the goals that will make them happy, there are five common excuses that come up. I call them the five big lies: I have to take the big leap.  I’m not ready.  This decision […]

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How This Entrepreneur Overcame Anxiety Attacks and Turned His Life Around

Bedros Keuilian shares how to ‘cut the bullshit’ and kick ass in business and life. November 2, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Picture this: Monday starts as usual. You wake up, shower, drink coffee, and get dressed. But as you bend down to put on your sneakers, your chest tightens. Your arms go numb. Your throat closes. Your hearing is muffled. You get tunnel vision. You can’t stand or catch your breath. You’re having a heart attack. You’re going to die. Just as suddenly, your symptoms disappear. You have no idea what just occurred. This happened to Bedros Keuilian, the CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp, one of the fastest-growing franchises on the planet. “I didn’t immediately go to the doctor,” says Keuilian. “I had a ton of work to do, so carried on as normal.” Keuilian’s wife persuaded him to visit a […]

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What 7 Deaths Taught Me About Living

Sometimes it takes a rebirth to learn to truly live. September 20, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Trevor Turnbull is pretty successful on paper. After launching his first consultancy three years out of college, this Advisor in The Oracles became a self-taught expert in driving sales using LinkedIn. He founded multiple six- and seven-figure businesses to share his sales and networking expertise. He’s mentored thousands of entrepreneurs and business leaders. He’s even known in many circles as “The LinkedIn Guy.” But an impressive resume doesn’t equal happiness. Turnbull has ridden the highs and lows of entrepreneurship since 2006. In his eyes, he’s faced more failure than success. Here he shares how seven deaths in his life helped him discover his “why.” The death of his identity. Growing up, Turnbull’s dream was to become a professional hockey player. He held onto that dream for […]

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Launch Your Big Idea by Starting with Why

Building a successful business is hard work. If you’re not strongly rooted in why you’re doing it, it’s much simpler to quit or fail. July 5, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Scott Duffy’s book Breakthrough. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound Every business starts with an idea. It’s the thing that keeps you up late at night and gets you up early in the morning. Sometimes it’s never been done before. Other times it’s been done, but it can still be improved upon. Thinking big, recognizing that business ideas and break­throughs may be right under your feet, and taking risks are all part of turning dreaming into doing. That’s what will take you from sitting on the sidelines to launching a business and making your dreams come true. As you’re searching […]

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How I Used My Wheelchair as Leverage to Become an International Speaker

Sometimes what you think is holding you back is actually an incredible asset. July 5, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I was a young boy, a doctor told my mother and I that because I was born with spinal muscular atrophy (a condition that weakens the muscles), I would end up in a wheelchair by the age of 15. I didn’t want to accept it, let alone believe that this was actually happening to me. While I didn’t end up in a wheelchair until I was 22 years old, at that point I thought my life was over. As my muscles began to fade away, so did my hopes and dreams. I thought I would never be capable of doing anything great or significant in my lifetime. I settled for the average lifestyle, barely making it. Related: How I Escaped Domestic Violence, Built a […]

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How I Overcame Losing One of My Biggest Customers

When Starbucks pulled my product, I had to scramble to find a replacement. June 1, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an outsider in the beverage industry trying to find a way to reach more consumers, landing my product in Starbucks stores was a huge win. It also seemed like a natural fit, as Starbucks at the time was looking for healthier bottled drink options. Related: How the Rifle Paper Co. Founders Turned a Side Hustle Into a Thriving Lifestyle Brand The partnership was initially planned to start with a limited launch of our blackberry flavor in 500 stores, which would have been significant for us at the time. But, shortly before launch, Starbucks decided to go even bigger, placing our product in 11,000 stores across the country. I was ecstatic, but we had a major operational hurdle to overcome: Before selling to Starbucks, […]

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How I Turned a Crisis Into a Brand-Defining Moment

I thought I had the perfect product — but no one was buying. May 30, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2011, I left my private equity job to start my own company, with the goal of making it easier for professional women to shop and dress for work. I knew that getting the business off the ground would require hard work, but I (naively) assumed it would be straightforward. Having seen the success of other hot direct-to-consumer startups, I thought that if I followed their formula of making beautiful products, pricing them reasonably and selling them through an ecommerce site, we would see instant success. I was wrong. Related: Ayah Bdeir Wants to Ignite the Inner Inventor in Us All When we launched our website in 2013, we excitedly waited for the orders to roll in. Instead — crickets. We didn’t see any traction: […]

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How to Overcome Obstacles

Challenges are what make us stronger. They are the things that help to define us. May 20, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes I’ve had a huge number of people tell me they enjoyed my past solo rounds and that they wanted more of them. As a result, I wanted to make this episode about the five biggest obstacles I have overcome in my life. I know you’ve gone through your own number of challenges, and you’re probably going through some right now. It might feel like life is just throwing you one thing after another — oftentimes, it is. Every time we overcome something there is always another thing that will come our way. However, I want you to know, it’s not a bad thing. These challenges are what make us stronger. They are the things that help to define us, and prepare us for a bigger […]

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