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068: From Dropout to 8 Figures in Real Estate & Ecommerce! (w/ RAPHAEL VARGAS)
This is a powerful episode with the one and only Raphael Vargas, who overcame an troubled adolescence and was almost murdered. He talks about reflecting on his life and the anger at seeing his mom work two jobs. He knew he had to free her and help her to retire.
He became a voracious reader and was obsessed with folks like Tony Robbins & Grant Cardone. He learned the value of resourcefulness and shared a great set of stories surrounding that. After making great sacrifices, getting rid of negative influences, praying, fasting and celibacy, he was guided to real estate wholesaling where he became a powerhouse.
He tells amazing stories of being guided to different areas and then into ecommerce just before the pandemic. He has taught many how to replicate his success and has always anchored in God along the way. Let's go!
067: Making Entrepreneur Superstars into Influencers (w/ Michelle Villalobos)
Michelle came to us with so much value, it'll make your head spin! After being born to immigrant parents and learning the hard paths, she became a major achiever and was even number one in her class. When she subsequently got sucked into her job, she finally became an entrepreneur. And, guess what?! She found that that was even harder. It took her 7 1/2 years to experiment and grow incrementally. After hitting a rock bottom of sorts, she found a mentor and standardized her work. She saw the value of recurring revenue as well as mindset. She shares with us here some great insights about selling directly - not just on a webinar, the value of authenticity (which is "alignment with [our] truest self") and the importance of maintaining a solid balance in life and business. Let's go!
066: From BROKE to MILLIONS Buying Apartments & More! (w/ MICHAEL EALY)
Michael Ealy came to us while on the road and shared with us several examples of getting in on large and multi-unit apartment buildings as an investment. He shared with us about working with an agency and specializing based on certain types of neighborhoods and tenants. He talked with us about cash flowing from a property vs. flipping and why he prefers the former. He talked to us about clearing over $1M on individual deals after having started small with single family homes. He also told us some stories of difficulties and how he muscled through. He talks about progressing now towards hotels and even hedge funds as he has grown his business. Let's go!
065: From Startup Failure to Massive Media Success! (w/ WARREN COUGHLIN)
The story of Warren Coughlin starts with him almost dying at child birth. He says this planted some seeds in him of maximizing his life and taking smart and calculated risks as an entrepreneur.
He left his law practice to start a semi-pro sports team and experienced a loss (with a semi-win from learning). He went on to teach a marketing law course while preparing for his next attempt, which would prove successful.
He worked for big brands in New Media and showed us the mindset of a winner. He talked about the importance of learning, figuring out problems at their root as well as locking in your vision and unique selling proposition. He shared some insights about not giving up as well as avoiding being too reactive - especially in light of unforeseen trials such as covid. He shared much, much more including the importance of a balanced approach to both strategy and culture. Visit WarrenCoughlin.com for more!
064: Earn 7 FIGURES Per Land Development Deal! (w/ CODY BJUGAN)
Cody Bjugan shared his story of a difficult and financially strained childhood where he learned "what not to be" by watching his father. He came to realize that talk is cheap and knew he could pivot and make a different legacy for himself. After getting married and having a child straight out of high school, the life challenges abounded.
Eventually, after being driven and working hard in the mainstream workforce, Cody began a personal development journey and learned from grinding. He knew he was not going to give up and he believed in himself. He had to keep his focus on his purpose and his "why"! He learned through the process of trials and tribulations - including the 2008 financial crisis - that life's difficulties always present opportunities.
After being mentored and running a business, Cody reached out to a big local real estate person who quickly became another mentor and ultimately a partner. Cody learned the value of finding and structuring off-market land deals and he explained much of the logistics of it all to us. Let's go!
063: Trust in the Process!
In this episode, we talked at length about our recent 7-day Funding CEO Challenge and, in general, the principles surrounding following processes. You have to be ready to create traction and provide value with an ability and willingness to pivot. We talk about momentum increasing and how to avoid doubts in the process. We gave an example of one of our valued partners as well. As long as it's a proven model with proof of concept, you must TRUST in the process. Let's go!
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