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Sam Bakhtiar On His Way To A Quarter Billion

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Dr. Saman Bakhtiar, who prefers being referred as Sam, lives in an 8200 square foot $5.2 million house, Sam is a multi-millionaire entrepreneur, the co-founder of The camp Transformation Center, a fitness franchising business and the CEO of One Percent Nutrition – a supplement and nutrition company.

 

Last year 2018 he made over 54 million in revenue. Being a car enthusiast, his car collection includes the 2017 Ferrari 488, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the 2018 Dodge Demon, the 2018 Lamborghini Performonte just to name a few and he is looking into acquiring the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista very soon. This clout, glamor, and affluence was however not handed to Sam on a silver platter. He rose from the ashes to achieve the success he has today. This is the story of how a poor refugee child from the war-stricken country Iran, came to America, making millions and is living the ultimate American dream.

 

Coming To America

 

At the age of 11 in 1985, Sam Bakhtiar and his mother packed a sack bag with $500 to their name and left their home country Iran to come to the US as refugees. This was after having to endure living under the conditions of constantly fired missiles, air strikes and bombs from the age of 3. With only one piece of luggage, a measly 500 dollars in their name and no father, the mother-son duo came to the US in search of a better life. Settling in Pennsylvania Sam was safe and no longer feared for his life.

 

But the hardships were yet to come to an end by a long shot. Sam began working early in his pre-teen years earning as little as 200 dollars after putting in over 128 hours a month. He went from one odd job to another with the hope of saving up enough to buy his childhood dream car which was a Volkswagen GTI.

 

The Turning Point

 

Sam Bakhtiar’s passion for fitness did not start as a business venture. It all began in school when he wanted to join the basketball team but his scrawny physique did not make the cut. His mother, however, told him not to give up, suggested he join the local boys’ club, start training and try out again the next year. But it was at the gym where he gained an interest in bodybuilding.

 

 

At the age of 14, he decided he would become a champion bodybuilder. And this he did, winning first place in every weight class and earning 23 major bodybuilding titles today. In 2008, the US markets were hit by the recession and Sam Bakhtiar was hit hard. At the time, he was a personal trainer running his own gym having started it with a capital of 40,000 dollars, half of which was a loan from his mother.

 

The success and returns he had enjoyed since 2000 came to a shocking halt with his revenue dropping from 2.4 million dollars in 2007 to about 400,000 dollars in 2009. His house was on foreclosure, his ex-wife was then pregnant with their 1st child, and at that verge of brokenness, the idea of Camp Transformation Center was born with his business partners, Alejandra Font and Luis Font.

 

The Transformation

Currently, the Camp Transformation Center is a multi-million franchise with close to 110 branches all over the US. This was born from an investment of 11,000 dollars only and an idea to develop a fitness model that would be flexible and relevant in changing times. At Camp Transformation center, the focus is not only on physical fitness but mental fitness as well, with the goal being to assist every client to rise above.

 

Sam and his partners have watched their fitness concept take their business from their first small crappy location with limited equipment to having world-class fitness facilities. Sam Bakhtiar is also the CEO of One Percent Nutrition supplement company that is quickly gaining traction as the premier supplement company. He is developing his brand by ensuring only the best ingredients are used to manufacture the products, educating his consumers and working with ambassadors who believe in the company’s mission and vision.

Sam Bakhtiar says he is nowhere close to the top of his success. With the growth both the Fitness Franchise and Supplement Company are experiencing, he hopes to develop them into household names in the next few years. Until then, he will keep dedicating himself to transforming lives the best way he can. Lives just like yours.

Nathan Ray Ortega is the founder of influencer podcasts. Nathan helps those share their great story, by helping entrepreneurs, authors, influencers, millionaires and many more get on podcasts and tv shows around the world, his passion is to help share the stories of the few to impact the lives of the many. Nathan had to overcome many obstacles during his journey, from having 16 different jobs at age 20 to being homeless and sleeping in a car with his pregnant girlfriend, and even changing in public bathrooms for 2 months, but during that time Nathan stayed motivated and listened to many powerful stories that changed his life for the better. Nathan thanks the power of podcasting for motivating him to push further with every episode of entrepreneurship. ''Life is never a straight road, we have to face unknown obstacles, many emotional experiences, and life-changing habits, to get to where we need to be.'' - Nathan Ray Ortega

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5 Growth Hacking Tips For Your Business

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“A growth hacker is a person whose true north is growth.” – says Sean Ellis, the growth hacking guru.

Growth hacking is the revolutionary element in the world of startups, entrepreneurship and marketing which has changed the fate of millions of startups and business ventures providing a sudden, long-lasting boost in terms of their progression and changed the dynamics of their customer bases for good.

Remember that, a growth hacker is differentiates from a traditional marketer in ways such as adopting various roles as of an engineer that has the potential to grow a business, an advertiser who engages the customers and a product manager who brands the products for the long-term gliding of the business plane through effective airborne push right in the start. Here are 5 growth hacking tips that you must consider for your business’s success and thank me later

  • Your product must be perfect

The only way to grow your business is to have more people use or talk about your products and services and that can only happen when you whole-heartedly meet up with the needs and preferences of your targeted market/audience. A product-market fit must be your first and foremost priority as a growth hacker whilst having a strong analysis of your competitive-market research. If you are able to fight off that competition, it will work as a catalyst for the growth of your business.

To make your product perfect, go out on the ground and be receptive of your customer’s feedback. Let them criticise, object and compare your product with your competitors – you instead, must be an active listener with an intention to improve your product.

  • Set actionable goals

A growth hacker’s only focus is growth. As Neil Patel says, “the power of a growth hacker is in his obsessive focus on a singular goal. By ignoring almost everything, he can achieve the one task that matters most early on.”

Hence, it is extremely important for your business that you set precise and focused goals, that will help you achieve growth with maximum time investment and through effective approach refinement. Make sure your goals are practical, actionable and realistic. Keep a log of your day-to-day progress.

  • Invest in your team

Investing in your startup requires you to have the right skills and expertise on -board to make it work in the longer run. Most startups, overlook the idea of hiring a team with sharpened skills and actual, practical knowledge of their areas of interest – however, with those skills, you can hit a dynamic customer base filling your cup of advantages not just internally, but outside as a growth hack. Investing in a good team today will bring you a long-lasting outcome tomorrow.

Having inexperienced, enthusiastic employees will require an internal effort to first, train them and make them capable of the work that is required from them, and testing whether they would be fruitful or not. As a growth hacker, you are not here to test, you have to perform and raise the competitive bar with tangible results.

  • Leverage social media as a go-to strategy

Social media is the perfect platform for start-ups to get in progress with their marketing campaign especially for targeting millennials as they are the largest consumer demographics and are available readily on social media. The best way to leverage social media for your small businesses and startups is to join relevant groups and build up a network for rapport-building among your targeted customers.

With that, you will be able to analyse the needs and wants of your target markets. Make sure, once you have your own representation on social media through a page or a group, you engage your audience and target customers to help build a community for your business that would stay loyal to you for long-term.

  • Keep a track of your progress

When you have just started climbing the stairs of growth, it is very important to keep a track of your foot-steps. One of the ways to measure your effort is through effectively monitoring sales channel, future predictability of revenue streams and the consumer engagements through marketing campaigns. Through this tracking procedure, you would be able to make better decisions for yourself in the future and having a data-driven approach will help you create sustainable and measurable outcomes.

Taking the first step of launching a start-up is daunting but beyond that it is an effort, which can be surrounded by risks and failures, but leveraging the available opportunities whole-heartedly will help your business grow in the long-run. 

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3 Harmful Ingredients You May Not Know About

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Did you know that the same box of cereal in the US has more harmful ingredients than the same cereal in the UK?

Based on a 2017 article published on the business insider, the United States has different health regulation rules from other countries when it comes to dangerous chemicals added to the food. Many of these ingredients have been banned and deemed illegal in Europe and are still allowed in the US. Some reasons why there are chemicals in our food are for longer shelf life, more flavor, and coloring to make your food more visually appealing.

The fact is that most of the packaged foods we eat whether they’re candies, cereal or tomato sauce could be detrimental to our health. But how bad can it be? Yes, the obvious reason for many is weight gain. But what we may not always be aware of is that the list of issues is longer than just that.

Symptoms of bad chemicals in your food can range anywhere between random headaches, digestive problems, hormonal issues, and even cancer. Yes, many of the foods you might be consuming can cause cancer. Before we start dissecting labels, know that if your cereal, cookies, or any other product you have in your kitchen or snacking pantry has more than 10 ingredients then it’s not worth the try. Also, watch out for hard to pronounce ingredients. When in doubt don’t eat it. 

Before we go into dissecting ingredients, let’s talk about junk food.

Well, you must have heard the Pringle’s slogan “once you pop you can’t stop” and this slogan is not wrong. Junk food is addicting and this is no accident. This type of “food” is loaded with sodium, sugar, additives & preservatives.

Too much sodium leads to heart and blood pressure problems. Too much sugar leads to weight issues, inflammation, and behavioral problems.

Here are 3 top “no-no” ingredients in food labels to avoid:

  1. Artificial colorings: Would you ever eat Play-Doh, or chew on a Crayola? If your answer is no, then perhaps reading the words yellow #40, red #12 and so on are probably a no-no also. Know that when coloring and numbers are found in your food it translates to synthetic ingredients which can cause, skin rashes, nausea, and other unwanted side effects. 
  2. Artificial sweeteners: Such as Splenda, Sucralose, Aspartame, Nutrasweet, Truvia, and Sweet ’n Low. Chances are that all of these are still offered at your local coffee shop or they are in those, diet sodas, and  “sugar-free” cookies. Want a better sweetener option? Look for coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey. The use of artificial sweeteners has been linked to cancer, seizures, and metabolic disorders as some people may not be able to metabolize the artificial sweeteners. In some instances, it can lead to overeating and blood sugar issues.
  3. Sodium Nitrate: Used in red meats to preserve color and flavor. The chemical make- up of this product causes cancer in the stomach, other effects are headaches, vomiting, nausea, and dizziness.

Now that you have this important list, take notice of how your body reacts through the day. The best way is to make a food diary. There are times in which a weird mood or allergic reaction may be related more to the food you consume than just a seasonal allergic reaction.

Are you looking to make changes in your life? Maria Andrade has created a 7 Day Challenge to introduce you to her TotalBodyFit approach to wellness.

This program is FREE and it takes no more than 4 minutes per day to learn and practice.

Sign up here!

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How Entrepreneur, Eric J. Luevano, Disrupted this Untapped Industry

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ATM King Eric J. Luevano

Growing up in a traditional Hispanic household in Pasadena, CA. Eric was taught to “go to school, get good grades, the better the grades, meant the better the job, the better the job meant the better the pay.”

How did Eric First get into Entrepreneurship?

While Eric was a sophomore in college, he was working as a waiter at a restaurant when he was first introduced to network marketing. What really enticed him to get started was the idea of creating “passive income” and having an opportunity to take control of his income. Immediately after getting into network marketing, he discovered he had a true passion for sales, leadership, and entrepreneurship as a whole.

Going all into his new business venture, Eric was able to become one of the youngest top income earners of the company. With no prior experience in this type of industry, he reached a rank in the company that generated $10-15k per month in about 9 months. He also realized how lucrative and satisfying it is to build up a passive income, but most importantly the time freedom that came with it. He stayed working with this company for three years before it got shut down overnight.

With no backup plan for an event like this, Eric went from easily breaking 5 figures a month straight down to absolutely no income overnight. He had to face the fact that he needed to find another vehicle for success. 

What made Eric get into the ATM Industry?

Eric spent months searching for an industry with a proven system that he could tap into. One day, while he was at the barbershop, the owner of the ATM walked in to refill his machine with cash. Immediately, this sparked an interest to ask if he was the actual owner of the ATM and he confirmed he was.

Eric then, thoroughly researched all the steps he needed to take to be able to operate his own ATM business. He looked into the tools and legal precautions he needed to take to ensure this would be a successful business investment.

After cold calling and walking into over 100 local businesses, he finally landed his first deal! His first ATM was inside of a salon in an upscale area. He thought this area would be more of a gold mine, but was actually a total flop. In his first month he was only able to generate a profit that was close to nothing!

What did Eric do to Overcome this Setback?

This outcome instantly triggered fears of failure, self-doubt and negativity. Out of desperation to make this ATM business really work out, he decided to reach out to his network. He created a post for social media and thankfully someone who he knew from years back, reached out. His old friend was able to set up a meeting with a friend who owned local businesses. They made an agreement to where both parties would benefit the placement of his ATM at their business locations.

Eric took out his ATM from the salon and placed it at the first location they agreed upon. This ATM alone was able to make him $4k its first month. Not to mention, the other ATMs at the other locations he placed that month as well. 

How did Eric establish his Personal Brand on Social Media?

Before Eric, absolutely no one was ever talking about an ATM business, especially millennials. In conclusion, not only did he tap into an unknown industry, but he was also responsible for broadcasting it to the world. Being the first social media influencer to become an advocate of the ATM industry. He quickly made a name for himself and authoritative figure in this space. As of today, Eric has one of the largest ATM portfolios. He has taken over social media with his personal brand, hence the title “ATM King.” His incredible results have allowed him to start mentoring other entrepreneurs so they can get started this industry as well.

3 Tips from Eric Luevano:

  • TAKE RISKS: Don’t be scared to try something new, like exploring a “non-normal” industry. It’s better to take a risk now when you don’t have a wife/husband and kids. One day you’ll have a mortgage, car payments and kids to take care of. DO IT NOW! Even if you do already have all of the above, it’s really never too late.
  • DON’T EVER GIVE UP: This one sounds corny and cliché, but seriously, don’t ever give up. The road to success will be tough, but it will be so worth it. Fail forward, learn from mentors, learn from your mistakes and never lose your tenacity towards success.
  • DON’T CARE WHAT “THEY” THINK: Look, people want to see you win, but most don’t want to see you win more than them. Choose your inner circle wisely. Don’t pay attention to the haters, naysayers and doubters. Stay focused, work hard and the world can be yours.

“ Remember, our THOUGHTS turn into FEELINGS, FEELINGS into ACTIONS and ACTIONS into RESULTS!” – Eric J. Luevano

If you have any questions you can reach Eric at: [email protected] or @ericjluevano on Instagram.

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