I believe great entrepreneurs are made not born. Great entrepreneurs are made from circumstances beyond their control, in ways that sometimes seem mysterious. When you look back the dots all connect, but at the forefront you have no idea what’s next. The only thing relevant, is you must believe that success is right around the corner whether you can see it or not.
By 1987 I was broke. I was sick. I was addicted to drugs and alcohol. I’d spent the last ten years as a equity and futures trader on Wall Street, partied at Studio 54, Mud Club, Surf Club the Kit Kat Club and anywhere else that was open all night, loud and tolerated rude behavior. I had spent all my money and all my brains. I was done. And I felt alone and isolated and was scared out of my mind. I couldn’t pick up the phone and fell deeper and deeper into addiction.
On September 12 of 1987, in a very dark moment, I changed the channel. I walked into a 12 step program and it saved my life. It was anything but easy. Beside freeing myself from addiction, more importantly it helped me wipe clean the hard drive in my head and reprogram it with new ideas. Still I was as far away from becoming a multi millionaire entrepreneur than anyone can imagine. I was just learning how to live life all over again starting from the beginning.
Fast forward to 2008. I’ve sold my last business one week before the financial crises. Some private equity firm pays me 10x futures earnings and the next week the business is probably worthless. I’m out, and I’ve sold over $200 million of businesses from 2007–2008.
How the heck does that happen?
I get asked all the time, how did I do that, how did I go from nothing to all that, to playing high goal polo in England, USA and Argentina, to having things I could have never imagined.
So I last year I decided to write a book. When I’d finished it I sent it off to a few agents and they said, “What is this, a book on business or a memior” becuase you seem to be trying to do both. So I started again. And now I have two books. How bout that!
In my book Why Sell Tacos in Africa that just launched as an ebook on Amazon (paper back and hard cover will come in January), I talk about my business journey and how those dots connected. How the heck did that happen?
The book is not about tacos or even Africa, the title is a metaphore for building businesses out of circumstances, in uncertainty, and finding Blue Sky markets where you can create in uncontested space. It’s my story and journey and how I started with $400 — the last of my savings, in a foriegn and unfamiliar market half way acrcoss the world.
The second book is more a pesonal memoir with some of the ugly stuff, a lot of it beginning in the rural cornfields and trading floors of Chicago and New York. I’ll publish this in April 2017.
I’m a seasoned start-up entrepreneur and property financier who built built businesses worth over $200 million. Since 1992, I helped start a bank credit department, founded a mortgage company, and built the largest single-branded real estate company across five countries in Central Europe. I also developed a portfolio of shopping centers and hypermarkets in Eastern Europe, constructing over two million square feet of retail space.
Today I am involved in the entrepreneur community, trying to share what I’ve learned and I serve as a mentor for startups.
I have authored a new business startup report called “How To Start A Business”. This shows you how to find, enter and profit immediately from a high demand market with virtually no competition… what I call a Blue-Sky Market!
This is how I could turn £400 into £50,000 in just 8 weeks.
Blue-Sky Markets are all around us. You just have to know where to look and have the courage to do things a little different.
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