This week, how to man up with Bedros Keuilian! Strength and growth only come through continuous effort and struggle. While the dream of every entrepreneur is to live on top of the mountain, all the happiness and growth occurs while climbing it. But in the absence of resources, you need to be resourceful and work yourself to where you want to be. You need to break out of mediocrity and take control. If you’re wondering how to make the U-turn and head towards success, this episode is for you.
In episode 53 of the Brofessional Development podcast, we interview Bedros Keuilian, a performance coach, speaker, business consultant, and the author of Man Up: How to Cut the Bullshit and Kick Ass in Business (and in Life). Bedros has invested in several companies in the digital media, software, education, and consultation industries. He is also the founder and CEO of the Fit Body Boot Camp, one of the fastest-growing franchises in the US.
Bedros Keuilian’s Early Life Struggles
But all these were not an overnight success. From escaping Russian Communism with his family at the age of six, Bedros and his family found themselves in Italy before entering the United States “legally.” He remembers the hardships the family went through while he was young, getting infected with lice, and even eating expired food from the groceries.
“We were so broke. My mom had my dad siphon gasoline from a parked car, and she washed my hair with gasoline because it kills lice and it was free.”
But the early life struggles taught him many lessons about becoming an entrepreneur. He says the first lesson he learned was to become resources in the absence of resources such as food and money.
The Turning Point & Becoming An Entrepreneur
Growing up, Bedros Keuilian lived a life of violence in his late teens and early twenties until they were busted by the police attempting to rob a woman, and all his other friends getting sent to jail. He was left free after the woman didn’t identify him. This was Bedros’ turning point which made him address his inner self to relieve stress that was as a result of being molested while still young.
He decided to seek 16-weeks therapy to help him cope with the stress and anxiety so he could grow his business.
While working as a personal trainer, Bedros met Jim Franco who asked him about owning his own gym. Being frank with him, he said he knew nothing about entrepreneurship. That’s when Jim started mentoring him to become an entrepreneur.
Bedros says anyone can become an entrepreneur. You only need to:
- Figure out what you can do better than others because the odds are that people are doing what you want to do.
- Find someone that’s doing what you want to do and model success.
- Work for successful individuals and learn from them.
- If you don’t want to work for them, hire them as mentors.
Finding a mentor
With several mentors in the market, it can be hard to find the right one to help you grow and become successful in whatever you’re doing. Bedros says that in order to find a mentor, you need to:
- Ask the potential mentor to give you three or four names of their previous clients in the field you are in and talk to them to see the results.
- Ask to be referred to them.
- Go work for someone you respect in the industry you want to be in, and learn from them.
He has worked with several mentors on his journey to success on how to Man Up!. Some include:
Joe Weldon- speaking coach
Dan Kennedy- copywriting coach
Joe Polish- marketing coach.
“I paid so much money to mentors and it’s literally the best investment I’ve made in terms of business. Mentorship on every level of business, marriage, mindset, and psychology is necessary”
Managing your business
As a business owner, there will be so many duties and work to do. The best way is to delegate some things to your employees and only be left with the ones you can only do. Bedros advises that you pay people to do 95% of work and only be left with the 5% that you can only do.
After delegating, you need to motivate your partners, employees, and partners to realize sales.
To build a strong team, you need to be a great communicator and lead from the front, while taking care of them. If you don’t, they will soon leave to join your competitors or even biome one.
He says that as a business owner, don’t be quick to fire and so slow to mentor and develop.
We hope you enjoyed learning how to Man Up with Bedros Keuilian!
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