My guest in this episode is Patrick Bet-David. Patrick’s amazing story starts with his family fled Iran during the revolution to a refugee camp in Germany eventually immigrating to America when he was 12-years old; eventually being granted US citizenship.
After high school Patrick joined the U.S. military and served in the 101st Airborne before starting a business career in the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. After a tenure with a couple traditional companies, he was inspired to launch PHP Agency Inc., an insurance marketing organization – and did so before he turned 30. PHP is now one of the fastest growing companies in the financial marketplace.
Patrick is passionate about shaping the next generation of leaders by teaching thought provoking perspectives on entrepreneurship and disrupting the traditional approach to a career. Patrick’s popularity surged and created a buzz in the hearts of entrepreneurs all over the world when The Life of an Entrepreneur in 90 Seconds, a video he created, accumulated over 25 million views online. This and sores of other videos comprise his library of edifying, educational and inspirational content about entrepreneurship.
What Patrick’s online audience and fans most appreciate about Patrick is that he isn’t just a YouTube personality regurgitating content they learned in books, instead he’s an active CEO dealing with day to day challenges ranging from hiring, firing, negotiating with investors, compliance, marketing, expansion and many other facets of running a business. This also led to the interest from one of the largest online entrepreneurial magazines, Entrepreneur.com being interested in featuring his content on their site and Entrepreneur Network, their online YouTube channel.
Patrick speaks on a range of business, leadership and entrepreneurial topics including how and why to become an entrepreneur and the importance of learning how to fully process issues. He is particularly passionate about the need for every individual to pursue their desires, once stating, “Most of the greatest world changers and heroes of all time are at the graveyard undiscovered because they never sold out to their dreams and desires.”
Patrick has also hosted a series of one-on-one interviews with some of the world’s most interesting people, including Billionaire and Entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak NBA Hall of Famer James Worthy, Author of 48 Laws of Power Robert Greene, Indy-500 Winner Al Unser Jr., among many others. To further encourage individuals to seek mentorship and counsel from some of the greatest minds out there, three years ago, Patrick launched the Entrepreneur’s Book Club, which has gained notoriety from tens of thousands of people worldwide that read the assigned book of the month for a chance to win monthly prizes.
From a humble beginning as a young immigrant escaping war-torn Iran with his parents, to founding his own company, Patrick has gained a first-hand understanding of what rags-to-riches means and how it is fueled by freedom and opportunity – the core tenants of the American Dream.
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