#1. Show up daily.
#2. Provide great service.
#3. Express sincere gratitude.
#4. Make more money than you spend.
#5. Work your ass off! Lather, Rinse, REPEAT.
~Art Lewin – CEO & Founder of Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers
What does it take to be an Entrepreneur? Join us as 26 year old Kendall shares his Entrepreneurial mindset and an inside glance at his journey to becoming a a self-made business man. Kendall is a Car Dealership Franchise Owner, Author and Online Business Owner. He has just written his amazing and popular book Good Work Not Good Luck which just released.
Kendall owns one the largest minority-owned dealerships in the state of Louisiana. He has been spawning businesses since the tender age of 7. Currently he is powerfully poised to roll out a formidable network of “Buy Here, Pay Here” dealerships nationwide in a franchise model. Kendall now wants to share his motivational message and practical success tips to American youth and beyond. He believes that an individual’s or family’s GREATEST hope of reaching that plateau of freedom, is entrepreneurship. In his soon to release new book “Good Work, Not Good Luck,” Kendall will share how he became a self-made successful entrepreneur and further help those with ambition to do the same.
“Your imagination is your limitation.”
“Nothing comes to a sleeper, but a dream.”
Although no one could control mother nature, but in 2009 Hurricane Ike devastated the southern part of Louisiana and the Baton Rouge area, slowing down my business. Nearly lost everything. My home was nearly foreclosed on and my bank account went from a high six figures to being negative.
So many people were suffering financially trying to put there lives and homes back together and could not get approved for loans. So I decided to come up with something creative, and that’s when I had my “Ah-ha” Moment.
I knew that I had to come up with something creative to change my situation I’m in. So I decided do my own in house financing. Everyone who comes in with a down payment (cash is their credit). So I got my own finance license and started my own finance company. Which now I have one of the largest Buy Here Pay Here dealerships in the State of Louisiana.
“Good Work Not Good Luck” – By: Kendall Fontenot (Releasing June 20th)
“Reallionaire” – By: Dr. Farrah Gray
“Think Like A Champion” – By: Donald Trump
Remember you have to go out and create that opportunity and take the risks. Risks is all around us, all of the time. Failure is a good thing, because it can turn into gold.
Art Lewin is the owner of Executive Clothiers, one of the nation’s premier Custom Clothiers. He’s considered one of the leading experts on direct marketing, image consulting and the leading Custom Clothier to California’s most prominent Corporate Stars to some of Hollywood’s movie stars.
Art sits on the Executive Committee Board & Chairs the Membership Committee at the City Club on Bunker Hill. A prestigious member’s only executive private club. A Platinum & Board Member of Presidential Inner Circle. He’s also the Founder of PBN a professional business networking group with over 5000 online members.
And he’s has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Hispanic Business Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Los Angeles Business Journal, American Express, INC Magazine, Club Corp Magazine and numerous other publications.
“Challenge yourself to stretch out and reach for greatness.” I apply this in my own life on a daily basis.
In 2008 The Market took a major hit and in California real estate was going under and I lost about 1,000 clients. Losing 1,ooo clients will hurt any business. It was a really weird time in my life, my mother became ill with cancer and I was being audited all at the same time. So I got hit with all these things that I wasn’t used to. Thinking that I was going to go under, I actually in fact came out better.
The lesson I learned was just to attack one project at a time, and re-invent myself.
In 1997 one of my clients called me to his office to come and show him cloth and sell him suits, shirts and things. I happened to go back to that same office and I happen to see a young, hungry attorney still there in the same clothes. So I asked him, “Have you been here all night?” He said, “Yep. and that these partners have me here working day and night until we finish this project.”
So it was from that moment forward that I decided instead of people coming to see me, I would go see them and make it convenient for them and save them time. So then I realized there was a niche dressing executives in their office, rather than them coming to me. It changed my life and my business forever.
Art Lewin Bespoke Clothiers just re-launched another showroom into the Scottsdale, Arizona market.
Also stepping out to do more motivational speaking. Looking forward to to more public speaking, I see it being a big part of my future.
Also currently working on my first book.
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Dr. Andrew Thorne – “Leading With Legacy in Mind”
The greatest tragedy in life is not death. It’s living your life bound by the adversities of your past. So whether you grew up poor abused, little education, divorced, mentally and physically abused. YOU can do it. Don’t ever let someone’s opinions become your realities. Never let anyone control your destiny. It’ so important that you remember that.
Opportunity…hmm. We all love that word right? It’s a word that inspires and breeds hope, as well as something we can wish upon to make our lives better. It is a single event that will smash into us, enlighten us, and take us away on its fluffy-feathered wings where we will live happily ever after. Unfortunately, that is not the case for most of us. Most people don’t realize that opportunities are rarely given to us, but they are CREATED by us. Never wait around for an opportunity to fall in your lap. GO out and create it!!!
“When you want success as bad as you want to breathe…Then you will be successful.” ~Eric Thomas
Dani Johnson wasn’t always a successful millionaire and life coach. At one point in her life she was homeless and just scraping by, working as a cocktail waitress until she said “I’ve had enough“. Dani turned her life around and managed to reach a million dollars in earnings in just under 2 years.
Dani Johnson now travels the world helping 100′s of thousand’s of people to become successful in all areas of their life, all while giving back to those in need. Dani has featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Forbes, Fox and ABC’s Secret Millionaire. What an inspiring woman she is!
So here are a collection of 20 inspirational Dani Johnson quotes that will inspire your mind and motivate success in you.
“Never stop being teachable. If you think you know everything, you will never learn anything.” – Dani Johnson
“Work harder on you than everyone else and you will become unusually successful.” – Dani Johnson
“If you never step up, you never step forward.” – Dani Johnson
“While most people are shrinking their dreams constantly to fit within their income circle, 2% of the population are finding ways to increase their income to fit their dreams’ circle.” – Dani Johnson
“If you thought you’d never do something big with your life because of your upbringing, your circumstances or your imperfections, you are SO WRONG.” – Dani Johnson
“You are not defined by your circumstances. You are defined by how you react to those circumstances!” – Dani Johnson
“Most people work a lot harder on their outside looks than they do on their heart.” – Dani Johnson
“Is Your Ego Bigger than Your Bank Account?” – Dani Johnson
“No matter what you do or what industry you are in, make a decision to master the basics. I promise it will pay off! Do not get bored in the basics. Do not settle for “good enough”. It’s time to truly master the basics!” – Dani Johnson
“What happens when you make a DECISION and leave NO ROOM for failure? YOU SUCCEED!” – Dani Johnson
“Procrastinating might help you get by, but it won’t lead you down the path to success. The only thing you can do to beat procrastination is to take action.” – Dani Johnson
“When you have a vision for your money, when you have a purpose for making money, you will make more of it.” – Dani Johnson
“Success is never convenient. In fact, neither is failure, so no matter what you are going to be inconvenienced.” – Dani Johnson
“Dreams come true EVERYDAY for those who are willing to WORK for them.” – Dani Johnson
“Ninety-eight percent of the population will end up dead or broke by age 65. Only two percent of the population will succeed. Where do you want to be?” – Dani Johnson
“Waiting, thinking and procrastinating will keep you broke. What is more important than anything is to START!” – Dani Johnson
“Word’s are powerful – they can either limit you or position you for success.” – Dani Johnson
“No matter what economy we’re living in, there’s ALWAYS opportunity!” – Dani Johnson
“Most people fail because they walk away from what they have already built because they have been seduced by shiny objects, better opportunities, or better jobs.” – Dani Johnson
“One thing you need to realize, is that your life is not your own. Every decision you make affects others and reflects on others.” – Dani Johnson
“You can choose to be a person ruled by excuses or choose to be one that is actively changing their life and radically impacting others”. – Dani Johnson
“ACT. Actions kills procrastination and creates momentum to keep yourself motivated to keep moving ahead.” – Dani Johnson
Information obtained from “Addicted 2 Success”.
Starting a new business means more than just ownership. Launching your own startup entails dealing with various amounts of paperwork and compliance at the state, federal, and local levels, as well. Additionally, there will come a day when you hope to expand your small business into something much greater.
Below are several helpful resources designed to arm entrepreneurs with a wealth of information on building a new business. Tick off items on a small business or startup checklist, browse industry best-practices on forming your own business, or determine for yourself what business structure best benefits your enterprise.
It’s been said that every overnight success is actually 10 years in the making. What most people see as overnight success is often the result of years practicing, grinding and hustling to achieve it. Ever heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect?” Well it’s true! Rarely does it ever have anything to do with talent. Those who become rock stars in their field or industry all know they MUST practice, drill and rehearse. I’ve always been told by my mentors that repetition is the mother of all learning.
Now of course, we all have seen some overnight-sensations pop up from YouTube and other video platforms. However it’s typically one in every million that actually achieve some sort of overnight stardom. In my opinion it’s just not duplicate-able.
While success looks like a duck gliding on water to some people. The REAL work and effort is taking place below the surface. Have you ever seen a duck’s feet paddle under water? No…Well check this out!
It takes deliberate, on-purpose practice to achieve greatness in any area of success. Anyone who deliberately sets out to get better by mastering themselves and their craft each day will inevitably obtain high levels of greatness and success.
It’s really a no-brainer and clear to see that it’s more about your journey and who you will become along the way. 🙂
I honestly had no idea early on that overnight success really was an average ten-year journey. Thankfully, I was blessed with an entrepreneurial mind-set since the age of 14. So naturally I’ve started & have overseen many projects along the way. Which I will do a follow up story on at a later date. Some things I’ve learned and gained along the way is an incredible mind-set, discipline, creative thinking & to seek out phenomenal mentors. Knowing all of this now truly excites me because even greater success is sure to come for me. WhooHoo!!!
So get excited and stop being so hard or critical of yourself as to why you haven’t “arrived yet.” This ten-year rule & journey is here to teach you. Accept it. Embrace it. Now create something and becomeGREAT!!!
Ok this is going to be really short, but to the point. Hopefully I can jab, jab, jab enough then deliver a great right hook! ENTREPRENEURS listen up!!! YES you should definitely shoot for the moon & for the stars, BUT if you don’t have a PERSONAL written financial game plan while you’re doing it; you’re kidding yourself! A professional, written financial game plan is your foundation & cushion while you’re on your way! Anything worth achieving in life takes planning and effort. Usually, reaching a new plateau takes modifying how you think about your daily life and, especially, your daily behavior. Whether you are acquiring new skills, getting into better physical shape or working toward your financial goals, you’re going to need determination and a proven method if you are going to succeed. A lot of entrepreneurs won’t admit it, but here’s the cold, hard truth: Just because you manage the finances of your own business does not mean you’re savvy at managing your own money.
Unless you are a licensed financial professional, you should get sound advice and a REAL game plan.
The truth is that entrepreneurs are sometimes so busy starting up and managing businesses they very often overlook their own personal financial risks. But you can’t afford to do that. Especially when your business introduces a fair amount of uncertainty in your life, your own financial situation should be comparatively less exciting and unpredictable. I cannot stress this enough PLEASE PLEASE seek out a professional. There are a lot free resources, complimentary plans & advice out there. So be aggressive and diligent seeking out someone to get you started!
Founder & CEO shares the Vision & Mission
Hey everyone, I’m Ioana Garrett, and I want to thank you for joining me for the very first episode of Success Stalkers Radio. Every Tuesday and Friday I will be interviewing the most exciting and inspiring Entrepreneurs of today. Each interview will be captivating in its own right, as we will be telling a story… a real life story of a remarkable Entrepreneur or Entertainer.
One of the things I am most excited about is that we will be producing a new 30-minute episode 5-days a week. So for you, this means a new episode of Success Stalkers Radio will be waiting to accompany you on your commute to work, your daily jog, or during any daily activity that could use an added dose of inspiration. We will also be following a clear and concise format on every show, so you will know exactly what to expect, day in and day out.
Sound interesting? Well, keep reading, and I will delve into the details of the interview flow and also tell you a little bit about the host…myself, Ioana Garrett.
Each episode will start with a brief introduction of the spotlighted Entrepreneur, followed by their favorite success quote. Everybody loves a good success quote, and we get to hear why this is our Entrepreneur’s favorite, along with how they apply it to their everyday life and mentality.
We then jump right into the journey. Our journeys here at Success Stalkers Radio will always commence in an area we can learn so much from…failure. Our guests will go into detail about a major trial/tribulation/failure they’ve encountered. We’ll examine the steps that led up to this situation and the actions that were taken immediately after that helped our Entrepreneur rise above and move forward.
Now, we’ve all heard about that infamous “Light Bulb” moment: bells chime, light bulbs flash, and the sun bursts through the clouds. Well, most people that have created their own businesses have had that moment… and all of these Entrepreneurs & Guests have.
Our journey also takes us through that “Light Bulb” moment: the steps leading up to it, the moment itself, and the actions the Entrepreneur took following their “Light Bulb” moment that helped lead them to the success they are experiencing today.
Then, we seamlessly move into our Entrepreneur’s current business. They will go into detail about their day to day, and then also touch upon their vision for the future. This will help us not only understand what it is that they do, but it will also help us understand where they feel their particular industry is headed.
At this point, we have reached my favorite part… The Success Round. The Success Round is a segment match of questions that probes deep into the mind of our Entrepreneur to extract priceless nuggets of knowledge. I feel that the answers to these questions will contain valuable information that every entrepreneur should know.
Some of the questions include:
The last question in the “Success Round” – If you woke up tomorrow morning, and you still possessed all the experience and knowledge you currently have – but your business had completely disappeared, forcing you to start somewhere, anywhere from scratch – what would you do? – is my favorite because I believe it can yield some incredible insight for you. As free as Entrepreneurs claim to be, we still have to devote most of our time and resources to the business’s we are currently running. Often times we end up watching as ideas and opportunities pass us by. You may find yourself in a position where you’re searching for that great idea, waiting to pounce and take powerful action. Our entrepreneur’s insights might just help you take the leap towards that next big idea.
Ok, so now that you know all about Success Stalkers Radio and my reasoning for creating it, I will finish this episode by saying “Thank You!” I truly appreciate you for joining me here at Success Stalkers Radio. I truly hope that one, if not all of the episodes I produce, help you ignite the entrepreneur inside of you. If you find value in this podcast and the message we’re trying to spread at Success Stalkers Radio, then click the subscribe button below, and give my show a review and (hopefully!) 5 star rating. This type of support will allow my show to gain the recognition it needs to reach as many people as possible. In turn, we’ll be able to share this incredible free medium of knowledge and experience with the world. Plus, I will make sure to give you a personalized thank you in an upcoming show.
You are absolutely going to love the next episode with Art Lewin of Executive Clothiers. His journey is certainly an inspiring one to all. I’m excited for you to listen, and I’m excited for you to begin your journey. So without further ado…
Success Nation…Keep Stalking Success!!!