The YES Movie Review of Entrepreneurs & Experts Featured

In my last post, I gave my review of The YES Movie, produced by Louis Lautman of the Young Entrepeneur Society.  The YES Movie DVD, which runs 80 minutes, features Lautman’s interviews with an impressive group of more than 35 successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, millionaires and mentors.

His goal:  To hunt down specific strategies of the super-successful that anyone – regardless of background, age, experience, or financial backing, can implement and start their own successful money-making enterprise.

Because of space limitations in my last post, I wasn’t able to list all the experts and entrepreneurs who are featured in the movie.  Here’s the complete list . . .

  • Jim Rohn – America’s foremost business philosopher.
  • Randy Gage – A former high school dropout who rose from a dishwasher in a pancake house to become a multi-millionaire.
  • T. Harv Eker – Using the principles he teaches, T. Harv Eker went from zero to millionaire in only 2 1/2 years!  He is the founder and president of Peak Potentials Training, the fastest growing personal development company in North America, and author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth.
  • Marshall Sylver – World-renown hypnotist, master of interpersonal communication, and “The Millionaire Maker”.
  • Niurka – A dynamic speaker and guide who inspires and empowers people to live powerfully, authentically and purposefully. By age 20, she was the #1 trainer for Anthony Robbins.
  • Christopher Howard – Internationally known lifestyle and wealth strategist.  He has researched the success strategies of the world’s greatest minds.
  • Les Brown – A top motivational speaker, speech coach, best selling author whose passion is empowering youth and helping them have a bigger vision for their lives.
  • Mark Victor Hansen – A renown speaker and success coach, he co-authored more than a dozen books, including Cash in a Flash: Fast Money in Slow Times and The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth.
  • Dr. Ellie Drake – Inspirational speaker, author and TV personality, and founder of BraveHeart Women Network, the largest online paid membership community for entrepreneurial women.
  • James Malinchak – Success teacher and author of From College to the Real World : Street-Smart Strategies for Landing Your Dream Job and Creating a Successful Future!
  • Brad Sugars – International entrepreneur, CEO of ActionCOACH business coaching, and best-selling author of The Business Coach and Billionaire In Training.
  • Shawn Nelson – Founder, and “Chief Sac” of LoveSac.
  • Joshua Newman – CEO of Cyan Pictures, and Indie film producer and distributor.
  • Shane & Shawn Ward – Fashion designers and founders of the Shane & Shawn (formerly DetNY) line of clothes, shoes, and accessories.
  • Andrea Lake – Founder of seven unique companies, including Anti-Establishment Clothing.
  • Mike Litman – Co-author of Conversations with Millionaires: What Millionaires Do to Get Rich, That You Never Learned About in School! At the age of 32 he built a multi-million dollar business.
  • Dan “Punk Ass” Caldwell – Cage fighter and co-founder of TapouT, a multi-million dollar business that includes a clothing line and magazine centered around Mixed Martial Arts.
  • Dr. Farrah Gray – Publisher of Prominent Magazine and author of Get Real, Get Rich: Conquer the 7 Lies Blocking You from Success, The Truth Shall Make You Rich: The New Road Map to Radical Prosperity and Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out.  Growing up in the projects on the south side of Chicago, he made his first million at age 14.
  • Sean Belnick – At age 14 developed  At age 20 – had $38 million in sales from the Bizchair website.
  • Ephren Taylor II – Started his first venture at age 12, making homemade video games to sell to friends.  A millionaire by age 16.  He was the youngest black CEO of a publicly traded company.  His City Capital Corp oversees 250 million in assets.  Author of Creating Success from the Inside Out: Develop the Focus and Strategy to Uncover the Life You Want.
  • Adam Sites – President of  Launched first website in 1995 at age 15 he launched his first website.  Now the largest internet retailer of paintball supplies in the world.
  • Cameron Johnson – Best-selling author of You Call the Shots: Succeed Your Way– and Live the Life You Want– with the 19 Essential Secrets of Entrepreneurship, consultant and speaker.  At age 9, started his first business.  By 15, his internet business was generating $15,000 a day.  Now, at age 23, he has founded and sold more than a dozen successful companies.
  • J.T. Fox – Real estate investor and radio personality.  At age 28, closed over $40 million in real estate sales.
  • Michael Simmons and Sheena Lindahl – co-founders of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, the only national collegiate entrepreneur tour.  Michael is the author of The Student Success Manifesto.
  • Delatorro McNeal II – Author of Caught Between A Dream and A Job, speaker and successful entrepreneur.
  • Mike Michalowicz – Author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. Started his first business, which grew into a multi-million dollar tech firm, at age 24.
  • Daniel Davidson – serial entrepreneur and author of The Entrepreneur’s Legal Companion.
  • Brett David – Became CEO of Lamborghini Miami, Lamborghini Palm Beach, Prestige Audi and Prestige Imports two years ago, at age 19, upon his father’s death.  Now 21, he has earned several number one rankings for his auto businesses, and his Palm Beach Lamborghini is now the flagship Lamborghini dealer in the United States.
  • Hezekiah Griggs III – America’s youngest media mogul, and CEO of HG3 Media.  Started first company at age 13.
  • Nick Vujicic – Born without arms and legs, he is a motivational speaker and the director of a nonprofit organization called Life Without Limbs.

As you can see from this impressive list of entrepreneurs and success mentors, The YES Movie is a great introduction to entrepreneurship.  In fact, it is kinda like having your own mini-MBA course!

In it, Lautman uncovers and shares specific strategies of the super-successful that anyone – regardless of background, age, experience, or financial backing, can implement in order to start their own business.

The YES Movie covers topics like:

  • Where do you get ideas, and how do you turn them into a money-making business?
  • How do you take action and turn your dream into reality?
  • How do you take risks and overcome failure?
  • How do you go from having a job (even a dead-end job) to running your own business?
  • How do you finance your enterprise, especially if you have no money yourself.
  • Where can you find mentors who can help?

By telling the stories of today’s successful young entrepreneurs, The YES Movie shows that truly anyone can be, do and have anything they want in life.  Click here to read my full review of The YES Movie.

Order the The YES Movie online (DVD format) here for only $29.97.

The YES Movie Review (Young Entrepreneur Society)

YES movie coverA few months ago, I heard about The YES Movie, produced by Louis Lautman of the Young Entrepreneur Society, which exposes the secrets of today’s young millionaires.

I had never heard of Lautman before, but I was eager to get a copy of the movie for myself to see what it was all about. I’ve been fascinated with entrepreneurship since I was a teen.

Growing up, I frequently read books by or about successful entrepreneurs.  I loved reading stories of self-made men and women – people who took an idea and turned it into a reality.  And I aspired to be like them – to own my own businesses and one day become a millionaire.

At age 39, I haven’t become a millionaire yet, but I have started several small businesses over the years that have had varying degrees of success.  Someday, I’ll tell you more about the ones I wish I had started, the ones I started and quit, and the ones I’m still engaged in – and why.

When I was a teen, most of the books I read were by or about people who were older, and who owned companies that required huge amounts of capital investments – like manufacturers, retailers, and airlines, to name a few. Today, even with the struggles we’ve had in the economy lately, I think there’s never been a better time to start a business.  The Internet Age has changed everything, and a new breed of young entrepreneurs are creating wealth quicker, cheaper and earlier than every before.

Lautman, himself a young entrepreneur, set out to interview 50 successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, millionaires and mentors.  His goal:  to hunt down specific strategies of the super-successful that anyone – regardless of background, age, experience, or financial backing, can implement. Specifically, he wanted to know:

  • What was their inspiration?
  • Why did they take action?
  • How did they finance their venture?
  • Where did they begin implementation?

I absolutely love how the movie was produced.  It is very much like the documentaries you see on the CNBC cable network which feature stories of successful businesses like McDonalds, WalMart, Coca-Cola, etc.  The music, and the way in which the interviews were shot, also reminded me a lot of The Apprentice, which I loved.  You can click to view the movie trailer and see what I mean.

The YES Movie, which runs 80 minutes, features Lautman’s interviews with over 35 successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, millionaires and mentors.  I was already very familiar with many of the mentors that were featured, including Jim Rohn, Les Brown, and T. Harv Eker, just to name a few.  Here’s Part 2 of my review of The YES Movie, along with the list all of the mentors and entrepreneurs who are featured in the film.

I was not familiar with many of the young entrepreneurs that were featured.  One thing that surprised me was that many of these entrepreneurs, both black and white, started their first businesses when they were children or teens.  And some even became millionaires in their teens!

This video is a great introduction to entrepreneurship.  In fact, it is kinda like having your own mini-MBA course.  By telling the stories of successful entrepreneurs, it shows that truly anyone can be, do and have anything they want in life.  It covers topics like:

  • Where do you get ideas, and how do you turn them into a money-making business?
  • How do you take action and turn your dream into reality?
  • How do you take risks and overcome failure?
  • How do you go from having a job (even a dead-end job) to running your own business?
  • How do you finance your enterprise, especially if you have no money yourself.
  • Where can you find mentors who can help?

Who is The YES Movie for?

This video is for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business, but didn’t think they really could do it (for whatever reason).  No matter your age or stage in life, you’ll definitely be inspired and motivated to finally take action and realize your dreams.  You’ll discover that there are simple steps you can take today to more forward, and short-cuts that will help you accelerate the achievement of your goals.

One interview, with Delatorro McNeal II, is worth way more than the cost of the video, in my opinion, for anyone who is, as he says, “caught between a dream and a job.”  He shared some powerful insights on how to move from a dead-end job to a stepping-stone job, and from a stepping-stone job to your dream job, and from your dream job to the fulfillment of your dream.  Every 9-5’er in the world ought to hear his message.

If you have young people in your life (teens, college students, or young adults) who have an interest in entrepreneurship (or you’d like to instill the desire in them), I think this inspirational and motivational video would make a great gift for them. And if you’re a teacher or home school family (like ours is), this video will serve as a great introduction to entrepreneurship for your teenage students.

The only potential negative I see is that one entrepreneur featured in the video, Dan Caldwell, goes by the nickname “Punk Ass”.  He’s a nice guy in the video – there is no foul language – but Lautman does refer to him by his nickname a few times.

As a father of five children ages 3-13, I think concerned parents or teachers should preview the movie to understand the context of the interview with “Punk Ass” (aside from his name, nothing else could be construed as offensive) and then simply give a disclaimer before showing it to your students.  They’ll probably just chuckle a little bit.  And who knows – it just might cause them to pay closer attention!

But I don’t think anyone will get bored watching this movie.  It will light an entrepreneurial fire in the belly of everyone who watches it.  It did for me. Order the The YES Movie online (DVD format) here for only $29.97.

Here’s Part 2 of my review of The YES Movie, along with the list all of the mentors and entrepreneurs who are featured in the film.

15215 Business Opportunities and Ideas

Yesterday, I explained why I believe now may be the best time to start a small business.  Today, I want to tell you about a resource I’ve recently discovered which lists 15215 quality business opportunities and ideas.

No matter what kind of business you’ve been thinking about starting, chances are, Dane Carlson has covered it in The Business Opportunities Weblog.  Since 2001 this site has helped thousands of individuals in their quest for self-employment and business ownership.

Dane’s mission is simple: to help entrepreneurs like yourself find the business that’s right for YOU!  The site lists all kinds of businesses, including franchises, MLM, dealerships, online businesses, work at home, and more.

Check it out for yourself at

Why Now May be the Best Time to Start a Business

If you’ve always wanted to start a business, you might think now is the worst time to strike out on your own, given the current economic downturn.  In reality, times like these have proven to be a great time to start a business!

What’s the biggest reason people people think they shouldn’t start a business during a recession:

They believe it is too risky.  They think they have more financial security by working for their employer, who already has an established customer base, than by starting to build a customer base of their own.

Ironically, I believe the exact opposite is true.  Here’s why:

The key issue isn’t the customer base, it’s the motivation.  And no one is more motivated to make sure you succeed than you.

When you work for someone else, you put your faith in the hope that they are doing the right things to grow the business and bring in customers.  When you work for someone else, you put your livelihood in the hands of your boss, who, believe it or not, might not care about your future as much as you do!

During a recession, when thousands of people are being laid off every day, which is more risky:

  • Putting all your eggs in one basket by trusting your employer will keep exchanging your hours for dollars?
  • Spreading your eggs around by taking your destiny into your own hands and building your own base of loyal customers?

When you work for someone else, you really have only one customer, and that is your boss.  If you lose him or her as a customer, you’re done at that company.

When you run your own business, you have dozens or hundreds or thousands of customers.  If you lose one, you’re not done-for, you just find another one.

An article entitled, 14 Big Businesses That Started During a Recession, explains that many well-known and successful companies were started during economic downturns:

  • Hyatt Corp.
  • Burger King Corp.
  • IHOP Corp.
  • The Jim Henson Company
  • LexisNexis
  • FedEx Corp.
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • CNN
  • MTV Networks
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Wikipedia Foundation Inc.
  • Sports Illustrated
  • GE
  • HP

Why did these companies succeed?  The article explains:

“Usually it’s because the founders recognized a market need and filled it. Identifying that need — whether it’s related to entertainment, travel or even streamlining how businesses operate — is the key to any thriving enterprise, regardless of the economic climate in which it begins.”

So, if you’ve always wanted to start a business, if you know a need in the marketplace, and if you  have the know-how (or can get the know-how) to fill it, then why not take that first step toward being your own boss today?  One excellent resource that will help you is How to Become Successfully Self-Employed.

Unemployed? Start a Business!

I’ve heard too many stories lately of people who have been out of work for six months, a year, and longer.  Lately, I’ve wondered which is better in this economy:  spend six months or a year trying to find a job, or spend six months or a year starting your own business?

I just read this story on Dane Carlsons’ Business Opportunities Weblog, which he got from

In Detroit, a city with rampant unemployment, big crowds in the middle of the day may mean someone is giving out freebies.

But on a recent workday, over 450 people packed an auditorium downtown. They weren’t looking for a hand out, sympathy or even a job application. They were looking to start their own business.

These would-be entrepreneurs flocked to an auditorium on Wayne State University’s campus with ideas big and small.

Attendees also took part in a variety of workshops including ones on how to raise money, how to save on shipping costs and how to run a service or lifestyle businesses. Each attendee got a chance to meet one-on-one with a business counselor and the opportunity to sign up for more free classes.

Some proposals focused on technical businesses — a former Ford manufacturing expert wants to start a consulting firm advising companies on how to make their manufacturing processes more efficient, while a former software engineer had started a company that makes Web-based system that hosts emergency contact and other medical information for children.

I applaud these 450 people for taking this first step toward entrepreneurship.  And I hope they help make Detroit, and the state of Michigan, a new land of opportunity.

Five Ways to Become Wealthy, by Brian Tracy

For today’s Monday Motivator, I’m featuring a guest post by Brian Tracy.  Brian is one of the top motivational and success gurus out there, and he’s the real deal.

I heard him speak back in 1994, I think, at an event sponsored by The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.  He generously offered everyone who attended that event a free set of about a dozen of his success programs.  I requested them all – they were on cassette back then – and I learned a lot.  Wish I had put it all into practice back then.  But what I did put into practice did make a difference in 1996, when I made a major lifestyle design move and career change.

The Five Roads to Financial Success in America and How to Choose Your Own

There are basically five ways that you can become wealthy starting with nothing in America, based on over 25 years of research into American millionaires.

The First Way
Number one, you can inherit it. Less than 10 percent of wealthy Americans inherited any of their money, and it’s less and less every single year.

The Second Way
The second way that you can become wealthy is you can achieve it professionally. You can become a doctor or a lawyer or an architect or an accountant. You can become extremely good at what you do, be paid very well, and hold on to the money.

The Third Way
The third way you can achieve it is you can become a senior executive of a large corporation. You can be highly paid; you can have stock options and bonuses. And if you stay with the company long enough, for enough years, you can be paid enough to become wealthy.

The Fourth Way
You can win it. But only a tiny fraction of one percent of wealthy Americans got that way by winning their money some way or another. As a matter of fact, the odds against you winning the lottery are the equivalent of lightning striking twice in the same place. They’re millions and millions to one.

The Best Way
The fifth way that you can become wealthy is you can start your own business and earn it all by yourself. Starting your own business has been and will always be the high road to becoming wealthy for most self-made millionaires. Entrepreneurship in America offers more opportunities and opens more doors than all other possibilities put together. This is why it has been said that if you have the ability to start your own business and you don’t do it, you are a fool. I’ll repeat that. If you have the ability to start your own business and you don’t do it, you’re a fool.

Where do you start?
The very first thing you do is you make a decision to get your finances under control. Some years ago, a man named George Classon wrote a book called The Richest Man in Babylon. It’s a classic on financial success and what Classon said in that book was that the key to becoming wealthy is to pay yourself first. Take ten percent off your earnings, off your gross income every month and put it aside. Learn to live on ninety percent or less of your gross income. So the very first thing that you do is you begin to save your money.

Action Exercises
Now, here are two things you can do immediately to put yourself onto the high road to personal wealth:

First, resolve today to begin saving your money a little bit at a time. Set a goal to save 10% of your earnings, to put it away and to never touch it. This will change your life.

Second, immediately register your own business or sole proprietorship. Open a bank account, get business cards and letterhead and create the corporate entity under which you can do business. Your business opportunities will appear far sooner than you think. If you build it, they will come.

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If you’ve ever wanted to be your own boss, this sounds like a great resource and a great deal!