Richard started off his professional career wanting to be a teacher. However, there weren't many opportunities at the time and so he fell back on something he knew how to do; work with cars. Richard worked for a European car company for 25 years, eventually becoming in charge of sales and marketing. He decided that he needed a change though and took some time to figure out what should be his next steps. In this period, a friend of his who had also left the same car company, got involved with the franchising business. Richard became interested in the idea of working for himself and wanted to help people. He bought two learning center businesses and is able to make money helping kids and families. Richard has been running his own businesses now for 17 years. "Owning your own business is much better," he said. "It is also much more possible than you think." Richard also helps those who are unemployed or unhappy with their jobs. He bought a franchising business and he works with those who want to own their own businesses too. Richard advised clients to have goals, but to also be willing and ready to throw them away when change and opportunities come about. He also told clients to be patient in achieving their goals. "Don't do soemthing you are not happy with and find a way to care not only for yourself but for others too."
David grew up in Washington D.C and was always entertaining people. He got started singing at funerals for casualties of the Vietnam War and eventually became an entertainer, traveling across the country sharing his music and poetry. After a serious back injury that left him unable to travel, David had to reinvent himself so that he could still do what he loved. He is now the CEO of an entertainment business. He told clients that you don't have to have money to be an investor. "Everyone has value and is capable of doing something good." He urged clients to look at their "investment portfolio" each morning, and to analyze where they invest their time, talents, etc. He also told clients to "always prepare for your prosperity and don't think of failure as permanent." He encouraged everyone to learn what it takes to own your own business so that you can be smarter and savvier at what you do. "Examine and entertain your possibilities," he said. He echoed Richard when he said that having goals and a plan is important, but so is being flexible.
Thank you again to our inspiring guests who shared much knowledge and passion with us today!