From Rags To Riches – Living The American Dream w/ Sam Bakhtiar

When you get knocked down, you have two options – you can stay down, or you can get back up and keep going. 

Adversity is always near and can surprise you when you least expect it. But if you keep on getting back up, you get stronger, smarter, and more resilient.

It’s time to get back on your feet and go get your success! 

After surviving a series of bombings and near-death experiences, Sam Bakhtiar, an 11-year-old refugee, left Iran with his single mother. 

They arrived in America with $500, one piece of luggage, and a very bright future.

He has been knocked down more times than he can remember, but every single time adversity knocked him off his feet, he stood up stronger. 

Today, Sam is a loving husband and father, a doctor, CEO, author, world-class bodybuilder, and multi-millionaire entrepreneur. He runs a fitness franchising business, The Camp Transformation Center, and two different supplement and nutrition companies.

On this episode of the Rock Your Money, Rock Your Life podcast, Sam and I discuss what it was like growing up in Iran, how he is the definition of The American Dream, and why he loves working one on one with people and guiding them to their success. 

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • How to develop a hunger for success
  • The POWER of the mastermind
  • Why adversity is your best teacher
  • And much more!

“I don't care where I am in life, I can get better.”

Topics Covered:

00:00 – Intro to Sam

02:04 – Tough times during COVID-19

04:13 – Sam’s relationship with adversity

06:38 – Get knocked down 7 times, get back up 8

09:30 – Sam’s businesses and how he is dealing with the pandemic

12:30 – Don’t be afraid to make a bad decision 

14:31 – Develop your hunger for success – The American Dream

17:27 – The Mastermind – You are always learning

20:40 – Fulfillment 

23:08 – TOP DAD

27:08 – Connect with Sam

Key Takeaways

“If you don’t like your circumstances, change.” – Sam Bakhtiar

“When adversity happens, I’m not looking for the adversity, I’m looking for the opportunity.”– Sam Bakhtiar

“You’re either in a problem, left a problem, or headed towards one. Change your lens and you will change your life.” – Sam Bakhtiar

“When things are tough, they’re not always gonna be tough, and when things are good, they’re not always gonna be good. Life has its seasons.” – Sam Bakhtiar

“Life is an adversity – it’s just how you look at it.” – Sam Bakhtiar

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