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“From Dead Broke Carpet Cleaner To One Of The Most Connected Businessmen On The Planet!”

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I was 18-years-old and in my worst state. I weighed 105 pounds from freebasing cocaine and was inches away from rock bottom.

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I knew something needed to shift. I moved away to live with my father in New Mexico so I could get off drugs.

Once I came out of the fog of addiction, and felt stable enough to move back out on my own, I decided to go back to community college in Arizona. Here is a snapshot of my actual report card:

Yes, I got a “C” in “Principles of Marketing” and an “F” in “Owning and Operating a Small Business.” Not quite the fast-track for a bright future.

Despite what the report card said, in the early ‘90s I decided to start a carpet cleaning business.

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I was dead broke and living off credit cards when a high school friend asked me if I wanted to go jet skiing.

I originally said no because I was up to my neck in debt. I had been in the carpet cleaning business for two years, had gone through the proper training, bought all the right equipment, and treated people fairly and honestly.

I was doing everything I thought was right,
and yet I still wasn’t making any money.

My friend told me that the guy who owned the jet skis was a multimillion dollar real estate investor–and that immediately got my attention.

So, I decided to go.

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I sat down on the end of the tailgate of the pickup truck overlooking the lake with this seasoned investor, and spilled my guts out to him.

I told him that I owned a struggling carpet cleaning business and wanted advice on how I could go into another industry where I could make more money. The first thing he asked me was, “Is there anyone else in your industry who’s making what you consider to be a large amount of money?”

After thinking for a moment, I said, “Yes, there are a couple of carpet cleaning businesses in my area that do over a million dollars a year and I think that’s a lot of money.”

Then the multimillionaire investor said:

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Well then there’s nothing wrong with the business you’re in. If you want to go into something else before you figure out how to make your current business work, you’re going to repeat the same bad business habits that have caused you to fail in this one. Figure out fundamental business principles and make the current business you’re in work.

This wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but it was exactly what I needed to hear.

In that moment, I realized I wasn’t broke because of the business I was in or because of what I was doing. It was because I didn’t know the fundamentals of marketing.

In that moment,
everything shifted.

I started reading personal development books, investing in business courses, and seminars to learn as much as I could about how to be successful in business. I knew there were brilliant people who had figured this out already.

I just needed to surround myself with them and learn.

Fast forward to a couple years after that jet ski trip; I used everything I learned about business and built a million dollar carpet cleaning business which led me to teaching other carpet cleaners how to run their own successful businesses.

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I became one of the Nightingale-Conant’s most well known publishers with my program “Piranha Marketing” and it continued to be their number one best-selling marketing program for nearly a decade.

Since then, I’ve founded Genius Network and 100k Group, the highest level marketing and business groups for industry transformers and leaders in the world. I’m the co-host of iTunes top rated podcasts, I Love Marketing with Dean Jackson and 10X Talks with Dan Sullivan. 

I’ve authored several books including my latest, What’s In It For Them?

I’m also the founder of Artists For Addicts and Genius Recovery, where our mission is to change the global conversation around addiction and recovery from one of judgment to one of compassion.

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Joe Polish is the Founder of Genius Network®, one of the highest level groups in the world for Entrepreneurs. He curates the Annual Genius Network Event, Genius Network ($25,000), and 100k ($100,000), all three groups being home to some of the most successful Entrepreneurs alive, and is considered one of the most influential Connectors in the world.

Joe has also helped build thousands of businesses and generated hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients. He has been featured in INC, Fortune, Forbes, Success, U.S News & World Report, among others, and has spoken at Stanford University. Joe also hosts three of the top ranked marketing and business podcasts on iTunes, including iLoveMarketing, 10xTalk, and GeniusNetwork. He’s also changed the lives of many others through his charitable causes including: The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Artists For Addicts, Genius Recovery,, as well as being the single largest contributor to Sir Richard Branson’s charity, Virgin Unite.

His documentary “CONNECTED: The Joe Polish Story,” premiered at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Mann’s Chinese Theatre), and his documentary “Black Star” won the Audience Choice Award at the Sedona Film Festival. Joe’s mission with Entrepreneurs and Genius Network® is “to build a better entrepreneur,” and his mission with Genius Recovery is “to change the global conversation of how people view and treat addicts with compassion, instead of judgment and to find the best forms of treatment that has efficacy and share those with the world.”