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How This Homeless Drug Addict Became A Millionaire

How This Homeless Drug Addict Became A Millionaire
a

homeless

drug

addict

and

this

self-made multi-

millionaire

what if i told you they're the same person he was living on the streets of skid row the worst

homeless

ness district imaginable with no hope for a better future and now he runs a business that makes tens of millions of dollars that started with a genius idea from his dark past as an

addict

meet khalil rafati and his journey began at a massive disadvantage i was born in toledo ohio a little rural town it was really really tough upbringing a lot of violence sexual abuse neglect just dark my parents were immigrants neither of them spoke english very well they just were not equipped to be parents 10 years old i was already running around older kids in the neighborhood and trying to take puffs off their joints your turn then all of a sudden 11 years old 12 years old now i'm chugging beers i mean i was looking for attention any way i could get it whether it was vandalism or shoplifting with less than a thousand dollars to his name he moved to la to become rich and famous i got into a rock and roll band because that seemed to be easier plus doing

drug

s was more acceptable that was kind of beginning of going really bad 27 years old smoking heroin i was so arrogant that i thought that it was glamorous what drugs were you taking oh god what drugs weren't i taking ketamine and ghb ecstasy every night i knew i was never going to get out at that point i completely gave up and just didn't care anymore the drugs had taken my soul from me without my consent and i went straight to hell today khalil runs a juicebot chain that makes tens of millions of dollars a year but before we get into how he built it i had to check it out because

this

place is unique i love the store it's definitely a labor of love i've been doing this for 11 years he showed me so many interesting things that made it so obvious why this business is booming but before we get to that things had to get even worse he ended up living on the streets of skid row the most notorious homeless district in the world which the people wouldn't believe exists you're watching people get thrown out of windows you're watching people get stabbed to death in front of you another person is taking a sh on the sidewalk right next to you you're getting jumped you're getting beaten in and out of jail in and out of jail in and out of jail overdose into the hospital out of the hospital back into jail back in the overdose back into the hospital just a disgusting filthy existence and he was living like this for almost two years my teeth were falling out of my head i had open sores all over my face i had ringworm i had scabies i was 109 pounds so khalil showed me his current workout regiment this is kelly matthews hey the greatest trainer on the planet and it was um i might have to stop i'm really dizzy i took it easy because i didn't want him to look bad okay i'm out of to go throw up are you okay yeah uh oh i mean we were almost done anyways is that a uh this is called uh suv damn wow oh you have to shut your door harder these things are tanks handmade in germany so it's like no you really have to slam it i don't want to break it no you can't this was my dream car forever i think this is might be my fourth or fifth midlife crisis so i figured why not if i push uh sport plus then it's obviously he had to recover first to be at the stage he's at now and after everyone he knew gave up on him he finally got professional help dove headfirst into 12-step programs i went to meetings every single day every single day twice a day i went back to washing cars which i was great at i started cleaning people's apartments in order for me to change in order for me to start living a new life there had to be a paradigm shift i got a sponsor i did exactly what the my sponsor wanted me to do he made me do the cleanup commitments at meetings he made me do the coffee and cookie commitment and don't buy those disgusting little cookies get them nice cookies get them nice coffee and what he didn't know at the time was that this silly little commitment of making sure there's coffee and cookies at the recovery meetings would change the course of his life forever and i want to bring some strawberries this time i'm gonna grab some blueberries and i went all out i spent like 60 bucks or something when you're supposed to spend like six bucks i set up this spread here comes the druggie buggy dropping off all of the salvation army guys and when they saw that food the look of joy the look of oh my god and this love and passion for serving the best foods that make people light up is exactly what you see today so these are all the different superfoods that we put into but this is a heirloom variety of maca that i found when i personally went to peru and i went up into the andes and i met all the different growers these cacao beans are from the jungles of ecuador but it's loaded with all kinds of minerals magnesium tryptophan i could call up cisco and they could pull up a big semi here once a week and unload boxes of a bunch of pedestrian bridge but then we would be serving pedestrian bridge if you're going to be the best be the best i was told early on in my recovery pick up trash when you see it and throw it away and don't look around to see if anybody saw you do it don't do it because you look cool doing it do it because that's what we're supposed to do my soul my being was being cleansed and tiny tiny fragments at a time i was building self-esteem through esteemable acts and so much of me changed through such a silly basic notion of stop being a victim stop feeling sorry for yourself and go do sh for people who are less fortunate than you i say one percent better every day no matter what get up every day go for a walk read a page of a book go be kind to somebody volunteer some one percent better every day and after five years of doing this coffee and cookie commitment he had saved up some money from different jobs invested it and

became

a sponsor to help others recover as well so i thought well what if i just open up a facility and then i can kind of help a bunch of people at once this recovery program was the idea for his first business i took a massive chance i took every penny that i had there was no guarantee that customers were gonna come i went all in and it's a challenging business to be in would this one take off maybe it felt right to him at the time because he switched addictions away from drugs to healing and wellness and when he invited us to his house this passion for self-care is clearly visible in this oasis of a home he's built for himself wait you have a sick is it is that a six thousand dollar toilet as well because i know noah kagan had one those are 12. that's the latest model i said to myself i'm really never going to drink and do drugs again i am going to create a life that's so amazing that i never want to go back and if sitting down on a very expensive toilet that washes my apple for me then that's what i want to do i created this area for earthing and i was so proud of myself now this has turned into the 20 000 litter box i use the space as like my bio hacking place so this is a far infrared sauna i mean it takes someone who's obsessed with health to create a company like this that cares about the work-life balance of the bees that are making the honey so it's even more organic and all these crystals i surround myself with beautiful things beautiful things just clear any dark energy it's either the power of belief the placebo effect or i'm actually absorbing that power and energy because i feel it but who cares i don't this is my dance this is what i do it's silly it's funny it clearly makes him happy so how did the recovery business do and how did he start his multi-million dollar juice bar empire riviera recovery took off i hated it it was such a nightmare i spent many nights crying myself to sleep but it was super successful financially i fantasized about having a little juice bar where everything would be organic and where everybody would be happy and i would hire like people from the neighborhood so he sold his business took all the money he saved up and put everything on the line i borrowed a couple hundred thousand dollars from a guy who knew me really well and saw how hard i worked i very naively signed a lease without having a lawyer look at it and then like 11 months later the place still wasn't open and the landlord's threatening to you know sue me if i don't pay rent we didn't have money for a sign we didn't have money for shelves and i literally thought to myself like what the was i thinking this is insanity i'm gonna be responsible for rent now who's to say that people are gonna show up there was no guarantee it would succeed but there's something interesting he did to make it work eventually besides that what's mind-blowing to me are the time horizons where all this happened in his mid-thirties he was homeless and addicted to drugs at age 40 he was recovered and had a business and then he was putting everything on the line again people in their mid-20s you know i'm 26 they feel so far behind it's crazy that's so crazy you have no idea how young you are i'm 52 in the greatest shape of my life let's say you're 40. you think you're old you think life has passed you by 10 years are gonna go by and you know the first thought you're gonna think after you get that 50-year birthday celebration you're gonna go i was so young why didn't i take advantage of it when i was 27 28 29 i thought well i haven't made it yet i'm gonna kill myself can you imagine i know we ambitious weirdos are putting so much pressure on ourselves to achieve so much in such little time but talk about a perspective shift we have time i am barely getting started now i will turn it into a billion dollar brand i'm gonna take it global and build something really meaningful look at the life he's created and in 2011 the first sun life organic store was finally set up i was really scared it's the day was before we're supposed to open and these kids walk in my partner at the time was like oh we're not open yet i'm like actually uh do you guys like frozen yogurt they like go to polar well and i'm like oh no no we don't even have our pos system the ladies like no no no this is ridiculous like they have to pay you and i'm like no please let me just do this i'm opening tomorrow you guys are kind of like my first customers can you please just let me do this because i need to feel good right now she's like wow okay and like 10 minutes later she walks back in and she goes could you come outside for a moment the kids just wanted to say something to you and so i uh always makes me emotional i go to walk outside they were a choir and they launched into these hymns of praise and i start crying because i'm so scared it's not gonna work all the neighbors all the co-tenants start coming out and they're all filming and these kids are like belting out these songs of worship and i just knew it was gonna work i woke up in the morning five o'clock in the morning went there like trying to put everything together still super like nervous but had the faith from the experience with the kids there was a line out the door all day and that line out the door never went away and sun life took off when it got its own momentum there'll be 13 locations with another 5 6 7 coming had i not gone through everything i went through i couldn't be who i am today thanks so much for watching youtube thinks you're also gonna like this video over here so maybe i'll see you over there
how this homeless drug addict became a millionaire

Source : Leon Hendrix