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The Adversity Advantage with Doug Bopst

Oct 26, 2020

My guest today is Bedros Keuilian - a serial entrepreneur with multi-million dollar generating businesses in franchising, software, digital marketing, and business consulting.


Bedros is the founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp three times listed on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 500 fastest growing franchises in the world. He is also known as the hidden genius behind many of the top businesses, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. His list of clients include New York Times best-selling authors, celebrities, NFL athletes, Navy SEALS and massive social influencers who turn to him when they want to create highly profitable brands and businesses


In this episode, we will be talking about his life experiences that can absolutely help lots of people, especially those who have gone through tough times and are not certain about what their future holds. Bedros will make us realize that everything happens for a reason, and we can reach our goals and dreams if we just attract positivity, and let it enter our lives.


Bedros’ Backstory

Bedros is a foreigner and was an immigrant to the United States. He came from a communist country, Armenia, which at the time was under Soviet rule. His dad was a member of the Communist country. But he was a capitalist and he was the most westernized communist on the planet.


Bedros and his family escaped the Soviet Union into Italy. When they got to Italy, they went to the American console and it took about 10 days for them to get all of their paperwork right, and legally enter the United States. The reason was his dad had to literally say, “Look, I'm a member of the Communist Party. I didn't want to be a member, but I had no choice. whatever information you want about communism, I'll gladly share it with you guys.” And so they entered as political refugees. Bedros was 6 years old that time.


When his family was still living in Armenia, they had a very good and comfortable life. But when they went to the United State, they were living in section eight housing, he’s getting picked on and bullied by the neighborhood kids, and his family was eating out of dumpsters that they find in the back of grocery stores where people throw away food. His dad worked at a gas station pumping gas at a pizzeria wiping tables down and delivering newspapers to in the morning.


Now, Bedros is a 46-year-old man and CEO Fit Body Boot Camp, an international franchise and software company supplement company and coaching programs and he has coached Navy Seals and Super Bowl winning NFL athletes and some of the top thought leaders that everyone's probably following have been his clients.


Like that adversity that he dealt with as a kid was literally the foundation of which how he built myself and how he coaches his coaching clients.


According to Bedros, most things can be solved if you have enough adversity tolerance in your life, and that's literally the foundation of his coaching program.


The Start of the Fit Body Boot Camp

Bedros became a personal trainer because he was a fat kid. Going through elementary, junior and  senior year of high school, he decided to work out and get in shape because he wanted to go to prom.


He lost 30 pounds senior year of high school I've got more confidence.


The way his body changed, he knew that this is what he wants to do for a living. He wants to be a personal trainer. And so he worked in a big box gym as a personal trainer, but didn't know how to sell himself. He also worked as a fry cook at Disneyland and as a bouncer at a bar.


But one day one of his personal training clients was like, “Dude, you can do this on your own. Like you can have your own gym.” That guy, Jim, started to mentor Bedros, and that was his first exposure to mentors.


Jim saw something in Bedros, and that’s how he ended up starting Fit Body Boot Camp after a series of owning his own gyms, selling them coaching and consulting the personal training industry.


Bedros’ life experiences:

When Bedros was 37 years old, he felt like he was having a heart attack. In that moment, all he could think about was who's going to walk Chloe down the aisle, his daughter when she's older, and gets married, who's going to teach his son Andrew to be a modern-day knight, and he made a promise to his wife that he would protect her, and so who's going to be there to protect her when he’s gone?


Listen to this episode to know what really happened to Bedros and how he survived this trying times of his life!


Lessons and words of wisdom from Bedros:

  •         Positive mental attitude is mandatory.
  •         Before we physically die, we tend to mentally die first.
  •         Let's always focus on what we can focus on, and only go down that path.

“We have one of two shirts we can put on… But one shirt says, ‘What can you do for me today?’ and the other shirt says, ‘How can I serve you today?’ You put on the shirt that says, ‘How can I serve you today?’ You're going to have more things work out in your favor, because there's this universal law that seems to reward people who show up by way of service versus by way of greed.”

-          Bedros Keuilian

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