From Medical School To Wishing He Made At Least $1 in Sales to Stay In Business

Going all in on the wrong goal…

You know I’m a guy that goes all in. If you’re not going 100%, then you’ve got more than a motivational problem, you’ve got a lack of purpose problem. I have a friend—Anik Singal—who knows all about going all in at 100%, but he also knows—like most of us—about going all in on the wrong goal too.

The best thing about going all in, even when it’s wrong, is that it shows you quickly that you’re on the wrong path so that you can get back on the right path sooner.

Anik Singal is the founder and CEO of Lurn, Inc. and VSS Mind. He is one of the most successful digital publishing marketers on planet earth. His specialties include profit-generating product launches, building backends and funnels, article marketing, search engine optimization, and affiliate marketing.

Anik started out though, wanting to be a doctor. Everyone in his family was a doctor, lawyer, or an industry-leading engineer. Ever since he was a child, he felt his “life path” was already chosen for him. He dedicated his life to the single purpose of following in the footsteps of his family legacy. He was even excited about it.

For years Anik worked ridiculously hard to:

• Earn a Full Scholarship

• Attain an Ivy League, Pre-Med Degree

• Get his One-Way Ticket to a Life of Fortune and Success

Like everything else he’d achieved in his life, he gave his dreams a full effort—but the only problem was, he was working incredibly hard to achieve the WRONG dream for himself. He was chasing someone else’s dream.

In college, he studied around the clock, he completely ignored friends, he even sacrificed his health. What was the result? It felt like the more he studied, the more he hated where his life was headed. He was too busy following this predestined “plan” to even recognize that his HEART was violently shouting out against it.

I’ll let Anik tell the rest:

“What did my heart truly want? What did I want? For as far back as I can remember, I always wanted just ONE thing…

I loved the idea of being in complete control. I loved knowing the harder I worked, the more wealth and success I would enjoy. The harder I worked toward the ‘forced’ pre-med path, the further I got from my real dreams.

I had it ALL! I was on the fast track toward a prominent professional career, filled with massive opportunity and wealth. Yet, my passion kept pulling me in a completely different direction. Ultimately, I did what we should all do. 

I listened to my heart. In doing so, I took a HUGE gamble… I dropped out of the world-renowned pre-med program and took a dive into the completely unknown. My friends thought I was crazy. My family was supportive but concerned.

Honestly, I was scared out of my mind. I immediately enrolled in business school. The problem was, I wanted more than just textbooks and business theory. I was bored. I wanted to be ‘hands-on’… to learn by DOING.

But with just $100 to my name, what were my options? So I started doing.

I skipped the basketball games, the fraternity parties, and the night-long movie marathons. Rather I spent 12+ hours a day researching how to build a business online. It completely consumed me. Some might even say I was absolutely addicted.

I tried everything I could to get my business off the ground. Yet, despite my passion and commitment, nothing worked. When I tell you I didn’t make a penny after 18 months, that’s not an exaggeration.

My friends laughed at me. Even those whom I considered mentors, told me I was ruining my life. Everyone around me told me I was crazy. Yet, still… there I was, working day and night, trying everything I could just to make my first dollar online.

Just ONE dollar!

Finally, after a year and a half of nothing, I was about ready to give up. I even gave myself an ultimatum:

‘Anik, you have just 24 hours. 24 hours to make just $1 on the Internet. If you don’t, you MUST kiss your dreams goodbye and get a real job.’

I gave this ONE last thing a shot. That night, I worked relentlessly until almost 3 in the morning. My head was bobbing up and down and my vision was fading and blacking out before I allowed myself to sleep.

Finally, after I truly felt I had given it everything I had, I crawled to bed. I said a prayer and went to sleep.

The next morning, my eyes popped open, my heart was racing. I couldn’t remember the last time I was so nervous. It was the moment of truth – the information waiting on my computer just 6 feet away could determine the rest of my life!

I sprang out of bed and lunged to the computer. If it showed zero dollars, I would have to bury my dreams of being an entrepreneur. I would join my friends and start putting in applications for internships, interviews and maybe even graduate school (blah!).

I logged into my payment account. I said my last prayers and BOOM! My account showed $330!

The best part: I was on the verge of figuring out a formula for making a full-time living online. This formula would soon transform my business and my life.”

Anik’s story is pretty cool, isn’t it? His company was named in Inc. 500 among the Fastest Growing Companies in America. Not just once… but twice. He’s now a living example of going all in on YOUR dreams, not someone else’s.

If you’re ready to focus on building your business through proven systems, to generate revenue online, then get your ticket today for 10XGrowthCon. Both I and Anik Singal will be there. Go after your dreams—we’ll see you there.

Be great,


Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author, the #1 sales trainer in the world, and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, social media, and finance. His 5 privately held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Forbes named Mr. Cardone #1 of the “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017”. Grant’s straight-shooting viewpoints on the economy, the middle class, and business have made him a valuable resource for media seeking commentary and insights on real topics that matter. He regularly appears on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and MSNBC, and writes for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider,, and the Huffington Post. He urges his followers and clients to make success their duty, responsibility, and obligation. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.

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