Iman Aghay | Learning from Failures and Setbacks
Iman Aghay

Life is rarely a completely positive experience. 

In the course of one’s journey, whether in business or life, there will invariably be rough patches.

The tough times are where we can learn the most. Even the wisest of the Jedi, Yoda, has a sage-like aphorism on the subject: The greatest teacher, failure is.

Right, he is.

This week’s guest on the show, Iman Aghay, learned this at a young age. He has applied it not only in his own life but remembers this fact when managing his employees, as well.

Iman is an experienced marketing and business development consultant with extensive knowledge in marketing and growing businesses. He is President of Success Road Enterprises, as well as Founder and Organizer of Vancouver Business Network, among many other companies.

Iman joins John this week to talk about what he learned from his father, enjoying a healthy balance in your work and home life, and why he is passionate about online courses.

In this episode, we also talk about:

Available_Black copy
Available_Black copy
Available_Black copy

Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Hear:

  • How Iman’s Father Started His Successful Life From Nothing
  • Iman’s Father Was Diagnosed with ALS at Age 50
  • Iman’s Brush with Death at Age 27 and How is Affected Him
  • The Lifestyle Plan and What it Entails
  • The Burnout Iman Experienced from the Rigorous Road Schedule Speaking 200 Days a Year
  • The Importance of Rest and Enjoying Life
  • A Healthy Balance of Exercise, Diet, and Work
  • Failure is Okay as Long as You Don’t Give Up
  • How Iman Gained and Lost a Large Amount of Weight Twice
  • Balancing Vacation Time and How Iman Takes Time Off
  • Why it is a Good Idea to Hire Fast and Fire Slow
  • Why Iman is Passionate About Online Courses
  • What is a Joint Venture?
  • Why Iman Decided to Get Involved in Joint Venture Insider Circle
  • The Six-Figure Business which Iman is Creating in 47 Days as a Case Study
  • Who Iman Thanks for His Success

Resources Mentioned:

Sponsor: Rise25

Today’s episode is sponsored by Rise25 Media, where our mission is to connect you with your best referral partners, clients, and strategic partners. We do this through our done for you business podcast solution and content marketing. 

Along with my business partner Dr. Jeremy Weisz, we have over 18 years of experience with B2B podcasting, which is one of the best things you can do for your business and you personally. 

If you do it right, a podcast is like a “Swiss Army Knife” – it is a tool that accomplishes many things at once. It can and will lead to great ROI, great clients, referrals, strategic partnerships, and more. It is networking and business development; and it is personal and professional development which doubles as content marketing

A podcast is the highest and best use of your time and will save you time by connecting you to higher caliber people to uplevel your network. 

To learn more, go to or email us at [email protected]

To learn more, book a call with us here

Check out Rise25 to learn more about our done-for-you lead generation and done-for-you podcast services. 

Right Click here to download the MP3

Click here to subscribe via iTunes

Advertise on the Smart Business Revolution Podcast

Episode Transcript

John Corcoran 0:40

Alright, welcome, everybody. My guest on this show is Iman Aghay, who is the president of success road enterprises, which is an information marketing company based in Vancouver, Canada. And he’s a really interesting guy have I known for a number of years now, Amman immigrated from Iran at the age of 25. He knew nearly zero English, and yet has had a remarkably successful career in Canada had over 10,000 attendees as as events in a short period of time, over a couple of years. They put on hundreds of events through multiple different companies. Now we’re going to hear all about those. He’s built up a number of different businesses and he does training in how to create online courses, training and how to speak and do speaking events. He’s also part owner of the JV IC business, which is joint venture insider circle, which holds an annual event in Los Angeles, where it helps business owners to collaborate and do joint ventures in order to grow their businesses. So it’s got a lot of different irons in the fire, so to speak. And he’ll also talk about burnout. You know, he himself did over 200 talks a year for a while and really burned out. And so we’ll ask him a little bit about that. But first before we dive into the interview, this podcast is brought to you by rise 25 media which is our done for you boutique lead generation and podcasting agency, helping b2b businesses to get a steady flow of new leads, prospects, referral partners and strategic partners coming in the door, month after month and rise 25 media was created by myself and my business partner, Dr. Jeremy Weiss. It’s part of our mission to make the world a smaller place by creating connections one day at a time helping to connect more entrepreneurs and business owners with their ideal prospects and referral partners they love to work with work with you can learn more at rise 25 dot com or book a call with us to discuss your lead generation options and podcasting options at rise 25 dot com slash call. All right now on to my shows, I’m asthma. As I mentioned, my guest is Mr. A guy and you are the president and success road enterprises. And Amman Tell me a little bit about your life back in Iran before you moved over to Canada and essentially started a new life for yourself. And let’s start with your father because he’s a big inspiration for you. The man worked like crazy, I actually read that you said that even though you live in the same home with him. Sometimes you wouldn’t see him for three months at a time. That’s how much he was working. And he had this dream, retiring at age 53. And unfortunately, it didn’t come to fruition that way. So tell us a little bit about what it was like growing up with this. larger than life father figure who was involved in so many different businesses.

Iman Aghay 3:15

Yeah, as you mentioned by my dad was a serial entrepreneur, he was an investor in different businesses. And he actually built his life from scratch. When he was five years old, he had to actually work with his dad as a blacksmith because like they didn’t have money and they couldn’t afford like getting help. So a five year old kid had to go and kind of work besides fire and kind of smash iron. And God like that’s how he was raised. And when he was 18, he had like an egg and half a loaf of bread a day to eat. And that was like all he had Adam, on that he got himself to the best university in the country and got a scholarship and went through the school and

mid age 30 he was the deputy mayor of

one of the largest cities in the world then.

And then he decided to become an entrepreneur. And by when he was he was kind of like constantly working as a serial entrepreneur. He started like building companies and learning a lot and failing Dillard and kind of expanding his businesses. So by the time that he was 50, he had 10,000 employees and different companies. And yeah, and it was like, doing amazing. And his plan was to retire at age 53. And then when he turned 50, he was diagnosed with the disease called ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. And for those people who don’t know, als kills the patient within three to five years in most cases. And when my dad turns 53, he passed away. And he never retired. He never enjoyed his life, he died with massive amounts of regrets. And that’s actually shaped by actually me to work with entrepreneurs to help them build a business that serve their life purpose, because I know how hard it is to work for your life. And realizing one day that before you actually reach your dream, before you get to what you’re planning for, you may

you may actually kind of lose everything

that was actually kind of

I got actually more aligned with that story. When at age 27. One morning guy woke up and I was believing eternity, I was rushed to the hospital where doctors said I have lost 60% of my blood. And they couldn’t find the source of that bleeding. But they lost so much blood that they couldn’t start the surgery because they didn’t have enough blood for performing a surgery on me. And so they said, we’re going to connect you to blood transfusion. And hopefully we’re going to give you more blood faster than you’re losing. And hopefully you’re not gonna die. And I found myself in a day on my deathbed. And they just suddenly showed me that you know, it’s not age 53, you may actually die at 27, they just random need for absolutely no reason that they can’t find and one day out of nowhere. And so that kind of showed me life can end at any time without any announcement. And at that point, I was like, you know what I really want to help entrepreneurs and people live their lives through to their life, purpose, and through truth, the value and passion and purpose. And the point was that I didn’t know what my life purpose is. At that time, I didn’t know what my passion and values are. And I started searching for them and go through a journey of few years of figuring out my passion and purpose and values, gifts skills. And what I love to do every single day and I’m not going to get tired, then if I die at any point, I’m going to be happy. Kind of all of that started from that day after I came back from my death by then.

[continue to page 2]