Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5
Subscribe

After Losing Everything, This Entrepreneur Rebuilt Using 2 Simple Strategies

Do you have the patience to avoid shiny objects and learn from the best?

By
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

At ClickFunnels’ annual Funnel Hacking Live conference, Emily Richett interviews Bryan Dulaney to discover how he built his business after losing his previous business, his partnership and nearly his life.

Dulaney says a major turning point in his life was during college when he woke up surrounded by doctors. They told him he was a living miracle; he had just survived alcohol poisoning from a blood alcohol level of 0.39.

Realizing his life had been spared for a reason, Dulaney spent the following two years searching for his purpose. The answer, he said, was “to share my story with the world and help other people share their story.”

Then in 2013, Dulaney lost his business, as well as his business partner and his relationship. He went from owning a successful company to moving back in with his parents.

“I lost it all, and I woke up one night and I had this thought when I woke up which was, 'Do what you know works?' And that was to promote other people's stuff as an affiliate, like ClickFunnels, and service people who need help with funnels and marketing and advertising,” Dulaney said.

So, Dulaney built a new business from the ground up, earning Click Funnels’ prestigious 8-Figure Award. How does he create this momentum for his own business and his clients? By avoiding these two “deadly invisible forces”:

1. Avoid shiny object syndrome.

Hone in on your company’s product, message, and overall brand. It’s better to do one or two things really well than to do a lot of things poorly.

Dulaney says, “There's new offers, there's new marketers, there's new things on the market. So shiny object syndrome is one of those things that we have to avoid.”

2. Don’t be a lone wolf.

You don’t have to rely on just yourself to reach your goals. In fact, you shouldn’t. Think of it in terms of martial arts: You wouldn't work toward a black belt without a sensei. If you’re running a business, learn from someone who has already found success with their own business.

Dulaney says, “The fastest path to success is to hire a coach or mentor who's already successful.”

To learn more about Dulaney’s story, watch the full interview above.

Latest

How to Lead Calmly and Effectively While Your Business Experiences Growth

The co-founder and CEO of Komodor discusses his company's journey and his advice for entrepreneurs who find themselves in the spotlight overnight.

This Meta Leader Has Interviewed More Than 300 Job Candidates. Here are Her Pro Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Job Interview.

Meta's head of Global Environmental, Social, and Governance Business shares her dos and don'ts when it comes to the phases of a job interview.

This No-Code Platform Just Closed a $55.5 Million Round B

The co-founder and CEO of EasySend shares how his company creates digital customer journeys and his advice for entrepreneurs looking to break through the noise.

This SaaS Founder Sold His Business to Oracle for $9.3 Billion

In November 2016, NetSuite was acquired for $9.3 billion. Founder Evan Goldberg explains how it happened.

These Founders Started Their Company With a $300 Investment. They've Now Done $1 Million in Profits.

Watch this exciting episode of 'Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch' to learn about Canadian legging company Rose Buddha and see which hopefuls are able to land investor capital.

This Digital Campaign Celebrates the Fast-Growing Workforce of Web Creators

Elementor's VP of Marketing discusses the company's digital campaign and how web creators fit into the larger creator economy.

Watch the 60-Second Pitch That Landed a $500,000 Investment

Find out which companies impress our investors on another exciting episode of 'Elevator Pitch.'

Why This CEO Believes Entrepreneurship Is as Important to Learn as Geometry

Ayele Shakur shares her bold plan to make entrepreneurship education a requirement for high-school students and explains why business leaders should get on board.

How this Healthcare Entrepreneur is Disrupting the Fertility Space

The Founder and CEO of Inception Fertility shares how his family's road to parenthood inspired a brand that's making fertility treatment more accessible and the patient experience at the heart of what they do.

Can a Sex-Enhancement Product Score a $100K Deal in 60 Seconds?

Don't miss the new 'Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch' episode. Watch now!

Why This Company Is Providing Financial Services for the Blockchain Space

The co-founder and managing partner of Nexo shares how his company has expanded from a lending service to a 360-degree financial management platform.

This Doctor Uses Machine Learning to Identify Overlooked Causes of Infertility

The founder of Pregmune shares how his company is revolutionizing the treatment of fertility care.

Discover Entrepreneur Series

Whether you need advice on how to get your business off the ground or you’re just looking for inspiration, our video series have something for everyone. Browse our library below to find a series that speaks to you and your interests.

  • An original series streaming weekly where you can Click-to-Invest while you watch. THEIR JOURNEY. Your decision.
  • Your favorite pitch show is back with new entrepreneurs pitching Entrepreneur's investors.
  • Host Nicole Walters interviews small business founders to discuss their unique challenges and experiences running and growing a business. 
  • Jessica Abo covers the causes people care about, the powerful work they do and how they got to where they are in the first place.
  • Bestselling author, Ben Angel, takes his audience on a journey into the entrepreneurial mind to uncover why we do what we do through his powerful short films and educational videos so you can unleash your ideas and potential.
  • Watch our staff interview top entrepreneurs and report on location in these Entrepreneur.com exclusive videos.