Let’s start broad. What’s your story?
My name is Benjamin Fanning and I am 35 years old, from England, Manchester. I am a Co-founder of the H3 Movement.
Throughout my teen years and even as a young man, my life went through some drastic changes. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a risk taker. I was a lovable rogue who wouldn’t let anyone tell me what I could or couldn’t do.
I found school difficult because I am a hands-on learner. Without being able to learn and communicate the way school had programmed, along with troubles in reading and writing, I ended up not finishing high school and leaving without any qualifications.
Being told by those around me that I would never amount to anything, only fueled my drive for success. My ambition has always been to be my own boss and live life by my own terms. This entrepreneurial spirit helped me hustle and survive throughout high school, however, I got involved in some dangerous activities after being kicked out.
Being a product of my environment, I was involved in crime, gang culture and fast money.
After a crazy 10-year journey, at 25-years old I found myself locked up in jail. It was at this point in my life, I realized in order for my life to change for the better, I had to change myself first. I am not a product of my circumstances, but a product of my decisions. Leaving jail, I dedicated my life to personal growth and development.
This has given me the ability to be successful in multiple industries over the last 10 years. Now, I am my own boss working on, what I believe to be, a revolutionary twist to the network marketing industry.
What’s your why?
Well, I never seem to have one specific WHY. For instance, I have a different WHY for my health, my family, my dreams and my ambitions. One thing I know for sure is that no matter what your WHY is, it must be bigger than your excuses! I would say my life’s purpose is to expand and grow so I can impact people’s lives, especially my family and those I care about.
What have you accomplished?
I really feel like I have defied the odds. Coming from the types of circumstances I mentioned above, I’ve accomplished a lot in my life thus far. My biggest accomplishments are my kids and my wife. I am thankful I can be a good dad to my 3 kids Olivia, Cairo and Amara. Of course, every king needs a queen and every queen needs a king. Lisa is just that, and my biggest blessing!
When did you get into entrepreneurship?
I would say my entrepreneurial spirit shone brightly way back in high school when I first started hustling. I would sell anything and everything I could.
What made you take the leap into entrepreneurship?
I took the leap because I wanted to live life by my own terms. I don’t like to be told what to do, which is enough fuel to my fire.
What is your background?
I was involved in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and nutritionist. Also, I have owned multiple sales companies, including those that invest in property and oil.
How do you personally define success?
For me, success means to be rich in all accounts: rich in love, in business, in relationships, in health and in thoughts.
What differentiates you from everyone else in your field?
I believe everyone has their own unique abilities, however, experiences are huge. I would say because of the obstacles I have overcome, I have gained a variety of skills, knowledge, experience, and wisdom that will help me relate and connect to a wider audience of people.
What would you say to someone who came to you for advice about taking the ‘leap of faith’ into entrepreneurship?
It is important to believe in yourself. You will make mistakes, but that is part of the process. You will either win, or you will learn. Learn to fail forward, and when you do, be humble enough to ask for help. And as always, enjoy the process. You only live once, so time is limited. Never let your business come before things that are priceless, such as your health and your family.
What are 5 best practice tips you can share with our readers as it relates to your industry?
5 tips from my perspective are:
1) Master the basics and be ruthless to your commitment. Execute what you said you would do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.
2) Success leaves footprints; invest in mentors and take advice from those who are successful.
3) Lead by example. Be a lighthouse, not a tug boat. Build and connect teams with like-minded people.
4) Connection starts with yourself. Put energy into daily habits that will better you for the greater outcome.
5) There is no such thing as overnight success. BE CONSISTENT!!
What would you credit your success to?
A huge part of my success, if not all of it, comes from my courage to fail forward and never give up.
Who are 3 people that inspire you?
3 people that inspire me are my wife Lisa Fanning, Paul Mort and Phil Richards. I am thankful for the support and wisdom from them.
What is the best way for someone to reach you if they are interested in working with you?
Facebook: Ben Fanning
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