They nicknamed him the “Commodore”. An efficient businessman who built one of the largest empires that America has ever seen.
Cornelius Vanderbilt came from nothing and built an empire like no other. He was so ruthless and efficient than competitors paid him hefty sums not to compete with them.
Very few people could do what Cornelius did and recently I got a chance to meet one of those few individuals.
Efe Elmacioglu is a dropshipping guru who has sold over $700k worth of products in 2 years. I spoke to Efe and asked him a few questions and this was how the conversation went:
Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
My name is Efe Elmacioglu and I’m from Turkey. When I was 19 I moved to Poland as an exchange student and I started my first dropshipping store. It was a disaster. I was getting paid around $200 a month and spending all on ads haha.
I had to live with my girlfriend at that time because I was spending all my money on my store and I didn’t even have any money to buy food.
Fast forward to now, I’m almost 21 and I have managed to sell over 700K worth products in the past 2 years.
My life changed completely after realizing Shopify was the reason I kept failing. Now I use click funnels instead and make much more money. In fact, I’m showing everyone how I did it and how I sold over +100K in 21 days with click funnels on my webinar. (http://www.startwithfunnels.com/live)
What has been your greatest source of inspiration?
I grew up in Turkey. Imagine a country where the minimum wage is $300 and there is no way of making money online. No Paypal, no stripe, nothing. There’s no way to get paid in Turkey. It’s all banned.
When I moved out, it was my chance.
I was looking for a job and they all wanted me to speak Polish which I didn’t. So I was searching for ways to make money on the internet and since it was possible, unlike Turkey, I HAD to make it in 5 months which was the duration of my stay. I spent all my time focusing on that and finally by the end of 3rd month I was making 3-5K a month.
The best inspiration in this world is urgency. Knowing that you don’t have time is the key.
What values and principles made you successful at dropshipping?
I believe the principals to succeed in anything is the same. I never stopped moving forward. Sometimes I didn’t eat, sometimes I spent my girlfriend’s money to make this happen.
If you never stop moving, you’ll eventually reach your goal.
What words of advice would you like to share with anyone out there who wants to go into dropshipping?
My biggest advice is this:
Nobody, not even your parents can make you successful. You are the only person who can do it. It’s going to be hard. You’ll face challenges. But keep going. I know everyone is telling you this but success is about failing. When you fail, you get closer to your goal.
However, there is a thin line between trying and struggling. If you feel like it’s not for you, move on to the next thing. I had my success after realizing Shopify wasn’t profitable. When I abandoned Shopify I made my first 6 figures in 21 days.
What is your favorite quote in the world and why?
My favorite quote is from Ataturk, the father of Turkey:
Victory is for those who can say “Victory is mine”. Success is for those who can begin saying “I will succeed” and say “I have succeeded” in the end.
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