Amish Shah is a INC. 500 Entrepreneur, an adventurer, a ‘Reality Hacker’, and a loving family man with a dream:
To empower you to shake off the disease of conformity, to inspire you to reach for goals so big they terrify you, and to open your eyes to who (and what) you really are.
Whenever Amish flaunts his views on business, human potential and the universe, people either think he’s batshit crazy, or one of the most refreshing visionaries they’ve ever met.
This is part 1 of a 2 part exclusive interview with Amish Shah where Spiritual Adventure meets Entrepreneurial Rebellion.
Amish, what’s an interestingly weird fact about yourself?
A lot of weird things about me but one of the weirdest things about me is that “I have this morning ritual i do every single day” it’s not the most normal routine on planet but works for me.
I wake up and look at my feet on the bed and ask, “What I am grateful for?”
Then I get up and swish my teeth with sesame oil because it’s really good and healthy.
Before eating I hit the gym and take a shower.
In ancient practices over 5,000 years ago every morning if you flush your mouth out with sesame oil, it’s the strongest oil in pulling out bacteria.
Your mouth is the gateway to your body, it wakes you up and refreshes all your organs and keeps you really healthy.
Please share a lil’ bit more about yourself and how your journey as an entrepreneur all began.
Born and raised in New Jersey, live in San Diego now, moved here 8 years ago.
Growing up I didn’t have everything he ever wanted, grew up in a poor household.
Had to figure out ways to make money.
Started hustling at 10 selling papers, got my first computer back in 1986 when I 6 or 7 years old.
Apple 2gs, was fascinated by these machines.
Back then was Atari and Nintendo but nothing like a computer.
I had to figure out how to support the family.
When I turned a teenager at 12, I got into computers, IBM compatible or PC’s as you would call them now.
Started programming at age 12.
Started building my own computers and software at age 13.
Sold that software but not for anything big, didn’t really go anywhere with it.
Around the age of 14 or 15 I got my first modem.
Started playing around with computers with modem, the speed was so slow compared to now.
Got into online stuff which lead into hacking.
Hacking was lead by curiosity.
In 1996 I got busted by the FBI for hacking and it was a wild experience.
Got into a lil’ bit of maliciousness at the end of my hacking career when I young and was bad.
Got 19 charges at the age of 16.
I remember sitting in front of a judge, the judge said…
“I don’t even know what the Internet is.”
Got away with 2 years probation and 100 hours of community service, luckily just a slap on the wrist which lead to a nation wide politics for all schools to get their kids not to do anything on school computers.
Governmental agencies, big banks, online service providers, etc. I hacked into.
It was a big group of us along with online friends.
We started a lil’ group and our mission was to distribute software for free.
The judge told him in front of the entire court room…
“If you had used your powers for good you can change the world, you’re a smart kid.”
Went to college, did the whole I’m gonna get a degree, 9-5 job, have some kids, retire, and that’s my life.
Ended up going to college and quit after 1 year.
By the time I was 18 or 19, got job offers for desktop support.
Was working while going to school, was making a lot at 19/20 years old, about $60 an hour fixing computers.
Ended up getting a full time job, got a degree in partying and realized it was not for me.
At 21-22 years old I said…
“This is cool but I don’t wanna have to wake up everyday to go to this job.
The net fascinated me.
Started dabbling with PPC and lost 8K in a weekend and had to take money out of my 401K to pay for that.
Still continued to do it, built a bunch of websites.
Built a site around the LOST show, and started making $10-20 bucks a day.
Scaled it, built new sites everyday with a goal to build a new site every 4 days.
Before I knew it, had 40 websites up and was doing a few hundred bucks a day.
Had online business making an extra 40-50K a year while working with AOL earning about 90K a year there.
Continued this grind for 2 and a half years, trying everything I possibly could.
Moved from AOL to Morgan Stanley.
Would wake up at 6-7am everyday, working all day get home and focus on my business.
Started bringing in 3-7K a day while working at my job.
Before I knew it, tripped my salary in 2 and a half months.
Parents were not having it.
My parents are immigrants from India.
In 2005 quit my job and did 750K in revenue my first year full time then did over a million 2nd year and haven’t looked back since.
Built company out of my house in Jersey City.
Built software to track my campaigns and see whats working.
Did that for 2 years and in 2008 got bored because I worked from home.
Then realized I can live anywhere so went to Cali and loved it because it’s warm and the palm trees, etc. it felt like a different world.
Got a 3 month lease in La Jolla in 2007 or 2008 and months turned into never coming back to NJ.
In 2008-2009 I done 2 and a half million in my business and decided to bring on a partner and make him a 50% owner.
Next year we did 5 and a half million and had the 62nd fastest growing company in the USA.
I had all material things I could dream of but didn’t have happiness, was depressed and it wasn’t who I was when I got started.
This was a WAKE-UP call to me.
What’s the best way for our listeners to connect with you Amish?
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