John Shin, entrepreneur, philanthropist, executive producer, author,motivational speaker and critically-acclaimed business coach, captivates his audiences with a sense of humor and contagious energy that keeps people on the edge of their seats after 12 hours of intensive mentorship.
Having immigrated to Los Angeles from South Korea shortly after his birth, John grew up in a traditional home where he was expected to become one of two things: a doctor or a lawyer. Yet, it is his entrepreneurial spirit that would ultimately guide his path to success. In elementary school, John began a candy sales business with the vision of purchasing his bike. Soon after, he began working in his parents’ liquor store.
However, John was also bullied at a very young age. In order to defend himself, he immediately began training in Tae Kwon-Do, Judo, and Hapkido. Since then, John has won Regional and State competitions, a National Gold Medal, and later, competed at the World Games, Pan American games, and at the 1988 Olympic Trials. It was through this training and discipline that John developed into a relentless fighter for anything that he planned to achieve.
John then went on to receive his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, an M.B.A., and a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law. Throughout college, he supported himself by starting his own valet parking business and selling real estate. Immediately after college, John was recruited to work at a Fortune 100 company, but soon learned that the corporate world was not for him. When he was introduced to the financial services industry by his wife, Arlene, John knew that this would fit his entrepreneurial vision and mission to spread financial literacy.
He has mentored and trained hundreds of thousands of people nationwide to become successful business owners. In John’s own words, “Show me your mentor, and I’ll show you your future.”
Throughout his career, John has been featured in Forbes Magazine (August 12, 2013 Edition) and Forbes Special Edition as well as Finance Magazine and Advantage Magazine.
As the modern-day author of the bestselling book, Think and Grow Rich, written by Napoleon Hill in 1937, and the Executive Producer of the feature film, Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy, John continues his mission to inspire young entrepreneurs everywhere. Driven by the principles of this Napoleon Hill’s bestseller himself, John was inspired to contribute to the Napoleon Hill Foundation. Soon after, he met with the board of the foundation and was struck with the idea and passion to create a feature film to capture the legacy of this book. This film, currently sweeping across the nation, has catapulted the legacy of Think and Grow Rich into the modern digital age.
When John was asked to become the modern-day author of Think and Grow Rich, he knew that this endeavor would transform the way current and future generations view the path to success. Drawing from the foundations established by Napoleon Hill in the original text, John has interviewed major influences in today’s society such as Steve Aoki, Ray Parker Jr. and Kevin Harrington from the ABC hit show, Shark Tank, to convey the way in which their stories of success embrace the principles of Think and Grow Rich.
His desire to give back does not stop there. As the co-founder of All For One, a nonprofit organization, John helps to create child prosperity centers across the globe. He also sits on the board of the nonprofit organizations, Mixed Roots Foundation and Asian Voices, and has worked with organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, and CARE. His unyielding persistence, desire for greatness, hope for the future, and of course, flair for entertainment has established the mentor and leader that is, John Shin.