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Meet Adam Mendler of Thirty Minute Mentors

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Mendler.

Hi Adam, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My brother and I launched The Veloz Group in 2012, leaving our respective careers to try to build something we believed in. We named the company after the street we grew up on, Veloz Ave., in Tarzana. We started by taking all of the ideas we had and trying to turn them into different businesses. After a year of realizing that we were running in way too many different directions to ever be successful, we took a step back and focused on our two concepts closest to monetization.

Over the years, we have taken these ideas and turned them into businesses that have been able to impact customers across the country – and now the world – beyond our imagination. In addition to operating Beverly Hills Chairs and Custom Tobacco, we started a consulting company, Veloz Solutions, and have worked on and continue to work on some incredible projects.

I have also done a lot of writing and speaking on leadership and related topics, which led me to launch Thirty Minute Mentors, a leadership and personal/professional development podcast consisting of one on one interviews with America’s most accomplished people – Fortune 500 CEOs, founders of household name companies, Hall of Fame and Olympic gold medal-winning athletes, political and military leaders – on how they made it to the top and how listeners can too. My goal is to give listeners access to invaluable content from the best network of mentors possible – in thirty-minute increments.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely not. I have come to learn the hard way that in entrepreneurship, the path to success is anything but linear. However, as discussed often on Thirty Minute Mentors with many of the most successful leaders in the country, failure is a gateway to success. The only people who never fail are people who refuse to challenge themselves.

When we first started, we had many ideas we wanted to develop and spent our time working on all of them. As a result, we went nowhere. Our attention was divided across projects, which meant that none of them took off. It took us time – and hard knocks – to realize that less can be more.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Thirty Minute Mentors?
I am the creator and host of Thirty Minute Mentors, where I go one on one with America’s most accomplished and insightful people on how they made it to the top and how listeners can too. Each episode features a wealth of practical, actionable advice from a leading CEO, founder, athlete, celebrity, influencer, political leader or general/admiral. My goal is to give listeners access to the best network of mentors through intimate half-hour conversations each week.

Thirty Minute Mentors is available on all major podcasting apps and I always encourage new listeners to start with the guest most interesting to them,

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
We can spend hours on this topic. The first step is putting yourself out there. There are many people willing to serve as mentors and many people eager to serve as mentors. There are organizations like SCORE and the SBA that can help connect you to potential mentors. Don’t be afraid to initiate contact with strangers – they can become friends and mentors.

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