Even though Khalil Rafati, now 46 years old, is the owner of a company worth several millions of dollars, not many people are aware of the fact that in the past he was homeless and fought with a substance misuse.
The self-made billionaire relates his story of how he overcame living in poverty 13 years ago in his book “I Forgot To Pass away.” He talks about how he was able to turn his life around and become successful.
According to Khalil, at the time he barely weighed 48 kg and was suffering from despair.
“It was the first time in my life that I accepted complete responsibility for everything that had taken place to me. Right then, I made a bargain with God that I would never feel that way again.”
To his good fortune, a buddy of his who was worried about him encouraged him to make positive changes in his life and begin a new chapter by opening a juice bar company.
He started making juices for the people staying at the Riviera Recovery Center as well as the employees there and because of the help he received from this organization, he was able to get his health back on track.
After another five years had passed, Khalil had established a positive reputation in the Hollywood area, which encouraged him to launch his very own juice bar chain and give it the name SunLife Organics juice bars.
His consumers loved his juice bar, and as a result, his company eventually extended their beverage offerings to include fruit cocktails, coffee, and frozen yoghurt. In addition to offering a variety of nutritious beverages, the chain’s locations are also very popular among famous people.
Anthony Kiedes, a vocalist and lyricist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, and David Duchovny, an actor, are two of the Hollywood A-listers who have been seen in the restaurant.
Now, Khalil is not only an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs who have the desire of becoming a great businessman like him, but he is also an inspiration to his workers, many of whom are suffering much as he did when he was younger.
Because of this, he has some words of wisdom to share with those who wish to make positive changes in their life via the world of business. “Figure out your deficiencies and connect yourself with someone who has the attributes that you lack”.