Homeless 14Yr Old Mother To Successful Entrepreneur

Abused, neglected, dyslexic, 4th grade education, abandoned, homeless, poverty, 14 year old mother, and more…These are just a few of the challenges Aimmee Kodachian Riley faced on her way to becoming a successful entrepreneur, speaker, author, and life coach.  Aimmee says,

Yet, none of us can completely erase the pain of the past. What we go through makes us who we are today. In order to live in peace and move forward, I had to forgive and work on my self-esteem. I opened my heart and shared my story to inspire others to overcome their struggles. Hold on to your faith, hopes, and dreams. You never know where life will take you.”

I first met Aimmee Kodachian in a mastermind group in Las Vegas on a Wednesday night.  Aimmee stood out with her voice, conviction, and the way that she carried herself.  I thought there was a chance we would speak again. 

About a third of the way through her book I knew I wanted to interview Aimmee if she was willing to reveal her story in a video interview.  Then about half way through the book I wasn’t sure if I believed anyone could have a good attitude after going through such dark struggles.  How can someone go through all of these tragedies and challenges and still smile, let alone write a book and turn into a successful entrepreneur.  As it turns out, she has a great attitude and looks at challenges in life or business as a way to grow as a person and business owner. 

Keep in mind this is not a tear jerker of a book.  It’s an inspiring story of triumph and overcoming life struggles.  Here is an excerpt from Aimmee’s book, Tears of Hope.

…I stood up and headed for the kitchen.  “I’ll get your tea, Robert,” I said with a smile on my face, elated and full of hope.  And then we can pick up where we left off.  I’ll be right back.”  Those were the last words I ever spoke to my brother… 

I turned my back going toward the kitchen.  Not a second later, a bomb came through the living-room window.

Enjoy the interview!

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Patricia Atcheson January 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Excellent choice and very inspiring interview! A great reminder on never giving up hope, or on your faith and dreams.

Just what the doctor would have ordered for me.

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