Few people are aware that Khalil Rafati, 46, who now owns a multimillion-dollar business, once struggled with drug addiction and homelessness.
In his book “I Forgot to Leave,” the self-made billionaire recounts his experience of living in abject poverty 13 years ago. He discusses how he was able to transform his life and find success.
Khalil claimed that he was feeling despondent and weighed only 48 kg at the time.
“I accepted full responsibility for all that happened to me for the first time in my life. I promised God at that time that I would never again experience that.
Fortunately for him, a buddy who was concerned about him pushed him to start a juice business as a way to start a new chapter in his life.
He began preparing juices for the residents and employees of the Riviera Rehab Center, and with their assistance, he was able to regain control of his health.
After another five years, Khalil had established a solid name in the Hollywood area, which led him to launch SunLife Organics Juice Bars, a network of juice bars.
Because his customers flocked to his juice bar, his business expanded its beverage selection to include smoothies, coffee, and frozen yogurt. The chain’s locations not only provide a variety of healthy drinks, but they are also very well-liked by celebrities.
David Duchovny and Anthony Kides, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ lead singer and lyricist, frequently stop by his cafes.
Now, Khalil serves as an example for budding businesspeople who aspire to be successful businesses as well as for his staff members, many of whom endure similar hardships as he did when they were younger.
Therefore, he has some advice for anyone looking to improve their lives through careers in business: “Find out your weaknesses and connect yourself with someone who has knowledge and attributes that you don’t.” That ought to be sufficient.