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“There are a lot of people who talk about success, but he’s the real deal,” Arnold Schwarzenegger has said of JT Foxx.

date—a waitress at a restaurant we used to visit every Sunday! We weren’t poor, but we weren’t rich either. My parents were very frugal.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR FIRST BREAKTHROUGH IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS? At first I wanted to be a priest, but my own priest told me that maybe God had a better plan for me. Speaking was not it, so I decided to be an attorney, although my grades weren’t high enough and I couldn’t afford the cost of law school. I went through serious depression for about six months until I woke up in the middle of the night and saw an infomercial on how to make money in property. I first thought it was a get-rich scheme, but I was already broke and depressed so I thought, why not? So I bought the training kit, moved to the US from Canada with $974 dollars to my name—and nothing more than an old Ford pickup truck with 317 000km on it. I was in pursuit of the American Dream!

WHAT EXACTLY DOES A WEALTH COACH DO? A wealth coach is someone who helps people start or grow their business. He helps come up with ideas and broadens an entrepreneur’s way of thinking. It’s always advisable to check with a wealth coach before making big moves in business to avoid making mistakes. In essence, a wealth coach is a shortcut, because doing things yourself could be very difficult.

“You need that fire in the belly; you need to want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe. That’s something you can’t put inside someone—they either have it or they don’t.”

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CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR BACKGROUND—WHERE YOU GREW UP, YOUR FAMILY? I grew up in Montreal, Canada with a French mother and English father. I was more of a ‘loser’ growing up, probably the least popular kid. It was very hard to find friends, especially because of my speech impediment. I was so unpopular that my dad had to find me a prom

VARIOUS PERSONALITIES HOLD YOU IN HIGH REGARD; APPLE CO-FOUNDER STEVE WOZNIAK IS ONE OF THEM. WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM ‘THE OTHER GUY’ WHO CLAIMS TO BE A GREAT WEALTH COACH? Woz is more of a friend, and one of the most genuine guys I’ve ever met. I love listening for hours about how he and Steve Jobs were coached and all the mistakes and successes they made earlier on. I’m a big fan of Al Pacino, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who have all attended my events. I have to say that Stallone is probably one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met. I’m blessed to have so many great friends who believe in me and are happy to do business with me.

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