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3 Top Tips For Entrepreneurs, From Ali Siam CEO Of Siam Sports Management




Ali Siam, CEO of Siam Sports Management in Los Angeles, knows a lot about entrepreneurship. He watched as his parents worked their way up from nothing to own two highly successful businesses, and took many lessons from that experience. He successfully broke into the professional sports industry as an agent, and now owns his own company representing NFL athletes. Now, Siam wants to share some of the things he learned along the way that might help other entrepreneurs build a successful business.

1. Treat others like people, not investments – One of the key lessons Siam refers to in his life is learning how to treat people. His parents, who came to the United States from Iran, started at the bottom, making very little for long laborious jobs. They worked hard and now own two very profitable businesses. Siam credits that success to how they treat people as individuals, not investments or dollar signs. He has taken that and applied it to his own businesses. Treat people as people, get to know them, understand their story, this will help build a better relationship, and they will trust you, leading to a better business connection long term.

2. Be honest – Next to treating people well, Siam points to honesty as the next top thing entrepreneurs should focus on. This means being an authentic person, presenting their business for what it is. People are going to see through any kind of fake front or claims, you do not want to be known as the person who lies, makes empty promises, or cannot deliver when the time comes. Your reputation is your brand, and building a strong reputation, as an honest business, is going to yield a much more positive return for your business.

3. See things from others’ perspective – This applies to others in the industry as well as potential clients. Talking with others, those who have been around the field for a while can give amazing insight into customer bases, products, and how the industry works. This perspective can be incredibly valuable when navigating the different challenges that come up. Understanding where the client is coming from, what they need and want, helps entrepreneurs build the best services for clients, and meet their needs.

Siam stresses that people are the key to entrepreneurship, so treating them with respect, as individuals, and as people, not dollar signs will go a long way in building professional relationships that last and benefit your business. Learn more from Siam on Instagram and through his company website.

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Turning Tragedy into Triumph Through Walking With Anthony




On the morning of February 6, 2010, Anthony Purcell took a moment to admire the churning surf before plunging into the waves off Miami Beach. Though he had made the dive numerous times before, that morning was destined to be different when he crashed into a hidden sandbar, sustaining bruises to his C5 and C6 vertebrae and breaking his neck.

“I was completely submerged and unable to rise to the surface,” Purcell recalls. “Fortunately, my cousin Bernie saw what was happening and came to my rescue. He saved my life, but things would never be the same after that dive.”

Like thousands of others who are confronted with a spinal cord injury (SCI), Purcell plunged headlong into long months of hopelessness and despair. Eventually, however, he learned to turn personal tragedy into triumph as he reached out to fellow SCI victims by launching Walking With Anthony.

Living with SCI: the first dark days

Initial rehabilitation for those with SCIs takes an average of three to six months, during which time they must relearn hundreds of fundamental skills and adjust to what feels like an entirely new body. Unfortunately, after 21 days, Purcell’s insurance stopped paying for this essential treatment, even though he had made only minimal improvement in such a short time.

“Insurance companies cover rehab costs for people with back injuries, but not for people with spinal cord injuries,” explains Purcell. “We were practically thrown to the curb. At that time, I was so immobile that I couldn’t even raise my arms to feed myself.”

Instead of giving up, Purcell’s mother chose to battle his SCI with long-term rehab. She enrolled Purcell in Project Walk, a rehabilitation facility located in Carlsbad, California, but one that came with an annual cost of over $100,000.

“My parents paid for rehabilitation treatment for over three years,” says Purcell. “Throughout that time, they taught me the importance of patience, compassion, and unconditional love.”

Yet despite his family’s support, Purcell still struggled. “Those were dark days when I couldn’t bring myself to accept the bleak prognosis ahead of me,” he says. “I faced life in a wheelchair and the never-ending struggle for healthcare access, coverage, and advocacy. I hit my share of low points, and there were times when I seriously contemplated giving up on life altogether.”

Purcell finds a new purpose in helping others with SCIs

After long months of depression and self-doubt, Purcell’s mother determined it was time for her son to find purpose beyond rehabilitation.

“My mom suggested I start Walking With Anthony to show people with spinal cord injuries that they were not alone,” Purcell remarks. “When I began to focus on other people besides myself, I realized that people all around the world with spinal cord injuries were suffering because of restrictions on coverage and healthcare access. The question that plagued me most was, ‘What about the people with spinal cord injuries who cannot afford the cost of rehabilitation?’ I had no idea how they were managing.”

Purcell and his mother knew they wanted to make a difference for other people with SCIs, starting with the creation of grants to help cover essentials like assistive technology and emergency finances. To date, they have helped over 100 SCI patients get back on their feet after suffering a similar life-altering accident.

Purcell demonstrates the power and necessity of rehab for people with SCIs

After targeted rehab, Purcell’s physical and mental health improved drastically. Today, he is able to care for himself, drive his own car, and has even returned to work.

“Thanks to my family’s financial and emotional support, I am making amazing physical improvement,” Purcell comments. “I mustered the strength to rebuild my life and even found the nerve to message Karen, a high school classmate I’d always had a thing for. We reconnected, our friendship evolved into love, and we tied the knot in 2017.”

After all that, Purcell found the drive to push toward one further personal triumph. He married but did not believe a family was in his future. Regardless of his remarkable progress, physicians told him biological children were not an option.

Despite being paralyzed from the chest down, Purcell continued to look for hope. Finally, Dr. Jesse Mills of UCLA Health’s Male Reproductive Medicine department assured Purcell and his wife that the right medical care and in vitro fertilization could make their dream of becoming parents a reality.

“Payton joined our family in the spring of 2023,” Purcell reports. “For so long, I believed my spinal cord injury had taken everything I cared about, but now I am grateful every day. I work to help other people with spinal cord injuries find the same joy and hope. We provide them with access to specialists, funding to pay for innovative treatments, and the desire to move forward with a focus on the future.”

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