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From Rags To Trump: How Troy McClain Created His Own American Dream

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Troy McClainOne second with today’s guest, Troy McClain, and it will be nearly impossible not to like him. I was first introduced to Troy via the good ole television when he made it to the final four of the first season of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice. Troy is literally an “up from the bootstraps” story of someone that has used charisma, hustle, and street smarts to become a successful entrepreneur, a reality star, and now a personality sharing his unique story with the world.

In this interview, Troy share his story. Everything from successes, to failures, to caring for a special needs sister (as well as a juicy behind-the-scenes look at The Apprentice).

My hope is, like me, you will get a ton of inspiration and ideas. Enjoy! Troy also sets the all-time RISE record for amount of clever rhymes in one episode. Keep an ear out.

As always, would love to hear your feedback. What is your take on Troy’s story?

Connect With Troy (and tell him you saw him on RISE!):

On His Website

This Episode Is Ever-So-Proudly Sponsored By:

Jeff MichelmanJeff Michelman: *A special ONLY FOR THE RISE COMMUNITY* – Jeff has generously offered a free legal consultation to RISE viewers. It is like getting some free time with a Rolls-Royce (or other exotic, valuable car…umm, you know what I mean). Trust me, some lawyers are scary, and Jeff is not. He is one of the good guys (and also an author, entrepreneur, and my personal attorney). Reach out to him via email, or at 314-244-3669, and make sure to mention RISE.

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