Most entrepreneurs dream of the day they get to own their first Supercar.
Radin Mahdavi, who just turned 23 years old, already owns a Lamborghini Huracan, BMW i8, and Porsche Panamera.
While many of his social media followers admire his car collection, that isn’t what makes him special. It’s the fact that he came to America from Iran, didn’t speak English, and started his first business when he was a teenager in high school.
Now, Mahdavi is the owner of The Affluent Co., a luxury goods company that manufactures Italian products in python, alligator, and other exotic leathers. He is also a partner in Gen XVIII Marketing, a full-service marketing agency based out of Los Angeles that serves the needs of high net worth individuals.
ThriveGlobal interviewed Mahdavi, and he told us his beliefs on being successful in business and in life as a young entrepreneur.
“It’s crucial to follow whatever your passion is in life,” Mahdavi told ThriveGlobal. “Never do something that makes you unhappy. Doing what you love and being surrounded by loving and supporting people is what brings genuine happiness and success, not material things, although they are extremely fun.”
While many young people reach out to him for advice because they see his cars, he feels lucky that he is in a position to inspire them to also build a business.
“Two years ago, I would’ve never in my wildest dreams imagined being able to buy a Lamborghini at 22,” Mahdavi continued. “Things like this happen when you decide to start following your passion instead of worrying about what other people want from you or think of you. Anything in this life really is possible when you put the work in and love the work you do.”
He credits much of his success to his friend group, which he dubs “The Boys.”
“You are the sum of the five closest people you know,” Mahdavi said. “That’s why my best friends have been instrumental in my success. Surround yourself with the best, and you’ll be the best.
“That’s why you have to surround yourself with the best. No goal is unreachable and age means absolutely nothing. With the right amount of hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.”