162: Andre Popa | The Immigrant’s Edge

On this episode of Build Your Network, Host Travis Chappell interviews Andre Popa, Romanian immigrant turned successful entrepreneur and founder of the Badassery Factory.

Here’s what Travis and Andre discuss in this episode:

  • About Andre Popa
    • An immigrant from Romania whose family escaped communism and whose father was imprisoned and tortured for 14 years.
    • When Andre came to the U.S. he started hustling.
    • He got into the real estate game in his early 20’s and took the renovation and construction game to the next level.
    • He’s seen poverty and success like most haven’t.
  • Talk to us about your childhood
    • During WWII he was recruited by the CIA to be coached and trained in espionage.
    • Once the CIA didn’t need them anymore, they sent them back to Romania.
    • Everyone automatically got a life sentence in communist prison.
      • They were tortured and given tiny amounts of food and water
      • They would end up in solitary confinement.
      • They would get beat with rubber hoses for hours, he lost almost all of his teeth.
    • After 14 years he got out of prison because they were liberated, finally, by the U.S. government.
      • The U.S. offered a visa to them and they were gone in two months.
      • They needed a sponsor in the U.S. to move here.
      • He was nine when they moved to the U.S.
    • He vividly remembers living in Romania.
      • They were followed all the time and their phones were tapped because his dad was an ex-con.
      • In Romania they would go to school for a few hours and then would stand in line for food.
      • They would play with toys they could create.
    • Talk about “the immigrants edge.”
      • Text “Iambadass” to 345345 to get the immigrant’s edge in three easy steps.
      • At the age of nine they didn’t have money or speak English, and they would dumpster dive.
        • People today aren’t willing to do that to put food on the table.
      • What did you want to do with your life once you started going to school in the U.S?
        • He started selling stuff from the minute they moved here.
        • He loved the chase and attracting whatever he wanted.
        • His father became an electrical contractor and they would go out with him.
          • He started posting ads and doing electrical work.
        • In 11th grade, he wanted to get into the mechanics class, but they put him in theatre.
          • It turns out that he loves acting and starts winning acting awards and acting nationally.
        • He didn’t know how to spend his money and save money.
        • He transferred into entrepreneurship and bought a restaurant.
      • What business did you create from buying your first property?
        • He and his wife love real estate, building and flipping.
        • He started designing spaces and got his contractor’s license.
          • They started attracting celebrities and people of high net worth.
        • Everything disappeared in the recession, so now they’re diversifying.
      • Talk about some of your favorite projects.
        • They remodeled a home in Malibu that was 24,000 sq ft. with a 3,000 sq ft. guest house and 2 2,500 sq ft. apartments.
          • The home was on the edge of a cliff with ocean.
          • The home sold for $80million in cash.
        • They remodeled a home in Beverly Hills for $20 million.
          • The house looks like watch movement with curvature, etc.
        • Is it weird coming from a communist background to seeing some of the most luxurious lifestyles.
          • It’s surreal, but not difficult.
          • It’s a mindset.
          • He came from a background where his father was very harsh because of his own pain.
          • He was 17 when he bought his first Zig Ziglar book.
          • It’s a matter of knowing that there’s more and anything is possible.
        • How did you decide to start travelling?
          • One of their big passions is travel and adventure.
          • They decided to homeschool their girls because they wanted the freedom to travel.
          • About a year ago they decided to end doing contstruction because they weren’t having fun.
          • We tend to justify income, just because the money’s good doesn’t mean you should keep doing it.
        • Is there a season to put your head down and grind, or should you always enjoy what you do?
          • We all get stuck in patterns and we justify because we fear change.
          • As soon as you make a decision, the universe conspires to bring it to you.
            • You have to take the first step.
          • Talk about the Badassery Factory.
            • It came up as a concept where they can help a lot of people.
            • You only have to shift a few things to get someone thinking the right way.
            • They want to train people on how to become, stay and be a biger badass.
            • We’re in America and we can do anything we want.
              • If you need perspective, go travel.
            • They love to celebrate, they also have training, programs, coaching, and more.
          • One of their latest businesses that’ blowing up is CBD.
          • Do you believe that what you know or who you know is more important, and why?
            • With who you know, you can work together to create magic.
            • For quiet people, what they know is more important because it helps get them into the networking room.
          • Talk to us about a couple of practical things you’ve done to grow your network.
            • Always self-develop
              • Get to the core of who you are.
            • Learn to create value for others.
              • Making things about other people.

The Random Round:

  • What profession other than your own do you think it would be fun to attempt?
    • Racecar Driver
  • If you could sit on a park bench with anyone for an hour who would it be, and why?
    • Jesus
    • He wants the truth
  • How do you like to consume content?
    • Audio because he’s on the go.
  • What’s one of your favorite audiobooks or podcasts?
    • The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
  • Give us a glimpse of your morning routine?
    • Wakes up and takes his supplements
    • Coffee
    • Gym
    • Pounds himself with self-development
  • What is your go-to pump up song?
    • Let’s Get it Started by the Black Eyed Peas
  • What is one thing you’re not very good at?
    • Details in accounting.
  • What is one place where we can find you the most?
    • Social platforms @andrepopa or @badasseryfactory
    • com
    • Text iambadass to 345345

Tweetable Quotes:

  • As long as you’re willing to fight in the U.S. the sky is the limit.
  • Don’t put your eggs in one basket, get more baskets.
  • If it’s not fun, you have to stop.
  • Life goes in the direction of our thoughts.

Resources Mentioned:

Buildyournetwork.co – Podcast website

BYN.media/fb – Facebook Group

Badasseryfactory.com – Andre’s website

The Science of Getting Rich book by Wallace Wattles

Text iambadass to 345345 to get a free resource.

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