Parham Parastaran | Immigrating from Iran to the Land of Opportunity and Seizing the Opportunity

Show Notes

Parham Parastaran shares how he was able to escape and immigrate from Iran and to overcome drug addiction and sexual abuse in route to growing a 18 dealership business that he sold for over $10 million. 


  1. Author of “Perfect Pain”. 
  2. Parham recently exited his Car-X Tire & Auto dealership for over $10 Million and shifted his focus on mental health advocacy. 
  3. Although he enjoyed the success as an entrepreneur, he had a secret: He suffered from severe depression and addiction. Parham showcased the epitome of the American dream, Perfect Pain showcases his powerful story and has inspired his readers to find a balance. 
  4. I know that you’ve had a ton of success at this point in your career, but I would love to start off at the bottom and the very beginning of your career. What was your life like growing up and where did you grow up?
    1. NOTE: From fleeing Iran to being the epitome of the American dream – The insecurities and shame that tagged along with Parham when he experienced the American culture to favour success, fueled his goals in life. He fled Iran as a young boy and came to the USA as a refugee, with tremendous grit and determination he started a business which he recently exited for 10+ million dollars. He can give insights on the drive a person’s childhood played towards their success, to overcome insecurities and shame by rewarding themselves with successful careers.
    2. Moved 11 different times
  5. When did you first figure out what you wanted to do professionally?
    1. Parham first wanted to be a pilot.
    2. Parham mowed lawns and had a lemonade stand growing up.
    3. Parham was a tennis pro and has saved up $70,000 to start his business.
  6. How did you start your first company? 
  7. How did you go about funding your first company?
  8. How did you go about getting your first 10 customers?
  9. Parham Parastaran When did you first feel like you were truly beginning to gain traction with your career?
  10. If possible, I would really like to tap into the wisdom you gained during your time spent growing the 18 dealerships…let’s talk about location. Where do most entrepreneurs get it wrong by default as it relates to location?
    1. NOTES:
      1. Location location location – When Parham made the 8 figure exit he had 18 dealerships and over saw hundreds of deals. One of his primary expertise is choosing the right location for a business and it may not be as straightforward as most people may think. A big city doesn’t necessarily equal Big money, in fact, his most profitable dealership was in a small town that no one had heard of.  Parham can talk about the importance of targeting the right location to gain higher revenue, by being smarter and studying the community. 
  11.  Parham, how can people make or break your business?
    1. NOTES: – Parham believes in the maintenance of business culture dictating the longevity and sustainability of your business. Having the right people who fit into the business culture is an aspect that Parham doesn’t overlook no matter the situation, hiring someone who doesn’t fit is like inviting cancer. Parham insights on the importance of culture in businesses can help your audience build a strong company. 
  12. Parham Parastaran, but inspired you to write your book Perfect Pain?
  13. At its core, what is Perfect Pain all about?
  14. Parham, you have written that high levels of achievement is a form of a drug, Parham sought that high and continued to take that stimulus to maintain that high. I’d love for you to share what you mean by this.
    1. NOTES: That drove his success in career, soon was desensitised to the whole process. The realization of digging his own pitfall was the start of truly being successful in his life. Parham can give your listeners the negatives of using any form of drugs to reach their goal. 
  15. Parham Parastaran I’d love for you to share with the listeners about the kinds of projects that you are up to?
  16. How, you come across as a very proactive person…so how do you typically organize the first four hours of your and what time do you typically wake up?
  17. What are a few of your daily habits that you believe have allowed you to achieve success?
  18. What advice would you give the younger version of yourself?
  19. We find that most successful entrepreneurs tend to have idiosyncrasies that are actually their super powers…what idiosyncrasy do you have?
  20. What message or principle that you wish you could teach everyone?
  21. Parham Parastaran What are a couple of books that you believe that all of our listeners should read?
  22. You’ve got the mic, what is one thing that you want to share with the Thrive Nation before you drop the mic?
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