About Derek Gehl
Derek Gehl is a serial internet entrepreneur, who started his first online business in 1997... blah, blah, blah.
Nope. Can't do it.
I'm NOT going to write this page in the the 3rd person, trying to make myself sound all uppity and important.
I'm not applying for a job. This isn't my resume.
This is my story.
And I know that my story is probably more important to you than a bunch of ego-inflating facts.
If you're interested in working with me or investing your time in any of my tools or training, I think it's important that I'm completely transparent with you.
So here goes nothing...
The good, the bad, and the ugly!
If you landed on my website hoping to find someone who can help you get-rich-quick, you're in the wrong place.
I can't help you.
After building multiple 6, 7, and even a few 8 figure online businesses I can tell you there is no such thing as get-rich-quick.
Being an entrepreneur is tough.
Having a steady 9-5 job with benefits is definitely the easier route to a good (not great) life.
So if you are looking for "easy" and are satisfied with "good," close your browser and go get a job.
Still here? Good... maybe you're just crazy enough become an entrepreneur.
Which brings me to my next point...
I practice what I preach!
Over the past 22+ years my businesses have sold over well over $200,000,000USD in products and services on the Internet.
Collectively, my students have sold WAY more.
I've started, grown and sold multiple 6,7, and 8 figure online businesses in numerous different niche markets.
In other words, I practice what I preach.
The fact is, the Internet is flooded with wannabe gurus hawking their "miracle online money-making schemes" based on their one-hit-wonder business ideas that are now defunct.
And the only way they can make money now is by convincing other people to pay them to learn a business model that no longer works.
So, if you're serious about making money on the Internet you need to learn from someone who has REAL experience. Someone who is actively DOING what they're teaching you.
For me, teaching motivated people like you how to be a successful online entrepreneur is a passion.
Sure, I make some money doing it but I make WAY more money from my online businesses that are selling products 24/7.
And let me tell you... selling products is WAY less work than teaching other people how to start and grow their online business.
But it's just not nearly as rewarding.
So realize this...
Everything I share and teach in my Facebook Group, my YouTube Channel or in my Ignited Academy are based on what I am doing TODAY to make money online.
In other words, I practice what I preach.
It's not theory. It's not regurgitated from some book I read.
Everything I teach you is based on over 22 years of experience AND relevant strategies that I am personally using today to sell millions of dollars online. Not last year, but THIS year. Today!
"But Derek, [INSERT BS EXCUSE HERE]."
I have zero tolerance for whiners and excuses.
"I'm too old/young/busy/broke/stupid/tall/skinny/[insert your excuse here]."
I've heard them all.
If you want to be a successful entrepreneur pay VERY close attention to what I'm about to tell you...
No one cares about your excuses!
This may sound harsh but if you want to be a successful entrepreneur it's time to quit making excusing and start making solutions.
It's up to you to fight tooth and nail for it.
Success was never handed to me on a silver platter. In fact, I'm pretty sure I had to work harder than most.
I didn't grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth. Nor did I grow up with technology. I grew up on a cattle farm in rural British Columbia.
I didn't do well in school. In fact, I failed so many courses in the final year of high school I had to go back for an extra semester just to graduate.
I had a dysfunctional youth and lived on my own as a teenager.
And to top it all off, I was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and an anxiety disorder in my early twenties.
So when someone tells me "I'm lucky" I see red.
Luck had nothing to do with my success.
I had to work my ass off for it.
I had to sacrifice.
I had to push myself outside my comfort zone.
And if you want to be successful, you need to be prepared to do the same.
My Secret To Success?
When people ask me for my secret to success, aside from working my ass off, my answer is simple...
I found a mentor very early on. His name was Corey Rudl. He's the guy on the right...
When I met Corey, I was a kid struggling to make enough to support myself and he was already making millions.
So instead of questioning his methods...
Instead of saying "I can figure this out on my own"...
I chose to work my ass off and learn everything I could from him.
Then together we ended up building one of the biggest companies at that time dedicated to helping people grow their businesses online, called "The Internet Marketing Center".
And I continued to work with and learn from this visionary until he was tragically killed in a car accident on June 3rd, 2005.
It was a very dark period in my life, but knowing Corey, he wouldn't have wanted me to let everything we'd built wither away.
So I continued on the path we set out...
I continued to grow the Internet Marketing Center to over $30,000,000/year in sales.
To 100+ employees with offices in Canada and the USA.
And then on July 1st, 2008 my life took another turn... this one for the better.
My son Hunter was born.
Now, at this point I was working seven days per week and constantly travelling to speak at conferences or between my offices.
Not a lifestyle that would ever allow me to be the husband and father I wanted to be.
So I knew I had to make a change, and I did...
In 2008 I sold the Internet Marketing Center to a private equity group and on January 1st, 2009 I went home.
I took sometime off to spend with my family and to work on improving my health and then I dove back into doing what I love...
Building & Growing Online Businesses
But this time, I wanted to do things differently...
Sure, I wanted to make money, but I also wanted to create businesses that gave me freedom.
The freedom to work where and when I wanted.
To no longer have to go to an office every day.
Which brings me to today...
Today, I still run multiple online businesses generating 8 figures in sales every year.
I still have a team of well over 50 people who work for me.
But I no longer sit in traffic commuting to an office.
My entire business is virtual.
I sell physical goods that have to be shipped and I sell digital products.
I teach and mentor aspiring and growing online entrepreneurs all over the world.
But most important, I wake up every morning in my own bed. I'm there when my son wakes up for school and when he gets home from school.
I have the time to take care of MY health.
To pursue my hobbies and passions...
While at the same time still running amazing businesses.
And now it's your turn...
If it feels like I've been trying to talk you out of starting an online business, I have.
Why? Well, I don't want to waste my time and attention on people who aren't willing to put in the time and effort it takes to succeed.
Been there, done that.
I'm at a point in my life and career where I don't want to waste my time.
So if you're ready to start or grow your online business...
To start living your life on your terms...
Then let's get started.
This site is the conduit to all of my tools and training, both free and paid.
If you're just getting to know me, start with the free stuff, including...
1. The Project Ignited Podcast
And if you're ready to really accelerate your success online, make sure you check out my Ignited Academy.
So what are you waiting for!
Go forth and make your life extraordinary.