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“From junk food to junk — period”

Brian Scudamore has always been an entrepreneur. While in high school, living at Shawnigan Lake boys’ school on Vancouver Island, he operated a school store in his room selling forbidden junk food to eager students. That, and seeing an old junk pick-up in a drive through, sparked a business idea in a young Brian. At 18 he started “ The Rubbish Boys", which later became 1-800-GOT-JUNK.
He started the company one summer as a way to earn money to attend university. He bought a truck and advertised that he would come to your home or place of business and pick up junk for a fee. The idea caught on, and as they say, the rest is history.
Brian’s father, a liver transplant surgeon at the Vancouver General Hospital, was not too excited about Brian’s decision to junk university for a career as a junk dealer extraordinaire, regardless of how successful Brian was becoming.
Realizing he had a good idea, Brian registered the company name worldwide and began selling franchises on a per truck basis. Soon franchises were popping up all across Canada. He now has over 320 franchises in Canada, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Sales this year will exceed $140 million.
The enterprise has been dubbed one of the fastest-growing companies in North America. It has been written up in over 3,000 news stories, including Fortune magazine. Brian was selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil and many other TV shows.
Brian has become an internationally famous entrepreneur celebrity. All of this success and he is still only 37 years young. Move over Donald Trump — you have serious competition.
When I asked Brian if he felt there was still opportunity for young people to achieve, he replied, “Yes Dick, there is always opportunity to achieve. All you have to do is be creative and willing to take a risk, take chances. My advice to anyone is that you must have a vision of what it is you want to do. And then go for it.
Canada is an exciting land of opportunity. Anyone who doubts that statement need only read this inspiring story of Brian Scudamore, another Canadian Achiever.

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