From Prison to Prosperity

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Jun. 14 2023, Published 3:09 p.m. ET

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We all face challenges in life that can knock us down, leaving us feeling lost and unsure of what to do next. Some people let their afflictions consume them, while others use them as a stepping stone to achieving greatness. Zac Gulbranson is one such person who has risen from the ashes of his past and become a successful entrepreneur. After a tumultuous youth filled with addiction, crime, and incarceration, Gulbranson’s journey to success is nothing short of inspiring.

Growing up, Zac found himself falling in with the wrong crowd and was eventually kicked out of high school basketball for selling drugs in the bathroom. Things went downhill quickly for Zac as he became addicted to the lifestyle that came with selling drugs. By 11th grade, he was using and selling all kinds of drugs and abusing pain pills heavily, and by 12th grade, he would only go to school if he had a breakfast of pills to wake up to. This eventually led him down a path of addiction and incarceration, with Zac finding himself in and out of jail and in six different treatment facilities over the next few years.

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Despite his struggles, Zac always knew he was destined for greatness, and the drugs and lifestyle he was living were holding him back. He lost a lot during that time, including many valuable things, trust from his family, but most importantly he had lost himself. He always knew the best version of himself was in there waiting to be found and he knew with everything that he had been through that there was no way he could ever live an average life. This desire for change and breaking point was cemented when two of his closest friends, one who went to prison and the other who overdosed in front of him that ended up costing him his life, unfortunately experiencing the consequences of the same lifestyle Zac was leading. He knew that one if not both of those outcomes was going to be his future if he didn’t act fast. At 26, Zac decided to turn his life around and got into personal development. He packed up all his belongings and moved to Arizona, where he dove headfirst into recovery and personal growth. He found himself on a dyer path searching for the greatness that was always within him. He then found his way into network marketing and door-to-door sales, as he believed it couldn’t be much harder then running a successful drug business and he quickly became the the top in the industry for multiple years. Despite reaching the pinnacle of his sales success, Zac was still unsatisfied and wanted to build something bigger. That’s when he moved to Miami.

Using his personal brand and networking skills, Zac found a need to help others build their personal brands and businesses online via social media. He also found a need in the market with instagrams poor support systems as well so he quickly added on a recovery team to help with assisting in recovering personal and business pages. He was constantly assisting others in growing their online presence while continuing to develop his own. He knew the importance of it which would be to have a bigger audience to inspire to fulfill his why. He had a story to tell and this was an easy way to impact others who may have been where he’s been and looking for strength to get out or motivation to keep going. Zac’s entrepreneurial spirit continued to grow and eventually got into the solar industry as he was familiar with door to door sales and building big teams and quickly saw where the industry was headed and the income potential that was behind it. Zac’s success did not come without its challenges. Building these businesses from the ground up Zac was determined to make it work. He used the same strategies that made him successful in the drug business and just turned it legal. He dove deep into the industries and built strong partnerships. Zac’s business acumen and ability to spot a need in the market have set him apart from his competitors.

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As Zac looks towards the future, he is now focused on diversifying his portfolio and expanding his empire. He has started a few more ventures including being the online Travel plug through his connections in the Travel / hotel space and started the company Dream Life World Wide. He also takes on clients to mentor them and recreate their online presence and teach them the importance of building a strong personal brand and the credibility and network it brings. He states it as the best investment someone could make in themselves with the highest returns. Zac is currently exploring the private equity space, which he hopes to enter soon. In a world full of troubles, Zac Gulbranson’s journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, personal development, and finding one’s greatness within. He serves as a reminder that no matter where you come from or your past, it’s never too late to change your life for the better. Zac’s story is an inspiration to all striving to build a successful life and positively impact the world.


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