An entrepreneur who parks his luxury cars in his office to motivate employees has spoken candidly about how he and his family fled war-torn Iraq and why he believes anyone can be a millionaire like him.
James Donatossian, 35, owner of Printech printers, is now worth more than $30 million – but as a teenager he was hunted down by militia in his hometown of Baghdad.
At the age of 16 he fled to Australia with his family and after finishing school he was determined to “make something of his life” and started a career in sales.
Mr. Donatossian started knocking on doors selling credit cards at the age of 18 before eventually landing a sales job for a photocopying company in his early 20s.
He worked at the company for five years and quickly excelled, earning up to $150,000 a year.
In 2012 he went into business for himself, and Printech now has 27 employees and is valued at US$20 million.
Mr. Donatossian, who also owns a telecom company and a financial lending business, revealed he almost didn’t make it out of Iraq.
James Donatossian, 35, (pictured with his wife), the owner of the Printech printing company, is now worth more than $30 million
The father of two proudly owns six luxury cars — including a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, McLaren and a Mercedes — totaling $3.5 million
He also spends between $50,000 and $100,000 a year leasing a yacht that houses a private chef, which he enjoys with his wife, whom he met in elementary school
“We came to Australia with less than $9,000 in our pockets,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“The militia had come in and were trying to kidnap people. I was followed twice, they wanted to kidnap me because they thought we were rich since my father was a doctor.
“My father received a letter from one of his patients that said, ‘You must get your son out of the country as soon as possible because they will come and take him away.”
Mr. Donatossian and his family then packed their bags and left without a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones.
“At the end of the day it made me stronger and more mature, but I grew up too fast,” he said.
The businessman once lived a humble life, having fled war-torn Iraq to Australia with his family at the age of 16
Mr Donatossian said he felt he should be able to reap the benefits of his success
He said he knew of families who had paid kidnappers to bring their sons back, but they were brought back in body bags.
Mr. Donatossian came to Australia with English as a third language.
He wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor, but the language barrier made it too difficult.
The father of two now proudly owns six luxury cars — including a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley, McLaren and a Mercedes — totaling $3.5 million.
Not only does he store the cars at his home in Barden Ridge, south Sydney, but he also keeps them in an area of his office he calls the “motivation room.”
“Ever since I was a kid I’ve always had a picture of a Lamborghini in my room and always wanted one, now that I’ve done it I want to treat myself,” he said.
“I want to show people that they can do it too, I want to motivate my employees and show them that you can also have fun when you work hard.”
The businessman not only stores the cars at his home in Barden Ridge, south Sydney, but also keeps them in an area of his office he calls the “motivation room.”
He also spends between $50,000 and $100,000 a year leasing a yacht that houses a private chef, which he enjoys with his wife, whom he met in elementary school.
The business owner said he wasn’t concerned if people thought he was a showoff and said at the end of the day he should be able to enjoy the money he made.
“Whether you’re successful or not, people will criticize you,” he said.
“People are motivated by what they see, but I’m easygoing because I didn’t have any of it before, I’m just a hungry person and I want to achieve more.”
The millionaire said one problem he’s seen with younger generations is that many are too afraid to pursue their dreams.
Mr Donatossian said he dreamed of owning a Lamborghini ever since he was a child in Iraq
“It’s difficult to motivate the younger generations because they get stuck in this mindset that what they want to do is never going to happen,” he said.
Mr. Donatossian had been told by almost everyone around him not to pursue building his own business, but he chose to ignore their advice.
He said because he’s confident and willing to put the sales skills he’s learned into practice, he’s willing to risk the hefty salary due him to pursue his dreams.
“The biggest challenge Australians face today is that people don’t do what they want to do because people tell them it’s not worth it,” he said.
In the eyes of Mr. Donotassian, anyone can become a millionaire.
“The first thing you have to do is master, no matter what industry you’re in, you just have to be very good at it,” he said.
“Have a plan and execute it, be positive, take calculated risks and just do it.”
The millionaire said one problem he’s seen with younger generations is that many are too afraid to pursue their dreams
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