Haris Reis is the President & COO of Changing Lanes International. He is also a 2X National Award Winning Entrepreneur, 2X National Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker and Elite Marketing Consultant.
He has helped Changing Lanes International become a 6-figure business in less than a year. He was previously a growth hacker at Vayner Media building Gary Vaynerchuk’s personal brand and ran paid media for the top 1% users on Facebook. The videos he has created have been shared with people that have over 130k followers, has been in videos that collectively reached over 1.5 million people, created videos that cumulatively received over 5 million views, and has produced nearly $100k in sales for products/services over the phone.
He has been featured in The Young Entrepreneurs podcast, College Startup, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Live Out Loud, Experts Showcase, The Ambitious Life Magazine, the Life Leveraging Series and many more!
Haris is a very proud immigrant from Bosnia and is a 22-year old college student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (Go Mavs!).
City where you’re from: Born in Wadern Germany, raised in Bosnia
Hobbies: Fighter, kickboxing mainly, jiu-jitsu, mma
Favorite quote: Winners focus on winning, losers focus on winners
What are you working on? How did you come up with this idea?
Building people’s company and personal brands. I am passionate about helping others and this is what I am best at. Working with Gary Vaynerchuk helped coming up with the idea but I have been adding value to people since I was 14(my first business)
How is your company different?
I am an immigrant. I have an extremely strong work ethic and drive.
What’s your dream with your company?
Build something that lasts long past I am gone.
How do you creatively advertise?
On social media, speaking, podcasts
Are there shortcuts to success?
Absolutely not! This is the hardest thing you’ll ever do but the truly successful do not stay satisfied. They have a very strong work ethic and they visualize everything until it happens.
What were your biggest failure and biggest success? What did you learn from them?
Where do I start. Biggest failure, launching 4 companies that failed by the time I was 17. Losing every dollar I had. Having $50.13 in my bank account once. Throughout it all, I envisioned everything I wanted. I knew I was doing the right things and taking the right steps. I stayed consistent and worked hard and throughout the journey(which is still going), I built a six figure company in under a year and worked with some of the top brands and personalities in the world. Biggest success if also the hardest thing for me to talk about. I got runner-up 2 years in a row for entrepreneur of the year at the largest collegiate entrepreneurs organization in the world. It was more about proving it to myself than anything.
Give the readers the best entrepreneurship advice you have.
Visualize what you want everyday. Even if you are working for minimum wage, tell everyone your goals and see them happening. I used to be a bouncer and bar back and told everyone I’d run my own company and become a national best selling author…they all laughed but today they all want to be friends since I did it. So stay focused and see what you want everyday.
Teach us something about internet marketing
I mean this in the nicest way but nobody cares about you when marketing online. They only care about what you or your service can do for them. You need to share your story because people will resonate with it but that should not be the main focus. It should be about what you or your service can provide to them.
What’s something new you’ve learned in the past month?
Being patient is hard but needed.
Teach us something we don’t know (it’s vague and open-ended on purpose)
I am a fighter and businessman. Because of martial arts, I am successful in business because people figuratively tell you business will knock you down, which it will but fighting literally knocks you down and you have to keep getting up. Teaches you a lot about yourself.
What do you think you do better than most people?
What should an entrepreneur focus on?
Their goals and nothing else. Not about who is President, weekend plans, collecting debt…..just the goal.
Where do you see yourself and your product in a couple years?
Being one of the leading entrepreneurs, not by talking about it but by building something significant.
Also published on Medium.