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Leaving flourishing crime and drug empires for an unknown world is not an easy feat. It is an arduous journey that requires strong willpower and grit. And Burrel Lee Wilks possesses those in spades. Born to a West Side Chicago kingpin, Burell’s heritage at birth was narcotics, violence, and street gangs. By the time he was 9, he was already knee-deep in the crime and drug worlds. Learning at the master’s feet, he knew how to keep proper records of his father’s drug business and make deals by himself.

Predictably, he was running his own businesses before long. His budding talent caught the eye of one of Chicago’s infamous crime lords. Under his tutelage, Burrel rose to serious ranks before he was even 18. He acted as a drug lord, a gang leader, and a pimp at some point. However, with the crime world being what it is, it didn’t take long for it to take a toll on Burrel. When he watched several of his friends die violently, he realized he didn’t want that for himself and opted out.

Determined to make and enjoy a better life, he applied himself and ultimately became a successful businessman. He is currently an entrepreneur, speaker, life coach, and author. In 2017, Burrel co-founded Mayweather Boxing and Fitness with the great boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Recently, he was named the chairman of the franchise company. Burrel is also the founder and president of LA-based Burrel Streetwise Inc., where he teaches his Streetwise MBA (Master of Being Alive). Additionally, he owns multiple businesses in various sectors.

Despite his massive success, Burell still remembers where he came from and seeks to inspire as many underprivileged youths as he possibly can. He shares his story and offers inspiration to inner-city kids who are where he once was. Additionally, he works with the non-profit organization, Ready-Set-Work.

He authored and published his memoir, Tattoos on My Soul, in 2006 to give readers a glimpse into his motivational journey of transformation. The book gives insights into life on the streets, his invaluable life lessons, and his painful awakening emotionally that set him on a different path. It also outlines how he kept his spirits up and left the darkness relatively unscathed with his hopefulness intact.

In January 2008, he published his second book, Success For Life: Seven Streetwise Strategies Guaranteed to Transform You from Wannabe to Winner. Among other things, the book highlights the importance of self-confidence and the power of ingenuity and individuality. Borrowing deeply from his own experiences on the streets, he shares the universal principles that make success attainable.

Burell also shares powerful leadership strategies aimed at attaining one’s set goals and maintaining success. Showing his own heart and mind, he takes the readers through an alternative route to achieving common yearnings every soul has, including love, security, and control. Regardless of perceived differences, he expertly shows how his story can apply to everyone and create success stories.

Burell believes anyone can turn their situation around and thrive. Speaking of life, he says it gets better the wiser you become. Therefore, to gain wisdom, he is insistent on “learning from the past, living for today, and working for the future."

Disclaimer: This is a company press release. No LM journalist is involved in creation of this content.

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