James "Bird" Guess

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James "Bird" Guess (born November 14, 1977) is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, trainer and author of bestseller How I Made a Quarter Million Dollars From the Trunk of My Car.

Once homeless, James is now the President & Founder of JBG International Success Academy, a personal and organizational development company that trains and develops working professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and organizations to achieve their greatest potential. He is also a world-renowned speaker on change, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

Early life[edit]

James "Bird" Guess was completely broke and homeless right after high school, but he never gave up. In fact he personally financed his way through college and graduated with hopes of climbing the corporate ladder and becoming a rich executive. After working for about a year in "Corporate America", James’ ambition and goals outgrew his corporate career plan and he decided to quit his job and risk everything to go after wealth, success, and the "American Dream".

Starting with only $1,000 saved from college, poor credit, and a dream to become a millionaire. James single-handedly built a quarter million dollar enterprise selling products from the trunk of his car. He sold designer clothing across the streets from shopping malls.

After expanding his business model from retailer to wholesaler, he made over a half million dollars, cashed out and invested in rental property, and decided to pursue his passion more than profit.


  1. Sanderson, Bethany. The Collegian Online "James “Bird” Guess will share his story of monetary success" The Collegian Online
  2. James Bird: World's Most Electrifying Speaker & Trainer on Change, Leadership & Financial Empowerment Expert
  3. James "Bird" Guess: Fail as Fast as You Can! http://www.dallassouthnews.org/?s=james+bird+guess
  4. James Bird Guess, Keynote Speaker, El Centro College 2010 Student Orientation http://www.univision.com/uv/video/James-Bird-Guess,--Keynote-Speaker,-El-C/id/72938481
  5. Up Close & Personal with James Bird Guess, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur http://www.blogtalkradio.com/accomplish/2010/07/19/up-close-personal-with-james-bird-guess-speaker-author-entrepreneur
  6. Review article on James by Diane I. Daniels "Speaker demonstrates grinding for greatness" Pittsburgh Courier
  7. Best selling author James Bird Guess [1]
  8. Formerly homeless millionaire to speak at Enrichment Dinner in Lima [2]

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