Khalil Rafiti, the 46-year-old owner of a network of juice bars, shows that there’s no such thing as a hopeless situation.
We at Loopfy were deeply impressed by the way his example proves that the correct decision can change one’s whole life for the better. All that matters is that you believe in your own strength.
In his book I Forgot To Die, the present-day millionaire shares his recollections about how 13 years ago he struggled with drug addiction, weighed just 48 kg, was closer to a shadow than a real human being, and languished in absolute poverty.
A suggestion by a friend to start a business in the natural juice industry helped lift Khalil out of depression and start to believe in himself again. He began to make juices for the patients and staff at the Riviera Recovery Center. It was thanks to this institution that he was able to restore his own health.
In the space of five years, the center’s reputation spread around all of Hollywood. This inspired the enterprising Khalil to open a whole chain of his own SunLife Organics juice bars on the outskirts of his native Malibu.
These uniquely healthy drinks that people line up to buy contain alkaline water, Himalayan pink salt, and dandelion greens. Along with many other items on the menu such as fruit cocktails, coffee, and frozen yogurt, the company’s signature drink is still the “Wolverine” smoothie, made with bananas and dates.
The frontman of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, and the actor David Duchovny, as well as less-famous customers, also adore the cocktails “The Elixir of Life“ and ”The Happy” sold by the juice bars.
Khalil remains committed to the mission which once inspired him to get up off his knees and which is now printed on T-shirts sold by SunLife Organics: “love, heal, and inspire.”
Khalil is also a great boss beloved by all of his employees. Among his staff members are many people who — like he once did — were initially in need of a serious helping hand.