From Boxer To Businessman: Hollywood Hino Shares His Inspiring Journey


When he’s not training celebrities such as Carmelo and LaLa Anthony, Swizz Beatz and Kelly Rowland, trainer Hollywood Hino is hard at work as a budding fitness entrepreneur. With the help of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, he is getting the chance to showcase his passion and inspire other young people.

Biz My Way” is a millennial entrepreneurial video series which partners alongside the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) and is led by MBK Millennial Entrepreneurs Champion and political engagement expert, Mike Muse. It aims to highlight six young entrepreneurs who work in several industries, and detail their rise as bourgeoning business owners. Hollywood (born Ehinomen Ehikhamenor), is a Nigerian-born former professional boxer who is now the owner of his very own fitness empire. His main objective, as detailed in the series’ third episode, is to inspire others to do what they love and love what they do, even if others don’t seem to understand their decision.

“It was important for me to shine a spotlight on stories such as Hino’s to show how a new generation of entrepreneurs are redefining success in nontraditional business models.” ~ Mike Muse

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“Growing up, the dreams there [in Nigeria] are standard,” Hino recollects in the video. “There’s a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer or a failure.” He adds that he is no stranger to failing, which has made him a stronger and more perseverant individual when it comes to going after what he wants. Remember – failure comes with the territory.

“You’re looking at a man who has failed 96 percent of the time, but that 4 percent baby…it’s a beautiful thing.”

Hino offers up encouraging words to those individuals who feel stuck in a listless job to follow their hearts and turn their passion (in this case, hobbies pertaining to sports and fitness) into the career of their dreams.

“You don’t need to be working at Wall Street, because that’s not your job,” he exclaims. “I hate when people say, ‘I hate Monday.’ You don’t hate Monday, you hate your job. A wise man once said, ‘You only have one life to live. This is not a rehearsal. But if you do it right, once is enough.’”

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Check out the video below, and be on the lookout for the next episodes, which feature Lance Rios, founder of Being Latino, Reggie Miller, founder of Iced Media, and Chef Maxcel Hardy.