Mike Shouhed’s Persian swag, level head, laid back, charismatic personality makes this Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset cast member stand out. Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset series debuted on March 11, 2012 with a cast of success driven Persians who undeniably left a lasting impression amongst viewers. On the surface of the first season of Shahs of Sunset it appeared to be nothing more than a group of rich kids wasting money on lavish partying all for show. What’s more, they didn’t appreciate the value of money. Yet, hungry for more, 2.3 million viewers tuned in for season 2 of Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset premiere.
On season 1 Shahs of Sunset, Shouhed shared his story of loss and triumph. A graduate of UCLA with a B.S. degree in Political Science and Economics, he became a Vegas commercial real estate mogul but took a financial stumble when the market crashed. Shouhed moved back home starting over from ground zero. It takes guts to pick yourself up and start over after losing everything you have worked so hard for. The most valuable rewards in life are created from negative circumstances. Mike’s success has proven that at the end of a negative circumstance lies a positive opportunity. He can now boast of a net worth of between 8 to 10 million dollars. Life struggles are mandatory and regaining your balance, as well as, reestablishing your authority in business after you’ve fallen is not an easy task. Shouhed’s desire to achieve powered his motivation and his ability to redesign himself.
On season 2 Shahs of Sunset, Mike took a leap and let his guard down which displayed a more distinctive, relatable side that completely captured viewers. And if that wasn’t enough for the viewing audience’s pleasure, Mike pushed the limits outside of his Persian culture values and recently posed for Playgirl.com. While I am sure this was a fun and exciting experience, Mike is serious about his body and his health and is happy to show it off. There is nothing sexier than a man with confidence, a winning attitude, a strategic financial plan, boundless vision and a killer body.
While Shouhed is often referred to as a ladies man, he certainly seems dedicated to the commitment he made to girlfriend Jessica Parido. It takes one hell of a woman to lay down her standards of value, assert her worth to a “player” and without hassle he retires his player’s card. Has Jessica been able to get Mike to retire his player’s card and create new doors of opportunities for his future?
In an exclusive interview with Halo-Orangees Mike talks about family, love, life lessons, and shares some words of wisdom for today’s generation of youth (young men).
Patrece H.– Tell Halo-Orangees’ readers a little about Mike Shouhed. Where are you from? What’s your passion?
Mike-I’m from Iran but was raised in Beverly Hills. My passions are success, women and getting the most out of life.
Patrece H.-What does family mean to you?
Mike-Family is a lifetime bond of support that may not always be pretty or agreeable but will always be there for you to lean on in the hard times and to celebrate the good.
Patrece H.-One of the characteristics that I most admire about you is that you’re self-defined. It appears that Persian’s culture has a strong sense of family values. In addition to having your parent’s approval, you also value and respect your parent’s opinion. In the end, you do what you feel is best for your life. How hard is it to make life decisions that you know won’t gain your parent’s approval?
Mike-My parents mean so much to me, and I always consider and value their opinion. Yet, being a man means making your own decisions. I wouldn’t be the man they raised me to be if I didn’t ultimately go my own way.
Patrece H.-Have you always being a self-directed leader?
Mike-I have. Growing up it was instilled in me to always be independent and take the lead. If you don’t do it, someone else will.
Patrece H. – It is because of your peacemaking, self-defined, positive personality that you’re my favorite cast member on the Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset. In life, it only takes one unbeneficial act to negatively impact your life. There are a large number of young men in this current generation trending daily down a destructive life path. There’s a worldwide spread of youth bullying because being different and unique is often unacceptable amongst today’s youth. What would be your advice to young men who are victims of bullying and young men doing the bullying?
Mike- Bullying is a cowardly act, plain and simple. People should be comfortable enough with themselves, and loving enough towards others, that creating conflict should be the last thing on their mind. Tolerance and an open mind towards all lifestyles and personalities is the way towards a happy life.
Patrece H. – You were once a very successful commercial real estate agent (mogul) in Vegas, but took a stumble. You moved back home and had to start over from ground zero. How did you regain the strength to walk in business again?
Mike-Pitfalls go hand in hand with business. You can never expect to succeed without an abundance of failure along the way, and that’s a cold, hard truth any entrepreneur has to accept and be comfortable with. Luckily, after a lot of hard work, I’m doing quite well now.
Patrece H. – Life without bumps in the road is impossible. Those bumps are the mold that crafts you into who you are destine to become. What’s the most important lesson that life has taught you?
Mike-To give all of yourself to your family, friends and work.
Patrece H. – What’s your favorite motto or quote?
Mike- No risk, no reward.
The hit series Shahs of Sunset debuted March 11, 2012 on the Bravo network breaking down culture barriers. Stay tuned for Shahs of Sunset Season 3 as cast member Mike Shouhed takes bigger leaps reaching for new heights, encouraging and inspiring us on his journey of success.
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