We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve Melen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steve, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Being a racehorse owner for a little over 9 years, we felt the high of winning but the agony of losing more often. Getting into the winners circle took a combination of hard work by the horse caregivers, trainers vets and especially the horse. With all that, there is always a big need for some luck. We found that in life, in general, believing you’re lucky and putting yourself in the spot to receive luck gave us a much better chance for success. I have been lucky to survive cancer that had me at only 15% chance of survival and addiction recovery from pain meds given to me in the process. My wife and I decided to not only collect the horse shoes off the winning horses after a win but be the first ever to melt down some of those shoes and create even luckier coins and charms. If a winning horseshoe is what someone needs or wants we have those but also have specific coins and charms from horses that have achieved that hard to find, Winner’s Circle. Sharing in our luck and believing in luck has more power than you may know. Anyone have a lucky number, lucky charm or ritual they use?
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have actually been involved in many fun businesses and projects over the years from restaurants, racehorses, surf resorts, book writing and sole proprietor business of selling winning horseshoes and charms. But, the foundational work I’ve done for almost 30 years is being a financial advisor. I started my career out of college thinking it was a fun job working with money, finances and making connections with people all over the world. Throughout my years I discovered that working with numbers and money is not necessarily that much fun or difficult for that matter. The real enjoyment and gift was meeting and developing relationships with some incredible people out there. I have clients I’ve worked with for over 20 years and we’ve become great friends helping each other in all aspects of our lives. There are a few in particular that I consider like family. When I got sick and was in the hospital for a month I thought I was going to lose all my clients. The opposite actually happened and I believe our relationship got even better making me want to do even more for them. Lessons learned are to be patient, kind and never look at the immediate short term gain. There are bigger things ahead if you build confidence and trust. I really want the world to see and read my book which will hopefully inspire and give a little hope when things get down and difficult. When I was in the middle of each of my prior challenges I didn’t see a quick fix but looking back I had it in me all along.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I like to experience the beach vibe, food and water in places like Santa Monica in the morning to afternoon. Post lunch I would highly recommend a trip to places like the Getty museum. As touristy as it can be it’s free, beautiful and amazing art. Studio tours or strolling along Hollywood Blvd can be fun too for some inexpensive fun. Stepping up your game can lead to shopping on Rodeo drive. When it comes to dining out, I love Mexican food so there are some simple but amazing places. For a scene, Sunset Blvd or other Beverly Hills outdoor cafes and restaurants can be entertaining. But, a day at the beach in flip flops eating Mexican food and happy hour with my wife and kids is about as good as it gets for me.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without the help and support from my daughter, wife and friends I would not have survived a normally fatal stage 3 stomach cancer. Losing my stomach and several other organs followed by chemo/radiation and addiction would have been almost impossible without their help. Because of this I also published a book recently that chronicles adoption, addiction, cancer and recovery. Named after my first racehorse, Killer Graces. Lastly, I’m on the board and a patient mentor for Debbies Dream Foundation helping other newly diagnosed cancer patients so want to give them a shoutout for all the work they do.