At age 30, Brent Bryson owned nine Subway sandwich franchises, and he was getting tired of the grind. When he attended an opportunity meeting purely out of respect for a friend, he instantly saw the potential of the business model and jumped on board. But it was not until a few years later, when a barrage of negative media rocked the company and slashed Brent’s newfound income in half, that he made the unshakably committed decision that has since forged a fortune.