Boise, Idaho (August 9, 2021) – Dino Miliotis, once hailed as the “Bug Man,” has released his debut novel, “There Is No Box.” The book is available to purchase from Amazon and other major booksellers.
Like many people around the world, the COVID-19 lockdown left the newly sober Miliotis feeling lost and discouraged. He realized that he had two options: pick up a drink or write a book. He opted to write a book, hoping that by honestly (and humorously) sharing his experiences, he will inspire others, especially millennials and young adults looking to find some direction – and possibly some practical tips for success.
“The book just strays so far from a regular sanitized and objective list of events. It is much more of a storytelling style. It’s like the difference between reading a Wiki article on the battle of Thermopylae & watching 300,” – Beta-reader Dutch Russell
In the memoir, he reflects on his life, including becoming a millionaire (twice) and nearly losing everything. “My hope is to inspire someone,” said Miliotis. “I think a lot of people are just like I am. They don’t want to be preached to about what they should or shouldn’t do. I don’t – that’s why I’ve never read a self-help book.”
His first rise to fame came 25 years ago with a simple invention: Bug-Ban, a bracelet containing natural insect repellants. Nearly overnight, he was overwhelmed with orders and embarking on a national media tour including Oprah and Sally Jessy Raphael. He even broke records on QVC. Eventually, the novelty wore off; Miliotis wasn’t making the headlines anymore and the orders slowed down.
After a few other ventures, Miliotis entered the world of payroll processing and began building a different kind of business empire. He took a unique broker-first approach to gaining clients and it worked – the company grew exponentially, and he became a millionaire once again. At the height of his career, Miliotis was earning millions each month in commission on client portfolios worth a total of $714 million.
Outwardly, Miliotis was doing better than ever. He owned a beautiful home, private jets and a fleet of exotic cars that turned heads everywhere he drove. Once, while taking his Lamborghini to the carwash, he was approached by a teenage employee who asked for advice so that one day, he’d achieve the same level of wealth.
People looked at him with admiration, however, they didn’t know what was happening behind the scenes. He was drinking – a lot – and eventually, everything began to fall apart. He knew he needed to get his life together, so he chose to walk away from his success and into the doors of a rehabilitation facility. Once there, Miliotis spent time in the gym between therapy sessions and soon, others began to show up during his workouts seeking wisdom and laughs.
He began to feel as though he still had something to offer the world and a random text message from the “Carwash Kid” that he’d given advice to long before confirmed it. “When I got his text message, thanking me for my advice, I was touched,” Miliotis explained. “I knew I needed to write a book.” Now, Miliotis is making a comeback, and this time, he has found a purpose beyond the dollar signs.
His story is one of reinvention and serves as proof that you don’t have to allow your problems to box you in. As he puts it, “There Is No Box.”