When people ask me how long have I been an entrepreneur, I tell them I have been an “entrepreneur” for the last 8 years. Notice I put quotation marks around entrepreneur. I will explain the reason for this later in the post.
I graduated from high school in 2007. I had been working at Wendy’s since 2005 and left there after I graduated to go work at UPS. UPS only lasted a couple of months. I just couldn’t see myself continuing down the path of being a highly praised but underpaid worker.
While at UPS I created my entertainment company. Man was that an eye-opening experience. The creation of this entertainment company was my main reason for leaving UPS. I was going to take the entertainment industry by storm. So I thought.
When I left UPS I needed another job asap. My plan was to go apply at Family Dollar. Instead my mom asked me to come work with her since she was opening a new office in downtown Atlanta.
So I was going into 2008 set and ready to make things happen, so I thought again. I had my new entertainment company and I was the “COO” of my mom’s tax business.
To cut a long story short, things started off “great” and ended terribly. My attempt at creating a studio for my entertainment company drained my pockets and my role as COO did not go as I envisioned.
The reason this occurred is because I didn’t truly understand entrepreneurship nor business ownership. Entrepreneurship is turning an idea into a product/service that has demand in the marketplace. Business ownership is taking that product/service, scaling it for growth and employing others to manage your business operations. Read the rest of this entry
Waiting for a potential customer’s response to your proposal can be a difficult time for many entrepreneurs because you are hoping for a yes and dreading a no. During this period of time, you think of all the reasons for why they could say no, while thinking of how great it would be for your business if they said yes.
I understand the situation you are in. You are a small business and you are eager to gain customers so that you can actually feel like you are running a business. You are chasing customers, while trying to stay enthusiastic about your business, even when things seem like they are leading to nowhere.
Gaining this customer who you are waiting on a response from, will not only be a source of revenue but it will also give you some much-needed confidence to continue as an entrepreneur. Read the rest of this entry
Do you know why success is so difficult for many people to obtain? It is because it requires so much damn discipline. To be quite honest, in today’s world, discipline is becoming a rare trait people possess. The reason for this is because a majority of people lack the ability to truly control their thoughts and actions due to living in a world that provides so much distractions. Read the rest of this entry
Let’s face it, entrepreneurship can be a challenging/ daunting process of thoughts and actions. You have this grand vision in your mind of what you want to accomplish but you are not quite sure of how exactly you are supposed to bring every thing together. You read blogs, magazines and constantly seek the advice of others but it all only seems to distract your ability to think and do; rather than progressing forward. You inevitably block your ability to do by constantly trying to find out how you are supposed to be an entrepreneur, rather than just assuming risk by taking action as a real entrepreneur does. Read the rest of this entry
Half of 2015 is gone, never to be lived again. Can you believe that? 6 months have quickly gone by only leaving us with 6 months left in this year to operate within. As 2015 is quickly coming to be known as the past, I have one specific question to ask of you. Are you getting shit done?!
This is a question I ask because many people claim they want success but put off the activities that produce success to be done the next day. Read the rest of this entry
What can entrepreneurs really learn from the Commission?
Do you actually believe valuable lessons can be gained from the mafia?
Without hesitation, I believe that entrepreneurs can learn a great deal of valuable information from the mafia. Read the rest of this entry
Excuse all the umms. Definitely not excellent at all but excellence is a process which we gradually transition to over time with consistency.