I have found entrepreneurial podcasts to be invaluable.
Over the past several years, I have gathered a fairly tight list of podcasts.
Here is my current list:
I try to be a knowledge sponge, because again, knowledge is power. One day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, the “Retirement Answer Man”.
Episode #109 gave me one of those “a-ha” moments. It was an interview with Mike Kim, a Business Coach (http://mikekim.com). The synopsis of the interview was this: over the course of the years you work or have worked for companies, you’ve acquired skills that have converted to revenue in the thousands, if not tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. All the while, you’ve made your salary. Over time you’d acquired hard skills (like programming) and soft skills (like managing customer expectations). The skills should not ever go to waste, and if you’re looking for a new career, you should recognize these skills and know that many of them can span across industries or professions. Define them when pivoting to a new profession, and you’ll find that you won’t need to start from scratch. Maybe even an opportunity to work for yourself (at least, this is how I took it to mean).
As a web developer, I have worked on some super substantial projects over the years. Many of those projects were ones where I was learning something new. Years later I know what I am capable of doing and the level of stress I can handle. As I look to build my own web development business (http://genavico.com), I know that pivoting to that level of change is not a stretch from what I currently do for may day job. And when I look at how much the market is charging for these skills, I’m very excited to put these skills for use to increase my own personal economy.
I hope you found this helpful.
Find a mentor to help achieve clarity.
Being able find a mentor was something I thought to be difficult. Being a solo entrepreneur, many would agree that it’s hard to hold yourself accountable when taking steps to strike out on your own. It’s especially tough when you work full-time and have a family. I find myself getting frustrated in not taking action to move forward, because with a passion, all you want to do is go, go, go!
Living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, I have found that entrepreneurship is alive and well. There is a wealth of information online and people willing to help you. If you think about it, people in general are willing to help with any need…all you have to do is seek and ask.
I recently did a search for mentors and mastermind groups. I found an organization called SCORE (https://www.score.org). SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. I was excited to find this because it offers advice and guidance from a real person…not just a webinar, paid subscription coaching, or forum based.
I reached out and a local SCORE volunteer contacted me. He happens to live close to me, so we met at a local Starbucks. He started off talking about SCORE and his background in the business world. We then went into my reasons for needing a mentor and what I am hoping to accomplish with my business. It was a great conversation, and after 1.5 hours, we finished with him going back and translating our conversation into an actionable plan. I envision he will mostly be holding me accountable through follow-ups.
I’m glad I dig some searching. I personally work better when I have someone to guide me through the business aspect of a business.
Why Become an Entrepreneur?
I stand before you today, January 13, 2017, a 43 year old man ready to bleed everything I have been learning on my journey to become an entrepreneur. I hope my words strike a cord with you and help you on your journey. There’s power in knowledge. I find myself constantly asking those who have far more experience “how do I do this?”. Why reinvent the wheel, when people are more than happy to share experiences. I’d like to be that resource someday…paying it forward.
As a kid I’ve always considered myself average. I got average grades, I was of average size, average at sports, my family was an average middle-class family, etc. I didn’t push myself hard because, as the youngest of 4 children, I had people to look up to and resemble. I was happy not stepping out of the box. It was comfortable. Staying on the worn out path and you lessen the chances of becoming a failure.
Now I can’t say that everything in my life has been average. My wife and kids, for example, are not average. They are so much more. I married someone extraordinarily non-average. My wife has brought out the absolute best in me. She taught me how to step up and step out. Over time I began learning that it’s alright to want more from life, and it’s up to me (and only me) to go out and get it. To many of you “non average” people, this may seem trivial. But for me, it’s been like acquiring a new a skill! I no longer feel that stepping outside the box increases the risk failure. It’s just as likely to increase the risk of succeeding! Undying love, support, loyalty, and even constructive criticism have allowed me to crack that fear of “rocking the boat”.
What will you gain by following me on this journey? Knowledge…for better or worse. My goal is to document my own transformation, and in the process, present perspective on what it’s like to have the desire and motivation to become your own boss. Yes, I might fall a bit or even fail altogether. But if I succeed, you’ll see one happy dude. I have been average. I don’t want to be average anymore. You may be average too and don’t know how to transform into a better form of yourself. Let me help. Let’s do this…