50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs thriving in uncertain times

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There are two types of people in this world; those who ponder, and those who act. 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs showcases the latter, offering a rare and honest glimpse into the true mindset of what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur in an increasingly uncertain world. Their answers offer real life wisdom, insight, and practical advice you can put to use right now. They are simply living proof that you can create something from nothing and that without risk, there can be no reward. They teach us that failure is the pathway to success, a burning desire the essential fuel, and why having a purpose greater than ourselves leads to ultimate fulfillment.

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  • They key to fulfillment is a serving a purpose greater than ourselves. Story of my last employer. When they started to cut how much people earned, people left the company. It wasn’t their passion.If someone comes to work for the money, they’ll leave for the same reason.
  • Dashing into the future with hope.WWII exampleBob Parsons Example*This would be a good time for an ‘exercise’ on testing the audiences tolerance to risk.
  • In the late 2000’s (2008/2009), Many of us faced some of the most challenging times of our lives. Unemployment reached 25 year highs and many saw their savings reduced by 40% or more. Those who did have jobs were working longer hours for less pay. During that period however, some entrepreneurs where actually able to grow their businesses. How were they able to see opportunity while others saw despair? Consider those who had to endure hellish circumstances such as the Nazi concentration camps… why did some survive while others parish? Much of it lies in the perspective those survivors were able to keep most of the time they were in the unpleasant situation.
  • All the planning in the world doesn’t make a bit of difference if you are in the wrong environment. Michael Gerber’s quote. If you are feeling some emotions coming up about this, it’s because I’m challenging your beliefs.
  • Dashing into the future with hope.WWII exampleBob Parsons Example*This would be a good time for an ‘exercise’ on testing the audiences tolerance to risk.
  • Be careful who you believe.
  • Story of fear & perpsective
  • 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs thriving in uncertain times

    1. 1. The 5 distinctions of successful entrepreneurs<br />Brian Schwartz • www.50interviews.com<br />brian@50interviews.com• 970-215-1078<br />
    2. 2. Praise for 50 EntrepreneursBuy the book at Amazon.com<br />"Very few books these days combine short vignettes with powerful direct impacts that can be used immediately. The ROI for 50 Interviews is two minutes tops. Brian’s formulaic approach enables the reader to extract the collective insight and experience of 50 divergent entrepreneurs. His dialogue throughout the book allows us to vicariously ask the questions we would have wanted to ask any successful entrepreneur and learn succinctly what worked for them." <br />-Michael R. Webb, Co-Founder, Aubice LLC<br />“I wish I had a copy of 50 interviews when I launched my first company, I would have covered much more ground a whole lot faster." <br />-Mike Michalowicz, Author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur<br />*Also available as an iPhone/ iPod Touch app in the iTunes store <br />(search for 50 Interviews in the apps category)<br />
    3. 3. Discover a consuming passion<br /><ul><li>The more you share, the more powerful it becomes.
    4. 4. It’s worth more to you than a million bucks.
    5. 5. You’d be doing it whether or not you were getting paid to do it.
    6. 6. When you are doing it, you lose track of time. Q: Do you know what day of the week it is?
    7. 7. It feels like an addiction (you truly miss it when it’s not there).
    8. 8. You wake up early to do it before anything else and it gives you energy, it doesn’t drain you.</li></li></ul><li>Pursue an impersonal goal<br />It’s not about you.<br />You are serving a purpose greater than yourself.<br />Teachers and pastors are great examples.<br />It gives you the strength to overcome adversity.<br />It’s definitely not about the money.<br />
    9. 9. Learn to embrace risk<br />Risk = opportunity for something better!<br />Risk = reward. (victory is especially sweet when you’ve had to overcome great obstacles)<br />Risk = new possibilities.<br />Risk = a chance to grow.<br />Here’s the secret: You must be willing to first accept the worst possible outcome and you must maintain faith that the right outcome will occur, no matter what.<br />
    10. 10. Emulate to learn, innovate to earn<br />Emulating is a great way to get onto the field, but all great accomplishment in the world has stemmed from someone doing something different. Eventually, you need to blaze your own trail and innovate to find success.<br />It’s the uncommon answer to the common problem (Michael Gerber).<br />When you really get this, it is much easier to ‘give it away.’<br />
    11. 11. Develop an ability to shift perspective<br />Success relies on maintaining a positive outlook, especially when times are particularly tough.<br />The secret to maintaining a positive outlook is in the ability to shift your perspective.<br />When faced with a new challenge or setback, successful entrepreneurs look at the event from a new perspective.<br />Take personal responsibility for all out outcomes (good & bad).<br />
    12. 12. Adopt an entrepreneur mindset<br /><ul><li>Uncover a consuming passion. The more you share, the stronger it becomes. Similar to an addiction, they can’t turn it off and it rarely feels like work.
    13. 13. Define an impersonal goal. You have discovered a purpose greater than yourself. You do it despite the money. It’s more about the impact on other people than on you.
    14. 14. Learn to Embrace Risk. Entrepreneurs see risk as dashing into the future with hope and the possibility to move closer towards their impersonal goal. Many have shared that once they accept the worst possible outcome, they feel empowered to take action.
    15. 15. Emulate to Learn, Innovate to Earn. Emulating is a great way to get onto the field, but all great accomplishment in the world has stemmed from someone doing something different. Eventually, you need to blaze your own trail and innovate to find success.
    16. 16. Develop an ability to shift perspective. You will no doubt face many challenges and set backs along the way. The key to not letting those setbacks impact you lies in your ability to shift your perspective and see the circumstances from a different light. Faith is at the root of one’s ability to shift perspective. A Faith comes from overcoming earlier setbacks, knowing that in the end, everything works itself out, one way or another!</li></li></ul><li>3 keys to finding fulfilling work<br /> When you uncover your true passion, it doesn’t feel like work. When you find a purpose greater than yourself, you find the key to overcoming the fear to risk it all!<br />
    17. 17. Are entrepreneurs born or made?<br />Where do your decisions come from?<br />Are your beliefs still serving you?<br />How do you adopt new beliefs?<br />Change the people you surround yourself with.<br />Change your environment.<br />Consider the source of your beliefs.<br />
    18. 18. The power of perspective<br />Often two sides of the same coin, example:<br />I quit my job – celebration & possibility!<br />I lost my job – despair & scarcity<br />The result is the same = no job!<br />The same experience can be viewed as a setback or an opportunity.<br />Successful entrepreneurs know from experience a silver lining will usually appear from what might first appear as a ‘setback.’<br />
    19. 19. Believe in your vision<br />Mike Jensen, Fort Collins Real Estate / Keller Williams<br />Startup costs: *$0<br />*(actually -28,000)<br />Business Plan? Yes.<br />“Find the win-win.”<br />
    20. 20. Find a greater purpose<br />Michael Gerber, E-Myth Worldwide<br />Startup costs: $25,000<br />Business Plan? No<br />“It isn’t what you know, but what you are determined to do that makes the difference. Knowing actually gets in the way.”<br />
    21. 21. Love your work<br />Jim Mofhitz – Humorous Clocks, Wellington<br /><ul><li> Startup costs: $1200
    22. 22. Business Plan? No.</li></ul>“Follow your passion and everything else will work out”<br />
    23. 23. Follow your calling<br />Donna Visocky, Bella Spark Productions & Healing Path Magazine, Fort Collins, CO.<br /><ul><li> Startup costs: $50,000
    24. 24. Business Plan? No.</li></ul>“She wasn’t afraid to think big.”<br />
    25. 25. Take a bold leap<br />Doug Odell, Odell Brewing Company Fort Collins<br /><ul><li> Startup costs: $50,000
    26. 26. Business Plan? Yes</li></ul>“If you have a dream, take a chance on it!”<br />
    27. 27. It’s not about the money<br />Jake Jabs, American Furniture Warehouse<br />Startup costs: $80,000<br />Business Plan? No<br />“If you like what you are doing, you may never have to work another day in your life.”<br />
    28. 28. Overcome adversity<br />John Comeau, Horsetooth Hot Sauce, Fort Collins<br />Startup costs: $4,000<br />Business Plan? Yes<br />“Try as much as you can, no matter how much you fail.”<br />
    29. 29. Stay Grounded<br />Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins<br /><ul><li> Startup costs: $60,000
    30. 30. Business Plan? No</li></ul>“Let your life speak”<br />
    31. 31. The power of perspective<br />Bob Parsons, GoDaddy<br />Scottsdale, AZ.<br /> Startup costs: $32mil<br /> Business Plan? No<br />“We’re not here for a long time. We’re here for a good time.”<br />
    32. 32. Ideas to action<br /><ul><li>If you are not where you want to be, surround yourself with those who are.
    33. 33. The right questions will reveal new answers from within yourself. Be an aggressive seeker of truth.
    34. 34. Discover a purpose greater than yourself.
    35. 35. Share your passion with others.
    36. 36. Ask yourself regularly if you are still surrounding yourself with the right people.</li></li></ul><li>Ignite the entrepreneur within!50 Entrepreneurs<br />
    37. 37. FUEL YOUR PASSION!<br />50 Interviews is a compilation of collective wisdom that provides timely insight, inspiration, and best practices derived directly from those who have already succeeded.<br />Authors create a Self-Directed Education- surrounding themselves with those they admire, gain clarity of purpose, adopt critical beliefs, and build a network of peers to ensure success in that endeavor. <br />www.50interviews.com<br />

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