Being An Entrepreneur Is Hard

by jim on December 30th, 2009

In talking with folks at both Elite Retreat and Thinktank, the one thing I discovered was that most of them stumbled into the internet marketing world completely by accident. I chatted briefly with Merrick Lozano, who started press release distribution service PR Leap with his brother Mario, and learned that his foray involved photos he had taken of Anna Kournikova at the US Open (many many years ago). He put them online, emailed some friends, and a couple days later his host shut down his account because it had spread so quickly that he ran out of bandwidth (remember when hosts used to charge for that?).

The key turning point for many of these successful entrepreneurs was turning the accidental success into long term sustainable success.

I first met Justin Goff about a year ago at Shoemoney’s Elite Retreat conference in San Francisco. I only talked with him a couple times over the few days of the conference but I got the sense that he was a pretty sharp guy. I never had a chance to learn Justin’s start until he wrote about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Everything he says is spot on and well worth reading. You need to take your lumps and persevere in order to succeed because finding success isn’t neither easy or painless. People will doubt you and try to cut you down because when you’re following your dream, they are constantly reminded about how they may not be following theirs.

Challenge Yourself, There’s No Speed Limit

by jim on December 7th, 2009

I just read a great blog post titled “There’s no speed limit” that I wanted to share with you. It’s a story about how a music teacher taught one of his students one of the most important lessons in life – how there’s no speed limit in learning. There’s no speed limit in life.

Derek Sivers was a high school graduate on his way to Berklee College of Music. Kimo Williams was the owner of a studio who told Sivers, upon learning he was going to Berklee, that he could graduate in two years (from a four year school) with his instruction and approach to learning and life.

The pace was intense, and I loved it. Finally, someone was challenging me – keeping me in over my head – encouraging and expecting me to pull myself up, quickly. I was learning so fast, it had the adrenaline of sports or a video game. A two-way game of catch, he tossed every fact back at me and made me prove I got it.

High expectations, quick pace, and constant challenge pushed Sivers faster and harder than he had ever been pushed before. It was a case of a very eager and industrious student meeting an equally driving and challenging teacher.

He taught me “the standard pace is for chumps” – that the system is designed so anyone can keep up. If you’re more driven than “just anyone” – you can do so much more than anyone expects. And this applies to ALL of life – not just school.

The standard pace is designed so anyone can keep up… push yourself, challenge yourself, and even you will be amazed at what you can achieve.