Journey – An Entrepreneur’s Story in the World of Online Business Who Goes From Zero To…

Journey – An Entrepreneur’s Story in the World of Online Business Who Goes From Zero To…

J1 – Ground Zero

September 16, 2015

This episode is sponsored by Bluehost (
Most people start a business podcast after successfully running a million dollar business, honing their expertise and then discovering a passion to help the world. I know this because I spent the last few years consuming every episode that a lot of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs published.

I want to start this episode and show by thanking Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, Jeremy and Jason of Internet Business Mastery, Noah Kagen of AppSumo, John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire and Gary Vaynerchuk of Vaynermedia for their wealth of knowledge and business information that they have released for free. I would also like to apologize for misunderstanding and making almost every mistake they set out to help entrepreneurs avoid.

In the word's of Megamind: "There's a benefit to losing: You get to learn from your mistakes."

Before we get started, let's just touch on the format I have elected to use for this show because it is unlike anything you have ever heard before. I always wanted to provide a great podcast for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, yet wanted to give something different than a run of interviews with successful business people. I have nothing against that, yet a lot of great podcasters already have that spot filled. Secondly, after listening to the first season of Alex Blumberg's wildly popular and amazing show Startup, I was re-inspired to make this show. There is no doubt that Blumberg's storytelling style has inspired my work and for that I thank him. Startup is one of the best business podcasts I have ever listened to, which is focused around Silicon Valley startups and their success stories as they battle through the tower of titanic tasks they face.

Journey, from a story mixed with timely and useful insights perspective is similar while focused on a completely different audience, in a completely different style. This is the event-by-event story of an entrepreneur, myself in fact, who doesn't have a bunch of startup capital, who has been taking action and slugging it for years and who does this while working a full-time job. Hopefully, that story sounds all too familiar, yet it is one that often goes untold.

Throughout the story, I had planned to sprinkle in first-hand interviews with entrepreneurs as to show you the knowledge you need to grow your own business from the ground up, yet my barrage of interview requests often came back in the answer: No.

Doing what entrepreneurs do, I was not disheartened and spent a good while reimagining the podcast, so that I could still provide you with a mix of great emotional story and expert knowledge from the world's best, without having to consume a lot of their time. This is tough because there isn't much to be inspired by, it hasn't really been done before.

And then, it dawned on me. If I were writing this story as a series of blog posts, I could embed videos and audio clips from podcasts, interviews and events into the page to support the parts of the story I was telling.

That is how I am going to provide you with the best of both.

I'm going to embed quotes, tips, tricks and audio clips from the world's best entrepreneurs and visionaries to complement the story experience, providing you with both the lessons and my lessons learned story.

Throughout this weekly series, you can expect the heartfelt story of my journey as an entrepreneur combined with a highly curated portion of expert advice that I am personally using at a particular point in my journey. Knowledge bombs from the best in the business.

Unless I have been provided with permission, all of the sound clips will be from free and publicly available content including online videos, interviews, events and podcasts to name a few sources. To thank and credit the author, who I obviously respect for their generosity of providing their wisdom to all of us in the entrepreneurial community,