There is a dirty word that every entrepreneur hates. Do you know what it is? It’s called an excuse. Trust me, I get it. Deciding to become an entrepreneur is not an easy decision to make. There is so much to think about, and if you are not careful, you can talk yourself out of pursuing the very passion that gripped your heart!
It is easy to think of excuses (reasons, etc.) why we can’t or shouldn’t follow through with our business plans. Yet, I want to encourage each of you to challenge those excuses head on. Think of ways you CAN overcome each difficulty. I think you’ll be surprised at how many solutions you can find when you train your mind to look for them! If you need help, try my brain dumping activity.
In today’s post, we will see how entrepreneur C. W. Johnson identifies excuses in his business as well as advice he gives to aspiring entrepreneurs.
- Describe what you do and why you chose that role.
I am a thought leader, software developer, visionary, video marketing wizard, and world traveler.
I create software solutions for video marketing, digital learning materials related to business, and my own business models that I promote thru videos.
I didn’t choose this role. I just fell into this. After I got my MBA, I didn’t want a “job” so I started exploring various business ideas. Software and videos were things that grabbed my attention.
- How did you get started? What specific steps did you take?
I started conducting business in 1997. I was delivering newspapers and I registered a trade name with the state of Ohio. From there I used my trade name for various other ventures. I traded stocks, invested in real estate, and owned a recording studio. Fast forward to 2014. I joined my local business center and began working with a business coach. After various branding exercises, I landed here.
- What makes you different from others in your niche?
I’m the only person who deals with guerilla marketing, aggressive/controversial tactics, and advanced level business models. I can do all of these things simultaneously without skipping a beat. I mix street smarts with college level concepts.
- What are some common excuses you’ve seen other (aspiring) entrepreneurs make?
“I don’t have any money.”
“I don’t have any time.”
“It’s only for white people.”
“No one will buy my products.”
5. What are some excuses you’ve made in your business for not reaching goals?
I’m really not an excuses kind of guy. Right now, the biggest excuse I tell myself is, “I don’t have time.” This is somewhat true because I have a family to tend to and an offline business that requires a lot of time.
6. How did you become more accountable and take more action to achieve your goals?
I learned most of my business techniques from older men in the real estate game and guys in various “street” situations. Both sets of entrepreneurs invest their own money into their businesses so they only focus on results.
7. What do you wish you knew before beginning the entrepreneur journey?
I wish I knew how lonely it would be. I would have put more energy into developing personal relationships.
8. What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Learn REAL business methods. Either go to college or link up with a business incubator or read some books.
DO SOMETHING! Inactivity equals failure.
Pick something you like. You can make money selling anything if you are passionate about it.
For more information about C. W. (Chris) Johnson and his business, check out his blog and Facebook page!
Chris’ blog http://videodistributionandnichedomination.blogspot.com/
Chris ‘ FB group http://linktrack.info/.1bpkt
If you’d like to see other interviews in this series for Aspiring Entrepreneurs click here.
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