Spotting a trend for an entrepreneur is hard, repeatedly capitalizing on a trend is even harder. Jared Loftus founded Tiger District after LSU’s ’03 SEC Championship game, brought one of the first food trucks (Taco de Paco & Ninja Snowballs) to the area, and launched the first co-working space for entrepreneurs in Baton Rouge, LA. He’s also on the board of C.A.T.S. (Capital Area Transit System), puts together a free art gallery, and raps on his free time. Continue reading Jared Loftus: Shake Them Haters Off (The DOcast)
If you where to look up the definition of lifestyle design, you would see the name Dan Andrews, along with “yeah buddy”. Like many of us in the beginning, he use to work 60+ unfulfilling hours for someone else. Now, he has built an multi-million dollar business while traveling to exotic locations all over the world. He’s the host of the Lifestyle Business Podcast (inspired me to start my own business), Tropical Talk Radio (a conversation on business/travel hacking), started Tropical MBA — a Lifestyle Entrepreneur incubator/house to live in and grow your company — and he makes modern cat furniture. Continue reading Dan Andrews: The Travel + Business Hacker (The DOcast)
This guy knows exactly how to build a viable business and attract people to it. Sean Simone is the Founder and board member of SeNSE — a hub where entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas in Baton Rouge, LA., VP of an online marketing firm called BlueReach, and CEO/Co-founder of Yellow Jacket — the first consumer-grade stun-gun smart phone case. All by the age of 23. Continue reading Sean Simone: Starting a Tribe + Giveaway (The DOcast)
When you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
If there is one thing I could recommend to someone who wants to change their life or become an entrepreneur, it would be to find something you’re passionate about and turn it into a product or service. Design this product or service in a way you would want it, then, once you’re happy with it — test the market and see how it reacts. You can learn so much about your idea once you make it and share it. You’ll never know what it could be if you don’t. If you have an itch for something, scratch it. If not, no worries — I’ve put together a challenge to extract it from your brain.
Scratch your own itch
“If you’re into kite-surfing and you want to become an entrepreneur, do it with kite-surfing.”
— Sir Richard Brandson
A high school coach wanted to make a lighter shoe for his track team. So he went in his workshop, poured liquid rubber in the family waffle maker and made a lighter shoe. Nike was born. Now it’s the best selling running shoe worldwide. (Bill Bowerman)
A kid that loved playing with iPhones wanted to create an app. He begged his parents to get the $100 Apple iPhone developer kit (to code iPhone apps) and coded all night. He now has two apps launched and works for a tech company in NYC, the best part — he is only 12 years old. Watch this amazing Ted video. (Thomas Suarez)
An unemployed factory worker who was passionate about cars, wanted a sports car that made him happy. While building “the people’s car” (Volkswagen Beetle) for Hitler, he slowly developed his dream car. Porsche was born. (Ferdinand Porsche)
A man wanted to share his favorite salad dressing with more than his family and friends. He got to work by making large batches of his dressing in a bathtub in the basement. Newman’s Own was born. They’ve also donated over $330 million to charities. (Paul Newman)
A college dropout who was addicted to technology, envisioned a personal computer in every household. So he went to work in his mom’s garage and started a computer company. Apple was born. (Steve Jobs)
All of these influential leaders had one thing in common, a passion. Continue reading Find your purpose with your passion