Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I really cut out for entrepreneurship?” Honestly, most of us have. While entrepreneurship seems to be synonymous with freedom, independence, and designing your destiny, being a successful entrepreneur takes perseverance, humility, and is a lot more than what meets the eye. This week, our guest is Jeff Hoffman, the inventor of the airport boarding pass kiosks, Billionaire co-founder of Priceline, worldwide motivational speaker, and bestselling author. He now dedicates his life to helping people around the world, like you and me, truly reach their dreams.
In our interview, Jeff discusses his work teaching entrepreneurship around the world. He incorporates his journey and goes on to talks about the important traits a business leader must have, and why entrepreneurship may or may not be for you. Finally, he speaks about scaling a business and how leaders can be more agile in a fast-paced world.
Tune in now and get inspired to be the best entrepreneur you can be. Listen and enjoy!
What’s unique about being a business owner in 2022?
A business owner in this day and age should be someone who’s accessible to the team, empathetic to the employees’ struggles, and a catalyst to their personal and professional growth.
This week our guest is David Pilchick, the founder and owner of Brooklyn Low Voltage Supply. He drops by to talk about the most important qualities of a modern-day leader. He also discusses his personal journey to becoming a successful business owner, years after dropping out of high school.
In our interview, we talk about the leadership skills that are difficult to master, yet absolutely crucial, and how exactly anyone can attain them. Leadership in any industry can be an intimidating field, however, if we can tap into our unique selves, gain confidence, and overcome certain fears, anything is possible.
Tune in now and learn from David how to be a modern-day business owner.
How do you turn a side hustle into a 2-billion-dollar business? This might sound too good to be true, but it did happen when Spencer Jan started his e-commerce business, which he started in a garage in 2010 with only $15,000. Called Solo Stove then, the business eventually grew into Solo Brands and in 2021, raised $219 million through an IPO (NYSE: DTC).
Does your competitive edge serve you well? This week, our guest is Roei Yellin. Roei is a former Olympic athlete and the co-founder and CRO of 8Fig. In our interview, he speaks about the key qualities that make up a successful entrepreneur. He goes into detail about what led him to start a company and how his athletic background and competitive mind enable him to tackle any challenge in the business world. Most people think that being competitive is all about pushing themselves to the limit to win. But should competitiveness be at the top of our radar all the time as entrepreneurs? In this week’s episode, Roei explains that it is more complex than that. It’s not just about doing whatever it takes and burning ourselves out, it’s about gauging the playing field, knowing which move to make next, and thinking on our toes. It’s about having patience, confidence, and tact. It takes bravery to make waves, knowing that you might lose in the process. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the importance of bravery in business.
With winter fast approaching, I’ve heard from many business owners that they’re planning to attend trade shows and conferences. So I thought I’d tell you a story.
I’ll never forget our first trade show. We were so excited about connecting with some great prospects. After the show, we got back to the office, and someone asked, “Who’s got the bag with the business cards?” (Mind you, this was back in the pre-digital age.) After a heart-wrenching search, we realized that the hard-won cards had been completely misplaced, probably still attending the trade show under a forgotten table.
I took my family on a trip to an amusement park a few weeks ago, and like most parents, I had a vivid picture in my mind of how the day would go. I saw the smiles and laughter on my kids’ faces. I heard their happy squeals as they went on the rides. I felt the good vibes from the amusement park staff as they helped my kids onto the rides.
So you could imagine the disappointment I felt when, as we waited in line for the park’s most thrilling rollercoaster, I noticed that the attendant, a young man in his late teens, was helping kids get on and off with a look of total and utter boredom and indifference—even a little resentment. For someone whose job it is to give kids a good time, he showed zero signs of enthusiasm.
A business owner once told me she had to let go of an employee for creating a toxic work environment. This employee had been sharing personal complaints about the owner with coworkers, rather than bringing them up directly with her. It soon became popular to talk behind the owner’s back, and before long, the circulating negativity caused a rift between her and the team. Obviously, morale and productivity suffered greatly.
Was this employee a liability? Definitely. But there’s also more to the picture. It’s possible that this business owner created an environment that discouraged people from speaking their mind productively.
Do you believe admitting you’re wrong is a sign of weakness or a sign of strength?
Do you think apologizing hurts your credibility or enhances it?
How hard is it for you to apologize to someone you may have hurt?