By Zac Johnson of Blogging.org
Personally, I've never been a big reader. I wasn't the fastest reader, so it took up a decent amount of time to get through a good book. However, I love case studies and reading expert tips and articles online. But even better, I’ve found, is listening to podcasts. I can multitask and hear the voice of the person I'm interested in.
With so many different ways to consume content these days, it's no wonder people have greater chances of becoming successful entrepreneurs and potentially changing the world at the same time. To help with this process, I wanted to share a few of my favorite podcast interviews and how they can also you a better entrepreneur in the process.
1. The 5 Things Every CEO Should Focus On
As an entrepreneur or a CEO, it's easy to think you know everything and are the best at what you do. It can also make it hard for you to listen to other people, or even want to make it look like you are in need of help. All of these topics and more are highlighted in this interview with Rich Balot, chairman and co-CEO of Victra, a $750 million company.
As an entrepreneur, it's easy to think you are the best at what you do, but when you start to see how other entrepreneurs have brought more focus and goal-setting practices into their businesses, the process makes a lot more sense. With this in mind, I not only prioritize having my own goals but also seek to connect and learn from other experts before me.
2. A Rant: Overnight Success
From the outside, being an entrepreneur looks great. Many people think, “they’re so lucky!” -- but for the most part, luck has nothing to do with it. Most people don't see the endless days, nights, weeks, months and years that go into the final products. Gary Vaynerchuk explains this extremely well, and you can feel his passion throughout this interview.
One of the most exciting things about Gary's success is how many people take it to heart. You can watch anyone do seminars or interviews online, but Gary makes you want to take action through his passion. He's the true definition of a die-hard entrepreneur.
While I might not have the influence of Gary, it's extremely useful to use his same techniques when making the entrepreneurship conversation real. Remember to walk the walk and tell it like it is, prioritizing passion over how things look on the surface.
3. Building a $150M Empire With $700 and a Pickup Truck
With stories of startups getting investments of $100 million in the news all the time, it's no wonder that the old-world mentality of actually putting in the time, work and effort to create something is dwindling. You don't hear as many stories about companies that started with nothing becoming worldwide brands.
However, if you are looking for that type of inspiration, then this Mixery interview with Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK is for you. Not only did he create a huge business empire with less than a thousand bucks, he also created a service and business that people know, love and use on a daily basis.
When it comes to building your own business or brand, it's all about customer value and having a real business model. You can’t just create an online site and expect to make money. Competition is everywhere, and the customer decides where they want to spend their money.
The most important takeaway here is to realize that you don't need thousands of followers and customers when first starting out. Instead, focus on your daily growth of just a few new customers -- you’ll soon realize how to scale over time without losing the quality and value that helped you grow in the first place.
Consume, Consume, Consume
We live in an amazing time. If you were to go back just a decade or two, the same value and one-on-one conversations that we now have available from industry experts and entrepreneurs were only accessible to a few. Now everyone has access to these insights, if they know where to look.
Keep an eye out for recommended podcasts, interviews, case studies and resources from other well-respected entrepreneurs and media outlets. These are often the best content pieces out there, and will likely give you that extra inspiration and motivation to become a better entrepreneur.
Zac Johnson has 20 years of experience in the online marketing and business space. You can learn more about Zac through Blogging.org.