Becoming a successful entrepreneur takes sacrifice, hard work and unwavering determination in the face of challenges.
Herein are advice and tips shared by three entrepreneurs who are making headway in their chosen fields in interviews conducted by Ryan Robinson.
Chase Jarvis, CEO at CreativeLive
After becoming one of the world’s best-known photographers at a relatively young age, Chase went on to found CreativeLive, the world’s largest live-streaming education company. He credits much of his success to following his passions and pursuing only the opportunities that he’s genuinely interested in.
“Go after solving a problem that you have. Something that’s near and dear to you, not some random market opportunity. Because, when things get hard, if you’re chasing just the dollars, or a random market opportunity, you’re not going to be able to have the fortitude, the passion, to stay with it.”
Jon Acuff, ‘New York Times’ best-selling author of ‘Do Over’
Acuff, the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including Do Over, set out early on in his career to pursue at all costs only meaningful work. For him, that meant 16 long years of being hired and fired, before eventually finding his dream job and launching his self-employed career as a writer, speaker and brand consultant.
Accomplishing his dream of working for himself took a lot of hard work, focus and hustle.
“Hustle is an act of focus, not frenzy. Hustle is about subtraction and addition. It’s not about doing more, it’s about focusing on the things you need to do, in order to move your business forward.”
Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of Canva, author of ‘The Art of the Start 2.0’
Kawasaki, the former chief evangelist of Apple, is an immensely successful marketing executive, investor and author of 13 books including The Art of the Start 2.0. Over the years, he’s helped dozens of well-known companies take their products from concept to market dominance.
His formula for replicating startup success? Focusing only on the activities that drive positive results for your business.
“If you get a prototype out and you get enough people using it, you never have to write a business plan. A prototype is where you separate the BS from the reality.”