A reminder (or 10) from one of my favorite entrepreneurs
One thing, among many, that I love about Millennials is their bent towards entrepreneurship. These numbers from Bentley University tell the story well: A whopping 67% of Millennials say their goal involves starting their own business.
I caught the start-up bug, too, so I’m constantly reading, learning and talking with others who are out pushing the envelope.
One of my favorite idea sharing, business dreaming and scheming go-to people is James Chapman, aka: “Chappy”. Chappy and I met in college and became instant friends. We cheered each other on during sporting events… and we’ve continued to root for each other ever since.
Chappy’s work is legit. He founded a start-up called Change-n-Go, wrote a book called #TheHustle, and recently launched a speaking business which landed him a spot on the TedX stage. What has impressed me about Chappy is not just his resume and accolades, but the way he lives his life.
I recently sat down with Chappy when I was traveling through his hometown, and we decided to video our conversation. There is no glitz or glam to this; no production or special lighting. We simply captured our conversation to share our passions for what we’re learning with you. Check it out!
Here is Chappy’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs: (in random order)
1. Know who you are and believe in yourself
2. Just start
3. Take blind (but calculated) leaps
4. Learn as you go
5. Be a student of business
6. Work hard for the things you believe in
7. Strike a balance
8. Don’t be intimidated by others
9. Be yourself. Followers will come with time
10. Building a business is a marathon, not a sprint. Be patient
And his biggest lesson?
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