Here's the most private information I've ever given to anyone. Instead of hearing the umpteenth "How to sell online'" podcast, you can learn about my failures and faults as an online entrepreneur, how I recovered, how my sobriety occurred, and more. From the just-released episode of the terrific Ecommerce Momentum podcast (thank you Stephen Peterson)
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(If you don't want to listen to the whole thing, Below are time markings for the various topics).
06:30 - 07:45: How I started aimlessly in high school/college, then business school
08:52 - 10:35: Major lessons from my first major failure (my 1st doomed company in 2001)
10:48 - 12:00: Why your risks today are FAR less than today in owning your own business
13:00 - 14:00: Why I discourage people from paying to talk with me (or ay other coach)
14:30 - 16:00: A major mistake beginning sellers make when they have a chunk of money to spend
18:50 - 20:00: What I started selling on eBay (and how bankruptcy introduced me to selling online)
20:00 - 21:51: What was I better at - working a 'real job' or selling online myself?
22:40 - 23:50: My prediction for the 'workers of tomorrow' (kids)
26:50 - 28:23: Licking my wounds when I was nearly broke (2001)
28:40 - 29:20: How my wife got me to pick myself back up
29:26 - 31:59: How sobriety was life-changing for me + what it was like (before and after)
32:10 - 38:00: Me getting fired, lashing out and being self-destructive
36:05 - 38:50: What waiting for someone to 'choose' me didnt' work (and 'Choosing yourself')
39:35 - 41:00: Is being an entrepreneur 'easy'?
41:55 - 44:30: Starting my blog/multiple income streams and the dawn of my 'information' businesses
44:45 - 45:45: How I started selling on Amazon, "hacking around", used books
45:50 - 46:30: Going from $130,000 a year to nothing.
46:35 - 48:20: Scanning for books in 25+ libraries a week, $2500 profit every 2 weeks
48:30 - 50:00: Monetizing my information (newsletter), "hocus pocus"
51:15 - 52:35: Why I stopped my podcast
52:40 - 54:25: Why our Amazon sales dipped and My 'other' income streams
54:30 - 57:00: Meeting my subscribers; sellers' feedback/fears etc.
57:05 - 1:00:00: If the morons are successful, you can be too (x10)
1:02:45 -1:04:45: Fear of Missing Out; Unreleastic demands from new sellers
1:05:00 - 1:05:55: Sourcing wholesale and selling in person (not online)
1:06:30 - 1:10:40: My plans for growth (software, Cleer Platinum), Amazon programmers in Romania
1:11:55 - 1:15:00: My advice for online sellers (or any entrepreneur)