Scott Jordan is the founder and CEO of SCOTTEVEST/SeV, the company behind the gadget-friendly clothing line that has earned rave reviews from everyone from The New York Times to Matthew McConaughey. SeV’s vests, jackets, and pants include hidden pockets to hold all of your technology devices and conceal and manage the wires — perfect for tech geeks on the go (including Steve Wozniak, who is on SeV’s advisory board).
But back in the 1990’s, Scott Jordan was a miserable corporate lawyer with a wild idea and no experience in clothing design or manufacturing. He took a a risk and walked away from a lucrative and predictable career path to start SeV and pursue his dream.
In this clip from a 2000 episode of Radical Sabbatical (the late and lamented program that ran briefly on the Fine Living Network), Scott shares his escape story and offers a glimpse into his life as a new entrepreneur.
The New York Post is hosting a great event for entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs this Wednesday.
NYC Start-Up is a full day of seminars, panels, and presentations by small business experts – including venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, technology and finance experts, and New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.
Learn what you need to do to start up successfully in this economic environment. Attendees will also have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to venture capital experts and network with speakers and fellow business owners.
Admission is $95, but you can score a 20% discount if you enter the code MUL624 when you register.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan
I love this quote from Michael Jordan. For months, I have been researching the best practices of the most innovative companies and the most successful entrepreneurs. The most dramatic success stories all include lots of failure stories along the way.
Fail and learn from your failures and keep moving ahead. Be like Mike.
It’s one of the best articles on the subject that I’ve seen lately and not just because it quotes me. Reporter Kimberly Palmer also spoke with Tim Ferriss (I know many of you are 4-Hour Workweek fans) and Michelle Goodman (who gives great advice for freelancers).
I think the piece provides a nicely balanced picture of the pros and cons of starting a business right now. Do you agree?
As an entrepreneur, one of your biggest challenges is getting the word out to potential customers. It’s hard to make your message heard above the noise of all of the other advertising and marketing out there (and blogs and Facebook and Twitter have only added to the competition).
That’s why PR is one of the most powerful marketing tools for entrepreneurs. When your business is mentioned in an article in a reputable publication or on a popular TV or radio show, you can connect with millions and gain instant credibility.
But how do you score those great media mentions as a small business owner with limited resources and connections? It’s not easy when you’re competing for reporters’ attention with hundreds of publicists.
On this week’s show, Sabina shares tips on how to be your own publicist and how to get great press for your business. As Sabina says, it’s all about establishing yourself as an expert and offering journalists REAL content, not just sales fluff.
How can you suffer from work life imbalance when you’re out of work? Trust me, it’s easy. When you’re in career transition, you’re under enormous pressure to work, work, work. Send out more resumes, search through more job listings, reach out to more networking contacts. And in a competitive job market, you rarely get positive reinforcement or a sense of accomplishment.
Tevis shared the story of her personal journey and offered lots of great tips on achieving greater work life balance (even though she prefers the term “happiness at work”).
She shared some special advice for entrepreneurs. Those of us who work for ourselves can’t blame “the man” for our burnout anymore — we have to take responsibility for maintaining our own work life balance. That’s not often an easy task when you’re trying to build a business that you’re passionate about, especially in a challenging economy.
I am finally feeling like a functioning human again and have managed to start digging out of my pile of unanswered emails and unfinished to-do lists.
Thank goodness for the weekend. I have started looking forward to weekends for different reasons these days — the opportunity to catch up on work without the distractions of emails and calls and meetings. That may sound a little pathetic, but don’t feel too bad for me. I still find time to have some fun (usually). Plus, now that I work for myself, I can take time to have some fun on occasional weekdays too. read more…
There are only a few things that I miss about working in Corporate America. I miss that predictable direct deposit into my account every two weeks, I miss paid vacations, and I miss paid sick days.
I mention this because I have been a feverish, miserable mess for the past few days (don’t worry — you can’t catch it through a blog). I had hoped to recover over the weekend, but this evil strep monster is hanging in there.
Because I work for myself, I didn’t have to call in sick to anyone this morning (you know they would have thought I was faking it on a Monday). At the same time, I have to figure out how I’m going to keep my company on track and client projects on schedule while my brain is fogged and my chest is congested. That means delegating, reprioritizing, and sucking it up and working when I’d rather be in bed.
Of course, I often did the same thing when I was working in Corporate America. I dragged my sick self to the office many times over the years. And the good news is that I don’t get sick nearly as often these days. That’s probably because I’m not working in close proximity with people who drag their sick selves into the office on a regular basis.
So I guess I’ll take my DayQuil and try to remember that I’ve got it pretty good even if I don’t get paid to be sick.
My name is Pamela Skillings and I'm an author and career coach.
Back in 2005 I decided I'd had enough of corporate life and left to start my own company. Now, I've made it my mission to help others do the same so that they too can feel the freedom and joy of a happy work life.