Jason Feifer is editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine, and host of three podcasts: Pessimists Archive, a history show about why people resist new things; Hush Money about all the ways money makes life awkward; and Problem Solvers, about how entrepreneurs solve unexpected problems in their business.
Jason gets his entrepreneurial mindset from trial and error. He started in community news,
looking to work his way up. Jason knew if he stuck around and did exactly what he was
expected to do, then it would be a very slow ride. So, Jason started taking risks and seeing them pay off. He quit his jobs and would freelance a lot. The risks were the things that defined him and his career – it set him apart from everyone else. He decided to leverage his risk-taking and figure out what sorts of calculated risks he could take.
As entrepreneurs, you have to be patient and impatient at the same time. There are things that you don’t know that you will have to learn. Learning takes time! Balance your patience for learning with the impatience of not taking the regular route. Be willing to risk things, try new things, and discard things that are no longer serving you. Know that you are going somewhere, and you are going to do whatever it takes to get there. Everything is a learning process that needs to be figured out as you go.
Jason has setbacks all the time. Globally, we are all experiencing a setback. Everyone is going to define their story by what they are doing during this period of time. We need to take in what we have, what we don’t have, and what is required from us now. Then, we need to find a new version of ourselves with what is available. Back in the day, Jason was writing about things that he hated and didn’t care about. Eventually, it started to show, and Jason’s boss called him out. So, Jason quit – he knew that the job was not going to get him anywhere. Why would he get better at a job that wasn’t going to get him where he wanted to be? Stay tuned as Jason speaks about building long-term skills, Jason reveals the most valuable advice he has received, and also gives his own advice for entrepreneurs.
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