Three years ago, I was working remotely for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and couldn't take it anymore. I was sick and tired of being managed by other people and knew I wanted to start my own business. The first thing I did was join an online community of other entrepreneurs. I wanted to find my tribe. I was looking for people who didn't fit the 9-5 cultural norm.
And with some google searching, I found what I was looking for. I ended up making friends with other entrepreneurs in the group and ultimately, ended up meeting my mentor through the community. He's the cofounder of a startup currently doing 200k MRR and he also just launched another startup during the 3rd week of January & they grew to 17k MRR within the first week.
Idk about you, but these are the kind of entrepreneurs I personally want to be around. For the last three years, we've met for an hour every other Thursday. Meeting with my mentor on a regular basis has been the single most important contributing factor to helping me stick with the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey. Trust me - there have been plenty of times I've been close to giving up and craving the steady corporate paycheck and six figure salary.
I love the quote, "You're the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with."
By having some accountability throughout this process, I've been able to buy two businesses - one at 50k MRR in it's pre-covid height. The other - a local coffee shop that my partner and I are working to scale online via Shopify.
I would have never been able to make the jump into either of these businesses had I not met my mentor. He's kept me accountable to staying focused through the ups and downs. The only problem is... the community I joined three years ago is no longer actively running.
I realized at the beginning of 2021 that one of my passions lies in creating a community for entrepreneurs to connect, learn, share, and grow together. One similar to the community that I had when I was starting out.
My first project is to actively build a network of successful entrepreneurs who can help mentor aspiring or early stage entrepreneurs. I'm building the network through the EHQ podcast and blog.
I'm interviewing one or two successful entrepreneurs per week to find high quality mentors.
And when we launch, the goal will be to connect early stage and aspiring entrepreneurs to mentors who have advice to share.
I'll be sending updates along the way, but if you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out.
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