“I need independence. You can’t have independence if you’re an employee.”
The only way to be really, truly independent – is to become an entrepreneur.
However, it’s not hard to quit the 9-5 job and become one, not to mention – a successful one! And more so when there are bills to pay and mouths to feed. It seems that the longer you wait, the harder, up to impossible, it becomes.
One Questions That I Keep Getting That Today’s Interview Tries To Answer
I’ve received several comments from Inspiring Innovation VIP Members that said: “All the stories on the show are so inspiring, but I’m almost 50, have a wife, a dog, and 4 kids – I don’t have the time to start something, nor the ability to handle the decrease of income!”
I get that. Which is why I’m so happy to have Bernd Geropp on the show today.
Leaving Corporate at 46 To An Entrepreneurship Career Supercharged By New Media
How did Bernd, an electrical engineer from Germany, leave his position at the corporate he’s been serving for almost ten years, and became a market leading leadership coach?
Turns out it IS possible to become an entrepreneur at any age, no matter how many liabilities you have. Especially if you can supercharge your marketing with the latest new media tools.
Listen to today’s episode for all the details, including:
- How one of Bernd’s early entrepreneurship ventures almost led him to bankruptcy, and how that affected him in leaving the corporate life at an older age. How it affected his planning, willingness and tolerance to risk, and attitude? (You’d be surprised! It’s not the common, “I’ve been there once so I know there’s nothing to fear from”!)
- How he bridged the gap between 9-5 job and entrepreneurship – with the support of the company he was about to leave.
- Finding the balance between moonlighting in order to start your own business, and burning the ships at shore and taking more risk than you’re ready to take.
- How Bernd used new media like blogs, YouTube, and especially podcasting to build a name, a brand, and most important – a business. He doesn’t have to cold-call anymore, and it’s all because of new media!
Today’s episode is a reminder that it doesn’t matter how late in life you decide to enter (or re-enter) entrepreneurship, it’s always possible.
Have Questions For Bernd?
If you have any questions to Bernd, leave them as comments to this post, and I guarantee he will answer!
Items mentioned in this episode include:
- Inspiring Innovation Tribe
- Bernd’s English website
- His German website
- His Podcast on iTunes: Führung auf den Punkt gebracht
- His YouTube channel
- Twitter: @MoreLeadership and @BerndGeropp
- His Facebook account
- His LinkedIn account
- His book: Ist die Katze aus dem Haus …
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4 thoughts on “IIP038: Leaving Corporate at 46 To A Coaching Career Supercharged By New Media”
Meron, great show! Another excellent guest!
Bernd, thank you for sharing your thoughts! Listening to the experience of an entrepreneur who is starting his journey in his mid-40’s, with a wife and children, is really good to hear. He had a “real” story, one that I can relate to very well.
“Why are we doing what we are doing?” Such an important question that needs to be answered! That was an excellent ending for the show.
Trevor, Thanks for your feedback.
The question “why” is so important – not just for yourself as a person but also for every company.
Simon Sinek gave a great TED talk on “why”, which I highly recommend watching: http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html
I agree. I first stumble unto the whole idea of having a “Why Statement” from Dane Maxwell at The Foundation and I have been reading mine every morning ever since. It motivates you to keep moving forward when things get tough…Why am I doing this again?! Oh Yeah!…
So what is your why, Anthony? I’d love if you feel like sharing and inspiring us! 🙂