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In Chapter 15 of 17 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview, education entrepreneur J.T. Allen answers "How Have Other Entrepreneurs ...
Helped You Be a Better Entreprenur?" Allen details how entrepreneurs have provided industry-specific mentorship to help him manage his business. He also learns from other entrepreneurs working outside the career and education industry. J.T. Allen is the CEO and co-founder of myFootpath.com.
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Erik: How have other entrepreneurs helped you be a better entrepreneur?
J.T.: I think there’s probably two areas where they’ve helped. One is mentorship and you know what I mean by that is really kind of active involvement and really getting to know the people and the personalities and all the challenges that are faced in my business, right? And talking to them regularly about this is what’s going on and this is how I’m dealing with it because I mean the nice thing about somebody who’s kind of up to speed on that is that they can kind of call bull on you, you know and say you know face the issue, right? Sometimes you don’t want to deal with a people issue but the other guy knows when you’re talking about it what you need to do. You need to fire that person, right? Because it’s not getting you what you need or you need to change up the structure or something that really makes it much more powerful, right? And that sense of just you know knowledge with what’s going on and having kind of fought the battle before, it’s amazingly similar how many challenges other entrepreneurs face and they’re often very times similar to you, right? So the second one is really more of that – what I would think is ideas and tactics and things that they’ve done in their business or life but typically in the business to achieve success and how can it apply to our industry because typically they’re in a different industry and you know so for example, we – you know I did some work with a fragrance company and they did some video marketing, right? It was kind of a contest around—a very fun kind of light thing and just kind of going you know through that challenge made me realize that it maybe it applies into the career and education industry but how do you make it do that. So it’s not sort of one-to-one. A lot of the conversations with other entrepreneurs I feel like you know you have all these ideas swirling about and you know sometimes they just keeps swirling, right? And other times they sort of the cloud opens up and they come into focus and you know I think those conversations with good, smart, entrepreneurial people will push your thinking and that’s really what I get out of it.
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