378: Ace Chapman: An Entrepreneur Teaching The World To Sell & Buy Businesses
Welcome to the Steve Jobs based Join Up Dots Free Podcast Interview with Ace Chapman
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Todays guest, joining us the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is Mr Ace Chapman, an entrepreneur who has made millions buying and selling business’s for himself, and of course helping others to do the same.
His life is one of success, as he literally wakes up everyday with a huge smile on his face and does the thing that he loves.
But it wasn’t always that way.
And just twelve years ago when he was 22 years old, he was on a totally different path
As he says ” It was 2002 but it seems like it was just yesterday. I was 22 and just the thought of what the next 40 years would look like terrified me. I had tried some business ideas here and there and nothing seemed to work. It seemed nearly impossible to get ahead. I had little savings, student loans, and credit card debt. I was so sick of being broke and not being able to afford to finer things in life or the freedom to follow my passion for travel and connecting with people. But I was terrified to try anything. A college dropout, I knew I would hit a glass ceiling in the corporate world. Yet I had neither the time or money to afford more education. I has resigned myself to thinking cynically about my future. Talking to my co workers nearing retirement I saw my future as retiring on a little more than social security. It was obvious speaking to them that despite all the hype around retirement plan they weren’t working in reality.
It sucked. It was a pathetic existence spending so much of my life doing something I didn’t enjoy.”
And at his lowest point, he was forced to make a decision.
He was fired from his company, broke and clueless to his talents and passions.
So he did something.
And then something else and by trial and error discovered what it took to build his first million dollar business.
And now if you were to ask him what the secret of success is he will say “Keep it simple. Provide more value than you take…your income is really defined by your value to society!”
So is it mind-set that holds so many people down, or a fear of trying something new?
And does he feel that he started at the right time in his life, or could he have started even earlier on his entrepreneurial journey?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Mr Ace Chapman
During the show we discussed such weighty topics as:
How even as a small child he was aware of the value of money, and would look for ways of selling merchandise whenever he could in his neighbourhood.
Why in business we always look for ways of building a business from scratch, even though we wouldn’t dream of building a computer from scratch.
How he has always struggled with the negative chatter in his head, and now believes that the only way to shut up that voice is by taking big action.
How he now looks back at his life as an early entrepreneur and feels that was literally bumping into things in the dark. He didn’t have a clue what he was doing, but loved the learning process!