Podcast 521: Patrick Powers: Building The Most Valuable Connections
Todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who has a story like so many entrepreneurs I have spoke to.
He started his life with limited idea of what he wanted to become, and even less of an idea of how to start something…in fact anything.
As he says ” I was born in Denmark it all started out pretty bad. I was very shy and introverted and had no idea what I wanted in life, except I didn’t want to be employed.
So with no real business education I started my first business at 21. Since I had no marketing know how, it only took me a year to run my business deep into the ground and go bankrupt.”
But there comes a time when you realise that after years of study at school, that most of us want to leave far behind, you need to get serious and study like your life depends on it.
You need to become an expert in something that can open doors across the world.
Our guest realised that its ok to have an amazing business idea or product, but unless people find out about it, you are dead in the water.
And so with a total obsession he set to work understanding the skills required to become a top marketer.
And so successful was he at learning these skills, that he built a worldwide business and retired whilst still a young man.
And like all the greatest sportsman who find out that retirement isn’t all its cracked up to be, he returned to teach entrepreneurship and marketing and set out to create one of London’s biggest entrepreneurial communities with almost 17,000 ACTIVE members.
All from just £3,500 in total marketing costs.
As he says “Before you think I’m one of those people that think they can walk on water 24/7, I’m definitely not. In fact I’ve made some big mistakes that I’m quite embarrassed about. But I’m not afraid to admit it and talk about my boo-boo’s especially because I know it can save someone else from the same ill fate.”
So why did he always know that he didn’t want to employed even as a small child?
And what were the really big mistakes and how did he mentally recover to keep moving forward?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Patrick Powers
During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Patrick Powers such as:
Why he decided to change his name, lose his Danish accent, and overcome his shyness as a young man before he did anything towards creating his first business success.
Why the online world needs to compliment the offline world to gain the true success. One needs the other to become fully realised which so many people fail to realise.
How hitting rock bottom is more often than not the best place to find the true starting point to a life of your dreams.
How introverts and extroverts need to really focus in on their energy levels to ensure that they are recharging themselves in the right way ready to blaze big when required.