Chris Brogan is CEO of Owner Media Group, providing skills for the modern entrepreneur. He is also a highly sought-after professional speaker and the New York Times bestselling author of nine books and counting. Forbes listed Chris as one of the Must Follow Marketing Minds of 2014, plus listed his website as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs.
What’s a day in your life like?
I’m a business advisor and author, and I spend my time helping companies figure out how to use technology to drive better human interactions. I work mostly on sales and marketing activities with people looking to earn more customers.
What path did you take to get started?
I had a regular job like lots of people, but along the way, I experimented a lot with web stuff and communities and media tools. That led to me realize there were a lot of business opportunities I could help companies take advantage of, if they were looking to earn quality customers, and didn’t just want raw spammy traffic.
What is your background?
I was raised in Maine by two loving parents with incredible work ethics, and very strong moral compasses. I got a daily injection of the belief that I was meant for something bigger. I had a mediocre education. I quit college somewhere around 28 credits into the process when I realized that what I was doing hadn’t yet been invented so I wasn’t going to learn much about it there. I worked for an old telephone company for a bunch of years, then a wireless telecom vendor for another 9+ years. Then I left to work in events and media companies. I launched my first company in 2009 and never looked back.
What resources would you recommend for others looking to do something similar?
“Be more willing to fail and do it often.”
Do you have any tips or insight to share with someone looking to get started?
Be more willing to fail and do it often. Try to minimize how much of that failure lands on your customers and family. But learn by trying and then adjusting. Man, we waste so much time otherwise.
Is there anything else you’d like to add, share or elaborate on?
I’d like to add a million dollars. Do you have that? 🙂
Owner Media Group: www.owner.media
Find your niche. Think about how you can use your talents or interests to help others.
Keep learning and adjusting. Know that failure is a part of the process.
Gain experience by helping others.
Go for it.
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