I have failed at many business ventures in the past and, because of my failures, I learned a lot.
Here are a list of the businesses I created and why they failed (obviously condensed as best as possible for Twitter).
I had a dope idea to aggregate content about crazy stories from college students into one website.
A couple of my buddies liked the idea so we tried to roll with it.
They were verbally enthusiastic, but their actions did not mirror their words.
This is where I first learned the importance of who I surrounded myself with.
He liked it.
So I presented it to one of my entrepreneur teachers.
She tore it apart.
This is where I learned enthusiasm was only a part of building a business/idea.
The app was intended to allow people meeting in person to instantly send friend requests on your favorite social networks like Twitter, Linkedin, FB, etc without the hassle of searching each site separately.
We were featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo, and other publications.
Also, managing a team was hard. Especially when they are college buddies.
We eventually got around 15,000 users.
1 team member wasn’t participating at a high level so I asked him to leave. He fought me for equity and got some.
The second team member wasn’t working hard either, but he was a founder. Hard to fight that.
It was smart and fun. We had VC’s interested in investing. But I felt something was off.
Or I couldn’t handle the pressure. Not sure which, but possibly both.
We were trying to buy drugs and our friend showed us Bitcoin and sold us some of his.
I researched it a bit, thought the concept was interesting, but never full grasped it at that time.
With the over consumption of psychedelics, I found myself questioning more things than was probably healthy.
After a 5 day trip to Costa Rica, I decided to pack a back pack and go there to write.
After about 3 months, I moved back to the states and finished writing my book. I actually wrote a few in this time span, all about increasing positivity, meditation, and mindfulness.
At the time, I was hanging in a spiritual crowd and getting more and more “hippie.” It was what I wanted to explore at the time.
Almost everyone was a “life coach” and so I followed.
I had a few clients thay changed their lives because of my calls and did great things.
But overall, coaching wasn’t very successful.
I was really in a major exploration phase of my life - learning more about reality and the role I play in it.
It was fun and I regret none of it.
I’m not going to get into this, as relationships are personal.
They were made of unique crystals and other objects that I was attracted to at the time and that my community loved.
So I started Jedi Jewelry.
It was a win-win-win situation.
But I didn’t take my finances seriously, spent most of the profit on drugs rather than expansion, and failed.
It was fun. I enjoyed being creative. But it soon failed as my relationship fell apart and my life was flipped upside down.
Finally, after getting myself on my feet, I worked a few days jobs in kitchens and automotive places.
These jobs helped me re-integrate with society, ground myself, and gather my mind.
It was around the same time I had wrecked my car, wasn’t working because of it, and had received some insurance money.
So I had some time and resources on my hands.
And my REAL journey in crypto started.
Am I “successful” now? Some people might say so but I don’t think I am.
I still hustle daily. I still want to be better. In my mind, I am not “successful.”
This is something I am proud to have engrained into who I am as a person.
Now you know a little more about what makes me tick.
Love me or hate me - I am me.
Much love. 🙏