10 People Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Needs To Follow
Thousands, if not millions of people around the world have a longing inside of them to journey into some for of entrepreneurship, or at the very least take action on things that they have been putting off. I know I felt this way, stuck, for years.
Often times there needs to be a catalyst that motivates you and propels you into action. For me, that was discovering and learning from other successful entrepreneurs. In fact, to this very day, I spend hours absorbing the content that my online “mentors” put out. You binge on Netflix, I binge on content.
The focus of this site is shifting a bit from how it was setup in the past. In reality, it is being refocused, reconditioned, and hopefully revived. We are going to focus on surviving and thriving as an emerging entrepreneur. The focus will be on learning the tools and strategies that successful entrepreneurs used when they were just starting out, and breaking down exactly what those early days looked and felt like.
Rather that write a first post on a specific topic, I thought I would introduce or reintroduce you to the people who’s writing and information helped me take action in pursuing my goals.
Hopefully you will be inspired just as I was and still am today. I’ll warn you though. Be prepared to get “sucked down the rabbit hole.” These guys are good!
Tim Ferriss — Many of you are probably familiar with Tim Ferriss. If you aren’t, go ahead and slap yourself in the face. Tim is the godfather of life optimization. His book, The Four Hour Workweek (bad title, great book) has been a best seller for years.
If you start anywhere, start with Tim’s blog and his amazing podcast. Hopefully that will lead you to buying the book. Tim provides an array of content that deals with entrepreneurship of course, but also with the overall theme of living your best life. He is the master. Do yourself a favor and consume anything and everything that puts out.
You can find Tim in the following ways:
Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee) — Other than Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk is the guy that I pay attention to the most these days. Part of the reason is that he is freaking everywhere, all the time! Gary is a social media mastermind who has proven over the years that he knows what he is talking about.
He owns and runs a 500 employee media company in New York City, but he is as real and honest as you can get. He doesn’t sugar coat his message, which in short is to quit making excuses, get up off your butt and make it happen.
I love Gary’s content because it pulls back the curtain on what he is actually doing during the day. Through his Snapchat account, you can basically view what his day to day routine looks like. In addition, he puts out other content, including books, that are just as insightful as his 7 second Snaps. If you want to get better at social media, and you should, you need to follow Gary. Public service announcement. He LOVES the “F word.”
You can find Gary in the following ways:
Andrew Warner — Andrew Warner is fairly new to me, but I wish I had discovered him long ago. He runs a podcast called Mixergy, in which he interviews successful entrepreneurs to dig into what made them and their companies successful. It is one of the longest running and most successful business podcasts that exists.
Andrew is masterful at getting his interviewees to open up, not only about the highs and lows of building a business, but about life as well. I am just scratching the service on the podcast channel because I am way behind but I look forward to listening to all of the episodes that he puts out.
Just a quick side note. If you don’t currently listen to podcasts, you should give them a try. I was hesitant at first, but now I listen to them any time I am driving or have any sort of “in between time” at all. Pick one or two, listen to an episode, and see what you think. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
You can find Andrew in the following ways:
Pat Flynn — Pat Flynn, the king/developer of Smart Passive Income, is one of the most prolific content creators I have ever come across. If you can name it, Pat is doing it. He has content coming from every channel out there including blogs, email, video, podcasts, websites and anything else you can think of.
The thing that sets him apart though is the quality of that content. Everything Pat puts out is good. There are plenty of people who overload my email inbox with drivel and trash. This is not the case with Pat. I look forward to the content he puts out because it is always extremely helpful.
Pat is focused on showing people how they can create passive income (duh). What really solidifies his status in my mind, however, is his transparency, his ability to connect with his audience, and his willingness to break down his processes in extreme detail. Not to mention I think we would be good pals if we knew each other.
You can find Pat in the following ways:
Noah Kagen — Noah Kagen, the king of tacos and AppSumo, is one of my favorite entrepreneurs. Noah just doesn’t give a crap what anyone else thinks and I like that about him. His background is long and impressive. He was an early employee at Facebook, a co-founder of Mint.com and now runs AppSumo, SumoMe and KingSumo. His companies develop and create email list building tools, among many other things, that are the best in the business.
In addition to his products, which have helped me tremendously and are mostly free, his team curates products and deals that they think you might like, aggregates those deals, and gets huge discounts for them. Think $10 for a $100 product. I am a sucker for the SumoMe deals, mainly because they are always amazing. Noah and his team recommend things that they love, which means most of their audience will love as well. Plus, Noah is a funny guy and doesn’t hold back on any platform.
You can find Noah in the following ways:
James Altucher — James Altucher is the mad scientist of personal finance and entrepreneurship. His is often publicly shamed for some of his outlier opinions about investments and the economy, but usually the shaming is being done by the very institutions he is speaking out against.
Whether you agree with his philosophies or not, James puts out a large amount of amazing content that shows his willingness to be vulnerable to his audience. He regularly shares personal stories about his fears, failures and struggles throughout his amazing career as an investor and entrepreneur.
My favorite thing that James has written is his book Choose Yourself, which has much more depth than the name might imply. It is as much of an entrepreneurial guidebook as it is a psychological primer. I regularly refer to this book for actionable ideas as well as best practices for running a business.
You can find James in these ways:
Jon Acuff — I have a special affinity for the work of Jon Acuff because he lives in Nashville, the same city that I live in. Sometimes people think that all the great ones are in New York or Los Angeles. Jon is living proof that you can create an amazing brand from anywhere.
Jon is an author, so his platform is a little bit different from the other people on this list. The reason I included Jon is because although he is now known as a New York Times Bestselling Author, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, he worked for years in a job he hated, doing work that he wasn’t passionate about. Jon had dreams of being a writer and unlike most people, he acted on those dreams.
Jon is a very funny and intelligent writer who uses anecdotes and stories from his own experience to show people that you can have the life you long for if you are only willing to do what it takes to make it a reality.
You can find Jon in the following ways:
Ryan Holiday: Ryan Holiday has done some amazing things in his career, such as becoming the Director of Marketing for American Apparel while still in his early twenties, but it’s his love of reading and writing that initially drew me to his content.
Ryan has written a book called The Obstacle Is the Way that now has a huge cult following. The title doesn’t do it justice in my opinion because this book has more depth than anything I’ve read in quite some time. So much so that it is recommended reading to professional sports teams all across the country.
Ryan delves into deep philosophical subjects such as ancient philosophy and stoicism without being condescending or high brow. In addition, he writes in such a way as to make these subjects and the lessons that lie within them entertaining and enjoyable. Ryan has also written several other books and I highly recommend that you read them all.
In addition, Ryan sends out an email with a list of books he is reading and his perspectives of them. As a prolific writer and reader, his recommendation email is read by thousands of people and one of the emails I look forward to the most.
You can find Ryan in the following ways:
John Lee Dumas: John Lee Dumas is another person that I wish I had started following long ago. He is an internet marketer and entrepreneur, a combination which use to ensure that I wanted nothing to do with them. That changed, however, with John. I stumbled upon John’s platform, EO Fire, a while back and have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the content that he creates and disseminates.
John is another person who used to work a “normal job” but had aspirations to do more. John gets very personal with his storytelling which is what initially drew me to his platform. With internet marketers, you are often overwhelmed with empty and meaningless content only meant to trick you into a purchasing products and books. This isn’t the case with John. John has a passion for helping his audience succeed and grow, and it shows through his work.
You can find John in the following ways:
Lewis Howes: Lewis Howes is a former professional athlete, so I hate him right off the bat. No, in all seriousness, Lewis is another online content creator (in addition to other forms of content) but Lewis is a bit different in that he has experience starting and building traditional businesses.
There are countless individuals on the internet claiming to be entrepreneurs, but very few have who actually started a company, and even fewer who have made it successful. Lewis has done both. His platform has blown up over the past few years and he runs one of my favorite podcasts on the market. He has great insight into the human element of business building and reveals his own humanity by creating an open and honest dialogue with his audience. He also has a new book out which I am getting ready to read.
You can find Lewis in the following ways:
As you can see, one of the recurring qualities of the people that I follow is their level of honesty and openness. If someone is always trying to sell me something without providing me any value, my relationship with their content won’t last very long.
These ten guys provide tons of value as well as interesting content, which leads me to buy whatever it is they are selling, because I can trust that it will be great quality and provide me with value. They aren’t the only people I follow, but they represent how many different ways you can succeed as an entrepreneur.
If you are already an entrepreneur or want to be an entrepreneur in the future, I encourage you to explore all of the content these ten individuals have to offer. At the very least they will make you laugh a little bit. At best they will change your life.
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