“Vulnerability is the only authentic state.” — Stephen Russell
Austin, TX

Introduction

“Looking back I realize the journey is everything.” | The Journey, Russ

My name is Jordan. I’m a 22yr old aspiring entrepreneur.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, ‘What’s this guy about to sell me?’ You might even be preparing yourself for an all-time cheesy motivational post. Don’t worry. I’m not here to pressure you to join any pyramid scheme or purchase a $200 e-book. I don’t have any of these to offer, so I apologize if this is what you were searching for.

What I am here for; however, is to document my journey on becoming an entrepreneur.

What do you mean become? You either are or you aren’t, right? I’ll let you decide. As far as I’m concerned, the is journey everything.

Background

Entrepreneurship isn’t solely about making money. It’s more about making a living by serving others, doing what you love, all on your own time.

I​ ​didn’t​ ​realize​ ​my​ ​entrepreneurial​ ​tendencies​ ​until​ ​halfway​ ​through​ ​college.​ ​The​ ​classic​ ​lemonade stand​ ​and​ ​garage​ ​sales​ ​all​ ​took​ ​place​ ​in​ ​my​ ​childhood.​ ​In​ ​elementary​ ​school,​ ​I’d​ ​sell​ ​pencils​ ​from my​ ​desk​ ​to​ ​the classmates who couldn’t keep up with theirs.​ ​Come test​ ​time,​ ​I’d​ ​be​ ​sold​ ​out.

In​ ​middle​ ​school,​ ​I​ ​ ​jumped​ right into the ​gum​ ​selling​ ​service​ ​with​ ​a​ ​best​ ​friend.​ ​After​ ​lunch​ ​was​ ​a hit.​ ​During​ ​the​ ​long​ ​hot​ ​summers​ ​before​ ​high​ ​school​ ​started,​ ​I’d​ ​pass​ ​out​ ​door​ ​fliers​ ​around​ ​the neighborhood,​ ​offering​ ​odd-job​ ​services​ ​like​ ​cleaning​ ​houses,​ ​walking​ ​dogs,​ ​watering​ ​plants… at one point I was helping a neighbor organize her home-based travel agency.

​Once​ ​high​ ​school​ ​started,​ ​I​ ​embarked​ ​on​ ​my​ ​three​ ​year adventure​ ​of​ ​serving​ ​half-priced​ ​drinks​ ​and​ ​shakes​ ​at​ ​Sonic Drive-In.​ ​While​ ​I​ ​hated​ ​every​ ​moment​ ​of​ ​working in the fast-food industry,​ ​I learned​ ​quite​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​about​ ​customer​ ​service​ ​and​ ​pleasing​ ​angry​ ​customers. By​ ​the​ ​second​ ​year​ ​of​ ​college,​ ​I​ ​began​ ​freelancing​ ​as​ ​a​ ​private​ ​music​ ​instructor,​ ​teaching​ ​a​ ​range of​ ​drum​ ​and​ ​percussion​ ​lessons.​ ​Within​ ​a​ ​year​ ​of​ ​teaching,​ ​I​ ​launched​ ​my​ ​first​ ​business-​ ​a​ ​music lesson​ ​studio,​ ​ran​ ​by​ ​college​ ​music​ ​students​. So, for​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as​ ​I​ ​can​ ​remember,​ ​I​ ​always​ ​had​ ​money​ ​in​ ​my​ ​pockets.​ ​

To me, entrepreneurship isn’t solely about making money. It’s more about making a living by serving others, doing what you love, all on your own time. This freedom of opportunity is what drives me daily, pushing me to grow as an individual and business owner.


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