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