According to Merriam-Webster, a journey is “something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another.“
We talk about the entrepreneurial journey here at EntrepreneurOnFire often – on the podcast, the blog and every now and then in our weekly newsletter. The reason we talk about it so much is due to the significance of it – how important it is to truly embrace your journey, and most importantly, to make it your own.
It is throughout your journey that you continually create who you are and what your business will become.
The mistakes made, the lessons learned and the successes celebrated are all an important part of your journey, each of them signifying an event that – had it not happened – would have changed your course.
We’ve found that one of the best things you can do as an entrepreneur is take time to reflect on your journey – to recount those mistakes, lessons learned and the successes celebrated, and then share them with others so that you’re continuously improving yourself while also helping those around you do the same.
Because without our journey, we have nothing to share – no experiences or knowledge to help guide us and those around us.
We’ve been taking this idea of reflecting to a whole new level since we started releasing our monthly income reports. In taking the time to reflect on a month’s worth of work and then writing it all down, we’ve not only learned a ton from looking back at our own mistakes and successes, but we’ve also discovered that it’s a great way to share those moments with you.
An example of a recent lesson learned for us here at EOFire:
There are no overnight successes
How did you build all of this so fast?! It’s like it happened overnight! << We get this a lot.
It wasn’t until I was doing an interview on another podcast and received agasp! from my interviewer when he found out that Podcasters’ Paradise wasn’t a home run on our first up to bat, that I realized there is a lot John and I talk about that you may not have heard yet.
John and I are both incredibly grateful for the success that EntrepreneurOnFire has seen thus far; however, it wasn’t without struggles, failures and a ton of hard work that we got to where we are today (and today is only the beginning).
This is a big part of why embracing your journey, and reflecting on it often is important. In doing this, we’re able to share these struggles, failures and all the hard work that goes into creating and maintaing EntrepreneurOnFire.
Sure, we love to celebrate our successes, like the launch and continued growth of Podcasters’ Paradise, and the incredible audience we’ve built with Fire Nation.
But neither of these communities just suddenly appeared.
Just like our sponsors, our mastermind, and our other products and services didn’t just suddenly appear.
I know it’s easy to read an article, or take a look at a number, and think, “Wow – they just happened to land that the first time – over and over again!”
Have you ever heard the story about how John and I failed twice before we came up with the idea to launch Podcasters’ Paradise? Yep – fell flat on our face with two other ideas before Paradise was born.
Did you know that John’s very first product was an eBook, Podcast Launch: How to Launch a Podcast, and that he didn’t even create that until he had been head down working on building his platform, his audience, and the podcast for 9 whole months?
You know our mastermind Tribe we call Fire Nation Elite? John started brainstorming the idea of creating a mastermind in November of 2012. That’s over 8 months before we actually launched Fire Nation Elite.
There is nothing more important than the realization that things don’t just happen overnight. I sat behind a desk on the 13th floor of a high rise building in downtown San Diego for nearly 4 years before I truly learned that lesson.
Nothing will happen unless you take action and create it, and creating it is a process, not a single event.
Because our income reports are focused on our lessons learned each month, we thought it would be cool to gather up some of the most integral steps we’ve taken, along with some of the most exciting milestones we’ve hit that have helped bring EntrepreneurOnFire to where it is today.
Thanks to Aaron Fifield from OneDeepDesign, we’ve not only gathered all the info, but we’ve also created this infographic as a visual representation of some of the major milestones we’ve hit throughout our journey – and how long it took us to go from just having an idea, to actually running a successful business.
Our journey to inspiring millions
A huge shout out to Aaron, and a big thanks to Fire Nation for helping make our journey what it has been, and what it will continue to be.
Click here to view the #EOFireJourney infographic in a new window!