Hello, Fire Nation!
John Lee Dumas here, founder & host of Entrepreneurs On FIRE, an award winning Podcast where I interview inspiring and successful Entrepreneurs 7 days a week!
In every episode, my featured guest shares their worst Entrepreneurial moment, their AH-HA moment, and what’s working for them in business right now. We finish with a BANG in the lightning round, and you won’t want to miss the answers to these questions! ;)
Entrepreneurs On Fire has not only allowed us to create a ripple effect, where we’ve receive thousands of emails from those who have changed their lives thanks to the inspiration and guidance from the Podcast, but it has also changed ours.
Kate and I moved to our dream home in Puerto Rico overlooking the Caribbean in 2016, three and half years after the launch of the Podcast. We call it the ‘House that Podcasting Built’ and have created an Entrepreneurial oasis around us thanks to the amazing community we live in!
A lot of people ask Why Puerto Rico? I answer that question in detail here.
Before Entrepreneurs ON FIRE, my journey was a zigzag of struggles and grinding. After serving as an active duty Army Officer for four years, I tried Law School, Corporate Finance and Commercial Real Estate. Check out the video snapshot of my journey below; I’m willing to bet you can relate.
Video snapshot of my journey
The #1 Question I Receive
Each successful Entrepreneur I’ve interviewed is a master at ACCOMPLISHING GOALS.
In order to serve my audience with the guidance I knew could help with setting and accomplishing goals, I created and launched The Freedom Journal. In January 2016 it became the 6th most funded publishing campaign of all time on Kickstarter.
The Freedom Journal: Accomplish your #1 goal in 100 days!
The #2 Question I Receive
So in January 2017 I published The Mastery Journal, a daily guide on how YOU can become more productive, disciplined and focused in 100 days.
The Mastery Journal: Master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days!
Our other Podcasts and Free Courses
Actionable advice for entrepreneurs who are ready to do the work is what you’ll get when you tune in to Kate’s Take.
Kate launched Kate’s Take in August 2014 to share the behind-the-scenes, inner-workings of a seven-figure business.
Systems, hiring a team, setting & accomplishing goals, productivity, podcasting, hosting webinars – if you’re ready to dive into the backend of a business and see how it all gets done, then Kate’s Take is the podcast for you!
Free Podcast Course
Free Podcast Course is a free 15-day course on how to create, grow and monetize YOUR Podcast.
Entrepreneurs ON FIRE is where it all started, and when you sign up for Free Podcast Course, you’ll be learning how to podcast from the best!
Free Webinar Course
Free Webinar Course is a free 3-day course on how to create Webinars that convert.
Since 2013, I’ve hosted hundreds of LIVE webinars, and generated millions in sales as a result. There are few better ways to strengthen your relationship with your audience and provide massive value than by hosting Webinars.
Free Goals Course
Free Goals Course is a free 8-day course on how to set and accomplish your biggest goals!
Chances are, you have a LOT of goals you’d LOVE to accomplish. Free Goals Course will guide you in choosing ONE, and then will walk you through accomplishing that goal every step of the way!
Funnel On Fire
Funnel On Fire is a free 8-day course on how to create a funnel that converts!
Your business is your funnel. From day one, you MUST take your avatar on a journey, and through this course we guide you in creating a funnel that converts!
4 Days to Mastery
4 Days To Mastery is a free 4-day course on how to master productivity, discipline and focus!
If you start and end your days feeling like your to-do list only keeps growing, then it’s time to learn how to master the three skills that will help you get more done before 12pm than you did all last week!
Our Free LIVE Workshops
LIVE Podcast Masterclass: Join JLD as he shares how to create, grow, and monetize your Podcast, and answers any questions YOU may have LIVE!
LIVE Podcast Websites Masterclass: There are 7 BIG mistakes podcasters are making on their website… and in this masterclass we’ll share those mistakes with you, along with what you should be doing instead. Stop losing repeat website visitors and start turning them into raving podcast fans!
If you have any questions regarding your podcast website and are interested in learning more about our all-in-one podcast website and hosting platform, Podcast Websites, we offer a free one-on-one call with someone from the team – we’ll answer any questions you have!
Meet My Perfect Listener, Avatar: Jimmy!
Fun facts about JLD :-)
- I won a car on The Price is Right in 2011!
- I was featured in the 2009 Bollywood ‘Movie of the Year’, Yuvvraaj ;)
I may be an Entrepreneur now, but I haven’t always been one. Here’s a little background on how I came up with the idea to launch a daily podcast, and also how I’m directing all my passion and energy towards my goal of Inspiring Millions.
The day I graduated…
I graduated from Providence College in 2002 and was commissioned as an Officer in the US Army. After a 13-month tour of duty in Iraq as an Armor Platoon Leader (Tanks) and a total of 8 years in the Army, I set out to do what I was ‘supposed to do’… find a J.O.B.
I tried Law School, and after one semester dropped out.
Next, I took a job at John Hancock in Boston, which lasted a mere 18 months.
My next job was for a tech start-up in NYC. I loved the Big Apple, but not the job, so I jumped in my car, headed west, and ended up in San Diego.
My introduction to Podcasts
Once in San Diego, I started working in Real Estate. It was horrible timing (think 2009 real estate market), so I had to get quite inventive to make a buck, and this is when my Entrepreneurial dreams were born.
I quickly found that driving would be a big part of my daily routine, and I was in need of interesting content to listen to. A friend of mine suggested that I listen to Podcasts, to which I responded, “huh?”.
I did some research and it turned out Podcasts were pretty cool; they offered free, targeted, on-demand content? Heck yeah!
I listened to mainstream stuff at first, like NPR. But then I started exploring other shows like Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income and Jaime Master’s Eventual Millionaire.
My AH-HA moment
I started listening to shows that interviewed other Entrepreneurs, and I realized something big: there were great podcasts out there, but none that interviewed successful Entrepreneurs daily.
The idea was born…
My concept for a daily show began to form – a show that would tell the STORY of the featured Entrepreneur.
Their worst entrepreneurial moment and lessons learned. Their AH-HA moment and their steps taken to turn that moment into success. A lightning round of questions that would end with a BANG!
I sat down and created my avatar (Jimmy) and then crafted the perfect show for Jimmy: Entrepreneurs ON FIRE.
Once I started…
Once I committed to launching a Podcast, there was no turning back.
I was thoroughly enjoying every second of every day. Creating content on a daily basis was feeding my passion to which had an endless appetite. I started waking up earlier each day and working 12 hours without even noticing.
My goal was to provide as much value as possible and hopefully gain followers and fans that were benefiting from the content I was providing.
Entrepreneurs ON FIRE launched on September 22nd, 2012, and I followed this VERY simple recipe for success: Create free, valuable, and consistent content.
Before long, a community began to form that I lovingly refer to as Fire Nation, and they’ve guided me ever since.
Our Flagship Community
Fire Nation guided us in the creation of our flagship community, Podcasters’ Paradise.
Podcasters’ Paradise is a community filled with over 3,000 like-minded, passionate people on a mission to create, grow and monetize their own podcast.
We launched Podcasters’ Paradise in October 2013 and have been going strong ever since!
Meet my better half!
Hey, Fire Nation! My name is Kate, and I joined Team Fire in April 2013 as the Content Creator. Since, I’ve grown to consider myself the overall Implementer of things here at Entrepreneurs On Fire.
So how to heck did I get here?
The switch from Corporate America to entrepreneurship
Well, the short answer is this:
In early 2013 I left my corporate job at an advertising and marketing agency to finally start creating the life I wanted to live – one where someone else wasn’t dictating my every move.
The long answer is this:
I earned my graduate degree in English in 2008 with high hopes of becoming a college professor: my dream job.
When I realized my dream was far from becoming a reality due to funding cuts across the state of California, I went after any job I could get, which landed me in the HR department at a bank.
I spent the next three and a half years in the same position, earning an average hourly wage, and going home every single night feeling unaccomplished and under-appreciated.
It wasn’t until an internal promotion that had been promised to me was promptly given to someone outside of the company that I finally said ENOUGH.
I knew there had to be something better out there…
The day I lost that promotion was the day I promised myself I would quit my job to pursue a life on my own terms.
Within 6 months I had quit my job and was moving cross-country with John to the state of Maine.
My first entrepreneurial leap
My first entrepreneurial leap was to start a copywriting agency I called Kate’s Copy.
After 6 months of struggling to even understand what it meant to be an entrepreneur – let alone how to become a successful one – I went back to Corporate America.
But this time was different.
Unlike my HR and banking days, I was stepping into an Account Executive position at an Advertising and Marketing agency – an industry I knew I could learn a lot from and a field I was truly passionate about.
Unfortunately, once the initial excitement wore off from stepping into a new position at a new company, I found myself slaving away for clients and, just like in banking, receiving little in return.
But I loved what I was doing. I didn’t want to quit this job.
One day I thought to myself: if only I could do what I love and still go home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled, and like I’ve actually helped someone.
Combining my passions and expertise
It was right around this time that John shared his vision of creating a daily podcast interviewing today’s most successful and inspiring Entrepreneurs with me.
I cheered him on from the sidelines and was his biggest fan. I was even able to take some of the strategies I was learning at the agency and share those with him during his early days of launching and growing the business.
In late 2012, as Entrepreneurs On Fire continued to grow post-launch, John came to me and asked what I thought about teaming up at Entrepreneurs On Fire.
Things were really starting to take off – he was growing an audience and generating recurring revenue, and in order to start creating products and scaling the business, he needed help.
While I wasn’t initially convinced, we continued to have conversations around the idea of me joining Entrepreneurs On Fire.
Over the next couple of months we talked about the types of projects I might work on, what types of tasks I would be responsible for, and we took time to compare our strengths and weaknesses to see how and where we could best support each other.
Once we were both feeling comfortable with the trajectory of Entrepreneurs On Fire, and once I was confident that I’d be joining the team to do something I love AND be able to feel fulfilled and like I’m helping others at the end of the day, I took my 2nd entrepreneurial leap.
Today, I’m so grateful to be John’s partner here at Entrepreneurs On Fire and to be serving each and every member of Fire Nation.
Over the past several years I’ve also uncovered new passions. My most recent: helping entrepreneurs create freedom in their business and life through developing systems and processes that can help their business scale and grow.
Meet Team Fire: Our Virtual Team
We have four team members, each of them integral to the success of everything we create!
We believe that building a strong team is at the core of growing and scaling a successful and sustainable business.
JM, John’s Virtual Assistant
JM is John’s right hand girl! …and in all seriousness, there are way too many tasks and projects JM oversees to name them all here. So among many other things, JM is also one of our managers, in charge of overseeing Claire, our Social Media Manager, and Suzanne, our show notes specialist.
JM lives in the Philippines and has been with the Team Fire since – well, before day 1!
Jess, Community & Customer Ignitor!
Jess is our Community Leader & Customer Ignitor – meaning she has a HUGE hand in helping our communities run as well as they do.
When she’s not doing membership site updates, serving our customers, or assisting with FB Group moderation, she’s spending time with her 3 kids :)
She lives in the Philippines, and has been with Team Fire since Feb 2014.
Tipu, Audio & Video Ninja
Tipu handles most things audio and video.
Tipu joined Team Fire in Dec 2014, and he’s from Pakistan.
Without Tipu, a lot of our podcast content for the Entrepreneurs On Fire Archives and the video content you see on YouTube wouldn’t exist.
Claire, Social Media Manager
Claire joined Team Fire in Sept 2015, and since she has been handling our research, tracking metrics and scheduling out all of Entrepreneurs On Fire social media.
Claire caught on fast, and we’re so lucky that JM has been able to teach her all she’s learned over the past years as a part of Team Fire!
If you’re looking for more info on how to grow a virtual team, we’ve got loads of great resources for you right here.
And our physical HQ is in Puerto Rico!
Podcast show notes
We post show notes from every podcast episode, which include links and references to the topics discussed during the interview.
Don’t worry: if you heard a success quote or a great business book recommended during an episode and don’t quite remember what it was, you can find all of it linked up in the show notes!
Entrepreneurs On Fire Blog
Regardless of where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, our blog aims to equip you with the right tools, tips and resources to guide you every step of the way. We like to think of the content as actionable advice you can implement right now.
In full transparency, we’ve also been publishing our Monthly Income Reports since September 2013 to share our biggest lessons learned and the missteps and challenges we face here at Entrepreneurs On Fire.
Our goal is to not only show you what’s possible, but also to help you avoid our mistakes, and double down on our successes!
Our Resources page was built with you in mind. This is where you can find descriptions and links to the products and resources Entrepreneurs On Fire recommends.