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Heyo, Fire Nation!
John Lee Dumas here (but you can call me JLD), founder & host of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast where I interview inspiring Entrepreneurs every Monday and drop value bombs every Thursday!
If you’re sick of spending 90% of your day doing things you hate and only 10% doing things you love, then you’re in the right place. My goal with Entrepreneurs On Fire is to deliver the inspiration and strategies you need to start your own entrepreneurial journey and create the life you’ve always dreamed of.
I’ve published over 2,000 interviews with incredible Entrepreneurs, including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vee, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and many more. Throughout each of these interviews my guest shares their biggest failure, their biggest ah-ha moment, and their best resources to help you on your entrepreneurial journey.
If you’re feeling stuck, scared about what’s around that next corner, or fired up about learning what already-successful entrepreneurs have done to get where they are today, then I created Entrepreneurs On Fire for YOU.
Meet my one perfect listener, my avatar, Jimmy
Entrepreneurs On Fire has not only allowed us to create a ripple effect that has changed thousands of 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 in 2016 (here’s why we made the move);
- We’ve traveled the world – and continue to do so – thanks to our location independence and financial freedom;
- And the best part: we’ve gotten to share our success with those less fortunate through organizations like Pencils of Promise (check out a recap of our trip to Guatemala, where we got to see some of the schools we’ve helped fund!)
But before Entrepreneurs On Fire was even a thought in my mind, my journey was a zigzag of struggles and searching.
After serving as an active duty Army Officer for four years, I tried Law School, Corporate Finance and Commercial Real Estate. Here’s a video snapshot of my journey, and I’m willing to bet you can relate…
So what was the ONE thing I did to turn it all around and create a thriving business that affords me freedom in every area of my life?
That’s why I’m here; to share the steps of creating a thriving business that will provide lifestyle and financial independence.
How I can help you…
- The Entrepreneurs On Fire podcast.
- Kate’s Take: A behind-the-scenes podcast by Kate on how to run a 7-figure business.
- The Daily Refresh: A daily podcast where I share a quote to inspire the mind, gratitude to warm the soul, and guided breathing to energize the body. Make this 3 minute podcast part of your daily routine and it will change your LIFE!
- Interested in Podcasting yourself? Take our Free Podcast Course, then join us on our next FREE, Live Podcast Masterclass!
- Check out the other free courses we offer to help you on your entrepreneurial journey
- Lastly, I’ve created two Journals to help guide you…
The Freedom Journal
I’ve interviewed over 2,000 successful Entrepreneurs and the ONE commonality each have is the ability to SET and ACCOMPLISH goals.
This gave me the idea to create a step-by-step guide so YOU can learn how to set and accomplish a MAJOR goal in just 100 days!
The Freedom Journal: Accomplish your #1 goal in 100 days!
The Freedom Journal was launched on Kickstarter and went on to generate $453,000 in 33 days. To date we’ve sold over 30,000 Freedom Journals and Amazon awarded The Freedom Journal ‘Amazon’s Choice’ for Journals!
You can learn more and snag yours here!
With the success of The Freedom Journal, I knew another Journal simply had to be created.
My three greatest strengths are productivity, discipline, and FOCUS.
I see so many struggle with one, two, or all three of these.
So I created The Mastery Journal: Master productivity, discipline, and focus in 100 days!
With The Mastery Journal you’ll have a step-by-step guide to ensure you produce the RIGHT content on a daily basis. You’ll truly get more done before 9am then the rest of the world does all day!
To date we’ve sold over 20,000 Mastery Journals and Amazon awarded The Mastery Journal ‘Amazon’s Choice’ for Journals!
You can learn more and snag yours here!
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.
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
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.
We’re just two members of an incredible team here at Entrepreneurs On Fire. Everything we’ve created has been made possible because of the support of our team. Click here to meet Team Fire!