Taylor is the Author of The End of Jobs. Inc Magazine rated The End of Jobs one of the Top Three ‘Start Your Own Business’ Books of 2015 and a Top Business Book of 2015. A former Brazilian Super Bowl champion, Taylor has lived in Argentina, Brazil, Vietnam, and Thailand.
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3 Key Points:
- Get out of the building. Don’t start making anything until you’ve really talked to your market.
- Don’t look for emotional security. Dancing on the edge of failure isn’t a bad thing.
- Don’t be paralyzed by the big picture. You don’t need the perfect solution, you just need to get started.
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Time Stamped Show Notes
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- [01:26] – Traveling to Argentina during college opened Taylor’s eyes to the possibilities of different kinds of work
- [03:22] – Taylor generates revenue from book sales and consulting clients
- [04:07] – Income of $2-4k a month from Amazon sales
- [05:31] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: Having a software business completely flop after investing a high 5-figures in it
- [08:04] – People don’t necessarily switch to better models…
- [09:25] – “Get out of the building – talking to the market is the single most important thing”
- [09:55] – The 10x model: is it 10x cheaper, 10x faster, or 10x better?
- [12:05] – Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment: A fantastic book launch – Taylor found the relationships he’d invested in paying off
- [15:15] – Know your numbers!
- [16:26] – Your biggest strength is often the flip side of your biggest weakness
- [16:45] – Biggest strength? – “Systems thinking”
- [16:51] – Biggest weakness? – “Inaction – I see the big picture and get too focused on perfection instead of getting started”
- [17:13] – What has Taylor most fired up today? – “The amount of agency that we have over our lives”
- [20:48] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “Imposter syndrome”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “When people are dancing on the edge of failure but they keep moving forward, that’s when they feel alive”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “Dilettante input and focused output”
- Share an internet resource, like Evernote, with Fire Nation – Freedom
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – Sapiens
- [27:42] – Parting piece of guidance: “Find your fear and learn to dance with it”
- [27:51] – Connect with Taylor via email, on Twitter, or through his website
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