Are you really creative? Many people don’t think of themselves as creative or entrepreneurial. In this episode, my guest and I discuss how incredibly wrong this is and how we are literally born as creative entrepreneurs. My guest, Carl Nordgren is a veteran entrepreneur and creative professional. We talk about some of the[Read More…]
If you are a small business entrepreneur or creative free thinker, that values relationships more than just making money you are in the right place.
Sure we all need to make a living but wouldn’t you rather be doing it working with people that you enjoy?
You want more income and sales, right? Or is it really something else?
- Is your business foundation built on a solid footing?
- Do your daily business activities feed you and make you a better person?
- Are your customers a extension of who you are?
- Are you building a real, long term business?
- Is the business you are building fun? Or is it a drag on you?
- Are communicating your vision in your marketing materials?
How I can help
- Help you get clear on who you are serving.
- Developing or refining your sales process.
- Developing products, services and courses.
- Integrating your business into your lifestyle.
- Selecting tools to help you automate your business.
- Email Marketing Strategy.
- Using advanced online marketing strategies.
- Using Podcasting and Video in your business.
Why get help from me?Grow your business quicker and with fewer mistakes....With an advisor (More about Victor here) who has created multiple businesses and integrated them into a lifestyle.
"YOU ARE BRILLIANT!!! I am listening to some old strategy session calls where I implemented a suggestion of yours - and today, I went back and found something very valuable. You rock! Now, 2 years+ into the future I'm still benefiting from it."If you are ready to seriously grow your business, reach out and schedule a "getting to know each other" call to see if we are a good fit. Schedule a Call with Calendly
What I do
Why I do itI believe that if people follow their dreams and build a business around their interests and passions, the world can be a better place. Work, hobbies, even business are not just about money or winning. It's much more than that. It's about helping people, and learning to be better human beings in our very short time on this earth.
My Imperfect Guiding Principles
- Embrace Change: Change in all things is inevitable. We can either embrace it or let it crush us. I choose to embrace it. With constant change, it's easy to close our minds off to new ways of thinking. We must consciously work to keep our minds open.
- Value Relationships: We help ourselves by helping each other. It gives us meaning. Every interaction we have makes us more human. Relationships are more important than making money or getting to the "top."
- Keep It Simple: Simplicity is always the better road in any aspect of our lives.
- Everything is a Learning Opportunity: No matter the circumstances, everything is an opportunity to learn.
- Eighty percent is Good Enough (well in most cases seventy is enough): Striving for perfection is great, but we have to share our thoughts, ideas, and products for them to be of value.
About: Victor JimenezVictor Jimenez has been a trusted advisor and enabler, helping people have fun and do what they love for nearly 30 years. A consummate entrepreneur, Victor has founded many small businesses focused around his passions of fitness, cycling, business, marketing, and conversation. The one thing that has connected all of his ventures is helping people do what they love.
Not perfectSome have been wildly successful and some have been abysmal failures. One thing that has been common among all of his ventures, is that they were based on interests and dreams. He knows what it feels like to start from scratch and also to salvage a good business that is not reaching its potential.
CreativeHis writing has been featured in print magazines such as Endurance, Top Fitness, and business blogs like Greatest and Latin Business Today and The Street, on topics related to cycling, business, and life. Victor is the host of The Flywheel Podcast, where he hosts conversations about building and growing a business around your interests. He is the co-host of a popular cycling podcast (Cycling 360 Podcast) that achieved close to 2 million downloads with over 500 five star ratings. The show has helped tens of thousands of people become better cyclists. He is a recognized expert in bicycle positioning and cycling technique and is a technical advisor to athletes and teams.
Influenced in schoolVictor struggled in school mostly because he thought the rote memorization of facts and figures was a waste of effort. In his early years, he was labeled with a learning disability. It was not until many years later that he learned that what he thought was his weakness was actually his greatest strength. That is, the ability to see things in a different light and connect disparate ideas.
While in middle school our school developed a curriculum for students with different ways of learning. As soon as I was placed in this system I did really well in school. What was unique about this program is that all of the curricula was focused on the student's interests. I was interested in sailing, riding bikes and business. I flourished.The program was so successful for me and other students that they did a documentary film about it. It's called "Victor"(as an aside if you are reading this and you can find a copy of this film I would love to hear from you)
Started selling catfish door to doorOne of his first business ventures was when he was about 9 years old, selling catfish door to door! Later, he sold tickets to friends to watch he and others ride their bikes into a lake, and he even sold cinnamon toothpicks at school.
To me being a entrepreneur is not about being fearless and taking risks. It's actually just the opposite, I am an entrepreneur because I am completely terrified of what my life would be if I don't follow my dreams and do what I am passionate about.
Loves working with creative peopleVictor now works with creative small business owners and entrepreneurs in the fitness and wellness industry to help them build real businesses that are both financially and personally fulfilling. He has worked with a wide range of businesses from nationally known ceramic artists to retail bicycle stores.
ConversationsVictor has given talks and participated in panel discussions on entrepreneurship, new media, and technical topics related to cycling. He enjoys attending TED events for the interesting conversations that come up after the talks. I would love to have a conversation with you and see how I can help. Lets talk
Tidbits about Victor JimenezLoves bitter chocolate and bitter beer. I love spending time with my wonderful family; hiking, camping, traveling, or just hanging out together.
"Follow your bliss and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be." Joesph Campbell
"Rules? Nobody told me about any rules." Bob Dylan
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Victor helped me to break hurdles in my mind concerning the value and contribution I have to offer to the world through my documentary, book and talks. He was instrumental in helping me close gaps in my writing roadblocks and urging me to put my work out to the world when I wanted to shrink back and hide.
Victor has helped me tremendously in various aspects of my business: improving my messaging, developing sales tactics, creating an online course and thinking through my e-mail marketing strategy. He walks the walk: over the years, he has successfully run several types of businesses, both brick and mortar and online businesses. Based on his experiences and best practice that he gleans from others, Victor is able to offer advice that is actionable and on target. In addition, he understands the trials and dilemmas facing small business owners, so he knows when we need a pat on the back and the encouragement to press ahead. I highly recommend his business coaching services.
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