Who are you and what do you do in 30 words or less?
I’m a passionate supporter of entrepreneurship and I seek to promote change, happiness and to disrupt the norm.
How do you remain empowered as an entrepreneur?
Being an empowered entrepreneur is as simple as not accepting unacceptable truths and commonalities in our daily lives and in society. There has never been a time where more opportunities exist, yet we often doubt our abilities and chances to succeed due to a perceived risk. The riskiest course of action in the world we live in is tossing aside your passion to work a 9-5 and fulfilling someone else’s goals and dreams instead of your own. This is easier said than done, but reminding yourself of what you want to be, the changes in the world you strive to make and what truly makes you happy will help keep you focused in your path and empowered as an entrepreneur.
How do you remain equipped as an entrepreneur, where/how do you fuel your growth?
Growth as an entrepreneur should come from deep within you. As a husband, a father, and an entrepreneur, I have a strong desire to be great, and this inspires me to grow.
If you are struggling to grow your business or yourself, focus on what you love to do and are truly passionate about to get you to the next level. Find others to focus on the aspects that you may not as strong at or like doing as much.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration has drastically changed over the past decade. We all have to find what motivates us. That used to be a large salary and a stable job. Now my inspiration comes from my family and my network. I am inspired by the work of others and the shape that entrepreneurship is taking around the world. There is a rising trend to benefit others instead of only yourself through profits. This is inspiring to want to change the world in a positive way and make a better life for those around me.
What is your “WHY” —- why do you do what you do?
My why is selfish. I need this for me. I work hard for my family, but I’m not truly happy unless I feel that I can make a substantial difference, which is what I believe I am doing.
What is your #1 tip for other entrepreneurs?
Always be open to learning and to change. We often get so caught up in our ideas and business that we refuse to adapt to changes in technology, our industry, etc. Neglecting changes and opportunities is will lead to falling behind and losing what you worked so hard to build.
Michael Luchies is an entrepreneur, writer, Co-Founder of PitchJam, National Growth and Programs Manager for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO), and the Interview Editor for Under30CEO.
The #EntrepreneurInspiration blog series is another way that the TEWCrew can help spread the entrepreneurial cheer throughout the universe. Our mission is to empower, equip and inspire aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs to unleash the entrepreneur within #unleashthebiz! We do that the best way we know how, and that is by telling stories of our experiences, and the experiences of our community and our colleagues. Enjoy!
This week marks a very special week in the land of TEW.
Our book which was once a dream and a vision has now expanded into a series. Our mission, somewhat of a movement has grown to over 1,100 fans on facebook and over 1,000 fans on twitter. Our goal remains the same, and that is to “empower, equip and inspire entrepreneurs worldwide.” The authors of the two books not only share with the readers how their path to business ownership began; but, they also include diverse and encouraging personal stories of challenges conquered along with tips and tools that aspiring entrepreneurs can use to accomplish their goals despite facing their own version of these very same obstacles.
The experiences that our writers share concerning how they have overcome and conquered things in the midst of pursuing their passions will motivate all who are moved to turn its pages! We are fulfilling our destiny by allowing real entrepreneurs a platform to share their trials and then their triumphs, ultimately passing on the torch of dreams held by many of owning their own business. After a year and a half long journey of writing and editing, we are so excited for the launch! Join us this July 4th as we celebrate our entrepreneurial freedom online!
P.S. We invite you to answer this question:
In the spirit of independence, what is your favorite part about being an entrepreneur?
Have a safe and happy holiday week everyone!
~ The TEW Crew
Patrice K. Cokley, MBA is a forward-thinking brand and marketing extraordinaire that educates businesses on how to build an expressive brand that exemplifies their true essence and improves their overall performance. Rather than to simply sell a product or service, Patrice helps businesses sell an experience or a lifestyle that is engaging and highly effective. Patrice holds both a BS and MBA in Marketing with over 15 years of experience in the field, and is the founder of The Bassline Group, a marketing consultancy and brand development firm for entertainers, creatives and entrepreneurs. A Detroit native, Patrice now resides in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and currently blogs about social media, small business marketing and entrepreneurship.
Look for Patrice in TEW2 (launching June 28th)
Chapter 4 – “Life is Too Short to Wait”
A dynamic collection of real-life stories from living, breathing, inspiring entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneur Within You series is an inspirational business anthology that consists of a collection of experiences from a group of entrepreneurs. The authors of the book not only share with the readers how their path to business ownership began; but, they also include diverse and encouraging personal stories of challenges conquered along with tips and tools that aspiring entrepreneurs can use to accomplish their goals despite facing their own version of these very same obstacles. The experiences that our writers share concerning how they have overcome and conquered things in the midst of pursuing their passions will motivate all who are moved to turn its pages! We are fulfilling our destiny by allowing real entrepreneurs a platform to share their trials and then their triumphs, ultimately passing on the torch of dreams held by many of owning their own business.
TEW2 will be available for pre-order June 28, 2014 with a launch celebration in Chicago on August 9.
Laura E. Knights, “The M-Powerment Coach,” is an author, speaker, and coach that has been developing career and life skills success programs for youth and adults for the last 13 years. Her expertise and background in both business and social work, uniquely equip her to teach others how to deal with both the “head work” and “heart work” required to succeed in any career and in life. Through her work, she helps individuals get MOTIVATED to unlock their passion and purpose and move beyond negative, limiting belief systems; start MOVING to design their authentic action plan; and gain MOMENTUM to create the life they desire.
In her coaching practice, Laura provides individual and group-coaching programs geared towards helping clients develop life and emotional intelligence skills, and progress in the areas of small business and career development. Laura is the Founder of the Dream Builders Mastermind Circle, a coaching and mastermind group for new and emerging women business owners, and a contributing author to The Entrepreneur Within book series. She released The Destined D.I.V.A.™ Lifestyle System (Daughters of Integrity, Virtue, and Anointing), a Christian line of books, lifestyle apparel, and events to empower women and teen girls in 2013. She counts this endeavor as a “purpose project” that allows her to minister and share God’s love to the hearts of women and teen girls all over the world.
Laura has worked with hundreds of people through her M-Powered Workshop Series, training modules, mastermind groups, and popular coaching programs—where she teaches people how to create a life of meaning and purpose that transforms their self-identity, work, and relationships to help them break through to higher levels of happiness and success. She also provides powerful advice, breakthrough techniques, and other resources to her many subscribers via her M-Powered Living! e-newsletter.
Laura’s previous experience includes corporate human resources; developing and managing work development and adult education programs; developing and evaluating teen leadership programs; and working as a therapist to help families overcome various issues. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Non-profit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. Laura obtained her Master’s in Social Work from DePaul University.
Laura has always had a passion for inspiring individuals to discover their talents, unleash their full potential, and walk in their destiny. She has spoken to audiences at PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Chicago Women’s Conference, Family Focus, AmeriCorps, DePaul University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, Family Focus, and the City of Chicago, just to name a few. Her encounters with others through her speaking, training, and coaching, have been described as transformational, enlightening, life changing, and “an answer to prayer.” Her engaging, fun, and down-to-earth communication style allows her to connect with her audience to find common ground, and to lead them on a path of learning and self-discovery. Learn more about Laura and her work at http://www.lauraeknights.com.