Millenial Serial Entrepreneur Scott Gerber Talks Ramen Noodles, Personal Branding

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I know I’ve been so inconsistent with my publishing schedule – however, to be honest, it’s not something that’s going to change any time soon. I push content when I’m passionate about the topic, and I’d rather push an authentic post than create a schedule. Blogs don’t make money. Blogs part of a larger business structure are a tool to attract money – but there’s another day in the future for this conversation. With that said, let’s get to the money. 😉

Scott Gerber is a self taught serial entrepreneur, sought-after public speaker, internationally syndicated business columnist, television commentator, and author of the book Never Get a “Real” Job.

He’s been widely recognized as the world’s most-syndicated columnist on the subject of entrepreneurship. His columns appear regularly on TIME, Inc., MSN, CNBC, CNN, Mashable, The Next Web, and The Huffington Post. Scott is also a regular contributor on MSNBC, Fox Business and CNN.

He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Reuters, Mashable, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, MSNBC, US News & World Report, Fox News, Inc. and Entrepreneur.

I picked up Scott’s Never Get a Real Job after I got a crapload of coupons from Barnes & Noble for the holidays.

*insert mini tangent* For those who don’t know, most of my hustles are not on the clock – I’m a serial 1099er. Regardless, I picked up a retail gig for the holidays and while I’m grateful for it, it’s a warped kind of gratefulness. I walk in grateful that I limited my schedule to what I can tolerate, even if it means I don’t get hours. I walk in grateful that this isn’t my bread and butter. I walk in grateful that I can listen to music or podcasts on the clock so long as I do my work and keep an ear open so my supervisors can give me instruction. And I’m grateful that I can use the money as seed money to flourish in other areas when I’m off the clock. With that said, I am more than grateful when I have to work, because I won’t take the opportunity for granted – especially not until I’ve cleared some things out the way.

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All of this to say, I was half wondering if I should dump my retail stock gig to get a “real” job that makes “real” money as a shortcut. I decided not to, thanks to this book, and after interviewing Scott – who is efficient and on his game when it comes to staying focused. Scott and I have a short, yet meaty discussion on what it truly takes to be an entrepreneur, including nights on the couch and Ramen noodles, whether work/life balance exists, how to create a pure brand (you don’t), and the support his wife plays in motivating him to fulfill his life’s purpose.

While this is short, I have to say I like the shorter and meatier strategy. I definitely don’t want to kill anyone’s patience with a long podcast. Anyway, what do you think of Scott’s assertions?

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