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Ep. 34: JLD: The Origin Story | with John Lee Dumas

the daily helping podcast Jan 21, 2018

Today our expert guest is John Lee Dumas, the founder & host of Entrepreneurs on Fire, an award-winning podcast that interviews successful entrepreneurs seven days a week (and has been for over five years).

Most of you are probably familiar with John and the podcast, so today we dig into how John Lee Dumas became JLD – with no podcast experience and zero online presence.

John was an officer in the U.S. Army for 8 years right out of college, including a 13-month tour of duty in Iraq. This experience helped him develop discipline, a skill that he believes many entrepreneurs lack.

And John, ultimately, needed that discipline to succeed as an entrepreneur (and successfully produce a daily podcast without giving up or burning out).

“As an officer, I learned to be a disciple to a plan of action, establish that plan of action, and then execute it in a very focused and thoughtful manner.”

After leaving the Army, John trudged through a few passionless jobs. He started voraciously consuming content so that he could learn more and do more as an entrepreneur, and this search led him to podcasts.

He was able to learn from world-class entrepreneurs – and not just from their successes, but also their mistakes.

John wanted to listen to a show interviewing successful entrepreneurs every single day… but it didn’t exist! John saw an opportunity.

Two episodes into Entrepreneurs on Fire, JLD was in love.

Five years and 1900+ episodes later, JLD is still in love

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“If you want to be, do – it’s a very simple phrase, but within simplicity lies brilliance. Whatever it is you want to be in this world, do that thing.”

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