I Had To First Believe In Myself | James Lopez | Episode 25
James is a father of 2 boys, has worked in tech for over 13 years and is the cofounder of the Phat Startup; an integrated media company that produces premium content for all levels of entrepreneurs. He believes in #presenceoverpresents and if he is not doing something technology related he is with his kids creating ever lasting memories.
- Review family fun photo (image above) – Wife and two sons eight and two
- Balancing family and business by: It’s hard, I think you are always in search of that balance. So, I try to find hours to focus on things I need to do.
- What does fatherhood mean to you:
- The first time I started threatening to quit, I had a number of job opportunities offering a better salary
- The summer before I quit, I read the books Crush It and Escape Cubicle Nation. That book set me off, and it still took me a whole year to quit. I wanted to save enough money and build myself up mentally with the books I was reading.
- The funny thing is the books didn’t prepare me, the hands-on work I did prepared me
- My initial step started out about a month before I quit my job. I was the support guy, assisting with network issues and network security.
- The catalyst that inspired his leap: The Corporate job. I wanted more, but I got denied even though I was the best man for the job.
- I quit my job and started thinking about the projects I needed to do and was overwhelmed. So, the first year I was doing meetups and conferences.
- I went to a Startup weekend and the rest was history.
- Failure, Doubt or Fear: The biggest fear was losing my family once I failed at my first business. After that happened, I did speak with my wife and she encouraged me; she expressed that she had my back.
- Hardest personal sacrifice: Was definitely the money. The opportunity cost.
- Private Health Insurance: Switched health insurance to wife’s plan who is a teacher.
- What is one time management tool? Turn off the internet. Do not fall for email’s.
- Personal habits that attributes to your success as a Father, Husband and Entrepreneur? Showing up and embracing the job at hand. If my kids need me, I am there.
- Book every startup dad should read: The Lean Startup
- Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk
- Escape Cubicle Nation – Pamela Slim
- The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
- The Phat Startup – James Lopez
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