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Structure Your Career Around Your Family | Jackie Bledsoe | Episode 36

Structure Your Career Around Your Family | Jackie Bledsoe | Episode 36
February 25, 2015

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Structure Your Career Around Your Family | Jackie Bledsoe | Episode 36

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The Startup Dad Journey of Jackie Bledsoe

Whatever your career is, your family is intricately connected to that. Your family serves as your inspiration for everything. Jackie Bledsoe

Jackie Bledsoe is an author, blogger, and speaker, but first and foremost a husband and father, who encourages men to better lead and love their families. He’s the creator and author of The 7 Rings of Marriageâ„¢, which shares the lessons learned from his marriage and family thriving through being homeless (twice!), through job loss and financial despair, loneliness, communication and intimacy issues, and just plain ignorance of what it takes to lead a family and make a marriage work.

He’s a regular contributor to All Pro Dad, USA Football, and Disney’s Babble.com, and has been featured on GoodMenProject.com, HuffPost Live, MichaelHyatt.com, Yahoo! Shine, CoachUp.com, and BlackandMarriedWithKids.com.

Whatever your career is, your family is intricately connected to that. Your family serves as your inspiration for everything.Jackie Bledsoe

Family First:
  • Review family fun photo (image above) –  Wife, a daughter and two boys
  • Balancing family and business by: Sometimes I don’t know. It’s a challenge, but I try not to go back into the Corporate America mode, that I miss the time at home. You have to set up blocks and borders to make sure you don’t steal time from your family.
  • What does Fatherhood mean to you: The best and the most challenging at times. It’s a chance to see yourself and you are able to see some of the things you are and aren’t pleased with in your kids.
  • Household Chore: Taking out the trash and I was the primary teacher for my daughter and a tutor for my Home School community.
Along This Journey We Discuss:
  • Had dinner with a friend and he put me onto the book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  • This completely opened my mind to all kinds of concepts and different ideas
  • We opened up our own real estate investment company and of course the market changed, but we were not prepared for those bad times.
  • That led to me going and taking odd jobs and then a commercial sales job
  • I did really well there, but the entrepreneurial bug was biting me again and it began to affect my numbers
  • From there we started a business called Say it in Shirts We spent more time trying to get the business up and running then having the actual business.
  • The catalyst that inspired his leap: That decision happened when I read Rich  Dad, Poor Dad. It was a process, there were failures and lessons learned. Things that I overcame opened the door for opportunities.
  • One thing that I learned from the failure of that business is you can not have a successful business without a platform.
  • I decided to build a platform and so I started blogging in 2012. I committed to writing a new blog everyday for a year.
  • Most people gravitated to my personal development blogs regarding my wife and children
  • That got me noticed and I was approached by Black and Married with Kids. I started writing for them and getting paid.
  • That exposure led me to writing for several different websites.
  • One of the post I wrote 7 Rings of Marriage went viral and my wife and  I have taken that concept and are now moving it into a Podcast and web show.
Whatever you’re feeling right now, write it down, make it plain and hang it up!Jackie Bledsoe
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Real Dads, Real Talk:
  • Failure, Doubt and Fear: As a father, I am adequately preparing our children to live in this world. That is always a doubt that I am doing the best job I can do as a father and a provider.
  • Private Health Insurance: That’s a thorn in our side. You have to do what you have to do. Insure yourself with your savings and taking care of your body. Do your research and find out what’s best with your family.
  • Intersection between Entrepreneurship and Fatherhood? Whatever your career is, your family is intricately connected to that. Your family serves as your inspiration for everything. When you present yourself to the marketplace how are you presenting your family.
  • If you had the opportunity, would you do it all over again? Yes, definitely. I would have started sooner.
The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools
  • What is one time management tool? Evernote
  • What attributes your success as an Entrepreneur, Father, and Husband: Stubbornness – I just won’t give up
  • Manage Health: I drink a lot of water and stay away from certain meats
  • Book every startup dad should read: Platform by Michael Hyatt
Resources & References Mentioned
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu

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  • February 26, 2015

    Thanks for having me on the show, Joel! I enjoyed it. Hopefully it helps some other startup dads out there.

    • May 14, 2015

      Hey, Hey Jackie… Thank you for dropping a comment. You know I never check if I have comments on my posts. Obviously a rookie mistake as now I see I have quite a few for different episodes. Sorry for the delay. Man I’m hearing about you everywhere! A good friend of mine was like, “hey, I just listened to this interview with this Dad that I think you should have on your show!” I was like, what’s his name? He said, “I can’t remember his last name right now, but his first name is Jackie.” I said, “Jackie Bledsoe?” and he was like, “YES! that’s him. Do you know him?” of course I laughed… 😉

      But it’s awesome to hear that you are doing well and doing bigger and better things. I believe he said you were being interviewed by M. Hyatt?
      Thanks for coming on the show. It was a blast and I’ve received some really good responses from the episode.

      Have a great weekend.




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