Structure Your Career Around Your Family | Jackie Bledsoe | Episode 36
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
- Platform – Michael Hyatt
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