6 Habits I Learned From 6 Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

I spend a few hours each week seeking out entrepreneurs. I normally block a time late at night when my wife and sons are sleeping and start digging. I hit up every platform possible searching for business people I’ve never heard about and who carry a powerful message. Most of the time, I come across some real wacks (isn’t it fascinating how many people online peddle advice with zero credibility, but I digress). In addition to all the questionable people out here, there is a significant number of real power players.

 

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In the last few months of my searching, six  extraordinary entrepreneurs have stood out. Most interesting, I’ve noticed commonality among them. Before we get to what key traits they share (and what we can learn from them), get to know the crew:

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Gary Vaynerchuk – Social media beast. Hustle legitimately is in his DNA. Wrote two of my favorite books, one I credit with giving me the gusto to embrace Facebook and twitter in launching my matchmaking agency.

 

 

 

 

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Issa Rae – Video content maven. Brilliant branding mind. I guarantee the masses will soon be saying “I want to be the next Issa Rae” (if they haven’t already).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eddie Huang – A real business O.G. (and he’s only in his early 30s). Rebel with a cause. His Big Omaha talk is so good I made my 2 1/2 year-old son watch it (well not really but when he’s of age, it’s happening).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Devon Franklin – One of the kindest guys I’ve met. Bestselling author. Has a great “day job” but “moonlights” better than any. He’s also married to the woman my cousin has had a crush on for the last 5 years (sorry to put you out there Drew but I had to do it…lol).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Hyatt – Former publishing CEO turned kick-ass-I-get-paid-big-time blogger. I blame him for my not sleeping this past week (I’m catching up on his last few years of blogs and video). He also taught me how to pack.

 

 

 

Here are the 6 habits I’ve learned by stalking these emerging business tycoons:

 

1) Have Subject Matter Expertise (SME)

When Devon sat down to write his first book, he could have written about anything, literally. His background is prolifically diverse (from being Will Smith’s intern to a current role as a Hollywood executive). However, he chose to write about the one subject that seemed to many as counter to his “movie” working environment – he wrote about “Faith”. The reason for selecting this as his book theme (and subject to grow his personal platform) was because he was proficient in it (years of studying, practicing, and eventually becoming an ordained minister).

Lesson 1: In the new age of content being King, don’t attempt to launch a business within a topic or category you know little about.

 

2) Teach With The Intent of Making Change

Every Tuesday morning when I get my weekly Maria Forleo email containing her post for the week, I know the content she delivers is going to be informative and most importantly, actionable.

Lesson 2: Whatever product or service your business produces know you’re also a creator of content! The best way to add value to your community is to impart on them knowledge they can immediately act upon.

 

3) Give, Give, Give

Gary Vaynerchuk is the king of giving. I recently read how someone tweeted him asking for Tabasco sauce and Gary tweeted back asking for an address and a few hours later several boxes of Tabasco arrived at the home of the person who asked. Now this story has been told countless times (countless +1 including my recounting) and as a result, Gary’s legend grows.

Lesson 3: When you give (first), you get! More on the importance of giving while networking here

 

4) Offend People

If you’re scared, this new era of business is not for you. Just ask Eddie Huang. This guy called out and subsequently pissed off the all-powerful, almighty TED conference.

Lesson 4: Have the courage to live and conduct your business authentically. Operate within your truth.

 

5) Ask Selected People For Feedback Opposed To Listening To The Crowd

I recently joined Michael Hyatt’s email list and I love how after a few days of allowing the subscriber to become familiar with his work, an email is sent asking about specific feedback (and he acknowledges this is how he learns).

Lesson 5: Get insight from people who you specifically create for (otherwise, you’re getting feedback from people who don’t get it).

 

6) Try To Fail

Do a Google search for Issa Rae and you’ll have a hard time pinning down exactly what she “does.” You name it, she’s doing it:  TV, web series, production, writing, and directing projects all at the same damn time. Do I believe she believes each will succeed, I don’t. However, I do believe she understands the value of what she will learn in each project and that ultimately attempting carries a lesson (and not trying carries nothing). Check out this interview I did with Issa, she explains more.

Lesson 6: Fail fast to succeed faster.

 

What other extraordinary entrepreneurs and habits did I miss? I’d love to add them to my list.

 

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About Paul C. Brunson
Mentor, Entrepreneur, & Television Host. My goal is to help you live your best life. I’m the world’s most influential matchmaker, founded and exited three businesses, host two television shows, spent nearly a decade working directly for a billionaire, and share my experiences by mentoring through Knowledge Share

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Kizzy
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Dr. Farrah Gray.

Ella Rucker
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Paul, I’ve met Issa Rae (she works on Exhale with Rene Syler for whom I work) and I have met Gary a few times (as you know he was on my show). Haven’t met Marie yet, but follow her and would have loved to take her business class. If you add you (and I do…thanks for doing my show) and a few of the other great entrepreneurs I’ve met along the way I’m doing just fine. Love the list and will check out the other three. Thanks for the information. (Paul’s interview on my show can be found here –>… Read more »
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Desiree M. Mondesir
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I LOVE this list!! I’m not familiar with the first 3, but the last 3, I love!

Elle
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I appreciate that this list is intentionally diverse in many ways. Great lessons, here.

Paul Carrick Brunson
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Thanks for reading it Elle!

Pam
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I think I stalk both Issa Rae and Marie Forleo equally. I absolutely LOVE them both! My son’s screen saver is a picture of Mr. Franklin’s wife, Meaghan, LOL. I have also started reading the posts on Michael Hyatt’s blog. Oh my. Lets just say, I won’t be sleeping for a few days. The only one I don’t know is Eddie Huang. I will have to check him out.

Joann
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PLEASE check out Mel Jones! He has an online business, blogs and makes videos EVERYDAY. His Youtube channel is Beast Jones. His content is amazing, consistent and diverse. Definitely embodies everything you listed! Great article!

Paul Carrick Brunson
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I’ll check him out now Joann. Thanks for sharing!

TheGreatDanaJ
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I love Michael Hyatt. What a diverse list of new age entrepreneurs.

Paul Carrick Brunson
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He’s the man!

Grace
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This was quite possibly the most amazing blog. Life-changing I’m sure and I am grateful.

Paul Carrick Brunson
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I’m so happy you found it valuable.

imperfctconcept
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Someone just shared this post on FB. I was slightly hesitant to read the list because I thought it was going to be the same advice people always give. Nope you did way much more. I am familiar with two people on your list. i will be signing up to learn about the others. Plus learn more about you! Thanks

Paul Carrick Brunson
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I’m humbled. Thank you!

Jacqueline M. Baker
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Thanks for sharing this Paul. I sometimes think that we’ve all gone “list” crazy, but as an entrepreneur, this is surely a list I can appreciate and I recognize a few names that I respect and follow as well.

Tiara
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OMG Paul you are such an amazing man and resource. I participated in my first Mentor Monday this month and I’m reading so many of your articles trying to get my game plan together for 2014. Thank you for being so giving and sharing the knowledge you’ve acquired!

Eriza Lee JD
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I absolutely adore Issa Rae!!! Just a breath of fresh air! I can’t even remember how i found her but she’s amazing! Great list Paul!

Paul Carrick Brunson
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Eriza Lee JD – She is going to be the next guest for #MentorMonday!!!

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Woooohoooo!!!!! Too excited!!!

Aleta Myles
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Thank you for this, I have an online presence I want to increase and this is very helpful.

Schennia Thomas
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great info!

DeLise Bernard
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very cool list! You should check out Rahiel Tesfamariam, Urban Cusp!

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hmm great blog post. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be sure to share as well 🙂

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Vanessa Mims
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Paul, check out Myleik Teele, founder of curlBox. Transformational human being!

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Ebony Yvonne Diaz
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Duh Paul, you missed yourself, lol!!! The individuals you have listed are all official!! And I am especially thankful for you introducing me to Maria Forleo! I’ve been following her for months now and I am in complete awe…love, love, love her – such great advice!!!  I’m also observing a new kid on the block…her name is Shanel Cooper-Sykes. Not completely sure about her yet, but she is pretty interesting and makes good points….she is definitely on the rise.  Last but not least, I too am striving to join this ranking. I know it will take me some time, but… Read more »
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I would like to nominate Brandi L Bates. I know I’m slightly biased, since she is my mentor (along with over 100 other people from around the globe – and she does it for free), but she is a New York Times bestselling author and her twitter account @SoledadFrancis is truly inspiring and has been life-changing for me.

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Iyea Brandy
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Thanks for the list! Very powerful! I have 6 more to add to my list to learn about now!

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I can see this young lady already knows who I am is. She has already reached that high stage of enlightenment. It is her world and I am always a part of it. The entrepreneur I am.

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