John is an author, business management consultant, executive trainer and speaker with a client list from the Fortune 100 to small businesses and other organizations around the globe.

John Spence shares his incredible journey on Entrepreneur Decoded today! Click to Tweet

In this episode, John Spence and I discuss:

  • Failed out of college the first try
  • Went to a community college, and a different university, and graduated #3 in the US in his major
  • Went to work for the Rockefeller family
  • CEO when he was 26, projects in 20 countries
  • CEO for a different training and development firm
  • Left that and became a serial entrepreneur
  • To get successful: reading about 100-120 business books a year
  • Techniques to retain knowledge
  • He knew he can run companies, and when he was running companies for other people, and making other people rich, so, he decided to go out on his own
  • Biggest failure: Quitting – without a backup plan
  • How challenging it was to get the first couple of clients
  • 2 ways to get in front of decision makers
  • How far ahead to plan strategically
  • Knowing that you can deliver
  • Things that are working for him right now
    • Surrounding yourself with top talent
    • Being very close to customers
  • 6 practical tips for surrounding yourself with good people
  • The importance of helping people
  • To minimize stress, a lot of the time, he travels with his wife, and has a lot of downtime
  • Deciding not to have children, to be able to maintain a travelling lifestyle
  • On-the-road system vs. At-home system
  • His thoughts on habits and routines
    • Decision fatigue
  • Moving content online is exciting
  • Family and fly-fishing are happiness

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

John’s Website – resources on top 60 business books

John’s Email

John’s  Twitter

John Recommends Books:

On Entrepreneurship: Rockefeller Habits and Scaling up by Verne Harnish

On Leadership: The Truth About Leadership by Kouzes and Posner, Leadership Lessons From a UPS Driver by Ron Wallace

Anything by Joseph Michelli


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