Entrepreneurship has been a mainstream buzzword in the industry for the past few years, with many people giving themselves the title “entrepreneur” with no work to back it up. For Shawn Anthony, he got started in the game well before the hustle became cool. At just 14 years old, he was facilitating events on college campuses and seeing thousands of people turn out, helping him to profit thousands of dollars from each event before he was even old enough to have a driver’s permit. Through all of his collaboration with others to promote the event and facilitate it, he adopted very strong communication and networking skills before graduating high school.
This skillset lead him to a lucrative corporate career, where he was promoted 6 times in just 4 years. Leaders at his company saw how masterful he was at collaborating with a team and facilitating a project and consistently rewarded him for it. The only drawback of his lucrative track at the company was the fact that he needed to relocate 6 hours away from his pregnant wife and family due to his latest promotion. In the process, he stumbled across podcasts put on by the likes of Evan Carmichael, Ed Mylett, and Chris “Drama” Pfaff, and knew that he needed to take his communication skills and put them to work with his own podcast.
Thus, the “School’s Over… Now What?” podcast was born and Shawn’s life took on a whole new purpose. His skillset was extremely beneficial for him at his corporate job, but now he’d be able to help people by the masses by facilitating masterful interviews with some of the top entrepreneurs and leaders in the industry. The mission of the podcast is to help people create roadmaps to success and to offer practical advice and motivation to anyone on their own entrepreneurial journey.
Anthony certainly utilizes his strong communication abilities to help the podcast thrive, but his willingness to be open about failures and be authentic with a message is what sets it apart. By discussing his failures as a promoter, missing out on job opportunities, and even failing tests in school, he can give his audience a perspective that failure is, in fact, the greatest teacher and should be treated as so. All too often today, entrepreneurs flash luxury items on social media and give out the impression that the road to the top in entrepreneurship is glamorous and easy, which is completely false and demoralizing to someone looking to find their own success. Shawn recognizes this and is motivated by his ability to positively impact thousands of rising entrepreneurs daily.
Not only is Shawn able to be a positive impact on his audience, but his life has completely changed as a result of the podcast. Not only has he become close friends with people he once looked up to, but he’s able to travel to their homes and get a taste of their lifestyle. After recording an interview at a celebrity’s house, he developed such a bond with them that he was invited back for dinner later that night. He said he had one of the best dinners of his life and is still mentored by this person to this day. Being able to have such close proximity to power will only allow Shawn’s podcast to blow up quicker.
To anyone just starting out, Shawn has a distinct message for you: Being denied or facing a setback is all the motivation you need to go out and get it for yourself. Every let down is one step closer in the right direction, and the buildings you’re denied access to will one day invite you to come back. It may be hard to realize now, but take Shawn’s word for it and don’t ever give in.
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