Jordan Paris is a 21-year-old author, podcast host, and former college athlete seen in Men’s Health, Yahoo! Finance, Market Watch, and NASDAQ.
Jordan’s podcast, Growth Mindset University, was ranked #3 in Apple’s Training category and #5 in the How-To category. In Education, one of Apple’s most competitive categories, the show was ranked #15. On the show, he interviews young up-and-comers and the most successful people on planet earth like James Altucher, Kevin Rudolf, Mark Manson, Dan Millman, Naveen Jain, and Dan Lok.
Jordan founded The WordPress Rocketeer, where he focused on developing engaging websites to launch his clients’ dreams to infinity and beyond. Now, he and his team have shifted their focus to doing marketing for serious podcasters.
His approach to life and business is simple yet powerful: Don’t make a living, design a life. With this creator’s mentality, Jordan has been able to produce outstanding results for himself and challenge others to rise above circumstances, break the mold of society, and take control of their lives.
Q: How have you been able to grow your business? Go specific.
A: Creating an extremely professional free course giving away all the secrets of building a business around a podcast that people can’t find anywhere else, then personally emailing every single person that signs up!
Q: How many hours a day do you work on average?
A: It depends on what we define “work” as. Most of what I do is pretty fun, so, even though I do “work” 8 hours in a day, it doesn’t feel like it. This is the beauty of my philosophy, “Don’t make a living, design a life.”
Q: What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
A: From the ages of 16 to 18 and a half, I worked at a restaurant called “Firebirds.” I was a good employee. I did what I was told, and thensome, going above and beyond often times. But, after two and a half years there, I was burnt out from cleaning tables, drains, and urinals all while being treated poorly for $10 per hour. When I got out of there, I said, “Never again.” I promised to never work for anyone ever again, and I’ve made good on that promise. Everything I did after that was in the name of never having a normal job working for someone again. It paid off.
Q: How do you generate new ideas?
A: In studying for my in-person interview in front of a live audience in New York City with James Altucher, I came across a simple but unorthodox technique in James’s book, Choose Yourself. James carries a waiter’s pad with him everywhere to write ideas on. Each day, he writes at least ten ideas. The goal is not to have 3,650 per year. As James writes in a blog post, “When Tiger Woods is practicing he doesn’t get disappointed himself if he doesn’t hit a hole in one every shot. You’re just practicing here.” In our interview, James talked about how to develop a “jacked idea muscle.” Now, I follow his practice too.
Q: Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
A: No. Life is not one-size-fits-all. The simple idea that changed my life and led to all of the good things in my life today was learning to make decisions without hesitation because the more time I have to think about something, the more likely I am to overthink it and probably blow it, if I haven’t already talked myself out of it. So, if you’re a chronic overthinker like I am, the best thing you can do for yourself is to decide without hesitation because, as The Richest Man In Babylon states, “Men [and women] of action are favored by the Goddess of Good Luck.”
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