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100: John Lee Dumas: I invested in a mentor that kicked my butt

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John Lee Dumas was all ready to push publish on his podcast and then all of a sudden fear took over. He pushed back his launch one week, then two, then four, then five. Finally his mentor intervened and he published his podcast and all was well in the world. But fear lurked in other places that John soon found.

John was born and raised in the classic New England village of Alfred, Maine with his younger sister.

At 18, John left Maine for Providence College, in Rhode Island, where he accepted an ROTC scholarship to pay his way through school. At 22, he graduated and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. Before his graduation buzz had worn off, he was shipped off to Ft. Lewis, Washington. He spent the next four years as an Army Officer, stationed at no less than 5 duty stations. By the time he was 24 years old and had completed a 13-month tour of duty in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

At 26, his active duty requirement had ended, and as a Captain he entered the reserves. He knew he was ready for some rest and relaxation, and so he took off for Guatemala, where he lived with a Guatemalan family for 4 months. While there, he explored several different parts of the country and spent time speaking, eating, and breathing the culture of Central America.

Upon returning to the US, he felt it was time to get down to business. He applied myself, and at the age of 27 he entered Law school, prepared to follow in his father’s footsteps.  One semester showed him this was not my desired path, and this time India and Nepal called him away for another 4 months of travel. While in India he played a role in a Bollywood movie, trekked the Himalayas, and immersed himself in a world very different from the one I knew back home in the grand USA.

Upon his return from this foray, he spent a few years living in some great cities, including Boston and NYC.  He had some great jobs and some not so great jobs, all of which brought with them a corporate air.

At 31, John moved back to the great state of Maine, 13 years after his departure. He took yet another professional job, which was very enjoyable for a year. Then, one rainy spring day in 2012 it happened. While listening to a podcast, I thought to himself, “I can do this. In fact, I can do this better.” Over the course of a few short months he immersed myself in his new venture, and the more research he did, the larger his passion grew.

On June 1st, 2012 he turned his notice at his job, and took off for a 3-day conference in New York City called Blogworld. 4 months and a lot of hard work later, he launched EntrepreneurOnFire.com an award winning Podcast where he interviews today’s most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week!

John current resides in Puerto Rico.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“Follow one passion until success.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet

“Like most people, we all have a ton of weaknesses.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“Build a team around your weaknesses to focus and amplify your strengths.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“Entrepreneurs fail because they don’t know how to set and accomplish goals.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“Entrepreneurs that figure out how to set and accomplish goals win.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“What is the goal that’s going to get you to the next level?” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“You have to do things that don’t scale.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“What are things that don’t scale; being customer centric.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“Reach out to customers and have one-on-one conversations.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“Amplify things that work and fix the things that aren’t.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“One-on-one conversations aren’t scalable, but the ideas from those are.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“Try not to be a person of success, but rather a person of value.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“I added value first and then success found me.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“My big hump was actually pushing publish on the podcast.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“Resistance plays a huge role in our life.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“I invested wisely in a mentor that kicked my butt.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“We all have that resistance and impostor syndrome.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“I love the acronym ILT – invest, learn, teach.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“What is life without health?” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“Sometimes, I wish I was that broke backpacker.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“If you can lead with value you win.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“I have a focused plan every single day that I execute one step at a time.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“If you’re able to produce quality content on a consistent basis you win.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

“Productivity is everything.” -John Lee Dumas Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

John Lee Dumas was all ready to push publish on his podcast and then all of a sudden fear took over. He pushed back his launch one week, then two, then four, then five. Finally his mentor intervened and he published his podcast and all was well in the world. But fear lurked in other places that John soon found.

Advice for others

Master the skills of productivity, discipline, and focus.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Time. I’m letting somethings pull myself in different directions that not allowing me to focus on doing deep work.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Don’t be a person of success, try to become a person of value.

Secret to Success

My commitment to discipline.

Best tools that helps in business or Life

Schedule Once, my scheduling tool.

Recommended Reading

The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence, and Happine ss

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Contacting John Lee

website: www.eofire.com

website: www.themasteryjournal.com

LinkedIn: https://pr.linkedin.com/in/entrepreneuronfire

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnleedumas

Resources

ScheduleOnce –  A solution for powering online scheduling with your customers and prospects.

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.
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