Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. You put in long hours, experience countless setbacks, and sometimes you struggle for years to make your enterprise work but achieve no real progress.
Every entrepreneurial success story is unique, but I’ve found that there’s one commonality among them, and that is persistence: the firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition, and perhaps no one understands this definition better than my guest today.
Josh Steimle is the founder and CEO of MWI, an online marketing agency with offices in SLC, Phoenix, and Hong Kong. He’s also a frequent contributor to Forbes and has also delivered a talk at TEDx Hong Kong.
In this interview, you’ll hear how Josh initially decided to leave a promising job opportunity and start his own company, how he made it through what he calls the “the dark years of his life”, and how he ultimately built a company that now works with some of the biggest brands in the world including LG, Sony, and Franklin Covey.
If you feel stuck or have ever felt stuck and could use a little guidance and motivation, this episode is for you.
Mentions from the Show
Josh on Twitter – @donloper
Donloper.com (Josh’s blog)
MWI (Company he founded)
MWI’s Core Values
- The Golden Rule+. Do unto others as they would have you do unto them. If you’re not sure what that is, find out. If you’re unable to find out, then as a temporary measure do unto them as you would have others do unto you.
- Results that matter. Focus on results that truly matter to the client.
- Embrace experimentation. If we’re not experimenting, we’re not progressing. If we’re not progressing, we’re not leading the field. There is always a better way.
- Transparency. With clients, and internally. Share secrets. Admit mistakes.
- Heart of a teacher. Always seek to provide service, but educate at the same time.