What does it take to be an Entrepreneur? Join us as Baylor Barbee shares how he turned his failures into success. Baylor Barbee is a digital strategist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker and Author of “Idea of Excellence”. He resides in Dallas, TX where he regularly competes as a Triathlete and Marathoner in caused based endurance races. He is the founder and CEO of Ikanik Inspiration + Strategy, a digital strategy agency that inspires businesses to operate with excellence and build sustaining relationships. Baylor also serves as a co-founder of the motivational geared non-profit RehabTime Organization. And in 2013, he was named by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau as one of the top ten African-American influencers in the city of Dallas.
“Continual Mastery of Self…Don’t worry about what everybody else is doing. Focus on being the BEST you can be.”
Back in 2008 while living in WACO, TX…I put all my eggs in one basket of someone who owned a company and talked a great game. In my mind, I was going to get rich. He basically promised me the world. I was a few months away from moving to Dallas. Approximately 3 days away from moving, with $67.00 dollars in my pocket on what was supposedly was going to be a BIG payday for me and launch me on the path to wealth and riches. He started to act funny and disappeared on me.
What I learned from that was that I saw “Red Flags” through out this whole process, but I chose to ignore them. Also I didn’t have any legal leeway, because I never signed a contract. We were great friends and I trusted him. So my advice to you would be to always always sign a contract, no matter who it is to protect yourself.
Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment
While promoting rap artist and living the rock star life style publicly of who I wanted to be, but it wasn’t who I was. I can remember one day passed my mirror and didn’t recognize the man in the mirror. So for the first time in years I looked at myself and ask myself. “Who Are You?” I was living the life publicly of who I wanted to be, but NOT who I was, running from who I was. Then I realized from that moment and decided I could not live my life this way anymore. I have to be happy with who I am. That was my “AH-HA” moment.
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Parting Advice for Success Stalkers Listeners
If it truly matters to you, you will find a way to accomplish it. Whatever it is you say you love to do, make sure it’s not money motivated. Don’t chase money. Focus on doing what you love and the money will find you. Focus on your PASSION EVERYDAY!