Today we learn with Chris O'Byrne. Chris has an intriguing story of entrepreneurial evolution, constant learning, & intentionality. All have enabled him to start and leverage JetLaunch to support his ambitions.
Chris is Founder of JetLaunch, a company that provides excellent services to people self publishing books.
Chris has an intriguing story, a winding path from being a high school teacher to launching into entrepreneurship, and then growing his business to support the lifestyle he and his wife seek.
We talk about how he is focusing on building the necessary systems and processes to make the business sustainable and support additional opportunities he is identifying.
Chris highlights how his vision for the business and what he can do with it have evolved as the business has matured. We also talk about Chris’s working from home and what that means for his family.
The latter half of our conversation is all about intentionally pursuing the lifestyle he and his wife desire. I don't want to give too much away before Chris has an opportunity to talk about it. I’ll just say it involves a part-time nomadic lifestyle living in a van that is sometimes parked down by the river.
You’ll find that Chris is authentic to the core. He’s figured out the direction he wants to go, and is enjoying the journey. I know you’re going to enjoy tagging along for a few minutes.
Listen to Chris O'Byrne and Rick Coplin:
Chris's Thought Leadership
- “I just wanted to make enough money to make a living online so that I could move around, and I could live where I wanted to live.”
- “I saw there were opportunities over here, so I started learning this and that, and pretty soon it came together as my company”
- “And then I started thinking in terms of a business, and I started reading and listening to podcasts. … I found the tools I needed.”
- “My whole life has been a process of learning something new, getting bored, and moving on to the new thing, and not taking an in-depth look at what I was doing.”
- “I didn't like being under someone else's schedule.”
- “I was the lone wolf. I wanted to do things alone because it felt easy. I didn't have to rely on someone else. Once I started building relationships, without thinking of the return, the business grew exponentially from that point.”
- “Right now, I'm doing most of the project management and that takes up a lot of time. It's hard to find the time to [develop] the processes.”
- “The first step is to actually even think in terms of significance… most peoples' lives are reactionary. We don't put thought into what significance is and what it means in our own lives.”
- “I have never been tied down. In fact, I've always fought against the traditional lifestyle. We have spent the last few winters living in our van… We're kind of used to this lifestyle of doing what feels right to us.”
- “We'll be spending January and February in a nice place near the gulf coast. Then after that, the Arizona desert, then after that up to Portland. It doesn't seem crazy any more.”
Links to Resources Mentioned
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
- Beyond the E-Myth: The Evolution of an Enterprise: From a Company of One to a Company of 1,000!
- Elixir Project and the Elixir Project Experience
- The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months
- Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
- Visioneering: God's Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision
- Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance
Chris' Contact Information
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