Dave Lukas Chats with Marcus Boles
52: You Live the Life You Create with Marcus Boles
In this episode, Dave excited to welcome Marcus Boles. Marcus is a 3rd generation entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in creating successful ventures. He is the founder of customized minds, a holding firm with 3 different companies under it. The first is Customized Shopping, an e-commerce retail marketplace connecting customers to innovative products and services. The second is Customized Speaking, a technology learning Management Company focused on professional speaking and digital education by inspiring and empowering the world through informative information and awareness. He also owns CM Investments, a business development and management firm growing startups and established businesses to midsized companies and large organizations.
Marcus has unique ways of challenging conventional norms and how he continues to grow himself. After many years of success, he challenged himself in 2008 to acquire 5 degrees in 6 years. He did this while still growing his business and acquiring companies. Dave and Marcus discuss what it takes to be able to grow in multiple ways at once while continuing to perform at a high level.
Marcus grew up with a traditional background, but 80% of his family were entrepreneurs. Everyone from his grandparents to his parents and aunts/uncles owned businesses. He learned at an early age about building organization and pursing the entrepreneurial dream.]
His first entry into entrepreneurship was when he started his “cleaning services” to his parents in exchange for money. He then took that to the next step of cleaning job sites for his uncles who owned businesses in the construction trades. His first major business was owning and operating a chain of convenience stores with his father – at the age of 12! Even at the age of 12, he brought digital and technology support to help the businesses grow and find success.
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?
Truly understanding the following:
What advice do you have to go from idea to execution? What advice would you give people on how to get going and keep themselves going?
At the 18 min mark, Marcus gives tips for succeeding in e-commerce, speaking, and investing?
At the 25 min mark, Marcus talks about how he coaches himself and breakthrough barriers to perform at high levels?
At the 32 minute mark, Marcus gives advice for entrepreneurs starting out today.
Biggest lesson learned that has helped you the most?
How did you find your “why?”
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