What makes a Successful Entrepreneur/Person

Airline Pilot to Entrepreneur to Professor. I’m being asked all the time, “How did you do it?” You were an airline pilot for 20 years, an Entrepreneur/ Private Equity guy 15 years, and now a Professor at the University of Virginia. As I sit here on a beautiful Saturday morning in Charlottesville, VA pondering this question, I remembered a speech I gave about Entrepreneurship and a power point slide I used popped into my head.

How most people think the road to success is accomplished, is you start something, whether it be a business or change of life and you either succeed or fail. What I’ve learned over many years, was the truth actually is you fail, fail, fail then succeed.

The point of this post is to learn not to be afraid of the failure part because it just leads you closer to the success part of life. I’ve seen to many people not try something or stay in a miserable job for years (As I did as an Airline Pilot) because they are too afraid to do what they LOVE.

I would really enjoy hearing from people who have experienced this breakthrough thought pattern and how it changed your life and direction.

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Douglas Muir is an authority in business strategy, having successfully built several multimillion-dollar enterprises from the ground up. He is considered the start-up guru and speaks internationally on topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and business growth. Muir teaches Entrepreneurship at the prestigious University of Virginia, both in the School of Engineering and in the Darden School of Business’s MBA program. As well as being a professor, he is the Assistant Director of the Business Minor Program in the School of Engineering. He is an expert in the Business Model Canvas theory of building businesses, and teaches this methodology to undergraduate students thirsty for entrepreneurship and eager to start their own companies. Muir has been interviewed by Gerri Willis of CNN and by Bloomberg Radio, and has been published and quoted in numerous publications including Business Week and The Scotsman Guide, a prestigious magazine for the banking, mortgage, and investor industry. Douglas was the host of The Doug and Eric Show on ABC, “Exposing the Hidden Truths about the Three Credit Bureaus and the Banking and Finance System”. He was featured in Kaihan Krippendorff's business tactics book, Hide a Dagger Behind a Smile, which described how Muir infiltrated the insurance industry and locked out his competition. If you’d like more information please feel free to contact me at dmuir@muirandassociates.net