You have to want to solve the problem!
"Please get out there and start screwing up!" These were the final words form Jim as he shared his personal entrepreneurial journey. Jim's personal journey certainly includes a number of 'screw ups', but each was a learning opportunity for Jim, his family, and his company.
Jim considers himself to be an accidental entrepreneur. He talked about the power of embracing counterintuitive truths. Learned about the Power of Why and that entrepreneurship is a vocation and the importance of focusing on a problem and desiring to solve that problem (rather than focusing on the solution).
Jim was born and raised in Edmonton, and although he likes to get away in the winter, he plans to die here. Jim believes Edmonton is one of the world's hidden gems, and that we should be more outspoken about telling the world! Jim has started two companies in the Edmonton area - nForm User Experience, and iomer Internet Solutions.
Reflecting on 20 years of his experience as an entrepreneur, Jim believes that problems are the solution. A good problem can fix everything because the problem is an opportunity for an entrepreneur to create value, and therefore to improve our customer's lives. 20 years ago the internet was a new thing, and Jim was hooking up databases to the web, then building apps, then e-commerce sites, then hiring people because he couldn’t keep up. Jim wouldn’t have had the opportunities without the problems and he wants emerging entrepreneurs to not be afraid of the problems; embrace them, make them your friend, break them down into smaller problems, and solve them one at a time.
- Opportunities don't always show up at convenient times, but you need to mee them head-on. This might be the hardest test of your life.
- Having the support of family is one of the most beneficial aspects to being an entrepreneur, and perhaps the most challenging. In fact, some of the best advice Jim ever got came from Don Carlson of Carlson Construction - that the best business decision he ever made was marrying his wife! This dumbfounded Jim but ended up being true about his own entrepreneurial journey.
- Every day from this point forward will only get more difficult to start a business - Jim realized that entrepreneurship was his vocation by trying it.
- He was worried that by taking the risk of entrepreneurship he would lose the ability to provide for his family, however in retrospect, not taking the opportunity was actually riskier because Jim knew he was not in control of his own destiny.