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“Am I Making a Business Blunder?”

March 2, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

I was recently invited to be on Engel Jones’ podcast, Twelve Minute Conversations ( You see, Engel is working to set a world record for the most number of podcasts in a 90-day period.  Before the interview, Engel asked me if he was making a business blunder by following his podcasting dream. Of course, the wording “Business Blunders” was inspired by my book, “Business Blunders!” (

I thought it was a fun question. Of course, I told him I did not think he was. He is following a dream. He is following a passion. The theme I have seen in his other work (in his financial advising based on his own experiences), he built a passion for protecting others and building a life around what he enjoys doing. I do not think this is a mistake for anyone to do this.

I think anyone that is following a passion, that is in a project that they truly believe in and love, should follow that passion. They should think about immediate monetary returns or what other people think. They should follow their dream.

Engel has a dream. He wants to do something unique and different and cause some attention. He can later think about how to use that attention, how to monetize it, how to build something bigger, how to build a huge platform, but for now he is following his dream. I do not think that is a business blunder. I talk in The 3 Laws of Empowerment ( about building a dream and then building plans to get to that dream to make that dream a reality.

Here is someone following their dream. It is definitely not a business blunder.

What is your thought on following your dreams? What about chasing your passion? What have you done in the past? What would you do differently in the future? Join us in the comments below.

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