Consult others more. Many people think of it as a weakness, but I believe getting a lot of advice and opinions helps me make better decisions.
Dave Domzalski is the founder and editor of Hero Story. Hero Story is a weekly newsletter that features stories of everyday people doing amazing things for others. Dave’s aim with Hero Story is to provide positive, uplifting news and combats the negativity and headline anxiety found in today’s world. His call to everyone the world over is to Be Heroic.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
When I was a contributor at Forbes, I enjoyed highlight the journey of people attempting to overcome all odds. One of those individuals was Sean Mulroney, who is on a quest to help others combat obesity. His own weight loss journey was a true inspiration and that prompted me to use my writing talent in a different way for others.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I’m usually up between 5 am and 6 am. I like to focus on the high value tasks in the beginning of the day and take care of things like email or social media in the afternoons. I aim to time block areas in my schedule to chip away at bigger projects and cross items off my list.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I write about them. I’ve found that writing and doing my research allows me to craft a beautiful story. Often, I’m able to convey a story that inspires even the person who it’s about. That’s when I know I’ve succeeded: if my writing excites the subject I’m writing about.
What’s one trend that excites you?
People getting away from their phones more. Technology is great, but it’s not a replacement for real life.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
When I’m able to set aside time to accomplish something and allow for no distractions, I can set the world on fire.
And so can you.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stop procrastinating. Nobody is coming to save you from yourself.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
That I will leave my day job one day to become a full-time entrepreneur.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Consult others more.
Many people think of it as a weakness, but I believe getting a lot of advice and opinions helps me make better decisions.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Email and social media outreach. I have no problem trying to connect with people if I think it will benefit my business. The ability to network and create relationships out of nothing is a thing of beauty. It can also bring some of the most amazing friends in your life as well.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Often thinking that failure was the end. It’s not. It’s a chance to start again.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Pick one thing you’re great at and give it to 5 people. It can be a form of coaching, service, or a product. If they’re willing to pay $5 to $20 for it, you have the beginnings of a business.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Photos of my children from our trip to Cancun. Photographers from the resort took these amazing pictures of us as a family and I just love how beautiful my kids look. It’s amazing as a parent to know that you can provide a great experience for your children. We’re very blessed.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
The 5-Minute Journal. Gratitude is a great way to stay productive and happy for the things you have. It’s also a great motivator of what you accomplished and plan to accomplish.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The Morning Miracle. We all need a personal development routine that we carry with us for life.
What is your favorite quote?
It’s found in Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, but Elbert Hubbard said it: “Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision!”
• Stop procrastinating. Nobody is coming to save you from yourself.
• Discover your super power and offer it to the world.
• Use what you do to give back to your family and others. That’s your legacy.
• We all need a personal development routine that we carry with us for life.
• Take Elbert Hubbard’s advice and don’t let time beat you.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.