Listen to audiobooks on double speed and you can gather information into your brain at a ridiculous rate… The more information you have, the more valuable you become.
Eric Deegear, entrepreneur and investor, was forged in the fires of Texas and currently travels the world, working remotely on his businesses from all over the globe.
He is the founder of a number of companies, including Brotato Games, where new and innovative card games are created for people to enjoy with their friends. His companies focus on making the world a better, healthier and more enjoyable place to live.
Before honing his entrepreneurial chops, Eric worked as a massage therapist for 8 years, studying the body and how best to fix it when it breaks. This calm, alternative medicine side of his personality balances the eager, determined drive that fuels his ambitious appetite. Now a fully-fledged business owner, Eric manages several enterprises and investments that have earned him mentions on Mass Roots, prominent “weed mom blogs” and Herb.co.
Eric lives all over the world, but enjoys coming back to Boise, Idaho where his family now lives. In his free moments, he can be found playing boardgames with old friends, hiking in the great outdoors or enjoying a good book in the sun.
Where did the idea for Brotato Games come from?
I love being productive, even when I’m relaxing. My friend and I were sitting around smoking weed one day and I said, hey, why don’t we do something while we’re doing nothing? We threw around some ideas and finally settled on creating a weed card game since nobody else had done that yet.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I wake up around 8 o’clock and immediately write my daily to-do list, short term and long term goals in my notebook. While I’m fixing breakfast and getting ready, I listen to an audiobook. My content of choice ranges from classic sci-fi novels to motivational self-help books. I start my work day and use music to keep myself energized and focused. Phone calls and emails make up the bulk of my hustle strategy. I take breaks to exercise and do yoga to de-stress and keep my mind from getting too fatigued. I end a day with some reading and journaling, or sometimes hanging out with friends and playing boardgames.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I journal a lot about my ideas. Once they’re past the written stage, I test out the concept on my close friends or family members. If they still seem viable after that, I make a prototype or hypothetical version so I can do further testing and improvement.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
The ability to reach everyone in the world with my ideas or products is amazing. We are truly interconnected now as a species. The fact that I can imagine something, share the idea online and get funding from all over the world from interested individuals fascinates me. The average internet surfer has more information and power to use the info at his fingertips than ever before.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I read voraciously and listen to a lot of audiobooks. I am constantly discovering new methods and ideas through this which I implement immediately into my strategy. It doesn’t even have to be the new bestseller which sparks my creativity; I can easily pull a crazy “what if” from a classic work or fantasy novel. Nobody else does this and that gives me an edge over my competition.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Go out and try new things. Meet people. People give you the best opportunities. They say that luck is preparation plus opportunity. You can prepare all you want, but until you put on your shoes, head out the door and meet people, then your opportunities will be few and far between.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
That you can smoke weed and still be productive as hell.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Read more. Listen to audiobooks on double speed and you can gather information into your brain at a ridiculous rate. You’d be amazed at all the opportunities you have to fit in 10-20 min of an audiobook: grocery shopping, fixing meals, driving, doing mundane tasks, etc. The more information you have, the more valuable you become. The average adult reads less than 6 books a year while the average CEO reads 30. Why do you think that is?
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
I have invested heavily in myself and that investment pays me back in so many ways through my businesses. Sales, marketing, connections, etc have all been vastly improved by how I treat my personal growth.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I had a failed kickstarter at the start of my Brotato Games endeavor, but any “failure” can become a lesson if you look at it in a different light. Mine taught me how not to run a kickstarter campaign. It was disappointing, but I don’t have time to stop and cry about it. Let yourself be disappointed, but move forward with a new plan.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Create a giant Rosetta Stone-esque monument in the center of the United States and sell time-capsule spots within the walls. It would make billions. Of course, it will also COST billions, which is why nobody will be crazy enough to do it except for me, haha.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I spent it on new running shoes. You can’t go wrong with getting a great pair of shoes for everyday use. Your feet will thank you for it when you’re old.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
CLCL is a clipboard extension for Windows that saves multiple pieces of information which you can copy and paste instead of the dinky little default clipboard. If you move text as much as I do with emails, it’s invaluable.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson. I personally listened to this book (on double speed, of course) at least 15 times last year. It’s short and packed with great info, especially the introduction read by the author. I recommend it to every single person who is interested in improving themselves and doesn’t know where to start. It’s so easy, that’s why everyone overlooks it.
What is your favorite quote?
“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.”
– Wayne Dyer
• Read more quality books and leverage audiobooks to your advantage.
• You can smoke weed and still be productive.
• Journal extensively about your ideas.
• Invest in yourself. It’s one investment that will always pay you back.
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