Justin Halladay’s career has been fruitful and successful. In the first half of his professional career, Halladay spent climbing the corporate ladder.
He accumulated 15 years’ experience in business development in the education space and building national sales and customer support teams. Halladay then worked for small businesses with less than 500 Employees and larger global corporations with tens of thousands. He worked for companies in different states including Pennsylvania, Colorado, New York, and his home state of New Jersey. Halladay even worked in the World Trade Center for 6 years for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. From there, he found himself in small software development company in Jacksonville Beach for 5 years. This position led him to a global rollout manager for a huge company in Denver Colorado where he spent 5 years. From Denver back to New Jersey, to Philly and back to Florida where the second half of his professional career and the second phase of his story begins.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
Synthesizing my skills and interests.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I try to divide my days between Faith/God Family and Business. With 3 young children that require a good amount of time, the days are quite busy. We Home school so that adds another level of completion to the mix. We try to start every day with a family (Christian) devotional and time with Jesus. After that I usually hit the gym to get my mind right and prepared for the day. Most days are filled with Zoom calls with development teams working on projects and partners going over timelines and roadmaps, I know, sounds boring but trust me it is not! The boys usually finish school around 2 and so I try to be available to spend time with them every day. Being an entrepreneur allows me the time freedom and flexibility to pretty much set my own schedule and work around my family time.
How do you bring ideas to life?
With such an amazing network and following what one of my mentors taught me early in my business career was to always surround myself with people much smarter than me. I was SMART (no pun) to follow this very important suggestion. That being said, when ideas comes to me and they come to me often, I have a great team of partners and friends to bounce ideas off and evolve them into solutions and eventually products and services.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Technology. I have always gravitated to technology. I spent 15 years of my Corporate Life in and around technology. From my first IT position in the World Trade Center to my sales career, IT was a passion of mine. Technology bring world class solutions to real world problems. We are at the beginning of some very exciting times.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Consistency. I believe success in whatever you are trying to accomplish, no matter how good or great one might be without consistency, the results will not be there. Whether it be dieting, relationships or growing a business or network, without consistency there will not be any real success.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Build relationships with successful people! I have learned that the phrase “its not what you know rather who you know” is a very valuable phrase and with the right people in my corner I can achieve anything!
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
Earning a billion dollars. Some say they believe it but deep down most don’t believe it’s possible, but I have my goals set.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Write down goals. There is something about writing down goals and seeing them every day. This is one of the keys to wealth building.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Consistency mixed with tenacity.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I never graduated college. I overcame it by get the proper knowledge and education and experience to out perform college grads in the technology space.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Software that helps me increase productivity!
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Note Everything help me set goals, take notes and create reminders to everything that’s important.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The Bible Regardless of your faith the bible is full of answers to everyday business problems and packed with solutions. Some of the best entrepreneurs in the world were avid readers of the bible!
What is your favorite quote?
Success Leaves Clue and its OK to be a copycat as long as you are copying the right cat. It’s a toss up ….
- Consistency is key.
- Write down your goals.
- Build relationships with successful people.
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.