It’s challenging to be positive when nothing is going right but you have to always keep your head up and move forward. Your ability to move through challenges will define your success.
Shane Hurley believes everything in life is better if you find your passion. In 2012, Shane was named as one of top 20 individuals under the age of 40 and most recently named as one of the 50 most powerful and influential people in the inland northwest. One of Shane Hurley’s passions is giving back and helping others. With the help of his great team, Shane Hurley has been able to stay dedicated to helping others less fortunate. His vision is to stay on the cutting edge of innovation and to carry his passion into every venture that he is involved with.
What does your typical day look like?
There is no typical day for me. I travel a lot. Spends lots of time working with key members of our organization staying in tune with what’s going on in the trenches and constantly looking for ways to improve the business from both an operational perspective as well as a business development and sales perspective.
How do you bring ideas to life?
It’s all about execution. If I don’t have the resources within our organization to bring my ideas to life I will seek them out until we do and work diligently to make them a reality.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
The world’s rapid change in technology! It’s fascinating all of the creative ways that companies and entrepreneurs are capitalizing on tech right now.
What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?
My first job! It was landscaping and it was tough hard manual labor. It taught me to appreciate the things I had at a young age. Take nothing for granted.
If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
Everything! When I started in business I was very young and made a lot of mistakes. I’m proof that if you are driven and have work ethic you can make it. The last thing I started with was know how.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Surround yourself with great people and I quickly remove people from my circle who do not share my morals and values.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I was majorly under capitalized when starting a business to the point of almost going bankrupt. It was very stressful. We reached crossroads where I had to look at my team and say okay “We are either going to shut the doors or get to work and make it through so let’s go!” It’s challenging to be positive when nothing is going right but you have to always keep your head up and move forward.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and how would you go about it?
Negative attitudes that people carry with them like a plague. So much out there if you just have aspiration to go get it.
Tell us something about you that very few people know?
I grew up on a dirt road 45 minutes to the closest town. When I was a kid we heated both the house and the bath water with a wood stove!
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“The Go Giver” The book is very easy to read and breaks stratospheric success into 5 powerful laws. This book reminds you to focus on helping others to achieve success. If you have never read this book it’s a must read!
Who is your hero, and why?
Henry Ford. He not only revolutionized the auto industry but he was also one of the first big business guys to really take care of his employees and he built an amazing company that’s still around today.
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Mario Schulzke is the Founder of ideamensch, which he started a decade ago to learn from entrepreneurs and give them a platform for their ideas.