Lessons from Our Time in the Corporate World

Did you, like most business owners, start out in the daily 9-5 corporate world and dream of someday starting your own business? Do you think it is now time to make that leap into entrepreneurship? Well today, you are in luck, because we are discussing how you can take what you have learned in your daily grind to help you in your new eCommerce business.

I invited Drew Sanocki back to the show to talk about how the lessons we have learned from our collective experiences in the corporate and military world. We talk about how what we have learned has shaped who we are as entrepreneurs and how you too can take those lessons and apply them to your business. You do not want to miss this episode’s easy-to-follow steps for setting your business up for success. Click play below!

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Here’s What You’ll Learn

  • How missing the little details can destroy your credibility.
  • The 2 big behaviors you need to see from your employees.
  • How the military prepared Drew for entrepreneurship.
  • How you determine the culture of your business, good or bad.
  • The true meaning of leadership in business.

What Was Mentioned

This Week’s Winner

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Reach out to us with your questions or feedback for the show, and submit any first sale announcements or other progress achievements!

Andrew is the founder of eCommerceFuel and has been building eCommerce businesses ever since gleefully leaving the corporate world in 2008.  Join him and 1,000 vetted 6 and 7-figure store owners inside the eCommerceFuel Community.

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  • Hey Andrew, I think you and Drew make a great team together, hopefully you’ll keep up the co-host format (you are great on your won as well). I’m not into politics (anymore), but wanted to comment on something you mentioned on the podcast. You likened Reagan’s firing of air traffic controllers in 1981 as the same as corporate heads laying off workers simply to “have a better quarter”. In 1981 the air traffic controllers went on strike, trying to cripple air travel across the country until their terms were met. When they went on strike he told them if they did not return to work within 48 hours as the strike was technically illegal, they would all be fired an replaced. The air traffic controllers stayed on strike and Reagan proceeded to fire 11k of them and permanently replaced them.

    I don’t know every detail of the incident and who was right or wrong, but I think it was a very different situation than greedy corporate heads trying to make more money. If my employees walked off the job and tried to cripple my business instead of negotiating with me, I would have done the same thing.

    Sorry to get all political on you, and I have no idea why I decided to make this my first comment on your website!

    Love the forum!


    • Hey Gary! Thanks so much for the comment, and so glad you’re with us in the forum.

      You’re 100% right, and I did a pretty poor job of setting up my example. To be honest, I was referencing a point made in “Leaders Eat Last” which references the firing of the ATCs as the point in which the first massive layoffs occurred, and perhaps made them more acceptable when before they were almost unheard of. I think the author – and myself by copycat extension – was arguing it set the precedent for layoffs but not necessarily that the reasons and justifications were the same.

      But you’re right – absolutely different circumstances. For me, I need to better understand circumstances for complex comparisons vs. simply mentioning them after reading them in a book on the fly in a podcast! Will do better at being more nuanced next time.

      Thanks again for the comment, and hope all is well!

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