John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of EOFire, an award winning podcast where he interviews most inspiring entrepreneurs 7 days a week. He has produced over 1000 episodes of the show and it EOFire generates over $300,000 a month, with over one million unique monthly listeners in just the past three years.
JLD considers refers to the word focus as “Follow One Course Until Success”. He developed his focus during his days as a US Army officer.
“I graduated college at 22 years old with a lack of focus, and that was not going to fly in the army during a time of war”
-JLD considered himself a solid “B” student while in high school, but says that – teachers felt he wasn’t living up to his potential.
“Focus is so critical (as an entrepreneur), I know when to just crush it”
JLD speaks about the importance of the top five people you surround yourself with. When he started his entrepreneurial journey, he hired a mentor and joined a podcast mastermind group for a year with 9 other podcasters.
Favourite Superhero: Batman
“Calm and cool, he let his actions speak for themselves”
Favourite Cartoon: Wile E. Coyote
“He was a guy that didn’t quite get it, but I really rooted for him”
Favourite Video Game: Tecmo Bowl
“I grew up in the Nintendo generation; I dug that game”
Favourite Family Tradition: Treasure hunt on Easter
“I always loved the games, the competitions, the clues and the excitement of it all”
Most Embarassing Moment: In Little League, ran into the fence by the bleachers and cut his lip while chasing a foul ball (right in front of all the fans in a big game).
“I didn’t want to go to school for weeks”
A Time Fear Held Him Back: He was suppose to initially launch is podcast on August 15th, and already had 40 interviews done. He ended up delaying the launch for five weeks due to fear.
“Looking back, it was just a massive mistake. The only way you can start getting traction as an entrepreneur is to launch”
“The longer I waited was just the longer it took me to find success”