Rodney Kellum of Fatherpreneurship.com
“Growing up watching my mother tell stories and captivate rooms, that was something that was ingrained into me”
Rodney Kellum – Show Notes
Rodney Kellum is the founder of Fatherpreneurship, a blog about parenting and family that is taking the Internet by storm. His vision is to give moms and dads the tools to be more present and engage wit their children all while working smarter, not harder.
“Growing up watching my mother tell stories and captivating rooms, that was something that was ingrained into me”
Rodney originally had a vision to help men, as he was a self-confessed “workaholic”. As he continued to tell his story, women came on board and buying his products. He decided to include them and coined the term “Familypreneur.”
He says that as a society, we’ve been fooled into thinking that working until death is what’s necessary.
“Billionaires work smart, not hard. They learn how to automate their systems, and hire other people to do their work”
In 2008, he obtained what he thought was his dream job as a video editor, although he was missing large chunks of his young son’s life. Two major life events happened to change his thinking on work and life. First, Rodney had a major health scare when he almost died after an artery closed. As well, he was let go from his job after refusing to go into work late one night as he was looking after his son (Rodney did the work from home, through email, but was notified the following day that he was no longer employed). This came at a tough time financially for the family.
“I stood up and chose my family over work”
“you don’t need to continue to give your life to places that don’t give you life back”
Rodney also credits another situation with his change in mindset. In one week, he had two family members pass away, and he was unable to buy a plane ticket to attend the funerals. He borrowed it to get a standby ticket, however, was bumped multiple times. While laying on a bench in the airport, he made a promise to himself to be available to whoever needed him, in any way that was needed (financially, emotionally, etc.). It was in that moment that he decided to start his business.
“Even without the money, I just knew (the business) was going to happen”
Video Game: 1942
“It’s the first game I ever beat”
Cartoon: Everything that was on Saturday morning
“It was my other parent. I would know what time it was based on what TV show was on”
Embarrassing Moment: While wrestling with a classmate in Grade 6, Rodney went to bite his ear and kissed him by mistake when the boy turned his head.
Big Struggle As A Kid: The drugs, gang activity and negative influences surrounding him the community of Pasadena, CA, he grew up in.
“To this day, I cannot understand how complete wealth can be right next door to complete poverty, and never intermingle”
As well, he felt awkward and shy, and found it hard to break out of that shell growing up.
“I use to keep my hands in my pockets all the time, as I was overly conscious about how long my arms were”
Rodney notes that his father and grandfather were both hard working men, who served as great examples.
“I saw persistent action from the men in my life”
TIME CAPSULE (30 Yrs):
“In 2014, you both had a turn at saving my life, literally. Before you came along, I believed in trading time for money and I almost died because of it. Because of you two, I now understand God’s love even better, because of how you have affected my heart and mind. Because of you, I am here and I’m walking in my purpose…you changed my life.”
“I want to completely transform myself in the way that all my children remember is me being there, seeing me operate in my purpose”
“A lost of us entrepreneurs are still in that phase where even if we’re doing what we’re called to do, we haven’t yet scaled our business and system to the point where we can work fewer hours and still have more impact”