Brian Town is the CEO of Michigan Creative, a company that builds marketing machines that promote your business.
He is also the host of The Business Machine Podcast, where he tells stories about the mistakes entrepreneurs made, and how they recovered.
Brian feels that entrepreneurs are all trying to get the same thing: a machine for their business that runs itself (website, videos, content, etc.).
With the podcast, he thought it would be a great way to hear stories of failure, and recovery, from other entrepreneurs, that he could possibly use as content for a future book.
Brian has four children, ages 22 to 15 months, and previously was an educator, teaching high school students the art of video and television production. Four years ago, he made the leap to entrepreneurship full-time.
After teaching about 4,000 students during his time as a teacher, he feels that giving kids ownership and teaching them to be leaders are important ways to motivate them. He believes in the importance of getting them interested into something early so they can discover their passion.
Eventually, Brian would like to teach entrepreneurship to students.
Regarding challenges, he feels divorces can be difficult on everyone involved, including the children. He himself made this discovery:
“…if my boys have two positive male role models, and two positive female role models to spend 100% of their time with, that’s pretty good”
Family Tradition: deer hunting with his father
Embarrassing Moments: 7th grade picture, where he had a moustache and long greasy hair
“I just matured really quickly, I was about the same size as I am now”
Biggest Struggle: It was hard at the high school level to stay on the right path in regards to drugs and alcohol.
What Can Parents Do?: Talk with them and be honest
Parent’s Parenting Style: His father was an army colonel. When he retired from the army, he coached Brian’s sports teams and they ran the farm together.
“I think that really made me the father I am today; A lot of my parenting, if not all of it, came from him”
In order to balance being a dad and an entrepreneur, Brian uses a calendar to record the things to do for the family. He doesn’t take his cell phone to sporting events or movies with the family.
“If you’re working, you’re not in the moment”
On his biggest breakthrough as a parent:
“The little things you do, matter”
Time Capsule: “I really hope they look back and that along the way, they did their very best to make other people better and to make their own lives as happy as they could be. I hope they learned from me how to be satisfied and happy with who they are as people.”
http://www.amazon.ca/Hooked-How-Build-Habit-Forming-Products-ebook/dp/B00HJ4A43S (link to “Hooked” by Nir Eyal)