We’re finishing a series of interviews with WordPress entrepreneurs, picking their brains for insight and knowledge.
Today we talk with Eric Dye. He lives in Italy and works for Pressware doing support, product site maintenance, user testing and smaller site builds. He’s also the owner and editor of the church tech blog, ChurchMag. He dabbles in a few other things as well, including WordPress tutorials, ebook publishing, church resources and church memes.
“You might not get rich, but you’ll be a happy person and that’s the kind of profitability I want to have more of.” -Eric Dye
The conversation covers happiness, determination and loving what you do.
When things are hard, how do you know when to stick with it and power through and when to call it quits and move on?
I wish there were an easy answer to this question. This is a question we all wrestle with—entrepreneur or not. However, I think this is something that separates true entrepreneurs from the rest of the pack. It isn’t necessarily knowing when to call it quits that’s important, but the willingness to make changes, adjustments and, even more important than that, being able to admit defeat, dust yourself off and take a crack at the next thing.
Certainly having the stamina and determination to “power through” is important. Being an entrepreneur or small business owner isn’t for the faint of heart. Understanding the difference between determination and foolhardy stubbornness is critical.
How do you make more money—what are some lessons you’ve learned that can increase profitability?
Profitability is relative in my opinion. What’s the value of a lesson learned? Treating others well? Being generous in everything you do?
You’ll never get ahead by nickel and diming everything. Certainly a penny saved is a penny earned, but you also reap what you sow. Cutting corners and being cheap will always cost you more in the long run—and that’s the key to profitability: Playing the long-game.
Investing in others, building something to be proud of, taking care in your craft—you might not get rich, but you’ll be a happy person and that’s the kind of profitability I want to have more of.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned as an entrepreneur?
Surround yourself with people smarter than yourself.
The importance of feeling the support of those who believe in you and thinking about the criticisms from those who do not.
Love what you do enough that you’re willing to do what you hate to be successful at it.
There are no shortcuts; and if you think you found one, you’ll cut yourself short.