You are not born an entrepreneur, you become one. It is not enough to be brimming with good ideas or fueled by a burning ambition, a person worthy of being an entrepreneur must prove they’ve got the necessary resilience, tenacity, and work ethic to take a dream and make it a reality. It is a trial by fire and not many of us have what it takes to go the distance.
Justin Kimbrough is what you would call a serial entrepreneur. The 23-year-old’s entrepreneurial journey began in high school when he created his own lawn-mowing business at the age of 15. Eight years later and the Texan is the head of multiple businesses in a host of sectors from transport to social media advertising. All of Justin’s businesses share the common thread of being service-based and providing real value for money.
“Many people make the mistake in thinking that the end-game of entrepreneurship is all about making millions,” explained Justin. “It’s not! For me, being an entrepreneur is all about self-improvement, overcoming fear, attaining personal freedom, and setting bigger and better challenges for yourself. It’s about making the world a better place and providing people with a product or service at a fair price.”
As someone who has lost every cent they made on multiple occasions, Justin never let it dissuade him, as he believed the entrepreneurial path was the right one for him.
He explained, “One of the pitfalls of being an entrepreneur is that you’re going to have to learn and take some hard knocks. I’m talking about Mike Tyson strength punches here. You have to be willing to treat the obstacles you come up against and the mistakes you make as a learning curve. Not every opportunity is the right one and there’s a lot of unscrupulous people out there willing to exploit both your trust and naivety. Yet, you should never let fear or setbacks prevent you from achieving your goals. That perfect moment you’ve been waiting for is right now. Being an entrepreneur is all about throwing caution to the wind and just going for it.”
For Justin, the pros of being an entrepreneur far outweigh the cons. This is something he is keen to stress upon.
“I always wanted to be my own boss and am passionate about personal development,” revealed Justin. “Being an entrepreneur allows me to spend time with my family and friends without being shackled to the nine-to-five grind. That’s true freedom and I would like everyone to attain that sort of a lifestyle, because I believe it would make for a much more harmonious existence.”
Justin added, “However, the life of the entrepreneur is no walk in the park. It is challenging and you’ve only got yourself to turn to when the going gets tough. But if you cultivate the right mindset and follow your vision, the world is your oyster.”