Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Mike Robbins, Motivational Speaker, and Author, located in Novato, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I run a boutique consulting company that focuses on leadership and team performance, and company culture. I deliver keynote speeches and workshops (both in-person and virtual) for some of the top companies in the world. Our clients include Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Schwab, eBay, the NBA, the San Francisco Giants, and many others (including start-ups, non-profits, educational organizations, and government agencies).

Tell us about yourself

I played baseball in college at Stanford University and then professionally with the Kansas City Royals before injuries ended my career when I was 24 years old. After a few years in sales for two tech companies in the late 90s, I realized I had a passion for helping people, leaders, and teams focus on what matters most, come together, get real, and perform their best. I decided I wanted to study this more and do what I could to help others succeed.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

One really important accomplishment for me was publishing my first book, FOCUS ON THE GOOD STUFF, back in 2007. That book got rejected by 25 publishers over five years before it was published. I was proud of not quitting and of accomplishing something I'd always wanted to accomplish. I've since published four more books, including my latest, WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

I think the risk, uncertainty, and responsibility of owning a business can be hard. The pressure to perform, make good decisions, and support people...and having to work on both generating businesses and delivering quality to clients.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Be yourself.
  2. Ask for help.
  3. Stick with it.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Being successful in business isn't magic; it takes courage, passion, and a willingness to fail (and to pick yourself up when you get knocked down).

Where can people find you and your business?


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