Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Patrick Porter, Founder of BrainTap, Inc., located in New Bern, NC, USA.

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

We are a brain fitness company using non-evasive technologies to help people think, sleep and perform better. Our customer is between 30-70 years old and wants to maximize brain function.

Tell us about yourself

I was held back in 2nd grade for learning disabilities and struggled with school until my father learned a technique called the Silva Method, a mediation practice. Since then, I have wanted to help others awaken their genius and realize their full potential.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

1989 Best gadget of the year at the CES Show. My lifetime achievement award gives to me by the International Association of Functional Neurologists and Researchers (IAFNR).

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

Being able to say ‘Yes” or “No” to opportunities. When you are small, you can bite off more than you can accomplish, and other areas of business will suffer.

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

  1. Start something now as an art-time business so you can test if you have the stomach for being a business owner.
  2. Surround yourself with smart people that can guide you in the areas in which you are not an expert. And then ask for help.
  3. Learn to take risks but start slow and then see what stress even you can handle. Practice a mental practice like BrainTap so you can distress and make good decisions.

Where can people find you and your business?


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