Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Simon T. Bailey, a Motivational Speaker, and Author based in Windermere, FL, USA.

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

Spark Brilliance in individuals to lead countries, companies, and communities differently. Our customers are Fortune 1000 companies, individuals, small and medium-sized organizations.

Tell us about yourself

I aspire to inspire before I expire. I worked at Disney Institute and decided that it was time to create my own path.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

  • Hearing from people all over the world that have been inspired to start and grow their businesses after listening to Release Your Brilliance audiobook and reading Be the Spark - Five Platinum Service Principles for Creating Customers for Life.
  • Many have started businesses and have created 7+ figure incomes.
  • Working with 2,200 organizations in 53+ countries.
  • Teaching 250,000+ students via LinkedIn Learning.
  • 90M+ views of a video posted by GoalCast to Meta.
  • Publishing 10 books.
  • Thriving after 20+ years in business and loving what we are doing.
  • Launching a platform - Ignite the Power of Women in Your Life - A Guide for Men.

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

Consistency in creating a customer experience. Reinventing and staying relevant after 20 years. In the words of my mentor Dr. Willie Jolley, “a setback is a setup for a comeback.”

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

  1. What problem can you solve and add value?
  2. Don’t chase money. Be brilliant at what you do, and the money will chase you.
  3. As you get ahead, help someone else come from behind. Give a hand-up instead of a handout.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Read the following books…They were game changers for me as I built my business…

  • When I Stop Talking You’ll Know that I am Dead - Jerry Weintraub
  • Parable of the Pipeline - Burke Hedges
  • B.O.S.S Moves - Myron Golden
  • Is That All There Is? - Bruce Turkel
  • Power of One More - Ed Mylett

Where can people find you and your business?


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