It all started in 7th grade in my dad’s home office. That’s where I distinctively remember my entrepreneurship journey beginning to unfold.
I was big into the Pokemon craze. I loved the game and loved collecting the cards. But as most every young middle school student, I didn’t have a lot of money. I mowed the lawn and did any other extras chores I could for money (which usually went to cards).
Before long, I had amassed a solid collection of cards with a lot of duplicates. Since I didn’t really need the duplicates, I decided I would see about selling them so I could get more cards.
My dad had already sold some things on eBay, so at the ripe age of 13, I began selling my duplicate Pokemon cards on eBay. The rest, they say, is history.
From 2001 to 2004, I sold over 1,000 items on eBay. Phew. I was visiting the post office 5 days a week to ship stuff out that I sold. For fun, I decided to calculate exactly how much I revenue I brought in over that 3 year period. I kind of surprised myself in how much I made.
I had revenues of $13,271.28 during that 3 year period of selling on eBay.
Not too bad for a middle school/early high school student. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything to show for it (which will come in another post), but I learned at a young age that having your own business could be fun and profitable. My entrepreneurship journey had begun.
As my desire to collect and play card games diminished, so did my desire to sell stuff on eBay. The entrepreneur in me was not gone – it was simply dormant, waiting for another opportunity to be seized. It wouldn’t be until my sophomore year of college until that spirit was resurrected into the business that I own today – Griffin Media, LLC. I won’t go into all of the details since I have already covered it in another lengthy post, but it is safe to say that the entrepreneur in me is still alive and thriving.
Where are you in your journey?
Entrepreneurship is a journey. We all have a story, and it ebbs and flows like the rest of life. The entrepreneur in me never died; it only lay dormant for a period of time.
What is your entrepreneurial journey? Is the entrepreneur in you alive and thriving? If it is dormant, do you want it to continue that way or do you have a plan of action to kick it into high gear?