When Thomas G. Martin appeared on the School for Startups Radio podcast, host Jim Beach asked him 10 entrepreneurial-themed questions in a segment called The Quick Ten.
Here’s a transcript of that section of the show:
#1, Your favorite creativity hack:
I was told once to take a long walk to clear your head, and if you do that near water, it’s fantastic. And it does work.
#2, Favorite bootstrapping trick:
Be patient, and don’t try to burn yourself out.
#3, Name your top passions:
That’s an easy one, it’s been the same five. It’s family, faith, health, prayer and work.
#4 The first three steps in starting a business are:
Clearly understand your client base. Then try and be a solution to them. And finally kind of balance your wisdom with your passion.
#5, The best way to find your first real customer is:
Target your dream five clients and then do something for free to get yourself started.
#6, Your dreamiest technology is:
That would be Excel on steroids.
#7, Best entrepreneurial advice:
I was told once, “Don’t try to be perfect.” And that was the best advice I ever got.
#8, Worst entrepreneurial mistake:
To be fearless. The worst advice I ever got.
#9, Favorite entrepreneur, and why:
My favorite entrepreneur is Walt Disney. He was a farmboy who had, in my mind, an unparalleled vision and spirit.
#10, Favorite superhero:
My favorite superhero is Ant-Man.