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Episode 14: John Lee Dumas: Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome

On today’s show I am joined by the founder and host of the EOFire Podcast, the entrepreneur on fire himself, John Lee Dumas!

John may be an entrepreneur now, but he has not always been one. The day he graduated from Providence College, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S Army. After a 13-month tour of duty in Iraq as an armored platoon leader and a total of eight years in the army, he set out to find a job.

He first tried law school, only to drop out after one semester. Then, a couple of jobs in Boston and New York convinced John that Corporate America was not for him. So he landed in San Diego, California working in real estate. He quickly found out that driving will be a big part of his daily routine there, so he was in need of interesting content to listen to.

That is when he discovered podcasts: free, targeted, on-demand content. Only one problem: at that time, there were great podcasts out there but none that introduced successful entrepreneurs daily, so his idea was born.

A concept for a daily show began to form, a show that would tell the story of the featured entrepreneur, their worst entrepreneurial moments, and lessons learned. EOFire launched on September 22nd, 2012 and in a very short period of time, it become one of the most successful shows out there.


Key Points From This Episode:

  • John shares the story of that one defining moment listening to podcast in his car, and how it set him on his journey.
  • How the imposter syndrome was one of John’s biggest struggles when he first started out.
  • Understand what a funnel is and how it is a journey that you are taking your listener on.
  • Find out how to let your audience define the high quality content that you create.
  • The book that John believes every man should read on their journey.
  • How educating yourself is the first step to take when you feel stuck in your job or business.
  • John shares his piece of advice that he believe every man should know about getting started.
  • Learn how a mentor and mastermind group helped John on his entrepreneurial journey.
  • And much more! 


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

John Lee Dumas —

Entrepreneur on Fire —
Podcasters Paradise —
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson — Massive/dp/193594486X/
John’s book, How to Finally Win —

1 Comment

  1. John Lee Dumas on 06/07/2017 at 4:44 PM

    Really honored to be a guest on your show Calin! What a blast!

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