Do better work by taking time off

Jason Surfrapp - Recharge Your Batteries

I can remember it clear as day. The first year of IWearYourShirt was coming to a (fun and profitable) end and people were emailing in to congratulate me on pulling off such a crazy idea. Besides the accolades, there was a message that got repeated over and over: "Jason, you did a great job with the first year of IWearYourShirt, but you need to plan to take some time … [Read more...]

You have an idea, now what?

You have an idea, now what?

If you're anything like me you have ideas all the time. Maybe your ideas come to you in the shower, while driving somewhere, while reading a book, or during some other activity. For many of us, it's not coming up with an idea that's the hard part, it's what the heck to do next? This past weekend I got to spend some time with my good friend Greg Hartle at a Startup Weekend … [Read more...]

I know my superpower, do you know yours?

What's your superpower?

I wish I was about to tell you some amazing story about being a nerdy kid who went on a field trip, got bit by a radioactive spider, and became a web-slinging hero. Alas, that's not me, and I'm willing to bet that's not you either (if it is, please reply immediately and let's be best friends!). Instead, I'm going to share the superpower I've discovered I do have. And I didn't … [Read more...]

People don’t retire from jobs they love

Retirement means wearing Chuck Taylors

I had three life goals when I graduated high school (mind you, I was 18). Goal #1 was to make $1,000,000. Goal #2 was to own a Ferrari. Goal #3 was to retire by age 35. Looking back, these goals are silly. First and foremost, I had no concept of what “making $1,000,000" meant. Was that in a year? In my bank account? Business reveneue? Second, owning a Ferrari is insanely … [Read more...]

To get started in life, give yourself permission

Give Yourself Permission - Jason Surfrapp

Since releasing my book Creativity For Sale, I've received amazing emails from people all over the world who are excited to start their own business or pursue an idea they've had for years. These emails have meant so much to me, but I've noticed a common theme. Almost every email ends with a variation of the question: "What's your advice on getting started?" I wasn't sure how … [Read more...]

How to start your next business while working a full-time job

How to start a side business

The American dream used to be getting a secure job, working from 9-5, and retiring. For most of us, especially people born in the 80s and 90s, this is the American nightmare. The idea of working for someone else makes many of us cringe, and if you've had a 9-5 job, you've probably felt the suffocating hold it can take on your life. Mondays are dreadful. Mundane meetings and … [Read more...]

How To Become an Entrepreneur

How to get an MBA in entrepreneurship

A few years ago a friend told me he was taking an "Entrepreneurship Class" and I remember raising an eyebrow. How do you take a class to learn how to be a certain type of person? The word entrepreneur is defined as: a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so. How do you teach someone to take … [Read more...]

Fear doesn’t have to paralyze you

fear-gondola

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself over the years, it’s that I’m not afraid to put myself and my ideas out there. For some of you reading this, you’re the complete opposite (and that’s okay!). The crazy thing about fear is that we aren’t born with it. Fear is something we learn over time. Whether it’s from the people around us or the circumstances we live in. … [Read more...]

After Another Amazing Weekend at Misfit Con, I Feel Unbelievably Inspired!

Misfit Con 2014

(Photos via Instagrammers: @jwgreenlighting, @rachrodgersesq, @skooloflife, @randikayolsen, and @veglatina) Nearly a year ago to the day, I wrote a blog post after attending the first Misfit Conference (Misfit Con) titled: After An Amazing Weekend at Misfit Con, I Feel Lost... If you've read that post you know that I was trying to find my way (and my passion) after a very … [Read more...]