For our young entrepreneurs who follow our blog, we dedicate this Interview to you.
We know what it’s like being young with so many ideas and no idea how to execute them. You’re ready to change the world, but you’re unsure where to start. Don’t be discouraged, anybody can achieve anything at any time.
Ask Seth Fontaine.
Well, we did. In our interview with Seth we touched on what it’s like being a young entrepreneur, and what pushed him to step away from a normal life and pursue his dreams of being financially free.
Name: Seth Fontaine
Current Occupation: Entrepreneur
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do for a living.
My business partner and I own two companies. The first one is called Radd Apps. We make apps for companies to improve customer loyalty, retention, and increase repeat visits. I handle email marketing, social media, sales, and managing our sales team for Radd Apps. Christian, my business partner, handles development of the apps, and managing our development team.
Our main focus is on our other company, Urban Vinyl. We make premium wood headphones and earbuds made for studio use. I handle sales, marketing, and social media for Urban Vinyl. My business partner handles manufacturing, development, and distribution.
Urban Vinyl is what both of us are passionate about and it has opened so many doors for us. It has been a lot of hard work and trial and error; but finally, after a year, we are starting to get some traction and I am excited for what the future holds.
What inspired you to chase your dreams?
Originally, I thought I wanted to be a doctor. So, I was in premed school. I absolutely hated it. I would always be stressed, I was getting no sleep because I had homework or I had to study, and I was having a lot of anxiety attacks.
I realized this isn’t how life is supposed to be lived. I started watching some videos and reading some self-development books (Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Unleash the Power Within by Tony Robbins, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey and the 67 Steps video course by Tai Lopez)
These pretty much opened my eyes that I can really do whatever I want to do and not what society or my family wants me to do. We only have one life, and I want to spend it all enjoying it. Not hating it and looking forward to the weekend or my two-week vacation. I want every day to be a vacation.
So, I dropped out of school and stared my own company. I really had no idea what I was doing but somehow, I did make a little bit of money. That’s how Christian and I became friends, we both had online businesses.
We decided to start Urban Vinyl and a year later, here we are. We took our first paycheck from the company at the end of the year which was super exciting. I may not be where I want to be yet, and I understand that will take time, but at least I am actually enjoying what I am doing now and I don’t need a vacation anymore because I love what I am doing.
So far, what would you say your greatest achievement is?
My greatest achievement I really cannot take credit for at all. Urban Vinyl got rated the number one headphone by headphonia.com and rated in the top 15 headphones of all time by headphonelabs.com. Both of those are huge recognitions and if it wasn’t for Christian being so particular about the sound, we would have never gotten those awards.
When faced with a challenge or setback, how do you motivate yourself to keep going?
I kind of cheat here because I have Christian to fall back on. Whenever either one of us is feeling down, or stressed, we have each other to keep pushing through it and motivate each other.
Now, if I didn’t have Christian I would just think about how I felt in med school and how I don’t EVER want to go back to that. I would also focus on my dreams and goals and know that is why I am doing this.
Everyday there is a new challenge or hurdle that we face and it is just about handling the challenges and do the best we can do.
Any advice to give to our followers?
Despite popular belief and what I have said, being an entrepreneur is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Nothing happens overnight and it takes a long time to finally start seeing success.
Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone. But for those of you who it is for, just show up every day. Do the absolute best you can do every day. Write down your goals every day. Get advice from mentors whenever you can. Read a book or listen to a podcast every day. And eventually you will start seeing results and in one year, three years, five years, or sometimes ten years, you will finally be where you would like to be.
Showing up is half the battle. Most people quit after one day or one week. But look at Coke, they sold only 27 bottles their first year in business. Just find something you love to do or that you can learn to love, and stick with it.