Another of Justin’s companies, Take Part, produces Roku and Amazon Fire-connected TV channels for podcasters and digital creators, including the Wedding Channel, Guitar 101, and American Warriors.
Yet he still finds time to volunteer as the National Director of Events and Marketing with the Wounded Warrior Program and homeschool his three kids. Here’s how he keeps up the drive to make it all work.
How long have you been an entrepreneur?
I graduated from Full Sail University, an entertainment and arts school in Florida, in 2000, then some friends and I started a digital radio program. I opened a nightclub in Winter Park, Florida in 2005, then sold it and moved to Greenville in 2012 to work with the Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced as an entrepreneur and how did you overcome them?
My biggest challenges have been second guessing myself, understanding social media and how it changes every six months, and trying to stay out in front of the world as it turns. We had to get help with social media – that came from me reevaluating what I was doing and admitting I didn’t know.
It’s hard for people to say they don’t know something. It’s like it shows weakness. But I’ve learned it’s not about me; if you make it about you, it’s going to hurt.
As for second guessing myself and not knowing what the future holds, I reach out to my resources. If you don’t have resources, go to a networking event even if it scares you. But really, the only way to know is to go then evaluate what went right and what went wrong. Through networking, I meet people that excel at what they do; I believe in putting aces in their places.