“From Avocation To Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby Into A Career” With Jeff Wills of REGGIE

An interview with Phil La Duke

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…Making mistakes are a big part of the learning curve. They say that entrepreneurs jump off the cliff and they figure out how to make the parachute on the way down. So, in the beginning, I was trying to prove the theory for a better pedal system for mountain biking with not a lick of professional assistance. I spent about three weeks building a makeshift pedal system in my workshop and now it was time for testing that theory. Went to my favorite local mountain bike trails on a Saturday, which means there was a bunch of weekend warriors that day to ride those beloved trails as well. Got on the bike started to roll toward the trails and on about the fifth or sixth revolution the right pedal exploded and I went OTB (over the bars) and I did not even make it off the Trail-head, the audience was large and I felt very small. Lesson learned — DO NOT TEST YOUR THEORY WITH AN AUDIENCE and seek professional guidance so you don’t harm yourself!

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  1. Identifying my strengths but more importantly acknowledging my weaknesses.
  2. Being adaptable and staying humble and most importantly — gratitude!
  3. Believing in the mission and myself 100% because there is no room for doubt and having the skin of a rhino.
  4. Last but not least, I surrounded myself with good people that are a heck of a lot smarter than me that believe in the vision and conquered that weakness in number two.

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Author of “I Know My Shoes Are Untied. Mind Your Own Business” and “Lone Gunman. Rewriting the Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention” and “Blood on my hands

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