Indie Youtuber’s Journey: Corey Ferreira’s Interview
Corey Ferreira of Embolden.co (you can read more about him here, where he tells his story) was just another fresh graduate back in 2008 with a business diploma he wanted to put to good use and he really did.
He tried things out, he went through the online challenges and he built his following which watches closely his successful digital products, courses, and his documented journey through Youtube where he’s almost reaching the 5000 followers mark.
IDB: Can you Describe/outline your typical workday?
Corey: During the week, I’m involved with the marketing and content team over at Shopify. Once I’m done crushing it at Shopify, I’m home building my businesses during the evening. Whether that’s creating content, working on growing the business, or building something new.
What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage it?
My greatest fear is the unknown and not knowing the future. I manage it by rationalizing that I can’t control the future, so it’s not worth fearing or stressing over things you can’t control. What I can control is what I do now to set myself up for more positive things in the future.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business (either present or past)?
Starting my very first business in college and getting my first customer. That feeling is pretty amazing along with the amount of excitement you feel.
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time and how do you manage to balance that?
I enjoy playing guitar and spending time with friends and family. I always schedule this time into my calendar, just like I would for something for my business.
What is it that truly makes you happy?
Creating things and helping people. I get a lot of satisfaction and joy from the emails and comments I get from people letting me know how much I helped them. It’s a very humbling feeling to know that what I’m doing is helping people improve their lives and business.
Being creative is another part of it. I like creating and building things, so creating content and running businesses helps fulfill that aspect.
What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
Early on, I had to pass on going out with friends or saving a lot of money. I put a lot of time and money into my early ventures, but it was worth it.
Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most (or look up to)?
I think what Buffer does is admirable. Buffer is one of the few businesses that is completely transparent about their earnings, processes, and marketing. I also think the product itself is great and they’re always listening to customers to improve it.
What three pieces of advice would you give anyone who wants to become entrepreneurs?
- Be patient
- Put yourself out there and go outside your comfort zone
- Create opportunities instead of just seeking them or waiting for them
If you had the chance to start all over again, what would you do differently, if anything at all?
I might have started putting myself out there sooner. Building my personal brand has led to so many things in my life, if I started sooner, I’d be further along my journey.
If you were conducting this interview, what question would you ask?
What one book would you recommend to a new entrepreneur?
How do you define success?
Success to me is living the life I want to live and doing things that make me happy and that I’m passionate about. If I have those things, I feel successful.
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