Chad and I connected on Twitter in a Twitter Chat more than a year ago and have been friends ever since! Chad is a great guy and I hope to meet him someday in person! Connect with Chad on Twitter here!
How did you get your start?
Organically. My start came after seemingly the perfect combination of education and experiences, passion and interests. I always knew that I wanted to be working in education and with athletes, and in my early days I found myself helping my younger siblings and their friends to prepare for college and train for sporting events. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was the start. The real ‘spark’ wouldn’t come until a few years later, but the fuse was lit. At Leonard Andrew Consulting we work with students and student-athletes, guiding them to their schools and teams of best fit. For me, this career was my own ‘best fit’.
How did you get the background and skills to run this business?
Tons of hard work. I had the education background from teaching and working in and around schools, while the athletic component came from my time both as an athlete and as a strength and conditioning coach. There was a lot for me to learn on the business end, but I took to it much like someone would study and research for a graduate degree. I devoured whatever reading I could, asked a bunch of questions, and above all put myself in a position where I was always trying new things without fear of failure. No matter the outcome, positive or negative, each step was a learning experience. I knew that I had a great idea, but I also understood that I had to work incredibly hard to make the idea into a reality.
How do you define success as a business owner?
My definition of success is to be able to discover your purpose, and then to go ‘all in’ knowing that 1) it’s a line of work that you enjoy, so much so that it doesn’t feel like ‘work’, and 2) it’s something that is having a positive impact on the lives of others as well as your own.
If you were to design the perfect team of four people, what characteristics would those people have?
Each person would need to be a team player, with the goal being the greater good of the business. They would need to be respectful and supportive of one another. The group would each need to be good communicators, to discuss their thoughts and feelings openly, honestly, and constructively. The each would also need to be ‘active’… be it active listening, or taking a can-do approach to problem solving. (And, as a fifth attribute, they would need to be consistent with each of the other characteristics. Successful communication does not take a day off!)
Who do you seek advice from for your business?
I ask questions and gain insight from from friends and family members of mine who are business owners. While the work may not be the same, the core values of what it takes to run a business are cut from the same cloth.