Going into business for yourself and becoming an entrepreneur can be scary. But on the other side, for many people, a healthier more well-rounded life awaits.
Today, I want to share the story of two entrepreneurs in the 48 Days Eagles community who have found that well-rounded life together. Jason and Melissa Goff are each successful entrepreneurs in their own right, and together they have created a foundation for success that provides them with the freedom to go wherever their RV life on the road takes them.
Having the Courage To Take the First Step
For Jason, leaving his job in 2016 was a big jump initially, but since then it has allowed him to expand his career horizons, spend more time with his family, and fulfill aspirations he’s had since back when he was working that traditional job.
Today, Jason hosts two different podcasts, works on improving the online business landscape for Social Media Examiner, and is able to be on the road full-time with his family in their RV.
Not many people can say they have that kind of freedom and flexibility, but each and every one of us can access it if we have the courage and develop the capability to take that first step into building the work and life we love.
Melissa, Jason’s wife, also runs her own business, Shine His Light Yoga. And she supports the 48 Days Eagles Community as a volunteer team member while on the road.
Jason, after hearing about 48 Days from a mutual friend of ours, first encountered me in person at Social Media Marketing World, which is an amazing conference that brings together online entrepreneurs to inspire and empower them to create the kind of content that is going to change lives and drive their businesses. Way back then, in 2015, Jason was still working a traditional job. He told us that “I remember sitting in my cubicle when they announced the first Social Media Marketing World. My initial thought was, ‘I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go.’
But it happened! I finally did go, and now I’m working for the company who puts the event on.’”
Jason’s story from thinking “I’ll never be able to go” to “now I’m working for the company who puts the event on” really highlights the kind of transformation that can occur when we have the courage to take that first step into the entrepreneurial world. After leaving his full-time job, Jason started his own social media marketing development business.
It grew so much that it attracted the attention of Social Media Examiner, which puts on Social Media Marketing World. Their founder, Michael Steltzner, loved Jason’s work so much that he asked Jason to come on board full-time. This was a major milestone for Jason because, as he told us, “one of my clients is actually now my employer.”
The Value of Connection
He’s brought this same energy to the 48 Days community where he and his wife Melissa are active members, and a big part of our support team.
Jason told us that he enjoys helping people in the Eagles community realize that “Networking doesn’t have to be an intimidating thing – it can be fun.” Jason leads our monthly Eagles Connections calls with fellow Eagle Quinn Harwood, giving Eagles a chance to connect with each other one-on-one.
Melissa is also an integral and supportive member of 48 Days Eagles. She is what my daughter Ashley, in a recent post in our Eagles community, called “our go-to book guru.” She stepped up to assist me with our year-long book study of Think and Grow Rich in 2021 and this year, our monthly book studies of a variety of books. In these book studies, Melissa guides our members through a pre-selected reading that they can not only learn from, but also use as a jumping off point to discover connections within the community.
By serving in the community in this capacity, Melissa has not only deepened her connection with her fellow Eagles, but also helped them develop and deepen connections with each other.
Connecting with like-minded people is a core principle of Melissa’s business, Shine His Light Yoga. She helps her clients develop a yoga practice to overcome the effects of stress and find inner peace by reconnecting their minds and bodies, and deepening their spirituality.
The entrepreneurial world, especially online, really depends on community. No matter what stage of your journey you’re in, the importance of knowing who your people are and how they can help you—and how you can help them—is vital.
That’s why Jason shared this advice with us: “Find a friend, speak to someone new, and know that we’re all cheering for each others’ success in this group!”