You done a lot of things in your life. Military, been a DJ, worked in corporate America, husband, father, and then that tickle begins. You're being called to step out of the comfort zone and do what you are called to do - be an entrepreneur in your own right. But you have to much invested - security, health insurance, knowing what to expect. It's really tempting to go do your own thing - live as an entrepreneur, but man the risk, the fears, the uncertainty are holding you hostage, but the grip isn't quite enough to keep you from taking that leap of faith.
My colleague Erick Rheam and I met through Grant Baldwin's Booked and Paid to Speak program, couple of years into being part of the community, low and behold we end up working as teammates in the program as part of our side hustles of life, and we both are guys 40+ who have taken the leaps of faith to be our own bosses, no safety net per se except ourselves and our ability to stay focused and on track as an entrepreneur.
What does it take to leap in midlife into this world of entrepreneurship and self-employment? That's what we are exploring today. If you're considering this leap as a guy over 40, this podcast is for you.
Erick Rheam is a speaker and published author. He communicates and educates on topics related to discovering significance and the art of mastering human dynamics to achieve success.
Erick spent the past nine years training and educating municipal leaders and association executives on how to build programs and services that add value. He also assists professional men and women translate their expertise into public speaking. Erick partnered with a leading online public speaking training program, The Speaker Lab, and previous to that a software developer, Automated Energy, Inc. As the Director of Education for The Speaker Lab, Erick coaches aspiring professional speakers to find their voice and build viable speaking businesses. With Automated Energy, Erick helped electric utilities deploy energy efficiency software to assist large commercial and Industrial companies become more energy efficient and deploy green technology.
Prior to partnering with The Speaker Lab and Automated Energy, Erick worked for a decade in the public power industry for two municipally owned utilities in Indiana and Colorado. He led a customer service division and served business communities to ensure local policy enhanced the business environment so that the business class could thrive, grow and create jobs.
Erick earned his Key Public Power Account Executive designation through the American Public Power Association (APPA). He also served on several national boards and committees to promote green technology, energy efficiency, and customer service. He was vice-chair for the National Customer Services Section for APPA. He also served as the chair for the National Key Accounts Committee for APPA.
Erick graduated from the United State Military Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. He served as a Military Police Office and special investigator in the United States Army in Bosnia Herzegovina and Europe.
Erick Currently resides in Southern Indiana with his wife, three children, his Yellow Labrador Retriever, Stella, and new Doberman puppy, Oynx.
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