Mario Schulzke and IdeaMensch: Bringing Ideas to Life

Editor's note: Mario Schulzke runs an amazing site called Idea Mensch, where he invites interesting people a series of questions related to ideas. It is an inspiring and interesting site. We thought we'd turn the Idea Mensch concept on its ear, and ask Mario the same questions he asks of his interviewees.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently organizing a 48-state road trip, 50+ events road trip to inspire people across America bring to start bringing their ideas to life.

It starts on July 2 and it’s by far the most ambitious, the most important and most maybe the dumbest idea I’ve ever had.

Check out our road trip landing page.

We need help with mostly everything.

What does your typical day look like?

Wake up at 7, drink however much coffee my French Press bears, publish the day’s interviews, do a couple of hours of phone calls, eat yesterday’s dinner for lunch, spend all afternoon writing emails to people I know and don’t, go swim for an hour, make dinner, drink one more than my two allotted glasses of wine, attempt a few more hours of work and then fall asleep next to my iPad.

I’ve lived more balanced before, but this is my first shot at being a true entrepreneur, so I am going to do whatever I can to make it work.

How do you bring ideas to life?

Talk less, do more. I try to accomplish three feats every day. Three things that help move IdeaMensch forward. Three feats that might make me a bit uncomfortable. Three feats that aren’t boring, every day tasks. Then I keep track of them and start anew the next day. Josh Zabar inspired this.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Don’t fear failure. It’s a lot easier to be someone’s employee than to be your own boss. When you work for someone else, you’re more likely to just do what you’re good at and largely avoid failure. You can’t do that as an entrepreneur. If you want to succeed, don’t fear failure. Learn to overcome it.

Honestly, I fail every day with something. Every day someone tells me no. If they don’t, well, then I am not trying hard enough.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Don’t fear failure. It’s a lot easier to be someone’s employee than to be your own boss. When you work for someone else, you’re more likely to just do what you’re good at and largely avoid failure. You can’t do that as an entrepreneur. If you want to succeed, don’t fear failure. Learn to overcome it.

Honestly, I fail every day with something. Every day someone tells me no. If they don’t, well, then I am not trying hard enough.

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