NextStepU founder and CEO, David Mammano, interviewed Darrell “Coach D” Andrews, America’s Passion Coach to find out what he thinks it takes to become an
Q: Please tell me about your business.
A: Darrell Andrews Enterprises helps schools and school districts, government agencies and workforce development organizations worldwide to develop systems to help students connect dreams to education, careers and college. We accomplish this by high energy and innovative speaking, training and career-life coaching programs and events for students, teachers, parents and other education stakeholders.
Q: Why did you start it?
A: I started the company to help youth, individuals, schools and organizations maximize their potential in education, business and industry. I started the business with the goal of helping millions of people worldwide connect with their purpose and passion, which ultimately creates more fulfilled and productive workforces, businesses and social structures.
Q: In your opinion, what are the top benefits of being an entrepreneur?
A: The ability to make a living by the full use of your purpose and passions. I built my speaking, training and coaching firm because I wanted to wake up everyday living my purpose. My own experience is the foundation of my first best-selling book, “How To Find Your Passion And Make A Living At It.” I wrote a spin-off book, “The Purpose Living Teen — A Teen’s Guide To Living Your Dreams,” because I find the earlier you can find a purpose, the more time you have to fulfill it.
Q: What are the negatives?
A: As a small business owner, you do not always have the capital to fund projects; it takes creativity to get it. You have to find ways to stay self-motivated daily during the formative years. Failure of an initiative happens from time to time, but you simply have to keep pressing forward.
Q: What are the traits that you see in successful entrepreneurs?
A: One of the most important traits of an entrepreneur is to get up everyday with a plan of action and execute. In order to succeed, the habits of organizing, strategizing, selling, marketing and many others must be in place in your business. Other traits to have are strong leadership, networking and management of money.
Q: What habits make you a successful entrepreneur?
A: The habit of developing a good work ethic has kept me in business for many years. Your business cannot succeed all by itself. Networking is the best way to connect with other people and share strategies and resources that are mutually beneficial.
Q: What can a high school student do to learn more about being an entrepreneur?
A: Do an internship or volunteer, read as many books on the subject as possible, join business groups like DECA and take courses with local small business organizations.
Q: How can young business people get respect?
A: By being respectful. Adults will line up to help a young person who addresses them by “Sir” and “Ma’am.” By showing respect for people who have the ability to help them in their academic and life pursuits, teens will open doors that are closed to others who choose to disrespect.
Q: What advice do you have for a teenager who is thinking about becoming an entrepreneur?
A: Find your passion and build your business around something you are passionate about. Find someone who is willing to mentor you in the area of business. Keep in mind that mentors can be motivating, but they can challenge you. Be willing to embrace both characteristics so that you can one day live your entrepreneurial dream.
David Mammano is the founder and CEO of NextStepU Magazine.