Trevor Oldham is on a mission to inspire you to experiment with working for yourself, so you understand you have options outside of getting a job.
He’s the co-founder of Become The Lion. It’s a body of resources on how to become successfully self-employed and how you can do so by starting a passive income business. He hosts a podcast and authored a book by the same name.
Trevor is still in college, but already knows he doesn’t want to work for someone else.
Few lessons in our conversation include:
- Some tough lessons Trevor learned by trying to sell iPhone cases on eBay.
- How he built a social media following of 500,000 using advertising.
- Shares his experiments with several different ways he’s generating passive income through the creation on content.
- And I pitch Trevor on an idea to getting students to experiment with creating their own work, instead of settle for a low-paying summer job.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Self-directed learning.
- Reframe your mindset.
How Trevor Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 5:00 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Scheduling time blocks. 2) Scheduling time off. 3) Planning ahead a month or two.
- Definition of success: 1) Doing something you love. 2) Being able to monetize doing what you love.
- Book recommendation: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- Regains focus by: Thinking about who he is doing the work for and who he is trying to impact.
- Favorite productivity tool: Pomodoro app
- 90-day goal: LBaunch his podcast course and his Facebook course.
“For me, it was always like, I don’t want to work for anyone else. I would rather make money on my own time.”
“I want to help motivate others to become the best version of themselves.”
Trevor recommends these first actions to opening yourself up to the idea of making a career change or starting a business:
1) Read books. This opens you up to new mindsets and perspectives on how other successful people operate.
2) Meet people. Make those connections with like-minded people to get more motivated.
Resources + Bonus Materials
The Millionaire Nextdoor by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko