Ryan Kulp shares why he put his dreams of being a musician on pause for 7 years after getting swept up in the world of tech startups and digital marketing.
Now that he doesn’t have to worry about money that much anymore, he’s refocusing his attention on his original passion for music.
I believe he’s secret to his success in the tech sector has been his ability to promote himself. He shares a couple of very creative ways for putting yourself out there like:
- Landing his first job at a startup by writing a self-published book.
- Kicking off his first self-employment opportunity by reaching out startup founders with wacky marketing ideas. He ended up increasing his income by 5x using this approach within 90 days of leaving his job!
- Taking a startup founder to dinner and then ended up buying his company by the end of it, which turned into his current business, Fomo. Last month he made $53,000 in revenue!
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Practicing self-awareness.
- Telling your story.
How Ryan Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 8:15am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Talking to customers, figure out what works better for them. 2) Fixing bugs in the software, like Whack-a-Mole. 3) Managing the team and building the best products.
- Definition of success: When he doesn’t feel like he needs anything.
- Regains focus by: Comparing himself to the goals he’s already set for himself.
“In 60-90 days of leaving my job, I 5x’d my income.”
“Our vision is to give honest entrepreneurs the credibility they deserve.”
“If you can convince yourself you don’t need anything, then you will have found success.”
Ryan gave these tips to help with experimentation and learning, which have been hallmarks of his own career:
1) A mix of reading and hands-on learning. Figure out your own learning style.
2) Have a special skill or be able to acquire a needed skill.
3) Find customers and then put in the work to create your business.
Resources + Bonus Materials
The E Myth by Michael Gerber
Ryan is generously offering all LSTM listeners a 3-month free trial of Fomo.