Ep. 025 John Henry: Playing to Your Strengths & Forging Your Own Path

The Transformation Blueprint 025 John Henry

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John Henry (@johnhenrystyle) is an entrepreneur, speaker and Venture Partner of Harlem Capital Partners, a minority-owned, diversity-focused early stage investment firm on a mission to change the face of entrepreneurship. John also hosts the #ChopItUpShow on YouTube and the Open For Business podcast from eBay and Gimlet Creative.

At the age of 18 John left college to pursue what became his first company, an on-demand laundry service. John quickly carved a niche out in Film and Television Production, handling wardrobe for clients such as Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order: SVU, Power and more. Within just two years of launching Mobile City, the company was successfully acquired. Afterwards, John cofounded a non-profit incubator, Cofound Harlem, with a mission to incubate over 100 companies north of 96th street in New York City.

In this episode, we’re going to learn about:

  • how to build a personal brand the right way
  • why you shouldn’t listen to experts and gurus when you’re starting out
  • one major way we hold ourselves back and stall our own progress
  • and so much more.

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JOHN’S BLUEPRINT

  • John talks about his strength in public speaking and where it came from
  • His focus on authenticity and why he does not prepare his speeches
  • Who John is from his home/family life to what he does now
  • Being surrounded by blue-collar workers in his family/neighbourhood, John answers about his early motivations
  • “Everything looks strategic and successful when you look back at it”
  • John on how we set ourselves back by consuming too much information
  • “Doing builds your understanding for how to think strategically” 9:30
  • How to help your team to rally around your vision after you’ve personally failed
  • Good and effective leadership is essential for your business survival
  • How to transform from being a bad manager to a good leader
  • John Henry – “our decisions stem from habits”
  • John says humans perform best when they’re in a certain state
  • Building a successful business is an uphill battle, how to navigate the odds that are a million to one against you
  • He says having the intrinsic motivation is the proof to ourselves that what we want is waiting for us on the other side
  • What were the macro conditions that made John successful, and what macro conditions exist for new entrepreneurs to be successful
  • What start-ups are not considering, or are thinking too much about
  • “Why I’ll never sell you e-courses” & John’s opinion on personal branding
  • One of John’s famous failures while building his dry-cleaning business and his advice on failures
  • Things John wished he knew when he was growing his businesses and his advice on fear
  • John talks about his relationship with Alex Blumberg and his experience with Gimlet
  • What John wishes he knew about Fear when he was starting his entrepreneurship journey
  • How to handle moving from a technician role to a CEO
  • John’s upcoming show on Viceland
  • John’s take on whether you’re the average of the five people you spend time with

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

  • Harlem Capital, a New York based minority-owned early-stage venture capital firm
  • Gimlet Media, an award-winning narrative podcasting company
  • Genius, a digital media company which showcases song lyrics and musical knowledge

CONNECT WITH JOHN

Instagram: @johnhenrystyle
YouTube: John Henry
Website: Build With Passion

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