C-Level with Chris DeBlasio: Guest Jonathan Page from InPrime Legal- Being an Entrepreneur

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C-Level with Chris DeBlasio: Guest Jonathan Page from InPrime Legal- Being an Entrepreneur

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Today on C Level, Jonathan Page, chief legal officer of InPrime Legal. We talk about being an entrepreneur, and the journey and struggles to success. So, I mean, we’ve known each other for a few years now. – [Jonathan] Yeah. – And been workin’ together. So for the people that don’t know like just give me your background. You know, how did you start? How did you get into the business? I know a little bit of the entrepreneurial side we’ll get into that, but tell me about. – Yeah, so my grandfather, right? Had an entrepreneurial bug like a lot of us do, – [Chris] Right. – and he decided to open a pulpwood company called Tatum and Page pulpwood company. And it was in Pittsburg, North Carolina back in the 1950’s. He was really charismatic, he was a community guy, people loved him. He was good at sales, and he loved running the crews. So the business sort of exploded and they were doing really well. And he purchased a private airplane, he had an Olds ’88. – [Chris] Yeah, all right. – He bought an Amoco filling station, – [Chris] Yeah. – and he had all these cool things. – [Chris] Yeah. My dad was probably in fourth or fifth grade and my grandfather sort of didn’t like the finance side of things. He didn’t like the expense side, he just didn’t want to keep track of track of that. So they got this finance guy to join the company. And the finance guy would tell my grandfather everyday that the books were good, right? And my grandfather felt like they were good because he was out there selling. – Right. – [Johnathan] And he saw all the jobs coming in. But in reality this finance guy was embezzling all the money, arguably. In my grandfathers eyes it was embezzlement but regardless the money was all gone and so– – [Chris] Jeez. – My dad what he remembers next is coming home from fourth grade. Rounding the barn door and seeing a single pulpwood truck back up to the home with furniture in every single direction. He walked up to the house, not knowing what was going on. My grandmother was out there he said “what, what, what’s happening? I’ve got these school books”. – [Chris] Yeah. – She said “we’re leaving.” – [Chris] Wow. – So he walked in to try to get his fishing rod his other toys. My grandfather had sold everything. In order to get enough cash to move the family that night. And they were In Macon,Georgia by midnight. – [Chris] Wow. – I mean this was a time where you, file bankruptcy and you don’t show back up to the same community that you– – Right, right. – And so, that story sort of stuck with me. It stuck with my dad, and I was thinking about it it’s been something I’ve sort of struggled with. My dad has now scaled two successful businesses. So I kind of grew up in that entrepreneurial family. And there was a part of me that said “Man, you know my grandfather he just got a bad rap. And he just got unlucky.” – [Chris] Right. – Right? – [Chris] Right. – ‘Cause he never grew another business again. He felt like a failure. And as I kinda grew as an entrepreneur myself what I realized is that it was my grandfather really, who had the problem. It wasn’t the finance guy. – Hm, How so? – He had the problem because he became a victim. And once you’re a victim once you are blaming somebody else or something else for something that has happened in your life. As soon as you assign that blame– – Right. – [Johnathan] You are now the victim. – Right. – [Johnathan] And that means your powerless. – Right. – Because whoever you are blaming or whatever you are blaming has more power over you now, than you do. – [Chris] Right. – Because you can’t do anything about it. – [Chris] Right. – They are the reason I’m not successful. – [Chris] Interesting. – [Johnathan] Does that make sense? – That makes a lot of sense. Absolutely, I think those types of things especially with entrepreneurs– as an entrepreneur risk is your life. And if you can’t go out and take this risk knowing that hey, something could happen– if something does happen, and you stop? You lost. You gotta rise like a phoenix, you know? It’s why I always talk about it. Things are gonna happen, you know? But long as you don’t let that one event stop you from your ultimate goal, you’re gonna continue on the right path. But yeah, I see exactly what you’re saying. – Well so I started studying other entrepreneurs because I got curious. What is it to be an entrepreneur, right?

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