My Name is Chris Ducker, and I’m an Entrepreneur!

by Chris C. Ducker · 45 comments

When was the last time you said to yourself “I really LOVE doing this…”? If it wasn’t at some point in the last 4-weeks – its time to take stock.

Here we are in mid-2012 and I know one thing for sure – there is absolutely no reason why we should be doing ‘stuff’ that we hate, or dislike in anyway.

Our world has come a long, long way in the last 5-10 years, and I’m not talking about the launch of the iPad, or the fact that Virgin America has the coolest cabin lighting in the world of aviation!

The fact is that there are now more entrepreneurs on the planet today, than ever before in the history of western civilization. 

Are YOU Doing Something You Love?

Last week I took some time out to reflect on a few business projects that I’ve had in the sidelines for a while, as I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with everything recently. So many opportunities and yet so little time to jump all over ‘em!

I also started work on a book proposal, too.

I actually did more than just take some time out and cook out some new entrepreneur ideas. I bunkered myself into a nice hotel, and worked on my own for an entire 3-days and 2-nights. I spoke with my wife and kids once or twice and day, exercised a little in the hotel gym, even took a dip in the hotel pool. But, at all other times I was thinking, working, doing, planning.

By the end of my little escape I had dumped 4 project entrepreneur ideas, focused in on one BIGTIME, and finished the first draft on that book proposal. Boom!

My Renewed Love for Being an Entrepreneur

Now I start this week with a much clearer mind. 

I also start this week with a renewed love and affection for being an entrepreneur. The time that I spent in that hotel room working on everything was golden. It really allowed me to sit back for a bit and really look at everything that I’ve achieved in the last 5-years.

I’ve started and launched two profitable businesses, I started another company that turned out to be a flop (oh, well – you never know unless you try, right!). I’ve enjoyed business blogging for the first time in my life, podcasting, publishing online videos, posting entrepreneur business ideas traveling more and working with awesome clients from around the world. I’ve also enjoyed handling more speaking engagements and teaming up on projects with consultation clients.

The list goes on and on.

Today I’m telling the world something special – I’m an Entrepreneur!  Get in on the fun – Click to Tweet this Quote!

One Thing is for SURE!

If I wasn’t the person I am today – an entrepreneur – there is no way I could have done all of this, and more.

There’s no way that I could sleep in if I want to (but, rarely do because I love getting out of bed in the morning!), grab ice cream in the middle of a ‘work’ day with my youngest, have coffee with friends at the drop of a dime and go shopping with my wife (okay, I don’t enjoy this ALL the time, but, you get my drift!). There’s also no way that I could work on all the amazing projects that I do, with the awesome team that I have, if I wasn’t an entrepreneur – or rather, if I hadn’t of dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur and then BUSTING MY ASS until I achieved it.

I didn’t write this post today to gloat. To boast. To show off.

I wrote this post today to say to you all that if I can do it, if I can achevie MY DREAM, then there is no reason at all why you can’t achieve yours. No reason.

Now, in the comment section below, tell the world what your dream is. If you’ve achieved it already, then tell us how. If you haven’t, tell us what you’re going to do – TODAY – to get one step closer to doing so.

Have an awesome week, everyone.

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Murray Lunn July 9, 2012 at 14:08

Chris, It’s been awesome to see how you’ve evolved over the years.

We’ve both had our ups and downs but I do feel ya about a rekindled passion for work. I think a lot of people are afraid of what it takes to be an entrepreneur – there’s a lot of sacrifice – there’s a lot of lonely nights – there’s a lot of unknown. Was it all worth it? Absolutely. In fact, it’s hitting a point where so much as happened since these humble beginnings that it all feels fresh again. The glass ceiling has shattered. A new cycle has started.

It really goes to show that if you hold on long enough, keep pushing forward, pick yourself when you’re down, it becomes a worthwhile experience. Sure, some things don’t work out all that well but at least you can say you’ve tried.

Possible to go back to a 9-to-5 lifestyle? Hell no. Once you get the entrepreneurial ‘bite’, it’s full steam ahead.

Awesome to hear you’re level headed about it all Chris. I’m expecting some really great, new things from ya! Keep at it (and keep at it everyone else!)

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Chris C. Ducker July 9, 2012 at 17:31

Cheers, Murray.

Yep, its been an interesting last 5-6 years, and the last 2-3 (since I’ve been blogging) have probably been the most rewarding, for sure.

9-5…? What’s THAT???!!!
:-)

C

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Rob Cubbon July 9, 2012 at 18:30

Way to go, Murray. You just said what I was going to say much better than I would have said it. Awesome, Chris!

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Chris C. Ducker July 9, 2012 at 19:03

LOL – Thanks for the on-going support, mate.
:-)

C

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peter watson July 10, 2012 at 01:13

Hey chris yes i ask myself this quastion all the time and i can yes i do truly love what im doing when im building my business and i have only just begun but i still work in my boring job at takes up so much of my time but its okay cos i have enrolled on a training course to become a web designer and SEO EXPERT so i can one day live the dream

i really like all your posts be it text format of video format

Have a awesome week

cheers

Peter

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Chris C. Ducker July 10, 2012 at 09:59

Hi Peter

Appreciate you stopping by, and the fact that you enjoy my content, thats great to hear.

Keep that training flowing, my man – you’re well on your way already, I bet!

C

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Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon July 9, 2012 at 14:19

Very inspirational post Chris. It makes me think about the reasons why I’m an entrepreneur and where I want to see myself in the future. Obviously because of my age one of the main motivations for me is to prove people wrong who don’t think I can become a successful entrepreneur at a young age. Another big goal for me is that I want to work hard now so that I never am forced to have to get a 9-5 job and trade my time for money unless I want to. Like you mention in this post – there’s a certain lifestyle that successful entrepreneurs get to live that is unmatched by most other professions. That’s always motivation to keep working hard :)

Thanks again for the post!

Thomas

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Gavin routledge July 9, 2012 at 15:14

Thomas- age is definitely not a barrier!! Starting young is the BEST time to start.
Go for it!!
Cheers
Gavin

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Chris C. Ducker July 9, 2012 at 17:30

Glad you enjoyed the post, Thomas.

Thanks for commenting and don’t worry about the age thing (doesn’t look like you are, anyway!). People will start to see exactly what you’re all about soon enough.

And thats it – keep working hard. The rest will come, for sure.

C

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Susan Guinto July 9, 2012 at 14:54

Hi Chris,
Your post just led me back to the question which has been haunting me fo the past year now. Whether to take the plunge to the world of entrepreneurship, or continue holding on to my 9-5 job which allows me send my kid to school and put food on the table. I am very enthusiastic one moment, and then my resolve would melt in an instant coz I cannot leave the “comfort” that a regular job provides. As I was reviewing the things that I wrote in various online pages this past year, I am trying to re-capture those moments which drove me to write what I have written so that I can put things in perspective.
Your post just made me realize that I was actually holding back because of fear. I just hope that I will be able to muster courage soon enough so that I can also enjoy the life that people like you live.
Thanks for the post!

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Chris C. Ducker July 9, 2012 at 17:29

You’ll never know, unless you take the risk, Susan.

That’s the thing – its tough to make that leap, but if you don’t you’ll NEVER know if it’ll work out.

Just think about how hard it would be to surpress those entrepreneurial urges any further, and then, based on the answer that presents itself, make your choice.

I say, as always – go for it!

C

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Gavin routledge July 9, 2012 at 15:11

Thanks for the great post Chris. Delighted that you’re in such a good place.
My dream, obvious answer is “financial independence”. Next step – push out first functionality on http://www.fitmark.me today. I want it to become the fitness industry standard fitness test.
Cheers
Gavin

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Chris C. Ducker July 9, 2012 at 17:28

Awesome, Gavin.

And I know from our consultation chat that you’ll certainly achieve it. You know your market brilliantly, and you are very determined.

Make it happen and good luck with the launch.

C

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Wayne Edward Clarke July 9, 2012 at 15:45

Most successful entrepreneurs don’t like to admit it, but it takes more than skill, talent, education and hard work to be a success. It also takes a bit of luck. In the last fifteen years I’ve lost everything four times, to disasters that I could never have predicted or prevented; a year-long multi-surgury illness, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the collapse of the economy in late 2008, and a con artist. Lately my cover artist turned out to be a plagiarist, two more turned out to be unproductive and unreliable, my plans are on the verge of failing. But there’s really no choice but to keep going, is there? That’s what makes a real entrepreneur; we’re too damn stubborn to give up on our dreams and settle for mediocrity, no matter how discouraging things get, no matter how hard it is to smile and keep going. Mind you, it would be a lot easier if I could afford to retreat from the world for a few days and just chill at a nice hotel while I got my stuff back together. I congratulate you on your success, your wonderful life, your beautiful family. Hopefully someday I’ll have those things too.

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Chris C. Ducker July 9, 2012 at 17:27

It seems like you’ve been horribly unlucky in business (and life in general), but there is one thing that I know for sure…

You can’t keep a good man down for very long.

Keep crackin’ away at things, Wayne.

C

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Paul Donovan July 9, 2012 at 17:22

Being an entrepreneur is a delight. Been one since I was a teenager (did have a couple of jobs over the years). But never seem to land the ‘right’ solution that will fully make things right (and stop the bill collector calls). Still hoping, which is why I am in the Philippines right now, trying to find that ‘right thing’ that is going to click and make things work. Thanks Chris.

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Chris C. Ducker July 9, 2012 at 17:26

Keep focusing in on the goals, Paul. You’ll get there, I’m sure.

Hell, if a guy that didn’t even finish college in the UK can come over here and do his thing, then I’m sure a smart fella like yourself can!

C

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Adam Stanecki July 9, 2012 at 18:18

Chris,

The thing that struck me about this post was isolating yourself to get the space to make some key decisions. It is almost too hard to plan, prioritise, act et al when you’re on deck doing the work. Thanks for the reminder!

I do LOVE what I am doing. I just spent 3 weeks renovating my gym. It was hard work but I loved it. The place is booming now. Members are loving it. Things are falling into place.

My dream? To travel with my family while still making money. I’m on the path to achieving it. I’m still in phase 1 – learning how to simplify and systemise my business. With a few other ideas taking shape, I am certain that we will be travelling and experiencing new things in the not too distant future. In the meantime I’m having fun.

Cheers, Adam.

PS Let’s have you back on the podcast again before the end of the year!

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Chris C. Ducker July 9, 2012 at 19:02

Man, thats awesome that 3-weeks of solid work and sweat has turned out to be a real game-changer for you. Congrats.

Some people like to get stuc in their ways and not try new things, or take risks.

TAKE FREAKIN’ RISKS, PEOPLE!!! The worst thing is that you’ll get a bit of egg on your face. Wipe it off and then go take another risk.

Work towards that dream, Adam – you’ll get there for sure.

C

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Sheyi | Ivblogger.com July 9, 2012 at 18:53

I love what I’m doing and this post will surely make as many people that reads it to re-think about their life purpose and think deeply if IM is the right thing for them.

Like we ‘treps believe that IM or been a ‘trep is the best thing in life but at the same time, if there are no bankers and lawyers, life can’t be smooth (and we need maids as well too)

Sheyi

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Chris C. Ducker July 9, 2012 at 19:03

Thanks, Sheyi.

Keep positive, bud.

C

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Jason Gass July 9, 2012 at 21:40

Chris,

Let me start by saying THANKS, you have inspired a lot of us to dream big then get off our asses and live those dreams. I know you have done that for me. I started following you about 6 months ago and have slowly been developing a plan. I started a blog that I am practicing my writing and improving my knowledge of websites and it is soooo fun and inspiring. I have a few engaged listeners and have also exited people to do something with their lives. If I stopped now I have changed a couple peoples paths to a dreamlife but I think I will keep going. Keep up the inspiration and again, Thanks Bro!
Jason
Luvmypapa.com

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Chris C. Ducker July 10, 2012 at 09:59

Hi Jason

Thanks for the kind words and great comment. I love to hear from my readers, as you probably know, so I appreciate you reaching out here in the comment section.

Keep writing. I’ve had a dip in it this year as I focus on other projects and this past week I sat down and did 4-5 posts that I simply have to finish up before publishing – it was tough to get back into the swing of things, but by the 3rd one I was rockin’ them out!

Thanks again.

C

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John July 10, 2012 at 02:07

Chris: I loved this post. And I think checking into a hotel is a great idea. I have been wanting to do that for awhile, but haven’t had a chance between the wife and a 2 year old. But I’m hoping to get to do it later this summer.

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Chris C. Ducker July 10, 2012 at 10:01

Thanks, John.

It’s tough with the little ones, I know. I have three – although two of them are not so little anymore, which makes it easier.

Perhaps you can ALL check in somewhere and then just ‘escape’ for a couple of hours here and there on your own…?

Either way, keep rockin’, and please stay in touch on your accomplishments.

C

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Ed Burghard July 10, 2012 at 02:29

Chris – Great perspective!

You are certainly somebody to benchmark.

Ed

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Chris C. Ducker July 10, 2012 at 12:53

Thanks, Ed.

Appreciate your kind words.

C

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Robert Longley July 10, 2012 at 09:12

Aside from a couple small companies which I run on the side, I’m generally a 9 to 5 person, but I really don’t want to be. I love what I do, but I also realize that I would enjoy it more, if I I didn’t have to do it all the time. Getting to that point means I need to leapfrog where I am to be able to restructure my work. To a certain I am a commodity at this point, but by stepping it up a notch I should be able to target my skills at a higher leve lf the market, and have more control of my time in the prcess. My name is Rob and I guess I’m an Entrepreneur too!

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Chris C. Ducker July 10, 2012 at 12:55

I love the way you ended your comment, buddy – thank you!

Restructuring anything is tough. Here’s a suggestion – sit down with a pad and a pen and make a list of the things that you ENJOY doing in your daily work. Then a list of the stuff that NEEDS to be done, but you dont like doing it – chances are those tasks can be done by somebody else.

Try some outsourcing! :-)

C

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Greg Douglas July 10, 2012 at 14:55

What a great inspirational post Chris! I think for some, entrepreneurship comes naturally, and it is in there genes. For other it is more difficult and a longer road. I come from a background of successful entrepreneurs, with my father being my best mentor. He made more in the 1930′s, during the depression, as a teenager than most grown men! He and a friend bought a printing press and were extremely successful selling ribbons and buttons during sports games for their school and others. He even made enough money to buy his own car!

He always told me, “why would you want to work for someone else, instead of yourself?” He didn’t look down on working for someone else or holding a job, but he new that wasn’t the best for me!

As has been said elsewhere here, if you don’t try, how will you ever succeed at being an entrepreneur? You don’t want to go through life thinking….

If only…..

I could have…..

I should have……

Do you??

I encourage everyone to not only “try”, but do! Do whatever it takes to succeed! Don’t negate your family, or God, but be willing to do what it takes! If it was easy everyone would be “doing it”. Entrepreneurship is NOT easy, but man is it fun and enjoyable! My wife never ceases to be amazed when I tell her I made good $$$ by selling a service or product that she thought no one would buy! Something that started off as an idea, and took off like a rocket!

Greg

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Chris C. Ducker July 12, 2012 at 14:08

Hi Greg

Great comment, bud – thanks for taking the time to add the additional story and thoughts to the post. Great stuff – your father was a very smart guy, obviously!

You’re right, entrepreneurship isn;t easy and its nOT for everyone – but, it sure beats the hell out of calling someone ‘Boss!’.

Keep rockin’ along, my man.

C

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Favour July 11, 2012 at 15:58

It’s not about the dream…its about the dreamer.
Tiredness is the sign of misdirection

Good work Chris D.

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Chris C. Ducker July 12, 2012 at 14:06

“It’s not about the dream…its about the dreamer…”.

Me likes this!
:-)

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Steve Wyman July 11, 2012 at 22:44

Hi Chris,

Thats a great way to get some focus away from the day to day activities of life. Ive taken myself off to a spa before now on Koh samui to chill, relax and think through plans.

On a more modest budget I find the local star bucks (change brand name as applicable) a good place to go with a pad of paper and a pen and try to answer the question you pose.

I cant say i love what i do. I wish i could. But i do get satisfaction and the long term plans I will love so its a means to an end almost. But someday’s i do wonder :-)

Of course what would be very interesting is to know what the projects were that you decided NOT to do…

regards and looking forward to seeing what ChrisDucker.com delivers

steve

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Chris C. Ducker July 12, 2012 at 14:06

Hey Steve

Pen and Paper… Back to the basics! :-)

I also enjoy Starbucks, spent 45mins in there this morning and cleared over 100 emails. Bham!

Keep pushing on, mate.

C

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Lewis LaLanne July 13, 2012 at 01:33

Don’t know for sure what my dream is, but my lifestyle now is nothing to complain about . And one thing I want to do is make sure that whatever my dream is, it consists of something evolving, not static. I think it hurts us we see ourselves as an “I” rather than “I’ing” because one implies something set in stone and the other, something that’s emerging.

As for your book, I wish you the very best. Two guys I highly suggest you seek out are Bill and Steve Harrison when it comes to getting a book published and promoting it. Just google “Bill and Steve Harrsion” and you’ll see them swamping the entire first page as they are the go-to guys in this category.

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Chris C. Ducker July 15, 2012 at 22:30

Thanks for the heads up, Lewis.

Appreciate the comments and insights, too!

Keep that lifestyle glowing, my man.

C

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gelai manlunas July 25, 2012 at 04:18

i want to be a writer and an entrepreneur.
right now, i am writing online and looking for ways to merge the two dreams. this is how i discovered your blog. listening to your ebook now.
thank you.

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Chris C. Ducker July 26, 2012 at 13:32

Gelai

Glad you’re enjoying the content and that your an aspiring entrepreneur yourself.

Just stay focused, passionate, work hard and the rest will fall into place for you I’m sure.

Thanks for dropping by.

C

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Kelly Dack July 25, 2012 at 13:32

Great article Chris!!

I believe that every individual has his share of up’s and down’s in his life. To deal with such kind of situations is important. Talking about an entrepreneur, its not easy to establish a good business at one go. Hard work, skill, talent and a bit of luck are the key to success.However, i think to become successful in life it is important to have faith in whatever work we do, have confidence, and the results will automatically come.

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Chris C. Ducker July 26, 2012 at 13:33

Great insights, Kelly.

Thanks or stopping by and interjecting your thoughts.

Much appreciate. Keep smilin’.

C

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Slavka July 29, 2012 at 00:13

Hi Chris,

It’s such a great blog you have! I have been following you for a couple years, trying to figure out how to get into an area I love and work my butt off doing that. I thought I was fortunate to figure out, but it seems like I am going to take a hard look at what I do and start all over again. I used to have this drive for what I did and was very passionate about it, but all of that is gone and I am starting from the beginning again. Not knowing what is coming next and the change is overwhelming right now.

What are the questions you ask yourself when facing decisions about how to reinvent yourself and find the passion for work again?

Slavka

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Chris C. Ducker August 1, 2012 at 12:08

Hi Slavka

Thanks for the kind words, really.

Starting ‘all over again’ is probably a little harsh – I mean, I don’t know your circumstances completely, obviously, but I would say that you’re at least doing a FEW things that you enjoy, in some way. So, perhaps think of it as simply ‘re-booting’, rather than starting from scratch.

I quite regularly ask myself ‘Was this fun?’, or ‘Did that feel like work?’. If the answer is negative, well… you get the idea! :-)

Good luck with your decision making, and please keep us all up-to-date with things.

C

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Norjish Nabil September 17, 2012 at 16:54

Great Words Guys and Chris Ofcourse!

I am a little too late here I guess but better late than never. I think I needed this the most at this time since am a beginner for an “Entrepreneurship” but pretty good at putting idea’s into action. May that be the real meaning of an entrepreneur and may we all reach our destination.

Soon an entrepreneur!

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Chris C. Ducker September 18, 2012 at 01:57

You’re NEVER too late to comment at ChrisDucker.com!

Appreciate the comment, my man.

C

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