Drew Becker, Entrepreneur$ contestant and founder
of Convey Ink: 7th December 2004
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did you realise that you were an entrepreneur?
in life. After a career as an English teacher, I emigrated
to the corporate world where I spent some 15 years
doing technical and marketing writing. I made a comfortable
living until the high-tech bubble burst. After 2001,
seeing the writing on the wall, I founded my own company,
you brand, and what you represent?
am a Renaissance thinker dedicated to creatively facing
the deeper issues in the contemporary world. I work
to contribute to world citizenry through right actions.
Ink is my vehicle to help businesses create and get
their message out to the rest of the world. I learned
the importance of branding after I went through the
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experience, which was so profound that I became a
certified facilitator. Now I help others align image
to their identity to be distinctive, notable and authentic.
did you make the acquaintance of Bob Winstead's 'Entrepreneur$'?
had tried out for Entrepreneur$ on a lark with a friend
of mine, Sheyenne Kreamer. A few days after the auditions,
she got confirmation she had made it; but I didn't.
I emailed Bob to thank him for the opportunity and
said I regretted I had not made the cut. He replied
within an hour and explained I was not eliminated
but rather my notification had slipped through the
cracks. He told me to call him directly if I had not
heard by early the next morning. I was astounded to
get such personal attention when 2500 people had applied.
I knew this was an extraordinary fellow and that this
journey would be fantastic!
gives you the edge?
and completing projects in software companies.
Perceiving from the customer's point of view.
Personal branding experience about how companies present
and sell services successfully.
Finally, selling in an authentic way and working in
is most exciting about being on the show?
would be a three-way tie: Being able to help charities,
making a myriad of new friends and stretching myself
personally and professionally.
of the important goals of Entrepreneur$ the Reality
Show is the commitment to raise $250 million for charities.
With so many people tightening their belts, we need
to remember we are world citizens and have an obligation
to help those less fortunate all over the world.
high calibre people I have met beginning with Bob
Winstead and Omar McCallop and extending to fellow
contestants and crew is astounding. I look forward
to long relationships with some of them for years
marvel every morning at how much I learned yesterday.
I am so much more comfortable in front of cameras
and am able to articulate with increasing fluidity.
I also find myself interacting in ever more authentic
ways with everyone I meet. I speak to anyone at the
drop of a hat, sharing my story, my dreams and info
about the show.
is your typical day?
start at sunrise with contemplation, a poem and exercise,
then head to my computer to begin email. Some kind
of writing follows before I grab a bagel and tea.
I work for a few hours with branding and marketing
clients. By noon I turn my attention to the current
challenge for the show and later in the afternoon
get back to branding and writing. As evening rolls
around there is usually a team meeting, filming or
an event for all contestants. Somewhere in the day
I may get an hour or two with my wife and our birds.
do you do in your spare time?
what??. I'm either working with my wife on her children's
book, Grandfather Poplar, to be published in 2005
or, on occasion, watching TV shows she has Tivo'd
for us to catch up when I have a moment. I also watch
a few reality shows (on my own) especially The Apprentice.
up, did you ever think you may be "been different"
to "the norm"?
always feared I was different and tried to hide it-as
if I could. Not being part of the in-group haunted
me from early childhood. Then, miraculously, I had
a geometry (not my best subject) teacher who appreciated
my unusual approach to solving proofs. He told the
class there was the right answer, the wrong answer
and the DB (Drew Becker) method. I embraced my differences
from that time forward and stopped worrying so much
about that norm.
the power of positive thinking?
a recent interview, I told a reporter, "Dream
big; you'll be surprised at what doors that might
open." By continually stimulating my positive
attitude, I visualize what I want and deserve. Since
self perception sets the stage for how I see the world,
a positive outlook attracts the people, resources
and opportunities I seek. My wife works in the healing
arts and has taught me how critical my mindset is
for my health and for manifesting my desires.
were the last 3 books you read?
just finished reading The Field by Lynn McTaggart,
Sex for the Soul by Edie Raether and Hero with a Thousand
Faces by Joseph Campbell. The first deals with the
intersection of science and metaphysics, Sex for the
Soul is a delightful tromp through the sensual and
the sacred and the third examines the archetypal aspects
of the hero. I miss reading fiction, especially Douglass
Adams and Carlos Fuentes.
is the best idea you've had?
live every day with intent to birth something new.
the importance of team work?
provide strength in numbers. Shared responsibilities
and rewards enable a cohesive group to accomplish
amazing results. Teamwork works best when the strengths
of each member are maximized and learning from each
other is the cherished goal.
are your mentors, and why?
parents were not entrepreneurial but taught me to
live by a strong code of ethics. Tim Johnson, a long-time
friend, was key in guiding me to remain authentic
and face my fears. More recently Genece Hamby, founder
of Personal Branding DNA guided me to clarify my brand
so that it's anchored to my personal values and vision.
do you look for in a potential business associate?
authenticity, dedication to purpose and a good sense
of humor to ride out the rough.
are some of your best clients, and why?
who understand the importance of integrity. A strong
sense of honor fosters deep connections. We value
each other's services and products and often form
alliances and friendships that go beyond our initial
is life balance important i.e.: business and pleasure?
the point of success, fame or fortune if you don't
enjoy it? Remember, money is also called currency.
Currency means motion; so the stuff has to flow. Treating
others to meals and giving an occasional gift shows
I appreciate them. The ebb and flow of resources is
my key to a balanced life.
does meditation work for you?
sunrise writing a meditative poem and a short yoga
regimen start my day. By taking this time to commune
with my unconscious and with the quiet behind it,
I energize for the day, connect to what is important
and open up to learn throughout the day. The poem
I write each morning surprises me by evening because
somewhere in the words was a prediction of something
that has happened that day. The meditative state helps
me maintain health and live in a creative relationship
with people, nature and the world around me.
does one turn dreams into reality?
ship's captain can't chart the journey without a destination.
Learning who we are meant to become reveals a futuristic
picture of ourselves. We profit by seeing ourselves
in this future having achieved our goals. Effective
planning begins at the end and works backward to set
tasks and their order.
make use of our dreams, we need to blend them into
the fabric of our lives. This transformation enables
us to set a clear destination and course and pursue
those dreams based on our authentic values. Once this
vision is clear, we're ready to articulate and operate
consistently, to set sail on our great adventure.
remains to be done is to work hard every day on the
dream until it manifests as we see it. Whatever tools
and dedication are needed we can muster once we know
and can express where we're going. This last step
of manifesting the dream is labor intensive and takes
significant effort and a number of people to support
inspires and motivates you?
endeavors and being authentic in the now. If I can
help others to live creatively or involve myself in
a creative activity, I lose track of time. By fueling
this vital resource, I maintain youth in my mind which
translates into slower aging. I strive to live a long,
inspired and inspiring life.
are the biggest challenges you have overcome?
challenges begin and end with me. I allowed life in
the corporate world to create co-dependence and dangerous
comfort. Once I drew on the strength of my self-reliance,
the support I needed blossomed around me. I overcame
my fears of accounting and bringing in enough business.
Once I took the risk, the blinders disappeared.
do you set your goals?
my birthday I write them out for the coming year.
Before setting new goals however, I remind myself
of my core values and promises to deliver. My goals
must be SMART-Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic
and Time-bound. I examine my previous goals and see
what I've learned. After building new goals, I share
them so that I am accountable and I set quarterly
review dates to determine progress.
you, what is success?
is creating the life I envision: Time to commune with
friends and family and to reflect on the quality of
my life. This life is filled with daily creation,
reverence and dedication to a spiritual perspective,
random acts of kindness, giving a piece of what I
receive, enjoying my emotions, showing others how
much I care, being recognized and rewarded, appreciating
friends and always finding time for love for my wife
projects are you currently focused on?
The Entrepreneur$ including writing my Blog
· Releasing my book Morning Meditations
· Working with my personal branding clients
and building my business
the opportunity present, what would you do in Australia?
would love to sit on the beach for a while. I admire
the Australian travelers I've met; they've been upbeat
and joyful. I'd love to get to know more of you folks.
I have a dream to meet and sit down with elders of
an Aboriginal tribe. I would also love to travel throughout
the country and see the variety of scenery and cultures.
else should we know about you?
hope people will read my blog so that they can get
a feel for what being a contestant on Entrepreneur$
is like. My entries can be found at www.drewbecker.com
I encourage your readers to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and ask other questions or strike up a relationship.
thanks for the chance to address your readers.
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