KnowYourBooks Interviews and Insights with Jeremy Warlen
Entrepreneur, Founder of RetireBeforeYourParents and creator of Rise & Grind Morning Success Journal
At what age did you start your entrepreneurial journey and tell us a bit about how you started?
I was always the little kid on the street selling lemonade so I think I was just born with an entrepreneurial drive. But the age I feel like it clicked for me was 10 years old. I had an allowance at the time of $5 a week. I would usually spend that on Dr. Pepper and Milky Ways, but one week in school I kept hearing about Pokemon Cards. The kids would talk about how cool they were and how they wish they could buy more. Then it clicked, I had seen my market. You see, most the kids only had lunch money (50 cents) to spend a day so they couldn’t buy a pack of 6 cards for a $1.50 from our small town store; but I could. I decided to take my first investment risk, and risk my whole $5 on 3 packs of 6 cards. I would then turn around and sell those cards for 50 cents each, making me $1.50 profit on each pack. Once I figured out how to make money with money, I was hooked.
Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?
I just always enjoyed being my own boss, and there is more room to make more money. Employees have a ceiling, entrepreneurs do not.
What advice would you give anyone that wants to become an entrepreneur?
Get ready for a lot of failures and rejections. Keep your head up and your doubts few. If you are seriously focused and driven, it will happen. Stay patient.
Who or what was your main inspiration to start?
I would say my father – Tim Warlen. He is a businessman all the way through. He taught me the secrets of accumulating wealth. My father did not come from much and yet he worked his way up the corporate ladder of a Fortune 500 company all the way to the seat of Vice President. He is my inspiration.
Who are some of your favorite public figures that bring value to entrepreneurs?
Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins, Grant Cardone, Daniel DiPiazza
What do you think are the main factors that distinguish successful people and ones that fail?
Successful People have a drive that cannot be stopped. They will fail their way to success, where most people think failure is where they stop and give up.
Why would anyone buy the Rise&Grind Journal?
People are buying it because they are tired of living a mediocre life and they want to finally achieve their goals, it is as simple as that. The Rise & Grind Journal is designed to get you hyper focused on achieving one major life goal in 100 days. Each morning (when your subconscious is most impressionable) before you do anything, you write down your daily goals, figure out your plan of attack and get rid of any distractions you may have in 5 minutes. This will be effective in your day because you will now have the focus you need and since you already have a plan set, you are also saving valuable time.
If you could only give one lesson to the KnowYourBooks community, what would it be?
Stay consistent of achieving your dreams. Consistency is key.
What are some of your favorite books?
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump
Winner Takes All by Christina Binkley
Double or Nothing by Tom Breitling