Millions of Americans are unemployed or underemployed. It is a tough time when you have to decide between food and medicine. For many, it seems that all the safety nets have been removed as unemployment insurance runs out and expenses keep going up.
I believe one of the most fortunate facts of my life is that I was born in the United States. Many years ago I discovered that the advantage of being an American was not in people handing you a job, but in having opportunities that exist in no other country in the world. Early on, I learned there was bountiful fruit in the trees within reach of anyone willing to combine effort with thoughtful observation. After 90 years of a wonderful life, my goal now is not to achieve more wealth, but to show the way for others who have their journeys ahead of them.
I have been an entrepreneur since the day I was discharged from the US Army Air Corps at the age of 22. I had served for three years and three months and had fought in the air war over Japan with 27 missions on a B-29 as a navigator and radar bombardier. After my discharge I knew right away that I wanted to have my own business, be my own boss, and happily accept all the responsibilities that came with that decision. With a high school diploma and very little cash as severance pay, and without hesitation, I entered the world of commerce and competition.
Over the years, I learned by experience without any formal training or mentoring, developing and refining my “ Nadel Method” along the way. This enabled me to found, acquire, and operate more than a dozen companies. In the process I created thousands of jobs, hundreds of new products, and millions of dollars in profit without ever having a losing year.
It is now my intent to reach as many people as possible and encourage them to be entrepreneurs. Having previously written six books on business, I evolved to the point where I wanted my next book to create a crash course for success. Experience taught me that people learn more from stories and inspiration. Also, the process will be more successful if it can be done with both the written word and spoken word. So in addition to writing stories of the many deals I have made and after putting on paper the procedures that are necessary and the facts that have to be known, I supplemented “The Evolution of an Entrepreneur… featuring 50 of my best tips for surviving and thriving in business.” I have paired my award-winning book with a never before released video, “How To Succeed In Business,” in which I have a personal conversation and express the feelings, the efforts, and the ideas that went into my own entrepreneurial journey. Everything I have to say, both in print and the spoken word, I’ve combined to create the Ultimate Crash Course for Entrepreneurs. The result, I believe, offers the very best help I can possibly give to show others the road toward success.
Let’s start with the fact that from the beginning, 68 years ago, I always chose to do something that I thoroughly enjoyed doing. Therefore, my first recommendation is to focus on something you really love to do. The result is you will have set the stage for success because your motivation is built in.
I am a very detail oriented person, and I thoroughly enjoy the process of making decisions. Whenever entrepreneurs try to do something different, I have learned that people will offer umpteen reasons why ideas won’t work. However, as long as you have carefully visualized each step of your business plan, tune out this noise. Don’t sit on the sidelines because of someone else’s opinion. The American economy must have a continuing stream of new and innovative business ventures. Small and medium sized businesses have a tremendous impact on our economy. They provide us all with better products and better services, and they are the backbone of job creation. Even more importantly, they help increase the circulation of money through our economy and sustain a broader prosperity. However, as I pointed out in my most recent article in The Huffington Post, “ A Crisis Can Also Be an Opportunity for Entrepreneurship,” studies have shown a steady decline in startups over the last 25 years. New technologies create constant changes in the marketplace, and opportunities that weren’t there yesterday suddenly appear. This is why I believe it is of prime importance to re-examine everything that has anything to do with educating people as to what works today and gives them the basis of careers that are both productive and fulfilling.
I am just one person, and at my age, I can only do so much. I’m certainly not selling anything to earn income. I am simply trying to help the next wave of entrepreneurs (and beyond) succeed with accessible materials, whether they’re just beginning their journey or they’re farther along the path toward prosperity. Sometimes all it takes is just a little push to reach the next level.
We need to foster entrepreneurship now more than ever. Take it from someone who started with nothing. I have truly “been there, done that” in business with seven decades of experience to back me up. Join me in my efforts to help those who need to get ahead in life by sharing and encouraging information about entrepreneurship!