In The Arena


If you missed Part One, please check it out here. 

Walk us thru a workday for you:

When traveling, there is not a normal workday because they are all different, but I would still try to accomplish the same thing every day, regardless of the schedule. We tried to jog or do stairs at least 5 days per week. We also kept good food in the trailer so we could eat relatively healthy so we were always at the grocery store. Every day, I would try to listen to or read something that would help me learn a new strategy or more information that I could use to help clients. If we were not traveling that day, I would try to do a few coaching calls or complete some projects for my consulting job.

When we are home, I have much more control over my schedule. I get up around 6 or 6:30, read the Bible and do a Bible Study with Stevi, exercise, make whatever we are eating (or drinking) for breakfast, and start preparing for my coaching calls. I like to be done with calls by midafternoon so I can ride horses or go with Stevi to the barrel race. This year, I am going to make team roping a priority again so I will have to start scheduling time to rope.

What is your business model? Do you do most of your business thru the phone? email? etc.

The majority of my coaching calls are over the phone. hosts free videos and articles as well as information about receiving coaching from Stevi or myself.

How do you balance home/work? time management?

There is not much balance between work and home life. We believe in the philosophy or work/life integration. We have incorporated our business into our passion and hobbies.

Talk about failure/success and starting your own business? When did you know it was going to be a success?

I don’t believe failure is a negative thing. I just view it as a learning experience and I love to learn. Some lessons have more uncomfortable consequences, but as long as I remember something important was learned, it’s not so painful. My business will continue to evolve so the sooner I can learn what won’t work, the faster I can make my business more successful.

There is never a guarantee a business will be a success or stay a success, but I feel as long as I am doing what God created me for, it will always work out.

Did you start your own business because you wanted freedom from the 8-5, to earn more money, or bring a great idea to the industry, or for all of those reasons?

All of the above, but the primary reason was I decided to finally exercise my faith and commit to doing what I felt God created me to do.

Looking back on your business, would you do anything different?

Hindsight is always 20/20 and I have some things I would have done differently if I could do them over, but nothing major. Had I not made those mistakes, I would not have learned those lessons so I would have made the same mistakes some other time in the future.

What advice would you give someone that wants to take the leap to star their own business?

Do your homework. Just because something is a good idea or it is your passion does not mean it will be profitable. Make sure there is demand for your product/service and that it is a profitable business model. Also, if possible, try to start the business in your spare time and create a revenue stream before you quit your job. This will help make the transition smoother.

What do you believe is the one thing that made your business succeed?

I believe I am fulfilling God’s purpose for my life and as long as I keep my focus on him, he will prepare the way for me and bless me for my obedience. Don’t get me wrong, I still have to be smart about how I conduct my business. I have to follow all the same steps that any other business must follow to succeed, but I definitely see God’s blessing on my business and that is what I equate to its success.

I also believe in putting myself in situations where I can operate in my strengths. Coaching people meshes perfectly with my strengths and attitude so it is a career that I really enjoy and I am more prone to excel.

Thank you to Ty Hillman for taking the time to talk to us about his business! We wish you the best of luck.

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