On April 20th I interviewed M. Curtis McCoy, and he gave me insight and advice that has changed my life.
The first question I asked him was “what got you into the entrepreneurial world” and for us to understand this story we need to go back to when he was in college. He originally studied aviation technology in college, he got certified through NASA for doing ultra high reliability soldering. He quickly realized that this job was not for him. “This is not my dream job, so I left the electronics and stuff” so shortly after he realized that he did not want to do anything with aviation”shortly after I got out of college I realized this is not the career I wanted to pursue.” so once he realized this he went on to his next business venture shortly after. “I probably had 12 different side hustles going on at the same time trying to figure out which direction I wanted to go in life.” During this time McCoy was doing personal training and fitness, so this gave him an idea to start a fitness group called befitforfree.net, This group had around 29,000 active members. This group was made years ago so back then that was a fairly large amount of active people in a group. He ran a health company, as well as a medical research company, owned a cosmetical laser franchise, he also had a landscaping business. He even went into the clothing business, he was running all of these businesses at once. There’s no doubt that McCoy is a very hard working and motivated character to look up to. His biggest company that he still runs to this day is known as bestcellular.com. “But I massively failed at a whole lot of things as well.” McCoy may have started several successful businesses but not all of them have been hits, just like everything in life, you cant succeed without the failures in life. What matters is taking those failures and hardships and turning them into success.
While McCoy was doing all of these business ventures something very unfortunate happened. He was diagnosed with brain cancer and was only given 60-90 days to live, that was back in 2010, luckily those doctors were in correct and he is still around to tell his story. He lost everything and was sleeping on his parents floor on a deflating air mattress.
The cost of success
“I wouldn’t recommend this, it made for a terrible life for a long time” ” life sucked, anyone that wanted to hangout or drop by, it was because they knew about the money” success comes at price. You’re are going to have a lot of people that are fake and don’t really want to be your friend, they are just there for your success and money. You’re are not going to have much free time on your hands, McCoy was working six and a half days a week. Putting in 18 hour days. “People only see the success when you’re at the top” another thing is people don’t see all the failures and trials you go through to get to where you are, they only see the success portion and that’s when they like to call you “lucky” or “gifted” when that’s not the case at all. “don’t let success go to your head” McCoy then starts talking about how he used to be a little cocky and felt great about everything, until he was diagnosed with brain cancer he then realized that stuff happens and this event humbled him. ” Just be careful with getting to cocky” when he said this it got me thinking, because I’m an up and coming entrepreneur, i have a couple different revenue streams coming in and my social status is starting to grow. It starts to get to your head and you start getting a little cocky, so sometimes you just need to remember to humble yourself and remember where you came from.
McCoys current goals
Right now McCoy is focused on motivation as well as writing books. His biggest group right now is a group on Facebook called Success, Motivation & Inspiration. I would defiantly recommend going and checking the group out and joining it. It provides daily motivation as well as if you’re going through a rough spot in your life there’s plenty of people to be there for you and help you through it. They are growing pretty quickly. “I always loved inspiring and motivational groups” when asked what encouraged him to start this group, he just left it once he started getting a little success and “I guess you could say I thought I was the man” But as McCoy was going through his cancer, he had the chance to save someones life. He was called early in the morning one day, from a guy who was in the process of committing suicide. McCoy was able to talk that guy out of suicide, because of this group that guy is still alive and successful. McCoy’s current mission is to just motivate people to follow their dreams and goals and consume positive content.