Interview with M. Curtis McCoy

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, 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 “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.

Disaster strikes

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.

Never Stay Down

This is one of the many important topics to me. In life you’re going to get knocked down several times trying to do something, nothing worth having is going to be easy to get. You’re going to have to fight for it and that is going to include you getting knocked down over and over again. This is when most people give up and quit pursuing their goals because an obstacle gets in their way and they just give up, rather than pushing through it. This is why most people in life settle and work a 9-5 busting balls for someone else.

I’m a young entrepreneur, just barely turned 18 and I’m trying to make a name for myself. Currently I am trying to start up two companies and I have had several set backs trying to achieve this, but I have a strong desire to make these work so I keep going no matter what gets in my way. One of my companies is an apparel company, I contacted and talked to 23 different suppliers trying to get the product I wanted for the price I wanted. It was really frustrating after each failed attempt with each of the suppliers I felt as though I would never be able to get this apparel company because there weren’t going to be any suppliers to give me what I wanted. I was ready to give up until something told me to just contact one more retailer; and it turns out they had the material I wanted and would be able to sell me the product for the price I wanted, because I didn’t give up I will be able to pursue my dream of having an apparel company because I didn’t give up. My other company I am trying to start up has been a little more challenging because its in even more of a competitive market then clothes, but I’m learning everything about it so I can get ahead of my competition and get a loyal customer base.

The lesson I’m getting at here is if you give up because you’re not seeing progress or not making the amount of money you want to be making; you’ll never achieve what you wanted because you gave up. If you fail just try one more time and try something new, and repeat the process until you see results or get it right, persistency does pay off, if you keep going at it and learning from your failures it’s going to come to you. If it were easy everyone would do what you wanted to do; but they dont because its not easy. So quit putting it off and get after it.

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Experiences Not Expenses

This Thought came to me one night because I was laying in bed; but we all want fancy cars and fancy houses with our Gucci flip flops and our supreme shirts, but why do we want that stuff so badly? Its not going to follow us to our graves; once we leave this earth none of that stuff ever mattered we just thought it did because of the materialistic society we live in. When you’re on death bed you’re not going to think about the nice cars or big houses you had. What is really going to matter to you at that point in time is the regret you have for not traveling the world and getting experiences. A nice car isn’t going to make your life complete, you are just going to get bored with it in a few years and want a new one and the process will just repeat.

The biggest thing when people are looking back in life, they say they have a lot of regret for things they didn’t do. One thing you cant get back in life is time; money will return and the nice things will fade but time is a consistent thing that once its gone its impossible to get back. Those nice cars and houses are going to be irrelevant soon after you receiving those items, but something that is valuable and you will be happy you have are memories. Since the money will return we need to learn to go on trips and travel because those experiences are going teach us things and we are going to value forever, as well as getting priceless memories that we will hold forever. Rather than buying those nice cars or houses we can save our money and live a moderate life in return for travel and limitless memories that we will be happy we made with family and friends.

I used to want the nice fancy cars and big houses but I’m learning that those nice things aren’t going to matter when I get them, my life isn’t going to be very much different then when it was before I got those things. What is going to change my life will be traveling to other countries and states and experiencing things I will never forget. This brings me to the title of the post Experiences Not Expenses. Would you rather look back in life and regret it because you never traveled because you were in to much debt with the nice car and nice house? Or would you rather look back on the memories you had and know you lived a full complete life with no regrets. We only die once, and everyday we have a new opportunity to change our lives. Why do people go through lives being miserable working 9-5 every day. We only have a limited amount of time on this earth, make the most of it and live with no regrets.