Blogger, speaker, and entrepreneur John Chow rocketed onto the blogging scene when he showed the income power of blogging by taking his blog from making $0 to over $40,000 per month in just two years—and he did this working only two hours a day.
Today, John Chow dot Com is one of the biggest blogs on the Internet, with over 200,000 active daily readers and followers. John Chow dot Com is ranked #16 on the AdAge Power 150 list and #1 on the list of the top 50 Canadian Internet marketing blogs. He also is the founder and CEO of TTZ Media, Inc.
John is the author of Make Money Online: Roadmap of a Dot Com Mogul, which rocketed to #1 on Amazon.com within the first week of release. He has been featured in such publications as The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Ming Pao Magazine, and BC Business Magazine. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows, like The Lab with Leo Laporte and Global Morning News.
1. How do you define success?
Someone who makes more money than his wife can spend.
2. What is the key to success?
Passion, belief in what you’re doing, and a super-supportive wife.
3. Did you always know you would be successful?
Yes. I was raised with the attitude that my life is decided by me and no one else.
4. When faced with adversity, what pushes you to keep moving forward?
5. What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
If you can make something for a little less than your competition and sell it for a little more, then you’re doing okay.
6. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Hanging out with friends, spending time with family, traveling, and brainstorming.
7. What makes a great leader?
You measure leadership not by how greater the leader is, but the quality of the people who follow him. Great leaders have great followers.
8. What advice would you give to college students about entering the workforce?
Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Hold on to them and guard them. Above all, take action to achieve them.
This interview is an excerpt from Success: 30 Interviews with Entrepreneurs & Executives by Jason Navallo.