Jason SurfrApp: Turning Your Creative Ideas Into Successful Businesses

Chatting With Champions Podcast Interview #63. Tyler Basu and Jason SurfrApp “Turning Your Creative Ideas Into Successful Businesses”

063 - Jason Surfrapp Jason SurfrApp (formerly Jason Headsetsdotcom & Jason Sadler) is an unconventional marketer, entrepreneur, and speaker. Tired of living a life that felt prescribed to him by society, Jason used his out-of-the-box thinking and ingenuity to create multiple profitable Internet-based businesses.

In 2008 he created IWearYourShirt, a company that used sponsored t-shirts to promote over 1,600 businesses on social media, and in 2012 and 2013, he auctioned off his last name to the highest bidders.

Jason’s first book Creativity For Sale shares his entrepreneurial story and gives practical advice for any creative professional looking to turn their passions into profit. He’s been featured by The Today Show, CBS Evening News, USA Today, and The New York Times.

Visit Jason’s websites: www.jasondoesstuff.com, www.creativityforsale.com

Topics discussed in this interview:

  • Jason’s background prior to becoming an entrepreneur
  • Why he became an entrepreneur
  • Overview of his first business
  • Challenges entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them
  • How he generated over $1 million in revenue by wearing sponsored t-shirts
  • Key concepts from his book Creativity For Sale
  • How to decide what ideas are worth pursuing
  • How to turn a creative idea into a profitable business
  • How to market yourself and your products or services
  • The important of work ethic and determination as an entrepreneur
  • Jason’s definition of success
  • Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

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Key quotes:

  • If you’re willing to start your own thing and you’re willing to take risks, you’re an entrepreneur. You don’t have to go get a degree. You don’t have to take an online class. Just doing that stuff makes you an entrepreneur.
  • When I started my first company by myself there were so many unknowns, so many variables. I made so many mistakes. There was a learning curve around every corner. There were just so many things and I think trial and error is the best way you can learn that stuff.
  • I don’t have any regrets. If I make a mistake it’s good because I can learn from it.
  • If you have an idea, sit on it for a week and if it’s still as exciting as when you first had it then you should pursue it.
  • All of us are creative at some level. Unfortunately we distract ourselves out of being creative. A lot of people could be more creative if they gave themselves time to do that.
  • The best way to get started is to just get something out there. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Then build a better product once you have feedback from people.