My name is Julius Campbell. I am an engineer, musician, and entrepreneur. As a home-based business owner, I write a blog to help other home-based and small business owners with marketing and personal development tips.
Today, the majority of the world’s wealth is controlled by a tiny fraction of the population. It’s not sustainable. I want to change that.
Right about now, I’d like to quote Mahatma Gandhi and say “Be the change you want to see in the world”. It would be quite fitting. The only problem is, after some research, I can’t be sure that Gandhi actually said those words. So, here’s another quote that works here, and I know the guy actually said it because it was on his blog:
“If you want to change the world, first change yourself, then tell others how you did it. Never demand that people change. Inspire them to change using your own change as an example instead.”
– Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
I didn’t always believe there was a need for change. Back when I began my career as an engineer, I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the system. When I got laid off for the first time, I still didn’t think there was anything wrong, I just believed I needed to find another job.
After about the third layoff, I figured I’d better learn more about business. At the very least, I’d know enough to be prepared before the axe fell the next time. At best, I’d be able to help my employer succeed and avoid layoffs altogether.
I began being way more involved in the workplace. If I perceived a threat to company profits down the road, I made sure I spoke up about it. If I saw an opportunity for revenue growth, I pointed it out. The only problem was, it didn’t seem like anyone was listening. I wasn’t in charge, so no one had to listen to me. I could see the trainwreck coming, but I was at the back of the bus trying to get the driver’s attention.
Then I realized I had an option. I could start my OWN business. I’d start it from home, and keep my day job. I could run it the way I wanted – the RIGHT way – and not risk my entire financial future in the process. I could be the driver instead of just a passenger.
Being the driver of my own business taught me much more than I ever could have learned otherwise. I learned about more than just business. I learned aobut myself.
After an initial run of success in my business I hit a wall. I reached a point where I knew what I SHOULD be doing, but for some reason, I wasn’t doing it. I also learned that most people who venture from the employee world to the entrepreneur world hit the same wall.
That wall is one of belief. One of my favorite quotes about belief is this:
“The only measure of what you believe is what you do. If you want to know what people believe, don’t read what they write, don’t ask what they believe, just observe what they do.”
– Ashley Montagu
Right then I had a choice. I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror provided me courtesy of my business. I could either change, or walk away.
I chose change.
So, just as Dan Pearce suggests, I decided to make the changes in my life and let others know how I did it – or how I’m doing it. Here I share not only the how-to of marketing and building a business and a brand, but also the how-to of winning the inner game of belief that every entrepreneur has to face but not everyone talks about.
Other pertinent facts about me: I’m a husband, father of two sons, and I am employed full time as a software engineer. I’ve been in the software industry for about 19 years. Before switching to software, I spent a couple years in industrial engineering after receiving my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.
On a final note, if we ever meet in person and you stand or sit next to me for any length of time, you will probably hear me hum or sing a tune. I may not even be aware of it, so please just ask me to stop if it annoys you. Music is in my blood. I play instruments and sing, and have written a few songs in my spare time.