In today’s society, it is so important to be grounded in entrepreneurship. New opportunities are opening up every day. Technological advancements are growing with larger leaps every year. We all need to learn to maximise our impact using what we have. Everyone has the desire to pursue goals that stretch us beyond ourselves. In this interview, Max Shapira the entrepreneur and founder of Winoutt.com opens up about some of the important life lessons he’s learned and where he finds inspiration.
Max, tell me a bit about yourself?
I am an Israeli entrepreneur and avid reader who aspires to make an impact in this world.
When I was younger, I had multiple goals: to build a recording studio and become an R&B singer, start a drop-shipping business, start an Amazon FBA business, and most recently, to launch my own perfume line. They all were failures. Sure I had some small wins, but if we look at the big picture, I failed. Most importantly, I failed forward. I didn’t quit. Candidly, my biggest problem was that I always followed “do what you love” rather than being oriented and focused toward “do what brings value”. Sadly, it took me several years to grasp that and shift my mindset, but it also helped me to end up with one simple goal – become valuable to the marketplace.
How do you organise your time?
I frequently say ‘no’ (sometimes using a myriad of NO’s). Eliminate the unnecessary and delegate.
The truth is that when you are first starting out, and when you are considered as a novice entrepreneur, you are doing almost everything by yourself. However, I’m always trying to narrow my priorities to shift my focus on the top three. As Jim Collins once said, “if you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.”
What do you think is your greatest strength?
I’m 100% persistent. I think when I first opened up to the world, in my subconscious mind, I resolved in advance that I will never give up, no matter what happens. My courage to persist in the face of adversity and disappointment is the most precious quality for my own success. My best asset is my outstanding willingness to persevere longer than anyone else.
What are the three books that changed your life?
The Millionaire Fastlane – by MJ DeMarco
Unscripted – by MJ DeMarco
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster – by Darren Hardy
What is your best life advice, motto or favourite quote?
The following quote has had an important impact on my mindset:
All humans beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves, we were all self-employed…finding our food, feeding ourselves. That’s where human history began. As civilization came, we suppressed it. We became “labor” because they stamped us, “You are labor.” We forgot that we are entrepreneurs. – Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and micro finance pioneer.
What is Winoutt.com?
Winoutt.com is a social networking platform for aspiring and established entrepreneurs who connect, collaborate, and lead the way in innovation and life transformation. It allows entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and investors to share their visions, ideas, experiences, and solve shared problems. We are a worldwide community, a place to learn, grow, and succeed in any desired industry.
Winoutt.com will soon be introduced to the world on February 21, 2020.
How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
It all started from NEED. It seemed like there was no proper virtual shared workspaces/safe space for entrepreneurs to collaborate and co-learn without the competition factor of traditional social media outlets. Moreover, create an inviting platform to encourage millennials to look more into entrepreneurship; they can help lift people out of poverty by using the power of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs are changing the world. We need more of them for our future society. It will also encourage millennials and other people of course, to read books, learn from each other, build good habits, and take action in the real world – solve problems, create value – that is what it’s all about. Members will be empowered to upgrade their lives but also to impact the world around them.