John Lee Dumas
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John started EOFire LLC in 2012. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on EOFire LLC?
I spent the first 18 years of my life in a small town in Southern Maine. At the age of 18, I moved to Rhode Island to attend Providence College on an ROTC scholarship. Little did I know that when I graduated in 2001 as a commissioned officer in the Army I’d be among the first group to head to Iraq.
Modeling and researching are great, but the key to building a successful business is not constantly turning to others for answers; action reveals answers.
As a tank commander in charge of a platoon of 16 men, I learned a lot - QUICKLY - about what it meant to be a leader.
After four years of active duty in the Army I dove into Corporate Finance in Boston, jumped on board with a startup in New York City, started - and stopped - law school, and eventually found myself in Southern California testing out a career in residential real estate.
Those years were tough. I was doing well financially, but I wasn’t doing anything that lit me up and that I was passionate about.
On my drives to and from appointments in the real estate world, I would listen to a lot of podcasts. And I loved business podcasts - specifical interviews with successful entrepreneurs. They were so inspiring and motivating!
But the only podcasts creating consistent content that matched this criteria were being published about once per week.
I was in the car for hours - every single day.
That’s when I had my lightbulb moment. One day I ran out of podcasts to listen to, and I thought to myself, “I can’t be the only one who commutes to work, goes for runs, and is looking for inspiration throughout the day to listen to.”
Aha! As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Alright - so I would create a daily podcast interviewing inspiring and successful entrepreneurs, great!
Minor detail: I had zero online presence and zero broadcast experience. Who was I to start this podcast?
Imposter syndrome, doubts, and fear in tow, I quit my job in commercial real estate, and I started studying, researching, and learning through action.
Luckily I had money in the bank, which allowed me to quit my job and go all-in, but what I didn’t have was concrete proof that this was going to work. But again, I had a pretty strong feeling that I wasn’t alone in wanting on-demand, inspiring content to listen to.
Within about 3 months of having my aha moment I had hired a mentor, joined a mastermind, and was on track to launch my podcast, Entrepreneurs On Fire.
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