Ironically, it’s difficult to put into words how much this podcast means to me and the impact it’s had on the direction of my life.
At the age of 19, I started listening to podcasts. I realized there were no podcasts at the time that specifically catered towards young entrepreneurs. Too often, young entrepreneurs will see someone more experienced and successful than they are & think “There is no way I can ever get to their level.” When in reality, everyone started at the beginning. I talked to so many entrepreneurs who were crushing it and they all said the same thing: They had a humble beginning and many years of obstacles. Hearing their story was inspiring, comforting & motivating. I wanted to tell their story.
So that’s what I did. I bought my recording equipment and dove headfirst into starting a podcast.
Starting the podcast led me to discover a passion and love for a new career of interviewing, emceeing, storytelling & media production. The show was listened to in 79 countries, took me all across the United States and took me to Albania to teach 150 students about entrepreneurship. I was able to interview my business heroes & I built legitimate lifelong friends that I can call for anything.
Best of all, I learned that sometimes in life you have to take a risk. You have to overcome your inner demons that will always tell you that you aren’t talented. The fragility of life is the most honest truth I’ve ever faced. We only have one life to live…don’t waste it.
I write this post to say goodbye. It’s been a life changing experience but it’s time to close the chapter of Teenage Entrepreneur.
Most importantly, I’d like to thank those who made this journey possible. First & foremost, thank you to my mother and father. From birth, they have constantly supported me in every way possible. I interviewed each of them 4 times before anyone else until I felt comfortable behind the mic.
To Vance Fite: My best friend and partner in crime, thanks for constantly pushing me to the next level and being my audio expert when I had no idea what I was doing.
To Jeff Hopeck & Killer Shark Marketing: Thank you for building my first website and giving me an opportunity in your company when everyone else told me I should go to college.
To John Lee Dumas & Podcaster’s Paradise: You were the first podcaster to tell me I could accomplish my dream and you taught me how to build a podcast. Thank you for giving a 19-year-old kid the confidence to start a new journey.
To Pat Flynn: Thank you for being such a great role model for a young entrepreneur.
To Tim Paige: you made my first intro & outro music and helped me figure out what my show was going to be about. It sounds simple but that was a major step in my journey during the early days.
To Chris Cerrone & Laci Urcioli: Thank you for being like an older brother & sister in this insane podcasting journey.
To the fans: Thank you to everyone who listened, shared, reviewed and supported the podcast (and thanks to the critics for the motivation!).
To iTunes: You showed a kid how to talk to the world. Thank you.
Finally, to each guest who took the time out of their day to come on my show…thank you from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t have done it without you.
So far the theme for my 2017 is when one door closes, another opens. The door to this podcast is closing but the door to my next show has opened. Stay tuned for my new video interview show “Tell Me More”. We are launching in a couple weeks and I am thrilled to share it.
For the final time, this is your host Jordan Agolli, thank you for listening to Teenage Entrepreneur. I love you all. Take care.