Hey! I'm Corey B.

I’m the creator and host of The Rising Entrepreneur podcast and I really appreciate you stopping by. 

I want to tell you a quick story of how this all came to be… 

Back in 2013, a podcast completely changed my life and when I think back on it now, I can’t even imagine where I’d be today if I hadn’t tuned in and made the decision that I made on January 1st of 2014. (More on that in a second.) 

You see prior to that day, I was working in the construction industry for almost 10 years as an electrician and during that time I’ve worked on some pretty incredible projects from the ground-up; The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the Children’s Hospital in Orange County, different high schools and University buildings throughout Southern California, different types of research facilities and so much more. 

It was a good career path and I really did enjoy the work I was doing but something was missing. I just wasn’t truly happy. 

Maybe you’ve felt this way before? Maybe you feel this way now? 

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It’s a feeling of longing for something more meaningful. That feeling that you know you’re meant for more but you just don’t know what it is. 

That’s how I felt for a long time and I wasn’t sure what to do.  

One good thing about the construction industry (well at least at the company that I worked at) was that I was able to put in headphones and listen to music all day while I was working. And fortunately I ended up stumbling across these neat little radio-type shows called “podcasts”, so I decided to start listening to some. 

At first I was looking into topics like comedy and whatever, but pretty quickly I was drawn to personal development and motivational type podcasts because I was looking for a way to fulfill that desire that I had. 

I ended up finding a few podcasts that I started listening to on a regular basis, like the Smart Passive Income podcast with Pat Flynn, Entrepreneurs On Fire with John Lee Dumas, the Tim Ferriss Show, and a few others. 

Literally every day I would go to work and let this inspiration and motivation pour into my head while I would think of ways to get out of construction and start chasing my own dreams. 

I kept hearing story after story of people who were just like me that went out and started their own business and were seeing levels of success that were insane to me. 

Not only were they doing things that were meaningful to them, they were helping people and actually making a difference in the world. 

(Side note: I know the work I did in construction made a difference… Those hospitals I mentioned are saving children’s lives everyday and the schools I’ve worked on are educating the next generation of our country’s leaders, and I’m very proud of that… I just wanted more!)

After a while I started to think, “Maybe I could start my own business too… Maybe I could work for myself and build something for myself and my family, instead of spending my time building someone else’s dream as an employee.” (Let me be clear: There is NOTHING wrong with being an employee)

When I first started sharing these ideas with some of my coworkers, I got a mixed bag of responses. Some people supported me and said it was a good idea and that I should go for it, but the majority of my co-workers actually kind of laughed at me and told me to just get back to work. 

…I don’t blame them, I understand the fear of taking a risk like that and I think they were just trying to protect me (at least that’s the story I tell myself!) 

But I continued to push on internally and listen to those podcasts everyday because the seed had been planted. 

Then the proverbial ‘straw’ came, it was right before Christmas 2013 when I showed up to work and my supervisor at the time must have been in a really bad mood or something because he was just being a complete jerk to me and everyone else on the crew. 

This was the moment that I decided I had had enough and I wanted to finally make a change in my life. 

You have to understand, at this point in my life I didn’t have a lot of responsibilities. I was newly married but we didn’t have any children, we didn’t own our house, we both drove used cars that were paid off, we didn’t have any credit card debt, and there was really nothing holding me back from taking the leap. (Except for myself!) 

Thankfully, those amazing podcasts had given me enough courage to finally go in and quit my job on January 1st, 2014. 

I’ll admit, it was a bit of a rash decision at the time and the way that I went about it I would NOT recommend to any of you. I didn’t have any savings in the bank but what I did have was my 401k with a little over $250,000 in it. I just decided that I was going to cash it out, pay the penalties and use that cash as a runway to start my first business. 

*Again I DO NOT recommend this approach. If you’re interested in starting your business and you’re currently an employee, make some extra time in your day to start building your thing on the side before you transition into it full-time. 

But for me, this was what I had to do. 

Since that day that I quit my job, I’ve started and failed a number of different businesses. I’ve definitely made some big mistakes, but I’ve also had some big wins and every bit of it equals experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’m so grateful I took the leap back then because my life would simply not be the same if I was still working construction today. I do not regret any of it. 

One thing I knew I wanted to do was to create a podcast like the ones I was listening to because of what they did for me. I was so grateful for the free content that these podcast hosts were putting out and I knew that I wanted to do something similar for other dreamers out there that were just like me… 

…For those that know they’re here for something bigger than to just work their life away for someone else’s business. (And if that’s you, then you’re in the right place!) 

Thinking back on it right now I kind of wish I would have started my podcast back in 2014 but it took me five years before I actually created The Rising Entrepreneur business that you see today. 

And it’s all good, because this whole thing is just a biiiig journey. There really is no end until you’re pushing up daisies. 

So I want to truly thank you for joining me on this journey, and I hope that I can help you avoid the mistakes that I’ve made and rise up to a level where you can actually start to achieve your dreams too. 

I’m here for you, I want you to be happy and successful and if there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Hey! I'm Corey B.

I’m the creator and host of The Rising Entrepreneur company and podcast, and I really appreciate you stopping by. 

I want to tell you a quick story of how this all came to be… 

Back in 2013, a podcast completely changed my life and when I think back on it now, I can’t even imagine where I’d be today if I hadn’t tuned in and made the decision that I made on January 1st of 2014. (More on that in a second.) 

You see prior to that day, I was working in the construction industry for almost 10 years as an electrician and during that time I’ve worked on some pretty incredible projects from the ground-up; The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the Children’s Hospital in Orange County, different high schools and University buildings throughout Southern California, different types of research facilities and so much more. 

It was a good career path and I really did enjoy the work I was doing but something was missing. I just wasn’t truly happy. 

Maybe you’ve felt this way before? Maybe you feel this way now? 

It’s a feeling of longing for something more meaningful. That feeling that you know you’re meant for more but you just don’t know what it is. 

That’s how I felt for a long time and I wasn’t sure what to do.  

One good thing about the construction industry (well at least at the company that I worked at) was that I was able to put in headphones and listen to music all day while I was working. And fortunately I ended up stumbling across these neat little radio-type shows called “podcasts”, so I decided to start listening to some. 

At first I was looking into topics like comedy and whatever, but pretty quickly I was drawn to personal development and motivational type podcasts because I was looking for a way to fulfill that desire that I had. 

I ended up finding a few podcasts that I started listening to on a regular basis, like the Smart Passive Income podcast with Pat Flynn, Entrepreneurs On Fire with John Lee Dumas, the Tim Ferriss Show, and a few others. 

Literally every day I would go to work and let this inspiration and motivation pour into my head while I would think of ways to get out of construction and start chasing my own dreams. 

I kept hearing story after story of people who were just like me that went out and started their own business and were seeing levels of success that were insane to me. 

Not only were they doing things that were meaningful to them, they were helping people and actually make a difference in the world. 

(Side note: I know the work I did in construction made a difference in the world; Those hospitals I mentioned are saving children’s lives everyday and the schools I’ve worked on are educating the next generation of our country’s leaders, and I’m very proud of that… I just wanted more!)

After a while I started to think, “Maybe I could start my own business too… Maybe I could work for myself and build something for myself and my family, instead of spending my time building someone else’s dream as an employee.” 

(Let me be clear: There is NOTHING wrong with being an employee.)

When I first started sharing these ideas with some of my coworkers, I got a mixed bag of responses. Some people supported me and said it was a good idea and that I should go for it, but the majority of my co-workers actually kind of laughed at me and told me to just get back to work. 

…I don’t blame them, I understand the fear of taking a risk like that and I think they were just trying to protect me (at least that’s the story I tell myself!) 

But I continued to push on internally and listen to those podcasts everyday because the seed had been planted. 

Then the proverbial ‘straw’ came, it was right before Christmas 2013 when I showed up to work and my supervisor at the time must have been in a really bad mood or something because he was just being a complete jerk to me and everyone else on the crew. 

This was the moment that I decided I had had enough and I wanted to finally make a change in my life. 

You have to understand, at this point in my life I didn’t have a lot of responsibilities. I was newly married but we didn’t have any children, we didn’t own our house, we both drove used cars that were paid off, we didn’t have any credit card debt, and there was really nothing holding me back from taking the leap. (Except for myself!) 

Thankfully, those amazing podcasts had given me enough courage to finally go in and quit my job on January 1st, 2014. 

I’ll admit, it was a bit of a rash decision at the time and the way that I went about it I would NOT recommend to any of you. I didn’t have any savings in the bank but what I did have was my 401k with a little over $250,000 in it. I just decided that I was going to cash it out, pay the penalties and use that cash as a runway to start my first business. 

*Again I DO NOT recommend this approach. If you’re interested in starting your business and you’re currently an employee, make some extra time in your day to start building your thing on the side before you transition into it full-time. 

But for me, this was what I had to do. 

Since that day that I quit my job, I’ve started and failed a number of different businesses. I’ve definitely made some big mistakes, but I’ve also had some big wins and every bit of it equals experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’m so grateful I took the leap back then because my life would simply not be the same if I was still working construction today. I do not regret any of it. 

One thing I knew I wanted to do was to create a podcast like the ones I was listening to because of what they did for me. I was so grateful for the free content that these podcast hosts were putting out and I knew that I wanted to do something similar for other dreamers out there that were just like me… 

For those that know they’re here for something bigger than to just work their life away for someone else’s business. (And if that’s you, then you’re in the right place!) 

Thinking back on it right now I kind of wish I would have started my podcast back in 2014 but it took me five years before I actually created The Rising Entrepreneur business that you see today. 

And it’s all good, because this whole thing is just a biiiig journey. There really is no end until you’re pushing up daisies. 

So I want to truly thank you for joining me on this journey, and I hope that I can help you avoid the mistakes that I’ve made and rise up to a level where you can actually start to achieve your dreams too. 

I’m here for you, I want you to be happy and successful and if there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out!

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