Nick Brose – I worked a corporate job while building the business and have finally broken free to chase ONLY my passion now.

I am the Founder & CEO of the Titan Media Collective. We are a digital marketing and online media company. I have been involved in content creation and marketing my own projects since the early days of social media and decided I wanted that to be my life. I have been building my company to the point of being able to sustain me now for two years and have broken free from the corporate world.
 
Thank you for joining us here at The Corporate Escapists. Please introduce yourself to our reader. They love to know about you, your passion, and how you came to find and follow your passion.
 
My name is Nick Brose, Founder and CEO of the Titan Media Collective. I started out as a musician, and started learning how to market myself on social media in the early days of Facebook. I have evolved through other forms of marketing my content creation and realized I loved working in the marketing and content worlds, so I built a business around it. I worked a corporate job while building the business and have finally broken free to chase ONLY my passion now.
Oprah once quoted ‘You are where you are in your life, based on what you believe. If you’re not looking at the shadows, what is subconsciously telling yourself you’re not good enough, not worthy enough, not smart enough…you’re not enough, you end up acting out of THAT belief system, and not of what you want to be the truest for yourself.””. How important is it to you to have the belief within ones self?
 
Believing in yourself is everything. I grew up with very middle class beliefs. “Only the rich can build successful businesses. You have to work a stable job with a salary and benefits and save for retirement.” I always knew that didn’t feel right, but it took changing my mindset, and changing the information I was taking in to realize that you can always find a way to chase your passion if you work hard at it and believe that you have what it takes.
Tell us what the word “Entrepreneur” means to you?
 
The word “Entrepreneur” is a way of life to me now. I eat, sleep, and breathe my business and yet it doesn’t feel like I’m working at all. It means having the freedom to do what I love, with clients that I want to work with on my own terms, and it is the most freeing feeling in the world.
How has the life of being an entrepreneur, changed you?
 
I went to college for three years, didn’t graduate, changed my major three times, hated my classes, and dropped out. I now have studied more in the last few months alone than I did all throughout college because I’m chasing something that I care about. I am always trying to grow. My passion for personal development has reached an all time high because I see what is possible from the stories of other successful entrepreneurs and I want it. So I work tirelessly to educate and empower myself to go after it.
Share you thoughts on the importance of business owners to be a leader in their own life and ensure they have a work/life balance?
 
Running a business requires leadership whether you like taking charge or not. You have to be able to make the tough decisions and stand by them, even when, deep down, you may not be 100% confident in them. Even if you run your business alone, if you don’t take charge of your own destiny you won’t succeed.
 
It’s also important to have your priorities straight. Family is something that is super important to me so I make sure to fit time in to visit them throughout the week and month. You have to disconnect from your business for short periods to reset and come back with a clearer mind.
What is your favourite quote about “following your dreams”?
 
“You have to have a lot of passion for what you do… because if you don’t, any rational person would give up.”
– Steve Jobs
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own business?
 
Find a balance of borderline insanity in the passion department, and pragmatism. You have to be so passionate that you can block out the negativity people, a lot of times even family, and life will throw at you. But, you need to be able to take that information in and see if there were any nuggets of truth to what they were saying. Sometimes people will tell you not to leave the safety of the corporate world, only because they care about your well being. Sometimes in what they’re saying, though, will be things you haven’t considered that you need to find a plan for. Doesn’t mean they were right for you not to leave, or wrong in their statements, but take the information and figure out how it works in your own plan.
 

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