Paul Nute is an Internet entrepreneur who has spent nearly 20 years building Internet marketing companies. Mr. Nute has employed 100’s of people and service thousands of clients over the years. In his spare time, Paul Nute enjoys spending time with his wife outdoors, fishing in Florida.
What traits do you think are good in a leader?
I think a thorough understanding of the business you’re in and being a subject matter expert by far carries the most weight. The ability to stay calm and relaxed for your team when there’s ambiguity about a decision making process definitely helps as well. People trust a leader that can keep their demeanor together in times of stress.
Can success be taught?
Success can be cultivated. What I mean by that is, success is an end result of putting the right things together over time. It doesn’t happen overnight, although some companies seem to pop up out of nowhere. What is rarely shown is the hard work and relationship building that is put into place to harness success. It’s nothing that can be taught, but it is something that can be grown if you stimulate a person or company with the right ingredients. You can always set someone up for success – it’s up to them to push themselves towards that goal.
Do you encounter stress in business?
Everyone encounters stress in business. Absolutely they do – but only if they keep their head in the future. The future is always uncertain. I used to encounter stress until I realized that stress is created by your own thoughts. Think about that for a second. If you let uncertainty get to you, you will stress yourself out. I find it’s best to be confident in the systems that you’ve developed will overcome uncertainty about what the future may bring. Stay in the moment and be stress free.
What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. They see the results of owning your own business and being in control of your own path and want to be in the same boat. The reality is, there’s no playbook for being an entrepreneur. It varies for everyone. I would say find something you’re good at; something you have a passion for and figure out how to monetize that passion. One of the biggest keys to unlocking your potential is scaling your awareness. How aware are you of your surroundings, yourself and the gaps in-between?
What are the biggest obstacles you’ve overcome?
The toughest obstacle will always be your own self-doubt. Starting your own business has no guarantees. You have to be confident in yourself in order to run a business. Confidence carries its own weight. The more confident you are, the better your decision making will be. And the better your decision making, the better off your business has a chance at giving you the success you’ve been searching for. To learn more about Paul Nute, please check out his personal site and another interview describing the early days of Mr. Nute’s career.