We had the good fortune of connecting with Dan Abbate and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dan, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I have asked this question myself a lot in my day. I have also talked to many of my entrepreneurial friends about this subject (one of them is a billionaire who has had the biggest of successes and failures). Everyone seems to be in agreement that you keep going as long as you haven’t run out of ideas to pivot to. It is not unusual that in any journey there will be bumps in the road so you can’t quit at the first moment of trouble or disappointment, you simply pivot until it either works or you run out of ideas to pivot to. Don’t grasp at straws. When the well of ideas runs dry, move on to something else. The story of the guy who stuck with the crap business for 15 years and then became a huge success in my experience is not the norm. The path to success is relatively steady from day one – it still might take 15 years with a lot of bumps but the vision and movement towards it remain generally clear.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have become a wandering kung fu master in business. Helping those where I can do the most good. Putting my focus on others has yielded tremendous current income and investment opportunities like never before. I am doing exactly what I want to be doing, and I am helping scale businesses in the process. I’m in the middle of writing a rather lengthy article about this very subject and how I came to this realization if you are interested and seeing the work in progress the link is below. Just request access. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jPPJDAE7F4AU7LGA32BmHo7GeEdSthnenXVu93u8_H8/edit
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I am in Miami I go to Wynwood. When I am in Fort Lauderdale I hang out on Las Olas. When I am in West Palm Beach I walk around downtown and over the northbridge to Palm Beach, up the lake trail and back down around the southbridge.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox. The theory of constraints is transformative to business and philosophically applicable to every aspect of one’s life.