At Powderkeg, we believe every entrepreneur has their own personal superpower that makes them great at what they do. Scott Hill’s superpower is being a visionary—that is, being exceptionally capable of seeing opportunities that others can’t and understanding exactly how to prepare so he can seize them when the time is right.
I met Hill at a pivotal time in my life, when I was still a college student in Bloomington, IN, and thinking about becoming an entrepreneur. Hill’s company, PERQ, was in print marketing at the time, and I was so inspired by what he was doing with his business that I committed myself to starting my own company shortly afterward. Hill later transitioned PERQ into the still-fledgling marketing tech space, taking the company in a groundbreaking new direction that has more than paid off in the years since.
In this episode, Hill and I dive deep into what it truly means to be a visionary in business. We discuss some of the challenging tasks that visionary entrepreneurs are likely to undertake—such as developing an innovative product and pivoting their business to accommodate changing markets—as well as how founders can sharpen their own visionary skills (here’s a hint: it’s about practice more than anything else). We even touch on the special power that sharing stories has for entrepreneurs, which is a topic we’re both very passionate about.
I hope this episode provides you with many helpful ideas for developing your own inner visionary. Follow Hill on Twitter @bizgamer for more great insights on being a visionary entrepreneur, and stay tuned to Powderkeg: Igniting Startups for more stories from innovative entrepreneurs, investors and top talent making waves outside Silicon Valley.
In this episode with Scott Hill, you’ll learn:
- What it really means to be a visionary (7:13)
- Tips for developing your skills as a visionary entrepreneur (17:30)
- How to socialize your ideas and work toward a final product (21:00)
- Actionable advice for transitioning your company into the tech space (28:00)
- The power of visualizing the future you want for your business (34:04)
- Why sharing stories is so important for entrepreneurs (39:18)
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Scott Hill Quotes from This Episode of Powderkeg:
“A lot of people don’t allow themselves to spend time in ‘what could be’.” — @bizgamer on on @PowderkegCo
“The only idea that’s valuable in business is something that can become commercially viable.” — @bizgamer on on @PowderkegCo
“Try to put yourself in your intended audience’s shoes as much as you possibly can.” — @bizgamer on on @PowderkegCo
“The leader’s job is to move the business to an environment where it has a better opportunity for success.” — @bizgamer on on @PowderkegCo
Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
Companies and Organizations:
Scott Hill (@bizgamer)
Andy Medley (@andymedley)
Mike Langellier (@MLanj)
Tim Kopp (@tbkopp)
Bill Godfrey (LinkedIn)
Steve Blank (@sgblank)
Napoleon Hill (Website)
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
Mark Cuban (@mcuban)
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