TMBA517: From High School Dropout to Seven Figure Exit

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A few weeks ago, we shared a conversation about “Sweaty Startups”, and how we can use internet business skills to compete and win in traditional, physical services industries.

This topic really struck a chord, and we’ve received a ton of feedback from listeners who want to hear more about these kinds of opportunities.

Enter Eric Gilbert Williams, an entrepreneur who grew his Canadian-based roofing company to 6 million dollars in annual revenue before he sold it last year.

In his teenage years, Eric dropped out of high school and got arrested for selling drugs before eventually turning to entrepreneurship as a source of redemption.

Eric joins us on today’s podcast to share his remarkable story.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • How Eric used entrepreneurship as a vehicle to redeem himself. (9:36)
  • Why Eric decided to drive across Canada in the dead of winter to start a roofing business. (15:50)
  • The point when Eric’s business really started gaining momentum. (24:32)
  • Why he ultimately decided to sell his roofing company. (33:12)
  • Eric’s advice for those who are struggling with their business. (46:45)

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