Maxwell Ivey is an inspirational and motivational personal coach who also runs a business buying and selling carnival equipment and amusement park rides. A native Texan, Max loves to sing and spend time with his unique and crazy dog, a “Greymation” named Penny (half Greyhound, half Dalmation). Reading, singing, and blogging are among Max’s favourite things to do. He especially enjoys helping others find their bliss.
What motivated him to start a business in the first place?
- Max worked in the family traveling carnival business. When his father passed away and the family was not able to keep the business, he started his own business of selling surplus and used carnival equipment.
Did he start the business on the side or dive in full-time?
- Full time.
What were the first few steps that he took?
- He bought a domain name and set up a website. Then he went looking for people who want to advertise their equipment on his website.
What type of people does he surround himself with?
- Max’s first mentor was Patty Moore who he contacted to have her product listed on his website. In addition to Patty, he learns from Farnoosh Brock, Robin Hallett, and Adrienne Smith.
What was the low point in his entrepreneurial journey, what did he do to get back on track, and what did he learn from that experience?
- A couple of situations came to mind. Max helped a customer sell his equipment but Max did not get paid the $25,000 that he should have gotten. Another low point was within the first two years in business where a few people were saying his website was amateurish and bad, and they questioned why a blind person would get into a business that was very dependent on the visual.
One personal habit that contributed to his success.
- Max’s core belief that he will do what he can and as well as he can today. He’ll either do more or better tomorrow.
If he were to write a letter to his pre-entrepreneur self, what would he say?
- Max will tell himself that there a lot more out there in the world for him to do other than the carnival business. Start now.
What book(s) would he recommend aspiring entrepreneurs read?
- Leading You Out of the Darkness Into the Light by Maxwell Ivey
- Eat the Cookie…Buy the Shoes by Joyce Meyer
- The Adversity Advantage by Erik Weihenmayer
What advice would he give to someone who is starting their journey into entrepreneurship?
- Start. Take the first step. Do something because there is something you can do. It may not be something you want to do. It may not be a big thing.
How to reach Max?
- Twitter @maxwellivey
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