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The Entrepreneur Factor

Monthly Archives: January 2012

As you read about all these entrepreneurs who have come up with an innovative idea or product and brought that idea or product to fruition, you may be wondering what sets these successful people apart from those who aspire to be entrepreneurs, but do not succeed. There are several qualities or characteristics that all successful entrepreneurs share. The first of these is discipline. Anyone can come up with an idea, but it takes discipline to make your idea a reality.

 Entrepreneurs tend to think outside the box to come up with solutions to everyday problems. Creative thinking, along with determination to succeed are often the key to successful problem solving. Although many entrepreneurs’ businesses start out as a hobby or passion, it is important to take your business seriously. While it is great to be able to love your job or business, it’s also important that you manage your finances and resources appropriately and make wise business decisions if you want your startup business to succeed.

 If you have these qualities and have developed an innovative new product or service, it may be time to think about turning your passion or hobby into a business.


These days you can’t channel surf too far without hitting an infomercial of some sort, especially late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. At least half of these infomercials are for fitness equipment or workout DVDs. Billy Blanks can be thanked, at least in part, for the prevalence of these half-hour infomercials promising weight loss and muscle definition in just minutes a day. Blanks, creator of the Tae Bo program, created his unique exercise program after studying martial arts for years. He combined martial arts moves with boxing and dancing to create a high-impact cardio workout praised by a wide range of celebrities.

Born in Eerie, Pennsylvania, Blanks was the fourth of 15 children. He suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia as well as a hip abnormality that affected his movement and made him a target for ridicule among his siblings. Blanks began studying martial arts at the age of 11. He won countless gold medals at competitions and became an eighth-degree black belt in tae kwon do, as well as earning black belts in five other martial arts.

It wasn’t until Blanks moved to Boston to open his own karate studio that the idea for Tae Bo was born. Shortly after developing the idea, Blanks relocated to Los Angeles and taught Tae Bo classes in his garage. In the early 1990s, he opened the Billy Blanks World Training Center in Sherman Oaks, California. His early students discovered his incredible workouts by word of mouth, but once Paula Abdul gave the workout her seal of approval, Tae Bo took off. As the success of his training studio took off, Blanks recorded and marketed a line of Tae Bo videos and DVDs using infomercials to advertise the program.

Although Tae Bo has been replaced in popularity by programs like P90x and Insanity, Blanks is still one of the pioneers of the fitness infomercial and his Tae Bo programs are still a popular and effective form of exercise nearly 30 years after its inception.

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