Spotlight on Kyle Herron
Meet Kyle Herron: Startup aficionado and Chief Growth Officer of Frontier Mining who is working to inspire independence, innovation and entrepreneurship.
What is your best advice to a younger entrepreneur hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Be excited to fail.
You'll hear the same thing from entrepreneurs time and time again: the road to the top is full of twists, turns, bumps, bruises, and ups and downs. Success isn't linear, and it shouldn't be.
Instead, the journey to success is truly circuitous. It's rarely what you think it'll be, and to discover it, you have to find where it's not. Therein lies why failure is such an important component to living out your dreams. To reach the frame of mind that failure is paramount to success is the real challenge, though, and where the ultimate tool of the entrepreneur comes into play: the perspective shift.
In line with the ideas of Astro Teller, CEO of X, shifting perspective means that instead of thinking 10% bigger, think 10x bigger. When you think 10% bigger, it becomes a game of numbers, details and technicalities. When you think 10x bigger, you give yourself the freedom to be different, to be weird and to be a moonshot thinker - precisely the capabilities of an entrepreneur, and precisely where failure is felt and success is built from it.
So, all in all, there is no real business plan to fulfilling the role of an entrepreneur. In fact, there's no path to follow at all. Instead, entrepreneurship is knowing that you're in the dark with a light that only allows you to see two feet ahead, but having the confidence to step forward, and being eager for the unpredictability that lies ahead.
In simplest terms, embrace failure, learn from it and have faith that every time you experience it is a time that you've leapt towards your future.
Who has inspired you most on your entrepreneurial journey?
When I say that, I mean it.
Entrepreneurship is a hard, lonely and dark path, especially when you pursue it as a child. You'll lose friends, make enemies, miss out on experiences and sacrifice many of the ambitions that you once may have held.
While you're in the depths of your journey, it may feel like the rest of the world has turned its back on you, but the most motivating part about entrepreneurship is that you're never alone. In fact, there are thousands of others who feel like you feel and do like you do.
For me, connecting and surrounding myself with other entrepreneurs has really been the key to my success. They inspire me, invigorate me and remind me of my purpose.
The one mistake that I used to always make, though, is that I assumed that these people had to be other business owners, CEOs or idea generators. As it turned out, I had it all wrong. Instead, the real entrepreneurs are the individuals who choose to think widely, collaborate broadly and challenge conventional wisdom.
Discovering this unlocked an entirely knew shift in perspective for me, and a respect for the people who innovate, disrupt and impact the world with true humility - without feeling the need to publicly wear some badge that says that they're an entrepreneur.
Ultimately, I am always impassioned by people who have open minds, open hearts and a desire to make change. I'm just fortunate enough to have people who carry these traits as my guides, and accountability partners, towards my mission in life.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Inspiring independence, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Sunday afternoon nirvana: Sound healing meditation
Apple or PC: Apple all day
Idol: My mama!