Ep. 281: From Jazz Notes to Dollar Bills: Jeff Lerner’s Entrepreneurial Crescendo

From Jazz Notes to Dollar Bills: Jeff Lerner's Entrepreneurial Crescendo

In This Episode:

In this conversation, Jim Oliver interviews Jeff Lerner, an entrepreneur and founder of Entree Institute. Jeff shares his journey from being a jazz musician to becoming a successful entrepreneur. He emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurship as a path to financial freedom and challenges the traditional notion of working a job for 40 years and retiring with a nest egg.

Jeff addresses the barriers people face when considering entrepreneurship, such as money, time, ability, and the opinions of others. He encourages individuals to overcome these obstacles and pursue entrepreneurship as a means to create the life they desire.

3 Key Takeaways:
  • Embracing Entrepreneurship: Jeff advocates for entrepreneurship as a path to financial freedom and fulfillment, emphasizing the requisite skills and mindset for success.

  • Navigating Challenges: Jim and Jeff address common obstacles to entrepreneurship, underscoring the need for a strong “why” to overcome financial constraints, self-doubt, and fear of judgment.

  • Taking Action: Both stress the significance of commitment and action in achieving goals, urging individuals to step out of comfort zones and invest in personal growth.

Whether you’re facing financial constraints, doubts, or fears of judgment, know that a strong ‘why’ can propel you forward. By stepping out of your comfort zone and investing in your personal growth, you’ll pave the way for a fulfilling and prosperous entrepreneurial journey. 


00:00 – Introduction and Background
02:12 – Early Life and Pursuit of Music
06:18 -Transition to Entrepreneurship
09:13 – The Importance of Entrepreneurship
19:44 -Barriers to Entrepreneurship
25:27 – Belief in Personal Potential
30:10 – The Flawed System and the Need for Entrepreneurship
34:47 – How to Find Jeff Lerner
38:19 -The Importance of Financial Freedom
41:56 -The Goal of Freedom

Q&A with Jeff Lerner 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Think and act as if you are older than you are”. Long term thinking tends to come more naturally as we age but it is more valuable the more time we have to benefit from it. If a 20 year old thinks like a 60 year old then when they’re 60 they can live like a 20 year old. Basically it’s a restatement of the value of delayed gratification but in terms of how our own brains change over time.

What’s the one book you’d retain the knowledge from if you could only choose one?
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl – if I forgot everything else I know except to keep seeking meaning in my life I’d still thrive. Socrates said it as “the unexamined life is not worth living”.


Connect with Jeff Lerner:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jefflernerofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thejefflerner
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jefflernerofficial
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jefflernerofficial
Website: https://igfreebook.com/ / www.jefflernerofficial.com/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/06S4kRAvZkCUFLzi52ueD5
YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/JeffLernerofficial
Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unlock-your-potential-with-jeff-lerner/id1507408404

Connect with Jim Oliver:
Facebook: CreateTailwind & Jim Oliver
Website: https://createtailwind.com/
YouTube: CreateTailwind
LinkedIn: Jim Oliver

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