Con’s Corner: The Jason Stapleton Interview

The rumors are true: Constance only sleeps four hours a night. But that’s because her mind is always working. If you’re looking for more insight into what makes this professional powerhouse tick, then check out the podcast interview she recently did with Jason Stapleton—a former member of the Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, founder of a premier trading education firm, and a real self-made success story. From SUNY Oswego to the NFL to founding her own media and branding business, Con breaks down her professional journey and it’s a great lesson in what you can accomplish when you’re willing to take risks and stretch the limits of your abilities. In addition to finding out exactly what she owes Lawrence Taylor, how she turned $20,000 and a dream into SMAC gold, and how her “Yonkers instinct” still helps her manage her business by treating people (including Snoop Dogg and me!) with a lot of respect and more than a little bit of tough love, take a listen. And if you’re looking for some inspiration to move you, here’s a preview of some of the advice Con shares for those of you who want to step out on their own:

  1. Make sure you have enough money to get you through at least a year. Michael and I didn’t take salaries for at least the first two years of SMAC. Make sure you have a savings account that you can dip into to survive.
  2. Surround yourself with people as smart as and smarter than you in different areas.
  3. Success involves a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, seizing opportunity, and creating and maintaining good relationships.
  4. Stay in touch. Don’t burn bridges. You never know who you’ll need to call.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  6. Most importantly: Invest in yourself.