In this series, I feature the stories of the world’s most interesting entrepreneurs. Today, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Matt Sweetwood.
Christian Vind: Matt, it’s an honor to have you one of the very first entrepreneurs I feature in this series. I know you will have some incredible insights to share with us about your entrepreneurial journey.
Can you start by sharing your backstory?
Matt Sweetwood: Born, bred, raised, and schooled in New Jersey, I spent most of my life there. I owned and operated a photography supply business/camera superstore, raised 5 kids as a single dad, and even fought a Supreme Court Case (and won) in New Jersey.
This die-hard NJ Devils fan, left his BMW race car and suburban life and headed for single-life, in his 50’s, in Manhattan. I became CEO of a start-up social media network, a professional speaker, and a writer for numerous platforms like Entrepreneur. And I published my first book, Leader of the Pack, which hit #1 in self-help books. And finally, I enjoy my photography as a Lumix brand ambassador.
Christian Vind: What’s your favorite type of camera to use when capturing a special moment?
Matt Sweetwood: As a Panasonic Lumix Ambassador my favorites are a Lumix L10, which is am amazing pocket-sized camera and when I want to get serious I use my Lumix GX-85.
Christian Vind: As phones get better, the cameras get better. What are some attachments or phones you would recommend to use when taking a photo?
Matt Sweetwood: You don’t need attachments. Take a course in photography. I have had photos featured in publications that I have taken straight from my smartphone. They way you take better photos is to learn to be better at it.
Christian Vind: As each chapter has its own special meaning, what’s your favorite chapter in your book LEADER OF THE PACK?
Matt Sweetwood: Chapter 16; “A Trick or Two” It’s where I deliver the goods for others to have a successful journey in life.
Christian Vind: What were some of your struggles as an entrepreneur?
Matt Sweetwood: Oh geez, what a question: competition, obsolescence of your offerings and services, government harassment and regulations, latest technology, margin, and staff. That’s all.
Christian Vind: Building relationships with one another is the key to success, and the key to happiness. Who is one person that you can always count on for some guidance in your journey as an entrepreneur?
Matt Sweetwood: Myself. You die alone and you run your business alone. You are the final decision maker and responsible for success – so make sure you know what you are doing – always.
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