Apr 10, 2022
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Contrary to his calm voice and introverted nature, Dillard is a trailblazer willing to cross boundaries and challenge common wisdom. He just prefers to do it in writing, rather than big speeches or face-to-face meetings. The basic tenet of Dillard's pedal-to-the-metal attitude? He deeply believes in the power of one person to change their community, their industry and maybe even the world. "I approach life with the fundamental belief that anyone can accomplish anything," reads the bio on her website. "That not only can a man or a woman make the difference, but it's a man or a woman who always makes the difference." He has certainly had his share of impact on the world, starting with his early days as a marketer and thought leader on the subject, and eventually settling into his niche with the business education website to Self Made Man. That doesn't mean his life as an entrepreneur has been entirely over, but choosing to take the road less traveled usually doesn't go that way. No matter the setback, he remained a firm believer that every person has the power within them to achieve their goals. It was this deep-rooted philosophy that made him restless when he realized he wanted to live a less conventional life. "I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur since high school when I was a waiter," he says. "I hated that someone else had control over my schedule and the amount of money I made." One evening, after a closing shift doing the dishes, he came home to a bedroom papered with posters of Lamborghinis and Ferraris, and turned on the TV to decompress for a bit before bed. The only thing that was on at 1 a.m. in the early 90s? Infomercials. It was here that he first tasted the entrepreneurial spirit. Watching the work of Tony Robbins and Carleton Sheets, he was inspired to set big goals and dream even bigger. Cross the starting line Dillard started his first entrepreneurial venture in the network marketing industry while still in college in the late 1990s. The idea of entering business America terrified him, but his shyness also made network marketing a nightmare. "I struggled hard for about five years, never made a dime, never started an organization, couldn't sell a product, and just realized I really sucked all that,” he laughs. “I couldn't have chosen a worse industry! Network marketing is a “people” business. It's about building relationships, shaking hands, making phone calls, organizing events, and it was all just miserable for me. Despite his difficulties, he persevered, and when a friend approached him with sound advice, his world changed.