I’m the guy. Bob Minhas. I am a speaker, an educator, a writer and a motivator. I’m the person that stands on the cross section of two areas of knowledge that all entrepreneurs need to move their scalable ideas to their next level of evolution: innovation and policy. In other words, I’m the one who can help you find the start of your very own yellow brick road.
Like all entrepreneurs, I too have had triumphs. And epic failures. Like most successful people, I too have endured the lowest of lows but without those and the highs that followed, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Sounds a little manic depressive, I know, but stay with me for a bit. You’ll be glad that you did.
Where AM I today, by the way?
Here I am talking about where I am today but where is that, exactly? As a speaker and educator, working with individuals, government organizations and start-up groups, I became acutely aware of barriers put up by agencies. Agencies that were ostensibly created to support entrepreneurs.
But that’s not where I started. Here’s where things all began and where I discovered my path:
Early on in my first business, when the production company for a major cable channel asked me to join them and their host to be featured on an episode, I was floored. I sat down and just didn’t know what to do. Or say. What I did know was that filming was the same day as my Grandmother’s funeral. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up. Anyway, so rather than say no to the producers, or worse, explain my circumstances, I decided make a run for it. And rather than ask my family for understanding, I chose to duck out of the funeral early. So from their point of view, I literally ran for it. I drove down to the set and changed in my car. I was SO sure that this was going to take my business to the next level. In some ways, it did. But I wasn’t ready for it. I wasn’t ready to cope with the business and my family, with financial issues and managing people. Mentally, I was ready but I didn’t have some of the essential skills and knowledge that would have made the journey just that little bit less bumpy.
The company was AlphaStarr. I really started it on a whim. I knew I was never going to be a great employee. I knew I needed more than most of my jobs had offered. And so did my wife (at the time) and her mother. For my birthday, they gave me a book called “Starting a Business for Dummies” and they gave me a ride to Service Canada Toronto to register my new business. I remember sitting in that office thinking “what the hell do I call this thing?” I ended up choosing a name that carried my ex’s name and a title that would get me listed FIRST in every single business directory. And like that, AlphaStarr Solutions was born and became my first real business. And over the next ten years, this company would become my identity. It would become who I was and would be the driving force for a better life for my family, my wife, and my future kids.
But guess what? It wasn’t the end of my entrepreneurial road. As it turned out, AlphaStarr was just the beginning of a road that has led me to this point. It was the point where I realized that I needed to learn and grow quite a bit more before I could grow a business while keeping my family and my health relatively unscathed. All of those roller coaster days that come with entrepreneurship take their toll, after all.
Through Entrepreneur House, I offer strategies to deal with the different dimensions of becoming an entrepreneur and the impact this transition has on health and family. How? Through mentorship and education. It’s through these seemingly unrelated but in fact completely intertwined streams—health, parenting, education—that I can help people discover the path to creating their own economy, their yellow brick road, as it were.
As an entrepreneur, whether you ultimately reach the Emerald City or not depends entirely on you. But Entrepreneur House can help you get started.