A blind carnival worker figures out how to start an online store which inspires many others. This blossoms into him starting a blog and becoming a speaker. What is your excuse?
Key Points to Not Making an Excuse, with Maxwell Ivey
- Started off in a family of carnival workers, helping pop popcorn, take down and put up rides and did the bookings
- Slowly went blind due to retinitis pigmentosa, going completely blind when he graduated college
- His father passed away and he tried to keep the business going with his brother but it failed
- Consolidated his carnival company with his Uncle's larger one but left after a few years
- He went home and started to create his own company, selling rides online
- Max would sit for 12, 14, 16 hours a day and send out a lot of mail trying to grow his company
- Started his business in the early internet days, which as a blind person was very difficult because he had to teach himself to hand code HTML but he didn't make an excuse
- Struggled a lot with making the website visually appealing because he couldn't see anything he put on it
- People kept telling him that he was doing all of these amazing things despite being blind so he started his other website called The Blind Blogger to prove there is no excuse to not be successful
- He has since written three books and is working on his fourth
- He's done over 200 podcast interviews, traveled the country solo, sang, done public speaking and been on radio shows
- Who is your success role model? His father
- What is your biggest success? Getting up every day and doing the next thing
- What does a typical day for you look like? Wake up, have some coffee, check some email, ride his stationary bike, then he just gets done whatever needs to get done for the day, watch some tv, read, but he doesn't really have a set schedule
- What is your favorite quote? If you don't ask, they can't say yes" -his father & "When you refuse to ask you rob the other person of the joy they would have received from helping you" -Himself
- What are your hobbies? Reading and listening to old time radio shows
- What is the best business book you've read? Adversity Advantage by Eric Weihenmayer
- If there was one key piece of advice you could leave our listeners with about achieving success, what would it be? Do something solid and concrete every day that you can point to
About our Guest, Maxwell Ivey
Maxwell Ivey is a totally blind man who has gone from morbidly obese failed carnival owner to respected amusement equipment broker in the best health of his life.
He started that first business pre-word press, pre- wifi, and pre-social media.
He had so much to learn including how to hand code html, recruit clients, set fees, write copy, build an email list, use social media, record videos, and much more.
People were inspired by his willingness to take on difficult challenges and encouraged him to share more of what it’s like to be an entreprenur who happens to be blind.
That lead to starting a second website as the blind blogger, writing three books, doing dozens of podcasts and radio show interviews, traveling cross-country solo, becoming an online media publicist, and doing public speaking where he share his inspiring story.