What makes John Lee Dumas happy?

I love listening to podcasts.

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One of my favourites is, Entrepreneur on Fire.

The host, John Lee Dumas, interviews entrepreneurs about the, interesting but convoluted, journeys they’ve traversed, to get where they are today.

John himself has an interesting story.

In 2002, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US army.

His class was the first commissioned after 9/11 and so they all knew they’d be doing active service in the middle east. A year later, John started a 13 month deployment in Iraq, as an Armour platoon leader (in a tank).

Seven years on and John found himself back on the civilian street, not really knowing what to do with himself.


Firstly, he went to law school but didn’t like it and so he dropped out.

He then tried corporate finance for a couple of years but his passion for that soon fizzle out. Next came a tech start-up in New York, which didn’t succeed.

So he switched to real estate in San Diego for a bit but ended up going back to Maine (his home state). There, he worked in commercial real estate which, again, failed to ignite his passion.

So at 32 years of age, John was in his car, on the way to the gym, doing something he loved to do, which was, listen to business podcasts.

The trouble is, he loved listening to business podcasts so much, he ran out of podcasts to listen to.

This is when he had his, “Ah-Ha moment”.

He thought, “I love these entrepreneur stories, but nobody does a seven day a week podcast. Why not?”

John sought some advice about doing a seven day a week podcast, from some experienced podcasters.

They all basically said the same thing, “You can’t do it seven days a week. If you don’t run out of interviewees, you’ll run out of time and energy. It’s too much work”

Totally inexperienced, in the world of presenting and podcasting, John went ahead with it anyway.

The result?

As yet, 340 podcasts in, he hasn’t run out of interviewees, time or energy.

In fact, he records a weeks worth of podcasts on a Monday, which can occupy him for 16 hours and has the rest of the week to promote, work on other projects and if he’s so chooses to, relax.

So how is John’s podcast doing?

Not that bad, put it this way, it went to number 1 in the business podcast charts on iTunes, knocking business podcast king, Dave Ramsey, off the top spot, which he’d occupied for five years.


Here are a few things that make John happy…

What’s your favourite book?

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Compound effect Darren Hardy.

It tells you that life isn’t easy. It takes working hard everyday, having small little tiny wins that over time, add up to really big wins.

It was all my little wins, that I kept chipping away at, that finally added up to the number one ranking on the business podcast charts on iTunes.


What’s your favourite podcast?

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How Stuff Works.


What are you grateful for today?


The freedom to pursue my passions…aka: EntrepreneurOnFire.


Which person inspired you or which person do you think is inspiring and why?


Pat Flynn inspired me as he showed that honesty, transparency and giving away incredible value is a recipe for success!


What one event has been the most memorable / most enjoyable in your life and why?


The day my girlfriend Kate was able to join me full time at EntrepreneurOnFire as we are able to build something amazing together.


Is there something that’s happened to you, which at the time was seemingly negative but eventually turned out to be positive?

Quitting law school seemed like a negative at the time, but it allowed me to pursue passions later in life.



John Lee Dumas is the Founder and Host of EntrepreneurOnFire, a top ranked business podcast that interviews today’s most inspiring and successful Entrepreneurs 7-days a week.

His book, “Podcast Launch” the #1 ranked book in Amazon on podcasting, and Podcasters’ Paradise is a community for Podcasters to create, grow, and monetize their podcast.

EntrepreneurOnFire generates over 500,000 unique downloads a month with past guests such as Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Barbara Corcoran, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Guy Kawasaki.

Recaps of the 300+ episodes and MUCH more can be found at EOFire.com, Prepared to IGNITE!

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