In this exclusive interview, Dwayne Foreman, CEO, and Founder of Shoot Your Shot Dating App shares his journey as an entrepreneur, inventor, and problem solver.
So meet Dwayne Foreman as he shares how successful entrepreneurs take a business idea, spot a market opportunity, and create an innovative solution to solve the problem and make an impact in the society.
Where did the idea for Shoot Your Shot come from?
The idea came about in 2014. I would dibble and dabble in the New York City nightlife and gained a countless number of friends and associates along the way. Lots of my guy friends would ask me to hook them up with girls I knew.
I would usually play the middle man and being a basketball player throughout my high school career, I would always tell them to “Shoot Your Shot”. I then took it a step further and set up a website where both guys and girls could send messages anonymously to one another and it the feeling was mutual they’d reveal themselves and take it from there.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Wake up at 7:50pm, slowly roll over to my computer desk and start working. Take a 15 minute break for shower and lemon water around 9:30am then, get back to the computer and start working again while listening to motivational podcasts to get me pumped up.
Breakfast break around 11:30am, then back to work around noon. Lunch break around 2:30ish then back to work. Work until 8pm and Dinner afterwards. Brush teeth around 10pm then back the computer for research or completing a tasks I’ve been meaning to get to. Lights out at 12am. I work a lot as you will only get out what you put in. There are no shortcuts, there is no cheating the grind. If you manage your work time wisely and shut off outside distractions, a week of complete focus can set you ahead for several months.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Law of attraction. I deeply visualize what I want, I see it happening, I feel it happening. Then I strategize my plan and get to work on it.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Entrepreneurship. People are leaning towards becoming their own boss as rather than working the standard 9-5. I think it’s really exciting to see people’s dreams come reality!
What is one habit of yours that makes you
more productive as an entrepreneur?
The 10-minute rule. If something can be done around the 10-minute mark, I do it right THEN and THERE expeditiously. I get so much done this way.
What advice would you give your younger self?
To work harder on my natural god-given talents and be more disciplined.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
You can only hold yourself back from success so, the reason you are not where you want to be right is simply because of you
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Research, research and more research. Knowledge is power. Knowing makes all the difference. Continuously research via online, reading and listening to books.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.
Consistency. Staying consistent and giving it your all even on your off days is what will separate you from the rest.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Failure to start DOING. There will never be a perfect time to start. Failing is the building blocks of success and therefore there is no success without it. Embrace it, learn from it and keep going!!
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers? (this should be an actual idea for a business, not business advice)
With the unfortunate covid-19 pandemic upon us, people will start taking precautions on the cleanliness of their environment. I think starting a sterilizing business for commercial properties would be a great idea as now there is no doubt, anything is possible so taking the necessary steps to protect yourself and others around you will make all the difference.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why? (personal or professional)
I recently spent $100 on a nutri-bullet. While being busy on taking on multiple tasks it’s most important you put your health first. Purchasing the machine allowed me to quickly get my daily servings of fruits and veggies.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
I’m not much of a numbers guy, so keeping track of my finances can be a hassle. For that reason,I use an app called Prism. It keeps my finances in order and gives me one less very important thing to worry about. No, I’m not sponsored lol
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Brian’s Winter. I read this book as a kid and it has always been my favorite. The most important message I got from it was that you can always use what you have, even if it’s not much, to make a way for yourself and come out victorious.
What is your favorite quote?
Not necessarily a quote, but more of a lifestyle. “When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful” by my man Eric Thomas.
Key learnings: Write up 3-5 bullet points summarizing the key learnings from your interview.
– Make mistakes, learn from them and keep it moving
– Put in the work, the results will be inevitable
– Believe in yourself, with god and the universe, anything is possible