Meet Brian Marr, EO Detroit Member and President of National Wholesale Printing Corporation. He’s this month’s member spotlight and he’s filled with insight. Get to know Brian, his company, and his experience with EO and entrepreneurship!
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
1. Vision combined with commitment
2. The ability to recognize your best skills and focus on them
How do you generate new ideas?
I meet and talk with people everywhere I go – ask a lot of questions (then I listen, really listen).
Name one business failure and what have you learned from it?
Biggest failure would be letting someone into my world that doesn’t belong. I’ve learned that when the right people surround me I am at my best.
What is your greatest business fear, and how do you manage it?
Boredom. When I catch myself becoming bored I push myself to start being creative again. Change things up or start something new. I typically disagree with the saying, “Don’t fix it if it’s not broke.” I tend to believe that if it’s left alone long enough it probably is broke or worst yet some other bored entrepreneur will fix it first!
How do you define success?
Easy one. Every morning I wake up (off to a good start already) open one eye then the other and say, “Thank god that was only a dream I was having. I‘m back to my real life and I love it! What’s next?”
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Paying off the bank
What is one thing that no one knows about you?
Can’t tell you – then everybody would know!
Truth is, there is very little that people don’t know about me – I’m a pretty open kind of guy. I love to tell my story and love hearing yours.
Secrets just aren’t much fun!
Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most?
A lot of my clients run charitable type businesses. I get a firsthand look at how dedicated they are to helping others. Their success is usually measured in how much they can give not make.
What is your favorite EO memory?
So many…tough one. Too many to choose just one.
But I can say that I really enjoy our Forum Retreats – In our forum, it’s where life-long friendships are made.
What is your favorite thing or place in Detroit?
Red Wing Hockey
In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.