What do you call an entrepreneur that travels for a living? Before this question is answered, what then do you call an individual that travels during a global pandemic despite the risks involved? If you have guessed it right then you would have come up with the title, a very brave “Travelpreneur”; Joshua Pollitt the Founder & CEO of East Coast Magazine explains in his interview his life as an entrepreneur and all of what traveling has done for him. He also details the importance of taking risk during volatile social periods in life such as the current Covid-19 pandemic.
In a conversation with Joshua Pollitt, you will come to discover that he isn’t your average entrepreneur sitting on a billion dollars of revenue, at least not yet going off the major moves he has been making to reach that financial mark. This young mastermind has learned from his experience of traveling throughout the entire United States over the majority of 2020 as one of the most important investments we could make in our lives.
Bonni3: Who is Joshua Pollitt?
Joshua: (smirking) Where do I begin? Well I will say this as I am the one and only Joshua Pollitt here today. From what I know and observe of myself I can take the honest account that I am for one not your average person as I still continue to find myself as a very eccentric and adventurous individual. In a very humble nutshell I find myself as this savant who continues to navigate, earn and learn his willingful way through the labyrinth of life. Hopefully that answers your question. (Bursts out in laughs)
Bonni3: (smiling) So when did you become an entrepreneur?
Joshua: There are two split answers to this question because in all honesty I’ve been an entrepreneur since I was 9 years old. However formally I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2014 which is around the same time when I found East Coast Magazine as well as starting graduate school at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
Bonni3: That is very interesting Joshua, what program did you study in graduate school?
Joshua: I took up the Masters of Arts: Organizational Leadership Program.
Bonni3: Do you believe that being a graduate student at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania is what enhanced your life further into entrepreneurship?
Joshua: You know Bonni3 from time to time I constantly revisit this mental area of my past and I can honestly answer this by saying “Yes” being a graduate student at Mansfield in that particular program has indeed furthered my life into the realm of entrepreneurship.
Bonni3: Could you explain in detail just how the graduate program has done so?
Joshua: Well for starters, I never knew that the program would have the lasting effect upon me until I learned about “Organizational Planning”, this particular class taught me about the “C-Suite Executive Board” within any company and the importance of it as well as the roles those within a C-Suite E-Board in any company.
Bonni3: When you mention C-Suite do you mean the different chief roles and positions of individuals such as a CEO, CFO and the like?
Joshua: Yes Bonni3, that is exactly what I am talking about. That class alone taught me not only the different chief roles within most companies but the details of what these roles entail entirely. For instance the CEO is the Chief Executive Officer and oversees the entirety of the company whilst making sure every other subordinate is in alignment with the company’s vision. The CFO has the highest financial rank in any company. The list goes on and on but it’s important to know these differences because you would never want to dive into a position that’s way over your head or outside of your potential capability.
Bonni3: Interesting take Joshua, so what is it like being a CEO?
Joshua: Check this example out for size. There are financial heroes that we truly acknowledge when they have accomplished feats beyond what was expected of them. Elon Musk is a prime example to use in answering your question and if you do not know who this man is let me inform you. He is the founder, CEO, CTO and chief designer of SpaceX. He is also the current CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc. Of course we all have heard of the Tesla car that runs on electricity but we must take notice of the mind it requires to design such a product of society. Just recently Mr. Musk became what is known as a centi-billionaire, surpassing Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world just recently in January, 2021. So to fully answer your question, modeling the excellence of great people like Mr. Musk is what it is like being a CEO. I continuously aim to be better than what I was the moment before so in effort I go about reaching my accomplishments in small increments. Does that make sense?
Bonni3: Yes it sure does male a hell of a lot of sense and to be honest I have heard of Elon Musk but I never knew of the majority of his accolades. Do you think you will become the next “centi-billionaire” ?
Joshua: (laughs out loud) I am currently working on that just know it’s all in the plan but for now let me enjoy my centi-thousandaire lifestyle whilst working towards becoming a centi-millionaire first.
Bonni3: (laughs out loud) I am pretty sure that I am not the only one to state this but you’re one humble yet confident individual and I really respect that. Good for you Joshua. I Feel as if you will go very far in life.
Joshua: (smiling humbly) Thank You, Thank You
Bonni3: Let’s talk about traveling, what influences you to travel and why do you enjoy it?
Joshua: Traveling to me is more than just a chance to get away for a vacation as most people do. Traveling is the grand opportunity to earn, learn as well as grow in many ways than you are able to when you’re stuck in one city or area. You see it’s like this, traveling offers you the favorable advantage to opt into discovering information as well as different cultures outside of what you are used to. To me this is very influential because I am able to not only network more but I am able to network with people that I would have never met had I not taken the trip to the desired destination. I enjoy it because it’s breath-taking as well as the fact that I meet new people that at times are willing to help me with my brand development. That part right there is probably the greatest reason as to why I enjoy it because you never know who you may meet in life when you travel that may take you and your career to the next level. To that end, traveling is one of the many elemental pieces of a sound foundation for “shared reciprocity”.
Bonni3: (smiling intensely) Well excuse me good sir, pardon me will you. Joshua it seems as if traveling is what you’re all about. Did you travel much during 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic?
Joshua: Stranger than Fiction, I actually traveled most of the entire year. Please do not judge me but I did it for many reasons and let me tell you I’ve learned so, so much.
Bonni3: (Speaking loudly with shock and excitement) Oh my God are you serious? Weren’t you scared of the possibility of catching Covid-19? How did you manage all of that with the restrictions and so forth traveling from state to state?
Joshua: Remember before how I stated that there are many opportunities out there, well with opportunities comes risks. I just like Elon Musk believed in reaching your highest mark in life as a CEO and many times these high marks require high risks. Unfortunately Covid-19 has hit us all pretty much out of nowhere and I knew that I would not let anything stop me from becoming successful especially with the chance to travel to many different states all across the US for a low expense if not free during most of my time traveling. I for one was never scared because I did my intense research and I’ve come to learn that Covid-19 is nothing more than an intense flu. The fact that I am very healthy and eat well, I made sure to maintain a certain faith that I would be alright despite the pandemic. As to the different states I went to and fro, I basically held high respects for the policies of social distancing that each state required and played my part as an honest and obedient civilian.
Bonni3: (Smiling intensely) Joshua it’s pretty clear with all that you’ve told me today that you’re quite the extraordinary gentlemen, any last takeaways for future entrepreneurs who plan to travel?
Joshua: Thank you Bonni3, I appreciate you saying this to me. So here is what I will say for future or current “Travelpreneurs” that still question the chances and opportunities in traveling despite social periods of limitations such as that of the current Covid-19 era. If you reside in let’s say Florida which is open unlike many other states and you’re granted the grand chance to travel for opportunities in effort of financial gain due to your desire for an up in your career, take it and get on it ASAP! I state this because you never know when that opportunity may come around or surface itself again. On behalf of my own experience I was able to travel most of 2020 due to my strong network of people that I met online via social media who were obviously from other regions of the U.S. When those opportunities came about I got on top of them fast. I did not care for what was happening as to Covid-19 because I for one unlike most people follow a quote that 50 Cent the hip hop artist used quite often, If you’re a true entrepreneur you must “get rich or die trying”. That is my takeaway for any of those who wonder how I did it and what to use as continued motivation. Yes Covid-19 is very real and people are dying from it but what happens when opportunities arise during times like we are in now. This is something that any entrepreneur in flight of traveling success must answer.
Bonni3: Thank you Joshua, this was quite a discussion that I have yet to have with anyone in such a long time. I learned so much from you today and I know that other entrepreneurs reading this interview will find it as a major help in their path towards success in life.
Joshua: Your welcome Bonni3, it was indeed a pleasure you have helped remind myself more that it’s not just about me but indeed my story as well as my experience via traveling as an entrepreneur will be of help to someone else just as Elon Musk has been and continues to be for me.
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