When Scott Donnell blew his ACL playing tennis, he thought it was all over.
As an All-American at Willamette University, tennis was Scott’s ticket to a potential career with a sustainable cash flow.
After finding the Acton School of Business and many 100-hour weeks, Scott launched a business in the middle of the 2008 financial crisis aimed at helping schools fundraise more than ever before while teaching students leadership skills.
Fast-forward to today, Scott’s company – Apex Leadership Co. – has helped raise more than $50 million for 2300 schools in 26 states, ultimately, serving over 2 million students. In 2017, Apex was awarded the #1 Ranked Franchise in their category by Entrepreneur.
A couple things to listen for in this episode:
- Why common fundraising methods for non-profits are faulty (and a better approach with more upside)
- Why event-based fundraising has exploded and helped Scott create a multi-million dollar business
- How a $1 million lawsuit (that happened a week after launching) almost put Apex under (and the 73 year old lawyer who saved the day)
- Scott’s advice for navigating business deals when you’re just getting started
- What bad traits in business relationships to look for so that you don’t lose your investment capital
- How Scott creates a win-win with his franchise business model that results in long-term royalties and lucrative investment opportunities
- Why even the most popular names might not carry the weight of a franchise investment
- Where to start with business and investments (whether you’re an athlete or just curious about building your wealth)
- The tried and true piece of wisdom that makes or breaks your long-term wealth
- The controversial (but best) piece of advice Scott ever received about building wealth
- Why you have to eat, sleep, and breath your business when you’re first getting started
- The million dollar question: what’s the most important piece to growing a successful business?
- The mindset you must have if you’re looking to bring on people in your business
- The core steps to creating a self-managing company
- The boring and unsexy book that’s been a huge part of Scott’s business success
- Scott’s ambitious goals in business
- The advice Scott would give to a smart, driven athlete, who’s transition from closing out their career to jumping into the business world
- “Our society takes money away from those who need it the most and puts it in the pockets of those who might not be not adding much good to society.”
- “In business you have to have grit and perseverance to never give up.”
- “The best people are always one step ahead and going the extra mile. Finding the things they can do to serve.”
- “The key to wealth is just spending less than you make.”
- “Don’t ever be afraid to have money burning a hole in your pocket for awhile.”
- “Bringing on people is an investment, not an expense.”
- “My goal by bringing someone on is that they’re going to set me free by doing something better than me.”
- “There’s a lot of things I can do that somebody else can easily do just as good, if not better than me.”
- Apex Leadership Co.
- DISC Personality Assessment
- Tim Ferriss
- Acton School Of Business
- How I Built This
Books Scott Mentioned (amazon links):