Jeremy Delk: Embracing Failure
In this episode of Championship Leadership we are honored to have with us Jeremy Delk, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor and a Dynamic Speaker. He will share his journey of how he started in day trading at a young age of 18, and what forces him to join in the industry.
He will also disclose the struggles he went through with his business ventures and important lessons he acquired. These and more!!
Tune in to this episode!!
In This Episode:
[1:44] What does Championship Leadership mean to Jeremy?
[5:55] Who is Jeremy Delk, and what brought him to where he is today?
[11:28] Leaders that have influenced him.
[15:19] His vision, future plans, and the impact he wants to make.
[19:23] A turning point of his life.
[26:55] Episode takeaways.
“Championship leadership is leading by example.”
“In business, people are the kind of glue that goes in there.”
“It doesn’t matter what your competitors say, just as long as you have your core value system, and you’re able to focus. That’s all you matter.”
“Discipline beats talent every day of the week.”
“There is no such thing as a good or bad thing that happens to you. It’s the actions and emotions that we apply to those events that will later dictate if they were a good or a bad thing.”
“Life’s hard with money. It’s nearly impossible without it. “
“Component of adversity and instability is the thing that kind of shapes and hardens us to be able to do great things. So look at it that way. Change your perspective on failure.”
“Just don’t worry about the noise. Just get started and change your perspective on.”
About The Guest:
I’m a serial entrepreneur with a passion for disrupting industries. Since 2001, my businesses have earned hundreds of millions in revenue, created 100’s of high paying American jobs, as well as other notable distinctions.
Born and raised in a small town and from a blue-collar household, my parents worked for the post office. However, I always held much bigger dreams. I longed to experience the world outside my small hometown of Bardstown, Kentucky.
I jumped into entrepreneurial ventures with the naivety of a child and the tenacity of a tycoon. I started the day trading at the age of sixteen, learning and failing with each trade. It is this process of adapting through failures that is paramount to my success in business.
After high school, I attended college in Rhode Island under a business & marketing scholarship. However, I spent most of my class time using my palm pilot to day trade. By the age of 19, I earned 30K to 50K a day as a day trader from the desk of his college classroom. I felt invincible!
As quickly as the money came, it vanished just as fast. After amassing almost 2 million in my early twenties as a day trader, it took me only four days to lose it all! The tech bubble has a way of making people go broke quickly.
To make ends meet, I began renting apartments, earning commissions on the sales. As luck would have it, one of the people was a newly relocated executive at Fidelity in Boston.
My knowledge and skill as a day trader would help me land a job as one of the youngest brokers at Fidelity trading institutional equities in Boston and later in New York. I was earning great money, but it didn’t fulfill the entrepreneurial spark within me, so I decided to go out on his own.
Delk Enterprises has grown from making $6,000 in its first year in business to a diversified VC fund that has built and exited investments in both private and public transactions. Today, more than 20 years later, Delk Enterprises has holdings in biotech & healthcare, consumer brands, technology, building materials, and real estate development.
I’m now focusing on investing in and advising entrepreneurs through speaking. My upcoming book shares my reality of the Good, Bad, and UGLY of entrepreneurship. It serves as a not-so-subtle reminder of fundamental principles I’ve learned through my journey: while great times don’t last forever, neither do the truly bad ones.
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