We had the good fortune of connecting with Erick Dobranski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erick, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“He who fears death will never do anything worthy of a living man”.
If we replace the word “death” with any of the top fears that hold us back in life this makes more sense.
The Fear of Rejection
The Fear of Failure.
The Fear of Success
The Fear of Uncertainty.
The Fear of Loneliness.
The Fear of Change.
The Fear of Loss of Freedom.
The Fear of Being Judged.
The Fear of Getting Hurt.
The Fear of Inadequacy.
“He who fears “failure” will never do anything worthy of a living man”.
“He who fears “success” will never do anything worthy of a living man”.
“He who fears “being judged” will never do anything worthy of a living man”.
… and so on.
I put this mentality towards EVERYTHING! From business to personal relationships. This is my go to quote.
Growing up introverted I always wondered why I didn’t have the things other people had. After reading a couple personal development and business books I realized… I was scared to go for those things.
Yes, it did take a while to internalize this quote. And yes, there was a lot of growing pain and failures… but you only fail if you quit right? So I pushed through the pain and kept this quote top of mind.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am all over the place.. in a good way. I wear many hats. By day I am a marketer. I provide marketing services to clients to help market their brands better. I am also a licensed real estate agent. I’ll consider these my day jobs.
My “side hustles” are more where I can consider myself an entrepreneur. I have my LLC in which I focus on buying wholesale items and selling them on ecommerce platforms. Of course I bring my marketing background to creatively sell these items. I’ve enjoyed doing this and still do this to this day but I have branched from selling someone else product to creating my own. I am currently working on some apparel. The brand is called Caps Lock Official. It will be “the last hat you’ll ever buy”… Stay tuned.
I am excited about being able to create my own brands with the steady income I have from selling on ecommerce platforms and my day jobs.
I cannot say this was easy. Again I had many fears of failure, success, judgement, etc. But I kept pushing. I also have some brands I started that have not done soo well… but can I consider it failure if I haven’t given up yet? haha
My mind set is definitely what gets me through it. If my apparel brand fails… “hey! I got a bunch of apparel I like!”.
If my ecommerce fails “well.. I’m back where I started and I learned a lot.. What’s next?”.
The biggest lesson I learned is a generic one… “Not to give up” sounds so mundane but it’s true. You only fail if you give up.
Look back and think of an idea you had.. let’s say 5, 10 years ago. If you pushed and proceeded with this idea, with road bumps and all, where would you be today?
Another “small” but important lesson is that if your product or brand doesn’t work in the niche you are pursuing try getting creative and explore another niche you wouldn’t normally pursue. I believe there are a ton of smaller niches that are hardly touched that others and me as a marketer should explore.
I’d want the world to know more about my story aside from my brands. I’d like to inspire another introverted 14 year old in high school that change is possible… or any age!
I went from days of not speaking to anyone because I was extremely shy to being the social butterfly and actually being great at networking.
All you got to do is take that uncomfortable risk and go for what you want! Baby steps or huge leaps just move towards the direct you want daily.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’ll my friends know I love hosting them. Since I live close to breweries we would definitely start there. I’ve had quite a taste for sours lately.
I am pretty spontaneous. I’ve been known to start with dinner and drinks at some popular restaurants to spontaneously buying tickets to a baseball game while mid bite into my burger.
I usually keep up with events going on in my city so if something was happening in downtown or at one of the sports areas in my city I’d know about it and we’d attend.
Regardless one of the days we would end up at the beach. Either to enjoy the weather or the crowds out there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of course my mother, Martha Dobranski. She has always been a hustler! I always watched her succeed. She always managed to make it work.
I believe success can be defined in many ways. With my mother there was always food on the table and then some. She gave my brother and I what we needed and much more. I can say that is successful but in reality it is beyond success and she provided us with the world!
From life lessons to business advice she’s always shared the best advice…. even when I didn’t want to listen.. she was right. haha
She has been my inspiration to not just succeed in business but to always do better.