Billionaire: Secrets to Success [Bill Bartmann] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. There have been plenty of books written on the topic of. Talk about ups and downs: Bill Bartmann grew up poor, was no stranger to booze or gangs, had a bad accident and was told he’d never walk again, got rich. How do you succeed after failure? The founder and CEO of CFS2 Inc., a debt collection company based in Tulsa, tells Inc.’s Scott Gerber how it’s done.
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Talk about ups and downs: Bill Bartmann grew up poor, was no stranger to booze or gangs, had a bad accident and was told he’d never walk again, got rich, went broke, and is now on the rise. No wonder his memoir is titled Bouncing Back. Who better to offer advice on how to recover from failure than a guy who has recovered from many and is now standing taller than ever? You can’t be in denial about whose fault it is.
Reinventing Bill Bartmann
We entrepreneurs tend to think we’re the smartest guys in the room. When a business fails, almost always it’s our fault. Once you take the blame, you’ve already solved half the problem. When you learn failure isn’t fatal, you become less afraid of it.
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When your business fails and your life goes to hell in a handbasket, you think depressing things, from “Where did I go wrong?
You say, “What do I do to get out of this hole? I was one of eight kids in a family that bartmsnn had to choose between paying bills or buying groceries.
I saw bill collectors being mean and nasty. Forty years later, when I had a chance to buy delinquent loans for pennies on the dollar, I thought, What if I treat the people who owe this money with dignity and respect?
You collect more by using honey instead of vinegar. I’ve had people offer me a billion dollars more than once. We voted as a family and said no.
Part of that is the optimism of the entrepreneur. If you think you’re at the top, you’ll sell. But if you think you’re on the upslope, you won’t. In hindsight, I look back and say, “What the hell was I thinking?
We chartered a fleet of s bull year to fly 6, people to Disney World. What investor in my company would let bartmanm do that? A couple million years of evolution have taught us how to survive by making right decisions. We should trust that more. But it can’t be that easy. You’ve been rich but also missed chances to get richer. Gut instinct versus expertise. Which is more important?