Josh Thayer is a businessman who didn’t have the simplest of starts in life. Surrounded by dangerous environments while growing up. Moving 15 different times by the age of 18. Being homeless on multiple occasions in a town with 5 stop lights. Clearly, nothing seemed to suggest Josh would be able to achieve even a fraction of success.
Yet, deep down Josh had a fire fuelling him. He was absolutely determined to reverse the cycle of his circumstances. Which led him to excel in academics and athletics through hard work, grit and choosing the right people to mentor him.
“I knew growing up that somehow, someway, my current situation wasn’t going to be my final destination.” Josh explains.
In Josh’s view, the greatest obstacle when starting a business is the fear of the unknown. You simply cannot be completely sure of everything. You cannot plan how everything will pan out with supreme precision. Thus, the ability to adapt becomes of paramount importance. Regardless of how airtight the original plan happens to be.
“As Mike Tyson says, “everybody’s gotta plan until they get punched in the mouth…” And every business owner gets punched in the mouth at some point!” Josh points out.
Josh runs a student work program advertising, recruiting and developing college students and non college students alike to develop critical skills that they don’t typically learn in the traditional classroom.
“We call them “skills for life” and being #vectortrained. Our representatives learn networking, leadership, direct sales, goal setting, communication, public speaking, entrepreneurial, presentation, and management skills. We focus on helping our representatives develop the right mindset for success to accomplish their goals and dreams regardless of what path they go down in life.” Josh states.
Josh’s motivation to start his business kicked off at the age of 20 with Vector Marketing, the single-level direct sales company that sells CUTCO®. He began as a representative at the age of 20 and excelled at a high level right off the bat for the national championship winning team that year. He had an array of negative friends and family telling him that he wouldn’t succeed in sales.
Josh simply used that as motivation and fuel to succeed and prove them wrong. He was offered the position to open his own branch and kept facing the same negativity because he was stepping away from his original path of being a teacher. Now 12 years on since he opened his very first branch office, it’s been the best decision Josh has ever made in his life. By going against the grain and not listening to the people that were closest to him.
However, success goes beyond sales numbers, profits, detailed metrics and leading the standings. From Josh’s perspective, success means that one excels in multiple areas of life including but not limited to being an amazing friend, spouse, parent, and businessman or businesswoman.
“Success to me means that you’re happy with where you are but hungry enough to keep reaching higher, humble enough to keep learning, and have the heart to impact as many people as you can along the way.” Josh outlines.
Josh’s upcoming projects consist of systematically improving and streamlining the business in the ever changing virtual world from advertising, recruiting, training, and development aspects. He also wants to use his voice to impact and influence the next group of leaders in America.
“I think that teenagers are starved for having positive role models after they graduate HS and I want to use my coaching abilities to help develop them and turn them into high functioning, successful young professionals regardless of their background or where they come from.” Josh recounts.
If you want to know more about Josh you can also follow him on Instagram.