Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Robert Shumake Answers Questions about his Book, an Inspirational Guide for Entrepreneurs

Robert Shumake Wrote: For Entrepreneurs who Considered Suicide when Business got Tough. The book contains over 100 easy to apply survival skills to help you succeed in business. Funding a business is one of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face; the book contains a State by State Directory of Funding Sources with contact information.

The Idea behind the Book

Is it an effort for you to get up each morning and face your day? Have you run into some tough business situations? Does your business need a jump start? Are you asking yourself, “How can I help my small business?” Are you looking for direction and motivation to help you create your business plan or to follow through on a business idea?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions then this book is for you!

An interview with Robert Shumake:

The title of the book is very interesting, how did you come up with it?

I thought of this title because entrepreneurs are faced with killing their dreams and ideas constantly. The up and down pressures of doing business successfully often challenges us to give up on our God given gifts and dreams. So, this book was written to encourage others not to kill their dreams.

Is the title reflective of how you were feeling at a certain point in your career?

Yes and No. For example, there have been days when I was not sure if I was going to be able to make payroll or have to shut down my business. But, even in those times I was motivated to continue to pursue my dreams as an entrepreneur.

What was the most important piece of advice you were given when starting out? Who was it from? When did you have to draw on it?

Evander Holyfield once told me that "sometimes you have to squat low in order to jump high." This piece of advice taught me that I have to constantly step back and evaluate where I am are trying to leap. You must build a foundation first and then spring forward! For example, as entrepreneurs, you have to be willing to do a lot of different things in order to succeed.

Who were your major role models?

• My most influential role models were my parents Robert and Deborah Shumake. My mother owns her own printing company and she had many other entrepreneurial efforts in her lifetime. My father taught me about a positive attitude.

• My aunt Phyllis Fletcher Ashford introduced me to the Real Estate business.

• My business role models include Willie Gary, Don King, Craig McCaw and Donald Trump.

What has been your toughest challenge as an entrepreneur so far?

Access to capital is one of the toughest parts about being in business, which is why I have included the funding resources in this book, For Entrepreneurs Who Considered Suicide When Business Got Tough.

With involvement in so many projects, how do you maintain professional and personal success?

I strongly, believe that the Creator does not give me more that I can handle. I stay focused on my goals.

You're realizing a great deal of accomplishment at a relatively young age, what are your future plans?

I plan to become an internationally renowned business leader as well as continue to promote educational achievement and scholarships for future entrepreneurs.

You give seminars at Detroit colleges and universities, are you available for speaking engagements across the United States?

Yes. If you are interested in booking, please contact me.

What prompted you to publish a book?

I wrote this book because of the many conversations I have had with people about how I got started. More importantly, I wrote this book in an effort to raise one MILLION dollars for The Robert S. Shumake Scholarship Relays which promotes entrepreneurship, academic excellence, and home ownership in the next generation of business leaders.