BI 026: Online Disadvantage and Stolen Value: Jonathan Fields

I listened to a fascinating interview with a very successful blogger, author, and speaker named Jonathan Fields at Blogcast FM. He wrote How to be a Career Renegade and Uncertainty. After hearing his nuggets of wisdom, I need to really take a closer look at his books. I focused on two critical points.

Learn about the biggest disadvantage for online businesses

Learn how he became super successful and how you can apply it to yourself

To hear more from Jonathan Fields, visit his interview, How Jonathan Fields Became a Career Renegade

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4 Responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    Conversely, on the topic of brick-and-mortar businesses, my observations from my previous career in the wholesale costume business, our company had long distributed to mom-and-pop costume shops and other geographically established walk-in businesses. We were hugely successful.

    Then the businesses began dropping like crazy due to the competition of the online retailers. Some tried to compete by starting their own online businesses along with their stores. The stores still went under with a few of the successful onliners struggling to keep in the game. The big online companies became more successful while interlopers came and went.

    Now Morris Costumes (the company for which I managed a distribution warehouse in Downey, CA) has shut down outlying operations like mine and consolidated everything into the main Charlotte, NC center. They still supply some of the stores that remain open. However, their main business now?–internet fulfillment for online retailers.

    We’ve seen this happening with book, music, electronics, and many other retail stores–shut down due to online competition. I would disagree with Field’s premise at least in the long range. Sure, a new business will jump in with a lot of fervor and optimism and might survive a few years, but unless they have something extraordinary to offer to their community and can match prices, it’s unlikely they will survive very long.

    Just my thoughts based on what I’ve seen.

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    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks for sharing your real life experience with brick and mortar Lee. Can’t argue with you there and I agree there are many things needed to make a business succeed. In your case, the online competition did things more efficiently and just ate up the brick and mortar competition. I was purely focusing on each business’ threshold for giving up. Logically, if you have less invested, it’s easier to close up shop when things aren’t going the way you want it. Thanks again!

  2. Shilpan says:

    Buck, Jonathan is an amazing guy. When I had my personal development blog,, he sent me a copy of his book with his signature for a review. I owe him that review, so you may see a post in the future.

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