Ready for Anything

Contently's Shane Snow: Look for Patterns of Success (Podcast)

Contently's Shane Snow: Look for Patterns of Success (Podcast)
Image credit: Kian
Shane Snow at Mixopolis Recording Studio
Entrepreneur Staff
2 min read

Listen to Ready For Anything podcast Episode 3, with Linda Lacina and Shane Snow with the audio player below.

As a web programmer in college, Shane Snow made $8 an hour at a startup in Idaho. He’d calculate down to the minute how much money he’d earned, dime by dime.

Meanwhile, he watched his boss create a system to automate his small business, ensuring much could run without him. The experience taught Snow a host of lessons, including the importance of seeing time as an investment in something greater, something that an hourly wage can’t really measure.

Snow would continue to look for patterns of success, charting everything from what makes the best pizza to the best blog or magazine article (slideshow below). That practice serves him today in his journalism career as well as in a series of ventures he's run, some that funded his expenses at Columbia’s graduate journalism school. He’s currently a co-founder for Contently, a technology company that connects brands to more than 55,000 freelance creatives and the author of Smart Cuts: How Hackers, Innovators and Icons Accelerate Success, a book that decodes how the fastest changes happen. 

We talk to Snow about not trading money for time and what drove him to chart and study things like the Michael Jordan of every industry or the world's fastest revolutions. He'll explain why he wasn't worried when he had just 63 cents in the bank before Contently secured funding and why the biggest mistake anyone can make is often not thinking big or weird enough. Learn more in this podcast about how he studies success -- and looking for patterns can teach you.

To follow this podcast series and others in the future, follow us on the following platforms:

SoundCloud

Stitcher

iTunes

More from Entrepreneur

Grow Your Business at Entrepreneur LIVE! Join us on Nov. 16 in Brooklyn, NY, to learn from legends like Danica Patrick and Maria Sharapova, pitch our editors, meet with investors, and potentially walk away with funding!
Register here

One-on-one online sessions with our experts can help you start a business, grow your business, build your brand, fundraise and more.
Book Your Session

In as little as seven months, the Entrepreneur Authors program will turn your ideas and expertise into a professionally presented book.
Apply Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.