For words of wisdom from a successful and inspiring entrepreneur, read the interview of John Goullet by IdeaMensch.
Mario founded IdeaMensch because ten years of working in advertising frustrated him so much. He saw so many good ideas get buried by inaction, he turned to the people who managed to take their good ideas and actually create news businesses with them, entrepreneurs. Therefore, IdeaMensch is dedicated to bringing everyone the collective consciousness of successful entrepreneurs, including the vision of John Goullet.
Goullet founded Info Technologies in 1994 to provide staffing services for information technology professionals. He owned and ran it until merging it with Diversant, Inc in 2010, forming Diversant LLC. Diversant LLC is the largest IT staffing firm in the United States owned by African-Americans. Goullet serves as Chairman and Principal.
He started out as a computer consultant, then became an account executive for an IT staffing service before deciding to found his own. When he started in business, he brought his experience and market knowledge of what corporation needed to the table. He matched the skills, work styles and personalities of his consultants with the needs of his corporate clients. Info Technologies became one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country.
Goullet is dedicated to physical fitness. He starts every day in the gym at 6:00 a.m., working out for an hour. He arrives at the office by 8 o’clock, and stays until 6 p.m. unless he has a dinner appointment. He keeps up with the business by paying attention to what’s happening in the labor market. He remains attentive to what IT skills are growing in popularity, and lines up IT professionals who have those skills.
He sees Diversant’s future as bright bright because information technology skills are responsible for a growing amount of the country’s economic activity. The demand for competent IT personnel continues to grow.
What keeps him going is what he calls “productive paranoia.” He pictures his competition as always just behind him, nipping at his heels, ready to take advantage of any weakness.
His final advice to budding entrepreneurs is to look at what the best businesses in their industries do, and emulate those practices.