About Skills for Entrepreneurs

John teaching class in Skills for Entrepreneurs

Skills for Entrepreneurs is run by me, John di Stefano, teaching and supporting entrepreneurs to learn the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

Who is John di Stefano

AND HOW DOES HE KNOW ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP?​

I’m a family guy, in my mid-fifties, who learned and practiced entrepreneurship since my early twenties. I lived in several European countries and ran eight companies during that time. The Entrepreneur Academy is my number nine, with Skills for Entrepreneurs as the main outlet.

Like many entrepreneurs, I had my ups and downs and went from amazing times all the way down to really bad times and ending in losing all my savings, straight into debt. But I got myself out it with the help of my family and many people I met along the way. If that was you, thanks again for all your help and advice.

How did Skills for Entrepreneurs begin

A LITTLE STORY ABOUT A BIG DREAM

All the things I’ve learned during my career have put me where I am today. Along the way I had so many reasons to give up and believe me, there were many times when that was all I wanted to do. I didn’t! Not because I was so strong and focused on my success, but because of my family and friends who pushed me not to give up. And I am glad they did.

Driven by the idea to help others become successful entrepreneurs and the knowledge that many new entrepreneurs don’t have that kind of support, in 2014, I made up my mind to become a teacher and supporter of entrepreneurs.

A few years ago, I was invited to speak at a public conference about entrepreneurship, the struggles and rewards, and what we, as seasoned entrepreneurs, could do to support new entrepreneurs.

After this conference, so many people, inspired by what I said, came to me and asked me for advice. Their questions often came down to fear of losing everything and about not having any support and ran all the way towards discussing business ideas and how to find out what to do next.

That’s when I knew that I was on the right path and a picture started to develop in my mind, and as more I spoke about it as stronger became that feeling, that this is what I need to do.

Why I do what I do

IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY, FAME OR PRESTIGE

My family is my main motivator, especially my granddaughter who told me outright, that she wants to become an entrepreneur when she is 10 years old. What can I say, I have to get ready.

I am especially thankful to my wife who has always supported me in my adventures and pushed me to keep going when things didn’t go as they should.

Dominique and me
My wife Dominique and I

Skills for Entrepreneurs exists to support you in every way.

THIS IS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY

I created Skills for Entrepreneurs for you. So you have a place to learn the skills you need to create your own future the way you like it and how it fits you.

I don’t just teach and deliver knowledge, but I also help you practice and develop yourself further. I love hearing your stories of your own successes, keep them coming so we all can learn from you.

Thank you for reading this! I’d love you to join us on our journey. Why don’t you?

The Dolphins in Varna, Bulgaria, are true entrepreneurs making a real difference.

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YouthProActive

YouthProAktiv is an international organization that aims to create a generation of proactive individuals ready to invest their talents for the betterment of society by starting their own business and creating jobs for themselves and the others.

LinkedIn & Medium

I have been writing articles on the LinkedIn and Medium platforms for many years now and I am actively engaged with other writers, entrepreneurs, and business owners via LinkedIn and Medium networks. You can check out my articles on LinkedIn here and my articles on Medium you can find here.

Testimonials

Mircea Marzan​, MD, EMBA, Director, “Ana ASLAN” International Foundation​

Working with John, even if for a few short sessions, has been refreshing, energizing and also (positively) challenging.

Cristian Roja, Engineer

As a novice in this field, the most important lesson that I’ve learned is that it all comes down to taking that first step towards your goal. Even if it’s a small one, it still counts. It’s the hardest, but most important. After that, everything will come together.​

Kristof Geldhof, Software Developer

The coaching sessions with John are always very productive. John really challenges our ideas. He forces us to focus on the next step to take without losing ourselves in big ideas and complexity.

Diana Siepmann, Health Coach

Working with John has not only given me direction and insight, it has given me the encouragement to push past my fears.

Andy Whittle, Event Host, Trainer / Co-Founder Imagination Club

The energy and attention that John gives you is second to none. His experience and knowledge of how entrepreneurship works can give anyone the edge when launching their own businesses. His hard hitting, no-nonsense approach leaves no room for being fluffy, he gets to the point, gives concrete advice and leaves you with the confidence to move forward.​

Chalks Corriette, Entrepreneur

What I enjoy when working with John is his Character. Always full of energy, able to have fun, positively gives you feedback that you can use, even if you don’t like it! For people that are ready to make the jump from dreaming about their project or business idea, to making it a reality, John is the man to move you forward.​