A Personal Note from Me, the Author of The Solopreneur’s Guide

December 9th, 2008 by | Print


Most of the posts that I leave here are focused on business advice. As my mission states, I’m here to help you, the solopreneur, create and grow a successful, sustainable business. I usually don’t leave posts that simply are a musing, a thought of the day or what’s happening in my day. I hope that this hasn’t made my posts seem impersonal.


I know that you want to interact with a person and not just some faceless machine that generates advice. I plan on adding a photo up on my home page (and some video and audio). It’s not that I am overly hideous or handsome. I simply have spent my time focused on getting the blog going and propagated throughout the Internet instead of snapping mug shots. Plus, writing is one of my primary passions – so I have focused most of my time on this medium.


You can read some of my professional information on my “About” page. Hopeful you get a sense of who I am from my writing. I look to offer advice, but not in an antiseptic manner.


Let me tell you a little bit more about who I am and what I believe in.


I’m 38 years old, a married father of two. I got the even split – one kisses and hugs daughter and one crazy son – fortunately both are healthy.


I come from a family of 5 boys and two girls. I’m third from the top. I was born in Japan and have lived in several states across the US. I tell most people it was because we were running from the law. In reality, my parents kept moving from one opportunity to another to do their best to provide for their family. I loved moving often growing up. It has evolved into a love of traveling. I believe that travel can be one of the best learning experiences.


Nothing is more important to me than my family and friends.


I currently co-own and operate an award winning, fine dining establishment, The Rose Restaurant, in northern Arizona and author this soon to be popular blog.


I previously worked in various roles in restaurants, as an actor, in retail and computer memory. I have managed and mentored many people over the years. Helping others realize their personal and professional potential has become one of my passions.


My biggest reward in life has been the birth of my two children.


My biggest challenges have been:

1) 11 years ago when I started my journey as a recovering alcoholic and then,

2) over the last 3 years while moving to a new town and taking ownership of my restaurant, shortly thereafter my wife underwent brain surgery with multiple complications. In the midst of her long recovery, we experienced three deaths in 1 year of family and friends – first my father-in-law, then the much too early and unexpected deaths of a friend / employee and one of my brothers. Through all of this, I still feel fortunate.


Some of my beliefs are:


  • I believe in honesty and integrity.
  • I believe that we all have unique qualities and unused potential. We are both teacher and student.
  • I believe in a solid work ethic. Work first – play later.
  • I believe that we get more out of giving than taking. I always try to give more than I am asked for – in quality first, then quantity.
  • I love to learn and believe that taking action creates an experience, which is the best teacher of all.
  • I love exceeding goals. I believe that a solid understanding of self while implementing and focusing on a sound process is the best way to achieve goals.
  • I believe that being in the right place at the right time is possible, but the possibility increases exponentially by learning, working hard and creating opportunities for luck to happen.
  • I believe in challenging and beating the odds. “David and Goliath” was my favorite story as a child.


I don’t believe in get rich quick schemes (but, there are ways to get rich quicker).


I don’t believe in letting others do for you what you “should” do for yourself. (I do believe in delegation and joint ventures.) There are certain responsibilities that we all have. Greater satisfaction and rewards come from living up to your responsibilities. This doesn’t mean that you can do it all on your own. You need the support and sometimes the expertise of others. But, if you have the ability to do it, then get to it.


As The Solopreneur’s Guide grows, I hope that we have a greater interaction and connection. I truly wish you “all the best”.


Doug Dolan
The Solopreneur’s Guide


2 Responses to “A Personal Note from Me, the Author of The Solopreneur’s Guide”

  1. Annemarie McArdle-Dempsey Says:

    One of the reasons I subscribed to your blog is that after reading some of the information you posted I felt as if you were someone I could listen to and respect. I wish you much luck and I would like to post a link to your blog on my myspace business page. Please let me know if you can provide that link to me and if that would be acceptable to you. It has been a slow process building a reputation to provide a decent product at a decent price. Sharing information with you and listening to your advice I feel can help motivate me in the direction of acheiving my goals. I know mentors can be found in the most odd places. I hope that I learn from you and that my business will grow in the near future.
    Thank you,

  2. Douglas Dolan Says:


    Thank you for the kind words. I am happy to hear that you are finding value in my advice. I would be happy to have you post links from my blog to yours. I will email you with the links.

    Plus, if you want advice in the future that you don’t see on my blog, feel free to email me at thesologuide@gmail.com.


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