Sean: So Fredrick, this is the most interesting question that we usually touch base on during the beginning of the show. And that is. What is your startup journey?
I mean, you started out this thing called the creativity school and you started your own publishing company. How did that happen? Where did you get the idea? Where did you get the inspiration funding, whatever it is that moved you from point A to point B? We want to know the story behind it.
Fredrick: Well, I would say it was really born out of struggle.
Well firstly, my publishing, when I wrote my first book, I tried to find an agent. I was rejected 44 times. So I couldn’t find an agent. I was getting rejected, left, right, and center. So that’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands and self-publish. And so that was the beginning of Kyomya publishing and I decided to really just take control and publish my own work.
And as far as, you know, becoming an entrepreneur about July last year, I had just finished a work situation and it wasn’t satisfactory to me. So I didn’t really, you know, my prospects weren’t really looking so good, you know, finding another job and it was really difficult. So I just decided to start what I was doing and just go for it.
So that is the background to what I’m doing now.
Sean: Tell us about the creativity school. How did you get the idea of starting that out? I understand that you got rejected by publishers and there are a certain number of people I know in my network who. Pretty much went through the same struggle. I mean, if you’re an author for the first time, you don’t have a name for yourself.
No one knows you. No one knows your stuff. It is a struggle. I understand Kyomya publishing was born out of that struggle. But how about The Creativity School? What’s the story behind that?
Fredrick: Well, The Creativity School, it was less of a lightning bolt kind of moment. It was really just kind of, it took a while to kind of take shape.
When I first started, it looked very different from what it looks like now actually, I really just wanted to create a platform where learning was more exploratory and learning was more interactive. So it wasn’t just like me giving instruction to whoever is on the platform. I really wanted the platform to be an exploration of different topics, you know, self-mastery, money, things like that. So that’s really the idea behind the creativity school. And that’s the reason I created the creativity school to explore all these different topics.