We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Klosky and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking is vital in building any kind of business, but you can’t test your risk-taking gauge until you actually start taking risks! There were numerous times growing my business where I had to take financial risks in order to see a product or an idea through. I’ve been grateful that these risks paid off for the most part, but there’ve been times where fear, confusion, doubt, insecurity, and loss of financial independence creep up on you. Risk-taking is also vital in building character, as you never know what you’re made of until you’re in a position where risk could make or break you, just for that moment.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I will always be an artist and a creative person by nature, but stepping into the role of a business person/CEO was more complicated for me than getting on a stage or being on TV. What we don’t know can sometimes scare us, but as we start to learn new things we forget that walking really isn’t that hard once we know how to take a step, then another one, and then run. How did that happen in the first place? By DOING! Overcoming the challenges, not knowing, is just a leap of faith. The more we trust in something greater than ourselves, the easier it is to figure out solutions because we learn that we are not in control of all of them nor the outcome.
Building a business that stems from my own clinical OCD, was also a challenge because everyone has an opinion on who you are, who they think you should be, who you should represent, and how you should go about representing. A big challenge for me while building my company and my brand for the last 14 years was staying true to myself. Knowing, regardless of how little I knew myself at the time, I knew myself better than anyone else. That my story was true and that helping other people was in my future. How I went about doing that was no one else’s business but my own and along the way I let others affect me because of my own doubt and insecurity. Trust in yourself. Trust in who you are. Trust in a process that you’re not even familiar with yet because the process will show up when you start showing up. I am proud that the O.C.D. Experience has helped thousands of people in this world find order out of chaos. Proud that O.C.D. Experience has helped businesses find more efficient solutions; not only physical solutions but now digital solutions to combat the massive amount of stuff and digital data overwhelming us every day. I am thankful that there are like-minded people who want to work with this company to help others thrive in their lives. I have learned that a TEAM is vital to longevity, to thriving in your unique space and that nothing worth lasting usually comes fast.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s impossible to just pick one person, group, or organization that has been instrumental to the forward progress of my business and my own personal growth as there have been SO many along the way. I would say just look out for the signs. Look out for the clues along the way that are pushing you in a direction that you might not even think of going. Just like risk-taking, it’s important to take risks on your intuition, to not only solidify your own choices and instincts but to learn from your mistakes so you don’t make the same once again. I am so grateful that I have had so many incredible mentors who have helped guide my choices, Who have let me consult with them prior to making choices so when I jumped the fall was less hard on the way down.