We had the good fortune of connecting with Ted Dorsey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ted, what is the most important factor behind your success?
All success in business begins with the passion of the founder. The person who wants to start a chiropractic business believes in body alignment. The dog groomer loves dogs and likes taking care of them. Me? I love education. I love helping people become smarter by increasing their knowledge, problem-solving ability, and confidence. When you have that underlying passion, you’ll do your work with more energy and thoughtfulness. When you do your work that way, you will end up with happy clients. When you have happy clients, you will have a successful brand and business!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Tutor Ted is “the little engine that could.” We started organically, built slowly, and always maintained our goals and our ethics. Along the way, the team and I have written and published seven books and one deck of flash cards. We now have two successful online courses. To make this happen, we’ve learned and applied one new skill at a time. We’ve made good plans and executed on most of them. I’ve hired quality people and let them shine. I’ve had to learn all these skills as I go. Thankfully, as you may have already guessed, I love to learn.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles is an outstanding, underrated culinary destination. I’m a fan, just like many Angelenos, of institutions like The Apple Pan, Tito’s Tacos, and Phillippe’s. I’m also a huge fan of the many, many different cultures within the city and the food that people within those cultures have to share! Some faves: Chengdu Taste for Szechuan; Ruen Pair for Thai; Soot Bull Jeep for Korean barbecue; Viet Noodle Bar for Vietnamese; Daichan for Japanese home cooking; Xtiosu for crazy and wonderful Middle Eastern/Oaxacan fusion; Tacos 1986 for, well, tacos. There are so many more I could highlight! LA is an amazing food town. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother is the first person who taught me about education. When she was teaching (she’s retired now), she would interact with the students. She said that she tried to teach each lesson as if it were the first time she had taught it. She would call on students who had not even raised their hands… not to pick on them, but to loop them into the conversation. There was so much engagement and such a strong belief in interactivity. I could not help but pick up those ideas as key factors in a successful education.
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