Stepping Out On Faith with Joshua Mundy | Micro Empires

Taking a leap of faith and pivot into a new ground can be scary, but it is what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Welcome back to the Micro Empires Podcast! I’m your host, Jennifer Ives Grimson. In this episode, I interview one of the most inspiring native Nashvillian entrepreneurs with a huge heart for the community, Joshua Mundy.  His passion and visionary skill set have developed him into a serial entrepreneur with the ability to think of many incredible ideas and quickly take action to set a goal to meet the needs of the community.

Let’s dive right in as we talk about how he took his leap of faith into the entrepreneurial world and pivot with a fresh foundation.

[00:01 – 07:39] Opening Segment

  • I introduced Josh to the show and talk about how we met
  • I share some of Josh’s amazing current project
  • Josh tells us about his background and her money culture he grew up in
    • Grew up in a rather poor family
    • Hustling to make money since he was in a very small age
    • Savings mindset
    • The late encounter of investment and stock exchange

[07:40 – 14:29] Coachable Mentality

  • Josh talks about his early entrepreneurial mindset
    • Risk-taker mentality
    • The eager to create something out of nothing
    • The lack of Mentorship
    • Learned everything the hard way
  • Josh talks about the importance of gaining and sharing knowledge as fast as possible
    • Especially in the African-American community
    • Learn from others mistakes
    • Having the Coachable Mentality
    • Learn to be coachable
    • Even though it is your risk to take
    • The solution to helping you move forward
  • Josh talks about the Park Center company where we were working for
    • A place that helps the individual with mental illness get skills to get employment
  • Starting his own Janitorial company while working for someone else

[14:30 – 28:39] Stepping out on faith

  • Josh talks about him stepping out on faith
    • He talks about a sermon he got about Peter walking on water
    • He took the pivotal moment to focus on entrepreneurial
    • Been 17 years working for himself
  • Sold his Janitorial company at 24 and starting a coffee shop
    • Facing a huge mess
    • Open for 45 days only
    • Lost a huge amount of money
    • Spending 2 years to recover
  • Trying to create several companies and failing several times
    • Landscape company
    • Maintenance business company
    • Buying some property
  • Josh shares the story about signing a lease when he doesn’t have any money
    • Starting a dry cleaner company in the middle of the recession
    • Grew his business
    • Struggle in the first  5 years
    • Expanding his reach

[28:40 – 49:31] Planting the seed in the community

  • Create an organization called “The inner Circle”
    • An entrepreneurial community to share information
    • Fighting against the struggling mentality in the community
  • Joining an entrepreneurship center
  • Open The Lab Nashville in 2017
    • A creative co-working space
    • Incubated some of the best company
    • Occupied the whole building with 3 different companies
  • Josh talks about the Leadership Connect he was a part of
    •  Meeting once a week to talk about different issues
    • The lack of diversity in the tech field
    • Getting the African-American community out of the ‘affordable box’
    • Went to Austin to learn about the infrastructure
  • Quick shoutout to my Podcast Producers: Streamlined Podcasts
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  • Revelation to start a Tech School in 2019
    • The Philosophy of “I Just Go”
    • Approached by Juan Clark to mow his brand called ‘hood geek’
    • Came out with a name “Pivot Tech School”
    • Start to recruit people and instructors
  • Helping people to get opportunities by training them with skill sets
  • Investment in the education sponsorship
    • Engage with your investment and follow it
    • Mentoring program from the sponsor
    • Setting people up for success

[49:32 – 01:11:41] Pivoting to a Fresh Foundation

  • Josh shares the story when the building got hit by a tornado on March
    • Watching the building got ripped off
    • Losing 3 income streams in a second
    • Dealing with the shock
  • Building a company from a fresh foundation
    • Revelation to pivot
    • Spent a month to process the loss
    • Starting in the fresh foundation
    • Got prepared for COVID19
  • Pivoted to the virtual classroom
    • Start the virtual classroom
    • Expanded the growth model
    • Opening the door for everyone
  • Josh shares the story about Deandra, a girl who got the scholarship
    • She did not have the money for a deposit
    • Diandra used her talent to fund her pivot and create her way
  • The goal to get a thousand minorities to get six figures in 3 years
  • What is the one thing that you would need to be a successful entrepreneur?
    • Be willing to take a risk and to fail
    • Develop a tough skin
    • Be willing to bet on your self
  • Innovation is created in the pressure
    • Have the mindset of winning

[01:11:42 – 01:13:08] Closing Segment

  • How to get more from Joshua?
    • See links below
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“Public opinion around failure is what paralyzes people from taking that leap into entrepreneurship.” – Joshua Mundy

“You can really achieve what you put your mind into.” – Joshua Mundy

“ If you want  to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be willing to take a risk and to fail.” – Joshua Mundy

“You have to conquer your fear of failing because innovation is only created in the pressure.” – Joshua Mundy

Resources Mentioned:

If you’d like to connect with Josh you can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Learn more about Joshua and his project on his website at

You can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. I’m excited to know more about you. Also, feel free to shoot me an email at can call or text 213-973-7206.

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