Sol Orwell is an entrepreneur and business developer, most known for his work as the co-founder of Examine.com. He was recognised as a 2014 Game Changer by Men’s Fitness and profiled by Forbes as a seven-figure entrepreneur. Most people "teaching" entrepreneurship are unqualified - a mixture of little success and little experience. Sol? He has lived it. 15+ years, 6 companies, over 8 figures generated.
We interviewed Sol so you can get a bit of insight into why he does what he does.
What is your professional background?
I have a degree in computer engineering. I started dabbling with websites way back in 1997 and had my first "business" in 1999.
I'm a bit different than most as I've bounced from industry to industry. I started off in online games and virtual currency. Then local search. Along the way, I've been involved in blogs, content management software (pre-Wordpress), daily deals, domain names, and more.
Over seven years ago I helped found Examine.com, an education organization that analyzes nutrition research. We offer no consulting or physical products - just pure information.
I'm very big on focusing on what I'm good at and finding expertise where I'm weak.
What drives you to do the work that you do?
Honestly - there's joy in making a positive impact. Our last survey resulted in an estimate that reading Examine.com resulted in our users spending $20,000,000 LESS on supplements every year. My output on SJO.com has people going into entrepreneurship with a more level-headed look.
It's cliche, but knowing you're making a positive dent in the world is pretty motivating.
How would you describe your philosophy about ‘healthy’?
Enjoying life. People are way too obsessive about the perfect workout program, about the perfect body, about the perfect macros, about the perfect morning routine, and so forth.
80/20 principle works here.
I also find the entire idea of protein-izing delicious foods to have gone way overboard. Have a normal delicious pancake, and just eat a bit more chicken or have scoop of whey.
Picture this, you’re living your most perfect day- what does this look like?
Wake up, go through my morning routine, work 9-12, workout and relax, work 230-5pm, go for a walk, and done for the day.
Now, what’s your actual typical day look like?
To sound pretty self-indulgent, I'm mostly at that level. I'm pretty good at keeping email and social media off of my phone, but it's been creeping up a bit more in my post-5pm life. Need to cut that out.
Speaking of, what is your morning routine?
Read my favourite politics site, cold shower, 20 min walk, get going.
What’s your typical meal….
Veggies + meat. I love cooking/roasting vegetables with a bit of fatty meat (salami, bacon, sausages, etc). Brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, okra, and more - I love meat-flavored veggies.
Likely some form of dessert after too. I have an incredible sweet tooth.
What’s one of the biggest health misconceptions in your opinion?
Overall, I'd say the idea that some people have fast metabolisms and others don't. Most people with "fast" metabolisms eat quite little - they eat slowly and really savor their foods, and often are more active too (not just regarding working out - regarding walking and generally "moving").
What things do you do to keep up to date with your profession?
I read. A ton. I also have a team, and they love sharing what's going on, so thankfully they keep me on my toes. Facebook on the other hand is the *worst* place to learn.
Where can everyone keep up with you to learn more?
You can find me on SJO.com or on Twitter and Facebook.
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