Updated: Jul 4, 2019
Corey Purves has been an entrepreneur from the very beginning. At age nine he and his brother began their own dog sitting business. At age 17 he launched an Instagram page with baseball highlights, which quickly took off and resulted in his own apparel line through Shopify. Now, at age 19 he continues to break the mold. He's committed to growing himself in every aspect. Corey joined a intensive boot camp for young people called Praxis,and continues to bring experience, drive, and dedication to everything he does in life.
Explain a little more of what you're currently working on and towards in Praxis.
Right now in Praxis I am in the placement process, so I am working towards landing a job opportunity with a company part of the business partner network. These few months consist of building projects for companies you want to work with. Every week we work on a project for a different company, with hopes of landing an interview. The main focus for the projects are to provide value for the company, before having the opportunity to work there. It’s not an easy process, but it will certainly be worth it.
What inspired you to begin your own dog sitting business and Instagram page?
Growing up I watched my grandfather build a very successful business, which I think had a big influence on me. I’ve always had that entrepreneurial and self starter mindset. Also, my brother and I were homeschooled at the time, so we figured, why not start a business and make money. I started my Instagram account largely because of my interest in social media. I wanted to see if I would be able to grow something to what it is today, with hopes of being able to monetize it and turn it into a brand. But, I’m still working on that! It certainly was not an easy process, but with consistency and the drive to learn, it became a reality.
When and why did you decide college wasn't the right path for you?
Going into my senior year of high school, I was pretty much set on going to community college and studying accounting. I’ve always had the dream of eventually pursuing my career starting my own company. But, I figured that college was the only path to be able to get a job and make a good salary. After seeing Isaac Morehouse, the CEO of Praxis, on TV, I was sold on the idea. I immediately applied and thankfully got accepted.
What do you think is a unique skill or talent you have that’s assisted you in being successful?
I think that I strongly value success, so I wouldn’t say that I’m successful yet. But, I have some things that have helped me reach some of my goals. I would say my competitiveness is a large reason I’ve gotten to where I am today and I think it will be a huge factor with where I end up. It’s hard for me to give up on something when I know what kind of results can come from it.
What steps did you take that you believe were vital in getting you to where you are today?
Being consistently driven, following God’s plan for my life, and not settling for mediocrity. That’s the easiest way for me to put it.
What's the biggest failure you've had to overcome in your journey, and has it helped you become a better person in any way?
I think the current process I’m in with Praxis is making me realize a lot of things about failure. It can be very discouraging when you put a lot of time into a project for a company and you hear nothing back from them. But, I’m starting to realize that maybe it wasn’t the right place for me. Selfishness will get you nowhere in this process, you have to trust that whatever happens, happens for a reason. You have to pick up your head and move on.
What do you make time for every day (no matter how busy you are?)
I make time every day to find content for my Instagram page and post it wherever I am. Also, I like to workout every day, which helps me get my mind off things for a little while.
If someone walked up to you and asked for advice what would it be?
Keep going, no matter how hard it is. There’s a light at the end and you will never learn from quitting.
Are there any podcasts, books, or other material that you’ve learnt from that you’d recommend?
Honestly, I’m not a big reader, but as for podcasts, I’d recommend listening to Gary Vaynerchuk and Christopher Lochhead.
Could you provide some ways for anyone reading to learn more about what you do or contact you?
If you want to learn more about me you can go to coreypurves.com. Also, you can check out my large Instagram account @baseballmuch. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about me or Discover Praxis.