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From Media Job to Launching an Airline Featuring Andrew Schmertz

Andrew Schmertz spent 15 years in the media business, serving as a reporter for NY1 and business anchor for WABC-TV. He was a senior exec at WNET/PBS when he co-founded Hopscotch Air. He was laid off from WNET and was faced with running a new airline.

We discuss:

  • A laid-off pilot coming back to his calling [2:28]
  • The long-term positive effect of being laid off [4:26]
  • The psychological process of producing material even if it doesn’t have any monetary reward [7:13]
  • The key to going solo: making your bed and wearing your shoes [9:23]
  • [12:43]
  • The two biggest ingredients to being able to get through a crisis [15:46]
  • What smart people need to possess to turn dreams into reality [19:43]

Learn more about Andrew at

About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

Host of the podcasts Smashing the Plateau and Going Solo, David guides solopreneurs selling knowledge and creativity to build profitability and sustainability in their businesses.

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