Elizabeth: Hi, Mr. Robinson. Thank you so much for agreeing to spend a little time with us today.
Joe: It’s my pleasure. I’m always happy to talk to people about the work we’re doing at Robinson Enterprises.
Elizabeth: Oh, sure. We can get into that, too.
Joe: What do you mean, too? What else would we talk about? Remind me, would you, the name of your publication?
E (mumbling): InspyRomance. We’re a blog with a pretty unique demographic. And I really think our readers are going to be more interested in learning about the man behind the desk. So, let’s dive right in. How is it that you’re single and a billionaire in your mid fifties?
Joe: I didn’t quite catch the blog name?
E: Oh, it’s in all that paperwork I sent over. But let’s get back on track.
Joe (frowning): Honestly, I’m more surprised when I hear about billionaires who manage to have successful marriages. Unless you’re starting out with family money, there’s a lot of hours required to achieve success in the business world. Evenings and weekends aren’t time off if you’re driven.
E: I guess I can see that. You started out with an idea for business software, is that right?
Joe: Yes. In college, I got the idea of some ways to make standard business applications more functional. It was natural enough to split off from there and branch out into cyber security. And then, really, if you’re going to make it in the DC area, you need to have government contracts–so we started a division dedicated to that work. Along the way, I acquired a social media platform and video game company. So now there are five branches of Robinson Enterprises.
E: And you run all of them? Yourself?
Joe: I do.
E: Do you sleep?
Joe (laughing): Not a lot. But I love it. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
E: No regrets, then?
Joe: Hm. I guess I can’t say there are absolutely no regrets. There are times I wish I’d found a way to have a wife and family, but the company demanded so much time, it probably wouldn’t have been fair. Might not have worked. Anyway, I like the life I have now, so it’s not as if I have any room to complain.
E: Was there someone special and it didn’t work out, or is that more of a generic wish?
Joe: Wow. That’s…I’m not sure I want to answer that question. What does it have to do with interviewing me about my company again?
E: Think of this as more of a human interest spotlight. So?
Joe: Not since college. And she’s a world-class heart surgeon now, so it’s not as if she spent her life pining, you know? We both had big plans. It wouldn’t have worked out. For either of us.
E: That’s sad.
Joe: Not really. Like I said, she’s doing what God wants her to do. So am I. It’s okay. And when you look at the good things I’m able to do because of how successful Robinson Enterprises is, it’s hard to mind.
E: Oh? Tell us about that.
Joe: I’d be happy to. Can you give me one second? My admin is buzzing me. *muffled conversation* I’m sorry. It seems I need to go. I have a big meeting that I’m due at in just about ten minutes.
E: Of course. I appreciate you working me into your schedule. Do you have any parting words? Maybe some advice to all those budding entrepreneurs out there?
Joe: Just keep working hard and never give up. The hours are worth it in the long run. Even if you do end up with some heartburn now and then.
E: Are you feeling all right?
Joe: Me? Oh sure. I’m fine. Thanks again for the interview. If you’ll let our public relations manager know when it’s published, she’ll make sure we add a link to our website. Sorry to run–but like I said, big meeting.
E: Of course. Thanks, Joe.
Find out all about what happens next for Joe in So You Want a Second Chance. Book one in the So You Want to be a Billionaire series.
(After June 15th, Joe’s story will be available in Kindle Unlimited.)
Book 2 in the series, So You Love to Hate Your Boss, is included in the Love’s Treasure Collection.
What would make you take a chance on a billionaire series? I’d love to give one commenter their choice of any of the So You Want to be a Billionaire books. I’ll draw a winner on Saturday, June 5th.