Warrior of the Week: Philip Nowak

What is an 8pm Warrior?

As part of my mission to build this community, I’m going to feature a different person each week who defines what it means to be an 8pm Warrior.

Meet Philip Nowak, a social media engagement manager for a Fortune 50 retailer.  He is also the founder of Firmology.com, a small business news and information media company.  In addition to sharpening his writing skills at PhilipNowak.com (one of my favorite blogs), Philip is working on his first book slated to be published in 2011.

His passion is contagious. You’re going to love not only his blog, but his business goals, bucket list, and much more.

I asked Philip to share his goals, the action plan, ways our community can help, and advice he has for other 8pm Warriors.

Here’s what he said:


I just blogged about my bucket list recently, so this topic is still top of mind.  Professionally, I aspire to be a successful entrepreneur, well-respected thought leader and bestselling author.  Some fun things I’d like to accomplish include continuing to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, earn the independence required to travel the world and to learn a couple of new languages (Russian and Chinese Mandarin).  Most importantly, I aspire to be a loving husband, a proud father and to be able to provide my family with the best of everything: home, health, education and endless opportunities.

Action Plan:

Currently, I am working moving forward with five key projects: my day job, Firmology.com, PhilipNowak.com, my first book and learning Russian.  I attack all of my goals with ferocity and not a day goes by without me working on at least two key projects.

My day job is currently the most important project on my list as it provides the financial backbone for everything else that I am working on.  I strive to learn as much as possible each day and have had the opportunity to gain experience working on a wide variety of projects within the social media, social commerce and ecommerce spaces.

I launched PhilipNowak.com as an outlet for my personal thoughts or as I like to call it, ‘PHILosophy.’  Consequently, blogging every single day has sharpened my writing skills and made the task of writing my first book much easier.  Practicing different styles of writing is also helping me gear up for the launch of Firmology.com.

Finally, I practice Russian using Rosetta Stone as much as I can each week.  I’m learning Russian so that I can better understand and communicate with my girlfriend’s family.  Given the fact that we plan on teaching our future kids Russian and Chinese Mandarin, I decided that it was critical for me to learn both in the next few years.

Help Philip:

A project I could use help with is Firmology, a small business news and information media company.  I’m currently looking for small business innovation story submissions and writers within the topics of business strategy, technology, mobile, social media and social commerce.


The one piece of advice that I tell over and over again is this:

“You have to take little steps before you can take giant leaps.”

I have learned firsthand that you can have all the passion in the world, have amazing ideas and make huge plans, but in the end you have to execute on the boring little details from start to finish.  Don’t get discouraged if you don’t gain any traction in the beginning stages of your idea, plan, project or vision.

This applies to everything, whether you are studying a new language, launching a startup, trying to get into shape or even writing a book.  Keep your head down, execute day after day and you’ll eventually reach your goals.


We’ll be featuring his material all week on the 8pm Warrior twitter feed and facebook forum.  Here are some other ways to connect with Philip:

Twitter:  @PhilipNowak

Blog:  PhilipNowak.com

Company:  Firmology.com

If you have a favorite 8pm Warrior you think we should feature, please let us know by sharing a link to their blog/website in the comment section, tweeting @8pmWarrior, or posting info on the 8pm Warrior facebook forum.