The StartupCamp Podcast with Chris Graebe Each week, we deliver advice from some of the greatest thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers. Tune in to a show created for the startups, entrepreneurs, and everyday dreamers that want to learn how to form strong ideas, launch lucrative ventures, position their brand, love their people, and develop business models that offer freedom to their founders. Your host, Chris Graebe, is a multi-million dollar e-commerce entrepreneur, a former reality show star, and a man passionate about seeing people win in life and in business. *To suggest a guest for our show, or host Chris on your show, please email Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:57:31 +0000 en-US © 2019 StartupCamp StartupCamp, hosted by Chris Graebe, is a weekly interview with high performance leaders bringing practical wisdom for aspiring entrepreneurs, bloggers, and dreamers. Chris Graebe Each week, we deliver advice from some of the greatest thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers. Tune in to a show created for the startups, entrepreneurs, and everyday dreamers that want to learn how to form strong ideas, launch lucrative ventures, position their brand, love their people, and develop business models that offer freedom to their founders. Your host, Chris Graebe, is a multi-million dollar e-commerce entrepreneur, a former reality show star, and a man passionate about seeing people win in life and in business. *To suggest a guest for our show, or host Chris on your show, please email StartupCamp clean The StartupCamp Podcast with Chris Graebe Multiply Your Impact with Allison Maslan Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:57:31 +0000 Chris Graebe business,confidence,creativity,dream,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,leadership,learn,lessons,marketing,networking How to build your business and scale it beyond you


Marketing. Homeopathy. A beauty salon. Jewelry manufacturing. Scuba diving. Allison Maslan has done it all—she’s successfully built and scaled ten businesses from the ground up, and today, she’s here to help new entrepreneurs do the same with her book, Scale or Fail. 

Discover why many entrepreneurs are unable to scale their businesses, why growing your business doesn’t necessarily mean going the wholesale route, and creative ways to march to your own drum.

No matter the industry, the principles of growth and creating an impact remain the same. If you’re working harder than ever at growing your business and not seeing the impact you desire, this is the conversation for you. Listen now.


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Crawl, Walk Run with Eli Crane Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:46:35 +0000 Chris Graebe business,character,confidence,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,leadership,lessons,marketing,success  How Eli Crane took Bottle Breacher from his garage to Shark Tank – and beyond


Eli Crane didn’t always want to be an entrepreneur. While he was a Navy SEAL, he received a unique bottle opener as a gift, which inspired him to create his own .50 caliber shell bottle openers. His fellow SEALs loved them, and inside his garage, Bottle Breacher was born. Eli takes us through his journey, from auditioning for Shark Tank to the realities of navigating an immensely successful deal. Discover how the SEALs saying, “Crawl, Walk, Run” resonated in his entrepreneurship, why being inflexible can be your downfall, and why going too deep can ruin your perspective. Listen now.


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Plot Your Escape with Jonathan Mendonsa Tue, 24 Sep 2019 15:25:19 +0000 Chris Graebe confidence,dream,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,failure,fear,finances,leadership,learn,lessons How to grow your side hustle into a full-time gig – the smart way.


Jonathan Mendonsa never wanted to be an entrepreneur. So he spent twelve years becoming a pharmacist, racked up six figures of student debt, and became miserable. That’s when he started plotting his escape, and fell into the financial independent movement – by starting the ChooseFI podcast. Now, he’s escaped debt and lives his dream and wants to share his knowledge with you. Discover the importance of plotting your escape before you make the leap into entrepreneurship, why knowing how much your life costs gives you power, why loyalty can make or break your business, and how to monetize your podcast the right way. Listen now.


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Go Fix What’s Broken with Brian Dixon Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:26:20 +0000 Chris Graebe business,connection,customer care,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,leadership,learn,relationships,startup How to start your business – by focussing on the right thing.

The biggest mistake beginner entrepreneurs make is by focussing on the wrong aspect of their business out of the gate. Purpose, practice, and profit are all well and good, but you have to start with–you guessed it–people, says Brian Dixon, business coach, and author of Start With Your People. Discover why you should build a “runway” with your family before building your business, how to repair burnt bridges from ages ago, and stop looking for your dream team, because they’re already working for you. 


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Develop Your Infinite Mindset with Simon Sinek Tue, 10 Sep 2019 02:23:18 +0000 Chris Graebe business,character,connection,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,leadership,success How to grow your business in a never-ending world of change

How do you play a game with no finish line? Simon Sinek, author of Find Your Why and Leaders Eat Last is back again with his newest book, The Infinite Game. The big idea? You have a finite time to play in the never-ending landscape that is business. It’s not about finding short-term wins – it’s about setting your business up to outlast yourself and everyone else.

Simon talks about the five principles to help you play the Infinite Game: Just Cause, Trusting Teams, Worthy Rivals, Existential Flexibility, and the Courage to Lead. He also shares why your Just Cause has nothing to do with what you’re selling, the single greatest tell of a good leader, and where true courage comes from.


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Implementing A Word Of Mouth Strategy with Jay Baer Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:06:23 +0000 Chris Graebe business,creativity,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,marketing,networking,relationships,startup,strategy How to create long-lasting buzz for your business and turn your customers into salespeople

Back in the early days of the internet, Jay Baer served as the vice president of marketing for an internet company without really knowing what the internet was. He sold Budweiser dot com for fifty cases of beer. He went on to found five multi-million-dollar companies and write six New York Time Bestselling books, including Talk Triggers.

Jay teaches that to create natural buzz and interest in your business, you must do something operationally different that makes your customers rave about their experience with you. A gimmick – but not just any gimmick – one that relates to your customer and is relevant to your business. You want your customers to tell their friends, “So the coolest thing happened to me today…”

Jay explains the difference between talk triggers and going viral, the golden handcuffs that might be keeping you at your day job, and why competency doesn’t create conversation.


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Speaking The Language of Money with Oren Klaff Tue, 27 Aug 2019 17:00:12 +0000 Chris Graebe angel investing,business,creativity,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,investing,pitch,startup Strategies to speak to investors and elevate your sales game

How do you talk to money? The same way you talk to anyone else – you have to speak the right language. Oren Klaff, venture capitalist and author of Pitch Anything and Flip the Script, is here today to help us understand the underlying thought processes and strategies to being heard by investors. He says, if you put the correct idea into someone at the beginning of the conversation, it’s far easier to close the deal at the end.

Discover the art of the “status tip-off”, aka, how he went from mistrusting a high school student valet to handing him the keys to his car in sixty-five words, why you should show your technical competency in a “flash roll”, and how to erect a dome of rules for the conversation, to help guide a person to your desired result. 


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Light Your Hair On Fire with Lindsay Teague Moreno Thu, 22 Aug 2019 18:32:43 +0000 Chris Graebe business,confidence,dream,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,family,growth,success,work-life balance,working mom How one woman raised her children AND built three, multi-million dollar businesses

If you are a parent, you may have heard someone say, “Enjoy every moment while it lasts.” 

Lindsay Teague Moreno never fully bought into the idea that, as a mother, you should enjoy when your kids are throwing a temper-tantrum. Not only did she want to feel what she wanted to feel, but she wanted to make her dreams of running a business a reality – all while being a stay-at-home mom.

In just a few short years, she managed to build a seven-figure income, all while staying true to her personal vision and beliefs. One of her secrets? Ditch the plan B. Put yourself in a place where you’re so emotionally connected with your offerings that it lights your hair on fire.

Lindsay Teague Moreno’s newest book Boss Up explores ten philosophies to help any entrepreneur improve their game and achieve success. We go deep on the power of storytelling, the “unsales” tactic for those who don’t enjoy selling, and advice for entrepreneurs who are hesitant to begin their journey. 

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Keep Your Focus; Become Unstoppable with David Hauser Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:39:06 +0000 Chris Graebe angel investing,business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,lessons,small business,startup,success,work-life balance How one man bootstrapped his business to $30 million – and sold it to become an angel investor.

Although David Hauser had an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, when he co-founded Grasshopper (then GotVMail) in 2003, he realized he had a lot to learn about running and scaling a business. But the biggest lesson he learned in the twelve years he ran Grasshopper? Every time David’s attention shifted away from Grasshopper to start a new business or chase a new idea – Grasshopper suffered. Keep your focus, he says, even when you have the urge to chase that shiny object. In the long run, you’ll be thankful.

Now, David is an angel investor and the author of Unstoppable: 4 Steps to Change Your Life. In this episode, we discuss paid marketing versus organic content (and how David advocates for small businesses), what he looks for in a business as an angel investor, and the importance of screening your new business for employees that share your core values.


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Focus and Become Great with Greg Mercer Tue, 30 Jul 2019 14:18:32 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,small business,startup,success How one man created a game-changing Amazon software business

Greg was stuck in a cubicle writing engineering reports. He was a civil engineer, after all. Yet his whole life, he’d had this entrepreneurial drive. He started by googling “how to make money online” and eventually began selling on Amazon. He got extremely good at it. So good, he started tracking Amazon product data in spreadsheets – and discovered a pattern that made him hit home-run product launches nearly every time. This excel sheet formula became Jungle Scout, a product data aggregator for Amazon that helps sellers find potential successful products to sell.

Learn about Greg’s transition from corporate life to traveling the world and starting a software company (even though he’s not a developer!), why “profit over passion” is an important business motto, and why you need to pick one marketing strategy right now – and stick with it. Listen now.

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Don’t Lose Your Authenticity with Rachel Cruze Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:19:54 +0000 Chris Graebe brand,business,character,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,family,finances,lessons,small business,startup,success How Rachel Cruze found her passion and took responsibility for her future

As the daughter of Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze didn’t have a typical childhood. She learned how to budget at age nine, and when she was a teenager, someone at Ramsey Solutions had the bright idea to invite Rachel on stage at a weekend live event to be the spokesperson for a line of products aimed at kids.

That would frighten most – but Rachel learned that public speaking was her passion. She continued to make speaking part of her life by following in her father’s footsteps and creating her own brand all about preventing debt, becoming debt-free, and family budgeting. She’s the host of the Rachel Cruze Show, a YouTube channel and podcast devoted to saving and budgeting.

In this episode, Rachel tells us what it’s like to grow up under the wing of a successful entrepreneur and shares her passion for helping others. Listen now.

“I think for a lot of entrepreneurs, there’s just this belief that they can do anything and they can control their life.”

In the Ramsey household, Rachel grew up with the mindset that she could pursue whatever passion held her interest – but if she wanted to create her own business, she was responsible for it, as the business rises and falls with you. Entrepreneurs, she says, have this grit that propels them to create their own change instead of just living with what they’ve been dealt.

“In the name of being more sophisticated, it lost some of the hearts.”

Rachel wanted to refine her video creation process. Although she was used to and enjoyed the spontaneity of coming up with topics and speaking off the cuff, she decided to start writing scripts and change her delivery style on camera. She even brought in a teleprompter. The result? It wasn’t working. The very thing she enjoyed about speaking in front of a camera – the spontaneity – was lost in this new process. She had to re-examine what worked and remove what didn’t while still delivering a professional product.

“People crave authenticity.”

On video especially, people can sniff out insincerity, Rachel advises. That’s why it’s all the more important you speak or write about a topic that’s close to your heart. Don’t be afraid to be a little vulnerable with your audience.

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The Art of Negotiation with Chris Voss Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:40:38 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,leadership,lessons,negotiation,small business,success How to negotiate with anyone, from a former hostage negotiator

From small-town Iowa to lead international FBI kidnapping negotiator, Chris has taught negotiation as a business skill at universities across the U.S. It’s through these teaching sessions that he developed a comprehensive, practical methodology, which eventually became his book Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As if Your Life Depended On It.

Today, Chris joins us to share powerful pieces of negotiation wisdom that you don’t have to be an FBI agent to utilize. These effective, easy to understand tactics can work in your business and personal life and are especially helpful for entrepreneurs who feel like they’re always getting the short end of the stick. Listen now.

“It’s what you say versus what they hear.”

Think about the phrase, “How am I supposed to do that?” Your tone can dictate the mood of the phrase, but what it’s really saying is, “I can’t do that.” Said gently, the person on the other side of the conversation will realize you can’t budge on that particular point. The objective of “How am I supposed to do that?” – an easy phrase to incorporate into your repertoire – is to get the other person to see your perspective on the problem. Once they do that, it’s easier to move them to a solution.

“There’s something more important than the deal itself.”

A control-oriented negotiator is a vulnerable negotiator, Chris says. You can give your opponent “control” of the situation by telling them that they are in charge if they care more about that then the actual deal on the table. Once you give them what they want, they may defer to you for the next step. After all, it doesn’t matter who came up with the idea – as long as you don’t care who gets credit, anything is possible.

“That’s right.”

The two most powerful words you can get the other person to say? It’s not “You’re right.” It’s “That’s right.” When someone says, “You’re right,” they can easily dismiss you. “That’s right” comes in when you’re agreeing emphatically with a point. Chris shares a strategy to help the other person say these two powerful words to you.

Chris emphasizes that it’s not about getting to yes in an exchange. It’s about mastering the intricacies of the “no” so you can get what you want.

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Your Podcast Is Going to Fail with John Lee Dumas Tue, 02 Jul 2019 09:00:33 +0000 Chris Graebe business,create,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,startup,success How one man found and dominated the business podcasting market

After returning from his tour in Iraq, John Lee Dumas fell in love with podcasts, and especially podcasts that interviewed entrepreneurs. But he would binge all the episodes and would become dismayed when he’d run out of content. He saw a market for a podcast that brought fresh entrepreneurial perspectives every day. That’s how Entrepreneur on Fire was born.

Now, John Lee Dumas (or JLD for short) makes six figures a month on his podcast and lives it up in Puerto Rico. He shares a snapshot of his journey and drive to create a successful podcast. Listen now.

“I had to have trust and faith that my daily shows were building to something.”

For 2,000 days, JLD posted an episode – that’s nearly five and a half years of daily content. But, for the first nine months, his podcast barely made any money. Remember that nine months of daily content is nearly three hundred episodes. And weekly podcasts would only put out fifty-two episodes a year. After nine months, he felt the momentum grow, and after thirteen months, he’d reached his tipping point.

“Your podcast is going to fail.”

If you’re just out to copy a successful podcaster, you’re probably going to fail. Remember that JLD started his podcast because he was willing to do something no one had ever done before – release an interview with an entrepreneur every single day.

You have to operate in what JLD calls the “Zone of Fire”. Essentially, the place where your passion AND your expertise meet. JLD offers free podcast courses on how you can create your first podcast, but, if your heart isn’t in it, it’s going to show.

As an aspiring podcaster, you might be tempted to play it safe with your questions when you have a guest on the show. JLD shares his number one question to ask a guest to get them off-message and engage with them on a deeper level.

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Prune What You Love with Dr. John Townsend Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:00:23 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,leadership,lessons,relationships,success How to recognize and cultivate healthy relationships to sustain you and your business

Business can be a lonely place…  And people will suck you dry if you’re not careful. 

Fortunately, Dr. John Townsend has a solution, and it’s all about building more positive relationships. He’s a business consultant and psychologist who directed a healthcare company for a decade and worked often with business owners who suffered from depression and anxiety. 

He wrote his new book, People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership, to help leaders and entrepreneurs like you ensure you’ve got the right people in your corner, cheering you on. Listen now.

“The biggest problem with entrepreneurs? Too big a vision…You’re going to have to prune things you love.”

There are three things you need to succeed: vision, follow-up, and healthy relationships. Even if you have the first two and you don’t have the latter, success is going to be difficult to achieve, Dr. Townsend says. According to his research, people fuel our brains. Just as our bodies need bio-nutrients to survive, so our brain requires relational nutrients to sustain itself. Meaning: healthy relationships give us energy. Unhealthy relationships take away energy.

“We’re being fed by them, we take that from them, and we give it back to them.”

Who are the gains and who are the drains? You’ll have to take a hard look at the relationships in your life and figure out who sustains you – and who drains you. Every relationship falls into what Dr. Townsend calls the 7 C’s: Coaches, Comrades, Casuals, Colleagues, Care, Chronics, and Contaminants. The bottom three you have to avoid, as much as possible, while seeking the top three to create your “life team” – a group of people who you can support, and who offer support in return.

“The person you have not forgiven controls you.”

When you have been wronged, you might be fuming and sitting around waiting for the other party to approach you and apologize. But, that may not happen. Dr. Townsend says that when in doubt, provide or receive forgiveness – because the alternative can be all-consuming.

Dr. Townsend unpacks so much more for us about how to be happy, productive, and fulfilled at work. Check out the podcast now.

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The Beautiful Art of Service with Horst Schulze Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:00:10 +0000 Chris Graebe business,customer care,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,management,startup,success Why keeping the customer happy is the not-so-secret key to success

When he was eleven-years-old, living in a small German town, he proudly told his parents he would someday own a hotel business. They were concerned, as that was not a respectable career choice at the time. At 14, he took a position at the closest luxury hotel, nearly 100 km away.

This isn’t a hotel we could ever stay at, his parents told him. This hotel is for very important people.

On his first day, the maitre d’ told young Horst Schulze, “Don’t come to work every day. Come to be excellent in what you are doing.”

At first, he was confused. What was so excellent about cleaning floors and washing dishes? Yet, after watching how the Very Important People who stayed at the hotel treated the maitre d’ as if he was the most important person in the room—he realized that excellence. And deciding to be excellent was the secret to his success.

Horst Schulze went on to co-found the Ritz Carlton and authored Excellence Wins: A No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming the Best in a World of Compromise. This interview is perfect for the startup entrepreneur, as Horst does a deep dive on his thought process behind creating a luxury brand that serves the customer better than the competition. Listen now.

People talk about service, but they have no process for it.

There are three subconscious desires that every customer wants when they make a purchase, regardless of industry, Horst says. First, you want the product to be defect free. Second, you want it when you want it, regardless of time limits. And, lastly, you want the people who give it to you to be nice to you.

Yet, it’s not just about following these three basic steps. You have to have a vision for where your company will be in ten years. You should make a detailed list of twenty ways you are going to deliver your product or service better than the competition—and then have everyone in your company, no matter how menial the role, focus on this list.

Don’t get carried away with what you think is right.

When plastic cards became the leading-edge replacement for physical keys, Horst became excited. After all, in his mind, it was a more secure system. Yet, at first, his customers hated the idea. Why, they asked, do I have to use cheap plastic as a key to enter my luxury hotel room?

Just because something is leading edge, it doesn’t mean you need to adopt it immediately. You, as the business owner, know the benefits. But, the customer needs time to adjust to new technology and changes. There’s value, he says, in being just behind the curve.

Horst offers practical advice for entrepreneurs who strive to be the best in their industry—regardless of industry.

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Make Better Decisions Now with Annie Duke Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:00:07 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,learn,lessons,success How to take charge of your decision-making

Annie Duke was so close to receiving her PhD in psychology. Yet a chronic illness left her in the hospital, unable to work. Having a knack for poker, she decided to try playing professionally.

During nearly twenty years as a professional poker player, she won millions of dollars and holds a World Series of Poker bracelet. Now, she’s a consultant, speaker, and the author of Thinking In Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All The Facts.

As an entrepreneur, you’ll make thousands of decisions – and you’ll rarely have all the facts. Some will be life-altering and others will have no impact. Annie Duke helps us navigate the decision-making process so you can move forward with confidence, even in uncertainty.

“We have this battle between the person who we are right now and the person we want to be in the future.”

There are many reasons we make poor decisions, but one reason is that we only take short-term gain into account. That’s why we have to be time-travelers—in a manner of speaking, Annie says. Taking a moment to think, “What would Future Me think say about this situation?” could change what you do today, at this moment. A large source of frustration is probably a blip to your future self. The idea of this exercise is to give yourself some much-needed objectivity.

“You should wrap your arms around [uncertainty] and give it a big ol’ hug.”

The power of “I’m not sure” might surprise you.

First, saying, “I’m not sure” isn’t the same as, “I have no idea.”

You probably know, based on your best guess and your values, what you will do after listening to this podcast episode. By leaving room for some uncertainty, you’re opening your mind up to alternate paths and decisions.

By the same token, having complete certainty in your beliefs can be limiting. If you only seek out information that confirms your beliefs, you’re missing out on potentially valuable information from an opposing side.

You’re never going to be 100% certain. But if you’re certain enough, that should be enough.

“Why am I here?”

You can do the math and make your decision tree (she explains how in the episode) to get clarity on your position. But all of that may not matter if you don’t know how you got to where you’re at. You have to carefully consider emotional angles as well as logical ones when you’re weighing decisions—one of the reasons why a pros and cons list won’t cut it for decision-making.

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Staying Motivated in Your Business with Scott Belsky Tue, 04 Jun 2019 09:26:17 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,learn,lessons,motivation,small business,startup,success How to actually work on and in your business without becoming discouraged

Co-founder of Behance, Scott Belsky, kept a notebook called “Essential Insights” handy during meetings and phone conversations with creative entrepreneurs. Whenever he’d hear something poignant, he’d jot it down, with the intention of putting it into practice in his business and personal life.

Flipping through the pages and realizing he’d collected 860+ insights, he started to organize them into categories (Endurance, Optimization, The Final Mile). Through this framework, his book The Messy Middle was born.

Here at Startupcamp, we often focus on how to start a business. You may have heard or read a lot about entrepreneurs selling their businesses. But what happens in between? How do entrepreneurs sustain their creative drive and their motivation to continue, even when things seem bleak?

Scott Belsky speaks to the silent struggle of entrepreneurship: the day-in, day-out battle of keeping your business alive and well. It’s a must-listen for any would-be entrepreneur. Listen now.

“The competitive advantage of most start-ups is sticking together long enough to figure it out.”

How many times have you seen a budding entrepreneur post on social media that they’re starting a business, and six months to a year later, the thought pops into your head: what happened to so-and-so and their startup?

When you’re working towards a long-term goal, Scott says, you’re suddenly at odds with the short-term rewards system on which the nine-to-five world operates: getting paid every two weeks, bonuses at the end of the year, perhaps a scheduled vacation or days off. People fool themselves into thinking a long-term goal can sustain them on a day-to-day basis, when that may not be the case.

The solution? You have to create your own short-term milestones and celebrate them, no matter how trivial they may seem. You have to create a culture where people show up, even if it’s an act of love.

“Great teams are made by developing a process or way of being that is constantly optimized.”

Optimizing the right aspect of your business is part of scaling—but how do you know what to optimize? Scott says it’s not about fixing what’s broken. Instead, if something works, improve it. Make it the best it can be before improving anything else.

It’s not just about A/B testing what color on a button drives the most conversions. It’s about A/B testing systems within your business, too.

“Part of the job of the entrepreneur is to accept the burden of constantly processing uncertainty.”

Even on his honeymoon in Thailand, part of Scott’s brain was back at his office, worrying about his team and the finances. He says that like a computer dedicating 20-30% of its RAM to maintaining the operating system, you too will have a portion of your brain always thinking about your business and worrying about its future.

Success corrupts, Scott says. When people start receiving attention, they stop paying attention. You can sustain your business only if you remain aware of the opportunities surrounding you.

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Being A Warrior with Erwin McManus Tue, 28 May 2019 09:00:55 +0000 Chris Graebe business,character,creativity,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,lessons,success How to find inner peace to achieve exterior success.

When Erwin McManus was fourteen, he started his first business: a lawn mowing company. He’d approach corporations and affluent houses and earn ten to fifteen times what other kids earned mowing suburban homes in his own neighborhood.

Since then, he’s started multiple companies in film and fashion and is the lead pastor of Mosaic. Most recently, he’s the author of The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace.

We have to recognize, Erwin says, that inner peace is a daily struggle. It’s never over. Life doesn’t get easier. Instead, we have to challenge ourselves to be stronger, every day, to be ready for whatever comes our way tomorrow. It’s this mindset that has guided him through his entrepreneurial successes and failures. Listen now.

“Your power is silent.”

Erwin’s grandfather had a profound impact on him. He could walk into a room without making a sound. He never raised his voice. People who yell, he said, are powerless. They try to fill the space with noise because they know they have no impact.

From his grandfather, Erwin learned the idea of “being invisible” and having silent power. Making decisions is a silent power. Affecting people’s values, even when you’re not in the room—that’s also a silent power. Learning to nurture people to find good ideas, instead of being an idea person—another silent power.

The idea is not to intimidate or drive others away. Instead, pull people in. This is how you will have the most impact.

“I can tell you, the peace I’ve had, I’ve lost many times.”

After waking up after a six-hour surgery during his battle with cancer, Erwin immediately got out of his hospital bed to go for a walk. He refused medication. He wanted to stand in his pain; he knew if he withstood raw, physical pain, he could face anything life threw at him.  

Erwin doesn’t just open up about his physical pain. One morning, Erwin woke up to discover that his business partner had stolen his business. All the profit Erwin had reinvested, everything that Erwin had built, was gone—he estimates a loss of $5 to $6 million. He was devastated, not just by the loss, but by the betrayal.

A week later, his former partner calls him, asking him to fly to New York to negotiate a buy-back.

Erwin’s response? “Keep it.”

It took years, support from his family, and inner strength to recover, but Erwin stands firm and has no regrets or bitterness towards his former partner. “They didn’t have a strategy for generosity. They only had a strategy for greed.”

Erwin’s warm personality draws you in, no matter if he’s detailing the business ventures of his youth or his financial hardships.

“If you are dealing with this internal struggle, you’re a warrior. It takes incredible courage to own the fact that there’s stuff inside you that you need to deal with.”

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The Proximity Principle with Ken Coleman Thu, 23 May 2019 09:00:25 +0000 Chris Graebe business,connection,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,fear,growth,lessons,relationships,success How to surround yourself with the right people and find your sweet spot

For much of his young life, Ken wanted to work in politics. But when the opportunity finally arose, he realized—that’s not what I’m passionate about.

His passion had been awakened years before when he stood on stage as the lead in the high school play. The audience gave him a standing ovation, and that was it. It took some more years of searching and refining to define his passion and mission exactly: it wasn’t just the performance, but the pressure of performing live and impacting others… that was his true calling.

Now, Ken focuses on helping others discover their strengths and passions. He hosts The Ken Coleman Show, a daily national radio show and podcast. He’s also the author of The Proximity Principle, where he explains the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people.

Ken Coleman reminds us that pursuing our passion isn’t easy; it means facing our inner demons on a daily basis, no matter how much success we achieve. Listen now.

“Each person was created to fulfill a unique role.”

Ken’s ultimate mission is to help people find their sweet spot—where their talent meets their passion. When people call into his show each day, he doesn’t know what he’s getting. That’s his passion: the pressure to perform live and deliver wisdom to a real person who needs it to move forward.

But it took self-reflection, pursuing careers he wasn’t passionate about, and the humility to learn for him to arrive in a place where he can perform each day.

It also meant learning to recognize the voices of fear and doubt.

“A chain, a rope, can render a powerful animal powerless.”

If you go to the zoo, Ken says, you might see a lion or a tiger chained up or locked behind a fence. We walk by and we yawn because we are safe. But if we see that animal in the wild? We run.

We tether ourselves with the chain and ropes of fear and doubt. How many times have you thought, “I don’t think I can do this”? How many times has a loved one told you, “Take the safe route, stay in your nine-to-five”? Fear chains us to where we are and doubt makes us question our abilities.

That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with the right people—the five archetypes Ken mentions are the professor, the mentor, the producer, the peer, and the professional. These people aren’t afraid to tell you when you are wrong and will support you when you’re right. If you seek them out, they will teach you what you need to know so you can move closer to where you want to be.

“It’s not the awards. It’s not the rewards. It’s the significance.”

Once we find our passion and turn it into a career, it can sustain us, but it’s not about us. What we create through our passion serves others. You want to go bed every day asking, “Did what I did today matter?” and “What can I do better tomorrow?”

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Bring Your Most Evolved Self To Work with Cy Wakeman Thu, 16 May 2019 09:00:41 +0000 Chris Graebe business,growth,leadership,lessons,strengths,success,work Say goodbye to the hidden costs of your business and hello to change

Cy Wakeman hadn’t planned on being a drama researcher. She’d earned such a reputation during her time as a social worker and health administrator that, during her first maternity leave, she received numerous calls to help or manage leaders. Eventually, she started speaking. Her accountant finally looked at her and said, “You have to start a business.”

Drama is emotional waste that can be upcycled, Cy proposes. Her unique approach has helped multiple leaders and businesses transform the way they show up to work by diffusing or eliminating gossip and complaining. Two years in a row, she was named one of the Top Global Leadership Gurus and she’s a Top 100 Leadership Expert to Follow on Twitter.

Now, in her book (and podcast of the same name) No Ego, she dispels the myths of change (it’s not that hard) and engagement (it doesn’t always drive results). Listen now.

“Drama is fueled by the way we lead; it’s not just the cost of doing business.”

When you get a bunch of people together, you might expect that some won’t get along. That’s just the way it is. Right?

Cy disagrees. You can actively reduce drama in your organization. If you engage with your employees but you don’t hold them accountable (or worse, if they don’t hold themselves accountable), they become entitled. Time spent complaining or feeling victimized is unproductive, and by calling people to greatness and holding them accountable, you can increase output and wellbeing.

“We need to insist that people quit being shocked by change.”

During her daily meetings, Cy asks her team to share what they’re consuming, be it podcasts, books, or other media. This is part of increasing accountability and change readiness.

One of the greatest misconceptions in the workplace is that change is hard. Change isn’t hard, Cy says. Change is only hard for the unready. Everyone is responsible for their own growth. When you have leaders that sympathize and coddle, you decrease their accountability for action. A well-rounded, educated team that is curious about the world is adaptable to change and doesn’t play the victim or blame their environment for their circumstances.

“What can I do to stop judging and start helping?”

Picture a light switch on your head. People have two states, Cy says. You have a high-self and a low-self. The low self is the victim and blames the world for their circumstances – it’s full of ego. The high self looks inward and wonders, what’s my part in this mess? Switching between them requires self-reflection. If you can switch your team to be more accountable, you can create more collaborative, helpful team members.

Cy has been called “the secret weapon to restoring sanity in the workplace,” and we pretty much guarantee you’ll be rethinking how you show up tomorrow.

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Four Rules to Break to Become Rich with Nathan Latka Thu, 09 May 2019 09:00:35 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,productivity,small business,startup,success How to take charge of your own distribution channels

He has his own private equity firm, a podcast with over ten million downloads, and he’s a college dropout. Today we’re speaking with Nathan Latka, founder of the Top Entrepreneurs Podcast, and author of How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital.

In this episode, Nathan takes us through four assumptions or rules other entrepreneur thought leaders espouse and why they are wrong: don’t focus on one thing (be a generalist), copy your competitors (it’s not the idea, it’s the execution), forget about goals (use systems instead), and don’t chase the trend (buy into what makes the trend hot). Listen now.

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Remove Your Superhero Cape with Mike Michalowicz Thu, 09 May 2019 09:00:07 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,lessons,management,productivity,success How to design teams that solve your businesses’ problems so you can focus on what matters most

If you had no money, what would you do for a living? Michael Michalowicz knows the answer to this question personally because he’s been there. He built businesses, acquired wealth, lost it all (except his family) and started over. Now, he owns three companies, with three presidents, and spends his time working on his passion: writing actionable books for small business owners. His titles include The Pumpkin Patch and Profit First, and his newest is Clockwork: Design Your Business To Run Itself.

The goal of Clockwork is to choreograph yourself, your employees, and your clients to work cohesively towards a common goal. In this powerful episode, you’ll learn about Superhero Syndrome: the entrepreneur’s propensity to swoop in and fix your businesses’ problems, instead of allowing your employee to make mistakes and learn from failures. He also explains QBR (including updated concepts not in the book!) and why your business needs to be doing the Four D’s (Doing, Deciding, Delegating, and Designing). If you’re not already scribbling away, add Trash, Transfer, Trim onto your to-do list too. Go forth, and listen right now.

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Wrestling With Social Good with Sarah Dubbeldam Wed, 08 May 2019 09:00:53 +0000 Chris Graebe brand,business,character,confidence,dream,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,startup,success How to stick to your core values, no matter the cost

As a young woman, she was told: “You’re too sensitive. Just consume the media and don’t think about the underlying problematic messaging that oversexualizes and demeans women”. Even as she became the face of large marketing campaigns and her image was plastered on billboards, she saw how her skin and body was being retouched and manipulated. She realized she was a cog in the machine she had always wanted to disrupt.

So Sarah Dubbeldam made it her mission to create positive media for women. She’s the founder of Darling Media, formerly Darling Magazine, and a pioneer in refusing to retouch models in their photographs. She tells her story—the success of her initial Kickstarter campaign, to running out of money, to being picked up by Anthropologie, to redefining the business in the face of a struggling marketplace. Sarah’s strong core values cost her business in the beginning, but in the long run, they defined her brand. Listen now.

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The Power of Language with Phil M. Jones Wed, 08 May 2019 09:00:33 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,marketing,networking,small business,startup,success How to control conversations to create a win-win outcome for you and your customer

What’s the difference between a stereotypical salesperson and a professional salesperson? The answer: one word. For Phil M. Jones, carefully selecting your language makes the difference for your customer.

Selling has a bad rep, but it doesn’t have to be sleazy—it can be carefully controlled to create desired results, aka more sales for you and your business. His books, Exactly What To Say and How to Persuade and Get Paid, include practical phrases and processes that you can use to attract more customers. In this episode, we review the main points—have a notebook or your notes app ready. Learn the most powerful selling phrases you can use in everyday conversations, the benefit of a question tree, and why an abundance of business opportunities isn’t necessarily a gift. Listen now.

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The Power of Collaboration with Andrew East & Shawn Johnson Tue, 07 May 2019 09:00:51 +0000 Chris Graebe business,character,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,family,growth,lessons,social media,success How to authentically deliver content, even if you live in a fishbowl

On their own, Shawn Johnson and Andrew East have incredible stories. Shawn is an Olympic gold medal gymnast. Andrew is a long snapper in the NFL. Both live in the public eye—and have for a long time. Now, they’re building a digital marketing/publishing empire together and they’re here to help others do the same.

They give an overview of their stories: how Shawn’s mentors sat her down at sixteen and prepared her for the reality of “living in a fishbowl” and Andrew’s perseverance and ambition, even after being signed and waived by six different teams.

They discuss the impact their parents had on them, and the mistake many parents make when putting children in sports or activities today, their YouTube journey, and the importance of just getting content out there. Listen now.

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Just Have Fun With It with Dr. Henry Cloud Tue, 07 May 2019 09:00:02 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,lessons,success Mindsets and strategies to trust the right people and get the right things done

Before Dr. Henry Cloud became known as a psychologist, bestselling author of over forty books, and leadership coach to Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, he and his friend were on their way to a Christian radio station to guest-host a four-hour show. In truth, they were dreading the experience—so they decided, let’s just have fun with it and talk about what we want.

Three hours into the four-hour slot, the station manager and an attorney enter the booth and kick them out of the station.

But days later, they got a call from the network. They had never seen a response like what they had generated, and they offered the pair an opportunity to do a show.

There’s a lot to unpack in this episode. Dr. Cloud discusses his life in business from his beginnings in college finding his faith, to now. He talks about the five elements to consider about a person before trusting them and the three things you have to have for your business to come together. Listen now.

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Do Less, Achieve More with Michael Hyatt Mon, 06 May 2019 09:00:42 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,learn,lessons,productivity,small business,startup,success How to get the right things done so you are free to focus on building your best life

More than eight years ago, Michael Hyatt shook off his job as CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers to start his own business. The problem? He couldn’t manage his own calendar. His email inbox was a mess. Doing administrative tasks was a pain—he wanted to bill for his time, not waste it doing internal, but necessary tasks.

The biggest lesson he’s learned in his many years since becoming a bestselling author, leadership coach, and productivity expert? You can’t scale your business unless you scale yourself. That means hiring people to help you out where you need it most, to free you up to do your most important work.

In this episode, Michael walks us through actionable lessons in his newest book, Freedom to Focus. Create a life where you can win every day by focusing your to-do list, learn about where you’re at on the Freedom Compass, and the most eloquent way to say no. Listen now.

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Say Yes Before You Know How with Christy Wright Mon, 06 May 2019 09:00:19 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,lessons,small business,startup,success How to roll up your sleeves and make it work in any situation

Christy Wright had a strong entrepreneurial influence growing up. She grew up in her mother’s cake shop, watching her mother tackle every conceivable problem from troublesome customers to flat tires in the rain. It’s this mentality, coupled with her strong-willed personality, that has carried her through today.

She’s the founder of the Business Boutique, which is all about equipping women with the knowledge and mindset they need to run businesses they love. No matter your gender, you will find great value in this episode today. We discuss the importance of serving your audience, no matter if you run a for-profit or non-profit business, how Christy bought and ran a horse farm with no prior experience, and the importance of saying yes to opportunities, no matter your current skillset. Listen now.

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How To Choose The Right Business with Elaine Pofeldt Thu, 02 May 2019 09:00:17 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,finances,small business,startup How a regular person can choose the right business and make more for themselves

Elaine Pofeldt didn’t always enjoy writing about the business world. When she started her journalism career, she believed it was boring. But, a friendship with a fashion designer changed her perspective. This led her to investigate and report on solopreneurs and creatives who scale their business profitably – and in ways you might not expect.

Now, in her book The Million Dollar One Person Business, she explores what makes high-earning solopreneurs tick, what sets them apart from the crowd, and in what industries they participate to skyrocket their businesses to one million dollars in revenue. Listen now.

“How do you make more?”

It’s an innocent enough question, but important for a freelance journalist like Elaine. She left the world of magazine and online journalism to enjoy more flexibility with her four children – and realized that to support herself and her family, she needed to make thirty to forty percent more revenue just to cover her health insurance costs. By asking this question, she uncovered the million-dollar solopreneur experience.

“How much am I willing to lose?”

We often think of successful entrepreneurs as risk-takers, but Elaine echoes Adam Grant’s sentiments here: successful entrepreneurs often don’t take big risks, they take calculated ones. She tells the story of a couple who started an Amazon business by investing $5,000 in a product that didn’t end up selling. Yet, they weren’t upset. They set aside that money purposefully to experiment with the product and came away with valuable knowledge about the market.

“People don’t realize what the freelancer’s or entrepreneur’s life is.”

Elaine believes that there is good in the gig economy – and the more individuals and companies that participate, the more policy can be enacted to benefit the freelancer and solopreneur lifestyle.

This episode gives you the low-down on real people with high-revenue businesses—real people, just like you and me.

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When “fake-it-till-you-make-it” Blows Up In Your Face with Dhar Mann Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:00:44 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,failure,lessons How one man learned the true meaning of success – the hardest way imaginable.

Picture this. On a campus like any other, there’s a room with rows of college students. They’re dialing phone numbers, trying to get people to re-mortgage their houses. After all, it’s 2006, and there’s lots of money in real estate, right? 

An early-twenties college student walks into the room. He’s dressed in a suit and carries a briefcase. He owns this scrappy mortgage business, along with another marketing company, and he’s making more money than his college professors. Little does he know, it’s all about to come crashing down.

It sounds like the plot of a blockbuster movie. Yet it was only part of Dhar Mann’s life. Now he owns Live Glam, a beauty subscription business, but before that, he owned a string of businesses that saw wild success – and devastating, life-changing failures – more than once. We’re talking going from nine exotic cars and living in a mansion to sharing a 300 square-foot apartment and owing his friends and family hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Buckle up. In this rollercoaster of an episode, Dhar takes us through the story of his life. How his scrappy but short-term mindset earned him millions of dollars, why he kept losing it all, and how he managed to make a lasting change. Listen now.

“To me, entrepreneurship is a way of looking at problems.”

When the real estate market crashed, Dhar was living a lavish lifestyle. Multiple fancy cars. Partying on weekends. When the money stopped rolling in and he found himself deep in debt because of his lifestyle, he didn’t think, “I should probably sell my cars.” He thought, “I’ll start a luxury car rental business.”

“I was attracting all these people into my life, because of the person I thought I wanted to be.”

At one point, Dhar was making six figures of passive income off a seemingly legitimate investment. He cultivated a baller image in person and on Instagram and accrued over a million followers before Instagram is what it is today. Four-story mansion, luxury cars, reality star fiancé, he had it all – or so he thought. But when he lost everything, that’s when he discovered who his real friends were, and ultimately, who he wanted to be.

“When you nail it, that’s when you scale it.”

During his medical marijuana business phase, he attempted to roll out a national franchise for a hydroponics store specifically for home growers – before the first store had even made money. Dhar learned the hard way that you have to nail it before you scale it, even when you have national media attention and massive demand.

Dhar’s wild story is simultaneously a cautionary tale of the allure of wealth and fame and the dangers of a “fake it till you make it” attitude. It’s also proof that you can make a one-eighty shift in your life with no money, a scrappy mindset, and the desire to change for the better.

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Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose with Jean Case Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:00:32 +0000 Chris Graebe business,create,dream,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,small business,startup,success How to use what you have now to build an impactful business

How does the youngest of four from Normal, Illinois grow up to influence the beginnings of the internet, work in the non-profit sector alongside powerful names like George Bush and Bill Clinton, and serve as Chairman of the Board of the National Geographic?

CEO of the Case Foundation Jean Case tells us her life story and outlines her successes and failures in her book: Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who feels they can’t start a business because of who they are, where they live, or their current economic situation. Listen now.

“That generosity of others… was pivotal in terms of how the story of my life played out.”

Jean Case was the youngest of four kids in a single-parent household. The community stepped up and offered her many opportunities that shaped her young life: a full scholarship to a private school, a mentorship with the mayor, and political campaign experience that eventually lead to a job in the Reagan administration. From there, she was furloughed, which made her seek out employment in the tech space—a sector she fell in love with. Each opportunity and event built on the other and lead her to where she is today.

But Jean will be the first to tell you that it’s not because of any inherent “specialness” that afforded her these opportunities.

“It’s very easy getting caught up in this world thinking, ‘I can’t be the one.’”

The research she details in her book suggests, firmly, that it’s not a special genius gene that makes a person more likely to succeed. Jean took advantage of the opportunities where she was and used them to propel her forward. This is a powerful lesson for a budding entrepreneur—to start where they are—which is one of her five principles in Be Fearless.

“The underserved need to be served better, and there are powerful ideas of how to do that that are probably not going to come from Silicon Valley.”

Less than two percent of venture capital goes to female founders and co-founders, a statistic that Jean finds sobering. Yet, she says, female-lead brands and diverse teams are outperforming other cohorts. Jean sheds light on inspirational stories of female entrepreneurs who innovated where they were at and built powerful brands, without a lot of prior experience or formal help.

Jean unpacks the five principles (Start Where You Are, Be Bold; Take Risks, Make Failure Matter, Reach Beyond Your Bubble, and Let Urgency Conquer Fear) with real-life stories and examples. She also gives tips on how you can apply them to your life, even if you’re just getting started.

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How To Improve Company Culture with Dr. Randy Ross Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:00:21 +0000 Chris Graebe business,culture,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,relationships,startup How to build desirable, intentional relationships at work and at home

Dr. Randy Ross, author of Relationomics, consults with businesses large and small to improve organizational health and workplace culture. Culture—the relationships, values, and behaviors you have at work—is a pivotal foundation for any seasoned or startup business. He believes that, by cultivating and improving relationships around you, you can create a place where everyone will be happy to work.

He is a compelling speaker who offers practical advice along with high-concept ideas—making this episode a must-listen.

“Business is powered by healthy relationships, and healthy relationships define culture.”

Culture is your biggest differentiator, he explains—but what does that mean for the entrepreneur just starting a business? Crafting an environment where people bring their best to work is the foundation of success. It also means hiring or surrounding yourself with remarkable people.

“The right people are your greatest asset. The wrong people are your greatest liability.”

People are an asset, but only if they’re the right people. But it’s not easy to hire or surround yourself with the best people—after all, how do you know they’re right until they’re actually doing the work? Dr. Ross says the right people have a “trilogy” of qualities: they believe IN one another, they want the best FOR one another, and expect the best FROM one another. The greatest resource you have as a leader is the latent energy inside your people—if you didn’t make the right hire, chances are, you can cultivate it.

“We have to know where we are not strong and affirm others in that area of strength.”

When Dr. Randy Ross asks if you have a relational plan, you might give him a blank stare. Not only should you have a business plan, he says, but a plan for developing your relationships, both at home and at work. He describes his four principles for healthy relationships and a simple but effective exercise for improving any relationship.

Whether you’re still working your corporate job or you’ve just jumped ship, building desirable relationships in your workplace can set you up for later successes.

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Changing the World with Disruptive Thinking – Jay Samit Thu, 04 Apr 2019 11:37:46 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,small business,startup,success How one man disrupts industries and governments to solve problems

What kind of person runs an ad in the newspaper for a fake special effects job to find employment?

Jay Samit did exactly that after seeing the original Star Wars in theatres as a young man. By running the ad, he was able to see what education and qualifications the applicants had – and what companies had a potential worker out the door.

For the last three decades, he’s launched billion-dollar businesses, transformed industries, and held senior-level positions at companies like Sony and Universal Studios. He’s also the bestselling author of Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation.

In this episode, Jay Samit champions disruptive thinking to solve problems and achieve seemingly impossible goals. Listen now.

“The key to disruption is an internal process.”

If you miss a math class in high school, you might convince yourself you’re bad at math. In believing it, you may make it true. But Jay says it’s these stories we tell ourselves that prevent us from improving our situation. Think about one aspect of yourself you’d like to change, he advises, and you’ll realize just how malleable you really are. This is the heart of disruption: if you can change yourself, you can change and influence others.

“There’s no shame in failing, there should be shame in not trying.”

Jay recommends an exercise to encourage disruption: write down three problems you face each day. A few days in, you might think you’re out of problems—until you start focusing on the granular, everyday annoyances. He shares stories about entrepreneurs who turned annoyances and problems they thought they could never solve into successful, wide-ranging solutions for consumers.

“Solve a problem for a few friends, you’re popular. Solve for a million, you’re rich. Solve for a billion, you change the world.”

Jay Samit is famous for his outside-the-box thinking, even as a kid. He’s dyslexic, and he came up with a creative solution for group projects so his classmates wouldn’t realize his reading skills weren’t as strong as theirs. Fast forward to adulthood: hear how he managed to convince McDonald’s to do a promo with Sony and navigated a three-million-dollar insurance snafu.

Jay shows us that instead of giving in to fear, we can channel our energies into solving problems, no matter how large or small.

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When to Leave Your Corporate Job with Amanda Boleyn Thu, 28 Mar 2019 09:00:31 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,small business,startup,work She Did It Her Way founder explains the smart way to transition from day job to entrepreneurship.

Amanda knew the white-collar life wasn’t for her. Even so, she went to college, got a degree, and started working a corporate job.

But she dreamed of a bigger life. In 2012, she jumped ship and began consulting on a freelance basis with large corporations. After a few years, she started a podcast, She Did It Her Way, to help women transition from a nine-to-five job to starting their own businesses. Now, it’s not only a podcast but a yearly summit and a membership site.

In this episode, Amanda expresses why you have to be emotionally ready and deliberate about leaving your corporate job to start your business. Listen now.

“Stop making excuses for why you can’t be where you are and stop being a victim of your circumstances.”

Part of being a successful entrepreneur, Amanda says, is being comfortable with making “elective” decisions: a choice that you aren’t forced to make, but might move you forward toward your goal. Don’t wait for bad things to happen to you to make a decision—take control of your circumstances, she urges. If you know what you want, say yes to the things that get you there.

“It’s important to create weekly content to build up your audience, but it’s important to understand that that isn’t your product.”

Any would-be entrepreneur researching how to build an audience online may come across advice about giving away content for free on their websites. Amanda encourages everyone to be strategic about content creation and clear about your funnels. Don’t just start a podcast without a plan, she advises, and don’t quit your job to make time to create more free content.

“It’s all about what you do in the lead-up phase.”

Does this sound familiar? You’re starting a business while working full time at your corporate job, but you’re emotionally overwhelmed. You think that means it’s time for me to quit. Amanda would say, don’t! Validate your business idea, become intimate with your numbers, and learn how to be more efficient before you make the jump from corporate to entrepreneurship.

Amanda reminds us all that entrepreneurship is a difficult journey, one that shouldn’t be taken lightly or by one who isn’t ready to get real with their numbers.

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Breaking Down the Science of Entrepreneurship with Adam Grant Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:00:38 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,small business,startup,success,work How original thinkers find success – and how you can too.

Adam Grant’s claim to fame? He may have started the first social network at Harvard, years before Facebook. But then he shut it down because, when you can see people face-to-face, you don’t need an online network, right?

Adam Grant is a Wharton professor, organizational psychologist, researcher, and the bestselling author of Originals, a fantastic book about how individuals find success by challenging norms and championing new ideas. He also has a podcast with TED called WorkLife, where he explores unusual workplaces to change your perspective on what a workplace can be.

Today, Adam joins us to break down the science behind entrepreneurship. Whether you’re starting a company or you’ve been in business for a while, he shows you to question workplace norms and behaviors to achieve your goals. Listen now.

“I don’t have to be cut from a different cloth or have different DNA to do this.”

Adam outlines the traits of the original thinker from his research– and the traits, they might surprise you. It’s not about taking outrageous risks or jumping feet-first into a business idea you’ve been dreaming about. Successful entrepreneurs often don’t like taking big risks, but they carry on with their plans anyway, despite fear. He also shares research suggesting that quitting your day job to pursue your dream business might not be the best idea—at least, not for a while.

“He realized the mistake he was making was, he was unrolling his whole vision, and people weren’t ready for it.”

Throughout the interview, Adam returns to Elon Musk as an example of an original thinker, and specifically, a tempered radical: someone who rolls out their seemingly untenable plan for the future in reasonable, actionable steps, until the public sees the bigger vision as realistic and possible. In this, he also explores the difference between self-doubt and idea-doubt. Those who have complete certainty in their abilities but doubt their ideas will press forward—they’re more likely to question their process and find better alternatives when times get tough.

“More and more, the power is in the hands of the people who are motivated and talented.”

People no longer want to put their lives on hold for their nine-to-five. If you’re here on this journey with us, chances are that statement resonates with you. Adam Grant shows us that changes can be made if we’re brave enough to take action.

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How to Get Your Most Important Work Done with Justin Kerr Thu, 14 Mar 2019 09:00:38 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,small business,startup,work Become more efficient with the power of over-communication

When Justin left his position as the youngest senior executive at GAP to form his first startup, he had only one question: “Am I going to make a million dollars or a billion dollars?”

That mentality left him defeated on his couch, questioning his life choices. But Justin is resilient. He climbed the corporate ladder once more—only to leave it again, this time better informed.

Now, he’s the founder of Imprint Projects, a post-advertising creative agency, and the author of fourteen books including most recently, How to Be Great at Your Job.

Justin stresses the importance of happiness over striving for the top and shares his insight on how to excel at the things you do, with practical tips to make you hyper-efficient at that most odious chore—answering emails. Listen now.

Justin Kerr

“Be careful what you wish for. For me, I wish I’d made a better plan before I jumped ship.”

His entire life, Justin had been taken care of. His parents supported him through school and even post-graduation. But leaving comforts behind and experiencing the hardship of independence with his startup was the kind of failure he needed to become a better business owner and human being.

Justin bounced back from his crushing defeat and emerged with a stronger vision and skill-set, and is now a successful entrepreneur and author many times over. One of the most powerful skills he credits to his success: the ability to communicate clearly and directly. Specifically, Justin is a master of the art of email. In this podcast episode, he shares some of his best tips for writing fast emails that get the job done, and even gives advice on how to win an email fight and still remain a team player.

“I feel like half the world’s problems would be solved if we used bullet points to communicate.”

Finally, Justin reminds us that contentment in our work can be greatly undervalued in our society today. But, not everyone has to jump off the corporate ladder to be happy or to pursue their dreams. Sometimes, our busy lives have little time to consider what we actually want. If you find something you enjoy doing, and you believe you’re happy—stay there, Justin encourages us. And if you need to leave to move forward, find the courage to do so.

“Society tells us it’s all or nothing, but there’s plenty of room in between to be happy if you let yourself be.”

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Getting Dangerous on Social Media with Free & Low-Cost Strategies with Shane Barker Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:00:43 +0000 Chris Graebe brand,business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,marketing,small business,social media,startup How you can take control of your brand with free and low-cost marketing strategies

Shane has been working in the online space since the early days. He even teaches a course for small businesses and aspiring influencers at UCLA about personal branding. He remembers how easy it was, in the beginning, to use influencer marketing to your advantage. Now, it can be difficult to make your mark online.

In this episode, Shane gives us a suite of practical tips and stories from his clients about making your brand stand out online. Listen now.

“For me as a marketer…I take every business that comes to me as if it is my business because I did start at a point where my budget was literally nothing.”

If you’ve got no time and big bucks, you can pay someone like Shane to create or improve your online marketing strategies. But if you’re small and scrappy, Shane says that the best thing you can do is consume all the content you can get your hands on. You don’t have to become a marketing expert—you just have to lay a foundation.

“You can go and get enough information to be dangerous.”

Allocate money for marketing, but that’s not enough. You have to know WHERE to spend your money, whether you have hundreds or thousands of dollars. He can help you answer the question, “Where do you spend your first dollar?” In some cases, it’s finding someone who already has an audience you want.

“Every influencer is their own business.”

When it comes to working with influencers, it’s not about the follower count. A large audience means nothing to Shane if the influencer shows up late to a meeting or doesn’t take their job seriously. It’s important to develop a relationship with your influencers so they can market your brand in a meaningful, impactful way.

Whether you’re a small business or an influencer on Instagram, you’re sure to find some value in Shane’s stories.

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Live Like a Millionaire in All Areas of Your Life with Matt Aitchison Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:00:47 +0000 Chris Graebe brand,business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,marketing,small business,social media,startup Are you too focused on money to ever truly be wealthy?

Matt Aitchison woke up in jail one day and realized if he didn’t change his ways, he would never truly be free. Expelled from high school and arrested after some poor decisions in college, Matt dove into entrepreneurship to turn his life around. He bought his first house without using his own money and earned over $100,000 profit on his first flip.

Now, he’s a successful real estate investor with a passion for helping others realize their dreams of financial freedom.

In this episode, Matt explains how you can have your own entrepreneurial transformation and why real wealth isn’t a number in your bank account, it’s apparent in every aspect of how you live your life. Listen now.

Money doesn’t bring happiness, says Matt or “Matty A” as he likes to be called, but it did bring him the freedom to help others, which is his true passion.

“You don’t need to have it all figured out, but you have to get in the game.”

Once you know what you’re after, it’s all about having the discipline to “move the needle forward” with high-impact activities. Not just once, twice, or three times, but every time, over time. It’s not a sprint—it’s a marathon.

“There are so many people who are going to invite you to play small with them in life.”

Having a mentor impacted Matt’s journey immensely, allowing him to traverse the sometimes-risky real estate arena while avoiding many mistakes and pitfalls. Now a mentor himself, he shares his wisdom with other would-be house flippers. As long as there are deals to be had, he believes any market is viable—and he competes in one of the most expensive housing markets in the United States.

“I think [entrepreneurship] is one of the greatest calls to adventure and one of the greatest self-discovery processes on the planet.”

Matt shows us all that with a little guidance, discipline, and good old-fashioned hard work, anyone can turn their life around and achieve the freedom they crave.

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Don’t follow your passion, follow your “different” with Christopher Lochhead Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:00:54 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,small business How do you compete as a small business against giant corporations?

This is one of the best times to be an entrepreneur—but not niching down is a colossal mistake, according to Christopher Lochhead. He’s a multi-talented entrepreneur, marketer, and author.

And Christopher says that one of his “ah-ha” moments has been this: small businesses who don’t distinguish themselves are going to fail.

“It’s the people who are different that make the difference. ‘Follow your passion’ is really stupid advice. Follow your different is very good advice.”

In this compelling conversation, Christopher drills down on the idea of not being better, but embracing your different, and using that to make an impact on what matters most. Listen now.

Christopher Lochhead is terrible at math. He’s also dyslexic and he can never find his keys. Yet as a Silicon Valley marketer, he built and sold several successful companies, managed multi-million-dollar budgets, wrote bestselling books, and interviewed some of the world’s most brilliant minds on his popular podcast, Legends and Losers.

“It’s the struggles we choose that makes us who we are.”

Christopher believes that you can’t be a legend without being a loser, and those who roll with the punches and continue to preach what they love are the ones who are going to come out on top. On this podcast episode, he shares stories of small businesses succeeding despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, driving home the point that anyone who finds their strength and uses it to solve a problem can be an entrepreneur.

“My dream in life is that one day most people, rather than follow their incremental better, will follow their exponential different.”

Christopher is as passionate as he is engaging. From advertising blunders to small businesses creating unlikely successful products, you’re sure to have a few ah-ha moments of your own in this one.

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Paving The Road To Success With $5.50 And Relentless Discipline with Nathan Chan Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:00:29 +0000 Chris Graebe business,dream,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,small business,startup,success Nathan Chan launched Foundr magazine to the glorious tune of two subscribers ($5.50 in sales)

In less than 15 months, he had put the Sir Richard Branson on the cover, and Foundr had cracked 100,000 subscribers.

Nathan’s extraordinary climb—from entrepreneurial nobody to the founder of an international brand—has been anything but glamorous. He calls his first year the “trough of sorrows”, where every day was an emotional grind and uphill battle.

By the same stroke, Nathan’s life and stories are a template for how we can all succeed as entrepreneurs—through persistence, force of spirit, and a commitment to his customers.

In this powerful conversation, Nathan is sharing his best advice for dealing with doubters, cutting through the noise of a thousand competitors, and tackling social media. Listen now.

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Things look pretty glorious for Foundr at the moment, with 1.6 million Instagram followers, an email list that is growing by thousands a day, and a number of new offerings that are turning cost sectors into profits. But as Nathan will tell you,

                 “There is no story without struggle.

What he means by that is that real lows came before the highs. Just take Foundr’s launch, when after months of hard work (on top of his regular 9-5) Nathan managed to nab a mere two subscribers. The cover of the magazine was a goofy stock image, something that Nathan finds almost embarrassing.

Fast forward a few years, and now you’ll find the likes of Arianna Huffington, Sir Richard Branson, and Seth Godin on the covers. But Nathan doesn’t look back on that first stock image with regret. Far from it, it’s a reminder of how far they’ve come, an important part of the story.

Moreover, Nathan knew that perfect was not going to be attainable. A stock image cover was better than no cover at all.

“You want it to be perfect, you care so much, you want to be proud of it – but if you just don’t get it out there, nothing’s gonna happen.”

That’s one of the key entrepreneurial lessons Nathan learned as the founder of a digital magazine. Even though he only started with two subscribers, Nathan felt he had a responsibility to ship a monthly issue. He worked tirelessly to not let his customers down, but accepted the fact that his product would never be “perfect”.

And in our conversation, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Nathan is sharing a trove of other insights that he’s gained on his road to success, from pitching Sir Branson, to growing explosively through social media, to strategies to make your little scrappy startup totally lethal.

We’re huge fans of Nathan, and we know you will be, too.

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How To Make A Living As A Creative Or Art Entrepreneur with Lisa Congdon Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:00:45 +0000 Chris Graebe art entrepreneurship,business,creative,entrepreneur,small business The Internet is exploding with opportunities for creatives and artistic entrepreneurs.

That’s what Lisa Congdon says. She’s the multi-talented artist, illustrator, author, and entrepreneur who’s teaching her fellow creatives how to thrive in the digital economy.

So what is Lisa’s advice? Build a body of work through a personal challenge. Dive into multiple income streams. Above all, don’t listen to that nagging professor-voice in your head telling you your work isn’t good enough.

In Lisa’s words, “I got where I am by sharing the wonky, naive, unfinished stuff I was making back in the day.”

Learn how to put Lisa’s best advice into practice—and a whole lot more—on this episode of the StartupCamp podcast.

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Lisa’s path to becoming an artist/entrepreneur wasn’t typical. She never even went to art school. Though that might have actually helped her, she explains:

“Because I hadn’t gone to art school, I didn’t have that professor voice in my head saying, you’re doing it wrong! Or, you can’t be an illustrator and a fine artist at the same time. I was just like—I like all these things, I’m just going to do them.”

Lisa actually started out as a teacher and then went on to have a successful career in a non-profit. She didn’t go full-time as an art entrepreneur until 39!

Just goes to show, it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

Of course, she had been putting her nose to the grindstone working on her craft and her business before then. To build a body of work, Lisa made herself personal challenges.

After all, “There’s no way you can do something every day for a year and not get better at it.”

Whether you’re an artist who wants to become an art entrepreneur or a creative person who wants to bring your dreams – art or otherwise – to life, we know you’ll take a ton away from this interesting conversation.

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How to Create Perfect Customer Experiences (and Find Your Yellow Tux) With Jesse Cole Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:00:39 +0000 Chris Graebe business,customer care,dream,entrepreneur,startup,success How can you stand out from the crowd?

Whatever’s normal, do the opposite.

That’s the advice of Jesse Cole, founder of Fans First Entertainment, author of Find Your Yellow Tux, and Owner of the Savannah Bananas, an amateur baseball team.

Jesse and his team have done something incredible with the Bananas; selling out their 2017 and 2018 seasons by completely transforming the baseball business model. Jesse himself is a kind of spectacle, wearing a banana yellow tuxedo and top hat to work every day.

Jesse’s mantra is all about putting fans first and standing out from the crowd, a must for any new or growing business. Learn all about Jesse’s tricks and tactics for getting attention, creating the perfect customer experience, and leading a winning team on this podcast episode. Listen now.

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What could you possibly learn from a man in a yellow tuxedo?

A lot, it turns out. Remember that the success of the Savannah Bananas has been pretty incredible. They’re not even technically a minor league baseball team (they’re a “wood-bat” collegiate summer league team), and they’re still selling out every game.

Jesse’s approach to business is all about creating a perfect customer experience, standing out from the crowd, and building a team based on real love. In this fun and interesting conversation, you’ll learn about some of the wacky tactics that Jesse has used to gain eyeballs (just take a guess at what the “Banana Nanas” are) and, more importantly, the mindset he used to generate them.

But, Jesse’s rise to success hasn’t been all sunshine and bananas. Before the Savannah Bananas hit a grand slam, they were striking out. Jesse and his wife, actually, sold their dream home to finance their unconventional business.

They made it, and so can you. With Jesse’s advice on PR, personal communication, and customer experience, you can create your own stand-out company and make waves.

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Applying The Mindset Of A World-Champion Athlete To Business With Ben Bergeron Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:00:43 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,small business,startup What can crossfit teach us about business?

Great business, like great coaching, has to be transactional and transformational.

That means that you need to focus on measurable results and company culture, says Ben Bergeron. He’s the coach of six world champion crossfit athletes and, most recently, the author of Chasing Excellence.

But Ben is more than just a great coach. He’s also the owner of several successful crossfit gyms (“boxes”) and a SaaS subscription-based training company.

On this episode of The StartupCamp Podcast, Ben is teaching us how to apply the discipline and excellence-driven mindset of a world champion athlete to entrepreneurship. Listen now.mindset

What’s it like to train the fittest man in the world? And how can you apply those insights to your own business?

The qualities that make great athletes are essentially the same that make great business culture. According to Ben, it all boils down to being hungry, humble, and smart (the hallmark qualities of a great team player in the words of Patrick Lencioni). For instance, to improve his sprinting time, Matt Fraser did the last thing you’d expect the “World’s Fittest Man” to do.

Ben’s mission is excellence. His businesses, like the athletes he trains, are constantly striving for growth and improvement. In Ben’s words, the keys to excellence are all about creating processes with very specific steps. When Ben coaches his athletes on sleep, he doesn’t just tell them to get to bed early; he maps out every step of their nightly routine.

On this episode, you’ll also learn:

  • How to effective teach yourself (or someone else) discipline
  • What to look for in new coaches or employees
  • Ben’s best advice for someone who wants to open their own gym

Good luck in your own pursuit of excellence and enjoy.


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What’s The Future Of Social Media (And How Can You Make It Work For Your Business)? Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:45:10 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,small business,startup What’s the next big social media platform?

It’s not actually social media, says Jeremy Goldman. He’s the CEO and Founder of Firebrand Group, host of the FUTUREPROOF podcast, and the author of Getting to Like: How to Boost Your Personal and Professional Brand to Expand Opportunities, Grow Your Business, and Achieve Financial Success.

Basically, Jeremy is a guy who knows his way around social media. Really, really well.

On this episode of The StartupCamp Podcast, we’re talking to Jeremy about the future of social media and what it means for your business. We’ll dive into paid advertising, influencer strategies, and analytics. If you want to build up your brand with the power of social, give this episode a listen!social media

Why is your business using social media?

That question is often overlook by businesses of all kinds, says Jeremy. All too often, entrepreneurs and MNBs alike go into social media looking to improve arbitrary stats (engagements, anyone?) and end up burning dollars.

That’s just one of the helpful directions Jeremy is laying out on this episode of The StartupCamp Podcast. Here, we’re getting into the nitty-gritty of what works and what doesn’t in terms of paid advertising strategies, influencer strategies, and analytics. Jeremy shares examples of what has worked for him in the past, what he advises clients and companies to pursue, and the common traps they fall into.

When it comes to social media, Jeremy explains, we have to always be humble and learning. That means constantly trying new things to find a strategy that is uniquely suited to your own business, not just being copycat. Zag, when others zig.

We know you’ll get a lot of great insight into the ways you can make social media actually work for your business from this podcast.

Oh, and you’ll also learn why the future of social media isn’t actually social media. Enjoy.

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Outsmarting The Status Quo Featuring Nathalie Molina Niño Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:00:50 +0000 Chris Graebe business,character,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,small business,startup,success How do you build a company when the odds are stacked against you?

You say, “Screw it, I’ll do it my way.”

That’s the advice of Nathalie Molina Niño, the latina tech powerhouse who is fired-up about outsmarting the status quo.

Nathalie launched her first tech startup at the age of 20 and is most recently the founder of BRAVA Investments, which invests in companies that deliver economic benefits to women.

On this episode of The StartupCamp Podcast, you’ll learn how Nathalie leapfrogged the obstacles in her path and how you can do the same.

As the daughter of first generation South American immigrants, Nathalie Molina Niño knows first hand what it’s like to try to build a company with obstacles stacked against her.

Nevertheless, she’s run 5 successful tech ventures to date, in addition to her own investment firm. She’s sharing the lessons of her success in her new book, Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs.

But Nathalie’s advice is good for more than just women. For anyone who is looking to start a company against the grain–either due to their financial circumstances, their ethnic background, or the novelty of their ideas–you’ll find this conversation full of helpful advice.

Molina Niño’s big message: if they won’t let you sit at the table, build your own table.

In this episode, you’ll also discover:

  • More stories about successful female (and male) entrepreneurs who fought against the status quo (and won)
  • What vanity metrics are, and why you should avoid them in your business
  • How men can get involved to support the aspiration of the women in their lives
  • How Nathalie learned about leadership the hard way

As entrepreneurs, we’re always trying to buck the system. This episode is your chance to learn how from a pro.

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How To Build Your Influence With Julie Solomon Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:57:58 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,leadership,small business,startup What does influence mean to you?

That’s the question Julie Solomon asks to all her guests on the Influencer Podcast, which explores the secrets behind influencer marketing.

On this episode of The StartupCamp Podcast, Julie’s diving into some of those secrets and strategies. She’s sharing insights into her own marketing results, as well as the inspiring story behind how she became one of the world’s leading experts in influencer marketing.

So what does influence mean to Julie—and how can you build your own influence and personal brand?

The answer might surprise you. Tune into episode the below to find out.

You can create any life you want with a laptop. That’s the truth behind Julie’s story.

And the key to bringing your dreams to life is to just keep moving. That’s what Julie had to do. She moved from Tennessee to New York City after college and pounded the pavement googling names and companies until she landed a job with an elite PR agency.

She moved again to Los Angeles to support her husband in his career. Each time she moved, Julie found herself following her fear. She was intimidated by the prospect of change, but it was the promise of finding something better that ultimately kept her moving.

Once in LA, Julie found herself smack dab in the middle of her audience: young women looking to start their own lifestyle brands, monetize social media, and become influencers.

Following your fear and getting in front of your audience (physically) are just two of the inspiring lessons we can take away from Julie Solomon on this episode of The StartupCamp Podcast.

You’ll also learn:

  • One of the most surprising insights Julie has had into her own influencer strategy
  • How to choose the distribution channels for your brand
  • Why Julie recommends launching your own product or service line
  • What it really means to have success

According to Julie, this last part is the secret to everything. People begin chasing the idea of success, but never actually know what that means (and therefore never find it). To truly be successful, we must become journey-driven.

Listen to the podcast now, and learn what that means for you.

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How One Couple Escaped The Corporate Grind Through Online Courses Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:45:39 +0000 Chris Graebe business,creation,dream,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,small business,startup Do you have something to teach?

Sarah and Dillon King think so.

That’s why they started Launch, an online course that teaches people how to create and market their own online courses.

The Kings are our guests on this episode of The StartupCamp Podcast. They turned to entrepreneurship because they wanted to spend more time with their young children. Their success gave them financial independence and family time.

Listen now to learn how they did it, and how online courses could become your thing, too.

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When Sarah and Dillon King decided to start their own business, they didn’t have any previous entrepreneurial experience. At first, it was a bumpy ride. But they learned constantly, and eventually came to a realization: everyone has something to teach.

It was that realization that gave birth to Launch.

Now, Launch is a seven-figure business that runs on autopilot.

On this podcast episode, you’ll learn how Sarah and Dillon pulled off this huge success and began to live their dream life. You’ll also learn:

  • How Sarah and Dillon fuel their business and their marriage
  • The benefits of monetizing your unique talents
  • What questions to ask yourself as you get started

Financial freedom might be easier than you think. Listen now and subscribe!

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How It Feels To Break $100K With Connor Shelefontiuk Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:30:17 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,small business How one Shopify entrepreneur turned $308 into $4 million.

Connor Shelefontiuk’s make-or-break moment came when he had $8 in his bank account.

He’d just burned his life savings on a failed Shopify store, learning a lot but not making money. He only had two options: go back to mopping floors, or borrow 300 bucks from a buddy and give it one more shot.

Connor took the loan from his friend…

Listen to the podcast to hear what happened next:

I’m honored to host Connor on this episode of The StartupCamp Podcast, where he’s sharing his crazy story and plenty of expert business advice related to eCommerce (and everything else).

But I’m especially thrilled to be introducing him as the newest StartupCamp Coach!

Connor transformed his life with Shopify. Since taking that mini-loan of $300 from his buddy (and adding in his own ample $8 bank account), he has launched 11 ultra-profitable Shopify companies and made over $4 million.

Now, Connor’s making it his mission to help others do the same with his new course, Shopify Freedom Formula.

On this awesome episode, you’ll also learn:

  • How it’s possible to launch a Shopify store for less than $100
  • What dropshipping is (and why it’s the future)
  • How Connor keeps his margins at 30-50%
  • What a client avatar is and how to create one

No matter your industry, I know you’re going to love hearing from Connor. He’s sharing advice and lessons that apply to every business.

If you think Shopify might be for you, check out Shopify Freedom Formula. This is one of the cheapest, smartest businesses to get into and the course is led by an absolutely incredible human, our own Connor Shelefontiuk.

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Our Hope For You, This Thanksgiving Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:45:30 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,family,lessons,small business,startup,work-life balance We’re going to keep this short and sweet.

It’s probably safe to say that most of us will try to fit in some work over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. It’s in our nature, after all. Still, we will urge you to take time to rest and reflect. This week’s podcast is short and sweet. No interview or story of success, just a simple message from all of us at StartupCamp hoping that you will take time to appreciate your work, employees, and most importantly, family.


We wish you all a very happy and life-giving Thanksgiving.

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Finding the Solution with Francis Tao Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:37:06 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,small business,startup Finding success by creating solutions.

“Am I solving a problem?’

This is one of the most important questions an entrepreneur can pose to themselves. Our guest on this week’s The StartupCamp Podcast asks himself this with almost every decision he makes.

Francis Tao is the founder of Sawa, an automated graphic design platform. He began as a self described “air-traffic controller” for marketing initiatives within other companies, but realized that too much time and money were spent on creating basic marketing assets. Sawa is his solution.

On this week’s episode of The StartupCamp Podcast, we learn about Francis’ continuing journey to solve problems with and within Sawa—sometimes before they even happen.


Like many entrepreneurs before him, Francis had to live his problem before discovering a solution—one so potent that it’s gone on to help many other marketing professionals that were in the same frustrating spot as him. Now, at the helm of Sawa, Francis continues to solve problems for his customers and employees, while also looking forward to prevent them from happening in the first place. With clear goals and a simple philosophy, Francis has built an exciting solution for anyone in marketing. This episode covers a lot of ground, including:

  • The value of good advisers
  • Serving your users
  • Why culture is crucial
  • Hiring the right people

Be sure to check out this week’s episode if you’re looking to launch a solution of your own, or fix a problem within your business.

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Viral vids, celebs with character, and a new hotel to change the world: In conversation with Jeremy Cowart. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:00:01 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,small business,startup Don’t let the unknown hold you back.

How many times have you been struck with a new, exciting idea and thought, “I should turn this into a business. It could change the world,” only to convince yourself that you don’t have the right skills, time, or resources to get it off the ground?

Eureka moments are the fuel to the entrepreneurial fire, but those flames will die fast if you don’t stoke them with some good, old-fashioned “belief.”

This week’s guest on The StartupCamp Podcast is Jeremy Cowart. You might know him as one of the world’s most influential photographers, but what you may not know is that he is also in the midst of building—literally—a new hospitality franchise, The Purpose Hotel. Jeremy shares with us how he turned his eureka moment into a reality by believing in himself and the idea.belief

Jeremy has photographed some of the world’s most recognized and celebrated artists, actors, musicians, and athletes, so his creative eye and mind are finely tuned. After realizing that there is great potential for hotels to have a greater impact on the world, he quickly got to work. The mission is bold and innovative, and has seen its share of challenges, but Jeremy has never stopped believing that it will succeed. This conversation covers a lot of ground, including:

  • Allowing yourself to be inspired
  • Staying genuine on social media
  • The power of kindness and character
  • Finding the peanut butter to your jelly

Every bold step requires belief, both in the ideas and in yourself.  Check out this week’s episode and start turning your big ideas into bigger realities.

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Think Like a Fixer with Bradley Tusk Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:46:13 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,small business,startup The Art of Disruption

If anything is standing in the way of launching your business, Bradley Tusk is your man. He’s done it all—high profile politics, tech startups, consulting, strategy, philanthropy. All with a disruptive edge.

His new book, appropriately titled The Fixer: My Adventures Saving Startups from Death by Politics, is the subject of this week’s The StartupCamp Podcast. In this episode, we chat with Bradley about his early days as campaign and communications director for big-wig New York politicians, how he helped Uber get up and running, and ways to get things done by being disruptive.disrupt

A “fixer” is usually described as someone who can make deals—typically with devious or illegal intent. That’s not at all the case for Bradley, though he is an artist when it comes to communicating the benefits of new companies to the government or regulating agencies. His portfolio with his VC firm, Tusk Ventures, reads like a list of dream startups; many of which wouldn’t have been able to launch without his political savvy.

Although his skills are rooted in communication, his drive comes from wanting big, bold ideas to reach consumers. His passion for innovation is inspiring and laced throughout all of his companies.

In this episode, Bradley shares stories from his book, as well as:

  • The cultural importance of your product
  • Identifying obstacles early
  • The value of building skill
  • Working for equity rather than salary

Not everyone will follow Bradley’s same path, but his journey will resonate with anyone looking to disrupt their industry. Check out The Fixer and give a listen to this week’s podcast.

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Quenching The World’s Thirst With Scott Harrison Thu, 11 Oct 2018 12:36:49 +0000 Chris Graebe business,character,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,lessons,small business,startup A story of personal redemption and a mission to bring clean water to people in desperate need.

Scott Harrison has lived more lives than most. He’s been a successful club promoter, an international photojournalist, a struggling self-starter, and he is currently the CEO of one of the world’s most recognized and productive charities.

Scott is the founder of charity: water, a non-profit organization aimed at ending the world’s water crisis. Twelve years in, charity: water has raised $320 million, delivering clean water to 8.5 million people in 26 nations. On this week’s episode of  The StartupCamp Podcast, Scott discusses his new book, Thirst, detailing his tumultuous beginning, his journey from moral bankruptcy to social entrepreneur, and how he’s maintained a wildly successful charity in an era of cynicism. Though he works in the world of non-profits, his experience and wisdom can be applied to any industry—big or small.


Scott is an exceptional promoter, marketer, and communicator, but the process of launching charity: water was far from simple. In this episode, he shares wisdom and advice that can relate to any social or business venture. We learn about balancing success and morals, personal transformations, and why innovation is the key to social success.

We’ll also hear his thoughts on:

  • The power of inspirational branding.
  • The importance of “going deep” in your industry.
  • Finding mentors in unlikely places.
  • How transforming yourself can transform your business.

If you’re looking to change yourself, your business, or your world, Scott’s got stories you’ll want to hear. Pick up a copy Thirst and listen to this week’s episode.

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Overcoming Fear With Adam Kirk Smith Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:16:49 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,fear,small business,startup Become The Bravest You

Fear is almost inherent in building a new business, and the odds seem stacked against us. Our world of constant comparison and warnings to “play it safe” leaves little room for envisioning success. Unfortunately, this is where most dreams end. Right at the beginning.

Adam Kirk Smith is all too familiar with this idea. He’s a small business owner, coach, consultant, and author of  The Bravest You: Five Steps to Fight Your Biggest Fears, Find Your Passion, and Unlock Your Extraordinary Life. But most important of all, Adam is genuinely happy with the work he does.

On this week’s The StartupCamp Podcast episode, Adam shares how he found success through perseverance and pursuit of his passions, what it means to have your own version of success.


In this deeply honest episode, Adam tells personal stories of motivation, intent, and selflessness. He takes us through the hard lessons he learned while struggling to gain more than 10 monthly readers, and how doubling down on his true passions turned his blogging hobby into a business with over 70,000 followers. As Seth Godin puts in, Smith turns on a light and helps us see exactly what’s been holding us back.”

In this podcast episode, you’ll also learn:

  • How Adam grew his following from 10’s — to 10’s of thousands.
  • Leadership qualities that will help you stay inspired.
  • What stands in the way of finding your own, true version of success.
  • The benefits of pursuing multiple passions at the same time.

Whether you’re looking to launch a new business, develop a new product, or simply start a new hobby, Adam’s wisdom and advice will help you tackle your fears, follow your passion, and become The Bravest You.

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Finding Your Calling With Jordan Raynor Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:41:00 +0000 Chris Graebe business,create,creativity,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,small business,startup,strengths,success You know you are being called for something bigger.

The only question is, when?

This was the question Jordan Raynor asked himself after working in the White House. His answer? He had an incredible experience serving his country, but he needed a different path. He left politics and co-founded a tech startup, Citizinvestor, aimed at improving people’s relationship with the government.

Now, Jordan is the CEO of tech startup Threshold 360, a Google Fellow, and the author of Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk, a national bestseller. He’s also our guest on this episode of The StartupCamp Podcast.

Jordan is sharing his knowledge about what it takes to start a profitable business, the traits that help leaders excel, and how faith and business can work in harmony. He’s also telling some of his favorite stories from Called to Create of great business leaders who made serving others—and serving God—their priority.

We know you’ll find this conversation interesting—and it might just change the way you think about following your passion. Listen here:


Do you see your career simply as an avenue to make money? Are your spiritual and professional lives disconnected? Jordan has some advice to help you think differently about what it means to be an entrepreneur and a creator in the modern world.

On this week’s episode, you’ll discover:

  • Jordan’s 3 biggest takeaways for running a business
  • What it means to be “customer-obsessed” (and why your business should be)
  • The single most important trait that a leader can have
  • When it’s time to “take the leap”
  • The incredible story of Arthur Guinness, an entrepreneur who built a brewery to glorify God and serve his people
  • What it really means to find your own calling – and why simply following your passion might not be enough
  • And more

Jordan is a unique leader who has brought together his faith with his entrepreneurship. He has some pretty inspiring (and unusual) thoughts about how we can make a difference in the world. He also has a special offer for StartupCamp listeners. Tune in to the episode to learn what it is.

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Dale’s Best Advice For Entrepreneurs Wed, 05 Sep 2018 14:00:19 +0000 Chris Graebe business,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,leadership,lessons,management,small business,startup,success What is our founder’s best advice for entrepreneurs?

On another special episode of The StartupCamp Podcast, we’re flipping the script and putting our founder, Dale Partridge, in the hot seat.

Whether you’ve read Dale’s articles, listened to his podcast, or are actually launching your business with the help of the StartupCamp program, I’m sure you already appreciate Dale’s insights into entrepreneurship, branding, marketing, family, and life.

But just how well do you know the man behind the microphone? Where did Dale come from, and what’s next on his horizon? What’s his on-the-spot, absolute-best advice for new entrepreneurs? Find out here:


Did you know that before Dale went on to start six multi-million dollar companies, he was fired from fifteen jobs?

Real connection—and real leadership—is born from vulnerability. Dale’s path to founding Sevenly and StartupCamp was not a straight-line, and on this week’s episode of the show, we get to walk with him through the twists and turns of it.

We’ll also get totally practical: Dale’s best advice for entrepreneurs, hard stop. What it takes to get your business off the ground and to keep it in the air. How to keep your leadership balanced and what Dale has done to adjust his own leadership style over the years.

Finally, we’ll look at what comes next for Dale, his next ventures on the horizon, and the future of StartupCamp.

Join me, Chris Graebe, as we get to know Dale a little better.

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What It Takes To Finish with Chris Graebe Mon, 03 Sep 2018 13:16:29 +0000 Dale Partridge business,dream,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,fear,learn,mompreneur,small business,startup,success,wahm,work-life balance Are you living it to the fullest?

That’s the question that Chris Graebe wants us to ask ourselves. He has dedicated his life to helping people discover the best version of their dreams and then push past the fear that is getting in their way.

In fact, that’s exactly what brought him to us.

Today is a special day for me—and for all of StartupCamp—because on this episode of the StartupCamp Show, you get to properly meet Chris, our new director and podcast host here at StartupCamp. Please help me welcome Chris to the StartupCamp family!


For those that don’t already know him from his articles or social media, Chris Graebe has led an inspiring life: He grew up in a one-stoplight town in Indiana with plenty of early challenges. He went on to become a reality star on M.T.V.’s “Road Rules”, and then became a pastor. Finally, he started his own Amazon-based e-commerce business (on nights and weekends, while working as a pastor and raising his five kids), which in its first two years grossed over $2 million.

Chris’ passion is helping people push past fear to live the life they’ve always wanted. If we can say it humbly, that’s what makes him a perfect fit at StartupCamp. He also has some killer knowledge to share on starting an e-commerce business. You’ll learn why now is the right time to get into the e-commerce business and what it takes to get going.

Most entrepreneurs are ideators: great at starting, not so hot at sealing the deal. At StartupCamp, Chris is going to teach you—teach us—how to take our great ideas across the finish line.

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Becoming A Life-Giving Leader With Tyler Reagin Thu, 30 Aug 2018 13:23:05 +0000 Dale Partridge business,confidence,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,growth,leadership,lessons,management,mompreneur,practice,small business,startup,success,wahm Are you a life-giving leader, or taking life and grace from the people around you?

We have a responsibility to lead the people around us who trust us. And when life flows, influence grows. That’s what Tyler Reagin believes.

Tyler is the President of Catalyst, a Christian leadership development organization, and my guest on this week’s episode of the StartupCamp Show. On this podcast episode, we zoom in on Tyler’s most practical advice for leaders who want to lead with their truest selves and be life-giving leaders. Listen below:


Do you believe in yourself?

According to Tyler, that’s the root of leadership. If we are insecure, we’ll only act like leaders we’re not. Authenticity is the foundation of trust, and when your team and your people trust you, then you can actually have an impact on the world.

But becoming trustworthy, Tyler warns, is no easy path. Leadership is hard work. Tyler outlines what makes a real leader: they sweat alongside their people, they sacrifice, they surrender their egos for the group. Above all, says Tyler, leadership requires self-awareness.

So how do we become life-giving leaders? How do we bring confidence, joy, and contentment into our lives?

Join me for an inspiring look into our purpose as leaders, businesspeople, spouses, parents and people of faith—and how we can become the people we were meant to be.

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Leading With Emotional Courage with Peter Bregman Thu, 05 Jul 2018 15:12:21 +0000 Dale Partridge accountability,communication,confidence,connection,conversations,courage,emotional courage,emotions,entrepreneur,entrepreneurship,feelings,inspiration,leadership,leading,practice The most critical challenge of leadership is emotional courage. In business, it takes strong leaders to forge the path to innovative ideas, thoughts, and methods. So it’s essential to be confident in yourself, connected to others, and committed to a purpose. Peter Bregman from Bregman Partners joins us to talk about the crucial practice of emotional courage that being such a leader necessitates.

Leading With Emotional Courage with Peter Bregman

I had a fantastic conversation with Peter, centering around the ideas in his new book, Leading With Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work.

Are you willing to experience the discomfort, the risk, or the uncertainty of saying or doing something that needs to be communicated?

In order to lead and find success, we have to have these three things under our belt:

  • confidence in self – this not an arrogance but an assuredness in yourself
  • connection to others – this is both a trust in people and people trusting in you, which builds loyalty, accountability, and togetherness
  • commitment to purpose – an understanding of what are you doing in the world

And what do you need in order to practice those three things?

Emotional courage.

Peter explains that this is the key to leadership: your willingness (and courage) to feel everything that might come up in the process. As entrepreneurs, we are often in the hot seat with negative feedback, naysayers, tough clients, or difficult employees. It takes a mature and courageous leader to be centered, connected, and committed enough to work through those situations.

In this episode, we talk about

  • a very practical way to build emotional courage in yourself
  • closing the gap between what we know and what we do
  • accountability to yourself and having others be accountable to you

Leading With Emotional Courage is available for pre-order now and launches on Saturday, July 7th! You can pre-order it now, and you can view a teaser snippet here!

If you’d like to take the assessment Peter talks about in this episode, you can access it here.

Enjoy this episode!

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Manager or Movement Starter? with Jen Dulski, head of Facebook Groups and Communities Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:34:28 +0000 Dale Partridge change,community,criticism,entrepreneur,Facebook,make a difference,movement,mover,purpose,social media When we talk about social media in the entrepreneurial world, we often immediately think of how to leverage those platforms for the benefit of our business. And it’s true—building a following on social platforms is a great marketing tool. Your followers convert to lists of email subscribers who you can then market to. It’s smart business to know how to use the platforms available and to stay relevant.

Jen Dulski, Head of Facebook Groups and Community: Are you a manager or a mover?

But one of the bigger values that these platforms offer is the feeling of belonging. As Jen Dulski explains, social media platforms like Facebook provide community and a sense of belonging through the groups and connectedness it offers.

Jen is the Head of Facebook Groups which is used by more than 1.4 billion people to create and engage in communities that matter to them on topics from parenting to health to disaster response. She began her career as a high school teacher where she started a non-profit to help her students become the first kids in their family to go to college.

She was an early Yahoo! employee and led a business unit there as group VP and GM of Local and Marketplaces. In 2007, Jennifer left Yahoo! to become CEO of The Dealmap, a mobile, local deals site that Google acquired in 2011, making Jennifer the first female entrepreneur to sell a company to Google, where she then led Google Shopping and Product Listing Ads.

Jen is the author of Purposeful: Are You a Manager or a Movement Starter?, a book about how each of us can be movement starters.

In this week’s podcast, she discusses a couple main principles from her newest book.

  • Are you purposeful in what you do? Are you a manager or a movement starter?
  • Orindary people can create extraordinary movements, whether in social change or in business.
  • Small actions make a big difference (“Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never fallen asleep with a mosquito in the room.”)
  • How to navigate the criticism of who you are, what you’re doing, or how you’re doing things
  • Leveraging the naysayers to your benefit by building a team of allies and supporters or with a “bear hug” approach
  • There is power in a group of people, which can be started by one individual.
  • People value connection and belonging, and when they feel this way, change happens.

Jen’s insight and genuine passion for community building were refreshing to hear. We hope this week’s podcast gives you some great perspective on not only how to leverage the power of social media for the growth of your business, but also how to use it as a world-changing tool to bring people closer together.

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The Value Of Personality Typing: The Enneagram with Suzanne Stabile Tue, 29 May 2018 14:44:20 +0000 Dale Partridge assessment,enneagram,entrepreneur,knowledge,leadership,personalities,personality,teamwork,understanding Not many things are more valuable than knowing yourself. Equally as important? Understanding others.

As entrepreneurs, we are told to find problems to make products for, and here at StartupCamp we teach you to find a million people to help instead of trying to make a million dollars. To do that, you have to understand people! With so many personality variations out there, that can be a tough task.

Suzanne Stabile joins us on the show to teach us about a personality typing system that is not-so-new but recently a very hot topic: the enneagram. If you haven’t heard of the enneagram, it breaks down personalities into nine different categories, each with a healthy version (assets) and an unhealthy version (liabilities) of itself.

The difference, she says, between the enneagram and other personality typing systems is that you can do something with the enneagram: you can effectively change ineffective behavior.

In the pursuit of our passion-driven businesses, we can often be our own worst enemy. We can’t get out of our own way sometimes. But by knowing yourself–and your customers and your employees–navigating the people part of work can be much easier when viewed through the lens of personality.

Suzanne shares her insights from 25 years of studying, teaching, and experience with the enneagram system. In this episode, we talked about:

  • The nine personality types
  • Personalities as children
  • What these personalities look like in the workplace and as entrepreneurs
  • The impact of understanding these personalities can have in the workplace
  • What healthy and unhealthy personalities look like

Suzanne is the author of The Road Back To You and most recently The Road Between Us, two books that take a clear and in-depth look at the enneagram. You can use the promo code STARTUP at checkout for 25% off of these books when purchased on the LTM website (for the next two weeks). If you are also interested in learning more about Suzanne and where you could hear her teach, visit her on her website.

Enjoy this episode! It could be life- or business-changing!

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How To Handle Fear, Worry, And Stress As Entrepreneurs And Leaders With Alli Worthington Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:46:31 +0000 Dale Partridge entrepreneur,fear,Handle,leader,overcome,Stress,Worry Every single person faces fear, worry, anxiety, or stress. And these are especially familiar feelings among entrepreneurs. So much is on the line. Will I have the finances? Will I have the support I need? Is this idea good enough, and will it have profitable longevity? Will this be successful?

Alli Worthington joins us on this week’s podcast episode to talk about combating these heavy–and sometimes crippling–experiences that make us doubt our abilities as entrepreneurs.

Alli’s latest book is Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, and Overcoming Anxiety. But don’t think that the contents are only beneficial for women.

In this episode, Alli and I talk about how fear, worry, anxiety, and stress keep us from starting our pursuits as entrepreneurs. As a full-time work-at-home-mom with five children, she has experienced several points in her life that she could have let her emotions and her mindsets limit her. Instead, she called the weaknesses out for what they were and replaced them with stronger more enabling emotions and mindsets.

Alli approaches this “fierce” way of attacking those crippling emotions with her faith. Regardless of your personal belief system, the age-old values she reminds us of hold true.

  • There are the simple and practical answers for the complicated times of stress, anxiety, and fear.
  • When you are feeling insecure or under stress, what is your source of confidence? How do you recalibrate and take charge of your day again?
  • What is your battle plan for attacking fear, and what is an individual plan for yourself?

If you’re ready to hear how you can take the bull by the horns and fight fear and stress in your own life, sit back and soak in these encouraging truths!


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Three Important Questions For Every Family (And Person) with Pat Lencioni Wed, 04 Apr 2018 04:48:34 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family How many of you work too hard, focusing more on your business and not enough on your family?

Many folks have great business plans, but very few actually have similar plans to make sure their families are just as successful.

If you’ve ever wondered how to take the same focus and strategy that makes your business successful and apply it to your family, then you’ll love what today’s podcast guest Pat Lencioni has to say.

As an entrepreneur, business thought leader, and award-winning author on organization health, Pat’s most cherished trophy (received for selling 1 million books) is one he wasn’t even there to accept, because instead he was with his family celebrating his son’s first confession.

In this episode, we discuss with Pat one of his least popular but most important books. The Three Big Questions For A Frantic Family: A leadership fable about restoring sanity to the most important organization in your life. In this book, Pat lays out how he learned to apply the same principles to his family that he teaches to others for building strong businesses.

In our interview, Pat lays out these three questions and how you can answer them for your family:

  • What makes you unique (your values and strategy as a family)?
  • What’s most important in your life, right now?
  • What are you going to do to daily remember your values, strategies, and priorities?

So if you want to apply the same motivation and drive that you have for your business to your relationships and your family, then buckle up, take notes, and enjoy!

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The Power of Focus and Purpose with Nathan Barry Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:23:09 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family In a world with many distractions, demands, and competing interests, it’s hard to stay focused on just one thing. In an ever-changing world and business landscape, it’s even harder to stay focused on why you remain committed to your one thing.

Our guest today has managed to do both in his business and through it, find success.

In my interview with Nathan Barry, Founder of, you will hear the story of how this home-schooled kid from Idaho graduated from high school at 15, became a designer, and then decided to create Convertkit to solve an email marketing problem he faced. You’ll hear why deciding to give his company his full attention made all the difference for him. And you’ll hear how since then Nathan has streamlined the focus–and just as importantly, the purpose–of his company while growing the revenue to nearly a million dollars a month.

A few key highlights of what we discussed include:

  • The mission of his company and how it drives all they do.
  • A brilliant tip he uses to develop a culture of trust through honest communication in any organization.
  • What you should do differently with a small vs. large email list.
  • What Nathan believes will be important in the future with email marketing and how you can apply it.

So get ready for a great conversation with a designer and entrepreneur who scratched his own itch by creating a profitable business, giving it all his focus and guided by a singular purpose.


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How To Finish What You Started with Jon Acuff Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:12:29 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Most entrepreneurs and leaders are fantastic at starting—dreams and ideas are an exciting part of a difficult journey. But the difference between people who win and those who lose is found in the entrepreneur who have developed the discipline of finishing.

Shortly after the rush of excitement of a launch, many starters lose steam. At that point, we are required to generate additional discipline, focus, and motivation even in times that make it difficult to do so.

In this episode, we have my long-time friend and New York Times Bestselling author Jon Acuff here to discuss his new book: Finish: Give Yourself The Gift of Done.

In our conversation, Jon and I tear out your excuses and put your feet to the fire when it comes to completing what you set out to do. So grab your laces and tie up those boots because we’re going to take you to Done Town on this episode of the podcast.

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How To Unlearn Money and Relearn Wealth With Jen Sincero Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:47:50 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family I’ve met some incredible leaders who know how to make money but can’t seem to keep it, grow it, or steward it. Today’s show is not merely about making wealth but keeping it.

In this episode, we have Jen Sincero who is the New York Times bestselling author of “You Are A Badass At Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.

With so many entrepreneurs drowning in debt, buying things they can’t afford, and making poor money decisions; Jen helps dreamers and go-getters build back a healthy relationship with money and the responsibility that comes with it.

So if you’re ready to punch your debt in the face until it’s knocked out of your life, then we have a wealth building war plan coming up in this episode of the podcast.

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How To Properly View Masculinity and Male Leadership with Lewis Howes Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:04:28 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family While much of the media is focused on the “attack on women”, many of us miss the hard reality facing men today. Over the past two decades, we’ve seen a reduction in honorable, integrity-driven, servant-focused men. In this episode, we’re going to discuss this change and how it relates to leadership in the workplace.

Today, we’re going to be talking to my friend Lewis Howes about his take on the topic in his new book: The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships and Live Their Fullest Lives

Lewis is a New York Times bestselling author and his work has been featured on just about every media outlet on the planet. Lewis is also the host of The School of Greatness, a top 100 podcast on iTunes.

Today’s interview is conversational, practical and useful for understanding the obstacles men are facing in today’s culture. So grab your man-beard, a little vulnerability, and some burlap tissue because we’ve got a beautiful man show for you on the podcast.

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How To Overcome Digital Addiction With Curt Steinhorst Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:52:40 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Are you too busy to be successful? Statistics say that many of us are. We live in a world that’s designed to interrupt, distract, and stimulate. As a result, many professionals are less productive and more stressed than ever before.

Today’s conversation is with Curt Steinhorst. He’s the author of the new book: Can I Have Your Attention?: Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace.

In our conversation, Curt and I discuss practical strategies to reduce digital distraction and take back the control of your day. But more than that, we look at the underlying problem causing us to feed into this broken addiction to technology.

So if you’re ready to steal back your life, increase your discipline, and get some work done; then restrain yourself from looking at social media while you’re listening to this episode because we have some powerful lessons coming up right now.

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How To Prioritize Your Marriage Above Your Work with Jefferson Bethke Sun, 01 Oct 2017 06:37:22 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Almost everyone will agree that their marriage is a priority over their career. However, just because we say it, doesn’t make it true. In this episode, we discuss the what is required to build a marriage that sits in the appropriate position in your life’s pursuits.

Today’s guest is Jefferson Bethke. Not only is he a personal friend but he’s also a New York Times Bestselling author, a stand-out entrepreneur, a loving father, and a dedicated husband to his bride Alyssa.

In our conversation, Jefferson and I share what has helped each of us create strong businesses while maintaining strong marriages. Jefferson also shares powerful stories, studies, and wisdom bombs from his new book Love That Lasts

To learn more about Jefferson, you can follow him on either Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.

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How To Grow Your Dream By Studying Giants with Jody Dreyer Sun, 27 Aug 2017 01:10:03 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family In this new marketplace, it’s easy to focus our attention on companies who are new and innovative while throwing large established companies to the side. But in today’s conversation, we’re talking to a 30-year veteran of one of the largest and most successful companies in the world.

Today’s guest is Jody Dreyer a 30-year veteran at Disney. In a world where few people stay at the same company for longer than two years, Jody shares what she learned in her 22 different positions with Disney. From intern to Senior Vice President her experience, insight, and wisdom will offer a variety of useful concepts to consider for your business.

Our conversation focuses on her new book: “Beyond The Castle: A Guide To Discovering Your Happily Ever After. Jody’s personality is contagious, joyful, and full of fun. So grab your favorite Disney memory from childhood and combine that with your business brain because we’ve got a magical show here on the podcast.

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How Building A Business For Less People Will Make You More Money with Ryan Michler Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:09:56 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family One of the top three failures of new entrepreneurs is starting a business (or blog) for too many people. In other words, their customers are anyone willing to spend a buck. In most cases, this bad strategy is fueled from amateur business owners who are desperate to pay their bills. But accepting money from anyone is actually the cause of many failed dreamers. Today’s guest blows it out of the water on how we should be structuring our dreams, ideas, and businesses into powerful niches that drive profits.

Today’s guest is my friend Ryan Michler who started the wildly popular blog with a popular podcast under the same name. Ryan has rallied hundreds of thousands of people behind his brand which focuses specifically on manhood. Ryan is not only profitable but he’s growing rapidly. But more than that, Ryan is a loving husband, father, and as you’ll learn in today’s episode, a fantastic teacher of entrepreneurship.


So whether you’re a man or a woman, grab an axe and some whiskey because we’re about to chop your audience down to a tiny niche on today’s episode of the podcast.

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How To Become The Leader Everyone Wants But Few Have with Jon Gordon Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:37:57 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family The word “positive” has been hijacked and vandalized into every self-defined meaning under the sun. Because of its overuse and misuse, many people have no idea what real positivity is. Today’s guest is going to help restore the roots of positivity and teach us how to embrace this virtue in your business, your home, or your ministry.

Today’s guest is good friend and international bestselling author, Jon Gordon. We’re going to be discussing his new book called “The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World.


If you don’t know Jon, you should. He’s s not only sold millions of books but he’s also spent over a decade coaching some of the most powerful CEO’s and professional sports teams on the planet. Today, our conversation progresses and really opens up with useful wisdom as we dive deeper into the discussion.

So open your skull and set your mind on the table, because we’re about to give your brain a makeover of positivity in this episode of the Podcast.

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How To Escape Culture’s False Manhood And Become A Man with Mark Batterson Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:15:51 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family It’s pretty clear in today’s culture, masculinity is under attack, femininity is under attack, and there seems to be more and more confusion about gender roles when it comes to work, family, and lifestyle. In this episode, Mark Batterson and I attempt to redeem manhood by bringing clarity to the more traditional marks of a man.

For those of you who don’t know Mark, he’s the pastor of Washington DC’s largest church—just walking distance from the White House, Capitol Hill and the National Mall. Today, we’re going to be discussing his new book titled Play The Man: Becoming the Man God Created You To Be.


In our conversation, Mark and I discuss what it means to be a provider, a protector, and an honorable man to a women in today’s culture. But more than that, we discuss how to properly view gender roles and masculinity around passion, profession, and purpose.

Our discussion is helpful, it’s relevant, and it’s important. So grab your romantic novels, your new-age politics, and your flannel shirts and toss them in the fireplace because we’re going to show you what real manhood looks like on today’s episode of the Podcast.

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How To Prevent Shame From Prohibiting Your Potential with Dr. Kelly Flanagan Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:15:24 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable. In today’s show, we’re going to discuss the deep reasons behind human failure. We’re going to hammer at the chains we wear from the wounds we have, but most of all, we’re going to uncover the healing required to become the leaders we desire to be.

This episode’s guest is Dr. Kelly Flanagan. He’s a clinical psychologist, viral social media writer, and author of the new book Lovable: Embracing What Is Truest About You So You Can Embrace Your True Life. In our conversation, Kelly and I unearth what Kelly calls “the original wound” and how leaders can heal from the consequences it’s inflicted on our thinking, our behaviors, and our reality.


Our conversation is thought-provoking, it’s emotional and required for someone looking to lead in today’s world.

So grab yourself a mirror and a box of old photos because we’re going back to your past in this episode of the Podcast.

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How To Launch A Profitable Product with Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk Mon, 29 May 2017 23:51:27 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family There is nothing more intimidating and stressful than launching a product for the first time. Today, we’re diving back into the brass tacks of business. I’ve invited back my good friend and fellow entrepreneur, Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk to share his wisdom how to successfully launch a profitable product.

I see it all the time, someone launches a new product or business, they announce it one time on their Instagram account, and hope the whole world clicks the link in their bio. Sadly, this strategy almost never works and often leaves new business owners discouraged on launch day.


In today’s episode, Jeff and I are going to share what we’ve learned about six-figure product launches. But more than that, we’re going to discuss how to leverage Kickstarter as a tool to supercharge your launch. The week of this episode’s recording, Jeff launched a new modular desk organizer for his company Ugmonk and has raised almost a quarter million dollars in less than two weeks.

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Our conversation is ultra practical, it provides evergreen steps on how to launch anything well, and it’s something every business owner should always be learning about. So grab your ideas and slap on some patience because we’ve got some brilliant, but slow concepts in this episode of the Podcast.

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How To Sway Opinion On Controversial Topics With Shane Claiborne Sun, 21 May 2017 15:45:49 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family You can be an entrepreneur without being a revolutionary. But you can’t start a revolution without being an entrepreneur. Today’s guest is a true revolution starter, a controversy master, and a man who has been able to rally millions behind his ideas, his beliefs, and his work.

My conversation today is with Shane Claiborne; an activist and doer of the heart. In this show, Shane shares his incredible story and logic on how to move people toward new ideas, back to old ideas, and how to challenge people’s thinking without being aggressive.


For those of you who don’t know Shane, he is also the author of over 10 books, the personal protégé of Mother Teresa, a speaker on prominent stages, and a servant of war zones, poverty stricken countries, and causes which need a voice.

Our conversation is quite intriguing. We tackle the issues people discuss privately but stay quiet publicly. To be honest, it’s actually one of my favorite interviews of the year.

So put your opinions, your experiences, and your patterns aside because we’ve got a show that’s going to challenge your heart, your mind, and your soul right now.

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How Women Can Help Men Steal Back Their Masculinity with John Eldredge Fri, 12 May 2017 20:26:52 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Today’s culture has emasculated masculinity. We’re seeing it in the new practices of parenting all the way to the structure of modern marriages. But more than that, it’s changing the confidence, the drive, and the leadership capability of men around the world. Today’s guest helps both men and women navigate this new territory with both wisdom and science.

John Eldredge, New York Times Bestselling Author of Wild At Heart, joins us and shares his decades of research on how men can be better leaders and how women can be stronger supporters by embracing the natural man.


Furthermore, let’s not be naive about how this issue is affecting men’s ability to build a thriving business and maintain healthy relationships with those around them. In our conversation, we’re going to discuss what makes men tick, what makes them grow, and what allows men to win not only in business but in life.

Our conversation is technical, it’s controversial, and it’s powerful. So men, grab your pipe, grab your pint, and grab your cross because we’re going to man up against society’s message in this episode of the podcast.

Was this interview helpful? Do you have anything to add to the conversation? If so, let me know in the comments below.

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The Basics Of Making Your Business Beautiful With Jasmine Star Fri, 05 May 2017 17:36:15 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Whether you like it or not, you have a brand. Furthermore, you don’t get to define it. Because your brand isn’t what you say it is, it’s what they say it is. Today’s guest shares her relatable story of dropping out of college to becoming one of the most successful photographers in America.

Jasmine Star is an award-winning wedding photographer and wildly successful entrepreneur. In today’s conversation, she shares her story and what beautiful design, wise story-telling, and smart branding can do to amplify your business, blog, or dream.


But this isn’t your ordinary conversation about design. Jasmine and I dive deep into the heart and strategy behind good design, how the average person can use design to grow their platform, and what role beauty plays in our success as leaders.

Our conversation is fast-paced, rich, and it’s entertaining.

So grab your Pinterest personality, your best bottle of wine, and put a pencil behind your ear because we’ve got an artistic marathon for your listening ears.

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How To Love Your Profession While Respecting Your Priorities with Carrie Wilkerson Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:55:42 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Over the years I’ve learned that true calling doesn’t compromise. Today’s guest drops a truth bomb on the ladies. However, she helps our male listeners help the ladies keep their priorities straight.

We live in a time where the world tells women that the “more important” work is outside of the home. In this episode, Carrie Wilkerson talks to us about building a healthy business inside the home.


Carrie is an expert on work-from-home businesses and has been featured on the Dave Ramsey Show, shared the stage with Zig Ziglar, and is the bestselling author of Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide For Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom.

Carrie runs an incredibly successful business from home with her husband and four children. And in today’s conversation, she shares how home-based entrepreneurs can make a solid income without compromising their marriage, their family, and their values.

If this show was useful to you let us know. Or, if you have anything to add to the conversation tell us about it in the comments below.

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How To Be Creative And Create A Realistic Income with Jeff Goins Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:23:53 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Creative folks get ready because today’s show is packed with tips, tricks, and healthy thinking to help you maintain the money game while thriving in what you love to do.

With us today, is good friend, best-selling author, and highly successful entrepreneur Jeff Goins. If you’re a loyal listener of the StartupCamp Podcast, you may have heard the interview we did with him last year on the topic of effective writing. But today, we’re going to be discussing his newest book: Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age


In our conversation, Jeff completely destroys the common myths we believe about creatives, their perspective on work, and how to be successful as an artist. But together, we go deeper than tactics and discuss how to improve the personality, the character, and the drivers required to thrive as a creative professional in today’s marketplace.

Our show is hyper-practical, it’s intelligently emotional, and it’s exactly what many creatives need to hear.

If this show was useful to you let us know. Or, if you have anything to add to the conversation tell us about it in the comments below.

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How To Make Quick, Wise, and Safe Decisions With Craig Groeschel Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:01:42 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Our lives are simply made up of the quality of our decisions. Today’s guest believes we can learn to choose well if we just understand the anatomy of decision making. Together, we attack immaturity and shine a light on what leadership truly looks like.

On this episode, leadership master and renowned pastor Craig Groeschel tells us about his new book on how to make wise, calculated decisions. We uncover fascinating topics like decision fatigue and habitual drivers to the unhealthy relationships we develop with our past mistakes. As you’ll see in our conversation, his life has forced him to put together an effective framework for making smart, timely, and results-based decisions.


If you haven’t heard of Craig, he operates Life Church (which is currently the largest church in America with over 26 locations in eight states). He’s also the author of ten books and speaker to some of the most prominent stages in our world.

But more than that, Craig is a leader with integrity, a family man with six children, and a husband to a cherished wife.

Our conversation has authority, it has power, and it has persuasion. So get our your notebooks folks, we’ve got a deep show you won’t want to miss.

Thoughts? Was this interview helpful? What’s allowed you to make good decisions? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Know If You’re An Emotional Infant Or Mature Adult with Pete Scazzero Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:08:25 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family The biggest threat to our world isn’t uneducated leaders, it’s immature leaders. Today’s guest shares how you can identify your own emotional maturity and safeguard against the brokenness that could be holding you back.

Pete Scazzero believes you can only be as successful as you are emotionally mature. Meaning you can’t disconnect the relationship between influence and wealth building and your ability to control your emotions, make wise decisions, and maintain a healthy mental perspective on life.


Personally, Pete is one of my favorite authors and he’s also someone I look to for direction on building character strong enough to lead my family, my followers, and my dreams.

Today, we’re discussing Pete’s new book The Emotionally Healthy Leader where he teaches people how to go from emotional infants to thriving, mature adults. But more than that, he shares fascinating stories and strategic steps on how to become more aware of our own emotional state.

Our conversation is deep, it’s useful, and it’s one that will cause you to evaluate your story, your maturity, and your leadership ability. I hope you enjoy it.

Was this episode helpful? What has helped you grow emotionally? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Finally Be Comfortable With Who You Are with Rebekah Lyons Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:13:23 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family One of my favorite quotes is, “Do you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”

I think many of us lose our identity in our accomplishments, our work, our pursuits, our credentials, or our talents. But when those things are stripped away or even taken from us, we often lose the confidence in our intrinsic value.

Today’s guest is my friend Rebekah Lyons and author of the new book, “Your Are Free: Be Who You Already Are”. In this new release, she teaches people how to deny the lie so many of us believe: The lie that our worth is what others think of us. The lie that causes us to compare and strive and exist mostly for the approval of others.


In our conversation, Rebekah and I dive deep into the practices and tactics to realign your value, to heal yourself from brokenness that inhibits your ability to lead, and to find clarity on what truly matters more than work, career, or accomplishments.

So put on a helmet and put down your shield because we’ve got some hard truths we need to bump into in this episode of the podcast.

Was this episode helpful? Do you struggle with finding value in yourself as you lead others? What’s worked for you? Let me know in the comments below.

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How Taking A Huge Risk Might Save Your Entire Life with Jeremy Courtney Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:52:08 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Has fear ever stopped you from moving toward something you felt called to? Have the costs been too high for you to take a “leap of faith”? Or what about your emotions? Do you allow your feelings about a certain direction dictate your decisions? In this episode, we learn what it takes to find our greatest life behind our biggest risk.

Today’s guest is a man who jumped into the deep end of his heart and followed an extraordinary call for his life. Jeremy Courtney is the founder of Preemptive Love. An organization that’s digging through the war rubble in Iraq and Syria in search of hope—and they are finding it everywhere.


Jeremy’s organization is bringing peace, feeding the hungry, loving the outcast, caring for their enemies, and walking into places that most people run from.

In our conversation, Jeremy and I have a soft and almost somber conversation around his journey to this work, his story along the way, and the realities of starting and operating an effective non-profit.

Our conversation is real, it’s important, and it should cause you to evaluate your perspective. So roll up your sleeves and fight for your emotions because we’re going to wage a war on your heart, right now.

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How To Earn A Realistic Salary As A Writer With Jonathan Merritt Sat, 04 Feb 2017 19:28:15 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Last year, I produced over a million dollars with my writing. But not how you would think… For me, my writing is the heart of why people follow me. It’s the initial touchpoint that drives them to buy my products, pay for my consultation, and request me to speak. In other words, my writing is the front door to my brand and my business, and it should be the same for you.

Interestingly, I never thought I was going to be a writer. To be honest, I don’t really enjoy the act of writing. However, I love the result. The ability to transfer ideas, opinions, truth, and insight from my brain to others is likely the most fulfilling thing I do.

And today, I get to share how I got there.

In this episode, I have a special guest for you. Not only is he my personal writing coach and friend, but our conversation makes the hall of fame for this podcast. To catch the immense quantity of wisdom, lessons, and quotes you’ll want to listen to our conversation again and again.

Jonathan Merritt is a professional writer, he’s a columnist for the Atlantic, the author of many books, and a New York Times Bestselling ghost writer. Today, he is going to share his tricks and tips from his highly acclaimed writing program Write Brilliant in an effort to propel your writing to the next level.


Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • “Great writers write from a place of confidence, not certainty.”
  • “Being a writer isn’t taught, it’s caught… like a disease you want to catch.”
  • “As you shape your writing, your writing is shaping you.”
  • “As a writer you’re either in the lighting business or the heating business.” (listen to hear the concept explained)
  • “70% of American’s say they have a book inside of them.”
  • “Sadly, most people go to the grave with the song still in them.”
  • “Writers will fail under the paralysis of perfectionism.”
  • “A good writer a reader of good books.”
  • “Writing can be an isolating act, but it’s best done in community.”
  • “Good writers write to their readers, not their critics.”
  • “Let’s not call it writer’s block, let’s call it ‘stuck.'”

After listening to our conversation, I would love to hear your feedback. What stood out to you? Were you motivated to take your writing more seriously? Were you encouraged to speak up in a world who needs your voice? If so, tell me about it in the comments below.

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4 Ways To Build Beauty AND Brains Into Your Brand With Emily Ley Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:35:03 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Most startup’s either have a beautiful site that doesn’t function or a functional site that’s isn’t beautiful. Today’s guest shares what it takes to have both, keep both, and grow both.

This episode revolves around a young woman who has created one of the cleanest, most creative, and compelling brands I’ve ever seen. Emily Ley is the creator of the Simplified Planner which sells online and in over 500 stores including Anthropologie and has been featured in Forbes, HGTV, USA TODAY, Glamour, Better Homes And Gardens, and more.


In today’s episode, Emily and I discuss the four ways to build beauty and brains into your brand. We cover everything from brand theory and the art of consistency to the effective use of white space and the role visuals play in making sales.

Our conversation is useful for any business owner looking to tighten up, brighten up, or just organize their customer’s experience with their company.

If this interview was helpful, let us know what stood out by leaving me a comment below.

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How To Kill Comparison And Enjoy Who You Are With Lara Casey Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:59:47 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Are you overwhelmed with measuring up to your social media feed? Do you struggle with comparison and creative envy? Or what about understanding and embracing your own uniqueness, or purpose, or calling? Today’s guest brings some powerful principles that will help you kill comparison and find intrinsic value in both who you are and where you are.

Lara Casey is the author of the wildly popular book: Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. Her words share not only her fascinating story of overcoming a season of darkness but hyper-practical ways to correct our thinking and find meaning in the journey, career, calling, and influence we’ve been given.


Lara is also the founder of (which is probably the most colorful website on the internet). A place where you’ll find beautifully designed productivity tools to help you achieve what truly matters in life.

For me, our conversation was refreshing. Lara’s outlook on the balance of life and business made me feel as if she really understands both the struggle and the solution to living and loving our lives well.

After listening to this episode, please let me know what stood out to you—or maybe share something that might help someone else. Your words matter. And I would love to hear them in the comments below.

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How To Retire When You’re 45, Not 65 with Chris Hogan Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:56:44 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Have you done anything to prepare for retirement? Are your finances in order? Have you eliminated all of your non-mortgage debt? What about a plan or a dream or a vision for what life could be like with complete financial freedom… Do you have one?

Today’s guest is on a mission to help everyone, regardless of their age understand and prepare for retirement. Chris Hogan is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book: Retire Inspired: It’s Not An Age, It’s A Financial Number.

During our conversation, Chris leaves listeners with an all new way to define retirement. But more than that, he provides simple steps to get us on the right track to true financial freedom.

Our conversation is short, but it’s powerful, incredibly useful, and hopefully it’s a blessing for your journey as a wise entrepreneur.

So put on your vision goggles and grab your Delorean because you’re about to think about your future right now.

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How To Thrive As Introvert In An Extroverted World with Susan Cain Thu, 15 Dec 2016 23:53:10 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family The word “introvert” has become quite the buzz word in sociological studies today. Research says about half of our population identify themselves as “introverted”. Today’s guest, Susan Cain is a proud introvert and authority on the topic of this quieter group of individuals. In our interview, she shares her fascinating lessons on how to embrace, work with, and understand the more silent side of society.

Susan is best known for her New York Times bestselling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking. Her book has now sold over 2 million copies and been translated into over 40 languages.


In our conversation, you’ll learn everything from what qualifies someone to be introverted to how one can wisely assert their personality into an extroverted world. Our discussion is enlightening, it’s enjoyable, and it’s useful.

If this podcast lesson supported your journey as a leader or if you have anything to add to the conversation, let me know in the comments below.

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How To Lead From Behavior, Not Words With Dave Ramsey Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:37:47 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family We live in a culture of talkers, walkers, and balkers. People who are trying to close the gap between their dreams and their reality with their words instead of their behavior. Today’s guest shows us how to do less with our mouths and more with our lives.

As entrepreneurs, leaders, and mature thinkers here at the podcast, we know that living out leadership is the difference between people who want and people who merely wish.


Dave Ramsey is the host of the Dave Ramsey Show which is heard by over 12 million listeners every single week. He’s most popularly known as “the guy who can help you get out of debt and take control of your life”, but his leadership goes beyond the sound booth; he’s also a successful entrepreneur, an honorable husband, and a reliable father.

In our conversation, Dave and I discuss what it means to grow up, know up, and show. So grab your notepad, because we’ve got a wisdom packed show for you right here.

Was our discussion helpful? What stood out to you? Anything to add? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Tell If Your Idea Is Worth Pursuing With Pat Flynn Thu, 03 Nov 2016 23:49:39 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family The hardest part of building a business is the beginning. Sure, there’s excitement and the thrill of going out on your own. But there is also a heavy reality of vetting your idea, your strategy, and your decision to move forward. But today’s guest takes the guess-work out of the equation.

There are only a few business owners I really respect. Pat Flynn is one of them. Many of you know him as the guy who documents his income on his website every single month. Beginning in October of 2008, Pat made $8,000 during his first month in business. Today, exactly eight years later (October 2016), he brought in over $167,000.


In our interview, we’re going to talk about his new book “Will It Fly: How To Test Your Next Business Idea So Your Don’t Waste Your Time And Money.”

Pat shares a variety of practical exercises to help people think through their ideas prior to launch. Our conversation is fun, useful, and worthy of notes.

So press play, grab your doughnut neck support and hope that a giant man doesn’t take the window seat because we’ve got a high-flying show loaded up just for you.

What did you think of our conversation? Do you have anything to add? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Earn Followers Using Love With Bob Goff Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:31:33 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family There’s a secret out there. A way a living that is so naturally attractive, that is does the heavy lifting for you. It’s based in love. While it sounds like a simple word, living it out in a contagious way isn’t as simple as one would hope. Today’s guest, shows us how it’s done.

Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of “Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World“. But more than that, he’s a global ambassador for good. Through the work of his non-profit, Bob can be seen taking down vicious witch doctors in Africa and raiding brothels in Southeast Asia.

His heart for the protection of children and the willingness to fight good fights thousands of miles from home, is what makes Bob’s story so unique.


Our conversation is not only inspiring, it’s fun. Bob’s words help us realize how simple love actually is and how complex its results can be. If you’re looking for a fresh outlook on leadership, you will enjoy our interview.

What did you think of our conversation? Do you have anything to add? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Go From Hurt and Ineffective To Healed and Unstoppable with Mike Foster Fri, 07 Oct 2016 19:51:18 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Have you ever felt your past brokenness is preventing you from future success? Maybe you had a traumatic moment that scarred your mind and limited your potential. Today’s guest can not only relate but provides a difficult, yet clear path to healing.

Mike Foster is a professional anti-perfectionist. He’s here to discuss his new book People Of The Second Chance: A Guide For Bringing Life Saving Love To The World. But Mike is more than an author. He’s am expert at removing guilt, shame, unhealthy thinking, and unresolved brokenness.


During our conversation, he shares traumatic stories from his book that had once shaped his emotional worldview. But more than that, he eloquently reminds listeners how every person you fight with, disagree with, laugh with or love is an opportunity to shape who you are.


Beyond books, he’s a consultant to high-performance leaders, speaker on stages across the world, and a dear friend of mine for many years. Our conversation will hit you straight in the heart. The truth bombs and one-liners will have you writing notes, and the overall message might end with you in tears.

What did you think?

We love hearing feedback about our shows. Was there anything that stood out to you in our conversation? What about your journey? Do you have anything to add to the conversation of healing? Let me know about in the comments below.

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The Basics Of Respect, In Case You Forgot With Gregg Ward Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:06:24 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family How you make people feel about themselves, tells the world how much you respect others. We live in a time where people can’t separate disagreement from disrespect. From our social media feeds to our in-person encounters, our culture has lost respect for our fellow man.

In this episode of the podcast, guest Gregg Ward reminds us of the basics of respect as we talk about his fascinating new book: The Respectful Leader: Seven Ways To Influence Without Intimidation.

Today, we travel back to what feels like childhood to find out what respect is, understanding how respect works, and how to respect others to grow your own influence.


Gregg is a consultant to some of the world’s largest companies. He helps organizations become more profitable by adding respect back into their culture.

Our conversation is enlightening, practical, and relatable.

I love hearing your feedback. Did our interview help you? Do you have anything to add? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Become A Leader People Love With Ken Blanchard Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:35:16 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Most leaders aren’t loved. They are respected, feared, or esteemed, but not loved. Today’s guest is one for the record books as he shares the magic behind leading with love. Many have called it “servant leadership”, but our conversation shows us it is much more than that.

Ken Blanchard has written over 60 books and has sold over 21 million copies. He’s now 77 years old with and today we get to discuss his most cherished topic in business, leading with love.


For those not familiar with Ken, he is the author of the business classics, The One Minute Manager, Raving Fans, and Who Moved My Cheese. Recently, Ken was added to Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

Our conversation is one for the record books. It’s something I would urge you to relisten to again and again.

After Listening: What did you think? What stood out to you? Anything to add? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Optimize Your Day With Simple Productivity Projects with Chris Bailey Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:06:23 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Each of us has 168 hours in a week. How is it that some people are able to achieve far greater progress, success, and freedom than others with same amount of time? Today’s guest shares the science on what it really takes to be more productive.


Chris Bailey is an expert on optimization. In his new book The Productivity Project, he walks readers through incredible stories from his own life to uncover the most productive strategies on the planet.

Our interview is not only practical, it’s relatable. But most of all, his advice is realistic for the everyday starter.

Was this interview helpful? Anything stand out? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Turn Your Past Pain Into Powerful Passion With Bianca Olthoff Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:54:52 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Were you bullied as a kid? Maybe you weren’t as smart as the other children. Or what about your weight? Were you bullied or called fat by others? How about money? Did you grow up in a low-income neighborhood or raised with less than others? If you said yes to any of these, then you’ll relate with today’s guest Bianca Olthoff.

Bianca is a full-time side-hustling entrepreneur, keynote speaker to audiences across the world, and author of the new book Play With Fire. Our conversation brings a fresh look at overcoming life’s obstacles, forcing difficult transformation to happen, and the art of getting the most out of our own story.


Unlike most people on the show, Bianca has a full-time office job for a global non-profit she cares deeply for. But her perspective on chasing dreams and building a side business will give those of you “on the fence entrepreneurs” a much-needed boost of confidence.

Was this interview helpful? What stood out to you? Let me know in the comments below.

If you’re interested in subscribing to our weekly podcast on iTunes, you can do it here.

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How To Question The Life You Thought You Wanted With Shannan Martin Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:40:19 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family I was so intrigued by the subtitle of our guest’s new book, “Rescued From The Life I Always Wanted”. What did it mean? What was her story?

Today, Shannan shares her story of how personal conviction called her out of the “good life” and into her dream life. A story filled with risk, confusion, and counterintuitive decisions.


Shannan’s story is convicting. It will make you question what you’ve always thought was success. It will challenge how you think about achievement, wealth, relationships, and culture. Our conversation is progressive and toward the middle of our interview, Shannan drops some powerful ideas that are difficult to swallow.

You can read her entire story in her new book “Falling Free Rescued From The Life I Always Wanted“. If her story has impacted you or made you question success, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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How To Quit Your Career And Create Your Calling With Ken Costa Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:10:19 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Have you ever been in a meeting with someone and immediately realized you were the dumbest person in the room? That’s what happened to me during my interview with today’s guest.

Ken Costa is one of those people you google after a conversation only to realize you just spoke to someone who made a dent in the world. And today, we get to make a dent in your dreams as we discuss creating your calling.

Ken is an investment banker who spent decades building million dollar deals. He’s a man who called Nelson Mandela a friend and he’s helped kings, queens, and royalty support the causes they care about most. But today, he’s helping the younger generation find their purpose at work. In our interview, we’re going to be discussing his new book: Know Your Why: Finding and Fulfilling Your Calling in Life

Our conversation is packed with wisdom, meaningful conversation, and beautiful ideas I’ve never even thought about. If you’d like to learn more about Ken, you can watch his bio video here.

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How To Give Incredible Gifts That Gain Customers Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:09:22 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family I’m going to open up with a pretty harsh statement: Bad gifters are often careless people. Is that you? Are you a bad gifter? Are you the guy or girl who shows your appreciation of others through bad ideas and weak gestures? If so, today’s guest is going to give you a lesson in thoughtfulness.

John Ruhlin is the king of good gifts. He’s also the number one salesman of Cutco knives in the history of the company and the author of the new book Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention


As John explains in our conversation, gift giving is one of the most impactful actions you can take in your business (for any relationship for that matter). And when you do it right, the benefits to both you and the recipient are immeasurable.

Our interview is fun, It’s useful and it will change the way you think about showing gratitude forever.

Was this interview helpful? Have you ever received an incredible gift? Let me know about it in the comments below.

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Mount Everest: 4 Hard Lessons From A Woman Who Conquered It Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:42:34 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family

Less than 500 women have reached the summit of Mount Everest. This episode’s guest is one of them. Alison Levine is an extreme adventurer. She’s climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents and was the first American to complete a 600-mile traverse from West Antartica to the South Pole.


In this episode, we hear stories and lessons from her New York Times Bestselling Book: “On The Edge: Leadership Lessons From Mount Everest And Other Extreme Environments”.

Are you an extreme achiever? Did this episode connect with you? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Create Habits That Create Happiness With Gretchen Rubin Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:24:03 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Our habits form our routines. Routines that produce emotional responses. If you don’t like your life, it’s likely because you don’t like your routine. If you don’t like your routine, it’s because you don’t have positive habits.

In this interview, New York Times Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin shares her research on creating habits that create happy lives.


In her new book “Better Than Before” Gretchen lays out simple steps for changing, creating, and removing habits. She’s an authority on human psychology and expert on happiness. Our interview is enlightening, insightful, and useful.

Did anything stand out to you? What’s helped you create positive habits? Let me know in the comments below.


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How To Love Rest As Much As You Love Work With John Mark Comer Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:06:57 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Having a healthy relationship with your work can save your life. In this episode, author John Mark Comer helps us correct our thinking about the meaning and balance of work.

John Mark is the Pastor at Bridgetown Church in downtown Portland, Oregon. He’s the author of multiple books and known for his ability to communicate a point with clarity and emotion.


Our interview is smart, it’s fun, and it’s convicting. If anything stands out or if you have something to add to the conversation, let me know about it in the comments below.

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How To Unearth The Work You Were Meant To Do With Chris Guillebeau Thu, 09 Jun 2016 06:01:21 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Working hard at something you dislike is a prison sentence for most people. For many of us the problem isn’t based in a lack of passion, rather it’s an inability to unearth the work they were meant to do.


Today’s guest Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times Bestselling author, two-time guest and one of the few people who have been to every single country on the planet.

We’re discussing Chris’s new book Born For This: How To Find The Work You Were Meant To Do

Did anything stand out? Was anything helpful for you? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Maintain Motivation Through Incredibly Difficult Times With John O’Leary Wed, 25 May 2016 05:29:10 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Welcome To Episode #4 of Season 8

It’s easy to maintain motivation when times are good. But how about in the face of a tragedy? Or when opposition turns to defeat? What’s the process for keeping our spirits high and our minds focused on pressing on? This episode’s guest shows us how.

John O’Leary is a renown keynote speaker and bestselling author. But more than that, he’s got a story. A story that will change your life. A story that will provide power in your own story.


Powerful Quotes From This Episode:

  • Fear based living crushed joy, dismantles relationships, increases stress and shortens life. Live with courage.
  • We’re not afraid of who we are. We’re afraid of who we think we’re not.
  • You can’t always control what happens to you but you can control what happens in you.
  • Life is not about avoiding death, it’s about choosing to really live.
  • Seeking justice, love, and mercy walking humbly with God.
  • Eventually, you need to turn someone’s infamous quote into the definition of your life.
  • Because God demands, my family deserves, and the world is starved for it.

Did you enjoy our conversation? Anything stand out? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 Brilliant Steps For Crushing Your Next Presentation With Nancy Duarte Thu, 19 May 2016 14:07:05 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Welcome To Episode #3 of Season 8

Like anything, a good presentation comes with a good structure. In this episode, TED advisor Nancy Duarte shares her process for creating compelling talks that move people.

Nancy is the co-brains behind some of the world’s most infamous presentations. Her company and their team of 120 employees have worked with Al Gore, ESPN, Twitter, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, The Food Network, and many others.


In today’s episode, Nancy unpacks what she calls a “Venture Scape”. A process of transferring a compelling story to others found in her new book “Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols”.

Powerful Quotes From This Episode:

  • If they knew what you knew, they would do as you do.
  • The future isn’t a place we’re going to go; it’s a place you get to create.
  • Words that are carefully framed and spoken are the most powerful means of communication.
  • Life is counterintuitive. Don’t forget that.
  • Love others as you love yourself.
  • I had to like myself before I could love others.
  • Healed people heal people.

Watch Nancy’s TED Talk

Did you enjoy our conversation? Anything stand out? Let me know in the comments below.

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The 3 Part Formula Of The Best Workers In The World with Pat Lencioni Thu, 12 May 2016 00:24:52 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Welcome To Episode #2 of Season 8

When it comes to working with others whether you’re employing them, bringing them on for freelance work, or just partnering up for a passion project – the best workers have three distinct characteristics. This episode reveals them.

Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times Bestselling Author of 11 books with nearly 5 million copies sold. The Wall Street Journal named him “One of the most in-demand speakers in America”. After year’s of research on building the best teams in the world, Pat shares his findings on what makes the best workers in the world.


Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • People who are humble don’t think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less.
  • People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.
  • Hungry people almost never have to be pushed by a manager.
  • If everything is important, then nothing is.
  • If people don’t weigh in, they can’t buy in.

Did you enjoy our conversation? Anything stand out to you? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Hustle Your Way From Nobody To Somebody With Jon Gordon Thu, 05 May 2016 05:11:21 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Welcome To Episode #1 of Season 8

The master of anything was once a beginner. That’s especially the case for this episode’s guest. 15 years ago Jon Gordon pitched his book Energy Bus to 31 different publishers. Everyone rejected it. Today, it has sold over 1 million copies.

Jon is now the author of 13 books with almost 2 million copies sold. He’s a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, advisor to numerous NFL, NBA, and MLB teams, and keynote speaker for almost every major corporation on the planet.


Powerful Quotes From This Episode:

  • It’s not what you believe when things are going well. It’s what you truly believe when things are really going wrong.
  • Negative thoughts are nails.
  • Work is meant to be a spiritual experience, not a chore.
  • Caring is how you stand out.
  • Our purpose is greater than our challenges.
  • Are you a pretender or a contender?
  • If you lose it all, start over.
  • Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.

This episode’s sponsor: Flyp. An incredible solution for separating your business number and personal number right on your smartphone. Flyp offers high quality text and talk that gives you a professional business line without getting another phone. It’s super quick to get started, just download the app, choose your area code, and you’re all set! To claim your free Flyp phone number just go to

Did you enjoy our conversation? Anything stand out to you? Let me know in the comments below.

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The 4 Corners Of A Killer Content Marketing Strategy with Brian Clark Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:21:40 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Content marketing is the future of brand influence. We must build a relationship with our audience by providing them consistent, useful content that improves their life. This episode’s guest is a pioneer in this way of thinking and he shares what he’s learned on doing it well.

Brian Clark is the founder of and Rainmaker Media which is currently the technical backbone of our platform here at StartupCamp. Interestingly, Brian’s company operates different than most, all of his 60 full-time employees work from their homes all around the world. Their mission is to serve entrepreneurs in optimizing their platforms with the use of incredible content.


In our interview, Brian shares some powerful tips for those looking to build an audience. But more than that, he shares his insights on thinking like a scalable entrepreneur.

Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • We must build an audience before we launch a product.
  • Content marketing is like dating; don’t pop the question too early.
  • The middle way is no way.
  • Take time to groom your audience for income.
  • It doesn’t matter how many people hit your site; it’s how many people come back that counts.
  • “We don’t make movies to make more money; we make money to make more movies.” – Walt Disney

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Did anything stick out to you? Anything you would like to add? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 Brilliant Ways To Become A Better Writer With Jeff Goins Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:42:45 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Whether you like it or not, if you own a business you communicate for a living. From email and social media to blogging and marketing, writing has become a critical ingredient to the success recipe. Today’s guest shares his simple steps on amplifying our words and impacting our readers. 

Jeff Goins is one of the few people I follow on how to increase the effectiveness of my writing. He’s also the national bestselling author of multiple books, an entrepreneur, and a teacher of crafting beautiful words.


Our conversation is filled with useful tactics to boost your confidence and increase the effectiveness of your writing.

Powerful Quotes From This Episode:

  • The more one reads, the more one sees the need to read.
  • What’s obvious to you is amazing to others.
  • If you’re bored writing it, people will be bored reading it.
  • Clarity isn’t a destination, it’s a habit.
  • Your story matters more than you think.
  • All first drafts suck, get over it already.
  • Writing is about showing, not telling.
  • For every hundred words I write (which might take about 10 minutes to spit out), I spend about 30 to 60 minutes of editing and rewriting

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If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving us a review on iTunes. These reviews really do help our exposure.

Did anything stick out to you? Anything you would like to add? Let me know in the comments below.


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How To Make Sense Of Social Media, Traffic, And Engagement with Laura Roeder Wed, 06 Apr 2016 05:42:57 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Social media can be overwhelming. In a marketing world where everything is changing at breakneck speed, it can be difficult to keep up. Today’s lesson will give you hope and confidence from two people who understand this arena quite well.

Today’s guest is Laura Roeder. She’s the founder of Edgar. A social media automation tool with over 5,000 customers paying $49 per month. Laura’s an expert in social media and has been featured in almost every major business magazine. She’s also keynoted to thousands bloggers and small business owners at conferences around the globe.


Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • Content isn’t king, usefulness is.
  • Consistency is greater than frequency.
  • How we spend our days is of course, how we spend our lives.
  • Speak to people how they need to hear it, not how we need to say it.
  • What rule are you following for no reason?
  • Don’t get discouraged by the data that doesn’t matter

This Episode’s Sponsor: Freshbooks. Get a free month trial (no credit card needed) just simple visit and enter StartupCamp in the “How did you hear about us” section.

What’s working in your social media campaigns? Was any part of our conversation helpful? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Lead Yourself Before Leading Others With Daniel Harkavy Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:04:25 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Self leadership always precedes team leadership. The idea that we can become strong leaders by learning what to teach others before adopting lessons ourselves, is foolish.

Today’s guest is man of incredible success. Daniel Harkavy has more than 25 years of level 5 leadership experience and is the Wall Street Journal best selling author of “Living Forward: A Proven Plan To Stop Drifting & Get The Life You Want“.


Daniel has coached thousands of business leaders to peak levels of success, performance, and profitability. His company Building Champions and their 40 employees serve as executive advisors to companies like Nike, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, MetLife, US Bank, Chick-fil-A, Northwestern Mutual, Merrill Lynch and many others.

Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • We don’t just care about the 9-5 but 5-9 as well.
  • Our pace equals empathy to those we lead.
  • The goal of an argument is to win their heart, not just their mind
  • Teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom – Psalm 92
  • Growing old is unavoidable but growing up is optional.

Books Recommended

  • Leading An Inspired Life: This influential book contains the foundational principles that anyone can learn to achieve success in both business and in life. It’s a compendium of the very best of Jim Rohn’s philosophies.
  • Boundaries: Offers guidelines on how to recognize and establish healthy boundaries, while providing assistance on how to deal with such issues as disappointing others, saying no, and overcoming fear and guilt.
  • Oh The Places You’ll Go: Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.
  • Management: Peter Drucker discusses the tools and techniques of successful management practice that have been proven effective, and he makes them meaningful and easily accessible.
  • The Advantage: This book provides leaders with a groundbreaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health–complete with stories, tips and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation’s leading organizations.
  • The 5 Dysfunctions of A Team: Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.
  • Rework: Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think.

What about you? Are you leading yourself well? What stood out about this interview? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Capture Ideas, Make Money, And Have Fun With Carlos Whittaker Wed, 23 Mar 2016 23:44:15 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family How is it that some people are able to achieve far greater wealth, success, and freedom than others with same amount of time, same education, and same opportunities? Today’s guest shares what makes the difference.

Carlos Whittaker is an entrepreneur, signed musician, viral video maker, author, and moment maker. In today’s interview, we discuss ways to make the ordinary extraordinary. To make something from nothing. And to see the potential that most people miss.


Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • Mimic the masters
  • When hearts change, direction changes, and when direction changes, lives change.
  • If you’re not ready prepared to capture ideas, you’ll always be dreaming and never doing.
  • Your must glance at life and gaze at God.
  • You can live your life or it will live you.
  • The most creative companies in the world are those with the smallest budgets.
  • I’ve been too focused on the plan and not on the planner.

Books Recommended

  • Carlos’s Book Moment Maker: Carlos explains his methodology for living intentionally and claiming moments that touch the lives of others, whether that be his family, his friends, his colleagues, or total strangers.
  • Boundaries: Offers guidelines on how to recognize and establish healthy boundaries, while providing assistance on how to deal with such issues as disappointing others, saying no, and overcoming fear and guilt.
  • Idea Spotting: Written in a punchy style with easily digestible single-page messages, the book inspires creativity simply through the way it looks and feels, but it is also packed with stories, interviews, quotes, tips, exercises, and real-world examples that show readers how to think outside the box.

What about you? Are you a moment maker? Or do you miss opportunities often? What stood out about this interview? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Become A Leader Worth Following With Jim Van Eerden Tue, 01 Mar 2016 21:19:30 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family My name is Dale Partridge. I’m a millennial. And it hurts. My generation has such a poor definition of leadership it almost causes me anxiety. The internet, though it has brought incredible value and information to our world, has also given a voice to many who shouldn’t talk. 


If you’ve spent anytime reading the pages of old books, hearing the stories of great men and women of time’s past, you’ll see this visible degradation of maturity. You’ll see this generation advertise their ignorance when they speak on direction, wisdom, and success.

And as the great Winston Churchill once said, “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time.”

I believe that’s exactly what we do in this podcast. And as I say in today’s interview, I offer my loyalties and followership to very few people. But today’s guest is one of them. Jim Van Eerden is not just a rare leader, but a heritage man, stellar entrepreneur, husband to a radiant wife, and father of 11 children. Yes… eleven. 10 natural and one adopted (who also has Downs Syndrome).


In this episode, Jim and I discuss marriage, children, and leadership. As you might know, I’ve interviewed high caliber leaders from Jeff Foxworthy and Donald Miller to New York Times Bestselling Authors and social media influencers. But today’s show is top notch. You can listen by using the podcast player below.

Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • Marriage requires some highly mature character traits: commitment, selflessness, and endurance.
  • What if your greatest achievement is not something you do, but someone you raise?
  • A sixty-hour workweek will not compensate for a poorly led personal life.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.
  • A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody else is whispering privately.
  • It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

What did you think? Were you challenged or inspired? Or maybe you hated it. Let me know in the comments below.

More About Jim’s Family

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How To Kill Busy And Steal Back Your Life With Alli Worthington Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:17:43 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Crazy busy is a life without peace. Because busy is an addiction. It’s a mirage. It tells people that more effort equals more progress. And that’s simply not true. Today’s guest, and bestselling author Alli Worthington shares how we can kill busy and steal back our life.

In Alli’s new book “Break Busy: How To Find Peace And Purpose In A World Of Crazy“, we learn how this mother of 5 boys has been able to manage an entrepreneurial career, a household, and a marriage.


Powerful Quotes From The Show:

  • Crazy busy is a life without peace. It’s marked by decisions made for the approval of the world, not the approval of God.
  • We have to break the cycle of busy in our lives if we are going to have enough room to discover our destiny.
  • The best way to make decisions is to ask yourself how you will feel about your decision after 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years.
  • Never get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
  • Busyness often forces us to take Plan-B. And a Plan-B routine typically ends as a Plan-B life.

More About Alli

You can pick up a copy of Alli’s book below. You can also find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


Are you too busy to succeed? What has helped you get back in control of your life? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Plan A Successful Product Launch Mon, 04 Jan 2016 21:18:53 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Too many entrepreneurs think of launch day as if it’s the Super Bowl. In my experience, it’s the first game of the season.


We only get one launch. This won’t happen again. Today, I share the 10 questions entrepreneurs must ask themselves prior to launching their startup.

Powerful Quotes From The Show:

  • Too many entrepreneurs spend all of their time, money, and energy on their product or website and when it comes to the launch, they are hurried, tired, and broke.
  • An effective product launch can take anywhere from 30-150 days.
  • Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first five sharpening the axe.
  • More often than not new entrepreneurs under-price their products as a reaction to their low self-confidence.
  • The reality is. Good people with good ideas fail all the time.
  • Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.

Are you ready to launch a startup? Has anything helped you on your journey? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Write A Best Selling Book With Chad Cannon Wed, 09 Dec 2015 23:31:25 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re a content creator. And today, thought leadership has become a required skill for leadership. In today’s episode, Former VP of marketing for Thomas Nelson Publishing Chad Cannon shares his insights on what makes a great book.

Whether you’re writing a self published book, blog, e-book, or a traditionally published novel packaging up that content well, will determine it’s success. Chad shares not only what steps to consider when publishing a book, but how to think about successful content creation.


Key Takeaways From This Interview

  • It’s never too early to start marketing your book.
  • Book evaluation is based on content, concept, and platform.
  • Every book launch has 4 critical phases.
  • If you’re bored writing it, people will be bored reading it.
  • Book titles should follow the premise/promise rule.
  • Your book’s content has to fit into cultural conversations that are already happening.
  • Consistency always beast frequency.

Links For Chad Cannon:

Chad’s Blog | Facebook | Twitter

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4 Brilliant Success Hacks With Jeff Foxworthy Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:13:22 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family I stopped following millionaires a few years ago. Instead, I started following men and women who seemed to have their personal lives in order. A long lasting marriage, children who respected them, and a good name in their community. Interestingly, many of these folks happened to be millionaires as well.

Today’s guest fits the mold. Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most influential comedians in our country today. He is the largest selling comedy recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, and best selling author of 11 books. But more than that, Jeff has been able to create a strong marriage, an engaged family, and a life filled with joy.


In today’s episode, we’re going to hear from Jeff’s entrepreneurial side. The lessons he’s learned about leadership, discipline, and commitment. Here are a few takeaways from our interview:

Powerful Quotes From This Episode

  • Work is what you do, it’s not who you are.
  • Desperation breeds bad decisions
  • The future is yours for those who live passionately in the present.
  • Don’t make money to make more money. Make money so you can do more of what you love.
  • Never fear asking for help. Only fools guess when answers are a conversation away.

Are you creating a life with personal and professional success? What stood out to you from our interview? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Grow An Online Business With Amy Porterfield Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:46:09 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family The beginning of any business is difficult. But when you’re marketing an online business, especially for the first time, it can seem impossible.

Today’s guest, shares the same story as many of you. A heart-felt desire to escape Corporate America to chase our dreams of self-employment. In our powerful and fund interview, Amy not only shares her story and her lessons but how her failures have shaped her to become an even better online entrepreneur.

Amy spent over six years as the Director of Content Development for Tony Robbins. While many people would consider this a “dream job”, her desire for freedom sent her on a journey that looked different than she could have ever imagined.


After trial and error, marriage, and children Amy has unlocked the unique balance of entrepreneurship, purpose, and fun. Today, entrepreneurs around the country depend on Amy to show them step-by-step how to increase revenue, drive more online traffic, grow their email list, and strengthen their connection with their target market.

Professional Stats on Amy:


Quick Lessons From Today’s Show:

  • Everything is figureoutable.
  • Discipline is doing something you might not like to achieve something you love.
  • The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life.
  • Recommended Reading: Rework & Creativity Inc.
  • Just because something is common, doesn’t mean it’s normal

Are you a new online entrepreneur? Are you trying to figure out marketing, branding, or the art of building a platform? What’s are your struggling? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Cut Out Habits That Hold You Back With Greg Mckeown Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:01:34 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Entrepreneurship calls for a season of intentionality that few have experienced. Every decision we make effects our trajectory. Finding balance between family and focus is hard and finding the energy to continue achieving while maintaining the discipline to say no, is even harder.

Today’s guest is the leader on this discipline. He’s the author of the New York Times Bestselling Book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.  Greg Mckeown is also a keynote speaker for some small companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Linkedin, SalesForce, and Twitter. No big deal. But beyond this, Greg is brilliant. His lessons cut through the clutter and offer true solutions to a current world.


In today’s lesson we reflect at the consequences our ultra fast world has caused. We discuss both decision and emotional fatigue and how changing our mindset to achieve only what is absolutely essential, becomes critical.

In Our Interview You’ll Learn:

  • Why becoming an essentialist is essential for today’s high performance leaders
  • How to stop other people from prioritizing your life
  • How to leverage the power of a delayed yes (genius)
  • The secret of the 90% rule and why you need to use it today

Important Quotes From Our Lesson:

  • Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.
  • Less = More & More = mediocre
  • Don’t get too busy making a living you forget to make a life
  • The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default.

Pick Up A Copy of Essentialism Below


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4 INSANE Branding Lessons With Donald Miller & Dale Partridge Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:16:16 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Do people talk about your brand? Is your brand so creatively connected that people write articles about it? Is your brand’s architecture so brilliant that people can’t help but tell their friends about it?

If not, NYT Bestselling author Donald Miller shares with us how to change that. And to be honest, it’s one of the most fascinating views on branding I’ve seen.

Many know Don from his book and movie Blue Like Jazz. But on the backside, he’s an impressive story teller who understands the anatomy of communication. Don believes that companies who can structure their marketing into a well-formatted story, can manufacture not just more sales… but deeper connection, increased share-ability, and deeper loyalty with customers.


In this week’s episode you’ll learn:

  • The most powerful trigger to the human mind
  • What 4 elements make up great stories
  • How to leverage key-points to amplify your brand’s story
  • How business owners should shift their thinking on social media

If you’d like to learn more about Don and how he helps brands tell their story, you can learn more at Storybrand and Storyline. If you’d like to follow Don on social media, check out his Instagram and Twitter.

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How To Build A Multi-Million Dollar Outdoor Brand With The Founder of Huckberry Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:08:45 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Have you ever wanted to start an e-commerce company or lifestyle blog? Have you wanted to build a strong brand with a slick HQ in downtown San Francisco? Have you ever wanted to build a team of outdoor-minded people who rally behind your mission?

Today’s guest is Andy Forch. He’s the Co-Founder of Huckberry – A lifestyle e-commerce company focused on serving customers passionate about the outdoors.


On their website, Huckberry defines itself as:

“Your favorite store, your grandpa’s favorite store and your favorite magazine all rolled into one.”

Founded in 2011, Huckberry now has 50 employees and is selling over 20,000 products per year. Their efforts have been featured in almost every major magazine and are considered a rising star in the lifestyle brand industry.


In Today’s Lesson Andy Teaches Us:

  • The founding story of Huckberry
  • Huckberry’s tipping point moment
  • How to create a successful balance of product and content
  • Andy’s personal schedule and routine
  • A few critical quotes that have guided Andy’s leadership
  • Andy’s recommended books for entrepreneurs

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Dale’s Opinion On Huckberry

What makes Huckberry so incredible is their attention to detail. Their design, product curation, marketing, and content strategy places them on the top shelf in my opinion. But what makes them even stronger is their ability to bootstrap their company without any debt or investors.

These two young men (in their early 30’s) have a rare discipline to run green (profitable) in a time where most startups are taking on investment and running red (not profitable). If you’re aspiring to build a strong, relevant brand… then keep your eyes on Huckberry.

More Information About Huckberry

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Do you want to start a lifestyle brand? Why do you think Huckberry has been successful? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Build A 7 Figure Online Membership Business with Stu McLaren Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:38:29 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Are you looking to start a business that makes money in your sleep? A business that doesn’t start each month at $0.00? The you need to start an online membership business.

In today’s episode, I interview Stu Mclaren who is the leading expert on membership based business models.

About This Episode’s Guest

Stu is the Founder of Wishlist Member a software that turns WordPress blogs into memberships sites. Not only has Stu sold over 58,000 licenses of his software to entrepreneurs around the globe, but he also leads up multiple 7 figure online membership businesses.


In my interview, Stu and I discuss everything from entrepreneurial theory and family to the specific tactics in building a strong reoccurring revenue business online.

Here are some questions I ask Stu:

  1. What’s so great about membership models and why are so many people jumping into the space?
  2. If you had to break down the 4 pillars of a thriving membership model what would they be?
  3. Conversion Funnels have been the talk of the industry for a few years. Can you share what you’re finding to be an effective conversion funnel for your businesses?
  4. Who’s doing membership sites or course sites well? Who should we be following?
  5. What books would you recommend for an online entrepreneur to read?
  6. What is your favorite quote of all time.

Here are some key takeaways from the episode:

  • Content isn’t king, usefulness is.
  • When is the best time to start a business? 20 years ago. When’s the next best time? Today.
  • If you’re wise and generous, don’t ever feel bad about making money.
  • Great membership sites are made up of a dedication to: Customers, Content, Communication, and Consistency.
  • Start small and stay consistent.
  • The less you do, the more successful you’ll become.
  • Use what you do for a greater good.

Important Links From The Show:

Do you want to start a membership based business? Do you have any questions? If so, let me know in the comments below.

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How To Launch A Profitable Creative Company in 90 Days Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:52:46 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Mike Jones is one of those people who does what they say. While he may struggle with the common addiction to ideas like most of us entrepreneurs, Mike has the rare ability to execute. And execute at the sound of almost $1,000,000 in total revenue.


Mike is the founder of Mo-Graph Mentor, a leading online school for motion graphic artists. Coming from a history of freelancing, Mike saw the need for affordable schooling for the ever-growing industry of digital media and planted his flag deep into the ground.

At $6,000 per tuition his 150 students are not only learning from the top animators in the industry, but they’re being recruited by prominent clients and agencies across the globe.

In our conversation today, Mike discusses the realities of launching a creative company and how to overcome the unique hurdles only found in this industry. Mike also share the innermost details of his father’s sudden death and how he balanced work, family, and relationships in the midst of the storm.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Interview:

  • Mike’s unique childhood and how it prepared him for entrepreneurship
  • How to launch a profitable creative company
  • How to keep your dream alive in the face of a hard circumstance
  • What novice entrepreneurs must know about sales videos
  • Great reads, quotes, and stories from Mike’s journey

Mike is going on his third year as an entrepreneur and experiencing the gift that comes with solving a problem you truly care for. You can find out more about Mike and his company below.

More About Mike

Blog  |  Twitter  |  Instagram



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This Girl Got Warren Buffet & The Pope On Twitter Thu, 28 May 2015 17:03:24 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family How can you create your dream life over your dream job? Claire Diaz Ortiz who called us from Buenos Aires Argentina, was the infamous Manager of Innovation at Twitter.


Hired on by Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone, she was tasked among other things, to direct the efforts of adding influencers (like the Pope or Warren Buffet) to the Twitter user base. Claire was also the first person to write a book on the platform called Twitter For Good.


Many of you might already know Claire from one of the 3 books she’s written,  or have seen her speak at leadership conferences, or you might just be one of her 336,000 followers on Twitter.

But one thing is true of Claire, she is a successful entrepreneur. She’s built a strong brand around blogging, speaking, and writing. Even more impressive, she’s done it all while managing to be a mother, wife, and world traveler.

In Today’s Interview You’ll Learn:

  • Claire’s story of transition from college to career to entrepreneur
  • What she thinks it takes to stand out in a noisy world
  • How to balance a work dream with a family dream
  • Claire’s favorite books, quotes, and wisdom

More About Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Follow Claire:  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Blog  |   Books

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How To Build A Business Around Travel & Adventure With Jedidiah Jenkins Thu, 14 May 2015 20:52:28 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family In today’s episode, I open up with a an important statement,

“If you’re more excited about Fridays than you are about Mondays, then it might be time to search for a new work adventure.”

Our guest on this episode is no stranger to adventure. Being raised by two journalists from National Geographic who walked across the country in the 1970’s, his sights have always been set on the outdoors.


Professionally, Jedidiah Jenkins came from the non-profit space as one of the founding leaders at Invisible Children. But after 5 years at the organization, he new it was time for change.

In August 28 2013, Jedidiah decided to ride his bike from Florence Oregon to Patagonia. A ride of 10,000 miles that took him 16 months to finish. Thankfully, his fascinating journey was documented via instagram to a rapidly growing audience of tens of thousands of people. His trip has not only enlightened his followers, but changed his professional trajectory. He is now working on developing a new novel “Oregon to Patagonia” which he successfully launched using Kickstarter.


Today, you will hear Jedidiah share the inner thoughts of his heart. The desire for travel and the unknown. And most importantly the incredible stories that found him on the road. It’s my belief these lessons will not only help you in life, but also in business.

In Today’s Interview You’ll Learn:

  • How to share a dream with people
  • How to beat fear in the beginning of a leap
  • Why travel is important for the human
  • The 3 things that make a vibrant life

More On Jedidiah’s Trip

Follow Jedidiah on Instagram   |   Twitter

There were too many photos with incredible stories to cover but I have gathered a few photos that might provide a glimpse into his journey.

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How To Create A Killer Career With Jon Acuff Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:47:23 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Do you feel like your career is slowly killing you over the next 30 years? Have you found yourself in debt, unhappy, and living a life that’s just mediocre? You’re not alone. A recent study from Gallup shows that nearly 70% of employees dislike their jobs.


My good friend (he’s the Godfather to our dog) and fellow author Jon Acuff wrote what Seth Godin called “The best career book of all time.” (no big deal, right?). In Jon’s book Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, & Never Get Stuck he brilliantly explains that somewhere along the journey of growing up, we forget we have control. We forget we can declare “do over” on our careers.

But Jon makes it clear that work doesn’t have to be a miserable bar-free prison we voluntarily serve time in until the parole of retirement. On the contrary work can be great. Work can have purpose, mastery, and excitement. Whether you change careers, launch a charity, or start your own business, loving your work is vital for loving your life.

What You Will Learn In Our Podcast:

  • Jon’s Story Of Mediocrity And How He Escaped
  • The Four Stages Of Life & How They Impact Your Dreams
  • 3 Basic Principles For Killing Fear
  • What Needs To Happen First, Before Any Transition

Learn More About John & Do Over

Follow Jon | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

Jon is a New York Times bestselling author of Start, Quitter, and Do Over. He’s also a professional blogger and keynote speaker giving presentations to over 200,000 people. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Nashville Tennessee.

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How To Balance Business, Family, & Fame With Caitlin Crosby Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:04:18 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family If you stay up on the fashion trends of celebrities and style, it’s likely you’ve seen a necklace with a key on it. It’s safe to say that this trend was started by Caitlin Crosby.




Caitlin is the founder of The Giving Keys, a company who hires homeless individuals to engrave short positive messages onto keys. Consumers buy them based on the message they need and wear them until they meet someone who needs the message more than them.

Based in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Caitlin leads a team of more than 30 employees while she also manages a singer/song writer career, a marriage, speaking engagements, and a new puppy :).

In today’s podcast with Caitlin we discuss:

  • Caitlin’s Hollywood Story Of Acting To Entrepreneurship
  • Finding Purpose In Work
  • How To Strengthen Relationships While You’re Busy
  • The Power of People In Our Ideas

Learn More About Caitlin & The Giving Keys

Follow Caitlin: Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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How To Become A Millionaire Marketer With Justin Palmer Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:01:08 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family

Justin Palmer is not only the best online marketer I know, but he was my Marketing Director at Sevenly when we went from $0 to $5 million in 15 months.

But Justin is not the typical front runner entrepreneur. No, his style is to lead from behind. To generate millions, have the freedom to spend with family, and focus on what’s truly important.

Justin has built a powerful online business around pets. He has a small team (who mostly work remote) and his site drives in a whopping 15 million unique visitors per month.

In Today’s Podcast, We Discuss:

  • Justin’s Story From Employee To Entrepreneur
  • The Power Of The Facebook Ad Platform
  • Secrets Of The Top Content Marketers
  • How To Target Passion Communities

Are you an online marketer? Are you using Facebook in combination with content marketing? What’s working for you? Let me know in the comments below.

Learn More About Justin’s Sites



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How To Start A Charity With Jordan Wagner Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:17:49 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Often times, people don’t count the founders of non-profits as entrepreneurs. This is crazy to me. It’s these leaders who have to worry not only about making payroll, but changing the lives of others across the globe. It requires leadership, strategy, fanatical execution, and focus.


In this interview, we have Jordan Wagner the Founder of a clean water charity who’s now dug over 650 wells for over 375,000 people. Furthermore, He’s been able to wrangle a massive celebrity influence from people like Katy Perry, Megan Fox, Jason kennedy, and Queen Latifah. Jordan has also been featured on E-News, CNN, and People Magazine.

But what makes Jordan so impressive is how ordinary his story was. His success was not remarkable and it wasn’t lucky. Jordan is just like you and me. He had a dream, hustled harder than most, and built something great. But there was some magic. Jordan shares what he believes made his company really tick.

In This Podcast You’ll Learn:

  • Jordan’s Story & How He Got Started
  • How To Manage A Career & A Dream At The Same Time
  • What 3 Things Helped Jordan Lock Down Celebrity Relationships
  • How To Execute About Story Based Marketing

Learn More About Jordan &

Do you want to start a charity? What stood out from Jordan’s interview? Let me know in the comments below.

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4 Mindsets Of Successful Starters With Josh Shipp Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:10:36 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family

Do you feel called to something more? Do you have a passion for starting your own business, non profit, or platform? Meet the man who can show you the way…


Josh Shipp aka “The Teen Whisperer” is a former at-risk foster kid turned teen advocate and entrepreneur. His TV series TEEN TROUBLE that aired on Lifetime documented his work with teens in crisis. He is the author of Jump Shipp: Ditch Your Dead End Job And Turn Your Passion Into A Profession.

Beyond Josh’s business success, he is a highly sought after keynote speaker who’s given presentations at Harvard, Stanford, MIT & UCLA. He is a recognized entrepreneurial expert from media outlets as MTV, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, and Good Morning America. To add one more accolade to his belt, he was also listed as one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30.

In Our Interview We Discuss: 

  • How To Transfer A Passion Into A Profession
  • How To Manage Relationships For The Greatest Impact
  • How Josh Runs His Impressive Daily Routine
  • What 3-4 Mindsets Are Required For Success Today

See What Makes Josh So Impressive

Follow Josh:FacebookTwitter

Did anything stick out to you in our interview? What piece of wisdom will help you on our journey? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Start A Business For $100 With Chris Guillebeau Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:14:01 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Has freedom been a driver behind why you want to start your own business? What about travel? Or on the flip side, what’s been stopping you? Is it fear or money? 


Chris Guillebeau has been conquering each of these areas for his entire adult life. As the author of The Art of Non Conformity, The Happiness of Pursuit, and the New York Times Bestseller The $100 Startup, Chris knows what it takes to live life with intention.

But more than an author, Chris is an entrepreneur and travel hacker. He’s been to every country in the world. Yes… you heard that right. Chris has been to each of the planet’s 193 countries.

And even with all this world travel, he somehow makes it back each year to put on his popular leadership event, The World Domination Summit in Portland Oregon.

What You’ll Learn In This Podcast: 

  • Chris’s Personal Story & Success Philosophy
  • How To Launch A Company On A Budget
  • What Traits Keep People Successful
  • Chris’s Favorite Country In The World

Learn More About Chris

Website  |  Twitter  |  Instagram

What inspired you about this interview? Did you learn anything? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Start A Million Dollar Clothing Line With Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:23:21 +0000 Dale Partridge Ugmonk. Jeff, who has been in business for over 6 years now, is selling thousands of products per month and building a cult-like following around his company.]]> business,family Meet the brains behind the design-driven lifestyle brand Ugmonk. Jeff, who has been in business for over 6 years now, is selling thousands of products per month and building a cult-like following around his company.

But Ugmonk is different than most clothing brands. Instead of graphics being designed from various artists, all Ugmonk items are designed personally by Jeff. Everything from his handcrafted wooden ampersands and leather wallets to his simplistic t-shirts all have the Sheldon touch.


Furthermore, Jeff is a true creative who is highly respected in the design world. He’s been featured on 99u, SwissMiss, How Magazine, and one of my favorite sites, The Great Discontent.

In today’s episode, Jeff and I discuss what it takes to launch a profitable lifestyle brand and the lessons Jeff has learned along the way.

In This Podcast You’ll Learn:

  • Jeff’s Accidental Business Success Story
  • How Quality Design Is Measured
  • What It Takes To Become A Better Designer Even If You’re Not An Artist
  • The 2-3 Traits Of Successful Creatives


If you’d like to track Jeff’s journey, you can follow him here on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Learn More About Jeff & Ugmonk In The Video Below

What stood out about Jeff’s interview? Do you want to start a clothing line? Tell me about it in the comments below.

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How Vulnerability Can Skyrocket Your Business Success With Donald Miller Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:36:55 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Are you tired of always trying to impress people? Are you making excuses or using crutches to not connect with others around you? In this podcast, Don and I discuss how to drop the act and start being real as a leader.


Don and I both believe that true connection with other humans begins with vulnerability, honesty, and authenticity. Words that are so easy to say, yet difficult to embrace.

In Don’s new book Scary Close: Dropping The Act And Finding True Intimacy, He uncovers the roadblocks that stand in the way of leaders creating depth and meaning in both their work and personal relationships.

In This Podcast You’ll Learn:

  • Don’s Story Of Hiding
  • Simple Steps To Open Up With Others
  • How Leaders Should Think About Self-Image
  • How An Authentic Story Will Build Your Business
  • How Entrepreneurs Can Leverage Story For Marketing

More About Donald Miller


As a leader, do you struggle with feeling like you must impress people? How do you think that affects your relationships? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Build A Lifestyle Business With Lewis Howes Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:03:30 +0000 Dale Partridge School of Greatness Podcast which ranks as one of the top leadership podcasts in the world.]]> business,family Lewis Howes is a professional athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur. He’s also an author, speaker, and the brains behind the School of Greatness Podcast which ranks as one of the top leadership podcasts in the world. 

Furthermore, Lewis was named one of the Top 100 entrepreneurs under 30 in the country awarded at the White House by the President.

But at the core, Lewis is on a mission to help people become everything they were meant to be.


Interestingly, it was Lewis who encouraged me to launch His business philosophy of creating a company that supports the lifestyle, freedom, and purpose you want is what attracted me most to him.

Lewis is also a social media genius. He launched his career in the social arena by becoming a leader on Linkedin; but today he now has powerful strategies in place on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

In This Podcast We Discuss:

  • The Definition Of A Lifestyle Business
  • How To Create Your Perfect Day
  • 2 Things That Have Put Lewis Ahead Of The Rest
  • What Apps Lewis Uses To Run His Day

More About Lewis Howes

What did you learn in this podcast? Did anything stand out? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Launch A For-Purpose Company with Adam Braun Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:02:34 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family

In this podcast: Listeners will learn how to make the leap from career to dream, how to rally people around your passion, and the character it takes to run a company with integrity.

Adam Braun is the founder of Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose company who’s built over 250 schools and raised over $20 million for education across the globe. Adam is also a Keynote speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller The Promise of a Pencil.

In This Podcast We Discuss:

  • The difference between dreamers and doers
  • How to overcome past failures
  • The basics of an effective manager
  • How to create authentic culture at your company

Do you have the heart and tenacity to launch a for-purpose company? Did something about this interview stand out to you? Let me know in the comments below.

To learn more about Adam and Pencils of Promise, here’s an incredible keynote of Adam’s full story.

Google Zeitgeist from Adam Braun on Vimeo.

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How To Launch A Socially Conscious Startup with Kohl Crecelius of Krochet Kids Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:57:52 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family In This Podcast: You’ll hear the authentic story and heart of a true social good entrepreneur. In our interview, we discuss what it takes to focus on people over profit and to create a world-class lifestyle brand around changing lives.


Out guest, Kohl Crecelius is the co-founder and CEO of Krochet Kids International. A company who empowers impoverished women across the world to create hand crafted products to be sold in high-end retailers here in the U.S.

What makes Krochet Kids unique, is they operate almost exactly like a for profit, but they are actually a non-profit. All of the earnings from their products go back to restoring the lives of the ladies in their communities.


You can find their products in Nordstrom, Whole Foods, and everywhere in between. Kohl has been featured in almost every major business publication and has spoken to thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs across the country.

In This Podcast You’ll Learn:

  • How To Manage A Dream & A Career At The Same Time
  • How Authentic Story Can Drive Success
  • How A Retail Model Can Be Successful For Your Business

Do you want to launch a social good company? What’s stopping you? Let me know in the comments below.

Here’s More Information On Krochet Kids

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How To Drive Sales & Boost Brand Value on Pinterest with Pinterest Brand Manager, Kevin Knight Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:11:34 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family In This Podcast: You’ll learn the fascinating backstory of how Pinterest came to be, how the best businesses are using it, and what it really takes to be successful on Pinterest. 

If you don’t already know, my wife and I have a large following on Pinterest. Consequently, over 60% (about 534,000 visits) of my traffic is driven this way. You heard that right. Pinterest is a powerful marketing tool with a lucrative audience. The key is understanding how to use it.


Meet Kevin Knight. He’s the Brand Strategy Manager at Pinterest. But before that he was crushing it as a Creative Strategist at Facebook and then working at Microsoft before that. He works with some of the largest brands in the world to develop digital and creative strategies that work.

In this Podcast You’ll Learn:

  • Why Pinterest Was Invented
  • How The Best Brands Are Using Pinterest
  • How To Use Pinterest To Drive Traffic & Sales
  • How To Use Pinterest To Engage Your Community

Here is a short video of Kevin speaking at a Pinterest marketing event a few months back.

Are you using Pinterest to drive traffic, sales, and brand engagement? Let me know your best strategies in the comments below.

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The Secrets To Being Successful As An Artist With Propaganda Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:11:18 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family It’s difficult to be successful as an artist. The music industry has been flipped upside down with the rollout of companies like Pandora, Rdio, and Spotify. Today, artists must hustle in different ways to make a living.


Jason Petty, more formally known as Propaganda, is a hip hop artist based out of Los Angeles. Many know him from his famous spoken word videos all over youtube. Beyond his viral videos…

  • He’s was number #2 on iTunes for all of hip hop
  • He’s #8 on the billboard charts in April 2014
  • His last record moved over 70,000 units in just 6 months
  • He has over 3 million views on YouTube.

In my podcast interview with Propaganda we learn:

  • What it really takes to get ahead as an artist
  • How to define when it’s time to chase your dream
  • How to build boundaries to protect the important areas of life

Watch Propaganda’s Newest Videos

Follow him here on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook

Are you an artist or creative? Did anything standout or help you in this podcast? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Start A Successful YouTube Channel With Jefferson Bethke Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:57:29 +0000 Dale Partridge Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” has been viewed more than 27 million times and the accompanying book became a “New York Times” bestseller.]]> business,family Jefferson Bethke is best known for highlighting the differences between religion and true faith. His 2012 YouTube video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” has been viewed more than 27 million times and the accompanying book became a “New York Times” bestseller.


But even more, Jefferson is a platform building entrepreneur. He’s taken his momentum from his viral video and folded it into an account with over 500,000 subscribers on youtube, 300,000 on Facebook, 150,000 on twitter, and almost 100,000 on Instagram.

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How YouTube stars are really made
  • What it takes to get a YouTube channel up a working
  • How to capitalize off small successes
  • How To Build A Business With Your Spouse

Are you interested in starting a YouTube channel? Did you learn anything from Jeff’s story? Let me know in the comments below.

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How To Start A Charity That Changes The World With Scott Harrison Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:16:47 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family In 2004, Scott left the streets of New York City for the shores of West Africa. He’d made a living for years in the big Apple promoting top nightclubs and fashion events.


Desperately unhappy, living with selfish motives and an arrogant attitude he needed a change. Faced with spiritual and moral bankruptcy, He wanted to see what the opposite of his life would look like.

Scott Harrison is now the Founder and CEO of Charity Water a non profit who builds clean water wells in the developing world. Scott’s led the way in raising over $160 million in donations in just eight years. He’s a keynote speaker, and had been featured in every major business magazine and news network including the cover of Inc. Magazine this past Summer.

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How to stand out and reinvent an industry
  • How to develop a culture of integrity
  • Leadership that convey’s passion and vision
  • How an organization can integrate generosity and cause

Have you ever thought about starting a charity? What are you passionate about? Let me know in the comments below.

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How Forgiveness and Authenticity Unlocks Business Success With Mike Foster Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:09:01 +0000 Dale Partridge business,family Over the past few years, I’ve met a handful of people who really understand relationships. They understand that people are the gateway to success. They have the ability to connect with authenticity, vulnerability, and grace.


Meet Mike Foster. Mike is a creative entrepreneur with numerous successful ventures under his belt. Currently, he’s leading the team at his non-profit People Of The Second Chance. He’s written 2 books and combined sold over 100,000 copies. He’s shared the stage with some of the most influential people in the world and He’s been featured in GQ, New York Times, and Good Morning America. Mike lives with his family in Super Sunny San Diego California.

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • What does it really take to have a business partner?
  • How relationships can amplify success
  • The art of self publishing
  • The future of education for entrepreneurs
  • His favorite books and quotes for leaders

Have relationships been key to your success? Have you struggled with grace or forgiveness in business? Let me know in the comments below.

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