Rank #1: The Power of Collaboration with Andrew East & Shawn Johnson
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/AndrewEastShawnJohnsonV1Final.mp3 Subscribe
Rank #2: How To Optimize Your Day With Simple Productivity Projects with Chris Bailey
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.
Rank #3: How To Make A Living As A Creative Or Art Entrepreneur with Lisa Congdon
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/LisaCongdonV1Final.mp3 Subscribe
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.
Rank #4: How To Earn Followers Using Love With Bob Goff
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/BobGoffS11E1fullepisode.mp3 Subscribe
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.
Rank #5: The Power of Focus and Purpose with Nathan Barry
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/nathan-Convertkit-March18.mp3 Subscribe
In my interview with Nathan Barry, Founder of Convertkit.com, 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.
Rank #6: How To Start A Million Dollar Clothing Line With Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk
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.
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
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What stood out about Jeff’s interview? Do you want to start a clothing line? Tell me about it in the comments below.
Rank #7: Finding Your Calling With Jordan Raynor
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:https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Jordanv2.mp3 Subscribe
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.
Rank #8: How To Build A Multi-Million Dollar Outdoor Brand With The Founder of Huckberry
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?https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/6-25-15_Andy-Huckberry_final.mp3 Subscribe
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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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.
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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.
Rank #9: Do Less, Achieve More with Michael Hyatt
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MichaelHyattV1Final.mp3 Subscribe
Rank #10: The Value Of Personality Typing: The Enneagram with Suzanne Stabile
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Suzanne-Stabile.mp3 Subscribe
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!
Rank #11: How To Finish What You Started with Jon Acuff
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/JonAcuffpodcast.mp3 Subscribe
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 StartupCamp.com podcast.
Rank #12: How To Unearth The Work You Were Meant To Do With Chris Guillebeau
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ChrisGPodcast.mp3 Subscribe
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.
Rank #13: Don’t follow your passion, follow your “different” with Christopher Lochhead
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ChristopherLocheadV1Final.mp3 Subscribe
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.
Rank #14: How To Build A Business Around Travel & Adventure With Jedidiah Jenkins
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
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.
Rank #15: Changing the World with Disruptive Thinking – Jay Samit
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/JaySamitV1Final.mp3 Subscribe
“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.
Rank #16: How To Hustle Your Way From Nobody To Somebody With Jon Gordon
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.https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/PodcastSeason8Episode1.mp3 Subscribe
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.
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Did you enjoy our conversation? Anything stand out to you? Let me know in the comments below.
Rank #17: How To Handle Fear, Worry, And Stress As Entrepreneurs And Leaders With Alli Worthington
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.http://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AllieWorthingtonV1SUC.mp3 Subscribe
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!