Rank #1: Overcoming Doubt And Finding Your Calling With Steven Furtick
This interview is off-the-charts powerful. The feeling of being unqualified to launch a business, start a non-profit, or chase a dream is common. But it can be a dangerous place. In this episode Steven Furtick and I close the gap between weaknesses and dreams. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/StevenFurtickPodcast.mp3 Subscribe Steven Furtick is a New York Times Bestselling Author and the Lead Pastor of one of the largest churches in America. His new book Unqualified dives deep on helping people realize the power of not feeling ready. Powerful Quotes From This Episode Do you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? God can’t bless who you pretend to be. Our calling is often found in the journey of becoming comfortable with who we are, not who we think we should be. Feeling unqualified isn’t the problem, it’s your relationship with that feeling. If you don’t feel intimidated from time to time, you might not have a vision worth pursuing. We must look to our past to have the faith to push toward our future. If I changed anything, it would change everything, so I wouldn’t change anything. The internet can make 3 critics feel like 3,000. But in reality, it’s a few people with too much time on their hands. What did you get out of today’s lesson? Anything that hit hard? Let me know in the comments below.
Rank #2: 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 #3: 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. 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 https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/1-27-15-jeff_sheldon-12715-11.27-AM.mp3 Subscribe 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’
Rank #4: Paving The Way to Financial Freedom with Airbnb Superhosts
Nathan Rice and Julie Mendez have a familiar story: As a married couple well into their corporate careers, they found themselves stuck in a rut, living for their jobs and missing out on their family. Renting a spare bedroom in their home quickly showed them the power—and profit capability—of Airbnb. Through experimentation and innovation, Nathan and Julie put together a winning Airbnb strategy. They’ve launched multiple properties that provide them the financial freedom to focus on their family and to travel the world. Now, they’re ready to bring their knowledge and insights to the StartupCamp community. This week’s StartupCamp Stories Podcast episode kicks off our free upcoming Airbnb webinar. Nathan and Julie discuss the benefits of becoming an Airbnb entrepreneur and what you need to do to get started. document.createElement('audio'); https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/NathanJulieV1Final.mp3 Subscribe In this surprisingly emotional conversation, Nathan and Julie share the struggles, and inspiration, that led them to become entrepreneurs. This episode is full of wisdom and motivation for anyone looking to put their hospitality skills to the test. These two certified Superhosts will show you how to: Work as an entrepreneurial team Prioritize the guest’s needs and comfort Conduct market research Scale by building a team Financial freedom is easier than you may think. Take a listen to this week’s episode. If you would like a copy of Nathan and Julie’s free eBook they mentioned during this podcast, email Ben@startupcamp.com to request it, and be sure to sign up for the upcoming webinar
Rank #5: How To Finally Be Comfortable With Who You Are with Rebekah Lyons
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. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/RebekahLyonspodcast.mp3 Subscribe 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 StartupCamp.com 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.
Rank #6: Paving The Road To Success With $5.50 And Relentless Discipline with Nathan Chan
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. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/NathanChanV1Final.mp3 Subscribe 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 n
Rank #7: 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 #8: How To Unlearn Money and Relearn Wealth With Jen Sincero
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. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jen-Sinceropodcast.mp3 Subscribe 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 StartupCamp.com podcast.
Rank #9: Overcoming Fear With Adam Kirk Smith
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. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/AdamSmithv1Final.mp3 Subscribe 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.
Rank #10: How To Cut Out Habits That Hold You Back With Greg Mckeown
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. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Greg-Mckeown.mp3 Subscribe 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
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 Create Habits That Create Happiness With Gretchen Rubin
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. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/GretchenRubinpodcast1.mp3 Subscribe 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.
Rank #13: How To Thrive As Introvert In An Extroverted World with Susan Cain
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. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/SusanCainPodcastV2.mp3 Subscribe 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.
Rank #14: How To Kill Comparison And Enjoy Who You Are With Lara Casey
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. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/LaraCaseyPodcast.mp3 Subscribe 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 CultivateWhatMatters.com (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.
Rank #15: How To Write A Quick, Useful Business Plan
Business plans have a bad rap. But research proves new entrepreneurs who write a business plan, are 2.5 times more likely to go into business. In today’s episode, I share what’s important and what’s not in creating a short, effective business plan. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/nov14-15.mp3 Subscribe Over the last 12 years, I have written 9 business plans ranging from 5 page documents to 60 page magazine style printed versions. As I look back at what helped my companies and what remained “fluff”, I realized there are only a few critical components to a healthy business plan. ** This is episode #2 of a four-part series. Listen to episode #1 here ** Here’s what you’ll learn in this podcast: The 10 elements of every successful business plan What investors are looking for in a business plan What a business plan should actually be used for What is the appropriate length of a business plan How to leverage your plan as a tool to grow your startup Ready To Start Your Own Business? Have you ever written a business plan? What was your experience? Was there anything you felt I left out? Let me know in the comments below.
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. 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 GetFlyp.com/StartupCamp Did you enjoy our conversation? Anything stand out to you? Let me know in the comments below.
Rank #17: 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 span style="font-weight: 400
Rank #18: How To Speed Up Success With 3 Simple Questions with Ken Coleman
Our ability to ask good questions has a direct connection with the rate of our success. Today’s guest is a master of curiosity and helps others recognize the role strong questions play in the financial, influential, and relational arenas of our life. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/KenColemanS11E3Podcast.mp3 Subscribe Ken Coleman is the Guest Host of The Dave Ramsey Show and Host of the top-rated business show, The EntreLeadership Podcast. Ken’s spent the last several years interviewing industry titans and prolific leaders such as Jim Collins, Seth Godin, Soledad Obrien, President Jimmy Carter, John Mccain, and Macomb Gladwell. In today’s interview, we discuss Ken’s book “One Question” where he invites readers to peer over his shoulder as he shows people how to carefully craft questions to speed up their success in business and in life. Our interview is incredibly insightful, thought-provoking, and convicting. So stop being a know-it-all and grab your cap of curiosity while we learn how to ask questions that will change your life.
Rank #19: How It Feels To Break $100K With Connor Shelefontiuk
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: https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ConnorV1Final.mp3 Subscribe 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 a href="https:/
Rank #20: How Building A Business For Less People Will Make You More Money with Ryan Michler
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. https://startupcamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/ryanmichlerpodcast.mp3 Subscribe Today’s guest is my friend Ryan Michler who started the wildly popular blog OrderOfMan.com 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 StartupCamp.com podcast.