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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 lauren@startupcamp.com.

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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 lauren@startupcamp.com.

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Love IT!

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This is a awesome Podcast i'm recommending to all my people! Keep up the good work!

Informative good content

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Great energy, content is almost always very good and applicable

iTunes Ratings

344 Ratings
Average Ratings
333
4
2
1
4

Love IT!

By Twillis03 - Apr 10 2019
Read more
This is a awesome Podcast i'm recommending to all my people! Keep up the good work!

Informative good content

By Crazyrunner4God - Apr 06 2019
Read more
Great energy, content is almost always very good and applicable
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The StartupCamp Podcast with Chris Graebe

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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 lauren@startupcamp.com.

Rank #1: The Power of Collaboration with Andrew East & Shawn Johnson

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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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May 07 2019
41 mins
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Rank #2: How To Unearth The Work You Were Meant To Do With Chris Guillebeau

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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.

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Today’s guest Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times Bestselling author, two-time StartupCamp.com 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.

Jun 09 2016
47 mins
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Rank #3: How To Lead Yourself Before Leading Others With Daniel Harkavy

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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.

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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.

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

Mar 30 2016
47 mins
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Rank #4: How To Quit Your Career And Create Your Calling With Ken Costa

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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.

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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.

Jul 21 2016
47 mins
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Rank #5: The 4 Corners Of A Killer Content Marketing Strategy with Brian Clark

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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.

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Brian Clark is the founder of Copyblogger.com 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

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

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.

Apr 28 2016
47 mins
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Rank #6: How To Finish What You Started with Jon Acuff

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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.

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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.

Dec 20 2017
40 mins
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Rank #7: How Building A Business For Less People Will Make You More Money with Ryan Michler

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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.

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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.

Jul 21 2017
39 mins
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Rank #8: The 3 Part Formula Of The Best Workers In The World with Pat Lencioni

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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.

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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.

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

May 12 2016
49 mins
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Rank #9: How To Make A Living As A Creative Or Art Entrepreneur with Lisa Congdon

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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.

Jan 24 2019
52 mins
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Rank #10: Keep Your Focus; Become Unstoppable with David Hauser

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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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Aug 20 2019
43 mins
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Rank #11: Being A Warrior with Erwin McManus

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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.

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“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.”

May 28 2019
48 mins
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Rank #12: How To Optimize Your Day With Simple Productivity Projects with Chris Bailey

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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.
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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.

Aug 25 2016
56 mins
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Rank #13: How To Earn Followers Using Love With Bob Goff

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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.

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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.

Oct 26 2016
41 mins
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Rank #14: How To Become A Leader Worth Following With Jim Van Eerden

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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.

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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.

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Mar 01 2016
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #15: Finding Your Calling With Jordan Raynor

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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:

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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.

Sep 13 2018
37 mins
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Rank #16: 4 Brilliant Success Hacks With Jeff Foxworthy

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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.

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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.

Oct 29 2015
48 mins
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Rank #17: Mount Everest: 4 Hard Lessons From A Woman Who Conquered It

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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.

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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.

Jul 07 2016
53 mins
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Rank #18: How To Overcome Digital Addiction With Curt Steinhorst

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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.

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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.

Oct 10 2017
49 mins
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Rank #19: Changing the World with Disruptive Thinking – Jay Samit

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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.

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“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.

Apr 04 2019
39 mins
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Rank #20: How To Be Creative And Create A Realistic Income with Jeff Goins

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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.

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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.

Apr 14 2017
48 mins
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