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067 CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna Reboot

CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna Reboot Follow Your Different™ Podcast

WIRED calls Jerry Colonna the CEO Whisperer. He believes better human beings make better leaders. Today, he joins Lochhead in a fun and deep adult conversation about his new book, Reboot, and about growing up, what it takes to become a warrior leader and a lot more.

Writing a Book He Would Read

Jerry shares that Reboot is the only book he could write. Anything else would have been complete and utter bullshit. After all, he has had too many scars to bullshit his way through life.

He didn’t even know what he wanted to write when he received his agent’s offer. But soon he realized that they wanted him to be himself and show up. And the experience, coupled with his readers’ reactions, could easily reduce him to tears.

“I wrote the book that I needed to read 20 years ago.” – Jerry Colonna

Words Coming from Life

Towards the beginning of his book, Jerry ran by some of the many hardships people could go through. A co-founder quitting, investors pulling funding, spouses giving up, and many more. Every one of these instances is not some theoretical experience and can happen to anyone.

Such are the moments to stare deeply into our own experience and ask ourselves some important questions. What are we made out of, what have we chosen? But more broadly, in what ways have we been complicit in creating conditions we don’t want?

“It’s much easier to look at the world and say, ‘Why are you doing this to me? Why is this happening to me?’ But that’s uninteresting.” – Jerry Colonna

Complicit Versus Responsible

In writing his book, Jerry used the word “complicit” purposefully. He says that it differs from “responsible”, in that being complicit is like “going along with” and also unconscious. And like Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung said, until we make the unconscious conscious, it will direct our lives and we will call it fate.

We can realize how we become complicit in creating such conditions by answering the question of how they have served us. After all, that which persists does so because it delivers something.

“We might maintain structures not in our best interest because they serve this sort of larger wish for love, safety and belonging.” – Jerry Colonna

To hear more about Reboot, warrior leaders with open hearts and more life-altering nuggets from Jerry, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

The founder and CEO of Reboot.IO, Inc. Colonna is a certified professional coach.

Colonna draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction.

He established his coaching practice in 2007. Prior to this work, Colonna was a venture capitalist focused on investing in early-stage technology-related startups.

In 2002, Colonna became a partner with J.P. Morgan Partners (JPMP), the private-equity arm of J.P. Morgan Chase where he led the firm’s investments in companies such as ProfitLogic, Inc.

Colonna served as a director at ProfitLogic until its purchase by Oracle, Inc.

During his time at JPMP, his commitment to the non-profit sector increased significantly. In the fall of 2001, he worked with The Partnership for the City of New York to help launch the Financial Recovery Fund, a $10 million-plus program that made recoverable grants to small businesses impacted by the attacks on the World Trade Center.

He was named co-Executive Director of NYC2012 in January 2002, the organization designed to secure the City’s designation as the representation in the competition to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

In that year, he helped raise more than $6 million to further those efforts.

He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners.

With his partner, Fred Wilson, Colonna launched Flatiron in August 1996. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early-stage investment programs.

During his tenure with Flatiron, Colonna was responsible for the firm’s investments in companies such as Geocities Inc. and Gamesville Inc. Colonna joined his first venture firm, CMG@Ventures L.P. in February 1995 as a founding partner.

CMG@Ventures was the first “Internet-specific” venture firm.

Prior to joining @Ventures, Colonna worked for ten years for CMP Media, Inc.

From 1985 to 1993, he served in a variety of roles at InformationWeek, including a three-year stint as its Editor.

Colonna also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Naropa University. Naropa University comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies.

It is the only accredited Buddhist-inspired university in North America.

He also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Tibetan Village Project, a not-for-profit, non-political organization dedicated to creating sustainable livelihoods for Tibetans through social entrepreneurship and educational opportunities.

He is also a director at the Good Work Institute, whose mission is to educate and connect a network of local community members and actively support their collaborative efforts to regenerate their places.

The recipient of numerous awards and a compelling speaker on topics ranging from leadership to starting businesses, Colonna has been named to Forbes ASAP’s list of the best VCs and Worth’s list of the 25 most generous young Americans.

A graduate of Queens College, Colonna lives in Boulder, Colo.

Links:

WIRED – This Man Makes Founders Cry

Wikipedia – Jerry Colonna

Reboot.io – Book

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064 How To Be A Legendary Marketing Leader w/ Sangram Vajre

How To Be A Legendary Marketing Leader w/ Sangram Vajre Follow Your Different™ Podcast

On this episode, one of the new modern marketing leaders Sangram Vajre joins Lochhead for a riveting conversation. Sangram shares his takes on consumer and enterprise tech, category design, being an evangelist and so much more.

Boom in Enterprise

About 50 enterprise tech companies have gone public with a median increase of 126% in value since 2016. These numbers eclipse consumer tech companies, which have displayed a median of 15% market value increase. Lochhead and Sangram dish out their own conjectures about this gap between consumer and enterprise tech.

“A theory is that your job depends on it (enterprise tech). Pinterest going up and down doesn’t change, really, my job day-to-day… Zoom is a must thing right now for businesses.” – Sangram Vajre

Lochhead adds that consumer businesses are hit businesses and more vitamin-esque than aspirin-esque. Founders also tend to build consumer businesses on a short period of time due to the pressure of their predecessors’ success stories. In effect, these add to the scrambling and failure to permeate the market better.

From Poison to Accelerator

Pick-and-shovel enterprise tech is a poison that companies can run without back in the day. People knew there were pain points and yet they continued to work around them. But with the dawn of products like Zoom, everything in business has monumentally changed.

“It has gone on from being a poison to an accelerator for our business. I feel like there is something to that—the shovel is now in the house.” – Sangram Vajre

It takes a couple of years to build something that a business can run on, even at a small scale. Rather than the hype, enterprise businesses bank on this usability.

To Become an Evangelist

The Chief Evangelist of Terminus says that building a community takes humility and authenticity. It also requires really caring and having an evangelistic view of the problem.

“I will fight until the ends of the earth to fix this problem and even if it’s not fixed, I will do my contributions to fix it. And that, to me, is the definition of evangelist in a nutshell.” – Sangram Vajre

To hear more about marketing and evangelization from Sangram, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

Sangram is the co-founder and Chief Evangelist of Terminus, a leader in account-based marketing that has raised over $20 million in funding.

Prior to co-founding Terminus, Sangram ran marketing at Pardot through the acquisition of ExactTarget. Salesforce then acquired ExactTarget for $2.5 billion dollars. He wrote the very first book on account-based marketing (ABM), published by Wiley.

Sangram is an international speaker and host of the top 50 business podcast called #FlipMyFunnel, and has been recognized as one of the top 21 B2B Influencers in the world by DMN Network and 40 under 40 by DMNews.

Sangram aims to build the largest and most engaged community of B2B professionals in the world.   

Links:

Flip My Funnel – author page

LinkedIn

Twitter

Terminus

Amazon – Account-Based Marketing for Dummies

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063 Marketing Over Coffee Playbook w/ John Wall

Marketing Over Coffee Playbook w/ John Wall Follow Your Different™ Podcast

John Wall hosts the super popular Marketing Over Coffee Podcast. He joins Lochhead today in this first installment of a four-part series on legendary marketing. John shares his love of podcasting, the origins of his new book and all things marketing-related.

The Beauty of Podcasts

John believes that podcast is the easiest way to get in front of an audience who seek specific content. Everyone gets busy but they still want to learn and educate themselves. The thing is, they would rather consume media while exercising, commuting, or even while doing the lawn.

Podcasts are also very intimate, not only in the sense that listening to them means willingly letting someone speak in your ear. More often than not, the audience gets to know the hosts for who they actually are. His audience share the same love of the things that John himself is into, after all.

“Actors would be freaked out because people think that they are a character that they’re not, but with podcasting, it is really you that you’re putting out there so they do know the real you.” – John Wall

Marketing Over Coffee

John’s second book, Marketing Over Coffee Playbook, came from the desire to dig into years’ worth of podcast. He figured there was no easy way to get all the good stuff from that much content unless the audience consume all the show notes.

So he and his team set forth and got his existing content transcribed. Put into bite-sized nuggets, readers could easily go through topics they want to learn about, especially on marketing and tech.

“This book lets you take kind of a super shot of years’ worth of shows in one sitting.” – John Wall on Marketing Over Coffee Playbook

AI and Machine Learning for Marketing

Marketing can hugely benefit from artificial intelligence and machine learning, John says. Take for example machine learning for SEO. A marketer can take any SEO tool and grab a bunch of their competitor’s terms to find out how they score against them.

Machine learning makes SEO tools more powerful, too. It helps sift through and produce data on terms you rank at the top for and competitors find hard to crack into. These data can then guide content production to defend your spot in the game.

“There’s basically five areas where we see artificial intelligence and machine learning providing the most value to marketers.” – John Wall

To learn more about podcasts, marketing, AI and machine learning from John himself, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

John speaks, writes and practices at the intersection of marketing, sales, and technology.

He is the producer of Marketing Over Coffee, a weekly audio program that discusses both new and classic Marketing with his co-host Christopher S. Penn, and has been featured on iTunes.

Links:

MarketingOverCoffee.com

LinkedIn

The Marketing Over Coffee Playbook: Now with More Wins and Wrecks!

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061 Happy Money w/ Ken Honda 8 Million Bestselling Author

Happy Money w/ Ken Honda 8 Million Bestselling Author Follow Your Different™ Podcast

Ken Honda has authored over 50 books and sold over 8 million of them. Today, he joins Lochhead in a riveting conversation about his latest book, Happy Money and how you can have a powerful relationship with it.

“Next time you have a hard time feeling happy about writing checks, just say, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me the opportunity to bless people with my money.’” – Ken Honda

Happy Money Defined

Ken exemplifies happy money through the news he watched prior to coming on the call with Lochhead. Someone delivered a speech about taking care of all the student loans of hundreds of college graduates. Without getting anything out of it, the person was lifting this particular burden, which kills lots of people, off of these graduates’ shoulders.

“Happy money is money that makes you smile when you receive it. And also, it gives you joy when you spend it.” – Ken Honda

This is a fascinating way of thinking about money. After all, most people and authors espouse how-tos of making, saving, budgeting and other money mechanics.

Money Healer Ken Honda

Often called the money healer, Ken not only teaches financial independence. His focus also lies on how to heal one’s relationship with money. People tend to worry about it too much that they cannot have a healthy life.

We have become so restricted because of money issues. Ken took up the mission to help people be free of these constraints.

Everyone Has Money Wounds

In Happy Money, Ken writes about money wounds. This less than positive relationship with money stems from the simple truth that we all are frustrated with money in one way or another. And by all, he means not just the financially challenged people who have a hard time making ends meet.

Middle class people manage to make ends meet, but barely. Meanwhile, those in upper middle class feel disadvantaged and feel the need to work hard to graduate, land a job and pay back their loans. And the wealthy people feel some kind of guilt about sitting at the top.

“If you can somehow heal your money wounds and transform your relationship with money, you can then be happy forever. It takes a little practice, but not too much.” – Ken Honda

To hear more about bettering your relationship with money from Ken, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

Ken Honda is a bestselling author of self-development books in Japan, where he has sold more than eight million books since 2001.

While his financial expertise comes from owning and managing several businesses, his writings bridge the topics of finance and self-help, focusing on creating and generating personal wealth and happiness through deeper self-honesty.

He is the first person from Japan to be voted into the Transformational Leadership Council.

Fluent in Japanese and English, he has lived in Boston and currently resides in Tokyo.

Links:

KenHonda.com

Simon and Shuster – Happy Money

Goodreads – Happy Money

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059 Bill Walton NBA Legend, The Power of A Positive Life

Bill Walton NBA Legend, The Power of A Positive Life Follow Your Different™ Podcast

In celebration of the NBA finals, we’re releasing a special re-issue of an episode with the legendary Bill Walton. Originally aired in February 2018, let us revisit this conversation full of Bill’s enthusiastic view of life through its many ups and downs.

“When you wanna get someplace, you have to have the dream. And then you have to have a teacher, somebody who has been where you wanna go because the surest way to find out how get there first is to talk to somebody who’s on their way back.” – Bill Walton

More Failures than Greatness

A lot of life’s greatest lessons come mostly from failures, Bill says. Sure, he has lived more than 60 years and has been part of some true greatness. Even then, he still felt cursed with his lifelong speech impediment and eventual injury.

“My life has been defined by meteoric rises to the top from [when I was] really young and then incredible crashes to the bottom all caused by orthopedic health crises.” – Bill Walton

In the course of those 60 and some years, Bill has completely changed as a human being.

Enjoying Life Including Change

After reading Lochhead’s Play Bigger, he came to realize the importance of willingness to embrace change. It is, after all, one of the things that athletics prepares you for. In life, things go wrong and things collapse and we need to get ready when they do.

To aid in his positivity-driven life, Bill lives by Coach John Wooden’s 2 sets of 3. Never lie, never cheat, never steal; don’t whine, don’t complain, don’t make excuses. Embracing change means embracing and working around what life serves you.

“When I see these guys whining, when I see these guys complaining and making excuses, I always tell them, ‘Look, I’ll listen to your problems one time. But from here on out, I wanna hear a plan on your path forward.’” – Bill Walton

Secrets to Get Someplace

Bill shares that he always tries to be a dreamer to get somewhere in life. He has learned to keep dreaming from the greatest influences in his life. In a world that tries to send him in other directions, he always turns to those who love to read, who dare to dream.

The second key ingredient? A teacher who can show him the way.

To hear more about Bill’s secrets to positivity and its fruits, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

In 1997, Bill Walton was selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players of all Time.

He’s an Emmy award-winning broadcaster and Forbes calls him one of the top 10 pundits in America.

In 2009, Walton was named one of the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association.

In June 21, 2001, Bill was named as the inaugural inductee into the Grateful Dead Hall of Honor.

Bill is the bestselling author of “Back From The Dead” and a highly entertaining and engaging keynote speaker.

Links:

BillWalton.com

Twitter

Instagram

NBA Profile

ESPN Biography

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057 Connected Strategy w/ Christian Terwiesch

Connected Strategy w/ Christian Terwiesch Follow Your Different™ Podcast

Professor Christian Terwiesch gets in touch with Lochhead for a remarkable conversation about connected opportunities in the customer journey. They dig into his new book, Connected Strategy, which looks into new forms of connectivity that can build legendary interactions with customers.

“What would it take that you blow this tradeoff away and you can have a higher efficiency, low fulfillment cost interaction with the customer and still delight the customer?” – Professor Christian Terwiesch

First Things First: Customer’s Perspective

In order for connected strategies to happen, business leaders should first think about the customer’s perspective. It is important to know the product and service that you want to provide them. And even more important is knowing the customer’s motivations for availing of your product.

For example, a shoe designer can spend tons of money on R&D and marketing to build relationships with retail stores. And even then, they could fail miserably at understanding their customers’ pain points. After all, the company that focuses on just the shoe itself will not be able to deliver quality customer journey.

“The customer’s pain points are not about just buying the shoe and having a great shoe. There’s a much bigger aspiration that this runner potentially has—feeling good, running their first marathon.” – Professor Christian Terwiesch

Connected Customer Journeys

A term that Professor Terwiesch is particularly fond of is “consumption shame”, called “customer journey” in his book. This reminds us that people do not wake up in the morning and say they want our product.

They first have to realize the need, which may be initially latent, for a product. From there, they can make the choice and finally buy the product. This journey, a form of engagement and experience, is made of weaved and repeated interactions.

“It’s weaving those disjoint experiences together, so that you and I—my firm and you—will have a relationship that goes much longer than one episode.” – Professor Christian Terwiesch

Recognize, Request, Respond, Repeat

Lochhead also shared his own experience after a recent purchase of podcasting equipment. A representative rang him up, asked some questions about his purchase, and then offered to help him directly should he have concerns. Christopher also received an email containing links to the shop’s FAQs page, which completely blew him away.

A company’s personal touch shows the embeddedness of the moment of purchase in a longer customer journey. There could also be a similar experience for other customers before they make the purchase. Four stages in the journey that could use such connected strategies are the moments when customers recognize, request, respond and repeat their interaction with the product.

To hear more about connected strategies from Professor Terwiesch and how you can utilize them, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

Christian Terwiesch is a professor of Operations and Information Management at Wharton and co-directs Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management.  

With extensive experience in MBA teaching, online courses, and executive education.

Professor Terwiesch has authored several books, and published in many of today’s leading academic journals, from Management Science to The New England Journal of Medicine.   

He also hosts the national Sirius XM radio show Work of Tomorrow. He holds a doctoral degree from INSEAD and a Diploma from the University of Mannheim.  

Links:

OID, Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania Profile

Executive Education, Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania Profile

Twitter

Amazon Profile

Amazon – Connected Strategy

Speaker Booking Agency Profile

Work of Tomorrow

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056 It’s The Manager w/ Jim Harter

It’s The Manager w/ Jim Harter Follow Your Different™ Podcast

According to Gallup’s management practice Chief Scientist Jim Harter, the productivity of people at work has been increasing… but at a declining rate. More concerning is how only 34% of American workers and two-thirds of managers are engaged at work.

On this episode, he touches on the topic of bosses versus coaches, workplace engagement, people efficiency, and a lot more.

“I want my job to kind of reflect who I am, match my identity… I don’t want my manager to just be an expert on my weakness, I want them to be an expert on my strengths.” – Jim Harter

Changes in Workplace Productivity

The numbers Jim and his teammates have tracked for a while hint on how workplace productivity trends upward, albeit slowly. The figures clearly tell of a room for growth for most organizations.

Workplaces are changing tremendously, and this creates an even bigger burden on leaders. These changes include the massive increases in diversity, technology, remote work, among other things. Needless to say, all these factors affect productivity.

Theory and Practice of Management

There is also the dissonance between the science and practice of management. Leveraging the science is one area for improvement of working environments, and more so its application in practice.

“We’ve seen that the practice of management hasn’t kept up with the science of management. The science of management has advanced significantly in recent decades but the practice of management hasn’t.” – Jim Harter

One such example is how the new workforce has evolved and now ask for a coach, not a boss. Therefore, one of the more critical things organizations need to be thinking about is moving from a culture of boss to coach. This ultimately relates to leaders asking for a change of culture to match the changing workforce.

People Efficiency is the Future

Jim says leaders need to keep up with the changes to both the workforce and the science of management. That is, they need to shift the focus from process efficiency to people efficiency.

“People efficiency is getting people into roles where they know what’s expected of them, where they have clear expectations, where they’re coached on an ongoing basis to do what they do best, to use their strengths.” – Jim Harter

In flexible and remote working environments that are more common nowadays, it becomes even more important to be purposeful about three things. First, there is setting expectations, and then continually touching base with people. Lastly, a workplace needs to be of high trust and accountability.

To hear more about strength-based environments, extrinsic versus intrinsic motivations and more from Jim, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist for Gallup’s workplace management practice.

He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, an exploration of the 12 crucial elements for creating and harnessing employee engagement.

Dr. Harter’s book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, is based on a global study of what differentiates people who are thriving from those who are not.

His research is featured in First, Break All the Rules, and he contributed the foreword to Gallup’s new edition of this groundbreaking bestseller.

Dr. Harter is the primary researcher and author of the first large-scale, multi-organization study to investigate the relationships between work-unit employee engagement and business results.

Updated periodically, this study currently covers 82,000 business units and includes 1.8 million employees in 230 organizations, across 49 industries and in 73 countries.

His work has appeared in many publications, including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and TIME Magazine, and in academic articles and book chapters.

Dr. Harter received his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies in quantitative and qualitative methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

Book Overview:

IT’S THE MANAGER

Today’s decline in global productivity has every business leader scrambling to break through with one failed strategy after another.

But the real strategy is already right in front of them. It’s the manager.  

In fact, there is no better investment a company can make in its future growth than updating their management playbook to align with today’s very different values and realities.

Based on the largest study of its kind (37.2 million people surveyed) as well as Gallup data from more than 30 years of U.S. and global workplace tracking, including interviews of employees and managers across 160 countries, IT’S THE MANAGER (Gallup Press; May 7, 2019; ISBN: 9781595622242; $34.00) by Chief Scientist for Gallup’s workplace management practice, Jim Harter, Ph.D. with Chairman and CEO of Gallup, Jim Clifton, and is the definitive up-to-date guide to what really works in management today.

IT’S THE MANAGER explores 52 game-changing insights including how to:

  • Adapt organizations and cultures to rapid change and new workplace demands
  • Meet the challenges of managing remote employees, a diverse workforce, gig workers and the rise of artificial intelligence
  • Attract, hire, onboard and retain the best employees to make your organization one of the most desired places to work for current and future stars.
  • Transform your managers into coaches who inspire, communicate frequently and develop employee strengths.

The manager has been brushed aside as a middleman that is no longer needed in business today, but Gallup’s data supports a radical claim: that managers should be the cornerstone of every company strategy.

When you build great managers you will experience organic revenue and profit growth, and you will give every employee what they most want today: a great job and a great life.

Links:

LinkedIn

Gallup – It’s The Manager

Gallup.com

Amazon – It’s The Manager

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053 The Difference Between Fact & Stories w/ Dushka Zapata

The Difference Between Fact & Stories w/ Dushka Zapata Follow Your Different™ Podcast

Dushka Zapata joins us for another fun and life-affirming conversation. Dushka and Christopher talk about the origins of her soon-to-be-released book, how recounting something differently is valid, and how stories differ from facts.

Recounting Things Uniquely

Dushka is very aware of her unique thought process that translates into her writing. Oftentimes, her recollection of shared experiences differs from that of other people.

She finds this fascinating. Regardless of what other people say, these instances remind her that she has the license to say things in a different way in order to tell a story. She knows it is not some conscious effort but her recounting of things as exactly as she can.

“I’ve known for a long time that I look at things differently than other people. I think that’s what makes me worth reading—because it’s less about what happened but more of my perspective about it.” – Dushka Zapata

Different is Valid

She will soon be releasing a book about stories from her childhood and her family. She shared some of these stories to her siblings and as expected, they were surprised with the way she saw things. And for such a book, what title can be more fitting other than, This is How I Remember It?

Her book not only celebrates the uniqueness of each individual’s perspective but also nullifies the notion that one point of view is superior to another. The memory of a loved one’s passing is generally painful, but for some people like Dushka, it can also be beautiful.

“I feel really strongly about the way I remember things. It matters to me about how other people claim that I’m not recounting something right… I think that’s a gift. I’m so happy that the way I remember things is like that.” – Dushka Zapata

A Thin Line Between Facts and Stories

Dushka puts simply the difference between facts and stories through an answer to a Quora question. We often make assumptions about people’s behaviors that seem out of the ordinary. And these assumptions, those add-ons, are usually the stories that embellish facts.

Failure to see the difference between the two results in struggles for most people.

“It’s a wonder we understand each other at all because we look at the world through our assumptions and our insecurities, but I also think that we look at the world through a lot of things that never actually take place.” – Dushka Zapata

To hear more about Dushka’s powerful answers to Quora questions, her deeper take on stories and facts, download and listen to the episode.

Bio:

Dushka Zapata is one of the most prolific and popular writers working today.

On question and answer site Quora her work has been viewed over 135 million times.

She’s the author of eight best-selling books.

Dushka has over 20 years of experience as a senior communications executive in Silicon Valley.

When she’s not writing, she serves as a communications executive at tech juggernaut Zendesk.

Links:

Quora Profile

Books on Amazon

New Book –  You Belong Everywhere: and Other Things You’ll Have to See for Yourself

Twitter

LinkedIn

Quora Answers:

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049 How to Build a Business that Works for your Life with Ever Gonzalez

How to Build a Business that Works for your Life Follow Your Different™ Podcast

On this episode, we have a podcaster who is loved by entrepreneurs Ever Gonzalez.

Ever and Christopher had a fun and informative conversation about designing business that serves your life, not the other way around, and what he’s learned in talking to over 400 success entrepreneurs on his popular podcast.

“I would much rather take it a little bit easier and have the things that are important to me my family, freedom, time than to hustle, hustle, hustle and have all the money in the world for what reason.” – Ever Gonzalez

Outlier On Air

Ever had an amazing journey in his life, a great career, and he a successful run as an entrepreneur running a freight management company all starting his podcasting in December 2013.

At first, it was strictly for entrepreneurs, but halfway thru it, he became curious with other authors and people that he wanted to know more. He’s enjoyed talking about business and people and now, it has over 422 episodes.  

Unpacking Hustle

A lot of people today wants to be famous and they are losing money trying to follow this dream because they were hustling. As we get older, we have to step back, think and slow things down in order to get good results.

Ever said that he’s living a life that he can control, a life that provides him freedom, still makes some money and working on projects that he’s passionate about.

“Hustle is a no shit, Sherlock. You can go back and look at any book, of what anybody who’s ever been successful, it takes hard work.” – Christopher Lochhead

Finding the Right Pace

Most people don’t know how to value time and being in balanced is something that is hard to do especially working in entrepreneurial businesses.

In reality, what we shared with younger entrepreneurs is that there will be plenty of time and they will be less effective, if they burn themselves out.

Remember the point of all of this work is to deign a legendary life, not kill yourself “hustling”

According to Ever, he had seen the ups and downs, but it’s the mental health that scares him.

In a lot of ways, success is about learning to manage you own psyche.

To hear more about Ever a podcaster who is loved by entrepreneurs, download and listen to this episode.

Bio:

Ever Gonzalez is an entrepreneur, CEO, a top podcaster and the Founder of OutlierHQ, a media and events company that provides resources to help entrepreneurs start, grow, and scale their businesses. He is also the host of Outlier On Air, a weekly podcast that interviews Founders, Disrupters, and Mavens.

Links:

Outlierhq.com

Twitter

LinkedIn

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