How to Punch Fear in the Face, with Start Author Jon Acuff

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Jon Acuff is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author…From writing advertising for The Home Depot to branding for companies like Bose and Staples, Jon Acuff is no stranger to the cubicle. In 2010, he closed the gap between his day job and his dream job when he joined the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author.  And Start talks about the road to becoming awesome and how to punch fear in the face.

Listen in after the jump!

Winning an Internet Niche with Swellinfo.com creator, Micah Sklut

Interview with Micah Sklut, Creator of SwellInfo.comMicah is one of those rare individuals that began crafting a business out of his love for the surfing / bodyboarding community.  His story begins with him going to college for Meteorology, and then realizing the need for good surf / bodyboard predictions.  Thus, the foundation for SwellInfo.com was born!  Micah’s an awesome guy with a great story.  Enjoy!

Interview with Micah Sklut, Swellinfo.com Founder:

 

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What’s maybe the hardest unseen thing about starting your own business (or following your passion) that people don’t tell you about?
  • If you had a younger version of yourself just starting out that’s excited about creating their own business from scratch, what advice would you give them?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • Where do you see SwellInfo.com heading in the future? Are there any features / ideas you’d like to implement in the coming years?

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?

How to Learn from Failures – Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer

larryToday we talk to Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer, author of The Wisdom of Failure, and internationally recognized thought leader in organizational strategy and leadership. He is a sought after business advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies and the Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Management in the Foster College of Business Administration at Bradley University.

Interview with Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What are the specific benefits of learning from failure?
  • For The Wisdom of Failure you conducted almost 1,000 interviews with managers and leaders.  What about those interviews most surprised you?
  • How can a leader lose strategic direction so easily?  What can leaders do to avoid making these types of mistakes?
  • What is the biggest mistake that leaders make? Why is it so prevalent?
  • It seems as though many of the mistakes you profile in the book could be strengths in certain scenarios (for example assertiveness versus bullying or confidence versus arrogance).   How to these behaviors turn into failures?
  • And much more!

 

Talk Back!  Are there any recent failures (by yourself or others) that you’ve been learning from?  How?

What’s the secret sauce in your company that makes it successful?  Would love to hear your thoughts!

Create Awesome Software – with Dave Teare, Founder of AgileBits

daveteareThis week we talk to founder of AgileBits software, and co-creator of 1Password, Dave Teare.  1Password is the handy little tool that helps speed your productivity in a big way.  We talk 1Password features, AgileBits‘ company culture, what personally inspires Dave, and where the company’s headed in the coming months.

Interview with Dave Teare, Founder of AgileBits Software:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What is 1Password & How does it work?
  • How do Dave and the team decide what features to add?
  • What personally inspires Dave and the AgileBits team?
  • How can we take the leap to start our own software company?

 

What about you?  What questions do you have?

Leave any questions or comments below, and we’d love to answer or help!

Quit Your Day Job – Interview with Tom McFarlin

tom mcfarlinEver think about venturing off on your own and starting your own business?  Wonder how working with a team who’s passionate about what they do?  Tom McFarlin has taken the plunge from successful desk job into the wild, but fulfilling world of startups.  In this interview, we talk about how his team collaborates, what they’re working on, and what the one element is that makes a team thrive.

Interview with Tom McFarlin, Co-Owner of 8BIT & WPDaily:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What is WPDaily?
  • How does collaboration and product development happen?
  • How did Tom dive into the world of startups and self-employment?
  • What tips does Tom have for people starting their own businesses?
  • And more!

 

What about you?  What questions do you have?

Leave any questions or comments below, and we’d love to answer or help!

OmniFocus 2.0 Preview – With CEO Ken Case

Omnifocus 2, and Omni CEO Ken Case's feelings in this GTD InterviewAre you a GTD fanatic?  Love OmniFocus?  Want a sneak peak at this week’s special  Omni event?  We’ve got an exclusive interview with Ken Case, CEO of the Omni Group, about their latest upgrade to their popular OmniFocus software.  We’ve been huge fans of the software since version 1.0, so we can’t wait to see what they have planned next!  Take a listen to the interview, then leave a comment below….Which new features would *you* like to see in their latest version?  What is good leadership going to do in creating the next version?

Interview with Ken Case, CEO of The Omni Group:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points about Omnifocus 2 & GTD:

  • What’s the special event all about?
  • What are some of the new features of 2.0?
  • When do they think it’ll be released?
  • What are some of the features of the other products?
  • What are some leadership characteristics that the Omni CEO & company live by?
  • And more!

 

What about you?  What new features would *you* like to see in the next GTD Software version of OmniFocus?

Leave any questions or comments below, and we’d love to answer or help!

Live your dreams – with Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau

Stuck in a rut?  Want to live the life of adventure that you’ve always dreamed of?  Chris Guillebeau is no stranger to chasing his dreams.  Having almost finished a tour of every country in the world, Chris is a recruiter for all of us that are tired of the same-old, same-old.  He’s the author of The 100 Dollar Startup, and he encourages us to get out there and do *something* today!  If you’ve gotten stuck, and aren’t sure what’s next for you, this episode is for you!

Interview with Chris Guillebeau, Author of The 100 Dollar Startup:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • Why should you start now instead of planning forever?
  • What are some of the first steps you should take?
  • What did Chris himself do to get started?
  • What are some of the obstacles you’ll encounter along the way?
  • And more!

 

What about you?

I’d love to continue the conversation here, leave any questions or comments below, and we’d love to answer or help!

Episode 012: Ignite Your Personal Accountability with John G. Miller

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Why is personal accountability important?  John G. Miller has spoken on the subject since 1995, and has heard every excuse in the book.  If you haven’t read his cornerstone work, QBQ!  The Question Behind the Question, you can’t afford to miss the information here that will transform your leadership.

Interview with John G. Miller, Author of QBQ!:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What is QBQ?
  • How can you make personal accountability work for you?
  • What arenas can this one style of thinking transform?
  • And more!

 

What about you?

I’d love to continue the conversation here, leave any questions or comments below from the interview, and we’d love to answer or help!

Interview with the 8 Week Startup Author, Eddy Hood

Today we interview a man who believe giving away valuable content for free is a means to business success:  Eddy Hood, author of The 8 Week Startup, just released in October, has given away his entire audio book as a 40 Day workshop on iTunes.  It’s no wonder that it’s shot to the top of the business charts.  We interview Eddy about his strategy, thoughts about the 8 Week startup, and plans for the future.

Interview with Eddy Hood, Author of The 8 Week Startup:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • How did Eddy get started in writing books?
  • What is the number one mistake Eddy sees new small business owners make?
  • What are Eddy’s aspirations for the future of the 8 Week Startup?
  • And more!

 

What about you?

I’d love to continue the conversation here, leave any questions or comments below from the interview, and we’d be happy to read them!

Interview with Benj Miller, founder of Eyespeak

Each thought leader we’ve had on here has had so much valuable insight, and today’s guest is *no* different.  Benj Miller pioneered successful branding house, Eyespeak, to help deliver the creative visions of small & medium-sized businesses.

Half art junkie & half systems & strategies alchemist, Benj pulls back the curtain on Eyespeak’s history….and their current processes that dictate the level of predictability they need to consistently deliver the creative goods may surprise you!

Interview with Benj Miller from Eyespeak:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • How did Benj start the Eyespeak Brand?
  • How does Eyespeak consistently deliver results?
  • What’s the number one issue that most small creatives encounter when first starting out?
  • And more!

 

What about you?

I’d love to continue the conversation here, leave any questions or comments below from the interview, and we’d be happy to read them!