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5 Ways Entrepreneurial Groups Have Improved My Life

Since 2011, I’ve been a part of 3 formal entrepreneurial life groups. Although that’s not their names, that’s the way I see them. And the impact of those groups, the time I’ve spent in them, and the relationships I built through them have been priceless. They have had a profound positive impact on my life […]

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Two Things I’ve Learned Being an Entrepreneur and Parent

I was five years into starting and running iThemes when I added a new title to my resume: Dad. Being an entrepreneur and a father is a very interesting combination. It brought up new issues, challenges and questions for me. In fact, it was one of the questions I went to my business group about before our first […]

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Bros, It’s Time To Hang Out More Regularly

Last weekend, I went on a quick but epic roadtrip with my youngest brother, Matt. On short notice I needed (and let’s be honest, wanted) someone to go with me to our New Mexico cabin (about a 9-hour drive each way) starting on Friday night and getting back on Sunday night. Matt and I are seven years apart […]

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My New Business Leadership Podcast with Matt Danner

For a couple of months or maybe years, my business sidekick Matt Danner (COO of iThemes) and I have been talking about sharing the lessons and experiences we’ve learned leading and growing a team and business at iThemes over the last 8+ years. This morning, we finally made actual progress on that dream and recorded the first two episodes […]

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Confessions of an Entrepreneur

This post has been brewing in me for a while, especially since I shared the Iceberg of Life. This isn’t a rant. It’s not meant to engender sympathy for me. And it isn’t a confession of my own thoughts, doubts, worries, insecurities for therapeutic reasons. It is meant to help other entrepreneurs know one thing:  […]

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Confidence Is Comfort

Confidence is defined as “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.” But simply put: Confidence is comfort. In your own skin, in your knowledge, in your experience, in your strengths and abilities, and in your resources and relationships. Whenever I see those things clearly and start building a “firm […]

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No Blame Necessary

I don’t like blame. Blame has such a harsh, negative and unproductive feeling for me. And it too often appears in team or group interactions. Blame is “assigning responsibility for fault or wrong.” In a courtroom, blame is essential. I get that. But in the workplace or in any team environment, where fallible human beings […]

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My Time Isn’t Just Invaluable, It’s Irreplaceable

The older I’ve gotten, the more I won’t just give my time to anyone who asks or pushes anymore. I’m very generous with sharing my experiences and expertise. When asked to speak, or when I write like this, I’ve sought to be more and more vulnerable and transparent in order to help people. Sharing openly what […]

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Carry Your Own Bags

One of the amazing takeaways I’ve had from my experience in the Oklahoma chapter Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a saying I’ve heard often: Carry Your Own Bags The idea is … what you get out of the experience is what you make of it. Your experience, happiness and fulfillment is your responsibility. Period. It’s particularly […]

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What To Do When Business Sucks

Just wrote a long post sharing the mental processes I’ve used over 8+ years of entrepreneurship for dealing with the lows, the downtimes of business (and life) titled “5 Ways to Better Manage the Lows in Business.” Know You’re Not Alone. Acknowledge Your Brain Distorts Things. Reset the Defaults to Hope, Optimism and Confidence. Be Lucky […]

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