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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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