The Inventive Journey
By Devin Miller
Take a journey with different entrepreneurs and inventors on their path to startups and small businesses to hear their ups and downs, their successes and failures, and how their journey has been on the startup road.
"How To Be Sustainable In Your Business" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/Justin Goldston
The Inventive Journey • By Devin Miller • Dec 10, 2020
"How To Be Sustainable In Your Business" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/Justin Goldston
The Inventive Journey • By Devin Miller • Dec 10, 2020
"Refine The Product Or Service" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Benjamin Wood
Refine the product. Always work on refining the product, making the product or service the best version of its self. Ultimately that is what's going to bring people through the door and get people interested. Have people wanting to invest or having people buy out your company.
October 18, 2021
"Make Sure You Love What You Do" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Slater Victoroff
Make sure you love it even when you hate it. I think the thing I often say about starting a company is it's pretty much the hardest thing a person can do. You don't even know if one in a million people has an easy time of it. I think you are completely right. Every single division is so difficult. I think the people I see that aren't successful are people that just think that it is going to be an easy pass to be a millionaire. It is not that. There are much easier paths to be a millionaire if you have some patience. If you want something that is going to let you make a mark on the world. And something that is going to respond and give you back what you put into it. That's what a start-up is. It is brutal. Make no mistake; however hard you think it is, it's going to be harder.
October 15, 2021
"Have The Right Connections" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Victor Hogrefe
Three things you need essentially. You can get along with one of them barely. If you have two things, it's good. If you have all three, that is great. One thing is you can be an expert. If you are an expert in the field, that's already a great start. You could have the money. If you have a bunch of money, that's already a great start as well. You can buy the expertise. Or you can have the right connections. What is another hugely important piece.
October 9, 2021
"Have A Business Plan" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Alison Hulshof
Clearly having a business plan. And it does not have to be twenty-seven pages long but knowing where you are going to start and some goals or metrics you are going to hit. Even things like what you are going to pay yourself. Try to predict the next twelve months and check some of those things off as you go. If you miss step three or you are missing a third goal, make sure that it is not part of that critical foundation that will actually prevent you or set you up for failure in the near future. So really lay out your plan. I will ask people all the time do they have a business plan? They will say no, it's too cumbersome. I will say no, tell me where you are starting. what are you paying yourself? What is success for you? Is it revenue? Is it profit? What's that number? And How are you getting there? What are the goals you're going to hit? So keeping it simple and then trying to stay focused and hit on that track so you don't get super distracted and head in the wrong direction.
October 8, 2021
"How To Analyze Your Business" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/Aaron Back
What I mean by getting educated is, know who you can rely on to help you with jump-start the business. But also get better educated around the premise of your idea.
October 7, 2021
"Do Your Homework" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Trish Lewellyn
Do your homework. Do your home and be realistic. It's not for everybody. Do your homework. Contact these places and talk to people and make sure you understand what's going on. Make sure you understand everything that's out there because there is a lot going on. You can not go into it blindly. You have to do your due diligence.
October 6, 2021
"Start An Online Business" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Sarah St John
I guess it depends on what type of small business or start-up they want to start. If they are not sure what they want to do, I personally recommend starting an online business. It is so much cheaper than a brick-and-mortar or retail type of store. Even if they are selling products where they think they might need a store, I still recommend starting online. The overhead is hardly anything. I run all my businesses for under a hundred. I think it is actually sixty a month now.
October 5, 2021
"Be Confident In Yourself" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Joseph Prososki
You have to be confident enough to not be the smartest person in the room. I think there's this societal pressure to be the smartest person in the room. Some of that imposter syndrome like hey, if I've got a lot of smart people around me, I am not going to be able to lead them. Or it will get out that I am not actually as qualified as I think I am. At the end of the day, I really don't think I am the smartest person in the room most of the time. Definitely not the most qualified. But I am able to get in there and build relationships and especially learn from the expertise around me.
October 4, 2021
"How To Deal With Management" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ Angela Thurman
Definitely document. Whether it's keeping a schedule for your project and documenting the tasks that you are completing. Or keeping a tracker of the life cycle of your contracts. Whatever it is, spend that little bit of extra time to document the work you are doing. The completion of these tasks. Because in the end, that is going to save you so much effort, time, and money. It's all going to be huge savings and saving the frustration I would say.
September 30, 2021
"Take The First Step" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Naveen Bisht
Take the first step. If you don't take this step, you will just keep thinking shoulda, woulda, all those kinds of things. I think you have to take the first step but, at the same time after that, you have to be very flexible. You also have to be very persistent. Don't give up. And just keep meandering through because it's a rollercoaster ride. One day you'll feel high. The next day was low cause you were expecting customers to sign up, and they don't sign up. You were expecting investors to invest and, they don't invest, all things like that.
September 22, 2021
"Aloha Leadership" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Eric Jara
It's called aloha leadership. Aloha, as most folks know, is a way of saying hello. What I learned is that it's a lot more loving. It's a loving way of saying hi. It is a welcoming feeling and vibe. They have always taught us that it's that kind of leadership that actually makes things happen. As an entrepreneur and leader in whatever industry and field. Any artist, creator, entrepreneur, you need that kind of leadership. Because if not, you are going to fail. It does not work any other way. If you don't care about the people that are working for you, they are going to leave. If you don't care about the people working with you, why would they work with you in the first place?
September 20, 2021
"Remain Humble" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Yvan Demosthenes
There are two of them. Make sure you've got money, number one. Everybody knows that. But secondly, I think that an example that I can share from what I just shared with dropping the ball and all those opportunities is to remain humble.
September 11, 2021
"Improve Yourself First" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Daniel Marsh
The biggest advice is to make sure you are improving yourself first. There is a really cool statistic out there that some of the most successful companies are started by forty-year-olds. People in that age range. Why is that? Probably because they have all this professional experience that they had where they know the opportunities. They know how to execute things. They have made mistakes and learned off of other people's dollars how they can go do it for themselves.
September 10, 2021
"How To Deal With Conflict & Work Relationships" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/Jerry Fu
The clearer and more specific plan you give when you start to notice the expectations slip, the more likely you are to actually act on it. Now you have a clear plan lighted steps forward to be sure that to say ok, I need to engage and, I feel scared and default to comfort and avoidance if I don't have something. If I light this staircase up and I have the exit ramp lined up for me now I am more likely to engage in the behavior I know I need to do for the benefit of me, my relationships, and my company.
September 9, 2021
"Outsource To Experts" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Heather Cox
Outsource to experts whenever possible. Whatever you don't need to be involved in, outsource to experts because if you don't have time and money to do it once you for sure don't have time and money to do it twice.
September 8, 2021
"Don't Believe Your Own Lies" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Jeff Heggie
Don't believe your own lies. I think from a young age we start telling ourselves a lot of lies in our self-talk. Why do I think I can do that? Why am I the one that could be able to do these things? We have a lot of that negative self-talk and I think we just need to change that to why not?
September 7, 2021
"Decide To Start" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Deborah Johnson
You have to decide to start and actually start because I have heard people that have had this plan. I've known people that have been on these albums. They have been working on the album and never finished them. So you have to decide to start. Then right along with that is to put some sort of date on finishing and actually launching.
September 3, 2021
"How To Start A Podcast" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ Ryan Estes
Just avoid judging the podcast harshly. Tell yourself I am not going to judge this podcast until my hundredth episode. Until I get there, I am going to just put out content. In that process, you are going to get better in all kinds of different ways you did not even think of. The thing that kills most podcasts is people just get too self-conscious with it. The delta of where they are and where they want to go just seems too high to climb. Just keep doing it. Nobody is listening to my podcast. Does not matter, record another one. I don't have the right cover art. Does not matter, record another one. Keep going. Get to that hundredth episode, and you are going to have the main expertise in all kinds of ways you did not even expect.
September 2, 2021
"Don't Wait" The inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Priyanka & Shannon
It would just be not to wait until you have a ready product to start building your community and start marketing your product. If you have an idea and you know you are going to go after it, create a landing page, create a newsletter, create any social media page Twitter, Instagram, etc. Just start talking to people about it. Get them to start talking to you because their feedback is everything. You will figure out their pain points and opinions. Even before your product is ready, you can start implementing it. It will also help you to market your product better. You know the terminology they use. You know exactly what their pain points are. Once you have your product ready you automatically have an email list you can send a blast to. You can already start talking to your community and say hey my product is ready and hit the ground running instead of starting from zero. We started from zero, and that was terrible.
August 18, 2021
"Just Try" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneur w/ Ingor Van Rooi
The piece of advice that I would give is, start. You have no idea what beauty lies beyond that first step. A lot of us are afraid to try. We are afraid of failing. We are afraid of a lot of things that could go wrong, but what if it goes right?
August 16, 2021
"Get Everything In Order Right Away" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Caleb Roche
Definitely get everything in order right away. It kind of falls back on the worst business decision I made. Getting everything set up to where you have contracts that are in place. And you have a legal framework you can work off of to give you accountability. Then also give your clients accountability. The thing I wished I had done a little bit differently was I viewed my business in the very beginning as I needed to be a cheap as possible. And just kind of survive. Where I wish I had been I am going to invest all my resources into creating a great contract, getting invoicing set up to where it's reoccurring. Clients can save credit cards. Different processes that I did not do just because I did not want to spend the money that now I am having to spend the money and wish I had done it before.
August 13, 2021
"Innovate And Adapt" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Forrest Tuff
My greatest fear is running out of innovation. To me, innovation is what keeps us afloat. It keeps me going every day. Sometimes that worried me. As I grow older, will I get more out of touch with what's happening in social media new apps coming up? How much do I want to keep up with? Technology continues to advance. So as you grow, you wonder how much of this technology do you need or handle? So my fear is not being able to adapt because once I stop adapting, that's when I will stop growing. Then it will be time for me to hang it up.
August 6, 2021
"Look For The Right People" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Nate Zeleznick
I want to always over-deliver and fear that I won't be able to do that. How I am handling it is I am actively looking for the right people to help me do that. I know I can't do it all myself and, my team can't do it all ourselves. So we are on the hunt for the right people.
August 3, 2021
"What's Your Why?" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Tygh Walters
Put Your Goals in front of you and your fears behind you. There is so much that has to happen in a business. And it takes a long time. It's years or a marathon. You have to find a source of motivation and inspiration. Two of those sources are goals and fears. If you can be motivated by those simultaneously, I believe it's a powerful combination to keep doing whatever you need to be doing. I think it's the stereotype and clique that businesses fail because you give up or you quit. There's truth in that, but I think to make it easier on yourself as a founder especially, really get clear on why you are in it.
August 2, 2021
"Start-Ups Are Marketing Projects" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Jeff Seckendorf
I believe there are two reasons to do a start-up. One is you are passionate about something. You want to do a company and, you are willing to ram your idea down the throats of potential clients. That was UTD. The second reason is you see a niche and, you fill it. And that is, coach me strong. So I have had the opportunity to do both of these. You're passionate about something. Create a new product and try to market it. Be open to a niche. Create it, fill it, and then try to market it. The commonality of those two things, it does not matter which one you do if you are willing to go the long road for either one. The commonality is business start-ups are marketing projects.
July 31, 2021
Commitment And Perseverance" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Kelly Githens
This Ranger Instructor looked down at me and goes are you committed? I looked at him, and I mean, my face is muddy. I have stuff in my eye that I am trying to get out. I am hacking up stuff and, I say what do you mean Sergeant? and he goes look a chicken is dedicated because he gives an egg. A pig is committed because he gives bacon. He goes do you understand the difference? And I said, yes I do. I have never forgotten that and, those are words I still to this day live by.
July 30, 2021
"Start Right Now" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Wen Zhang
I would say to some who have not yet started well, start, do it. The world needs you. They need your idea and vision. Whatever you have in your beautiful vision do it. If not now, when? We all could die tomorrow.
July 28, 2021
"Make Time For You & Your Family" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Jason Gillikin
Make sure you carve out time for yourself and your family. When you are running a start-up you can get so focused and so in the weeds of running that business and it can be mentally all-consuming. You can't lose track of what is truly important. Carving out that time to go for a run. Carving out that time for a date night. Carving out that time that is super intentional for your kids. That is going to be beneficial to your family but, also for your business. It will give you that time away to relax your brain so that you can come up with better ideas for the growth of your company.
July 27, 2021
"Raise Capital Slowly" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Joe Kleman
Raise capital but, raise capital in a way that you can build on it slowly. I started my entire company using square loans. I got my first one for eight hundred dollars. I worked and paid it off based on my credit card sales and, stuff like that afforded me another one for sixteen hundred dollars. Reallocated the money to what I needed at the moment and just kept building on it. I stayed away from raising big capital and raised what I needed at the moment or where I thought it was at and where my short-term goal was.
July 26, 2021
"Set Your Goals High" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Anthony Russell
Don't be afraid to aim high. My goal was when I started my rental business the whole point behind it was I didn't want to put my financial security in the hands of a company. That was the whole reason behind this journey was that I did not trust a company to pay my mortgage every month. So I wanted to build up a rental portfolio that I could live off of if things ever went sideways and I lost my job. That was how it started and I told myself when it started ok well maybe twenty-five years is enough time for me to do this. I hope that I can do this in twenty-five years. Then it was like five years later that I was financially independent. It does not take that long, set your goals high.
July 24, 2021
"Learn To Read Your Partners" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Sedreana Saldana
That is what I will go over with people in the flirt coaching. If you know how to really read your partners, whether it's your business partner or life partner or potential life partner, you know how to read what lights them up and what doesn't. Then you can go with that and choose better partners.
July 23, 2021
"Go With Your Strengths" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Kawan Karadaghi
So I say go with something you are passionate about. Go with your strengths. Go with Something, that as I joked about earlier about looking around. Look at the things in front of you. Look at your actions and habits. What are those things that you are doing that you don't mind doing and that you could translate into a business? If you like talking to people all day, maybe being a counselor or opening up a counseling center is not a bad idea. Know your industry and who you are up against. Know your competition. If there are people or companies who are doing what you are doing and have a large market share, you are going to fight and contest a lot of that market share. So try to offer something that separates or divides you either at a lower cost or more in a blue ocean wave. So something different but still offers the same value proposition.
July 21, 2021
"Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable" The Inventive Journey For Entrepreneurs w/Garrio Harrison
Spend as much time on understanding the marketing and sales of your business early on. Marketing can generate demand, but you also have to be able to close the business that comes through the door. That can be investors, customers, or employees. Whatever it is, as a founder, you are selling your ideas, solutions, and vision. The reason why it is really important to get good at that it's just something that you have to do is you gotta get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Sales is usually uncomfortable for a lot of people.
July 20, 2021
"Believe In What You Are Doing" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Brittni Daniels
If you have a passion, and you're super passionate about it, and you believe in yourself, don't allow anyone to ever minimize or diminish what you are trying to accomplish and what your overall goal is. Even though that partnership may end your passion and your drive, you will find yourself along the way. It took me five years to get to the point of just filming a documentary. But there will be so many people along the way that will doubt you and probably laugh at you that will say what you're currently doing is making you money why aren't you happy? But, if you believe in yourself and believe in what you are doing, don't allow anyone to take that away from you. Always keep going and push through that.
July 19, 2021
"You Are Not Alone" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Joshua Lee
One, the biggest piece of advice is you are not alone. This is where I found myself after going there. So many entrepreneurs feel they carry this weight on them. I made myself alone, feeling I had to carry this weight so much that it made me contemplate my own life. Don't do that. You are surrounded by amazing individuals, especially in so many cities. When you find your tribe and, people reach out and connect. Don't feel like you have to do it alone because if you bring the right people in, it will really allow you to be; I always say we all rise up when we rise up together. Allow those people into your journey and know it's ok. You don't have to be the best at everything but understand your superpower. Truly when you are starting that company, ask the closest people to you.
July 17, 2021
"Have Someone Who Is Real With You" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Stephen Granger
Maybe not have the dream crusher in your life. But someone that is going to be real with you and honest about your idea. Not in a negative way but a good sounding board. Looking for that person in your life. I have been incredibly blessed. Because I have a couple of founders that I reached out to on LinkedIn and said: hey, you are where I want to be in the auto space. Can we chat? And they have been great. It's interesting because they are very diametrically opposed founders of companies in their philosophies of growth. But to be honest with you and say that's not a good idea, or that's a great idea and hears why. There are holes that we all have even as multi-time founders, there are things you miss. You have someone else just throw back at you. That would be my advice.
July 16, 2021
"How To Fundraise" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ Akeel Jabber
Depends on what problem you are solving. Before thinking about money or investors, what's the product you really want to solve? Make sure there is demand there. At the end of the day, we want to make sure the product is there and there's a market for it. Get that nailed down. Have everything researched and be prepared and, I think you will do well from there.
July 15, 2021
"Always Have A Mastermind Group" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Lindsay Adams
One of the things I have done consistently in my business and the last twenty years is I have always had a mastermind group. And so, I have always had buddies. These are people who are either at the same level as me or maybe one or two notches ahead of me in business. We meet regularly to support each other and to learn and grow from each other. It's a bit like Devin, you've done this. What did you do when you were faced with this challenge? Oh well, Lindsay, I did blah blah blah. So You can always bounce off these other people. You can say I am thinking of doing this. What do you recommend? Oh, Lindsay, don't that's a stupid idea. Why don't you try this instead? Having those people around me has really helped me learn and grow consistently over twenty years.
July 14, 2021
"Set High Standards For Your Team" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Tigran Nazaryan
I'll advise that person to set really high standards for their team and keep it consistent. It's not the product that matters cause businesses and startups change their products and business model a lot and they experiment with that. But having a great team is key to success.
July 13, 2021
"You Need A Village To Make A Business" The Inventive Journey For Entrepreneurs w/Dr. Troy Hall
Rely on other people. Figure out what you are putting into your brain that is going to create the actions you are going to break. Surround yourself with good counsel. With people that you trust. With people that will give you good information. People who are not looking to try and profit from you, but people who are really looking who will build you up and support you. You need a village to make a business. You need individuals and, you have to rely on other people to help you. It's not a weakness. People think that it is a weakness to ask for help and, what I say to them is this the weakness is you are doing it and doing it wrong when you could have asked somebody to help you. That's the weakness. The weakness in asking is not a problem. It's only when you think that you know everything that's the weakness.
July 12, 2021
"Just Go Out There And Do It" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Aaron Kozinets
Just go out and do it with as minimum investment, both monetary and time, as possible. I think a lot of new entrepreneurs that I see are infatuated with starting the next Facebook. To do that, what they do is they build out this huge idea with all these different layers that they don't know anything about actually doing. But it all sounds great to them so, they pitch that to people. And people maybe like it, maybe don't but tell them it's cool. Then they go out and try to raise money and put together business presentations. I think being prepared can help and, I think raising money can help but, I am a huge advocate in just going out there and doing.
July 10, 2021
"Stick With It" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ David Wachs
Stick with it. I mean, it is a two to four to five-year process. First of all, I would say today is the day to start a business. Tomorrow is not as good as today. The reason being; I know everybody stuff on their plate but, the older you get, the more responsibilities you have. You have a wife. You have kids. You have all these new responsibilities that are going to make it harder and harder to start a business. Thankfully I started the last company when I did not have a wife and kids. It allowed me to focus all my time, potentially too much time on the business. So I would say start immediately. Then I would say stick with it.
July 9, 2021
"How To Brand Your Business" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Andy Gray
Take a deep breath, sit back, and think about your brand. Think about your product. Are you communicating the way you think you are communicating? You may be thinking you are doing everything a hundred percent. Or even if you are a start-up, and you are trying to figure things out. Take that same deep breath, think about your business. Think about your brand. Are you communicating or, have you created a message that resonates? If you are not sure or, even if you are sure. Or maybe it's a refreshing opportunity, sit back and say how do I get that brand to resonate? Am I doing the right job? If you think on those lines, then contact your great marketing person you work with whatever that might be the case and go through a branding exercise to recheck and reformulate.
July 8, 2021
"Give Customers Something Tangible" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Michel Tricot
Try to get something out as quickly as possible, even if you don't focus on getting the right pricing right out of the race; that's fine. What you want with an idea is you want to understand. are people going to pay for it? And are you solving a real problem? It's very hard for people to project themselves with something that you say. Try to give them something tangible. I would say get it out as quickly as possible.
July 7, 2021
"Do Your Research In Your Market" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Mayvis Payne
Really research your market and craft because a lot of times I think we see someone that is successful and, we want that success. But we don't do our due diligence to research. Can I really do this? One of the things I really love to ask people is, would you do it if you had to do it for free? A lot of times people don't realize when you're an entrepreneur the money does not immediately come. Then it's feast or famine a lot of times. Sometimes you are really making money, and sometimes your not.
July 6, 2021
"Do It Your Own Way" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Jamie Barber
Follow the structure of things because you do need the systems and processes and everything else. But don't be afraid to go in your own direction with things. I actually saw someone who posted on an entrepreneur board of I am just too nice; how do I learn to be that bolder, stronger, meaner type of boss or employee? The first thing and, no one ever responded when I commented this but, I said you don't have to. You can be super nice. When I have somebody who screws up, I might be upset, and I step back and let that happen. But then, the next day, I am going to make sure that that employee is ok because they are probably beating themselves up. You don't have to be that corporate mindset, I guess.
July 5, 2021
"Find A Balance" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Bryn Wilson
It's finding a balance between confidence and humility. You need supreme confidence in your idea and your unique ability to make this idea a reality whether is a product or service or whatever. At the same time, you need humility to know not only what you don't know. I knew I am not good at marketing and sales. I need to also recognize there is other stuff I don't even know I don't know having the humility to bring that on but balancing when I bring in a third party to get advice balancing that with confidence that I have this great idea and I am moving it forward. So I think there is that apparent tension between confidence and humility, but, striking that balance seems really important to be able to move things forward and keeping in the direction that you envisioned.
July 3, 2021
"Don't Be A Control Freak" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Rael Bricker
Don't be a control freak and give up control earlier. Not give up control as in I have seen people who go: oh, I am going to employ somebody who is an expert and just let them do it, no, that is not what I mean. I mean, any entrepreneur starting a business does everything. We stand at the front of the copier and make the copies. We make the coffee, etc. We tend to do all of that. The key to being successful is doing what you do best which generally is entrepreneurs generating business.
July 2, 2021
"How To Understand ADHD As An Entrepreneur" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ John Torrens
What the research shows is that diversity of start-up teams is super important. Start-up teams with a single member with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD outperform. Start-up teams with two members with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD tend to suffer, and they don't perform so well. You probably have examples in your own experience where you see that dynamic play out. So if you are on a team like that, it's really important to realize that yes, even though I am the founder and CEO, you are very influential super important. If you are working with teammates who also have ADHD that you are going to need to address that and come to some sort of place where you can navigate it and manage it effectively. Because it could cause serious problems or it could prevent you from reaching all of your goals.
July 1, 2021
"Be Open To Change" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Kirk Marple
Being open to wearing many hats and being creative and not thinking of it. It's a very different mindset. Working for a larger company, even coming from GM, honestly moved too slow for me. I loved what we were doing but, it probably would have taken five years to do what we're going to accomplish in one year. I think you have to be ready for that coming to a start-up. Even if you have come from a big company or even smaller companies, just be open to change. Chaos happens; it's normal but, be pragmatic too. You don't feel so much pain. It's not intentional pain being in a start-up but, I think you also have to be comfortable with things changing week by week. You have to overcome that concern.
June 30, 2021
"Provide Unique Value" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Mike Williams
Make sure you are scratching an itch that you are actually interested in and not just chasing something. It's really competitive out there. It's hard enough to start a business, so try and find a place where you are going to provide some sort of unique value.
June 29, 2021
"Obsess Over Your Customers" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Mark Horoszowski
Obsess over your customers in ways that you really understand their job to be done. And here I reference the Clayton Christensen model of; what are people actually looking to hire somebody or something for?
June 28, 2021
"Go For It" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ John Vuong
Start do and go for it. People are very I would stay informationally driven. They are reading, and writing blogs, watching videos but, they never are action takers. I would rather people go for it and learn from their mistakes. At least you won't live with regret.
June 26, 2021
"Understand Your Financials" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ John Rhymer
So I really think the idea is to understand your financials more than anything. I think that is going to be the key. When you start talking to people who are going to want to back you, they are going to want to know that you know what you are talking about. It's great to know your idea. It's great that you have a passion for your idea but, if you don't understand the long-term effects of what you're doing. If you don't understand the business that you are in. If you don't understand those basic ideas, then no one is going to want to provide you with money cause they are not going to trust you with it.
June 25, 2021
"How To Set Up A Business" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ Scott Williams
Number one is to pick up the phone and have a consultation with an attorney. Most attorneys, including my firm, probably yours too, will have an initial consultation of a certain duration at no cost to the client. To kinda walk them through and ask the right questions and see if a further consultation or services and warrant. A lot of people have the I can do it myself mentality and, that's good up to a point when you actually figure out you don't know what you don't know. I tell everybody if you are preparing your taxes that's not a time to do it yourself and tell your CPA later what you did. You should be consulting with a CPA in that early decision.
June 24, 2021
"Don't Give Up" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Noor Ali
Don't give up. No matter how hard it gets and how many lows you have, just get back up, ignore everyone else and keep going. Do not give up ever. No matter what, don't give up.
June 23, 2021
"Understand Who You Are" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Lee Taylor
For me and, I think for most people is understanding who you are, understanding your personality. Understanding what type of things you are going to fit well with. Some people just grind through it. It does not matter what it is they; are just going to outwork and fix it that way. And for me that is torture. I can't imagine just pushing. I don't enjoy that. I am much more of the work smarter, not harder mindset. So really understanding who you are and what fits you well.
June 22, 2021
"Write Down Your Ideas" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Jesse Yarger
People have million-dollar ideas every day. If you don't have the experience, or networking, or the know-how to get it started and up off the ground or maybe even motivation. There are so many times that people have these million-dollar ideas that, I think, it's really valuable to write those down. Then maybe nine months later when your friend texts you and says: hey there are desks for sale or whatever it might be, you can get those off the ground and get running. I think there is a lot of value in not forgetting what some of your ideas are when you are motivated and inspired.
June 21, 2021
"Find The Right People" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Ravi Patel
Commit. Commit to what your goals are. Commit to what your visions are. Then find the right partners. Find your right co-founder. Find the right resources because it is very hard to build something alone compared to with a team. I think the chances of success and the timeline gets much shorter when you have a co-founder and a team that complements the skills that you have. That is the number one piece of advice I would give.
June 19, 2021
"Listen Well" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Colby Tunick
Just listening really well. We have an internal rule that if you hear something three times from three different people, three different conversations should peak your interest cause now that not just someone's wants or desire. That might actually become an industry-wide need.
June 18, 2021
"How To Set Up Operations" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ Alicia Butler Pierre
My team and I recently discovered, as a few months ago, called Notion.so. If you are looking for a creative, quick way to store and capture your processes, look into that tool. It is basically a wiki that, unlike Dropbox or google drive. Yes, you can document all of these things. But what I find is you are using some of these platforms, even SharePoint or again google drive, Evernote, tools like that. They're great because it is stored in the cloud. Notion is also a cloud-based app but, it gives you the benefit of being able to see everything. And not have information hidden in folders, and you can quickly search for things.
June 17, 2021
"Be Sure Of Yourself" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ ONeil Mbakwe
Be sure of yourself and reframe your thinking to where it's not trial and error but, it's trial and inevitable success. Once you have your focus on what you are doing and your goal for your business or start-up, that conviction will allow you to see whatever error or mistake you make along the road as a lesson to be learned towards that inevitable success. If I was speaking to someone I would let them know that everything is trial and inevitable success. There are no errors or mistakes, only lessons to be learned. Keep progressing, and don't expect perfection.
June 16, 2021
"Get Out Of Your Way" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Sandra DeMaria
Get out of your way. When I get out of my way and, I actually open myself up. I have a business coach we use now. I actually open myself up to allowing someone else to give me some advice and say; hey Sandra this is right. We really need to go down this route, hold back from this, do this. It really opens me up for great things to happen. That's really what has been happening for us now with Tidy Spaces. When I get out of the way, all these things start to happen. It's unbelievable.
June 15, 2021
"Do Your Research Up Front" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Ian Abbott
Do all of your research up front. You can't do all of your research up front. You are always learning new things every single day. But, do your homework. No idea is had in a vacuum. If you have an idea, make sure you look at the lay of the land. Look at all the competition that exists out there. Make a spreadsheet even. Get out your whiteboard and look at all the ways that your business is different from their businesses. Use that difference at the end to shine or design a marketing strategy around. Double down on those differences.
June 14, 2021
"Stand On The Ground" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Ahmed Elnaggar
Try to control the expenses and don't spend on things that are not beneficial and stand on the ground. Don't look at the unicorns and all this. Now yes this is the target but, stand on the ground. This was a mistake that I did and so much was spent was acting as a startup concept that you read about every day and spend a lot based on that but at the end of the day it comes by steps.
June 12, 2021
"Ask For Help" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Nicole DeAngelis
Ask for help. It's something that took me a while because I have a lot of pride and think I can teach myself anything, which might be true but, it might take years, and that's not very smart. Every time I have asked for help, it's always led towards more progress. And faster than I would be able to do on my own. And most people want to help you succeed.
June 11, 2021
"How to Understand Accounting For Your Business" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ Andrew Klein
And so I think on the lower side, on the block and tackle side, make sure you have your information in excel format or Quick Books so that you can manipulate your information and get it clean. Then on the other side, make sure you have someone to talk to. Whether it's someone like us or whether it's an investor or advisor to talk you through things like profitability and questions that you will need to answer to the taxman but also to future investors.
June 10, 2021
"Don't Release A Crappy Product" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Tom Milligan
My biggest fear has been producing an inferior product or a product that won't pass muster. What that has done is it has really shown and taught me that first of don't release something unless it's at least minimally viable. Don't release a crappy product. If you do release one, you are going to have to deal with it in the future. That is what I have learned over these last few months.
June 9, 2021
"Spend Your Time Wisely" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Catharina Joubert
This is a very hard lesson I learned. Be careful in how you spend your time. We always are going to get a very rewarding feeling from being busy. And it is going to be answering emails, taking phone calls, and doing marketing. But, if you do not actually evaluate the impact that all this busyness is having on your return on investment (ROI) and what the income is. How are you actually making progress? Are you growing your audience? If you are a podcaster, what your income or profit is. Whatever it might be. If that's not growing or changing, yet you're busy all the time, then you need to reevaluate and perhaps implement different strategies.
June 8, 2021
"The Power Of Networking" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Ali Marchand
I can't tell you the power of networking and reaching out to people and just asking for things directly and not beating around the bush. I think we really underestimate the power of being super direct with someone instead of just sending in your resume and hoping for the best. Find the side doors. That's not just for starting a business and getting your dream job. Find the side doors for everything. Do you want to start a podcast or write a book or anything like that? I guarantee you your network is going to have huge power in helping you get there. Networking and asking direct questions and just reaching out and asking questions to people you look up to that would be number one.
June 7, 2021
"Keep Pushing Forward" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Joel Jacobson
Constantly believe in yourself and your product. If you feel like your product has value, you will have a lot of people who will dismiss it or say that's really cool, but that's as far as it goes. And you will have a lot of days where you are thinking, maybe this was a mistake and maybe I shouldn't be doing this. Then you will have a lot of times where your doubtful but, I would say just continue to keep the faith. Keep holding on to your belief that you have come up with something valuable. Keep pushing forward and having faith it will work out.
June 5, 2021
"Just Get Started" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Laura McGuire
The biggest piece of advice is just get started and don't get crippled in revision mode and, oh, I have got to have a business plan and, it's got to be perfect. Just right the business plan and get it out there. Get started working so that you can figure out all the answers to your questions. I guess the saying is, fail fast.
June 4, 2021
"How To Create Content For Social Media" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/Makenzie & Joshua Jamias
Get your website up and figure out your sales process. I think that has been the hardest businesses to work with is when they don't have a clear sales process. We can get you all the web traffic you need and want. We can set up ads and do everything organically that we know-how. But, if you don't have a way to close, then it's all for nothing. Figure out your sales process, figure out how you close people. Figure out what you actually need to do to increase revenue. Then most agency owners that are good at what they do will help you figure out those channels to amplify your sales process.
June 3, 2021
"Ask Questions" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Evan Price
Before you go into the fun stuff like, what is the design of my logo going to look like, really figure out what transformation you are going to take your potential clients through. They are here and, you want them to be here. Figure out what those places are and how you fill that gap. Without that, you are just going to be spinning your wheels you are going to be pivoting a lot as I did. Figure out and ask those questions. Where are my potential clients at? Where do they want to be? How can I help them get there?
June 2, 2021
"Invest In Yourself" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Manish Vakil
You have to invest in yourself. A lot of people say go and talk to everyone else but you have to know your weaknesses. And you definitely have to work on those. That's one of the things I have done. Still to this day, I have a book in front of me and, I write down listen before every meeting that starts right on top. Because when you are starting off a business, you think you know everything. One thing is to learn to listen. That's one of the things I have to learn for myself. Invest in yourself and find your weaknesses and then work on them. That will definitely go a long way in you being successful.
June 1, 2021
"You Are The Authority" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Tyler Foley
You are the authority. You had touched on it a little bit just thirty seconds ago. You have to drive the ship. If you are a startup, a CEO, an owner, or a director, that's your job. You need to steer the ship But, the funny thing is the captain says go that way there's a helmsman crew actually steers said ship. There is an engine crew that's driving the engine and maintenance and mechanics who are keeping those things ticking. You have to see the big vision. You have to know what you know and know that you are an authority. But you also have to get very honest with yourself on what you don't know. And then what is it that it's ok not to know and, what is it that you need to get better at.
May 31, 2021
"Don't Grow Too Fast" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Steve Preda
My advice is going to be from the perspective of the entrepreneur who is bootstrapping their business. It is to crawl before you walk and walk before you run. I think it's really important to not grow too fast and keep a gradual pace. Growing a business is about figuring out how you can sustain the business. Every step of growth reduces the stability of the business. You have to grow into that larger business so that you are on top of it and can then get to the next level.
May 29, 2021
"Start Earlier" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Roger Tilton
Start earlier. Don't think about it more and more and wonder when you are going to do it. If you have the idea and passion to do it, don't wait. Start today. Start right now, make that first phone call, get your business licensed, get set up, name your company. Start moving. Don't waste time because what you will find is once you get into this, you never have enough time.
May 28, 2021
"How To Qualify For Tax Credits" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/Eric & Michael Procaccini
So they think their last step is running the payroll, hire an employee, coming out on the front. We want to create the other last step which is let's take a look at your expenses. Maybe beyond having an expense on your profit loss, we can convert that into a tax credit. If we could use it for the payroll tax credit, that would be great, or else it counts as income tax. We do a lot of planning, phone calls, exchange information. I also want to say that we use technology. We do a lot of zoom and teleconferencing. We record a lot of our discussions and our interviews. Every single thing we do is to save time for the client.
May 27, 2021
"Do It For The Right Reasons" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Brian Winch
Make sure you are getting into the business for the right reasons. I would say: don't chase the dollar signs. Don't get involved in an opportunity solely because you believe you are going to make a fortune. If you really don't enjoy doing what you do, it's pretty easy to give up when you run into some roadblocks.
May 26, 2021
"Be Clear On Your Goals" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Jenny Paul
Be really clear on what your goals are in this situation. I think we did it well, even some of the groups that I have worked with over the years. Being clear on what the goals are and what the responsibilities are amongst people really helps.
May 25, 2021
"Take Every Opportunity" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Robert & Michael Silva
Take every opportunity. Don't even hesitate about it just do it. Of course, you want to think about it. But, from what I have learned: when you hesitate when there is an opportunity in front of you, it really slows you down, especially with a startup. One of the pros of a startup is you can move at a certain pace. You can quickly change your model. And adapt faster than most businesses. If you see an opportunity, take it. Either joining a podcast or spreading your name out there.
May 24, 2021
"Take Advantage Of Every Introduction" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/Vance Reavie
It's along that product-market fit. You've got to get out there and take advantage of every introduction that you can get. Talk to those potential customers or those potential people who are not customers. They may just be someone who knows something about the domain or has tried or seen it before. Get out there and take advantage of every introduction you can get and have those talks and learn from them.
May 22, 2021
"Have People Who Challenge You" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Justin Ullestad
Surround yourself with people who are going to challenge what you are saying in a positive way. But also that you can learn from. Before I moved to Austin I did not have a wide network of people that I could leverage from a connection, network, or from an intelligence standpoint. Nor did I have people who would challenge my ideas. Not in a bad way just why do you think this? Why do you think this product is important? I think the last couple of years especially over Covid I have tried really hard to bring in a vast amount of people that I trust and have backgrounds that I can learn from and continually educate myself but also can give me feedback.
May 21, 2021
How To Set Your Company Up For An Exit" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ Michelle Seiler Tucker
The best way to get the highest evaluation for your business and sell your business for maximum value is proprietary. The fourth P is proprietary. This is the number one value driver. This can take you from a five multiple to an eight multiple to a ten multiple to a fifteen multiple. This is all proprietary. Why am I saying you should start with this? Because if you get this wrong, then you can practically be out of business.
May 20, 2021
"Start Now" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Terresa Zimmerman
Start. Do it. Just do it. Figure out what your risk tolerances are, leave everything else behind. Give yourself a period of time. Do it. Just do it. Once you put it out there, people are going to rally. It's amazing.
May 19, 2021
"Learn To Delegate Tasks" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Michelle Thompson
I call it a discovery task list. What we do is we take inventory of everything you do for a week. Then we figure out is this something that you can delete? What happens if we just don't do it? How much effect does it really have on the business as far as ROI vs people's perceived value? Then the second thing we ask is, can I delegate this? And the question that we must ask ourselves for each one of those is if I knew I was going to be hit with a mac truck tomorrow, what would I do today to transfer that knowledge so that my business would not fall apart? That is the most important question because you have asked the brain a different question. And it will give you a different answer. It will come up with creative ways of how you can actually delegate a task that you thought was not possible before.
May 18, 2021
"Plan Before You Start" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Tristan Pelloux
It might be boring but planning before you start is a big key to success and then obviously executing on your business plan. But first, you need to write it down.
May 17, 2021
"Do It" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Gabriel Cavazos
Do it. Do that thing you need to do. I mean, you have that idea go chase it down. Go learn what you need to learn to get it done and get it done.
May 15, 2021
"Just Start Now" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Lauren Chitwood
Start. I think people really struggle to get started. I will say that action is the most important thing. If you are thinking about an idea and you can't quite decide, you just gotta go. And you have to go fast. You are going to bump into walls and say, oh, ok, we are going this direction now and, that's all normal. Startups are not normal. I think that's something a lot of people struggle to understand. It's like these are these really weird experiments and, you just have to test and see what works and keep that feedback loop tight and just keep going.
May 14, 2021
"How To Get An Assistant" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ Trish Lewellyn
Talk to maybe another business owner. Just because you talk to someone does not mean you have to hire them. If someone wanted to contact me and has questions, that would be fine. I would not mind talking to them. Just ask, ask around, ask people you know. Or, if you have emails for a virtual assistant, shoot them an email and ask them questions. If they are good enough and, classy enough they will answer any questions that person has, without expecting them to automatically become a client.
May 13, 2021
"Surround Yourself With Good People" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Noah Labhart
Try to surround yourself with people who believe in you. So in that same example that I mentioned, that was my biggest mistake and biggest learning. My wife was absolutely amazing. She was a rock and, she was picking me up off the ground when I was in the corner crying and rocking back and forth when the project was going south. She was like, no, you've got to keep going this is just a part of the journey. We are going to get through it, and it will be fine. So she really picked me up. You have to surround yourself with people that are going to tell you that because there are going to be days where it just sucks, and it's not a good day. There are going to be days where this is the greatest job in the world, and you love it. Some days it's just nothing is going my way. You've got to be able to get through those. I think a huge reason why I was able to get through those days was my wife and the encouragement people were surrounding me with.
May 12, 2021
"Establish Your Relationships" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ K. Trevor Thompson
Always make sure that you are establishing your relationships. Always say to people what can I do for you? And Never burn a bridge even if people are wrong. Wrong things have happened to me, and it does not matter.
May 11, 2021
"Get A Coach Or Mentor" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Dr. Kelly Henry
Get a coach and or mentor. You probably think it is self-serving saying getting a coach. It may be a little self-serving, but it's also speaking from experience because I have benefited tremendously through the years from having tremendous coaches but, also have had some mentors. If you not in a place where you can hire a coach look up people in your industry, look up people who are doing what you are doing, look at people who are successful at what you are trying to do, and just contact them.
May 10, 2021
"Be Fearless" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Devron Larson
I would say be fearless it really does take that. I have talked to so many people. I was coaching football for my son, just the little league football. One of my assistant coaches, a great guy still good friends to this day, came up to me and says I have an idea that I know will make me a millionaire. I was like, well, awesome, what is it? And he said I am not going to tell you you will go do it. And I said well, one I won't but two fine don't tell me I don't care what it is. Why don't you go do it? He literally said because I am afraid I will fail. I think that has stopped more people from ever becoming successful than any other thing.
May 8, 2021
"Put In The Time" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ Bill Poston
First, I would try and make sure they are ready to do it in the first place. I don't necessarily take my own council right here but, particularly for a younger entrepreneur, you got to put in your time. I mentioned earlier that I considered my 10-year at Deloitte an apprenticeship. That's really what it was. I didn't roll out of bed at 25 and start Kalypso. I put in a decade learning the industry, developing my skills, developing a management model, and leadership philosophy. That was the foundation of that firm.
May 7, 2021
"How To Have The Right Mindset" Expert Advice For Entrepreneurs w/ Byron Morrison
In my experience, this is why the bottleneck of so many businesses is the CEO. It's because they are not making decisions, opportunities are being lost, and everything else is falling behind. They within themselves are not showing up as the CEO in their business. And that is why I am such a firm believer that your business growth can't outgrow your inner growth. If you really want to not just perform at that level but breakthrough to the next you really have to evolve within yourself. You need that level of thinking and the ability to control the stress and pressure and all of the mindset shifts in order to actually sustain your success.
May 6, 2021
"Pick Good Advisers" The Inventive Journey Podcast For Entrepreneurs w/ William McGuire
Surround yourself with really good advisers. I know that's said really well but let's talk more about how to pick advisers. I would say that as a founder to find your philosophy for how you are going to grow your company. How you are going to treat the people you are going to support. Find the advisers who are experienced in the area where you have a gap. Go to accelerated programs. Go to your local co-working space. Go Google spaces if you don't have any in your community and search out people that have had success in the areas that you would like to have success in that you are not very good at. Then offer to compensate them well for being in the company. In that relationship over a couple of conversations, you will figure out if they are just trying to get equity or get compensation. Or if they are really in it for a mutually invested interest and the vision you are trying to drive.
May 5, 2021