My Biggest Business Mistake - and how I turned it around
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“If you can avoid just a few of the biggest, most crucial mistakes that I’ve made, then success is going to come much easier.” Said Shravan Gupta.
Okay, on with the show. This is bonus episode four in a series of unscripted "lessons learned" from 25 years as a creative entrepreneur.
One of the hardest lessons I learned was this: No one is coming to save you. You're a business owner, and you need to act like one. If you don't like the way the system works, the only way to change it is from the inside. In this episode, I'll take you behind the scenes in my biggest business failure and share how I turned it around.
You'll also see examples from Apple, Denise Duffield-Thomas, and Leonie Dawson, to show you why you need to take control of your business and act like a business owner if you want it to grow - and how growing for growth's sake is only going to make you miserable.
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Podcast Show Notes
The biggest problem most creative entrepreneurs face
How I learned (the hard way) that no one was coming to save me - and how I turned it around. Hint: I had to start acting like a business owner
The system might be rigged, but the only way to change it is from the inside
An example of influencing system change from the outside from the TV show "Timeless"
How I'm using my own business to change the system from the inside
The importance of retaining profit and the risk (and privilege) of racking up debt in the early stages of business (and why I endorse using Profit First)
Two examples of 7 figure entrepreneurs who decided to "scale back" and stop growing for the sake of growth (and how to decide for yourself)
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This is Episode One in a special bonus podcast-only series I've created to share the most important lessons I've learned over the past 25 years. Yep. I've been an online entrepreneur for over 25 years now - back when the World Wide Web was a new-fangled thing and the Internet itself was a young upstart, barely old enough to drink.
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