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If you scrutinize what Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, John Lee Dumas and hordes of other entrepreneurial cheerleaders are peddling, it doesn’t add up. Their sales pitches seem willfully blind to the facts on the ground. And although entrepreneurial pep rallies may make us feel good in the moment (“I hereby give myself permission to be Number One!”), the glow doesn’t last. Why? Because those guys -- and hordes of imitators -- have taken a structural economic weakness and transformed it into a character issue. The problem isn’t the economy OR banks that are “too big to fail” OR dysfunctional public policies, the cheerleaders seem to say. No, my friend. The problem is YOU. ... This podcast is a parody of those cheerleaders AND an entertaining antidote to what they’re peddling. Welcome to ENTREPRENEUR EXPLOSION! And get ready to Feel The Burned!™

ENTREPRENEUR EXPLOSION! Paul David Peterson

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If you scrutinize what Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, John Lee Dumas and hordes of other entrepreneurial cheerleaders are peddling, it doesn’t add up. Their sales pitches seem willfully blind to the facts on the ground. And although entrepreneurial pep rallies may make us feel good in the moment (“I hereby give myself permission to be Number One!”), the glow doesn’t last. Why? Because those guys -- and hordes of imitators -- have taken a structural economic weakness and transformed it into a character issue. The problem isn’t the economy OR banks that are “too big to fail” OR dysfunctional public policies, the cheerleaders seem to say. No, my friend. The problem is YOU. ... This podcast is a parody of those cheerleaders AND an entertaining antidote to what they’re peddling. Welcome to ENTREPRENEUR EXPLOSION! And get ready to Feel The Burned!™

    #7 Chris Brogan: You’re It (Part 2)

    #7 Chris Brogan: You’re It (Part 2)

    "I tend to not believe in the larger system," Chris Brogan told me in part 1 of our interview (see Episode #5). And that's where we pick up in part 2 — with a discussion about why Chris has little or no faith in the ability of the government and our political system to address economic problems. We talk about Uber, the sharing economy and the people who work in it, the Great Depression, and lots more. And yes, there will be a part 3... coming soon.

    [photo of Chris Brogan courtesy of Raul Colon]

    • 37 min
    #6 John Lee Dumas: Burning Down The House (Part 1)

    #6 John Lee Dumas: Burning Down The House (Part 1)

    John Lee Dumas is the creator and host of Entrepreneur on Fire, which is one of the most popular business podcasts on iTunes — and probably one of the most profitable, too. Every day on his show — 7 days a week, 365 a year — John interviews one entrepreneur who shares his or her secrets to help entrepreneurs on their road to success.

    When I first heard John’s show -- Entrepreneur on Fire -- about a year ago, I thought for sure that it had to be a parody. It felt just too over-the-top. Too jacked up. John’s enthusiasm and his guest’s excitement seemed like it had to be an act.

    But John is serious. So are his guests.

    And one day, listening to John’s show, I had what John might call my A-HA moment: Someone ought to do a parody of this — a podcast that’s both a send-up of John’s show BUT also a podcast that makes a serious point about the ideas that fuel guys like John and animate shows like Entrepreneur on Fire.

    What's that serious point? Simply this: Something fundamental has changed in our economy -- something big, something structural -- and it threatens our future. But it’s a problem that -- when you look at it squarely -- it’s a problem that no amount of entrepreneurial moxie is gonna fix.

    This is part one of a two-part interview.

    • 35 min
    #5 Chris Brogan: You’re It (Part 1)

    #5 Chris Brogan: You’re It (Part 1)

    Chris Brogan — who is one of the inspirations for Entrepreneur Explosion! — joins me to discuss content marketing... his appeal for us all to stop producing "junk content"... Zig Ziglar... and the limits of entrepreneurial moxie.

    Special thanks to Chris for his willingness to participate in this parody (see: http://eexplosion.net) and for his sense of humor.

    (This is part 1 of what's scheduled to be a 2-part interview.)

    Thanks to Vendela Media for the photo of Chris.

    • 28 min
    #4 David Cay Johnston: The Great Divide

    #4 David Cay Johnston: The Great Divide

    Why is the power of positive thinking not enough to address the widening gap between society's haves and have nots? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston explains. He also shares his thoughts on why the 365 hyper-enthusiastic entrepreneurs who appear each year on John Lee Dumas' "Entrepreneur on Fire" podcast don't mean what you might think they mean.

    • 45 min
    #3 Barbara Held: Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching

    #3 Barbara Held: Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching

    Barbara Held, professor of psychology at Bowdoin College, is the author of "Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining," in which she challenges what she calls the “tyranny of the positive attitude in America.” The book led to worldwide media attention, including features in The New York Times and People magazine, as well as appearances on the Today show, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, and the BBC and the CBC. "Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching" also helped establish Dr. Held as a leading critic of the positive psychology movement, which is one reason I’m so excited to have her on this show. -- Paul

    • 53 min
    #2 Gary Brown: “Beware the cult of entrepreneurism”

    #2 Gary Brown: “Beware the cult of entrepreneurism”

    A veteran advertising executive takes aim: "“If you want to be an entrepreneur that’s fine and indeed admirable, but please go and do something first, make a success of it, make a few bob, create a few jobs and let other people if they wish call you an entrepreneur.”

    • 36 min

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