Starting a business is hard. Scaling a business is even harder. And, exiting a business is harder still. So, why do some companies struggle to reach six figures while others scale to 7, 8, or 9 figures while achieving lucrative exits for their founders? Join A.J. Lawrence, the journeyman entrepreneur, with several 7 figure exits but still trying to get past 8. He interviews successful entrepreneurs and brings on experts in the various tools or processes to accelerate your growth. In each episode, he’ll delve deep into entrepreneurial successes and failures, the realities of running a business, and the strategies to go down the road to eight-figures and beyond.
What if Your Business Was Your Joy Box? With Amy Ransdell, REVA Global
Serial entrepreneur Amy Ransdell joins A.J. to explore why you should turn your company into your joy box. If you think back to the very beginning of your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll reconnect with the desires that made you want to become an entrepreneur. Now that you’re on the journey, are you staying true to these desires?
Tune in to learn how to rethink your role in your business and mold it into one that brings you JOY!
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Having global talent with international talent can help you create scalable and efficient systems for your company. There can also be cost savings to doing that.
As an entrepreneur, you have to learn to let go of the things that don’t bring you joy in your entrepreneurial work. You can delegate tasks that don’t bring you joy. You have to remember why you became an entrepreneur in the first place and try to stay true to these desires rather than let work consume you and the intentions you had set.
Your belief system has to prepare you for where you want to go next in your entrepreneurial journey rather than just keep you where you are. You have to get out of your own way. It’s not going to be simple or easy. It will not work itself out. Your environment will change from around you as your belief system changes. This new environment will give you new tasks and a new role.
A positive mindset will allow you to see unexpected transitions for what they are: fuel for creativity. It is easy to get complacent when things are going well in your business. It takes more shaky periods for you to make changes in your business that were perhaps overdue.
The measurables and metrics of your company won’t tell the full story of how your business is doing. They won’t necessarily measure how on track you are to achieving your purpose. They won’t give you the full picture.
Your Business Needs You To Go On Vacation with A.J. Lawrence, Beyond 8 Figures
In this episode A.J. and Timi discuss why your business needs you to go on vacation. They discuss how to avoid staff burnout, why talking to strangers hones your entrepreneurial skills, and why you should tell your clients about your holiday escapades.
Vacations are a time for you to recharge your body and refresh your perspective. Tune in to the episode to learn why vacations will make you a more effective and well-rounded entrepreneur.
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Where you live determines how much time you actually need off work. Some places are much more stressful than others.
If you don’t spend at least a whole week in a place while traveling, you don’t fully get the feel of the place.
Sometimes, we don’t fully explore and appreciate the places where we live. Being a tourist in your own city can be a rewarding experience.
It is extremely important to take time off work. If you are overworked, you will not be able to produce your best work.
Employers that do not give their staff time off can alienate them and make them feel undervalued.
What Does It Mean to Build an Intention-led Business with A.J. Lawrence, Beyond 8 Figures
In this episode, Timi and A.J. discuss why you should build an intention-led business. They talk about the experiences and lessons learned from several other entrepreneurs in building mission-led ventures and the challenges that one might face.
Tune in to learn about starting and scaling a business that not only helps you nurture a better team but also allows you to attract clients you are excited to serve.
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To start building an intention-led business, ask yourself what it is you genuinely feel passionate about? What problem would you like to fix? Then think about how you can use your business to contribute to fixing that problem.
You don’t need to have experience with intention setting, all you need to have is the drive to create a business that is meaningful to you.
Having an intention-led business is building a business that people you work with and for will get more value from over the long-term than if you only focused on profit generation.
Every company goes on its unique path and thus each company has different looking inflection points. These crossroads can be good moments to reflect on the state of your business and decide on whether it's a good idea to reset the path your business is on.
Don’t just settle with saying what your intentions are for your business. Instead, you have to elaborately describe what that intention means and how it can realistically and practically be manifested within your business. You have to make your intentions structurally part of your business.
Establishing Financial Well-Being as an Entrepreneur with Henry Daas, FQ: Financial Intelligence
Making money is an integral part of entrepreneurship, but knowing what to do with the money you make is a whole other story. In this episode, A.J. is joined by entrepreneurial coach Henry Daas to discuss how to figure out what money means to you in life and business. Their discussion is based on one succinct principle: money has no inherent value other than giving us the ability to do what we want to do.
Tune in to this episode to learn how to plan for and think about your financial wellbeing.
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Your entrepreneurial journey will not be linear. There will always be ups, downs, rights, and lefts. You might even get to a point when you no longer want to do any client-facing work.
Low attention spans in the internet age have led to misinformation. People rely on headlines without doing their research. To get the full picture about events and markets, you must put in the work and read full pieces.
You don’t need to have a lot of money to be rich. Being rich is having enough to be content and comfortable with your life. Having a lot of money is just living in excess for the sake of it.
You can think of bitcoin as similar to gold. It is a store of value but it is a long way off from having enough liquidity.
You have to think of your exit strategy as an entrepreneur. Ask yourself what you want from your business. If your business does not have lots of barriers to entry, it can be a great thing for you but it can also mean that you can be easily replaced.
Building A Stronger Business By Doing Less With Pete Martin, AskMyBoard
Serial Entrepreneur Pete Martin joins A.J. to discuss how you can go from entrepreneur, to enterprise, to empire, to exit by doing less. They talk about the importance of having the right team, why not all business is good business, and how co-innovating with your customers can maximize your growth and business income.
Tune in to learn how to build a business around what’s important to you in order to create long term value.
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The decisions you take when growing your company largely depend on whether you have external funding or are growing organically.
There are four key stages of the entrepreneurial journey: entrepreneur, enterprise, empire, and exit. Moving between these stages, and within these stages, requires different skill sets, different strategies, and different investments.
The four pillars of power are: team, customers, capital, and strategic execution. Strategic execution is when you are co-innovating with your customers and when you are co-innovating with your customers you’ve got an extremely valuable business and have the maximum amount of options with what you can do with your company.
People problems constitute the large majority of problems that an entrepreneur faces. So, a great way to overcome this challenge is to ask yourself: what is my dream employee like?
The Catapult Method is about maintaining a healthy business from the outset so that it is set up for growth but can also be a lucrative exit.
Building a First to Market Business with Marcello Leone, Bevcanna
Marcello Leone, CEO of Bevcanna, joins A.J. to discuss his experience of running a company with a first-to-market product: cannabis beverages. They converse about several topics including what it is like to run a heavily regulated business, whether or not you should be open to selling your company, and how to align your personal goals with your business goals.
Tune in to learn about the challenges of running a company with a first-to-market product.
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Building the foundation of your business pre-revenue is the most challenging part of creating a first to market product.
It is a great business opportunity that U.S. legalization of cannabis is not complete yet. You can be early in a new space and position yourself very well in the market.
The job of ensuring compliance is integral to the structure and successful operation of businesses in the cannabis industry. You cannot successfully run a cannabis business in the current environment without a sharp focus on ensuring compliance.
Being open to all opportunities including not being too attached to your business and being open to selling allows you to consider what’s best for you more fully and therefore avoid missing out on lucrative opportunities.
AJ does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and motivated!
I'm blown away at the GOLD MINE of information that this Podcast has collected in a neat package for us. I'm 100% a FAN and will be listening every single episode.
Steve does an amazing job of extracting the best of the best out of his guests allowing me as the listener to take the insights and put them into actionable items in my own life. I particularly enjoyed the episode on 6/10/20 with Will Moore of Moore Momentum. Keep it up!