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Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”) explores her passion for personal disruption through engaging conversations with disruptors. Each episode of this podcast reveals new insights about how we work, learn, and live.

Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Whitney Johnson Whitney Johnson

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9 • 287 Ratings

Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”) explores her passion for personal disruption through engaging conversations with disruptors. Each episode of this podcast reveals new insights about how we work, learn, and live.

    Bettina Hein & Andreas Goeldi: Dynamic Duo

    Bettina Hein & Andreas Goeldi: Dynamic Duo

    Our guests this episode are Bettina Hein and Andreas Goeldi, a husband and wife duo. Bettina is the founder and CEO of juli Health, a company that helps people manage their chronic diseases with an AI powered app. Andreas is a partner in btov, a European venture capital firm. This couple understands the s curve of learning™ uniquely well and are gracious enough to share their learnings with us.
    In this episode we discuss their approach to running companies and their marriage. We learn about Bettina’s passion for starting technology companies and hear Andreas' journey of self-discovery that led him back to his passion for coding.
    In addition to founding juli Health, Bettina is the founder of Pixability, a company that optimizes video on social media. She is currently an investor in Dragons Den, Switzerland's version of Shark Tank. Andreas is also a serial entrepreneur. He's formerly the co-founder and CEO of Namics, Switzerland's leading e-business services firm and was the Chief Technology Officer at Pixability.
    As impressive as all their credentials are and as you have heard, they are impressive, this only scratches the surface of what makes Bettina and Andreas so fascinating. Join us for a journey into the life of these unique and talented individuals.
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit: www.whitneyjohnson.com/bettinahein-andreasgoeldi/

    • 40 min
    James Clear: Atomic Habits

    James Clear: Atomic Habits

    “Disruption,” as a word, has always had an explosive sound to me. Disruption causes your world to shift and change—an earthquake in the making. However, every once in a while, I’m reminded that disruption does not have to be earth shattering. Sometimes, the smallest changes can have a long-lasting impact on your life, especially when those changes become habits.
    Our guest this episode is James Clear author of the New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones.  James advocates that the way to build habits is to try and get just one percent better each day—something that sounds almost too easy to do, and yet builds a firm foundation for continual improvement.
    In this episode we learn practical and manageable tips for improvement…
    Habits are the “compound interest of self-improvement”. The two-minute rule – be wary of going big. Point and call, an audible habit builder. Implementation intentions; be specific! Track your habit – seeing is believing. Repetition is a form of change. Never miss twice.  
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit: www.whitneyjohnson.com/james-clear-encore/

    • 42 min
    Brené Brown: Called to Courage

    Brené Brown: Called to Courage

    Few things are as terrifying as vulnerability. Yet, when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we allow ourselves to be free. Free from shame, free from fear and free from the untrue stories we tell ourselves.
    That is why I am excited for this episode.

    Our guest, Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead.
    In this episode Brené shares what first inspired her to dig into research on vulnerability and how that decision changed her life. We discuss the stories we tell ourselves and how to deal with the negative effects of working in the public sphere. Brené shares her views on scaling up versus keeping things slower and closer, and we discover a new way to lead when someone leaves our organization.
    Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
    Brené hosts the Unlocking Us Podcast and the Dare to Lead Podcast. Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks with over 50 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix; The Call to Courage debuted in April 2019.
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit:

    • 39 min
    Marcus Whitney: Create and Orchestrate

    Marcus Whitney: Create and Orchestrate

    At just 20 years old, Marcus Whitney was a young father with another child on the way. He had dropped out of college, was working as a waiter and living in an efficiency hotel. But as Marcus, a now successful Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist explains, what you do when your back is against the wall makes all the difference.
    Listen as we discuss:
    Overcoming poverty, depression and past trauma to become a thriving individual and successful entrepreneur. How success can camouflage unaddressed trauma, showing up as Marcus teaches, in the form of some dysfunctional behavior that you probably don’t love about yourself. Marcus' book, Create and Orchestrate, an elegant and fresh business framework applicable across industries.  Honestly evaluating the "ROI" of your educational dollars.  Marcus Whitney is a self-taught software developer, was the head of technology at Emma Email Marketing, is the co-founder and co-owner of Jumpstart Foundry, one of the most active healthcare venture capital firms in the United States; is the CEO of Health: Further, a healthcare strategic advisory firm; and is co-founder and a part-owner of the Nashville Soccer Club, Nashville, Tennessee’s Major League Soccer Team. 

    • 39 min
    Syd and Shea McGee: Make Life Beautiful

    Syd and Shea McGee: Make Life Beautiful

    This week, our guests are Syd and Shea McGee of Studio McGee. This power couple run and are the sole owners, no outside capital, of one of the most successful and fastest growing interior design businesses in the country.
    Shea graduated from college with a degree in public relations but quickly realized that her passion was to create… she wanted to be an interior designer. Syd started his career building a startup for digital marketing but found himself unfulfilled in the mechanics of the business.
    Then, the light bulb went off and Studio McGee was born.
    Now, with more than 1.4 million followers on Instagram, a popular YouTube channel, a newly launched brand with Target, a new book titled Make Life Beautiful, and a Netflix show Dream Home Makeover – Syd and Shea are climbing the S curve of their dreams.
    Join us as Syd and Shea share the beautiful and messy stories of building a thriving business with your significant other.
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit:

    • 33 min
    Kara Goldin: Undaunted

    Kara Goldin: Undaunted

    My guest this episode Kara Goldin, is the CEO and founder of Hint, Inc., a healthy lifestyle brand based in the United States, in San Francisco, California.
    Kara is a textbook disruptor.
    Although she never intended to be an entrepreneur, she has become just that. On a quest to improve her own health, Kara was struck with the realization that her go-to beverage, was holding her back. This realization triggered an avalanche of ideas. Kara had identified how to improve her health and she charted a mission to do the same for others.

    Today Hint water is the number one flavored water in the U.S., generating more than $150 million in revenue / year.
    Kara started her career in sales at Time Magazine and CNN. She moved to AOL, where she served as the VP for E-Commerce and Shopping. In 2005, she founded Hint, Inc. At the time unsweetened flavored water wasn’t a thing. But that’s what disruption looks like–––you play where no one else is playing – and Kara does this so well.
    Kara has been widely recognized as a leading entrepreneur, being named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business; Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, was selected as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. And she has a new book titled Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters.
    Join us as Kara shares fascinating stories about her path to becoming an unexpected entrepreneur.
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit:

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
287 Ratings

287 Ratings

Fluffwooddrive ,

Real, logical advice

Advice without fluff. Real examples and data to support it. I listen on walks to and from places and also on drives. Works great!

Andy Storch ,

If you are ready to disrupt yourself and accelerate your career…

If you are ready to disrupt yourself and accelerate your career, this is the podcast for you. Whitney Johnson interviews experts and shares some great advice that we can all use. This podcast is awesome!

Jonny Alle ,

Great Podcast, can’t believe I am only now finding out about it

Great podcast! Whitney has great interviews and guests. I really enjoy trying to relate to the guests and try and apply their life lessons to me.

Thanks you Whitney!!!!

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