Entrepreneurs Over 40 features inspiring stories by Entrepreneurs talking about the businesses that they created and the Side Hustles that they launched. In it we cover their motivation, the tools and tactics that they used to develop their business as well as their best and worst of days.
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58 - Chef Dennis Littley Talks About Blogging
In This Episode Chef Dennis Shares:
That he has had several mentors throughout his career that have helped him become the Chef that he is today.
He has had two carpal tunnel surgeries on his hand.
How he started a culinary program for teen girls that was one of the schools points of excellence.
What prompted him to create a blog and how it didn't initially function like he thought that it would.
How many hours a week he works in 'retirement.'
That he was Philadelphia's Power User for Google Plus.
His attitude towards competitors and competition.
How the President of Media Vine helped him set his blog up for ads.
How much he made last year.
The effect that COVID has had on his business.
The number of people that make up his Ask Chef Dennis team and some of their roles.
What got him in to Travel blogging.
What he considers the secret to successful blogging.
The effect that an SEO audit had on his site.
57- Bob Wheeler Talks About Our Relationships With Money And His With Comedy
In this episode Bob shares:
That originally he wanted to be a lawyer until he met some.
Accounting for Bob was initially just a course to keep his GPA up in college and not something he wanted to specialize in.
Accounting allows him the freedom and opportunity to pursue creative outlets.
Bob shares that his girlfriend at the time got him his first job out of college as a Controller for a hotel.
Bob was one of the first people in his college to actually use a computer in the work force.
Bob sees a lot of people that compare themselves unfavorably to their friends and colleagues perceived financial situations and despairing because of it.
Like al lot of us, Bob's parents did not prepare him financially with good habits because they did not know any better themselves.
Emotions play a larger role than many might think when it comes to financial decisions and beliefs.
Bob finds that Fear is a huge driver when it comes to money. People are often afraid of what they don't know about money coming back to hurt them. Others believe that they are 'imposters' because their financial journey hasn't been as difficult as others.
Bob views a healthy relationship with money as being one where he is comfortable with the money that he as and the ability to live within his means.
Bob reiterates that not all debt is bad. Debt can be very helpful when starting a new venture. It is when debt is used inappropriately (like a blank check) that it becomes a problem.
Bob advises giving oneself a 24 hour waiting period on major purchases and/or using someone else as a sort of gatekeeper to have to run major decisions by, even if that is not the case.
56 - The Wisdom of Connie Inukai, April Mitchell, and LaQuita Monley
Ep 55 - Dan Shinder Talks About Social Media On Steroids
In this episode Dan shares:
That he developed his Social Media On Steroids course after someone pointed out that DrumTalk TV was achieving 900% more online reach and engagement than its competitors.
Dan considers himself an introvert which I found surprising.
Dan preaches that "There's a lot of people who are forever learners with no action. With learning and no action, the knowledge is worthless without application of the knowledge. There's no progress, and without progress, it's all for naught. Just put it out there and do it!"
Dan has been playing the drums for 52 years.
"If you're 1% better for a hundred days and you do it once a day, guess what? You'll be a hundred percent, in about three months. That's an amazing leap."
Dan used to want to be an oceanographer but Dan's dad ruined that for him when he took Dan to see Led Zeppelin in concert.
Dan doesn't follow the herd mentality in life or in marketing.
Dan mirrors the legendary Zig Ziglar's philosophy when he explains, "If you give people more of what they want, you'll get more of what you want."
Dan loves teaching and sharing wisdom.
Dan credits the NSA (National Speakers Association) with helping him realize that he could apply his methods to other industries.
Dan says that before you can find your tribe you first have to find who you are and what you can offer them. " I encourage people to take a piece of paper or they could do this on the computer and draw three circles that intersect in the middle. So you get that sliver like this and in those three circles, and one of them, you write skills in one of them, you write opportunity. And in the other one, you write desire and your skills are, that's kind of obvious your attributes. What you're good at your opportunity is who are you connected with? Who are you connected with? That's those are opportunities. Your desire is what do you really love to do? What makes you happy? And when you fill some things in those three circles where those three circles intersect with that sliver, that's what you should do."
Dan encourages others to take an almost brutal look at their businesses and ask people that are NOT their friends to evaluate them. Friends are less likely to give you the objective feedback that you need.
Dan dislikes the term 'avatar' and prefers 'persona' instead as he believes it more accurately represents a potential tribe member. He also beleives that you can have more than one target avatar or persona as people's experiences can vary widely. There's age ranges, there's genders, there's culture, there's race. There's social strata, economic and political mindsets.
Dan credits his parents with helping him to develop his own positive mindset. He came from a very loving family and it wasn't until he reached high school that he realized that was not necessarily the norm for everyone.
His Mom originally wanted Dan to be a drummer but to her credit (almost a year had gone by since he announced that he wanted to be a drummer instead) she helped him find his first paid touring gig when he was 15.
Dan went on tour opening for bands like Blue Oyster Cult, Styx, Heart, and others, all at the age of 15.
Ep 54 - Cathy Nesbitt talks about Worm Farming, Sprouts, and Laughter Yoga
In this episode Cathy shares:
That she gave a TED talk on the wonderful world of worms.
Why she is an advocate for worms and worm composting.
How her business is ultimately an education business.
How a trade deal with the US that closed her local landfill spurred her to take action.
The number one main objection to worm composting
How she dispels the myth that someone needs a yard of their own to grow food.
How to do vermicomposting.
How to get rid of fruit flies even if you do not have worms!
What the worms like to eat.
The recipe for making worm tea.
That anyone can grow sprouts if they try!
What Laughter Yoga is and the benefits of it.
Ep53 - The Wisdom Of Dana Knowles, Victoria Wieck, Catherine Kirk, Shawn Moye and Chris Klesh
Dana Knowles discusses:
How her invention 'The Hanging Shower Caddy' came about.
That the book "One Simple Idea" by Stephen Key introduced her to the world of licensing.
What a good example of a royalty percentage is.
Chris Klesh talks about:
What got him out of retirement and in to being a travel guru.
How his son is the perfect example of being able to work remotely in a vacation setting.
Victoria Wieck shares:
How the typical MBA program's curriculum does not serve the small business owner well.
How a small business can compete in the Marketing realm with giants.
Shawn Moye explains:
Why he started working on his invention, The E-Sports Trainer.
How he validated the idea and moved it forward.
How he views continuous improvement as being integral to his product.
Catherine Kirk talks about:
How she went from prototype to product with the Coffee Bullet.
The name that she wished had been available for her product.
It was such a pleasure being a guest on this podcast!! The conversation was easy flowing, like speaking with an old friend!! Great show, always adds value to the listeners
Great Concept For A New Show!
As we get older, we tend to look at "entrepreneurship" a little bit differently. Greg's show bring to light the struggles that we go through in business and life, and how a certain amount of maturity is beneficial. Great job, and good luck!