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This podcast is a collection of stories and experiences to help entrepreneurs trying to navigate a new way of entrepreneurship.

It isn’t just about the tactics and the strategies but also about the inner experience of being in business.

I’m not here to give you any answers but to provoke you to look harder for the answers yourself.

By sharing new insights and ideas with you we hope you’ll be inspired to look inside yourself to find out what’s really getting in the way.

While you have the knowledge to take your work to another level maybe what’s stopping you is a lack of self inquiry.

The Happy Entrepreneur The Happy Startup School

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This podcast is a collection of stories and experiences to help entrepreneurs trying to navigate a new way of entrepreneurship.

It isn’t just about the tactics and the strategies but also about the inner experience of being in business.

I’m not here to give you any answers but to provoke you to look harder for the answers yourself.

By sharing new insights and ideas with you we hope you’ll be inspired to look inside yourself to find out what’s really getting in the way.

While you have the knowledge to take your work to another level maybe what’s stopping you is a lack of self inquiry.

    The secret to resilience is self compassion

    The secret to resilience is self compassion

    Shamash Alidina is a mindfulness and ACT trainer. And is also the author of mindfulness for dummies.
    ACT stands for acceptance and commitment therapy and in this episode of the podcast Shamash shares some of the principles of ACT and how they can help us cultivate more resilience and self-compassion in our lives.
    In summary the key principles of ACT are:
    Be present
    Open up
    Do what matters

    By following these principles we’re more able to make conscious choices and overcome any challenges we face because of them.
    Most of the time there are no wrong or right choices.
    There are just choices and repercussions.
    If we believe that we’re able to deal with any repercussions then it becomes much easier to make choices.
    It’s when we find ourselves unable to make choices that we get stuck.
    We also talk to Shamash about how pain and purpose are two sides of the same coin.
    And how doing something meaningful usually mean that it’s also going to be challenging.
    We talk about how achieving goals and living our values affect our sense of happiness and meaning.
    As well as the pressure we put ourselves under to always be happy, particularly in our community.
    Being happy all the time isn’t really the point. Particularly if we criticise ourselves for not being so.
    If you're an entrepreneur or you're starting a new project or venture and you’re wondering if you’ll be able to overcome all the difficulties and challenges that will inevitably come your way then I recommend you listen to this episode.
    Because there are a few nuggets of wisdom that Shamash will share with you that will help you cultivate the resilience and resourcefulness you need.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://happystartupsummer.camp (Happy Startup Summer Camp 2022)

    Join us s for a weekend of possibility, and a lifetime of impact.

    16th-18th September.

    • 50 min
    Thinking differently in business

    Thinking differently in business

    "Think Different" is the famous slogan used by Apple to differentiate themselves from the grey PC boxes that IBM were churning out in the 80s and 90s.
    However, what if you think differently at a fundamental level? You see the world differently. You process the world differently. And you engage with the world differently.
    On this episode, Carlos and Laurence talk with Matthew Bellringer - coach, consultant, speaker and divergent pathfinder.
    They learn from him and guests about neurodivergence and why the conventional ways of working and being in business aren't suited to everyone.
    Matthew himself has recently been diagnosed with ADHD and he's been on a journey of understanding how to align the way he works with the way he thinks.
    If you feel like a misfit at work or an unconventional entrepreneur that needs to do things differently, you're in the right place.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://happystartupsummer.camp (Happy Startup Summer Camp 2022)

    Join us s for a weekend of possibility, and a lifetime of impact.

    16th-18th September.

    • 55 min
    How to build a business connected to your soul's purpose

    How to build a business connected to your soul's purpose

    Marianne is training as a Purpose Guide™ and on this Friday Fireside we're going to explore with her what it means to discover our true purpose.
    It's easy to beat yourself up because you haven't started living your life's purpose yet.
    But purpose may not be a process of searching outside of you.
    Maybe it's about looking inside and sensing.
    If you'd like to feel your way to purpose rather than forcing yourself to find it then join us.
    "The place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet"
    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://happystartupsummer.camp (Happy Startup Summer Camp 2022)

    Join us s for a weekend of possibility, and a lifetime of impact.

    16th-18th September.

    • 44 min
    Serendipity, collisions and the art of success in business

    Serendipity, collisions and the art of success in business

    What's your 10 year plan? What's you 5 year plan? What are your goals for next year? WTF are you actually going to do tomorrow?
    In business people are obsessed with plans and strategy. But what happens if you don't really know what you want? And what happens if you change your mind?
    What happens if the world changes along the way?
    Carlos loves plans, and hates uncertainty. But he's learned about the power of serendipity and the power of being present.
    In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, how do we navigate our way to success in our lives and in our businesses.
    It's one step at a time. Simple to say, Harder to do.
    In this conversation, Laurence and Carlos explore this topic together and reflect on how it's been core to how they've got this far with the Happy Startup School.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    https://happystartupsummer.camp (Happy Startup Summer Camp 2022)

    Join us s for a weekend of possibility, and a lifetime of impact.

    16th-18th September.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Business doesn't have to be a battle, so put down the armour

    Business doesn't have to be a battle, so put down the armour

    How do we put down our armour of self-sufficiency and competence?

    While it protects us from challenges and shields us from criticism, it also cuts us off from deep connection and essential support.

    We think that we need the armour to “hold ourselves together” because if we “let go”, we might not be able to pull ourselves together again.

    Holding it all in affects our ability to be creative, make healthy business decisions, and have lives which spring from our core values.

    Holding it all in is a form of unkindness to ourselves because we’re not allowing ourselves to show weakness. We’re telling ourselves that weakness is bad.

    Holding it all in means we don’t really get to see what’s inside.

    We cut ourselves off from our sense of inner knowing, and from really knowing others.

    We are social animals that have evolved to survive as a group. Not as individuals.

    But in the modern world of the hyper-successful founders and all-knowing influencers we’ve forgotten this.

    We’ve forgotten how to be really happy because we’re too busy striving.

    To experience real happiness we need to experience all three directions of kindness: giving to others, giving to ourselves, and receiving.

    Which means from time to time we need to put our armour down.

    On this episode of the podcast, we’re joined by Anya Pearse, an http://letthelovein.com/ (intuitive advisor), Head of Positive Psychology at https://www.museumofhappiness.org/ (The Museum of Happiness), and Fellow of the Positive Psychology Guild.

    She has reframed her 15 years of disability through chronic illness into a spiritual path, combining a researcher’s curiosity, a poet’s turn of phrase, and a comic’s sense of timing to explore and share positive psychology and self-compassion with others.

    At the Happy Startup School we believe that community is foundational to helping creative entrepreneurs thrive in this modern money-driven world.

    We’re not built of the same stuff as the unicorn driving silicon valley founders or the hard nosed CEOs of the corporate world.

    We crave connection and we thrive on mutual support.

    In our conversation we explore how kindness and compassion are essential to our way of doing and being in business.

    • 48 min
    How to write useful books, with Rob Fitzpatrick

    How to write useful books, with Rob Fitzpatrick

    Writing a book takes time and effort.

    And life's too short to write a book that no one will read.

    On this episode, we invited someone to help us understand how to minimise the risk of writing books that aren't actually useful or reach their audience.

    His name is https://robfitz.com/about/ (Rob Fitzpatrick) and he's the author of Write Useful Books, The https://www.workshopsurvival.com/ (Workshop Survival Guide) and one that we've been recommending for years, http://momtestbook.com/ (The Mom Test).

    Carlos has been reading his latest book Write Useful Books and thought it was a really useful take on how to approach writing non-fiction that helps people.

    He combines the product design, lean strategy and marketing concepts to provide a practical and structured approach that helps you focus on writing something of value.

    Rob is an entrepreneur of 14 years and has written three books about his learnings along the way, including the best-selling handbook for doing better Customer Development, The Mom Test: How to talk to customers and figure out if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you.

    Back in 2007, he dropped out of grad school to go through YCombinator with his first startup, and has been building products and businesses ever since. Beyond software, he has also kickstarted a physical card game, built an education agency, and more.

    A programmer by training, Rob was forced to learn enterprise sales the hard way at his first company. With a foot in each of those worlds, and with his experience both bootstrapping and raising funding across a wide range of products, industries, and business models, he offers an broad and balanced view of the entrepreneurial journey.

    • 57 min

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