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It only takes one idea or one story to change the whole trajectory of your life, career, and work. In each episode of The Journey, we talk to entrepreneurs of all stripes, so you can prime yourself with the knowledge and mindset you need for your own journey.

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It only takes one idea or one story to change the whole trajectory of your life, career, and work. In each episode of The Journey, we talk to entrepreneurs of all stripes, so you can prime yourself with the knowledge and mindset you need for your own journey.

    Overcoming Success Disasters with Ryan Smith

    Overcoming Success Disasters with Ryan Smith

    A huge part of growing a business is understanding what can scale and what can’t.
    What will HR, sales, marketing, customer experience, employee experience, or even the foundational business model all look like as the company grows?
    The truth is that none of these systems will look exactly how they did when you started. It could be like comparing apples to oranges when you put Iteration 10 up against Iteration 1.
    Scale requires doing things that don’t scale and then pivoting.
    “Our journey is full of these experiences where we legitimately have survived off major pivots and doing things differently at every point of scale,” shares Ryan Smith.
    Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of Qualtrics, a company that he started in his basement with his dad nearly 18 years ago.
    During those years, Ryan has faced a number of what he calls ‘success disasters’ – moments when something so great happens that it breaks your current system.
    And that’s the problem with scale – if you aren’t thoughtful, it’s the very things that are supposed to grow your business that may very well destroy it.
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    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

    • 18 min
    Go Big or Go Home with Tiffanie Stanard

    Go Big or Go Home with Tiffanie Stanard

    Every decision we make brings with it a certain amount of risk. Sometimes the risk is so small it’s negligible. Other times the risk is so daunting it scares you into submission.
    Going all-in on a new and novel business idea, saying no to the steady paycheck and yes to financial instability, investing your life savings with a co-founder you know well but maybe not well enough… these are common high-risk, high-reward scenarios that entrepreneurs often find themselves in.
    To the outsider looking in, these situations are far too risky to be taken seriously – to engage in them is not only irresponsible, but foolish.
    Tiffanie Stanard has a different opinion… She believes that risks - big risks - are absolutely necessary for success. 
    “You have to put yourself out there. … If you're not happy with what you're doing – if people don't know about what you're doing – then what's the point of doing it?”
    Tiffanie is the founder and CEO of Stimulus, a relationship intelligence software suite that helps companies build better relationships.
    But before she was leading Stimulus, Tiffanie had to make the leap from having a stable income to being her own boss – a decision that taught her if you aren’t ready to go big… then get ready to go home.
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    Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney.
    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

    • 20 min
    Finding Your Founding Team with Kraig Swensrud

    Finding Your Founding Team with Kraig Swensrud

    We’ve all heard some variant of the phrase “Good business is just about building good relationships.” 
    But, as true as this statement is, it’s also true that building and maintaining good relationships is hard - it takes time, thought, passion, and connection.
    And perhaps one of the most challenging business relationships to nurture and keep healthy is the relationship between co-founders.
    “Starting a company, no matter how much experience you've had, is always a challenge. And it starts with the founding team... You have to have the same vision. You have to be aligned with what you want to create.”
    Kraig Swensrud is the Founder of Qualified.com, and partner to an all-star team of co-founders. 
    The commitment of time, money, and mental bandwidth that “going all in” requires is all-consuming to say the least. But doing it with a co-founder - or co-founders - who you trust is the secret ingredient to making it all a bit more manageable, and also making it a lot more fun.
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    Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney.
    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

    • 16 min
    An Honest Conversation About Pay with Cynthia Medina Carson

    An Honest Conversation About Pay with Cynthia Medina Carson

    If you are a fan of this podcast, then you are likely a business owner, an aspiring entrepreneur, or at the forefront of innovation within a growing company. Today, you are the one creating jobs, but think back to when you were the one applying for them. How much did you get paid? Were you paid fairly? Were you paid what you were truly worth?
    These are difficult questions, but questions that Cynthia Medina Carson faces head-on every day.
    “There was a woman who literally found out her colleague was making 30 K more than her, and she was there longer. [But] she had that information and she sat on it for like two months, just not knowing what to do with it. When we talk about wage transparency and salary transparency, the data is a piece of it, but then what are we doing to transition people to a better space?”
    Cynthia is the founder and CEO of WAGER, a company helping create the space for individuals and businesses to have a more open dialogue about pay. 
    As an employee, the benefits of salary transparency are pretty straight forward – more transparency equals more fair pay. 
    But as an employer, the conversation around pay is an often-avoided one. Cynthia is here to tell you that it shouldn’t be and that for a competitive, growing business, salary and promotion transparency are the way of the future.
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    Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney.
    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

    • 16 min
    Creating a Community of True Fans with Amber Atherton

    Creating a Community of True Fans with Amber Atherton

    When you live in a world of curated feeds, it can sometimes feel impossible to know what’s real. Finding the companies and people who are making genuinely great products while maintaining the values that you support is like finding a needle in an ever-expanding haystack. 
    And when you are the company trying to stand out in that haystack, how do you gain the trust of customers to show that you are the real deal? 
    “We connect brands to their fans, but also we connect fans to each other. And the way that we do that is not based on any basic metrics. It's not based on how many followers somebody has. It's not about how much they bought from you as a brand… How we have attracted so many fantastic brands is that we bring back this layer of true fans that has possibly been lost in the world of influences and views.”
    Amber Atherton is the Founder and CEO of Zyper, a company dedicated to connecting the real users of real products to create a real community.
    It’s a process that leverages the oldest marketing tactic in the book – honest word-of-month – and is based entirely on two key values that can define an organization inside and out: transparency and trust.
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    Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney.
    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

    • 17 min
    A How-To Guide in Dreaming Big with Anna Piñol

    A How-To Guide in Dreaming Big with Anna Piñol

    There’s an old saying that goes “Man plans, God laughs.” 
    Things very rarely go according to plan. No matter how meticulously we think ahead, the path toward our goals is always subject to roadblocks and detours. But while the journey might rival Pan’s labyrinth, the BIG dream – your ultimate goal and your vision – lives unmoving at the end.
    “When I was 18, I was reading about Y Combinator in Silicon Valley from my house in Barcelona. I would always see it as something that's so out of reach… I would have never imagined that I'd be where I am at today. [I realize now that] you really need to be careful about the dreams you choose because maybe they will come true.”
    That’s Anna Piñol, the CMO and co-founder of grocery-delivery service Jupiter. Anna’s dreams have required her to leave her home, travel around the world, settle into a new country, learn to fight off self-doubt, AND dive deep into entrepreneurship.
    It was – and still is – a challenging journey. But in Anna’s opinion, it’s actually the initial process of defining your dreams that might just be scarier than the path it takes to reach them.
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    Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney.
    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

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I enjoy these real and inspiring stories that encourage me on my entrepreneurial journey. Makes me feel like I’m not alone in my thoughts. Love the quotes that Chad gives at the end as well! Thank you for being an encouragement by sharing other’s journeys!

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Everyone really does have their own story.

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