27 episodes

Thought-provoking discussions about how to thrive as an entrepreneur. No fluff.

What is the best way to ask yourself in order to make real progress and find the path that is best for you?
What are the best questions to think about the challenges that you face as an entrepreneur while running the business that you started?

Rachelle and David use their decades of experience founding and running businesses to help other founders and entrepreneurs with how to think about those problems, so the answer and direction you take is right for you.

No fortune cookie wisdom, no one-size-fits-all listicles that every entrepreneur should do every morning before waking up, just ways to think about your journey in your business and personal leadership.

A new episode is published every Friday.
We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:
David Foster | [www.davidafoster.com] | [www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster]
Rachelle Leerling | [www.growtribute.com] | [www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling]

The Thriving Entrepreneur David Foster & Rachelle Leerling

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Thought-provoking discussions about how to thrive as an entrepreneur. No fluff.

What is the best way to ask yourself in order to make real progress and find the path that is best for you?
What are the best questions to think about the challenges that you face as an entrepreneur while running the business that you started?

Rachelle and David use their decades of experience founding and running businesses to help other founders and entrepreneurs with how to think about those problems, so the answer and direction you take is right for you.

No fortune cookie wisdom, no one-size-fits-all listicles that every entrepreneur should do every morning before waking up, just ways to think about your journey in your business and personal leadership.

A new episode is published every Friday.
We also go live on LinkedIn every Thursday 10:30 EST / 16:30 CET

More about us and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:
David Foster | [www.davidafoster.com] | [www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster]
Rachelle Leerling | [www.growtribute.com] | [www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling]

    How entrepreneurs avoid being bottlenecks in their own businesses

    How entrepreneurs avoid being bottlenecks in their own businesses

    Ever wondered why some businesses hit roadblocks that slow down progress?
    In this episode, we're diving into how entrepreneurs can (unintentionally) become a bottleneck in their business.
    What you will discover:
    How do you differentiate between a bottleneck and just regular delays?Why do these roadblocks even pop up in the first place?Practical solutions to tackle these bottlenecks head-on
    Timestamps:
    - Evidence of bottlenecks caused by founders - employee feedback, comparing to competitors, mapping out processes on paper (00:02:03)
    - Psychological reasons bottlenecks happen - ego, "that's how we've always done it", startup hangover mentality (00:11:07)
    - Figuring out why the bottleneck exists before trying to implement change (00:12:11)
    - Looking at your role in the bottleneck by reverse engineering the process (00:13:04)
    - Building a business that can run without your constant oversight (00:14:05)
    - Embracing the identity change as your business grows - moving from "doing" to guiding and optimizing (00:17:21)
    A new episode is published every other Friday.
    Free resources and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:
    David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster
    Rachelle Leerling | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling | www.growtribute.com

    • 22 min
    Are entrepreneurs addicted to being busy?

    Are entrepreneurs addicted to being busy?

    Do you catch yourself being addicted to being busy?
    As an entrepreneur, we definitely are juggling a lot of different aspects of business.
    But being addicted to being busy, is a whole other level.
    And because you are always (trying to be) busy, you might be missing out on some big opportunities, pivots or important decisions.
    In today’s episode, David & Rachelle explore:
    1. What are we calling “busy” here? What does that mean?
    2. Why our culture supports and encourages being busy
    3. Why is being busy seen as a good thing?
    4. What are the dangers of being busy all the time?
    5. What is an appropriate and effective level of engagement?
    A new episode is published every other Friday.

    Free resources and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:
    David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster
    Rachelle Leerling | Free Tool: https://unchained-score.scoreapp.com/ | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

    • 26 min
    Entrepreneurs: make a habit of discovering why you're wrong.

    Entrepreneurs: make a habit of discovering why you're wrong.

    Are you sometimes wrong about something? As an entrepreneur and leader, it is hard to have to admit we aren’t always right.
    What does that do to our authority? To our decision-making and business direction? Or even reputation in the market?

    Whilst it is tempting to always look right, it doesn’t serve us. In today’s episode we explore the difficulty of not always being right, and how to make a habit of discovering when you are wrong.

    You’ll discover:

    - Why do we instinctively resist the idea that we might be wrong?
    - What’s the danger of an entrepreneur being wrong (and not knowing it)?
    - How can we (not them) recognize that we are wrong?
    - What if someone is wrong about us being wrong?
    - What are the benefits of this habit?

    A new episode is published every other Friday.

    Free resources and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:
    David Foster | www.davidafoster.com| | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster
    Rachelle Leerling | Free Tool: https://unchained-score.scoreapp.com/ | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

    • 25 min
    What happens when entrepreneurs take things too personally?

    What happens when entrepreneurs take things too personally?

    Do you take things personally in business?
    We are all human, and it can be hard to stay objective when there is criticism or success coming our way. Or when our idea doesn’t get chosen. Or, when we are too invested in what we are building.
    Taking things too personally can hurt us - and the business itself.
    In this episode, David & Rachelle explore the dangers of personalizing business events and its impact on decision-making, relationships and results.
    What you will discover:
    - Why we take business things personally in the first place
    - What can go wrong when we take things too personal
    - How to deal with our personal investment in business
    A new episode is published every other Friday.

    Free resources and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:
    David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster
    Rachelle Leerling | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

    • 21 min
    The entrepreneur's valuable balance between data and intuition

    The entrepreneur's valuable balance between data and intuition

    Are you struggling to strike the right balance between data-driven decision-making and relying on your intuition?
    What happens if you rely too heavily on either your business’ data or your personal intuition?
    In this episode, David & Rachelle explore the critical role of balancing data and intuition in decision making.
    You will discover:
    - Objectivity: The pros and cons of data-driven decisions and the dangers of relying solely on hard data.
    - Gut feeling: The pros and cons of intuition-based decisions - the power of intuition.
    - Real-life business examples of being out of balance in your decisions
    - How to balance data and intuition effectively so you can navigate decisions with more confidence.
    - Some questions to ask yourself to make better business decisions
    A new episode is published every other Friday.
    Free resources and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:
    David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | https://www.linkedin.com/in/-david-foster
    Rachelle Leerling | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

    • 22 min
    Why entrepreneurs need a real vacation

    Why entrepreneurs need a real vacation

    Are you able to go on vacation without feeling guilty? Many entrepreneurs are not able to fully turn off their head and disconnect from their businesses while trying to relax with their loved ones.
    While our high level of feeling responsible is a sign of caring about our cause, it can start to be counterproductive when it comes to taking time off.
    If you are not fully present with your vacation, you aren’t really relaxing and not coming back recharged. Neither are you enjoying your time away - rather, you feel restless and want to get back to your laptop ASAP.
    How do we avoid this from happening? How can we truly benefit from a break?
    In this episode, David & Rachelle explore the topic of taking a vacation and the struggles that most entrepreneurs face when doing so.
    You will discover:
    the reason most entrepreneurs can’t really take a vacationwhy both you AND your business need you to take offwhat not being able to turn off says about your business foundationshow to take a vacation and come back recharged (the right way)
    A new episode is published every other Friday.
    Free resources and how we support entrepreneurs & founders:
    David Foster | www.davidafoster.com | www.linkedin.com/in/-davidfoster
    Rachelle Leerling | Free Tool: https://unchained-score.scoreapp.com/ | www.linkedin.com/in/rachelleleerling

    • 32 min

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Rife with questions to ponder for yourself

Rachelle and David do a marvelous job of weaving in questions that you as the listener can ask yourself, no matter what point in the entrepreneurial journey you are on. They don’t simply tell you what to do, they hold the space and guide you in finding the answers that are best suited to you in that particular season of your life.

If you are someone thinking of venturing down the entrepreneurial path or are already on your way, this show has something for you!

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