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Episode Info:   Aaron Ross is an extraordinary man, who combines the brilliant career of a best-selling author with raising 9 children! In this episode, he will share how having a big family is very similar to running a startup. Welcome to the Managing Happiness podcast! My name is David Henzel and I’ve been an entrepreneur for my entire life. I’ve built and sold my company, which seems to be the dream come true for most entrepreneurs. However, I believe my greatest achievement is that I’ve managed to create and maintain a balanced life with my wife and daughter through the stressful days of starting and running the business. In this podcast, you will listen to fireside chats with inspiring entrepreneurs who will share their experiences and lessons learned in search of work-life balance. About Aaron Ross Aaron Ross is the #1 best-selling author of "Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into A Sales Machine With The $100 Million Best Practices Of" (called the “Sales Bible of Silicon Valley”). He co-founded, a software & consulting company that accelerates outbound sales, based on the Cold Calling 2.0 outbound process that added $100M+ in extra revenue at He graduated from Stanford University, lives in Los Angeles with his wife and nine children, and (usually, but not always) keeps a 25-30 hour workweek. His latest book "From Impossible To Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue" was released in February 2016. Time Stamped Show Notes [00:11] - Who's Aaron Ross? [01:45] - Aaron was already taking care of Jessica's children when they decided to get married and had their first baby together. [03:15] - Aaron and Jessica decided to adopt a child 6 months after their baby was born. [03:36] - "Most people have a lot of fear and anxiety about adoption." [04:07] - "It's not biology that determines whether you are a father or a mother." "Every kid is different whether they are biological or not." [04:32] - Jessica has 2 kids from her prior marriage, she and Aaron have 3 kids together and they adopted 4. "I never use the term "stepdaughter" or "stepson", it's always "my kids". That's part of my belief." [05:12] - Aaron never expected to have such a big family. He was open to life and it happened to him. "It's a ton of work. In some ways, it's like in business - you put a lot of work in and then you get a lot out." [06:28] - "There are way too many kids in the world that don't have stable families or loving parents." [07:18] - Aaron believes that education doesn't help as much as expected people who come from unstable families. Thus, kids having stable families is even more fundamental than education. [08:22] – Aaron shares that there were moments in his childhood and adult life when he felt lonely, which is part of the reason why he has such a big family. [09:03] - Having a big family is interesting and fun. There is a lot of diversity in Aaron's family in terms of...
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