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Freedom to Fail
48 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode 049 (Betsy Mikesell) - Surviving a Plane Crash and Setting Up a Business to Run Itself
This episode with Betsy Mikesell has been a year and a half in the making. We were initially scheduled to have the interview last March, but Covid happened. Then we rescheduled for August, but also had to cancel that because she and some of her family actually were in a plane crash. They all survived, but now face injuries and recoveries that may last a lifetime. During the first few months after the crash, her company, Beddy's, actually was thriving because earlier that year she had established systems that would allow her to step back, if needed. Unfortunately, she needed to, but it was thanks to this smart planning that allowed her company to still push forward without her needing to be hands on. Listen to this week's episode to learn all about how she and her family are bouncing back from the plane crash, and see how she set her business up to be successful without her having to be there all the time (every entrepreneur's dream).
24 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Episode 048 - Learning Marketing Strategies from Other Industries
For these solo episodes I want to share more about my personal entrepreneurial journey and give practical tips to help you in your businesses. My goal is to provide you with personal stories about how I did what I suggest so that you have different stories to draw from for inspiration. Today I want to help you learn how to market your business.Three Takeaways:1. Constantly evaluate what is working in your business systems and make changes whenever you notice something isn't working.2. Take what is working for your competitors and apply them in your business.3. Study other industries to find unique marketing strategies that you can use to set your business apart.To read more about this topic and learn more about how to market your business, click here.
45 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Episode 047 - Liz Findlay (Albion Fit)
This week's episode is a Legends episode with Liz Findlay from March 2020. Her story was so good and impactful that I wanted to share it again for all our new listeners who may not have listened to it the first time around.One of the smartest people I've ever met, Liz received a Master's degree and was 4 years into a PhD program when she decided to start Albion Fit with her husband, Dave in order to try and save her family's factory in Guatemala. What started as a rescue attempt turned into one of the fastest-growing companies in Utah. They have 4 brick and mortar stores in 3 states, and have expanded from just women's clothing to include both men's and children's clothing as well.
43 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Episode 046 - Chase Harrington (Entrata)
Growing up, Chase Harrington always thought he was going to be a dentist. That was part of his identity. But fate said it wasn't to be. Instead, he ended up working at a plasma center and helping grow it to a lucrative, interstate business, one he was set to take over. But fate intervened once again, and in a drastic change of events the company was forced to shut down.That didn't deter Chase though, as he showed his resiliency by working his way up at a small tech startup called PropertySolutions, first as a support guy, then sales rep, and moving up to his current role of President and COO at Entrata (after their name change), which does over $200 million annually.His story is absolutely fascinating and you will learn a lot about him that you may not have known in the past. He is a living example of how to keep working after disaster strikes, and in this episode you can listen to his suggestions of how to start a business, because they are spot on with a lot of things.
45 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Episode 045 - Kylie Chenn (Acanela Expeditions)
Having a successful company is exciting. Going from hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue to zero overnight is not. But that's exactly what happened to Kylie Chenn with her company, Acanela Expeditions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.How do you know it's time to pivot to a new idea or business? Are you quitting or being smart by moving on? These are some of the questions that I discuss with Kylie about her journey, and discover how she was able to creatively think of business opportunities that came because of COVID-19.She is an inspiration in resiliency and not letting bad situations keep you down, and I am super excited for you to learn from her in this episode.
45 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Episode 044 - Fernanda Bohme (Bohme)
In this episode, you will learn about how Fernanda and her sister had the idea for Bohme in 2006, and since then grown the company to have over 200 employees and 17 locations, with no signs of slowing down. If you look at where they are now it's a great success, but their first attempt was a financial failure, and along the way almost got shut down by their landlords because of struggles as well. Yet through it all, they persevered and reimagined their company to make it more streamlined, and they are now running an extremely successful, award-winning company.Listen to this episode to learn more about their struggles and successes, and hear Fernanda's advice for succeeding in the retail industry.
38 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Episode 043 - London Chandler (The Muse Supply)
This week I'm doing something a little different than in the past! I want to highlight more local businesses that are just in the startup stage so that my guests are anywhere from the initial struggle to initial public offering. London Chandler is an up-and-coming entrepreneur who just started an affordable jewelry line, The Muse Supply. She literally just started last month, and already has had an impressive start. Plus, her jewelry is affordable and very nice. I personally bought some and everyone I gave them to loved them.If you are just starting a business, you will find this conversation very relatable. But no matter where you are in your journey, you'll be able to learn a lot from London!ResourcesThe Muse Supply Website: Click HereInstagram Page: Click Here
47 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Episode 042 - Kory Stevens (Taft)
This is a repeat of an episode with Kory that first aired on January 6, 2020.For our listeners out there with good taste in shoes or style, you may have heard of the shoe and boot company, Taft. Easily one of my favorite companies and brands, I was ecstatic to find out that they were based in my backyard here in Utah. Kory Stevens is the founder of Taft, along with his wife. Besides being the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, he was also named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, has been on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and Taft was recently ranked the 56th fastest growing company in the country by Inc Magazine. But most importantly to him, he is a devoted husband and father.While he has been able to find much success in business, Kory has also found himself in the depths of depression and lifelong struggles with mental health. What is most inspiring about him is that instead of struggling in silence, like many of us do, he instead chooses to be vulnerable and share his struggles in hopes that he can help people understand that mental health struggles have many different faces, and that anybody can find themselves struggling with it at some point in their lives.
40 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Episode 041 - Tate Stock (Chirp)
At 28, Tate Stock is still very young in the entrepreneur community. Yet based on what he's been able to accomplish, you would never expect it. His company, Chirp, has only been around for a couple years so far, yet he recently just landed a deal on Shark Tank for the largest valuation in history. Listen to this episode to find out where he got his idea for his business, as well as to learn some tips for your own business experiences! There are lots of practical tips, regardless of where you are at in your entrepreneurial journey.
27 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Episode 040 - Moving Past 2020 and Towards Your Goals
2020 was a crapshoot for everybody. Good things happened, but so did plenty of difficult things. And nobody was immune. Yet while some people faltered and didn't see much growth, others flourished. The difference was the accountability that these people took in their situations. Some people (including myself) blamed 2020 for their struggles and only saw it as bad things happening to them that they had no control over. Sure, there isn't much one person can do to prevent a global pandemic, but there are other ways of being prepared for such situations, and many of us found ourselves caught with our pants down when COVID-19 hit. I talk about the lessons I learned about moving on, as well as how to create goals and make plans to make 2021 the best year possible.
48 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Episode 039 - Judy Edwards (Squatty Potty)
Ten years ago, at age 60, Judy and her husband were trying to figure out what they were going to do for their retirement. They had started multiple businesses in the past, with varying degrees of success, but were still needing something more to help them feel more secure with their finances. At the same time, Judy went to the doctor to get help with a medical problem she had always had. That meeting with her doctor changed her life forever, and inspired her to create a product that has now changed the lives of millions of people. Since starting Squatty Potty, they have sold over $160 million worth of product, and were able to sell their shares of the business to be secure and comfortable in their retirement. Listen to this episode to hear about that doctor's appointment and how a stool for your stool changed everything.
32 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Episode 038 - Kyle Bringhurst
Hello again! It has been a hot second since I have come out with a podcast episode. That is on me 100%. I spent the last couple months just waiting for things to get better in my life before I did, but I realized that there will never be a time when everything is perfect. Life sucks, and life is also great, and it will be a constant balancing act between the two. What matters is finding ways to stay positive and find the good in every day. In this episode I dive into that a bit more, and then I also talk about the importance of building our personal integrity by keeping promises to ourselves in order to build our self-confidence. Hope you enjoy, and I promise I will be back with more soon!
58 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Episode 037 - Johnny Hanna (Homie)
If you know anything about the Utah entrepreneur scene, odds are you've either heard of Johnny Hanna or the businesses he's started. In 2003 he was one of the founders of the company PropertySolutions (now Entrata) that was doing over $100,000,000 in recurring revenue by 2015 when he felt like it was time to leave. After leaving, he went on to start a company by the name of Homie, which is a digital solution to buying and selling properties that has helped save their customers millions of dollars. They are headquartered in Utah and have offices throughout the Rocky Mountain region, and have raised over $50,000,000 in funding. They also had their two best quarters ever in Q2 and Q3 of 2020, during the peak of COVID-19 when most businesses were struggling to even stay open.Basically, Johnny Hanna is extremely successful in business, but after interviewing him I learned that he's an even better person. In this podcast, Johnny shares some of his secrets to finding success and how to stay level without riding the highs and lows too much. He also shares some of his most difficult times in life and his business, and the lessons he learned throughout. This is one episode you do NOT want to miss.
53 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
Episode 036 - Sierra McCleve (Thirst Drinks)
Sierra McCleve is a local Utah entrepreneur who now runs multiple successful businesses. She started with Dottie's Kolaches in a little town called Heber, and now also runs a company called Thirst Drinks that has multiple locations in the Salt Lake City area, as well as inside of Vivint SmartHome Arena, where the Utah Jazz play. In this episode learn how Sierra focused on building a strong team experience at Thirst in order to challenge the massive competitors that already existed within Utah, as well as hearing some of her (and my) shortcomings as leaders and the lessons we've learned in how to improve.ResourcesSubscribe and Review: Click HereFear-Setting: Click HereRejection Therapy: Click Here
40 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Episode 035 - Tristen Persons (Tristen Ikaika)
Tristen Persons is a Utah entrepreneur who has grown his jewelry business significantly since he started just a few short years ago. He makes unique rings based on his travels around the world, usually out of spoons he finds. He started wearing rings like that when he was a teenager and always got asked where they were from, so he took that initial interest and has ran with it. In this episode you'll learn more about what inspires him and how trying to go outside of the niche he carved for himself lead to his biggest professional failure.
46 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Episode 034 - Heather Osmond (Osmond Designs)
Osmond Designs started 19 years ago when Heather Osmond was initially a realtor. She started staging the homes she was trying to sell in order to increase the value she could receive from them, and soon people were asking where they could get that stuff. So she started it out on the side, and since then has grown it into a very successful interior design company that operates three locations and is one of the name partners for the very successful and busy Parade of Homes. But it hasn't all been easy, as there was a point in the business where they didn't have the necessary cash flow to pay their bills. Learn what she did to make it through and not just survive, but thrive, in this week's interview.ResourcesSubscribe and Review: Click HereOsmond Designs: Click Here
40 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Episode 033 - Five Steps for Dealing with Depression
This week's episode discusses the reason why the podcast has been so intermittent and why I've been in such a funk. It's hard for me to discuss my mental health and struggles still, but I've been wanting to be open and share my story to help people see that normal people who may seem happy can also be struggling with depression. You will learn more about my experiences with depression, and also the five things I do that help me when I am struggling with depression.
43 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Episode 032 - Jon Richards (Nomatic)
Jon Richards and his cousin, Jacob Durham, launched Nomatic on Kickstarter with a simple minimalist wallet. That Kickstarter ended up raising over $100,000. Since then, they have transitioned to bags and have raised over $13 million on Kickstarter. Things were going really well and they were growing quickly, but the past 12 months brought them back to reality quickly. They went through a series of major struggles on top of COVID, and have been trying to adapt their company since travel is pretty nonexistent these days. During these times, Jon experienced his first major bouts of depression, and in this episode he reveals what he does to keep his emotions in check and how he's been able to stabilize Nomatic when it might not have looked possible even just a few months ago.ResourcesSubscribe and Review: Click HereNomatic Website: Click HereProduct Launch Course: Click Here
41 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
Episode 031 - Cubby James (Cubby's)
Cubby James grew up working in the restaurant industry, but never in a million years thought he would start a business in that industry. Initially his plan was to work in an NBA front office, but when that dream didn't work out he found himself traveling the world for a while until he had the idea for Cubby's in his 30s. After working with someone who could very well be a mob boss (his words not mine) to learn about Italian beef, he launched Cubby's in Provo before expanding to multiple locations and creating a multimillion dollar restaurant. Listen to his journey on this episode of Freedom to Fail.
20 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Episode 030 - How to Avoid Burnout at Work
This week is a solo episode where I talk about some of the ways I've learned to avoid burnout with work, which has been a challenge for me in the past. I also talk about how to treat yourself after you make a mistake, and I end with a major announcement. My cookie company is launching this week! If you would like to learn more or place an order you can find it on Instagram at @betterthangrannys. Additionally, all profits this week will be going to the Equal Justice Initiative, so do some good with your goodies.
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