Braving Business: Tales of Entrepreneurial Resilience and Courage in the Face of Adversity

Tal J Zlotnitsky

Join host Tal Zlotnitsky, a seasoned serial entrepreneur and founder of six companies, alongside co-host PJ Benoit, a dedicated entrepreneur in his own right, as they delve into candid conversations with leaders and entrepreneurs about confronting and surmounting adversity. Tune in to hear from our distinguished guests as they share their personal stories of resilience and tenacity. Our aim is to inspire, educate, and empower entrepreneurs and leaders, providing them with useful insights on how to chase their dreams and goals even in the face of hardship, while adhering to their core values and leading a life imbued with purpose and significance.

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Larry Namer, co-founder of E! Entertainment, Legendary Media Entrepreneur, and CEO of Metan Global Entertainment Group
5d ago
Larry Namer, co-founder of E! Entertainment, Legendary Media Entrepreneur, and CEO of Metan Global Entertainment Group
Introduction: Joining us on the Braving Business Podcast is the renowned Larry Namer, a veteran innovator in entertainment and the architect behind E! Entertainment Television. As President and CEO of Metan Global Entertainment Group, he's a dynamic force in bringing Western media to global audiences, especially in China.Episode Summary: In this episode, Larry Namer, a giant in the entertainment industry, shares his journey from the formative cable days to the glamour of E! Entertainment Television. He offers his insights into the seismic shifts in media, the surge of streaming platforms, and his work in adapting Western content for Chinese viewers.Key Questions:How did the vision for E! Entertainment Television come to life, and what spurred your entry into the cable industry? Reflecting on reality TV's trajectory, how do you assess its influence on the entertainment sector? Was the focus on celebrity culture at E! a strategic move, or did it evolve organically? With the advent of streaming, how do you perceive the changing tides of media consumption? What have been your key takeaways from introducing Western entertainment to an international, particularly Chinese, audience? Discuss the cultural challenges faced while working with Metan Development Group in China. What did receiving the "Aaron Spelling Award" signify for you in your career? From your advisory position, what emerging trends do you see reshaping television and streaming content? Throughout your entrepreneurial journey, what core principles have you adhered to that have guided your success? What cardinal piece of advice would you impart to those looking to carve out a niche in the media industry? Special Mentions: Metan Global Entertainment Group and its reach in ChinaLarry's receipt of the "Aaron Spelling Award" Larry's advisory roles and his influence on emerging media trends Quotable Moments: "I've always believed that understanding your audience is the cornerstone of successful entertainment." "Innovation isn't just about technology; it's about reimagining how we tell stories." Closing Thoughts: Larry's pioneering work in entertainment continues to inspire a new generation of media enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.Connect with Larry: Listeners can delve deeper into Larry's work and connect with him through LinkedIn and at www.metanglobal.com.Outro: Our profound thanks to Larry Namer for a truly enlightening conversation and for sharing his wealth of experience with us.Listener Engagement: We invite listeners to share their thoughts on today's discussion and their own stories of innovation at www.bravingbusiness.comDisclaimer: The views expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Braving Business Podcast or its hosts.Remember to subscribe, rate, and review us wherever you get your podcasts. Stay brave!
Todd Crandell, The 'Original Sober Triathlete' and founder of Racing for Recovery
Feb 12 2024
Todd Crandell, The 'Original Sober Triathlete' and founder of Racing for Recovery
Introduction: Today we welcome Todd Crandell, known as The Original Sober Triathlete, to the Braving Business Podcast. A clinician, counselor, and founder of Racing for Recovery, Todd's personal odyssey from addiction to transformation embodies the spirit of true resilience.Episode Summary: In this episode, Todd shares his remarkable journey from battling substance abuse to becoming an Ironman triathlon competitor. He discusses how physical fitness and well-being were instrumental in his recovery and how these experiences led to the foundation of Racing for Recovery.Key Questions:What was the catalyst that propelled you towards sobriety and becoming 'The Original Sober Triathlete'?How did engaging in extreme physical fitness become a cornerstone of your recovery?Can you walk us through the mindset shift required to go from addiction to competing in Ironman triathlons?Discuss a time when juggling family, training, and your non-profit was particularly challenging.Share a story from Racing for Recovery that emphasizes the importance of your mission.What founding principles of Racing for Recovery were influenced by your personal experience?How has learning to delegate enhanced your personal growth and Racing for Recovery's success?Explain the first steps one should take to realize the mantra "With Sobriety, Anything Is Possible."Tell us about your upcoming Times Square billboard campaign and its significance.How do humor and levity play roles in recovery, as shown by your early Christmas decorating?Special Mentions:Racing for Recovery, Todd's non-profit organizationTodd's upcoming Times Square billboard campaignTodd's books: "From Addict to Ironman," "There’s is More than One Way to get to Cleveland," and "Choices and Consequences"Quotable Moments:"With self-esteem, we can learn to love ourselves while enjoying a life that we never thought we deserved.""Life, like the markets, is filled with never-ending 'noise' that will try to shake you out. You have to have Conviction that keeps you in the game."Closing Thoughts: Todd's story is not just one of conquering personal demons but also one of inspiration, showing that sobriety can unlock doors to potential we never knew we had.Connect with Todd: Listeners can connect with Todd and learn more about his work with Racing for Recovery by visiting www.racingforrecovery.org Outro: Thank you, Todd, for sharing your powerful journey with us. Your strength and dedication are truly inspiring.Listener Engagement: We encourage listeners to share their thoughts on today's episode and to reach out with their own stories of overcoming adversity.Disclaimer: The views expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Braving Business Podcast or its hosts.Remember to subscribe, rate, and review us wherever you get your podcasts. Stay brave!
Steve Werner, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Founder of Hour Of Champions
Feb 7 2024
Steve Werner, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Founder of Hour Of Champions
Introduction: Today, we're diving into the life of Steve Werner, a man whose resilience in the face of adversity has shaped a career spanning over four decades. From the intense energy of a Bond Trader to the challenges of navigating family business crises and personal battles with addiction, Steve's journey is a testament to the power of never giving up. His creation of 'Hour of Champions' is not just a personal triumph but a beacon of hope for others fighting their own battles.Episode Summary: Steve Werner shares his riveting story from the trading floors of Chicago to entrepreneurial success, a daunting family business turnaround, and a personal health revolution that led to the founding of Hour of Champions. Listeners will find inspiration in his candid recount of overcoming a $5 million deficit, addiction, and the mental health crisis he now seeks to alleviate for others.Key Questions:What pivotal experiences from your early trading days shaped your approach to business and life?Can you describe the strategy and mindset that allowed you to turn around a family business mired in $5 million debt?How did you navigate the emotional and financial turmoil of the 2000s credit crisis?Sharing such a personal struggle with addiction is brave. What was the turning point in recognizing the issue and starting the journey to recovery?What does the 'Hour of Champions' regimen involve, and how did you refine this approach?What's the ethos behind the name 'Hour of Champions'?Tell us the fascinating story of how Hour of Champions played a role in the sale of your business.How do conviction and coping strategies play a role in your success?The origins of your quotes offer powerful life lessons. Can you elaborate on these insights?As an open book, is there any advice you'd offer to our entrepreneurial audience on perseverance and resilience?Special Mentions:Steve Werner's transformative journey from addiction to founding 'Hour of Champions.'His strategic maneuvering in business, leading to a successful sale to a private equity firm.Steve's mission to impact the mental health crisis, emphasizing lifestyle over medication.Quotable Moments:"Life, like the markets, is filled with never-ending noise. You need conviction to keep you in the game.""You can't cure a soul problem with a pill."Closing Thoughts: Steve's life illustrates that the true champions are not those who never fail, but those who refuse to surrender to their struggles. His story is a call to action for anyone facing adversity—get up, fight back, and transform challenges into triumphs.Connect with Steve: Listeners can dive deeper into Steve's philosophy and join the Hour of Champions community for support and inspiration. www.hourofchampions.com Outro: Steve Werner's journey reminds us that with conviction and the right strategies, we can turn the noise of life into a symphony of success. Join us next episode for more insights into the minds of business mavericks.Listener Engagement: Reach out to www.bravingbusiness.com!Disclaimer: The views expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Braving Business Podcast or its hosts.Remember to subscribe, rate, and review us wherever you get your podcasts. Stay brave!
Cara Lockwood Tanamachi, Best-selling RomCom Novelist & Founder of Edit My Novel
Feb 5 2024
Cara Lockwood Tanamachi, Best-selling RomCom Novelist & Founder of Edit My Novel
Introduction: In Episode 7, we delve into the inspiring life of Cara Lockwood Tanamachi, a novelist who paints worlds with words and embodies resilience. With over thirty-five novels to her name, Cara's journey from the heart of Texas to the heights of publishing is a tale of persistence and passion. Beyond her literary success, Cara champions aspiring authors through her company, Edit My Novel, and stands as a beacon of hope and strength, sharing openly about her current battle against breast cancer.Episode Summary: Cara discusses the genesis of her writing career, the pivotal moments of her journey, and how she reinvented herself amidst the industry's shifting sands. She opens up about the personal challenges that fueled her entrepreneurial spirit and gives us a candid look at balancing life's trials with professional triumphs.Key Questions:Cara, what sparked your writing dream and how did you navigate the path to becoming a published author?Can you take us through the early success of "I Do (But I Don't)" and its impact on your storytelling?What unexpected lessons did the publishing world teach you and how have they influenced your novels?How did the criticism against 'chick-lit' impact your career, and how did you pivot during that trying time?The inception of Edit My Novel came during a personal crisis. How did you launch and grow this business while juggling writing and personal life?With rom-coms rising again, how does it feel to return to your writing roots?How are you balancing the fight for your health with the excitement of a new book release?How has the philosophy of 'Fall down seven times, get up eight' guided you through recent adversities?As a Keanu Reeves superfan, how has he inspired you in your work and life?And for a bit of fun, what's a story about PJ that's both embarrassing and endearing?Notable Moments:Cara's transition from a celebrated author to an entrepreneur in the face of personal and professional upheaval.The resilience shown in the face of critical industry changes and personal adversity.Insights into how she sustains her creativity and drive despite the challenges of a health battle.Connect with Cara: Listeners can explore Cara's novels and editing services to inspire their own literary ventures.Outro: Thank you, Cara, for sharing your incredible journey with us. Your story is a powerful reminder that with courage and conviction, we can pen our own life's narrative.Next Episode Preview: Stay tuned for Episode 5, where we uncover more stories of business bravery and personal tenacity.Listener Engagement: Have a question for Cara or a topic you want us to explore? Reach out to us with your thoughts and stay tuned for the next episode of the Braving Business Podcast.Disclaimer: The views expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Braving Business Podcast or its hosts.Reminder: Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for joining us on this journey of courage and business acumen. Stay brave!
Alla Bardov, Founder of Sell Yourself for Success and Author of 'Get Out of the Rabbit Hole: Building Confidence to Overcome Self-Doubt, Improve Performance and Reach Your Potential'
Jan 31 2024
Alla Bardov, Founder of Sell Yourself for Success and Author of 'Get Out of the Rabbit Hole: Building Confidence to Overcome Self-Doubt, Improve Performance and Reach Your Potential'
Introduction:Alla Bardov brings three decades of corporate expertise to 'Sell Yourself for Success', helping leaders and organizations enhance their sales, productivity, and leadership impact. With a background that spans from door-to-door vacuum sales to executive ranks in a Fortune 500 giant, Alla's diverse experience underscores her belief that selling is an innate part of life and leadership.Episode Summary:In this episode, Alla Bardov shares her remarkable journey from a 15-year-old immigrant selling vacuums to a celebrated entrepreneur and sales coach. She discusses her unique approach to sales training, the transformative power of self-confidence, and her strategies for overcoming self-doubt, which she has encapsulated in her book and accompanying workbook available on Amazon.Key Questions:1. How did early life challenges shape your resilience and approach to sales?2. What pivotal lessons did you learn from your door-to-door sales experiences?3. Can you delve into overcoming self-doubt during your entrepreneurial journey?4. Why is sales training crucial even for non-sales roles?5. How does the "Go Away Rabbit" technique help manage negative thoughts?6. What insights can the audience gain from your new workbook?7. What did learning to ride a bike at 55 teach you about building confidence?8. How do you relate mental health to learning from setbacks?Quotable Moments:- "VIEW CHALLENGES AS LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES THAT HELP YOU GROW."- "The key to greater self-confidence is stepping out of your comfort zone."Special Mentions:Alla's dedication to mental health as a component of professional success and her commitment to empowering others through her 'Get Out of the Rabbit Hole' workbook.Closing Thoughts:Alla Bardov's story is a powerful reminder that self-confidence is not an inborn trait but a skill that can be developed. Her journey inspires us to view challenges as opportunities and to escape the confines of self-doubt.Connect with Alla:Explore Alla Bardov's techniques for success and confidence-building.Sell Yourself For Success | Sales education for consistent results (sellyourself4success.com)Episode Resources:- Check out the book "Get Out of the Rabbit Hole"- Discover the workbook on AmazonListener Engagement:Inspired by Alla's story or have a question? Reach out to us with your thoughts!www.bravingbusiness.comDisclaimer:Opinions expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of Braving Business Podcast or its hosts.Subscribe Reminder:Join us for more empowering stories by subscribing to Braving Business Podcast on your preferred streaming platform.
Fred Cary - CEO of 'Super VC' IdeaPros and Visionary Founder of 10+ Companies Worth Billions
Jan 29 2024
Fred Cary - CEO of 'Super VC' IdeaPros and Visionary Founder of 10+ Companies Worth Billions
Introduction:Fred Cary is a powerhouse entrepreneur who has founded over ten companies worth billions of dollars. In the cutthroat world of entrepreneurship and sales, few have carved a path quite like Fred Cary. Fred's journey from his first startup, Boxlot, which was an early competitor to eBay and failed to take off, to a maestro of one successful startup after another, all the way to his current role as CEO of IdeaPros, a company that helps entrepreneurs turn their ideas into profitable ventures, Fred’s story is a masterclass in about vision and grit.Episode Highlights:Fred Cary shares his entrepreneurial journey, highlighting the transition from initial setbacks with Boxlot to massive success. We explore the philosophy of IdeaPros and how it's disrupting the traditional VC model. Fred imparts wisdom on the importance of failing fast, the art of pitching to investors, and how he leverages his social media presence to influence aspiring entrepreneurs.Key Questions:1. What catalyzed your transition from Boxlot to IdeaPros?2. How does IdeaPros redefine the role of a super venture partner?3. What strategies does IdeaPros employ that differ from traditional VCs?4. How do you balance preparation and fortune in business success?5. Can you demystify the concept of 'failing fast' for us?6. In pitches, what should entrepreneurs focus on to captivate investors?7. What are the indicators for a venture that it might be a winner?Quotable Moments:- "No idea is imagined perfectly - if you want to be a winner, you must be willing to pivot, sometimes repeatedly."- "We exist to empower ordinary people to become extraordinary entrepreneurs."Special Mentions:A nod to Fred's viral weekly show for entrepreneurs, which has amassed over 8 million viewers and his strong social media following that contributes to his influence in the business community.Closing Thoughts:Fred Cary's journey is a testament to the power of resilience and innovation in the entrepreneurial world. His insights serve as a valuable resource for anyone looking to make their mark on the business landscape.Connect with Fred:Discover more about Fred Cary's entrepreneurial insights and IdeaPros' initiatives.Episode Resources:- Visit IdeaPros: https://www.ideapros.com- Follow Fred on Instagram: https://instagram.com/officialfredcaryListener Engagement:Contact us at www.bravingbusiness.comDisclaimer:The opinions expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Braving Business Podcast or its hosts.Subscribe Reminder:Don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to Braving Business Podcast on your favorite streaming service and join us for a journey through the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.
Brian Will, Entrepreneur and Best-Selling author of "The Dropout: Multi-Millionaire" and "NO... The Psychology of Sales and Negotiations."
Jan 22 2024
Brian Will, Entrepreneur and Best-Selling author of "The Dropout: Multi-Millionaire" and "NO... The Psychology of Sales and Negotiations."
Season 2, Episode 4: Tal & PJ Speak with Brian Will - Author, Entrepreneur, and City CouncilmanIntroduction:Today's episode features Brian Will, the best-selling author of "The Dropout: Multi-Millionaire" and "NO... The Psychology of Sales and Negotiations." With over 35 years of experience, Brian has navigated the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, from losing everything in a failed business to creating several highly successful companies across diverse industries. Now, as a city councilman in Alpharetta, Georgia, he's influencing public service with the same acumen he applies to his ventures.Episode Summary:Brian shares his journey of resilience, detailing the pivotal moments that shaped his career. From the collapse of his first company to his current success in sales, real estate, and politics, Brian's story is a masterclass in the relentless pursuit of success and the practical application of lessons learned from failure.Key Questions:What sparked your entrepreneurial spirit after the military, and how did that drive shape your diverse business ventures?After the loss of your first company, how did you rebuild, and what safeguards did you implement in your future endeavors?As a multi-industry entrepreneur, what foundational business principles have you found to be universal?What inspired you to share your story in "The Dropout: Multi-Millionaire" and what core message did you want to impart?How does "NO... The Psychology of Sales and Negotiations" reflect your approach to business, and what's a key takeaway for our listeners?Can you discuss the continuous learning mindset and share an instance where it turned a potential failure into a success?How has serving on the City Council influenced your perspective on business and community impact?For those hesitant to ask for help, what advice can you offer to overcome that resistance and make that crucial 'ask'?Special Mentions:- Brian's commitment to guiding businesses to substantial growth and his dedication to empowering entrepreneurs through his coaching and speaking engagements.Quotable Moments:- "Your background isn't where your journey ends; it's where it begins. Success or failure depends on your mindset and your willingness to learn."Fun Fact:Brian's unexpected journey from high school challenges to military service and now to city governance, with a passion for landscaping in between.Closing Thoughts:Brian's path is a reminder that every setback is a setup for a comeback. His story encourages all to embrace learning, seek mentorship, and stay persistent in the face of adversity.Connect with Brian:Listeners can dive into Brian's insights by exploring his books and coaching programs at www.brianwillmedia.com.Outro:Thanks for joining us, Brian. Your insights on business, resilience, and lifelong learning have been invaluable.Episode Resources:- [Brian Will's Books](https://www.amazon.com/Brian-Will/e/B08JJ8KCLD)- [Brian Will Media](www.brianwillmedia.com)Connect with the Hosts:- [Tal's LinkedIn](https://www.linkedin.com/in/tal)- [Podcast Website](https://www.bravingbusiness.com/)
Larry Kasanoff, Producer of Iconic Hollywood Movies, Chairman of Threshold Entertainment, and Author of "A Touch of Madness"
Jan 15 2024
Larry Kasanoff, Producer of Iconic Hollywood Movies, Chairman of Threshold Entertainment, and Author of "A Touch of Madness"
Season 2 episode 3Larry Kasanoff - Film Producer, Author, and Chairman of Threshold EntertainmentIntroduction:Today's episode features Larry Kasanoff, the film producer behind iconic movies like "Platoon" "Dirty Dancing" "Mortal Kombat" "Terminator 2" and "True Lies," and the visionary guiding force of animated projects and theme park rides that have shaped entertainment as we know it.Episode Summary:Larry takes us through his epic journey in the entertainment industry, from his early ambitions to the highs and lows of movie-making, to his recent venture into authorship with his book “A Touch of the Madness.” He shares candid insights into the necessity of taking risks, the art of persistence, and the power of thinking outside the box—or rather, embracing the madness—in order to innovate and succeed.Key Questions:Your success streak with blockbusters is undeniable. Could you share the secret sauce behind these hits?Tell us about the moment you decided to 'embrace the madness' and how our listeners can apply this wisdom.Can you share a breakthrough story that resulted from 'asking everyone'?Despite massive success, not all ventures pan out. What did you learn from the animated film Foodfight?What does 'embracing your crazy side' mean to you, and how do you balance boldness with caution?Explain the C.A.P. method and how our audience can use it to fuel innovation.Special Mentions:- Upcoming project: Animated movie "X Factor in the Jungle."Quotable Moments:- “The current of the river of life will always pull you to the middle. You can't be great in the middle. To swim against that current, you need to be creative and innovative. And the way to do that is with A Touch of the Madness.”- “Nothing great happens without taking a chance.”Fun Fact:Larry was a competitive roller dancer and figure skater in the 1970s and enjoys DJing live events.Closing Thoughts:In a world that often pushes us toward the ordinary, Larry Kasanoff stands as a testament to the extraordinary. His message to never settle for average and always strive for legendary is more than a personal mantra—it's a clarion call for all who seek to leave a mark on the world.Episode Resources:- [Purchase "A Touch of the Madness"](https://www.amazon.com/)- [Follow Larry on Instagram for daily inspiration](https://www.instagram.com/larry_kasanoff)Connect with the Host:- Tal’s LinkedIn: (https://www.linkedin.com/in/taljzlotnitsky)- Podcast Website:(https://www.bravingbusiness.com/)Call to Action:Want to share your own 'touch of the madness'? Reach out for a chance to be featured on the podcast or collaborate with us on future episodes.Listener Engagement:Do you have a question for Larry or a topic you want us to cover? Send us a message or leave a comment on our latest post!Disclaimer:The views expressed by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Braving Business Podcast or its hosts.Remember to subscribe, rate, and review us wherever you get your podcasts!
Skip Martin, Legendary Lead Singer of Kool & The Gang, Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur
Jan 8 2024
Skip Martin, Legendary Lead Singer of Kool & The Gang, Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur
Season 2, Episode 2: A Conversation with Legendary Musician Skip MartinIntroduction:Guest: Skip Martin, a distinguished Grammy & Emmy Award-winning artist, with a rich history as a lead singer and trumpeter for Kool & the Gang and The Dazz Band.Achievements: Platinum & Gold Records, R&B Song of the Year, six consecutive Top 100 albums, two Top 100 singles, an Honorary Doctorate in Music, and a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.Community Involvement: Tours to support troops in Iraq and Kuwait, Goodwill Ambassador roles, and supporting St. Jude children through music.Skip’s Entrepreneurial Journey:From performing artist to producer, performance coach, author, motivational speaker, and songwriter.Highlighting his approach to collaboration and audience engagement.Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles:Skip discusses the hurdles in developing a sustainable business model for his storytelling and how he is navigating these challenges.Podcast Themes:The importance of "first takes" and completing ideas.Embracing failures as a steppingstone to success.Skip’s Future Endeavors:The Aspire Tour going international and multiple projects on the horizon.Key Messages:Resilience and the role of failures in achieving success."Nothing is impossible because possible came first." – A quote by Skip Martin.Personal Insights:Skip's candid revelation about still experiencing stage fright.Questions for Skip:Skip’s initial fears and breakthrough moments in his music career.How collaboration has fostered unexpected growth.Overcoming storytelling as a business model.Managing the creative pressure to resonate with the audience.The pivotal role of "first takes" in his projects.Personal failures that led to significant successes.Handling stage fright and advice for listeners.Reflections on legacy and impact through music and community service.Living by the philosophy that "nothing is impossible".Fun Fact:Despite his success, Skip Martin still experiences stage fright.
"King of Exits" Eddie Wilson on Building Empires and the Art of Exiting
Jan 2 2024
"King of Exits" Eddie Wilson on Building Empires and the Art of Exiting
Season 2, Episode 1: Eddie Wilson - Building Empires and the Art of ExitingIntroduction:- Guest: Eddie Wilson, renowned Investor, CEO, and National speaker with a remarkable track record in business growth, development, and strategic exits.- Accolades: Known as the "King of Exits", Eddie has built and exited over 120 businesses, with over $1 billion dollars earned through investments outside the stock market.- Current Endeavors: Leader of Collective Influence, a private equity firm, and the Aspire Tour - the nation's largest inspirational business tour.- Humanitarian Efforts: Executive Director of Impact Others, a non-profit organization focused on global humanitarian work.- Personal Resilience: Discussing Eddie's perseverance through personal tragedies with respect and sensitivity.Tom’s Entrepreneurial Journey:- Exiting his first business at 24 and mastering the art of systemizing businesses for successful exits.- Managing two private equity firms and over 6,000 employees.- Development of the proprietary operating system, Empire, now used by over 3,000 companies internationally.Podcast Themes:- The transition from focusing on money and deals to creating a meaningful impact.- Dealing with identity beyond business achievements.- Avoiding relationship topics due to current personal circumstances.Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles:- Navigating large institutions during business exits.- Making oneself irrelevant in the business for greater freedom.- Establishing identity in purpose, not tied to business.Key Messages:- The significance of gratitude in achieving success.- "Many build a business but few build an Empire" – A quote by Eddie Wilson.Future Goals:- Upcoming business exits.- Taking the Aspire Tour to an international audience.Personal Insights:- Eddie's passions for racing cars, riding motorcycles in numerous countries, and love for coffee.Questions for Eddie:1. Eddie's early self-doubts and the journey of his first business exit.2. The internal battles associated with being the "King of Exits."3. How personal losses have shaped his life and business ethos.4. Emotional detachment from business to focus on wider goals.5. Moments of vulnerability and resilience in building an empire.6. The shift from monetary motivations to purpose-driven ventures.7. The drive behind humanitarian work with Impact Others.8. Instances where gratitude turned challenges into opportunities.9. How racing and adventure sports parallel business experiences.10. Advice for aspiring empire-builders on their entrepreneurial path.Fun Fact:- Eddie Wilson's enjoyment of high-speed hobbies and his exploration of over 100 countries on a motorcycle.
PJ Benoit, Entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Host of Braving Business
Nov 27 2023
PJ Benoit, Entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Host of Braving Business
Episode Show Notes: PJ Benoit: A Symphony of Ventures, Resilience, and BBQSummary:From custom-made jeans to competitive BBQ, PJ Benoit's entrepreneurial spirit is unmatched. Dive into the stories of challenges faced, ventures created, and wisdom earned throughout PJ's dynamic journey in the world of business. Whether bombing on Shark Tank or spinning records as DJ Saucy Loins, PJ's resilience and drive make him an embodiment of what it means to brave the business landscape.Highlights:A Rich Heritage: Discover PJ's lineage of entrepreneurs, from the foundation of Permatex to his mother's modeling journey, and how these stories shaped his entrepreneurial pursuits.A World of Ventures: PJ's footprint spans various industries - from the intricacies of transportation & logistics to the fashionable domain of custom-made denim. Delve into the stories behind these ventures, their successes, and their challenges.The Shark Tank Experience: Relive PJ's experience on the popular entrepreneurial platform, Shark Tank. While it may not have gone as planned, the lessons learned were invaluable.Challenges & Growth: Whether navigating through business betrayals or the lows of entrepreneurial ventures, PJ's resilience shines through. Learn how he managed to pivot, re-strategize, and continue forging ahead.Behind The Mic: As the co-host of this podcast, PJ opens up about his journey into podcasting, sharing the impact and benefits it has brought to his entrepreneurial endeavors.Sizzling Stories: From the competitive BBQ world to the whimsical origin of 'DJ Saucy Loins', PJ's journey isn't all business. These lighter moments offer a glimpse into the multifaceted life of our co-host.A Look Ahead: As the owner and President of his Unishippers franchise, PJ continues to leverage his decades of logistics experience. Get an update on the growth and direction of this venture.
Edward Perotti - Globally-Recognized, Award Winning Event Designer & Planner
Nov 20 2023
Edward Perotti - Globally-Recognized, Award Winning Event Designer & Planner
RELEASE NOTES: Edward Perotti - Crafting Spectacular Experiences and Embracing Authenticity in Event Design. IntroductionJoin us for an electrifying episode with Edward Perotti, the event maestro who orchestrates experiences that resonate long after the last guest departs. Recognized by "Good Morning America" as a "celebrity party planner," Edward's flair for the extraordinary has earned him global acclaim. From hotel catering to commanding the stage of mega-events, his journey is a masterclass in creativity, resilience, and theatrical finesse.Episode HighlightsEntrepreneurial Theater: Delve into Edward's transformation from hotel catering manager to a luminary in event design, and how his theatrical training plays a pivotal role in crafting experiences.Resilience Spotlight: Edward opens up about overcoming personal health challenges, battling imposter syndrome, and how these trials have fortified his professional resolve.Behind the Glamour: Peek behind the curtain to uncover the surprising truths of event planning, dispelling myths with tales of unexpected turns and on-the-fly problem-solving.Influence and Balance: Learn how Edward navigates the pressures of being named one of the industry's top 25 influencers while maintaining the meticulous detail-oriented approach necessary for event planning success.Legacy and Impact: Edward shares how he ensures his events leave a lasting impression and contribute positively to organizational culture.Geek Out Moment: Hear how Edward's love for horror films adds an edge to his event design, sometimes in the most unexpected ways.Future Innovations: Get a sneak preview of Edward's upcoming ventures that promise to reshape the luxury event space and strategic corporate event culture.Key Questions ExploredCreative Genesis: What was the seminal event that ignited Edward's passion for unforgettable experiences?Thrills and Chills: How do Edward's horror film enthusiasm and professional theater training converge in his event planning?Voice of Authenticity: What was the journey like to find his authentic voice, and how has it transformed his business approach?Debunking Event Myths: Can Edward share a quirky reality of event planning that might surprise our audience?The Influencer's Equilibrium: How does Edward manage the high-profile expectations with the day-to-day grind of his work?Cultivating Culture: How does Edward approach designing events that have a lasting cultural impact within the companies he works with?Horror and Humor: Could Edward give us an example where his love for horror unexpectedly influenced his work?Peering Into the Crystal Ball: What exciting new projects does Edward have in store for the world of event design?Mantra for Success: Edward's mantra is unique and potent. How can our listeners craft their own mantra to navigate business challenges?Don’t miss this riveting conversation with Edward Perotti, where every insight is a step into a world where artistry meets enterprise. Tune in to discover how authenticity can lead to awe-inspiring success!
Jordi Negre, Founder & CEO of Dantex Group
Nov 13 2023
Jordi Negre, Founder & CEO of Dantex Group
RELEASE NOTES: Jordi Negre - Mastering the Art of Resilient Entrepreneurship and 3D Communication TechnologiesIntroductionDive into the entrepreneurial tale of Jordi Negre, who is such a beacon of resilience that he literally has the word resilience tattooed on his arm! As the founder and CEO of Dantex Group, Jordi has revolutionized how companies interact with their clients and employees using cutting-edge 3D environments and data analytics. From his beginnings in corporate giants to his entrepreneurial leap, and most recently to his decision to move his headquarters from Barcelona to New York and reinvent the business, we explore the multi-dimensional story of Jordi and his views on life, business, and the definition of success.Episode HighlightsEntrepreneurial Odyssey: Jordi shares the twists and turns of his journey from the corporate sphere to the helm of Dantex Group, focusing on the resilience that carried him through.Mastering Communication: Discover how Dantex leverages AI and the Metaverse to provide a 3D communication platform that reshapes how companies convey their narratives internally and externally.Bouncing Back: Jordi reflects on overcoming two business failures and how these setbacks have molded his approach to resilience in both life and entrepreneurship.Corporate Culture of Resilience: Gain insights into how Jordi fosters a work environment that champions resilience and empowers employees to meet challenges head-on.The Tattoo Tale: Jordi unveils the story behind his surprise tattoo, offering a glimpse into the personal touches that color his entrepreneurial journey.Growth Trajectory: Jordi divulges his ambitions for Dantex's future, sharing his vision for growth, scaling, and an eventual strategic exit.Key Questions ExploredThe Drive to Innovate: What motivated Jordi to transition from a corporate career to starting his own technology firm?Lessons in Entrepreneurship: How did early setbacks in Dantex's journey inform Jordi's entrepreneurial philosophy?Strategy Amidst Adversity: What strategies has Jordi employed to navigate through business failures His definition of Success, and our discussion about CourageDon't miss this fantastic episode!
Pete Moores, Founder & CEO, PBM Consulting, Ltd.
Nov 6 2023
Pete Moores, Founder & CEO, PBM Consulting, Ltd.
RELEASE NOTES: Pete Moores - Navigating the Entrepreneurial Intersection of Science, Business, and TechnologyIntroductionJoin us on this episode of the Braving Business Podcast as we delve into the journey of Pete Moores. Spanning continents from London to Singapore and North America, Pete’s two-decade-long journey has seen him empower founders to turn visions into million and billion-dollar enterprises at the crossroads of science, business, and technology. Pete's profound expertise at these intersections, combined with his personal adversities and insights, brings a rich tapestry of lessons for aspiring and current entrepreneurs.About Pete MooresOperating at the unique intersection of science, business, and technology, Pete Moores stands out as a catalyst for innovation. Through extensive collaborations with founders, investors, universities, and incubators, he has not only unlocked the market potential of numerous startups but also crafted a blueprint for success in the science and technology domain. Pete’s story is as much about entrepreneurial resilience as it is about the transformative power of real-world scientific impact.Episode Highlights- Resilience from Adversity: Unveiling his personal journey, Pete recounts a life-changing accident that became the cornerstone of his entrepreneurial venture, PBM Consulting Ltd. - Mindset Mastery: Pete emphasizes the power of mindset and shares insights on overcoming self-limiting beliefs. He discusses his strategies and good practices across five pillars that fostered an optimum mindset.- Engaging the Market: Pete highlights the importance of engaging with the market right from the inception of a product. He discusses strategies and pitfalls in the journey of building a product that resonates with market demands.- The Social Media Formula: With a success story of growing his LinkedIn followers tenfold in two years, Pete sheds light on the art of marketing through education and engagement, not just selling.- Building in the Unknown: Delve deep into the challenges of building companies around novel concepts. Pete elucidates the "Valley of Death" in funding innovative ventures and strategies to bridge this chasm.- What’s Next for Pete: From launching a digital implementation program to integrating Design Sprints in his offerings, discover what’s on the horizon for Pete and his ventures.Key Questions Explored- Personal Adversities and Realizations: How did a traumatic accident shape Pete's entrepreneurial journey and lead to the birth of PBM Consulting Ltd?- Championing the Right Mindset: How did Pete combat his personal self-limiting beliefs to harness the true potential of his entrepreneurial spirit?- Effective Marketing Strategies: How can entrepreneurs leverage platforms like LinkedIn to build a genuine audience through education rather than direct selling?- Entrepreneurial Challenges: What does it take to create a company around a novel concept, and how can entrepreneurs navigate the "Valley of Death" in funding their innovations?- Overcoming Setbacks: How does Pete's philosophy of "You either win, or you learn" translate into real-world scenarios and decision-making?Join us in this riveting conversation as we uncover the story of a man who, through the intersection of science and business, has not only realized his vision but has also empowered countless others to realize theirs.
Brandon Pipkin, Leadership Guru, Author of “21 Questions for 21 Millionaires"
Oct 31 2023
Brandon Pipkin, Leadership Guru, Author of “21 Questions for 21 Millionaires"
RELEASE NOTES: Braving Business Podcast - Brandon Pipkin Interview---Episode Overview:In our latest episode of Braving Business, we sit down with the charismatic Brandon Pipkin, a seasoned entrepreneur with a unique blend of experiences. From his two years on a Mormon mission to his transformational journey authoring "21 Questions for 21 Millionaires," Brandon exemplifies persistence, resilience, and the power of a non-linear path. Dive in as we discuss the intricacies of sales leadership, recovery from emotional abuse, and the extraordinary success stories of ordinary individuals.Highlights:- Brandon's multi-faceted entrepreneurial journey: highs, lows, and everything in between.- Insights from "21 Questions for 21 Millionaires" and the lessons learned from interviewing self-made millionaires.- Facing unexpected challenges: the harrowing website migration debacle and its broader implications.- An exploration of Brandon's work on emotional abuse recovery: the importance, identification, and steps towards healing.- The fun anecdote: trying out for the Colorado Avalanche in a polar bear costume.- The importance of persistence: leaning into adversity, mini panic attacks, and the mantra of "Keep Going."- Brandon's upcoming initiative: connecting 20 sales leaders for collaborative growth and personal coaching.- Brandon's personal mantra: the significance of recognizing and unleashing one's unique talents for the world.Deep Dive Questions for Brandon:1. Connecting the dots: From Healthcare Management MBA to sales leadership and communication.2. The inspiration behind "21 Questions for 21 Millionaires" and the most profound insights from it.3. Embracing the non-linear entrepreneurial path: the challenges, learnings, and how it shapes perspectives.4. The nuances of website migration: lessons in adaptability and managing unexpected obstacles.5. Venturing into the sensitive topic of emotional abuse: understanding, identification, and recovery steps.6. Harnessing resilience: strategies and mindsets for overcoming challenges.7. The vision behind Brandon's unique project of connecting sales leaders: the potential impact and collaborative growth.8. Steps to uncovering one's greatness: a guide to recognizing and harnessing individual potential.9. A light-hearted endnote: The tale of the Colorado Avalanche tryout in a polar bear costume.Closing Note:Brandon Pipkin's journey is one of relentless pursuit, constant evolution, and unwavering belief in oneself. His stories, insights, and wisdom are not only inspiring but are also essential reminders of the boundless possibilities that lie ahead when one is brave enough to forge their own path. Join us on this enlightening episode of Braving Business to witness the world through Brandon's perspective.Tune in, reflect, and be inspired by Brandon Pipkin's journey of perseverance and passion on Braving Business.
Special Edition: Israel in Crisis.  An Interview with Eytan Avriel, Co-Founder & Editor of Israel's Leading Business Publication The Marker, and with Daniel Dayan, Entrepreneur & Founder of Step-In
Oct 30 2023
Special Edition: Israel in Crisis. An Interview with Eytan Avriel, Co-Founder & Editor of Israel's Leading Business Publication The Marker, and with Daniel Dayan, Entrepreneur & Founder of Step-In
Episode Release Notes: Braving Business in Israel In the Aftermath of October 7, 2023. Welcome to a different kind of episode of "Braving Business." The episode where "braving" takes on an outsized meaning, extending beyond the business realm to life, perseverance, and resilience. On October 7, 2023, an unimaginable tragedy unfolded in Israel. A terrorist act orchestrated by Hamas claimed the lives of 1,400 Israelis. This incident, which snatched away hundreds of young souls attending a peace-promoting musical concert, has had profound impacts not only emotionally and socially but also on the nation's economic fabric. With daily rocket attacks continuing, compelling citizens to their safety shelters, and hundreds of thousands of individuals called for reserve duties, the Israeli economy is facing an unprecedented halt. Predictions point to a depression-scale dip in Israel's GDP. But beyond the numbers, it's the enormous human and psychological toll that is most heart-wrenching.Today's Guests: As we delve into understanding the ramifications of this tragedy, we have with us Eytan Avriel, co-founder of Israel's renowned business newspaper, "The Marker," and a respected figure in Israeli journalism. Eitan's journey from the Israeli Navy to becoming a leading voice in Israel's business ecosystem provides a unique perspective on the current situation. Accompanying Eitan is Daniel Dayan, the founder of Step-In, a LinkedIn Consulting firm. Apart from being a lecturer, workshop facilitator, and daily content creator, Daniel -- who is an Orthodox Jew -- also heads the high-tech practice in the EXIT career center located in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv. ---Discussion Highlights: Eitan and Daniel's firsthand experience and initial reactions to the October 7th tragedy.- An inside view into the changed atmosphere and mood of the Israeli society and business world post the attack.- Forecasts on the economic repercussions - short-term and long-term.- The commendable unity displayed by ordinary people, businesses and organizations in supporting the victims, along with the fear of speaking out among venture backed Israeli high tech firms.- Addressing the mental health repercussions on the workforce and society.- Insights on government interventions, both current and proposed, to rejuvenate the economy, and on the lack of confidence in government among Israelis in the aftermath of the attack.- The interplay of money, power, and ethics in such times, with a special note for international entrepreneurs wanting to support Israel.- Daniel's gritty vision for the future, drawing from Israel' and the Jewish People's historic resilience.- A concluding message to the global community on the indomitable spirit of Israel and its citizens.---We urge our listeners to join us in this soul-stirring discussion. Let's come together in understanding, support, and hope.Thank you for being with us in this journey of "Braving Business" where, today, braving life itself is the underlying theme.
Alan Cohn, Peabody & Emmy Award-winning Journalist and CEO of Term Limit the Court
Oct 24 2023
Alan Cohn, Peabody & Emmy Award-winning Journalist and CEO of Term Limit the Court
Episode Show Notes: Alan Cohn: From Newsrooms to Non-ProfitsSummary:Join us in this compelling episode with Alan Cohn, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist turned political figure, entrepreneur, and advocate for Supreme Court reform. His extensive career offers unique perspectives on public service, the media landscape, politics, and now the non-profit sector, making for a rich and diverse conversation. From tales of investigative journalism to the challenges of political campaigns, Alan's insights are bound to intrigue and inspire.Highlights:Alan's Dynamic Journey: Explore Alan's transition from an award-winning journalist uncovering critical stories to founding AMC Strategic Communications, running for Congress, and now leading the non-profit, Term Limit the Court.Into the World of Politics: Alan shares the intricacies of running a political campaign, likening it to operating a business and emphasizing the importance of strategic communications and networking.Championing Supreme Court Reform: Delve into the mission of Term Limit the Court and the potential implications of term limits on Supreme Court Justices.Challenges & Triumphs: Hear firsthand accounts of the obstacles faced in both journalism and politics, and the strategies employed to overcome them.Resilience & Motivation: Drawing inspiration from Rocky Balboa, Alan underscores the significance of persistence, resilience, and moving forward, no matter the setbacks.Behind the Scenes: Get a glimpse of Alan's personal life, from the exciting journey of his son Aaron as a pitcher in the Oakland A's organization to the influences behind Alan's diverse career choices.Looking Ahead: Stay updated on the recent initiatives of Term Limit the Court, and the strides being made towards Supreme Court reform.
Rich Hopkins, Famed Hollywood Stuntman & "King of Extreme"
Oct 23 2023
Rich Hopkins, Famed Hollywood Stuntman & "King of Extreme"
RELEASE NOTES: Braving Business Podcast - Rich Hopkins Interview---Episode Overview:In this exhilarating episode of Braving Business, we're joined by the "King of Extreme", Rich Hopkins. From his early days of daredevil stunts to an impressive career in film and TV, Rich's journey is a testament to resilience and passion. Tune in as we delve into his world of extreme sports, Hollywood stunts, and what it truly means to brave any challenge.Highlights:- Rich’s early love for extreme sports.- Overcoming doubt and major life challenges: from car accidents to heart surgeries.- Pivoting from gym rat to the silver screen, inspired by former boss Tony Robbins.- An insider look into "Thrill Seekers Unlimited" and its contributions to film and TV.- Star-studded experiences: Working with Nicholas Cage, U2, Mariah Carey, Wesley Snipes, Alec Baldwin, and many more.- A nostalgic nod to the time Rich doubled for Fabio – and how they were doppelgangers!- Coordinating stunts for iconic musical acts like U2 and Imagine Dragons.- Why Rich is the embodiment of "braving" in every sense.Deep Dive Questions for Rich:1. The challenges and intricacies of breaking into the stunt side of the film industry.2. Key moments where perseverance and resilience made all the difference.3. Candid, behind-the-scenes stories that listeners won't hear anywhere else.4. Navigating industry hiccups like the recent actors' strike.5. Teasers on Rich's upcoming projects post-strike.6. The essence and limits of "Suck it up Buttercup!" as advice.7. Building and maintaining trust in a high-risk industry.8. Gleaning life lessons from interactions with famous personalities, including those who've faced significant setbacks.9. Fun and enlightening moments with global superstars that reinforce the power of perseverance.10. Reflecting on moments where "Perseverance Pays Off" truly resonated in Rich's journey.Closing Note:Rich Hopkins is not just a force in business, but in life. His journey, filled with challenges, victories, and star-studded moments, reminds us all to brave our paths with passion and determination. Don't miss this episode – it's packed with inspiration, laughter, and insights into a world few get to see.Join us on Braving Business as we explore the extreme life and times of Rich Hopkins.
Lesley Hunter, Influencer and President of Resume Makeover
Oct 17 2023
Lesley Hunter, Influencer and President of Resume Makeover
Episode Release Notes: Lesley Hunter: From Model, Beauty Queen and Actor to Crafting ResumesSummary: In this enlightening episode, we delve deep into the inspiring journey of Lesley Yvonne Hunter, a former beauty queen, actor, and classical pianist turned entrepreneur, influencer, and President of Resume Makeover. Lesley, with her vast experience spanning various domains shares invaluable insights into the world of resume writing, entrepreneurship, and personal development.Highlights:The Lesley Hunter Story: Discover Lesley's transition from a classically trained pianist to becoming the founder of Resume Makeover. Her entrepreneurial journey, inspired by her passion for writing, led to the birth of a successful business.Challenges and Triumphs: Lesley discusses her early corporate experience and the realization that the conventional 9-5 wasn't her true calling. Learn about the challenges she faced during the pandemic and the innovative solutions that kept her business thriving.The Power of Networking: Anecdotes from Lesley reveal how effectively leveraging one's network can not only help in business growth but also in personal development. She shares a humorous account of pricing mishaps that taught her invaluable lessons in business.Giving Back: Lesley's dedication to community service shines through as she talks about her workshops with universities and underserved communities. Hear firsthand accounts of how she's making a difference by empowering individuals in their job search.The Resilience Mantra: Delving into her personal mantra, Lesley emphasizes the importance of self-talk, adaptability, and maintaining a positive outlook even in the face of adversity.A Peek into Lesley's Varied Interests: From playing the piano upside down to her intriguing association with chess grandmasters, Lesley shares snippets from her life that add a touch of levity to the conversation.Future Endeavors: Learn about Lesley's upcoming "Ask the Hiring Manager" series and how it aims to demystify the hiring process for job seekers.Outro: Join us next time as we continue to spotlight trailblazers and innovators. Lesley's story is a testament to the fact that with passion and perseverance, you can craft your path, even if it's as unique as customizing resumes! Don't forget to check out Resume Makeover and benefit from Lesley's expertise.