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It’s Personal: Handling Fear & Rejection in Business

When you think of your business as incredibly personal, it becomes an expression of your opinion. And that’s risky. If the business fails, it can feel like a rejection of who you are. So it should come as no surprise that doing this is scary. But what should we do with that fear? A question for all the entrepreneurs out there, today on BG Radio.

Listen time: 4:33

Let Go

Been Cheated Lately? Have You Tried Letting Go?

Today, on BG Radio, a story about Bob. Bob got taken advantage of. For a lot of money. Like, a TON of money. Money Bob couldn’t afford to lose. But he did lose it. And now, he has to figure out what to do. What he decides may surprise you.

Listen time: 7:17

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Half Working or Real Working

Finding time is hard. I often think about all the things I would do if I could just find the time.

But really, what a crazy thing that is to say. Find the time? Where should I look? Did I hide it in the bushes outside the White House? Can I find it on Aisle 10 at Whole Foods next to the biodegradable toilet paper?

I’ve let this question bounce around in my head for the last few months, and I think I figured out where the time went to hide. Let me explain with a small but painful story.

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Massive Incremental Change

Brad and I used to ride bikes in a group in Las Vegas. I remember when he first started, he had trouble staying with the group. One day I looked up, and there he was, right in the thick of it. What happened? The answer lies in the magic of incremental change.

Listen time: 6:00

The Power of Listening

Being a good listener is more valuable than we might think. Forget valuable, it’s a freaking ninja trick. The smartest people you’ll ever meet are the people who know how to listen. Today on BG Radio, the three magic words to unlocking the ninja secret: “tell me more.”

Listen time: 5:25

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What Are You Thinking?

The last two episodes I’ve talked about a cultural prejudice against starting and stopping, and the intolerance we have for uncertainty. But what if the issue isn’t in the way we FEEL about this stuff, but the way we TALK about it? What’s your experience?

Listen time: 6:15

Humans Want Closure

And yet, as human beings, we have this incredibly strong need for closure. What if instead we developed a tolerance (and maybe even an enjoyment!) for uncertainty? My guess: it would make the big scary things we all want to do a lot less scary. So much so that, maybe, we’d actually end up doing them.

Listen time: 5:43

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False Starts Come with Creative Work

Back track. Flip flop. False start. Misstep. I feel like these words and ideas have negative cultural connotations—like there’s something wrong with starting things and then changing your mind about them. But what exactly is wrong with that? If you’re like me, it might even be part of your job.

Listen time: 7:24