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Each week, we deliver advice from some of the greatest thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers. Tune in to a show created for the startups, entrepreneurs, and everyday dreamers that want to learn how to form strong ideas, launch lucrative ventures, position their brand, love their people, and develop business models that offer freedom to their founders. Your host, Chris Graebe, is a multi-million dollar e-commerce entrepreneur, a former reality show star, and a man passionate about s ...
 
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How to build your business and scale it beyond you Marketing. Homeopathy. A beauty salon. Jewelry manufacturing. Scuba diving. Allison Maslan has done it all—she’s successfully built and scaled ten businesses from the ground up, and today, she’s here to help new entrepreneurs do the same with her book, Scale or Fail. Discover why many entrepren ...…
 
On today’s episode we’re chatting with well known Bible Teacher and best selling author of over 20 books including Sacred Marriage and Sacred Pathways, Gary Thomas. As you’ll soon discover, Gary is one of the most wise and wonderful humans you could hope to encounter, and we enjoyed gleaning all the wisdom from him that we possibly could. Gary ...…
 
How Eli Crane took Bottle Breacher from his garage to Shark Tank – and beyond Eli Crane didn’t always want to be an entrepreneur. While he was a Navy SEAL, he received a unique bottle opener as a gift, which inspired him to create his own .50 caliber shell bottle openers. His fellow SEALs loved them, and inside his garage, Bottle Breacher was b ...…
 
On today’s episode we had the incredible honor of chatting with National Speaker & Best Selling Author, Rebekah Lyons. We chat with Rebekah about her latest project, Rhythms of Renewal, charting specific ways we can intentionally walk in sustained emotional, spiritual and physical health and renewal. Rebekah shares vulnerably about her own batt ...…
 
How to grow your side hustle into a full-time gig – the smart way. Jonathan Mendonsa never wanted to be an entrepreneur. So he spent twelve years becoming a pharmacist, racked up six figures of student debt, and became miserable. That’s when he started plotting his escape, and fell into the financial independent movement – by starting the Choos ...…
 
What are you waiting for? Everyone takes their turn in the waiting room. But when we misunderstand what waiting is about, we can get confused about what God is up to. As it turns out, waiting is actually one of God’s favorite tools. There are specific things God can do in our hearts and in our lives only in the waiting. On today’s episode we ha ...…
 
How to start your business – by focussing on the right thing. The biggest mistake beginner entrepreneurs make is by focussing on the wrong aspect of their business out of the gate. Purpose, practice, and profit are all well and good, but you have to start with–you guessed it–people, says Brian Dixon, business coach, and author of Start With You ...…
 
If you need a little inspiration, today is your day. It just doesn’t get more inspiring than our guests today, Chris and Emily Norton. 9 years ago Chris went from being a talented 18 year old football player with a promising future to flat on his back with a broken neck and a 3% chance of ever moving anything below his neck, much less walking a ...…
 
How to grow your business in a never-ending world of change How do you play a game with no finish line? Simon Sinek, author of Find Your Why and Leaders Eat Last is back again with his newest book, The Infinite Game. The big idea? You have a finite time to play in the never-ending landscape that is business. It’s not about finding short-term wi ...…
 
On this week’s very special episode, we had the incredible joy of welcoming back to the show, one of our very favorite mentors on planet earth…. Mr. John Eldredge. If you’re new to the podcast, make sure you check out our first episode with John (Ep. 30) where you’ll hear how John went from just barely surviving to living the life of adventure ...…
 
How to create long-lasting buzz for your business and turn your customers into salespeople Back in the early days of the internet, Jay Baer served as the vice president of marketing for an internet company without really knowing what the internet was. He sold Budweiser dot com for fifty cases of beer. He went on to found five multi-million-doll ...…
 
Strategies to speak to investors and elevate your sales game How do you talk to money? The same way you talk to anyone else – you have to speak the right language. Oren Klaff, venture capitalist and author of Pitch Anything and Flip the Script, is here today to help us understand the underlying thought processes and strategies to being heard by ...…
 
How one woman raised her children AND built three, multi-million dollar businesses If you are a parent, you may have heard someone say, “Enjoy every moment while it lasts.” Lindsay Teague Moreno never fully bought into the idea that, as a mother, you should enjoy when your kids are throwing a temper-tantrum. Not only did she want to feel what s ...…
 
How one man bootstrapped his business to $30 million – and sold it to become an angel investor. Although David Hauser had an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, when he co-founded Grasshopper (then GotVMail) in 2003, he realized he had a lot to learn about running and scaling a business. But the biggest lesson he learned in the twelve year ...…
 
Well, after a much needed refreshing summer break we could not be more thrilled to be back with you guys for Season 3! Wherever this finds you, driving to work, dropping kids off at school, working out at the gym, were so glad you’re here with us and we pray this conversation will be a blessing to you. We have so many incredible episodes coming ...…
 
How one man created a game-changing Amazon software business Greg was stuck in a cubicle writing engineering reports. He was a civil engineer, after all. Yet his whole life, he’d had this entrepreneurial drive. He started by googling “how to make money online” and eventually began selling on Amazon. He got extremely good at it. So good, he star ...…
 
How Rachel Cruze found her passion and took responsibility for her future As the daughter of Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze didn’t have a typical childhood. She learned how to budget at age nine, and when she was a teenager, someone at Ramsey Solutions had the bright idea to invite Rachel on stage at a weekend live event to be the spokesperson for a ...…
 
How to negotiate with anyone, from a former hostage negotiator From small-town Iowa to lead international FBI kidnapping negotiator, Chris has taught negotiation as a business skill at universities across the U.S. It’s through these teaching sessions that he developed a comprehensive, practical methodology, which eventually became his book Neve ...…
 
How one man found and dominated the business podcasting market After returning from his tour in Iraq, John Lee Dumas fell in love with podcasts, and especially podcasts that interviewed entrepreneurs. But he would binge all the episodes and would become dismayed when he’d run out of content. He saw a market for a podcast that brought fresh entr ...…
 
Well, guys, we saved one of the very best for last, we cannot wait to introduce you to our new friend, Kristin Hill. Kristin is an author, speaker, and co leader of With You Ministries with her husband Eric. We have been counting down the days to this one. . . This conversation resonated with us in so many ways and we can’t imagine a better way ...…
 
How to recognize and cultivate healthy relationships to sustain you and your business Business can be a lonely place… And people will suck you dry if you’re not careful. Fortunately, Dr. John Townsend has a solution, and it’s all about building more positive relationships. He’s a business consultant and psychologist who directed a healthcare co ...…
 
Why keeping the customer happy is the not-so-secret key to success When he was eleven-years-old, living in a small German town, he proudly told his parents he would someday own a hotel business. They were concerned, as that was not a respectable career choice at the time. At 14, he took a position at the closest luxury hotel, nearly 100 km away ...…
 
On this week’s episode we had the incredible honor of chatting with one of our favorite authors, whose work has literally changed millions of lives, we’re talking about the one and only, Dr. John Townsend. As a leadership expert and psychologist, John has written or co-written 30 books, selling 10 million copies, including the New York times be ...…
 
How to take charge of your decision-making Annie Duke was so close to receiving her PhD in psychology. Yet a chronic illness left her in the hospital, unable to work. Having a knack for poker, she decided to try playing professionally. During nearly twenty years as a professional poker player, she won millions of dollars and holds a World Serie ...…
 
How to actually work on and in your business without becoming discouraged Co-founder of Behance, Scott Belsky, kept a notebook called “Essential Insights” handy during meetings and phone conversations with creative entrepreneurs. Whenever he’d hear something poignant, he’d jot it down, with the intention of putting it into practice in his busin ...…
 
On today’s episode we invited one of our very favorite entrepreneurial couples couples, Steve and Sarah Dubbeldam to join us for a conversation about believing in each other’s dreams, and bringing those dreams to life. Steve is the founder of Wilderness Collective, offering trip-of-a-lifetime adventure experiences with the intention of inspirin ...…
 
This week, we’re jumping into the world of writing and we’ve brought in the best of the best for you. We’ve asked our good friend and NavPress Publisher, Mr. Don Pape to join us. With over 30 years in the business, Don has published over a dozen New York Times best-sellers and worked with incredible authors such as Francis Chan, Madeline L’Engl ...…
 
How to find inner peace to achieve exterior success. When Erwin McManus was fourteen, he started his first business: a lawn mowing company. He’d approach corporations and affluent houses and earn ten to fifteen times what other kids earned mowing suburban homes in his own neighborhood. Since then, he’s started multiple companies in film and fas ...…
 
How to surround yourself with the right people and find your sweet spot For much of his young life, Ken wanted to work in politics. But when the opportunity finally arose, he realized—that’s not what I’m passionate about. His passion had been awakened years before when he stood on stage as the lead in the high school play. The audience gave him ...…
 
Say goodbye to the hidden costs of your business and hello to change Cy Wakeman hadn’t planned on being a drama researcher. She’d earned such a reputation during her time as a social worker and health administrator that, during her first maternity leave, she received numerous calls to help or manage leaders. Eventually, she started speaking. He ...…
 
A few short months ago, Chris and I had the incredible honor of sitting down with the lovely Jan Peterson, wife of beloved author Eugene Peterson, for what none of us realized would be her very last interview. Shortly after our time together, her health began a rapid decline, and she went home to be with Jesus on Friday, May 10, 2019.To say we ...…
 
How to take charge of your own distribution channels He has his own private equity firm, a podcast with over ten million downloads, and he’s a college dropout. Today we’re speaking with Nathan Latka, founder of the Top Entrepreneurs Podcast, and author of How to Be a Capitalist Without Any Capital. In this episode, Nathan takes us through four ...…
 
How to design teams that solve your businesses’ problems so you can focus on what matters most If you had no money, what would you do for a living? Michael Michalowicz knows the answer to this question personally because he’s been there. He built businesses, acquired wealth, lost it all (except his family) and started over. Now, he owns three c ...…
 
How to stick to your core values, no matter the cost As a young woman, she was told: “You’re too sensitive. Just consume the media and don’t think about the underlying problematic messaging that oversexualizes and demeans women”. Even as she became the face of large marketing campaigns and her image was plastered on billboards, she saw how her ...…
 
How to control conversations to create a win-win outcome for you and your customer What’s the difference between a stereotypical salesperson and a professional salesperson? The answer: one word. For Phil M. Jones, carefully selecting your language makes the difference for your customer. Selling has a bad rep, but it doesn’t have to be sleazy—it ...…
 
How to authentically deliver content, even if you live in a fishbowl On their own, Shawn Johnson and Andrew East have incredible stories. Shawn is an Olympic gold medal gymnast. Andrew is a long snapper in the NFL. Both live in the public eye—and have for a long time. Now, they’re building a digital marketing/publishing empire together and they ...…
 
Mindsets and strategies to trust the right people and get the right things done Before Dr. Henry Cloud became known as a psychologist, bestselling author of over forty books, and leadership coach to Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, he and his friend were on their way to a Christian radio station to guest-host a four-hour show. In tru ...…
 
On today’s episode, we had the wonderful honor of sitting down with the one and only Margaret Feinberg. If you've never heard Margaret before you're in for such a treat today. She's recently been named one of Christianity Today’s top women shaping culture, she's a beloved Bible teacher, and author of several best selling books including her lat ...…
 
How to get the right things done so you are free to focus on building your best life More than eight years ago, Michael Hyatt shook off his job as CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers to start his own business. The problem? He couldn’t manage his own calendar. His email inbox was a mess. Doing administrative tasks was a pain—he wanted to bill for hi ...…
 
How to roll up your sleeves and make it work in any situation Christy Wright had a strong entrepreneurial influence growing up. She grew up in her mother’s cake shop, watching her mother tackle every conceivable problem from troublesome customers to flat tires in the rain. It’s this mentality, coupled with her strong-willed personality, that ha ...…
 
How a regular person can choose the right business and make more for themselves Elaine Pofeldt didn’t always enjoy writing about the business world. When she started her journalism career, she believed it was boring. But, a friendship with a fashion designer changed her perspective. This led her to investigate and report on solopreneurs and cre ...…
 
How one man learned the true meaning of success – the hardest way imaginable. Picture this. On a campus like any other, there’s a room with rows of college students. They’re dialing phone numbers, trying to get people to re-mortgage their houses. After all, it’s 2006, and there’s lots of money in real estate, right? An early-twenties college st ...…
 
What a treat we have for today's episode. If you’ve listened to this podcast for very long at all, you’ve heard me, quoting, almost weekly, the one and only, Eugene Peterson. Just in case anyone is unfamiliar with Eugene Peterson, he was a very much beloved American Pastor, professor, author and poet who passed away in 2018. Eugene wrote over 3 ...…
 
How to use what you have now to build an impactful business How does the youngest of four from Normal, Illinois grow up to influence the beginnings of the internet, work in the non-profit sector alongside powerful names like George Bush and Bill Clinton, and serve as Chairman of the Board of the National Geographic? CEO of the Case Foundation J ...…
 
How to build desirable, intentional relationships at work and at home Dr. Randy Ross, author of Relationomics, consults with businesses large and small to improve organizational health and workplace culture. Culture—the relationships, values, and behaviors you have at work—is a pivotal foundation for any seasoned or startup business. He believe ...…
 
On today’s episode we’re talking with our new friend, Kellye Fabian. Kellye is an incredible author, teacher, and pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, IL. A few months ago, way back to Episode 33, we had a wonderful conversation with our friend Aaron Niequist, who introduced us all to our latest addiction, The Practice gathering ...…
 
How one man disrupts industries and governments to solve problems What kind of person runs an ad in the newspaper for a fake special effects job to find employment? Jay Samit did exactly that after seeing the original Star Wars in theatres as a young man. By running the ad, he was able to see what education and qualifications the applicants had ...…
 
She Did It Her Way founder explains the smart way to transition from day job to entrepreneurship. Amanda knew the white-collar life wasn’t for her. Even so, she went to college, got a degree, and started working a corporate job. But she dreamed of a bigger life. In 2012, she jumped ship and began consulting on a freelance basis with large corpo ...…
 
On today’s episode we’re talking with Kyle Idleman. Kyle is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian in Louisville, KY, best selling author of six books, including his latest project we are chatting about with him today, Don't Give Up. Anyone can start something, but the fruit is in the not giving up. Kyle encourages us to run the race, chase ...…
 
How original thinkers find success – and how you can too. Adam Grant’s claim to fame? He may have started the first social network at Harvard, years before Facebook. But then he shut it down because, when you can see people face-to-face, you don’t need an online network, right? Adam Grant is a Wharton professor, organizational psychologist, res ...…
 
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