Inter:views | Cracking The Entrepreneurship Code

Inter:views | Cracking The Entrepreneurship Code

Don't Be The Bottleneck In Your Business! My name is Laurent Notin, I am an Entrepreneur, Coach to Entrepreneurs, and Start-up Mentor. Being an entrepreneur is the most exciting and demanding job I know. Entrepreneurs get to wear many hats, acquire many skills, and make many decisions – fast. All whilst under extreme pressure to deliver quality work to their clients, take care of their employees, and maintain a healthy cash flow. Entrepreneurship is a calling. No entrepreneurs set themselves up to fail. No entrepreneurs believe they can't do it. But it happens more often than we'd like to think. Why? Usually, because company's founders have locked themselves into a situation they can't get out of. They know something's wrong, perhaps they've seen some signs or people have warned them, but somehow, they don't act. Call it ego, fear, or lack of accountability. It doesn't matter. It happens when entrepreneurs become the main bottleneck in their business, and it's the biggest risk they face. There are many ways you can be a bottleneck, but the price you pay is always the same: you're stuck. When you're stuck, your business is stuck. That's when this podcast comes in. It’s all about helping entrepreneurs perform better so their businesses perform better. Subscribe now. More about me: www.laurentnotin.com Get my eBook: https://www.laurentnotin.com/get-my-ebook Send your questions to contact@laurentnotin.com

Episodes

May 24, 2022 9 min

Do you know any brilliant entrepreneurs, who have so much to offer to the world, basically killing themselves for the sake of their businesses? 

I do. 

Are you one of them?

I did a burn-out in 2014, and I was not an entrepreneur back then, so I have learned to take care of myself since. 

Let me ask you: As an entrepreneur, how can you take care of your family, your people, and your business if you don’t take care of yourself first?

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Bant Breen is the Founder & Chairman of Qnary, an award-winning executive reputation management and talent branding solutions company, which he founded in 2012. 

Qnary was listed as one of the 5000 fastest-growing companies in America by Inc magazine in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

In this episode:

  • The benefits of being a veteran entrepreneur
  • From 1 to 200 staff in 10 years: The key company’s stages of growth
  • The importance of not overt...
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    Every entrepreneur will tell you that entrepreneurship is a journey. 

    You usually begin from scratch with something that you’re passionate about but doesn’t exist, and patiently build it up piece by piece. 

    But the construction never ends. There’s always a new piece to add.

    It’s a slow process, full of uncertainty. 

    Sometimes, you must destroy part of the construction and re-build. Sometimes, you must entirely give up and do someth...

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    Tracey Bissett is  the Founder and Chief Financial Fitness Trainer of Bissett Financial Fitness

    She teaches financial literacy and fitness skills to entrepreneurs in any industry who are looking to better understand their data so they can take charge of their businesses and lives. 

    Topics we cover: 

  • Her journey to financial fitness expert
  • Financial fitness explained
  • The skills entrepreneurs need to acquire to be financially fit
  • The ...
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    If entrepreneurship is a journey full of uncertainty, there’s one thing that’s certain: Failure. 

    The problem is that no schools teach you about failure. It’s taboo. 

    Plus, we always read about the few that succeed, and then we forget about the thousands that actually struggle and fail. 

    Let’s be clear. Failure is the norm. Success isn't. You will fail. 100% guaranteed. If you think you won’t, maybe it’s time to check your ego....

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    Jeremy Miller is the Chairman & Founder of Health-E Commerce the digital health industry-leading provider of direct-to-consumer pre-tax health and wellness accounts.

    Jeremy defines himself as a compassionate entrepreneur at heart, and he’s always on the lookout for new ways of resolving social problems. 

    In this episode, we discuss: 

    - The shift from a physical to a virtual office

    - HIs move from CEO to Chairman stepping out of...

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    Emotional Intelligence (EQ) covers 5 main domains:

  • Knowing your own emotions. Self-awareness, which is recognizing a feeling as it happens. 
  • Managing emotions. In other words, handling your feelings so they are appropriate (for instance shaking off anxiety)
  • Motivating yourself. The ability to mobilize your emotions in service of a goal. 
  • Recognizing emotions in others. It is called empathy and it is considered to be the fundamental pe...
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    Bryan isn’t a novice entrepreneur. Before starting GreenPal, he founded Peachtree Inc., one of the largest landscaping companies in the state of Tennessee, USA, growing it to over $10 million a year in annual revenue before it was acquired by Lusa holdings in 2013.

    In this episode: 

    - The early years of the journey (when you don't know how to pay for the bills)

    - Why running a business is like playing a video game

    - How your bu...

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    Covid19 has changed the way people work. Now that we’re getting closer to the end of the pandemic, we hear more and more employees enjoying this new lifestyle and not willing to go back to their offices, or under certain conditions. 

    The term hybrid space has been popping up in many conversations. 

    So, for businesses, the following question has become a big headache: What should the future workplace look like? 

    I have invited 3 gue...

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    Alper started his career as a musician. He toured across Europe with over 500 concerts and made it to platinum album sales in Turkey where he’s from.

    He was called into entrepreneurship and founded Xtensio in 2015. 

    On this episode: 

    - Alper’s journey from musician to set up Xtensio

    - The differences between his business today vs. 5 years ago 

    - The importance of letting go when you hire better people than you

    - How to run a fully ...

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    Here’s my definition of discipline for entrepreneurs: Be organized, and get things done, one thing after the other. 

    Entrepreneurs are often creative people, excellent at what they do, but sometimes lack the business skills required to run a company. 

    My point: don’t worry, you can always learn the business skills (or hire someone). But you must excel at getting things done. And that requires to be disciplined.

    So where to start? 

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    Fredrik van Huynh is the Co-Founder & CEO of Absolute Internship, an award-winning internship programs designed for ambitious, hard working and talented university students.

    Fredrik is also a Tedx Speaker, the host of Fika with Rice Podcast and he’s ranked among Top 25 Swedish Entrepreneurs Disrupting Industries and Breaking Boundaries Around the World. 

    Topics we cover: 

    - Building a remote company

    - Marketing beyond digital

    -...

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    Make no mistake, your number one job as a business owner is not to die. 

    In human bodies, blood is what keeps us alive. In a company, the life blood is cash-flow. 

    That’s why your #1 priority should always be cash-flow. 

    Cash-flow is the real cash, the money that you have on hand. It’s different from revenue or profit, which are numbers on a piece of paper. Cash-flow is tangible: you can see it in your bank account. 

    Growth require...

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    Alinka Rutkowska  is the Founder & CEO of Leaders Press where she creates books for entrepreneurs from scratch, and launches them to best-seller with a 100% success rate.

    We go deep into book writing. 

    Content:

  • How entrepreneurs can share their wisdom with a book
  • How to get on the bestseller list 
  • The differences between lead generator books vs. legacy pieces
  • What the book writing process is 
  • How to get on to the best seller list
  • Wh...
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    I’ve talked to a hundred entrepreneurs on my show. I’ve coached and mentored dozens of business owners and start-up founders. 

    There’s one thing I’ve learned about entrepreneurship: It’s a calling! Either you have it or you don’t.

    No entrepreneurs set themselves up to fail.

    No entrepreneurs believe they can't do it.

    But it happens more often than we'd like to think.

    Why?

    Usually, because company's founders have locked t...

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    Nick  is the Founder & Steward of Lime Painting, an emerging franchise brand in the US, focusing solely on high-end homes and businesses.

    We discuss:

    > How he became an entrepreneur in the painting industry

    > What franchising is about and the advantages of owning a franchise vs. starting your own business

    > The importance of giving back to communities

    > How to stop the “noise between your ears” (hint: show up, push ...

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    Launching a new 26-episode special series to help you better navigate your entrepreneurship journey. 

    We start with episode 1, A For Advice. 

    Here’s the definition from the dictionary: guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent future action. 

    Here’s my definition applied to entrepreneurship: Seek knowledge and experience from people who have it. Listen more, and speak less.

    Do yourself a favour and stop pretending ...

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    Howard holds the world’s fastest reader title in the Guiness Book of Records. 

    He can increase the learning rate of an average individual by 100% in 4 hours resulting in better decisions, fewer costly mistakes, and more time to devote to the things that matter to them.

    In this episode we discuss:

  • Why being the world’s fastest reader matters
  • The importance and benefits of learning faster and remembering it
  • How to actually read faster
  • H...
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    Mike is a serial entrepreneur, Author of the best-selling book Owner Shift - How Getting Selfish Got Me Unstuck, and host of the How’d It Happen podcast.   

    In this episode, we cover:

  • Bootstrapping vs. VC money
  • How he became the bottleneck in his business
  • How getting selfish got him unstuck
  • What entrepreneurship taught him about himself
  • What’s his current mission
  • I’ve been repeating it: being the bottleneck in your business is the high...

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    Arnaud defines himself as an Author, Entrepreneur, and Optimist. 

    In 2012, he co-founded a start-up because he thought he could go after Facebook. Unfortunately, he had to throw in the towel after 7 years. He shares this experience in his book How Hard Can It Be - Startup Lessons From Trying (And Failing) To Take Down Facebook

    In this episode we cover the story behind the book, the lessons he learned about start-up and himself, how...

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