Challenge Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

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Welcome to the Courageous Entrepreneur Show. This is the show that shares information and inspiration to help you break free from self-doubt, fear, and disempowering patterns and break through to create the thriving, successful business you dream of and deserve.

The show features interviews with entrepreneurs who’ve overcome amazing challenges to create success on their terms and experts who share insight and practical information that can help you get past your blocks and move forward with courage, confidence, and clarity.

The show is available in both video and audio format on a variety of platforms including iTunes on You Tube, and on my website Winnie Anderson dot com.


There’s a saying that self-employment is the most powerful and most expensive self-improvement program you’ll ever go through. The reason is you come face to face with your own crap.

Suddenly problems and issues you never knew you had bubble to the surface and actively work to hold you back.

People who were former executives making multi-six figures with more degrees and certifications than a thermometer and with accomplishments that make others go WOW suddenly believe their stupid and not good enough.

I once talked to an eye doctor who told me she was stupid – because she didn’t know what to say on her website.

How could she know how to write copy for a website? It’s not like she’s a marketing expert.

I’ll bet you tell yourself stories similar to that.

Maybe it’s “I can’t charge that amount” or “no one will work with me” or “I’m just not good enough”.

We’ve all got things we say to ourselves that we truly believe and that end up keeping us trapped right where we are.

I’ve got lots of stories I tell myself too.

Well what if you could suddenly become the courageous action-taker you dream of? What if the past hurts and indignities you’ve experienced no longer had a hold over you?

Today’s episode is going to challenge you to really listen to and confront your thoughts.

Grace Bell of Work With Grace spent decades believing there was something wrong with her…that there was something missing that she needed to find and get….

And while eventually she became a trained mental health counselor with a husband and two small children, an unexpected divorce left her with the realization she suddenly needed a full time income to keep her house and care for her kids.

You’ll hear her story and how she managed to build a profitable, thriving practice and now helps others move past their fears, doubts, and disempowering beliefs using something called The Work.

This episode will:

  • challenge you to confront your own beliefs and how those beliefs may be holding you back
  • reveal the 4 questions to ask to confront those beliefs
  • and demonstrate a mini session of The Work

Hopefully you’ll be inspired to let go of the disempowering thoughts that can control you and leave you trapped in emotions that don’t serve you and help you break free to create the abundant life you want and deserve.

As always stay with us til the end and I’ll share your reflection exercise and action step for this episode.

If you’re interested in learning about the Entrepreneur Achievers Club and how you can become part of a like-minded community of solopreneurs looking to grow their businesses and achieve their goals, visit to learn more.


Links and Resources Referred to In This Episode

Byron Katie, founder of The Work

Katie’s website

Byron Katie’s Author Page on Amazon with all her books

Katie on You Tube — Watch The Work in action

Background on The Work and resource materials to do it



Guest Contact Information and Resources

Grace Bell’s website — sign up for Grace Notes

Grace on Facebook

Additional Research

This is How Your Thoughts Become Your Reality

10 Unhelpful Thinking Styles Sabotaging Your Success



How to Prioritize Your Work When Everything Seems Important

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all there is to do to take your business to the next level of success? Maybe you’re confused about exactly what to do now that would have the most impact.

Or maybe you’re frustrated because it’s taking you so long to see a difference in your business.

What a coincidence. It happens to me too.

And I think it’s an awful feeling. It distracts us and makes us feel like we’re spinning our wheels.

So let me take you through the steps I use now to help me zero-in on what I should be working on when I’m feeling like I’m drowning in work.

Step 1: Identify what deadlines you have. And if you don’t have any deadlines pick some because that’s likely part of the problem. When nothing has weight over anything else it sets you up to be paralyzed.

Most of us – especially former corporate or organizational employees – do better when we have deadlines because our whole professional life was built around deadlines.

Let the deadlines drive your priorities initially; but once you get the initial deadlines met be sure to reflect on whether you’re really doing things that are moving you and your business forward or are you caught doing what Tony Robbins says people do – letting the urgent get in the way of the important.

Step 2: Rank your projects. What will have the biggest impact on your business right now? If you have cash flow problems then you need to follow the money  and get it flowing again. If you’ve got a few long term clients then you might want to focus on building a list of interested prospects who you can nurture and build a relationship with so if you have a long term client leave you’ll have people who may be ready to move forward to work with you.

What does your audience – think existing clients first — want most? I’m making changes to my book writing course based on what participants told me they’d like to see added.

If you’re unsure what you should be focusing on, examine your Profit Path (the flow of prospects who discover you, connect with you, get nurtured by you and make a decision to buy from you, and then who become fans). Look for areas where there are gaps and focus on that area.

When you’re in this place you become vulnerable to every bright shiny object that comes your way and promises you more clients, more revenue. It’s more likely that a better use of your time or money would be working on your processes, or working with someone to get clear about your next step. When you’re feeling compelled to buy something, stop and give yourself some time to reflect on whether this is the right move for you.

Step 3: Build relationships with current and past clients.  This is critical. When I would do marketing funnel or sales process consulting, the client would always be focused on getting new clients. But the reality is that new client engagements will be projects that have the lowest percentage of profitability.

Profit really lies in retaining clients and in generating referrals from satisfied clients. So when prioritizing work be sure to include time for client relationship building.

According to Emmett C and Mark A. Murphy,“a commitment to customer experience results in up to 25% higher customer retention” which is obviously going to impact sales and revenue. So some of your time has to be spent building relationships with your existing client base and improving their outcomes. You want to have a significant level of clients become raving fans.

Step 4: Manage your calendar and start saying “no”. This is particularly critical when you’re feeling confused, frustrated, or overwhelmed. Building a business is an exercise in juggling. Time is the most important resource we have and it’s non-renewable. Once today is gone, it’s over. We know that. So while being open to new opportunities is important, it’s critical that we ruthlessly protect our calendar and that we manage our time well. That means blocking our time in our schedule to create and distribute content, work on new offerings, follow up with people we’ve met and cultivating relationships with them, including developing referral relationships.

Remember the story of the professor who brings in an empty jar, some rocks, sand, and a cup of coffee to his class? The only way to get everything in the jar is to put the big rocks in first, then the smaller pebbles, then the sand, and finally the coffee.

This story varies based on who tells it but the big lesson is that in order to achieve your biggest goals you need to focus on them first – so block out your calendar and schedule around your “big rocks”.

Stay on top of administrative tasks. With all due respect to Mike Michalowicz author of Profit First, you don’t get to pay yourself first, you need to pay the government first. So admin tasks might be a gigantic drag but they’re important and part of running a business like a business. Send invoices on time, keep your receipts and expenses organized, keep your projects organized and your email inbox cleaned out and organized.  And if this isn’t in your “wheel house” as my friend Lisa Roberts would say, then you’ve got to create systems to help you stay on top of things and you need to hire someone to help you.

Once you get over the overwhelm then you want to do your best to stay focused on the RIGHT priorities.

Keep your vision and mission in focus. This might feel trite but it’s important for you to know where you’re going. I have mine written in a notebook with my big goals and I read them every day. It only takes a few minutes and keeps me focused on them. I also write affirmations in the same notebook and this helps me emotionally connect with my vision, mission, and goals.

Are you giving too much time away? I added up the time I was giving away to friends and colleagues and it averaged 8 hours a week. A whole day!! I decided I can’t keep doing that so I had my friends join a Facebook group for a new offering I’m creating. This helped me stay connected to them, share ideas, and it helps me capture their successes that relate to my advice so I can use those as case studies and testimonials.

Understand how long it takes you to get work done and stop over-booking yourself.

This was a huge issue for me. I had to really remind myself how long it takes to create a course or how long it takes me to write anything. Then I had to allow enough time in each week to get all that done.

Stop telling yourself you work best under pressure. You work best under pressure because you’ve conditioned yourself to constantly work under pressure. This is unhealthy and causes unneeded stress.

You’re in charge of your schedule so if your schedule is overwhelming then be the leader you are and start controlling it.

Keep focused. When you’re working, work. Log out of everything else except the tools you need to do the work. Keep a notepad by your side and when you feel an impulse to go off task, write down the thought that came into your head so you don’t lose the thought.

Take small steps but keep moving.

Schedule everything.I Just like “what gets measured gets improved’, “what gets scheduled gets done”.

I had to create an elaborate weekly calendar tool and a daily time management tool to manage my schedule and maximize my time.

Being a solopreneur and managing a growing business is hectic to say the least and it requires applying your best management and leadership strategies while staying focused on what’s really important to you, your clients, and your business.

If you’re ready to commit to achieving your goals, check out the Entrepreneur Achievers Club. It will help you zero in on your core priorities and stay focused so you’re getting more done with less stress.


From Paralyzed Victim to Profitable Professional

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Welcome to the Courageous Entrepreneur Show. This is the show that shares information and inspiration to help you break free from self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and disempowering patterns and break through to create the thriving, successful business you dream of and deserve.

The show features interviews with entrepreneurs who’ve overcome amazing challenges to create success on their terms and experts who share insight and practical information that can help you get past your blocks and move forward with courage, confidence, and clarity.

The show is available on iTunes at, in the Google Play Store, and on my website Winnie Anderson dot com slash paralyzed.

What you’re going to hear is the audio recording of a video interview.

When I started the show it was a live interview show on the Facebook Live platform. It didn’t take me long to decide to start doing recorded interviews. One reason I made that decision is because the technology is unreliable unless you’ve got top of the line broadband and hardware. So is you’re going to hear some points where it sounds like the word or words dropped, you’ll hear some delays and talking over each other at points and that’s because of the delay on the livestream platform I used. I hope you’ll excuse that because there’s great information in this episode.

If you’ve ever felt that you just couldn’t go on and questioned if it would really be possible for you to grow a business using your gifts then I think you’ll find the episode inspiring and informative.

It’s so easy to look at someone’s success and think that it came easily to them or that they have some secret solution that you don’t.

But we each face our own challenges to reach our goal and often those challenges can be a combination of physical and emotional or mindset. Sometimes it’s our mindset that leads us to physically be unable to move forward and sometimes it’s both.

Listen in as my guest Maryam Webster shares…

  • How she went from a busy job as a sociologist with a growing therapy practice to paralyzed car accident victim and back to thriving business coach.
  • Her response to the doctors who told her she’d never walk again
  • The one person who provided the emotional support she needed
  • What her friends, family, and even her husband told her about her focus on recovery and walking again.
  • How she built her coaching practice while she was still extremely limited in her mobility
  • And the lessons she learned as a result of going through what she went through.

Listen in all the way to the end where I’ll share you reflection exercise and action step for this episode.

Guest contact information:



Maryam’s free annual mastermind on Facebook

Maryam’s free offer – Get a free business reading from Maryam by clicking  this link and let her know you heard her interview on The Courageous Entrepreneur Show.







From Abused to Abundant

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Welcome to the Courageous Entrepreneur Show. This is the show that shares information and inspiration to help you break free from self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and disempowering patterns and break through to create the thriving, successful business you dream of and deserve.

The show features interviews wotj entrepreneurs who’ve overcome amazing challenges to create success on their terms and experts who share insight and practical information that when you take action on it can help you get past your blocks and move forward with courage, confidence, and clarity.

The show is available in both video and audio format on a variety of platforms including Apple Podcasts – formerly iTunes – on You Tube, and on my website Winnie Anderson dot com.

I often think of the famous quote by Mother Teresa…”I know God wouldn’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

In today’s episode you’ll hear from speaker and coach Mark Baker who shares his experiences of surviving an abusive childhood and winding up homeless to creating the financially and emotionally abundant life he now enjoys.

Listen in as Mark shares:

  • Tips to get past limiting beliefs and the one fact about those beliefs that I don’t think you’ll hear anyone else share.
  • The key technique that he used that is the same one top athletes and performers share with politicians and business leaders to produce the outcome they want.
  • What’s missing from most positive thinking.
  • And lots more great tips and insight.
  • Mark talks about his own bout with cancer and I want to make clear we’re not doctors we’re not giving medical advice so if you suspect you’re not well get professional help.
  • With that said, stick around all the way to the end where I’ll share your reflection exercise and action step.


Guest Contact Information

Mark’s Website

Mark on social media – 




You Tube

Mark’s Special Offer:
Listeners who contact Mark and let them know they heard his episode on The Courageous Entrepreneur show will receive a year-long coaching package with Mark for just $1250. This includes one session a month with him plus email in between sessions

Get a free session with Mark by emailing him at mark baker speaks (type as all one word) at gmail dot com (type as a normal email address)

Additional Resources You May Find Helpful

Survivor to Thriver: Manual and workbook for adult survivors of child abuse who want to move on with life (this is what I used to work through my abuse)

Mike Michalowicz Business Building Strategies for Courageous Entrepreneurs

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Welcome to the Courageous Entrepreneur Show. This is the show that shares information and inspiration to help you break free from self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and disempowering patterns and break through to create the thriving, successful business you dream of and deserve.

The show features interviews with entrepreneurs who’ve overcome amazing challenges to create success on their terms and with experts who share insight and practical information that can help you move forward with courage, confidence, and clarity.

The show is available in both video and audio format on a variety of platforms including iTunes, You Tube, and on my website Winnie

There are a lot of “shoulds” and “must do’s” according to gurus and they all have their take on the answer to your problems. Few are genuinely able to help you leverage what works and build a thriving business around that in the way that today’s expert can.

In today’s episode you’ll hear from former Wall Street Journal columnist and multi-best selling author Mike Michalowicz.

Mike came across his knowledge the hard way – by 35 he had started and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident he had the formula for success he became an angel investor and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.

He regularly talks about how although he ran an outwardly successful company he actually lived check to check until he realized how to manage his business revenue and put profit first.

His mission now is to eradicate entrepreneurial poverty.

He’s the four time best selling author of Surge, Profit First, the Pumpkin Plan, and the book that Business Week deemed “the entrepreneur’s cult classic,” The Toiletpaper Entrepreneur.

This isn’t as much of an interview as it is a workshop as Mike shares incredible insight into growing a profitable business built on your strengths.

You’re going to hear…
• The single biggest thing an entrepreneur needs to do to lay a foundation for real profitability.
• How our behavior patterns of the past can keep us trapped where we are or worse set us back to where we don’t want to be
• The big mistake we make when trying to course correct that actually makes things worse, not better
• Two ways to scale your business and tips for choosing which is right for you
• Why building on your strengths and hiring to manage your weaknesses is a key to success
• The simple 3 part rule that helps you put a problem in perspective so you can decide on the best course of action
• Why a “rally cry” is critical for your business and how it can work to attract the right clients and partners and how to create yours
• The benefits of being a true recognized expert in your field.

Listen in all the way to the end and I’ll share your reflection exercise and action step for this episode.

Guest Contact Information

Mike’s website – Get the great free resources there

Social media:

Mike’s You Tube channel (great videos)

Follow Mike on Twitter

Connect with him on his Facebook business page


Spread the Word to Get People Ready to Hear More

Luke 10:1-17 (NKJV) shares how Jesus appointed 70 disciples to go on ahead of him in pairs to the towns and places he wanted to go. I think this reading has several illustrations for us as business people and marketers.

The fact that he “sent them on ahead of him” is sort of like getting messages out to build awareness of you and to prepare the audience for the offering you’ll be launching.

Rather than just springing an offering on people, it’s more effective to begin to share content — blog posts, videos, podcast episodes, and social media posts — on the subject of your offer.

You have to prepare people even if the offer is something for free. You have to get them ready to want to learn more.

Jesus used His disciples . In addition to the content sharing strategies I mentioned, you could work with referral partners or even hire people to represent you.

Big brands pay bloggers and spokespeople to talk about their offerings. So there are lots of ways to get your message out that range from low tech to high tech; low touch to high touch; and self-directed to other-directed.

In this section of Luke, Jesus gave the 70 disciples instructions to go to one house and stay there. They weren’t to move from house to house and they were to eat or drink whatever was put in front of them. Meaning, don’t worry about whether it fits the dietary laws and restrictions.

I think this relates to business in several ways.

First of all, I think it relates to staying on message. Don’t bounce from message to message. Eating and drinking whatever is in front of them means be accommodating and respectful.

Remember, Jesus stressed that whatever went into the body goes into the stomach and would be eliminated. But whatever is spoken comes from the heart. So I think that relates to creating a message that’s consistent with your brand essence and to stay true to yourself.

Then Jesus goes on to tell them that if they’re not welcome they’re to shake the dust from their feet and leave.

I can see this relating to taking your message (and your skills) to others who will gladly receive it and not worry about those who don’t. Like “preaching to the choir”.

Yes, we should consider tweaking our message so it resonates with those we’re trying to reach, but the core message resonates with those who are ready to hear it and ready to receive it.

So “go on your way”. Share your core message from a place of service and love but also be true to yourself and your business while staying in alignment with your faith and values.

Recognizing and Overcoming Fears, Doubts, and Limiting Beliefs

Welcome to The Courageous Entrepreneur Show. This is the show that shares information and inspiration to help you move past fear, self-doubt, and limiting beliefs so you can achieve the success you dream of and deserve.

In this episode you’re going to meet Sheila Stevenson. She’s an expert coach who works with people dealing with emotional issues surrounding trauma.

Sheila is an Associate Certified Coach, an Adler trained coach, and a member of the International Coach Federation.

She’s certified in “Living Systems Approach” to coaching with families and she’s completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.

Sheila is a published author, and an inspiring and informative speaker.

She’s a member of “Opening the Circle”, an emergent project begun in January 2014, in which men and women who are survivors of sexual abuse, their family members, and community service providers meet regularly to develop community, and to create useful and effective tools for support. In January 2013 Sheila founded the “Learning and Support Group for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse.” And she’s served on the Board of Directors of Child Pornography Hurts, Inc and Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

In this episode Sheila shares…

  • The conflicting messages and conditioning we experience during our lives and how that can contribute to developing disempowering beliefs and patterns.
  • How to recognize our limiting beliefs and begin to effectively deal with them to move forward towards our goals.
  • Tips for recognizing when and how our beliefs are holding us back from the professional success we want and deserve.

Be sure to listen all the way to the end where I’ll share your reflection exercise and action step for this episode.


Guest Contact Information

Sheila’s website – drop her a line and let her know you heard her on the show. She has a limited time offer of 15% off on coaching.

Sheila on social media:  Facebook     Linkedin     Twitter


Other Episodes Referenced by This One

Melvin Pillay,


Additional Resources

From Sheila’s Blog:  Trauma Can Obscure Your Reality — Don’t Let It

Survivor to Thriver: Manual and workbook for adult survivors of child abuse who want to move on with life





14 Tips to Maximize the Value of Attending a Live Event

I recently went to a live seminar in California. The event was very powerful and, while I love taking part in webinars, webcasts, and live streams from the comfort of my home, there’s nothing like meeting your virtual connections at a live event.

I had such a great experience at this event that I wanted to share my best tips to maximize your value from the next live event you attend.

1. Choose the right event. There are hundreds if not thousands of training events held each year in the United States alone. And of course they all sound fascinating. I love learning and if I was independently wealthy I’d go to all sorts of workshops. But since time is limited in a way that money isn’t (you can’t get more time but you can always find a way to get more money), you’ve got to choose the best event for you and your business right now. So start by asking yourself how fast will I be able to use the information they’ll be sharing.

2. Manage your schedule well before, during, and after the event.
I know lots of Internet gurus don’t advertise too far in advance so you may need to shuffle your schedule to be able to attend a really great event. But as you manage your time, do your best to minimize what’s on your calendar the day before you head out of town and the day after you come back. You need time to prepare and pack, as well as time to reflect on and apply the information shared when you get back. And set the expectations of people back home – whether your friends and family, your staff, and clients. Let them know how easy or hard it will be to reach you and who they can contact instead, along with how they can contact you in an emergency.

3. Stay at the event hotel whenever possible. Boy this makes a big difference in your overall enjoyment of the event. If you’ve ever been to an event with hundreds or even thousands in a hotel you know how nice it is to be able to sneak up to your hotel room on a break. And if you’re attending a multi-day event with early activities and late activities, staying at the event hotel makes it a lot easier to get to the next day’s seminars with less stress and hassle.

4. Get clear on what you want from the event and set that intention. You hear a lot of great information at a live event, especially a multi-day one. It can be overwhelming if you’re not centered and focused on what you most want to get from attending the event. Your intention could range from learning more about a specific topic to be covered to meeting a specific type of person, to anything else that will make you feel the event was valuable.

5. Take good notes. I like to have one notebook dedicated to the event so I can put It in a file where I won’t lose it. You might want to take notes into an online tool like Evernote or One Note. You might want to use my notebook idea. Not every session or every event provides handouts to guide your note taking so you want to make sure you feel good about how you’ll take notes so you can actually refer to them later.

Summarize key takeaways and make note of how’ll you’ll apply the information. I think it’s a good idea to talk through your ideas with a friend or colleague, whether they know what was covered in the event or not. It’s in the explanation that things get processed in our minds and connected in our hearts. Start putting integration / application time into your calendar and don’t expect instantaneous results or a miraculous improvement.

6. Push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Look, as much as I love learning, I’m an introvert. Just being around a lot of people can be emotionally draining for me. But pushing beyond our comfort zone and being uncomfortable is an important part of the learning process. Here are a few simple ways you can stretch yourself:

7. Introduce yourself to others. I know that sounds ridiculous but I really have to push myself to do this. I’m a “don’t speak unless spoken to” kind of person so it really is a push to introduce myself to other people.

8. Switch seats and tables if it’s a multi-day event.
I’m sure there’s some sort of psychological study that could be done on the issue of how committed to and protective of “my seat” people get. As uncomfortable as it is, push yourself to do this if possible and if it feels right in the group. I’ve actually watched grownups – managers — get into an argument at a seminar I was leading at their company when one of them sat in what the other perceived was his seat. It wasn’t pretty. So do it if you feel safe in the group.

If you can’t switch seats, at least sit with people you don’t know so you can expand your network.

9. Don’t eat alone. This can be hard, especially if you’re an introvert like me and you need some down time. But try. Especially if it’s only a one day event. Find a way to eat at least one meal with other attendees. We build relationships with others over food. It really is an important networking and relationship building opportunity. And hey, a whole book was written on this premise.

10. Participate in activities. I’ve been to conferences that have offered tours of the surrounding area, held concerts, scheduled dinners, had parties, and run various networking events. One conference I attended had an ice cream social! If you feel up to it, attend at least one. Part of the benefit of attending an event like this is building your network but you have to actually….you know…NETWORK.

11. Apply for a hot seat if possible. Hot seats are activities where you get a few minutes on stage with the guru running the event. You typically have to fill out an application and yours is chosen if the problem you want to solve is something that others in attendance are likely wrestling with. I applied for and participated in my first hot seat at this recent event. I never felt adequate enough before. When you think about it, the leader running your event likely gets hundreds if not thousands of dollars for their time; so for you to get even a few minutes of focused attention is a great benefit. Take advantage of it.

12. Practice good self care. Rarely are these events monuments to healthy eating and plentiful rest. The ones I go to are typically from about 8am to as late as 6pm. Then there are activities or at least dinner to go to with your fellow participants. Do your best to stay on your typical eating schedule and adhering to your standard diet. Drink lots of water and get adequate rest. If possible, at least get some walking in if you can’t get in your standard workout activity.

13. Stay connected to and active in the group.
A Facebook group is sort of minimum of post event support or connectivity for attendees. Some don’t seem to survive but some groups  really take off and they become a strong support for post-event. The group can give feedback on application of strategies, share resources, and even provide coaching. A good percentage of my clients come from Facebook groups I participate in and most of those groups are off-shoots of a course I took, several of them were live, in-person events.

14. Take fast, imperfect action. This is one of those things we cognitively KNOW to do but often can struggle with when our perfectionism, fears, and self-doubt can take over. Confidence is unfortunately one of those things that comes about after action is taken. Courage is what’s needed in order to take action. To make this easier, pick one small thing you can do right away that will take a small amount of courage but will produce big confidence. The faster you do it, the more powerful and confident you’ll feel.

I know I learn best by taking part in a live training or information session.
Recordings are great but they don’t provide the same depth of experience. If that’s true for you, then be sure to build some revenue into your budget to allow for at least one live event each year to build your skills and your network. Just be sure to choose the right event for you and your business.

How to Deal with the Sudden Death of Your Business Partner

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When we were in corporate life we could consider ourselves lucky if we had one good work friend who shared our workspace or who we worked on projects with.

Whether you’re a corporate escapee or an accidental entrepreneur, one of the dreams you may have had when you started your coaching, consulting, or other expertise-based business was that you could work with people you genuinely like, even love.

So imagine the fun, the excitement of building a business with your best friend.

Even in the struggles, you’ve got someone to share the ups and downs, to lighten the load, and to help maximize revenue.

But what happens when it suddenly ends — and it ends because of a tragedy?

In today’s episode you’ll meet Everett O’Keefe the owner of an agency called The Solution Machine.

Listen in and you’ll hear him share…

  • How he and his best friend finally got their struggling business on a solid financial footing and were beginning to grow when suddenly his partner suddenly passed away.
  • How he dealt from the loss from a business standpoint and shares tips for how you can begin planning now for the worst
  • How he was able to meet the needs of his clients and complete the projects he and his partner had committed to
  • Lessons he learned — personally and professionally — while dealing with his loss
  • What to think of from a business standpoint to reduce your exposure to risk


Additional Resources

What if Your Business Partner Died Tonight?

Accounting for the Death of a Partner

The video version of this interview:

Guest Contact Information

Everett’s business website

Get information on The Master’s Mastermind’s next retreat

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Could PTSD Be Contributing to What’s Holding You Back?

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Each of us goes through a variety of challenges as we move through our lives from childhood through adulthood.

Those challenges leave us with emotional and psychological wounds that can vary from superficial scratches to deep cuts.

How we respond to those situations is unique to each of us; and what one person may feel is not a big deal, another person may experience as profoundly wounding.

Over time, an accumulation of small wounds that are unaddressed could result in a deep emotional injury.

Often without our even realizing it.

And the strategies we adopt to deal with the slings and arrows of life as well as with circumstances that are profoundly hurtful — like losing a job, getting divorced, being the victim of a crime, chronic bullying and more — can eventually become ineffective and actively hold us back when we’re out on our own as independent professionals.

In this episode of The Courageous Entrepreneur Show, you’ll meet my friend and colleague Nancy Philpott.

Nancy is a registered Nurse, a hypnotherapist, and an emotional health strategist and coach. She’s the Chief Transformation Officer for Heart Sync Wellness Center and Founder of the Emotional Resilience Challenge and the Emotional Resilience Academy.

Nancy’s specialty is helping nurses, health professionals, military service members, caregivers, and their family members recognize, prevent, and recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Compassion Fatigue, and burnout.

Listen in as Nancy and I discuss…

  • What trauma is and why it can be different for each person
  • How the brain processes trauma
  • How trauma can impact our ability to interact with the world
  • How being a witness to trauma can impact you.
  • Symptoms that could indicate you’ve got unresolved trauma issues that interfere with your goal achievement
  • Suggestions to help you break free and break through.


Keep in mind that we’re speaking in big terms here. We’re not doctors and we’re not giving medical advice.

This episode is designed to educate and inform. So if you think you’ve got an issue and need help, contact a local healthcare professional and if you feel as though you’re at the end of your rope, be sure to dial 911.

Remember, it’s courageous and brave to ask for help.

Be sure to stick around until the end of the interview where I’ll share your reflection exercise and action step for this episode.

Learn More About Today’s Guest – Nancy Philpott

Nancy and her team of experts provide tips, tools, and emotional investment strategies to help you build emotional resilience. Go to to join the free 10-day challenge.

You can visit her at to learn more about the programs and resources available.

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Terms Used in This Episode


Compassion Fatigue


Resources Referred to in This Episode

The Mayo Clinic’s definition of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome aka  PTSD.

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