Startup Dad Headquarters Podcast: Father | Entrepreneur | Family | Leader | Coach







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Erik Fisher is the community manager for Social Media Examiner and host of the award-winning podcast, Beyond the To Do List. His podcast focuses on how-to’s about social media, productivity, and podcasting. He has been married for 13 years, and has a 10 year old daughter and a four year old son.

Erik shares in this episode his family life, his StartupDad journey and the keys to his success.  Here is what you will learn from Erik in this episode:

  • Being productive, by saying no to the right things.
  • Trying to find balance with business and family.
  • How to learn from the past by focusing on the future.
  • Finding your niche and sticking to it.
  • Learning your craft through research and personal development.
  • Being secure where you are in your journey.
The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools
  • What’s your secret sauce? Analytical mind
  • What is one time management tool? Look at it ahead of time
  • How do you stand out above the noise: Be yourself
  • What is a habit that attributes to your success as a Husband, Father and Entrepreneur? Taking the time to unplug
  • Book every StartupDad should read from an Entrepreneur Perspective: Million Miles and A Thousand Years
Resources & References Mentioned
Direct download: ErikFisher_mixdown.lite.mp3
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Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 fitness and nutrition show in the world on iTunes. With a university background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides wellness services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews. 

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Dan Miller is the President of 48 Days LLC. He specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success.  Dan believes that meaningful work blends our natural skills and abilities, our unique personality traits and our dreams and passions.  Dan is active in helping individuals redirect careers, evaluate new income sources and achieve balance living.  He believes that a clear sense of direction can help us become all that God designed us to be.

Here are some key points Dan shares in this episode:

  • Being intentional with success not only in business, but most importantly in the home
  • Balancing his family and business
  • The early years of his entrepreneur journey
  • How he sees simple ideas and turns them into opportunities
  • Why a job never appealed to him and why he considered getting a traditional job a financial demotion
  • The blessing and privilege of an entrepreneur lifestyle
  • Validating an idea before you take the leap
  • Making the right choices regarding private health insurance

Resources & References Mentioned

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Under Construction: November 16th - 22nd
1) New website
2) Startup Dad Service
- Startup Dad Launch Pad
- Startup Dad Inner Circle
- Startup Dad Coaching

Nov 23rd - Episode 101: Dan Miller
Nov 25th - Episode 102: Shawn Stevenson

Direct download: UnderConstruction_1_Week.mp3
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Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

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Dr. Tracey Marks is the author of "Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified." She is a psychiatrist with 18 years experience helping women jump off the hamster wheel and manage life so they can actually enjoy it. As a working mom herself, she noticed that her patients and friends were seeking solutions to help them avoid burnout. She is the creator of Beyond Burnout, a resource for working moms, and she's the host of The Beyond Burnout Podcast.

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Derek Olsen is the author of the #1 best selling book “One Bed, One Bank Account.” Derek and his wife Carrie co-host the Better Conversations podcast. Visit for their free newsletter and get a free e-book.

In this episode Derek shares with us:

  • His why- the work he does supports his family
  • How being on the road for five months, selling everything and doing meet-ups was a live changing experience
  • The behind the scenes journey to his leap
  • How one question helped him realize what he didn't want to do for next five years
  • The importance of having spousal support when making a decision to quit your job
  • Self-publishing their book One Bed, One Bank Account
  • How creating a tight budget allowed them the fuel to continue supporting their family and a self-sufficient business
  • How their world really changed when the two became three
  • The behind the scenes story of Carrie's entrepreneur journey
  • The importance of getting out of your comfort zone to reap the rewards

Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: DerekOlsen_mixdown.lite.mp3
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There is a story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years.
One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.
"Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.
"Maybe," the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.
"How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"Maybe," replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg.
The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
"Maybe," answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army.
Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by.
The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
"Maybe," said the farmer.
Ratings and Reviews
- Shoutout to Khalil Guinn for his post on the Startup Dad Fanpage
Behind the scenes here at Startup Dad Headquarters. 
- ER Visit
- Going to bed at a set time… I struggle because I feel like I get a second wind at night and all the house is quite, kids in bed, etc… But the morning is rough, lite sleeper 
Grateful for: 
- Story about my daughter: Praying… we are doing something right. 
Current Success/Lessons Learned:
  1. Continuing along the path of essentialism… Cleared out my inboxes: Inbox Zero! 40K emails or so… 
    • Process used to clear out
    • Process used to maintain
  2. Next week Essentialism Focus is mastering my calendar. 
    • I’ve started working on it this week but I’m really going to make serious effort to schedule every bit of my day (no white space) and keep to that schedule. 
  3. Sales for Jaime Tardy spoke to 5… 2 purchased right away 1 pending and the other 2 weren’t good fits. 
  4. StartupDad Fanpage just exploded going over 2500 likes, received about 10 or so Ratings and Reviews 3 emails, the Facebook posts above and twitter… I haven’t even had a chance to look at by my twitter notifications have been blowing up. Hopefully good stuff. 
  5. Interviewed Shawn Stevenson today! TheModelHealthShow and we 
  6. Working on 2016 Plans
    • Really spent the time to outline a mix of my ideal day would look like. 
    • Forecasting 2016
    • Defining my Gross income goal for the year and then breaking that down by months and weeks as well as by prospects (i.e. potential customers0, sales calls, etc… So starting high and drilling down so that it doesn’t see so crazy and undoable… Now I have to figure out the marketing, funnels, etc… to get the potential customers into the door. 
The Journey to the Destination! 
  1. Enjoy the journey
  2. It’s about the journey not the destination
  3. It’s a tough / long road 
  4. Building the character
  5. Figuring out all these pieces is not easy
  6. Is it worth it! So far financially it’s been tough…. 
Book Recommendations: 
Call to action: 
  • Super excited about this call to action… I discovered, thanks to my good friend Brian Shea, that for a few bucks more a month the email marketing application that I use: Called Active Campaign provides an SMS opt-in feature. Basically what that means is that I can provide you guys with a regular telephone number, which I’m about to do and a pin and when you text that number with the pin you can opt-in right over your phone to get on the StartupDad Newsletter list… Like I said I’m really excited to this bad boy out. So the call to action for this week is send me at text message at 646-495-9867 and enter pin startupdad in the text box and hit send. Prompted to provide the email you want to use for the opt-in and BAM! you’re in… It’s awesome! 
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Brad Baldridge is a late stage college planning specialist. He helps parents of high school students plan and play for college using strategies such as merit aid, need based aid, tax planning, scholarships, loans and many more. Over the past 10 years, Brad has directly helped hundreds of families plan and pay for college and shares his expertise weekly on his podcast, Taming The High Cost Of College.

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Marquis C. Jones is a husband, father, mentor, speaker and God-fearing humble servant with average skills, but a phenomenal  will to succeed and help others do the same. He exposes people to a disruptively different opportunity that will allow them to build their very own residual income, acquiring great wealth that will last generations to come. 

Here are some other key points he shares in this episode:

  • The wake-up call he got from his daughter when he realized he was "trading time for dollars" and being just a number who was helping others achieve their dreams and goals
  • How personal development and being an avid reader provided the knowledge he needed
  • Discusses his launch and why he knew it wasn't going to be an immediate financial success
  • How for a time his personal life was his business
  • The importance of prioritizing his schedule
  • How his business is disrupting the network marketing industries
  • Discusses private health insurance
  • The intersection of where passion and purpose meet
  • Discusses failures and dealing with the loss and getting back up
  • Outsourcing


Resources & References Mentioned

Direct download: MarquisCJones_mixdown.lite.mp3
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