TMBA 406: Shower Thoughts

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Dan and Ian subscribe to the notion that some of their best ideas come to them in the shower.

This week’s episode is a collection of  recent “shower thoughts” that the hosts of this podcast have been ruminating on.

You’ll hear insights on what it takes to achieve life goals, why debt is the #1 thing stopping you from reaching your potential, how to avoid the noise of information, and a whole lot more.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why the path to achieving life goals is often messy. (1:56)
  • How debt can get in the way of entrepreneurial success. (9:20)
  • The struggles of mentoring young entrepreneurs. (13:40)
  • The benefits of going on a “Low Information Diet”. (17:46)
  • How to rethink the ways that you are consuming content. (20:07)

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Published on 09.14.17
  • nice post dear………

  • Oooh, this first shower thought is right up my alley. I can’t stand it when people (usually those selling training programs) make it sound like there’s a guaranteed, easy-to-follow formula for business success.

    In my own journey there were SO MANY twists, turns, experiments, and micro-pivots during that “question mark phase,” and it’s only in hindsight that I can connect the dots and say “A, B, and C were instrumental in my business’ growth; X, Y, and Z weren’t” – but at the time I was going through it I had no idea; I was just winging it!

    Here’s one of my own shower thoughts:

    For an aspiring / early entrepreneur, does it help or hurt to know the details about the HUGE amount of work, time, and effort involved in building a business?

    On the one hand, I never want to give anyone the impression that it’s easy, and I hate when successful entrepreneurs gloss over the “hard work” phase of their journey. All those entrepreneurs who are struggling through their first 1000 days and putting in the work but their business hasn’t taken off yet, I want to tell them that the struggle is NORMAL and that every hour they invest is bringing them closer to their goals!

    But on the other hand… someone asked me recently about how I get traffic – and the answer is that nowadays I get it organically from the 1,000 blog posts, 500 YT videos, and 150 podcasts I’ve produced. Often when I say something like that, people balk at it – “Whoa, that sounds like a ton of work.” Yes, it was, but it happened over 5+ years and I didn’t know at the beginning that I was going to produce such a huge volume of content; I was just bumbling along and it developed naturally. If I’d known up front, would it have seemed discouraging and insurmountable? I have no clue.

    I wonder about this every time I teach / talk to folks who are earlier along in their journey than me… it can be hard to strike the right balance between realism and blissful ignorance :-p

  • yeah and re: twists and turns there were so many crazy things that happened for me particularly in those first few years that I can barely now describe them – even when prompted to try and do so – the best I can do is say stuff like “side hustles and question marks.” I think that’s why I believe relationships are so powerful because they help you navigate super complex information.

    re: your shower thought, I think the balance will remain tricky because the tension you’re pointing out feels really real to me… and let’s not forget how hard careers are but perhaps in a different way? for those dying to get out of a boring career or with nothing to lose it could be easier go on all the adventures and experiments that starting your own business often requires. There’s a more fundamental tension here which is trying to describe something to those who aren’t invested in it, it’s a tough and (often) thankless job! :D

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