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A Blessing — Wrapped in a Trial. Feb 03, 2023

Spiritual blessings from God come wrapped in trials.

If we will give God thanks regardless of our feelings, God will give us joy regardless of our circumstances.

Here's the SHIFT:

- We need to bring our struggles to our Father and have faith in His abilities to handle them.
- When we're feeling down,...

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Outpacing The Competition ... Feb 02, 2023

For Faith Driven Founders, entrepreneurial success isn't about impressing others or outpacing the competition.

It's about advancing the Kingdom of God and fulfilling our calling.

Let's keep our focus on making a real impact in the world, not just in our biz.

We've been given gifts and talents by our...

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Raising the next round won't save you. Feb 01, 2023

Every startup founder thinks raising the next round will save them. Propel them. But it's not true.

I learned this 23 years ago, we had just been named the ninth fastest growing company in Kansas City. We thought we were a rocket ship, only we weren't. 

Just as one in debt believes that...

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The power of HUNGER. Jan 30, 2023

My childhood struggles fueled my drive for success as an entrepreneur.

It's a drive that runs deep within me and it's something that I carry with me every day.

Growing up, I faced many challenges, one of which was being hungry.

- Sometimes for food.
- Other times just to escape poverty.

Despite the...

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Give It Away! Jan 27, 2023

Most everything I've learned, I give away for free.

Why?

Because everything I know, I learned from someone else who was willing to teach me.

Believe it or not, the Holy Spirit has taught me much of what I know. Sometimes directly, mostly through the Word, and other times through the mentors He...

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You gotta be a continuous learner. Jan 26, 2023

If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you gotta be a continuous learner.

It's not just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have.

You're constantly facing new challenges and opportunities, and if you wanna stay ahead of the game, you gotta stay on top of the latest trends and best practices.

Being a...

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Raising a ton of money is great, but ... Jan 25, 2023

Raising a ton of money is great, but it's not the end goal.

The real measure of success is building a sustainable and profitable business.

Don't get caught up in the hype of raising capital, focus on building something real and delivering value to your customers.

Creating companies that are truly...

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The Sting of Rejection Jan 24, 2023

OH ... I can remember reaching out to Super-Successful Christians for mentorship — who wouldn't give me the time of day. That feeling of rejection still stings.

Do you know how I've grown so close to Jesus?

For so many years He was the only one who would take my call. Ha!

As a young...

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My three levels of PRIORITY for growing a startup. Jan 23, 2023

My three levels of PRIORITY for growing a startup.

For me, it's no longer Low, Medium and High.

A few years back this really helped me set a new standard for assigning priority levels to my tasks and projects.

Setting priority is something most startup founders struggle with.

My problem with Low,...

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Sell at $60 million or $120 million? Jan 20, 2023

Would you rather sell your company at $60 million or $120 million?

$120 million, right?

Let me ask it this way ... would you rather own 100% of the $60 million company or 30% of the $120 million company?

It's a calculus every founder raising VC has to think through.

The VC's often encourage founders...

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Why do early employees make bad managers? Jan 19, 2023

Why your first employees in Year 1 often become your worst managers.

As your company transitions from 6 or 7 employees to 15 or 40 ... this happens.

In the early days everyone takes on a variety of roles and projects. They become jacks-of-all-trades.

But as you grow to more and more employees, you...

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Disrupting An Industry Jan 18, 2023

When I'm creating an entirely new marketplace, there are few cheerleaders.

All disrupters can expect the same treatment IF you're slightly early ... on purpose.

When I begin to disrupt an industry, the so-called industry elites will think I'm chasing an impossible pipe dream.

Yet I don't care.

WHY?

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