Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do

Andy Meadows always had the desire to have his own business. While he worked for others after college, he quickly knew that the entrepreneurship desire was strong. Today he oversees a growing company that touches several different solutions to help people be more productive.

Join in for a great conversation as Andy shares his journey and gives great advice and information about learning, sales, and the Entrepreneurs Organization.

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Linda Smith was named "The Meanest Woman Alive" by Corporate Board Member Magazine. As a partner in the Los Angeles office of DLA Piper she specializes in "bet the company" and complex litigation. 

For over 38 years Linda has built a reputation and brand as one of the top women lawyers in the United States. She has represented high profile organizations and fought her way to the top in a traditionally male dominated business. 

Successful lawyers, even those in top firms, are solopreneurs, as the business requires them to build a solo-practice even as part of a large organization. If they do not bring in business, they do not survive. Linda shares her advice for those in all businesses on how to get ahead.

Join the conversation as Thom Singer chats with Linda about her entrepreneurial journey. This episode is longer than most -- as this is what happens when two people who earn their living talking (a professional speaker and a litigator) have an open ended and in-depth conversation about success.

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Jason Blessing created an eclectic career large companies and growth oriented ventures, and today serves as the CEO at Plex. Along his career path he learned from experience and from mentors.

Jason has extensive experience setting corporate strategy and leading sales, marketing, services, product and G&A functions for market leaders. He is and expert at building and leading teams that dramatically increase share holder value in both venture backed and large enterprise software companies.

Join in on this conversation as Thom Singer chats with Jason about his entrepreneurial journey, his advice for others, and how he and his company give back to the greater good.

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Dan Griffin is an expert on men's relationships and how these impact business and career. He is an author and speaker who is transforming the conversation about what it means to be a man in the 21st century.

After leaving a government job (and the salary, benefits and pension that went with it) Dan launched out to follow his passion for training and helping others deal with complex issues around relationships. 

Dan says if you want to start your own company you need to be thoughtful about becoming and entrepreneur, don't just jump, but have a plan. 

This episode is longer than most, but I think you will agree that Dan Griffin shares from his heart, and will get you to think deeper on the many topics discussed.

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Thom Singer met Jeff Root at a SDSU Alumni Happy Hour in Austin, TX. Within five minutes he knew Jeff had to be a guest on the podcast. Jeff has been working for himself or in 100% commission roles since graduating from college. As a life insurance salesman he converted his agency to being online, and now teaches other agents how to grow their business with the internet.

Join the conversation about business, travel, family life and how to create the life you want as an entrepreneur as Thom and Jeff chat about success.

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Celebrate 100 shows of "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" with Thom Singer. In this show Thom shares life advice he would give his kids (who are starting college and 8th grade)... but the advice is perfect for all of us who want to live the life of an entrepreneur.

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"Don't ask for permission, go do it" is the advice from business celebrity Jeffrey Hayzlett. Hayzlett says that business is hard work... yes WORK!! Being an entrepreneur will take more time and money than you think up front... but when you listen to this episode you can tell from his voice that he is excited about growth and success.

Hayzlett is the author of the soon to be released book "Think Big, Act Bigger". Listen as he shares all the cool things they are doing to launch this new book (including free chocolate!!).

Listen in on this episode and you will be inspired.

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Stephen Lahey is an executive recruiter and the host of the Small Solo Business Podcast. He has a great head for business and knows a lot about the world of solopreneurs.

Tune in for a great interview and high level advice for everyone.

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Greg Barth has re-invented and re-launched his life. Starting with fitness he has gone from an average 40 year old, to a fitness trainer who has recreated how he looks, eats and feels.

In this episode Greg and Thom talk about going from average to great by focusing on thoughts and actions. Greg works in the software industry, but is a wonderful example of an entrepreneur who is growing a successful business on the side.

Tune in and be inspired by Greg Barth.

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Speakers Bureaus are not always understood by speakers or the clients who hire speakers, trainers and masters of ceremonies. Nancy Vogl has been in the business of connecting speakers and meeting organizers for over 25 years. A life-long entrepreneur, Nancy fell into the speaking business through her love of the industry. One day she found she was booking speakers (for free) when Og Mandino told her she should make it her full time career. The rest is history. 

This year Nancy is taking her business on the road and will travel to 39 states to visit her clients, prospects, and speakers. Listen to this episode and hear about her business, and learn from her years of experience.

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