It's been whirlwind few months and I've been taking some time to evaluate where things are heading with my business and this show. I'm back from my 'self-imposed' sabbatical, and am excited to share the direction of where things are headed and all that 2020 has to offer.
I know I talked about connecting with Cory Miller recently at the R3 event and knew I wanted to have another conversation so we could go a little deeper. Cory is one of those people that I felt like I had known forever the first time we met and it feels that way every time we talk. I’ve never been interested in building a company and selling it, so I was very curious to know what that was like for Cory. He spent 10 years building his company, iThemes and then made a difficult decision to sell to LiquidWeb. Besides the business side of that story, I was interested in how that impacted Cory and his team. It wasn’t a decision he took lightly because the people at his company were like family to him. He had grown with them, mentored them, spent time them outside of work and wanted to see them continue succeeding. Beyond the business conversation, I knew we’d be able to talk about some of the “harder” things we all experience but don’t always know how to discuss or share. Cory was very transparent about the personal challenges he faced and how it impacted his life and well-being. Because of his own personal journey, he’s very passionate about mental health and is on a mission to help get rid of the stigma in seeking treatment or professional help when we need it. And of course, as the title implies, we talked about the next journey for Cory and where this path is taking him. I'm trying to do a similar thing again, which is to start something that is good and sustainable and rewards me and I can build a team that cares for clients and people. @corymiller303Click to Tweet Questions I Asked Cory Can you share a little bit of your story with the audience who doesn’t know you? What made you decide to sell iThemes and how did that acquisition come about? What are some of the things you’ve been evaluating for this next journey? What are your thoughts on starting another technology or software company? What challenges do you think entrepreneurs face with mental health and asking for help? How can entrepreneurs get their mindset right and make that the priority on this journey? Sharing those stories and building that network I think is part of that. The part that helps to change the mindset. @corymiller303Click to Tweet What You’re Going to Learn How Cory launched iThemes The writing he saw on the wall that helped him make the decision to sell What is (and why he started it) The moment he was brought to his knees (and how he got through it) How being vulnerable and sharing his story helped shape his new trajectory What he would tell his 10-year old self Where to Connect with Cory Website | Twitter | YouTube Other episodes you might enjoy The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur with John Jantsch KDS: 045 The Power of the Company You Keep KDS:034
Cory Miller joins me on the podcast to talk about his journey building and selling iThemes and where his next journey is heading. We talked about mindset, entrepreneurship, and how to move forward when life brings you to your knees.
The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur is a new book by John Jantsch, and one I’ll be getting for many of my entrepreneurial friends as gifts (and must-reads). This book speaks to me on so many levels and I was thrilled to get the opportunity to talk to John about it. I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember. In fact, as a child, I used to just re-read the books I had when I needed something to read (it never occurred to me to ask my parents to take me to the library, which they would have gladly done). I’m always reading multiple books at one time, based on what I need or want at the moment, but once in a while, a book comes along that becomes part of your daily routine and a staple on your nightstand or desk. That’s what The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur is… one of those books that become part of your daily routine. Buy The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur Here Questions I Asked John This book is pretty different from the other books you’ve written. What inspired you to write this book? How did you decide which transcendentalists to study/include in the book? In what ways do you think entrepreneurs are NOT self-reliant? Why do you think we need this book now? You mentioned that you’ve learned a great deal about yourself when writing this book. What can you share that you learned that has impacted how you do business? This is a new take on the ‘morning routine’… I love the challenge questions. Were you going through the challenges as you wrote the book? It was a crash course not only in the literature but in self-awareness as well. @ducttapeClick to Tweet What You’re Going to Learn Why John decided to write this book (and how it’s been a 20-year process) How he decided which transcendentalists to include in the book What John learned about himself personally while writing this book How you can create a journaling practice around the book and the challenge questions How our current time mirrors the time that the transcendentalists lived and spoke their truth I think self-reliant entrepreneurs will save the world. @ducctapeClick to Tweet Buy The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur Here Where to Connect with John Website | Twitter | Podcast Links from this episode The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur Book My Interview on Duct Tape Marketing    
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