Freedom to Fail
Freedom to Fail
Kyle Bringhurst
On Freedom to Fail, Kyle Bringhurst interviews successful entrepreneurs and people about the unsuccessful times in their lives once a week. This podcast was inspired by entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Ed Mylett, Jesse Itzler, and others who are not afraid to acknowledge that success only comes after overcoming fears and learning from our failures. Freedom to Fail is for those who have dreams of starting a business or reaching your goals but have been held back by their fears. It was created to give YOU an inside look into these failures and learn the skills they use to move forward in the face of uncertainty.
Episode 049 (Betsy Mikesell) - Surviving a Plane Crash and Setting Up a Business to Run Itself
This episode with Betsy Mikesell has been a year and a half in the making. We were initially scheduled to have the interview last March, but Covid happened. Then we rescheduled for August, but also had to cancel that because she and some of her family actually were in a plane crash. They all survived, but now face injuries and recoveries that may last a lifetime. During the first few months after the crash, her company, Beddy's, actually was thriving because earlier that year she had established systems that would allow her to step back, if needed. Unfortunately, she needed to, but it was thanks to this smart planning that allowed her company to still push forward without her needing to be hands on. Listen to this week's episode to learn all about how she and her family are bouncing back from the plane crash, and see how she set her business up to be successful without her having to be there all the time (every entrepreneur's dream).
Apr 19, 2021
48 min
Episode 048 - Learning Marketing Strategies from Other Industries
For these solo episodes I want to share more about my personal entrepreneurial journey and give practical tips to help you in your businesses. My goal is to provide you with personal stories about how I did what I suggest so that you have different stories to draw from for inspiration. Today I want to help you learn how to market your business.Three Takeaways:1. Constantly evaluate what is working in your business systems and make changes whenever you notice something isn't working.2. Take what is working for your competitors and apply them in your business.3. Study other industries to find unique marketing strategies that you can use to set your business apart.To read more about this topic and learn more about how to market your business, click here.
Apr 15, 2021
23 min
Episode 047 - Liz Findlay (Albion Fit)
This week's episode is a Legends episode with Liz Findlay from March 2020. Her story was so good and impactful that I wanted to share it again for all our new listeners who may not have listened to it the first time around.One of the smartest people I've ever met, Liz received a Master's degree and was 4 years into a PhD program when she decided to start Albion Fit with her husband, Dave in order to try and save her family's factory in Guatemala. What started as a rescue attempt turned into one of the fastest-growing companies in Utah. They have 4 brick and mortar stores in 3 states, and have expanded from just women's clothing to include both men's and children's clothing as well.
Mar 16, 2021
44 min
Episode 046 - Chase Harrington (Entrata)
Growing up, Chase Harrington always thought he was going to be a dentist. That was part of his identity. But fate said it wasn't to be. Instead, he ended up working at a plasma center and helping grow it to a lucrative, interstate business, one he was set to take over. But fate intervened once again, and in a drastic change of events the company was forced to shut down.That didn't deter Chase though, as he showed his resiliency by working his way up at a small tech startup called PropertySolutions, first as a support guy, then sales rep, and moving up to his current role of President and COO at Entrata (after their name change), which does over $200 million annually.His story is absolutely fascinating and you will learn a lot about him that you may not have known in the past. He is a living example of how to keep working after disaster strikes, and in this episode you can listen to his suggestions of how to start a business, because they are spot on with a lot of things.
Mar 9, 2021
43 min
Episode 045 - Kylie Chenn (Acanela Expeditions)
Having a successful company is exciting. Going from hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue to zero overnight is not. But that's exactly what happened to Kylie Chenn with her company, Acanela Expeditions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.How do you know it's time to pivot to a new idea or business? Are you quitting or being smart by moving on? These are some of the questions that I discuss with Kylie about her journey, and discover how she was able to creatively think of business opportunities that came because of COVID-19.She is an inspiration in resiliency and not letting bad situations keep you down, and I am super excited for you to learn from her in this episode.
Mar 1, 2021
45 min
Episode 044 - Fernanda Bohme (Bohme)
In this episode, you will learn about how Fernanda and her sister had the idea for Bohme in 2006, and since then grown the company to have over 200 employees and 17 locations, with no signs of slowing down. If you look at where they are now it's a great success, but their first attempt was a financial failure, and along the way almost got shut down by their landlords because of struggles as well. Yet through it all, they persevered and reimagined their company to make it more streamlined, and they are now running an extremely successful, award-winning company.Listen to this episode to learn more about their struggles and successes, and hear Fernanda's advice for succeeding in the retail industry.
Feb 17, 2021
45 min
Episode 043 - London Chandler (The Muse Supply)
This week I'm doing something a little different than in the past! I want to highlight more local businesses that are just in the startup stage so that my guests are anywhere from the initial struggle to initial public offering. London Chandler is an up-and-coming entrepreneur who just started an affordable jewelry line, The Muse Supply. She literally just started last month, and already has had an impressive start. Plus, her jewelry is affordable and very nice. I personally bought some and everyone I gave them to loved them.If you are just starting a business, you will find this conversation very relatable. But no matter where you are in your journey, you'll be able to learn a lot from London!ResourcesThe Muse Supply Website: Click HereInstagram Page: Click Here
Feb 9, 2021
37 min
Episode 042 - Kory Stevens (Taft)
This is a repeat of an episode with Kory that first aired on January 6, 2020.For our listeners out there with good taste in shoes or style, you may have heard of the shoe and boot company, Taft. Easily one of my favorite companies and brands, I was ecstatic to find out that they were based in my backyard here in Utah. Kory Stevens is the founder of Taft, along with his wife. Besides being the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, he was also named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, has been on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and Taft was recently ranked the 56th fastest growing company in the country by Inc Magazine. But most importantly to him, he is a devoted husband and father.While he has been able to find much success in business, Kory has also found himself in the depths of depression and lifelong struggles with mental health. What is most inspiring about him is that instead of struggling in silence, like many of us do, he instead chooses to be vulnerable and share his struggles in hopes that he can help people understand that mental health struggles have many different faces, and that anybody can find themselves struggling with it at some point in their lives.
Feb 1, 2021
46 min
Episode 041 - Tate Stock (Chirp)
At 28, Tate Stock is still very young in the entrepreneur community. Yet based on what he's been able to accomplish, you would never expect it. His company, Chirp, has only been around for a couple years so far, yet he recently just landed a deal on Shark Tank for the largest valuation in history. Listen to this episode to find out where he got his idea for his business, as well as to learn some tips for your own business experiences! There are lots of practical tips, regardless of where you are at in your entrepreneurial journey.
Jan 25, 2021
39 min
Episode 040 - Moving Past 2020 and Towards Your Goals
2020 was a crapshoot for everybody. Good things happened, but so did plenty of difficult things. And nobody was immune. Yet while some people faltered and didn't see much growth, others flourished. The difference was the accountability that these people took in their situations. Some people (including myself) blamed 2020 for their struggles and only saw it as bad things happening to them that they had no control over. Sure, there isn't much one person can do to prevent a global pandemic, but there are other ways of being prepared for such situations, and many of us found ourselves caught with our pants down when COVID-19 hit. I talk about the lessons I learned about moving on, as well as how to create goals and make plans to make 2021 the best year possible.
Jan 20, 2021
26 min
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