This week, Executive Minds is honored to be joined by Jeff Shinabarger. Jeff is a social entrepreneur, leader, and author at Plywood People. Plywood is a non-profit in Atlanta that leads a community of over 200 start ups doing good. In this episode, Jeff shares his wisdom on how to launch start ups. We hope this conversation inspires you, challenges, you, and brings you closer to launching your ideas.
Welcome to episode 13 of the Executive Minds Podcast.
Links + Resources:
- Plywood People
- Plywood’s Annual Conference, August 3rd Atlanta, GA: Plywood Presents
- Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky
- More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger
- Plywood People on Instagram
- Plywood People on Twitter
- Plywood People on Facebook
1. Take time to celebrate your wins. The Launch phase is tricky. On one hand, your so happy to have launched. And on the other, you feel like your workload in maintaining your launch just increased. It’s not healthy for your season of launch to move into a season of never ending busyness. After you have a big launch, take a vacation or take a few days off. Allow yourself to celebrate and take a mental breather. You’ll come back with a fresh perspective.
2. Having passion doesn’t mean you have a business. You need a plan. It’s important to understand the difference between a hobby, a project and a business. Hobbies bring you happiness, but may not always be something you can quit your day job for. A project is something that makes you happy and may make you money, but it has an end date. A business or organization is when you can afford to pay yourself with your product revenue.
3. Being an entrepreneur can be an interesting and lonely place. Jeff talks about the idea of the conference room table. Next time you’re by yourself near a conference table, take a seat at the head of the table. Now, imagine you’re the President of the United States and you’re in the situation room during a high-tense moment. Who are the people you want filling those chairs at your table? These are people who believe in you enough to tell you “no,” but also want the most success for you. Start inviting those people to speak into your life.