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Change didn't come easy to Chip Gaines, who went through an "identity crisis" as he transformed from an anonymous home builder to one of the most beloved people on TV (with Fixer Upper, and now the Magnolia brand he cofounded with his wife Joanna). Here he talks about that evolution, and what he's learned about finding opportunity in the unexpected.
What does it mean to run a sustainable business? It's about building something that can last. In this episode we look at two unexpected "sustainable" approaches — what your brain needs after a hard day of work, and how to build a team that'll survive the ups and downs. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
Do you wish you could predict the future? Not in a street-corner psychic kind of way, but in a more personal, meaningful way — to know what’s coming, and to know what decisions you should make? We hear from experts (including the head of a group called the Superforecasters!) who explain how to do just that. And for more just like this, pick up Jason Feifer's new book "Build for Tomorrow".
If you're struggling to solve a problem, you may be looking at it just 1% wrong. In this excerpt from Jason Feifer's new book "Build For Tomorrow", he explains how to reframe the problems in front of you — and see what other people don't.
How do you build a rapport with someone quickly? How do you actively listen for what they need? That's what former FBI hostage negotator Chip Massey is an expert at, and he explains how entrepreneurs can put those same skills to good use.
How do you solve the problems for which there are no right answers? That's what economist Russ Roberts set to find out in his new book "Wild Problems". Here, he talks through strategies for grappling with the biggest decisions of our lives.
What does it really take to make a brand eco-friendly? For Shine Pet Food, it meant sweating every CO2 molecule—and making hard, expensive decisions. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
How do you develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and then apply it to everything you do? Investor and author John Lee shares how he started from nothing and built big, and what he's learned along the way.
Penny Pennington is the groundbreaking managing director at Edward Jones, where she's bringing fresh ideas to a very conservative organization. Here, she discusses the three pieces of advice that drive her leadership style.
As business and local media shrinks, how can you find the information that helps you grow your business? Chris Roush, author of the book "The Future of Business Journalism", offers new ways to stay on top of everything.
Lomi is a composter that rarely uses the word "compost". Why? Because its creators developed deep insight into how the right language can help them reach more customers, helping them reach beyond just the "eco-minded" crowd. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
Confused about Web3? This is the episode for you! I always wonder why a company uses web3 technology, when it seems to be doing the same thing as a web2 company. So I asked someone. Today, I have a very candid conversation with Rusty Matveev, chief strategy officer at Calaxy, a web3 company.
Before you send your next email, listen to this! Jason opens his inbox and reads some of the worst pitches he's received, and then he and Money Rehab podcast host Nicole Lapin discuss how they could have been improved. This is a rebroadcast of an episode of Money Rehab, which you can find on the iHeartMedia app or wherever you get podcasts.
Sustainability often feels like a mission or an obligation, but what if we saw it as a major business opportunity instead? Karen Weigert, director of the Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility at Loyola University, says that's exactly what it is. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
The world is full of conflict, but Bar Rescue's Jon Taffer says most people approach it all wrong. They either see conflict as something to avoid, or they argue with emotion and a winner-take-all mentality. “If we're going to engage together, I should have a purpose for engaging with you,” he says. In this conversation, inspired by his new book "The Power of Conflict", Taffer explains how to use conflict purposefully and constructively.
How do you find great talent? How do you convince them to join you? Sometimes the answer is: You don't find great talent at all — you CREATE great talent. Economist Tyler Cowen, coauthor of a new book called "Talent", explains how to do it in this episode.
The four-day workweek was once just an experiment. Now it’s regular life for many people. So what’s that like? In this episode, we look at the good, the bad, the reason our workweek evolved the way it did, and what it’ll take to get everyone else another day off. (This is an episode of Jason Feifer's other podcast, Build For Tomorrow.)
ByFusion fuses plastic waste into construction blocks, which is pretty amazing — but the pathway forward for this company involves an abandoned patent, a lot of investor skepticism, and a very ambitious business model. Here's how sustainable innovation happens. Sponsor: Paper & Packaging Board. Learn more at
What's the secret to making something great? It's a combination of predictability and surprise — and a healthy Rule of Rules. To find out what all this means, listen to this, our special 250th episode of Problem Solvers!
In 2006, a debate raged inside of Nintendo: Do they bundle their new Wii console with the game Wii Sports, or sell the game separately? Reggie Fils- Aimé was president of North America at the time, and he argued yes — because even though it meant giving up revenue upfront, it would lead to more Wii sales later. Here, he explains the battle and how he won it.
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FirstPrinciple r

Discipline and time management. Being genuine and nice to people. really Caring about business and people around.

Jan 13th

Tom Shott

Everyone should listen to this twice!

Dec 26th
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Tom Shott

As always an awesome edition.

Sep 18th
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This is a great episode about promoting oneself when it feels disgusting and disingenuous. I appreciated the view that you focus on the value you're creating. #AmbassadorRecommends

Jul 20th

Martijn Deketelaere

great episode. a bit more how I built this like.

May 25th

Tom Shott

This is a really well produced podcast. Every entrepreneur would be wise to listen every week.

Apr 24th


Words of wisdom

Feb 8th

Chris Mitchell

If any business needs help expanding, colleges are incorporating a project called "Xculture" to bring together the minds of maybe 5-6 students worldwide to solve businesses' problems& expand

Nov 11th
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