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It is the mission of this podcast to bring you interesting, practical, and entertaining stories of how guests got through the tough times in their business careers. This is a collection of real stories from the trenches of entrepreneurship with the aim of helping you to Be The Push when you need it most, so you can then take the next step in your business journey. This path can be lonely but I’m here to remind you that you’re not alone. Guests have inluded Shark Tank investors Steve Baxter and Dr Glen Richards. Hosted by Jack Ferguson, a businessman based in Brisbane, Australia, who is fascinated by all things entrepreneurial.

Latest Episodes

A near death experience, manifesting your own redundancy, and a year of no buying with Rachel Smith

EToday's guest is Rachel Smith of cyclingrachelsmith.com and author of Underspent: How I broke my shopping addiction & buying habit without dramatically changing my life On today's episode we cover a range of topics including Rachel's near death experience while scuba diving in the UK. We discuss Rachel's year of non buying and what that has done for her personal finances. Rachel also introduced me to a concept of manifesting your own redundancy. Enjoy the episode!

90 min2018 APR 3
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A near death experience, manifesting your own redundancy, and a year of no buying with Rachel Smith

Selling your house to bet it all on a Startup, earning no revenue for 6 months, and lessons learned from 2 deployments in the army with Tim Walmsley

EToday's guest is Bench On CEO and Founder Tim Walmsley Tim takes us through his story of dropping out of university, working in nightclubs, before becoming a member of the armed forces for 14 years. We talk about the discipline Tim learned during his time in the army and his experiences during his 2 deployments to the Middle East. Many of his learnings in the army have been directly applicable to business. We talk about how Tim sold his house to bring Bench On to life and the process of giving up an enjoyable, high paying job to pursue his dream. This discussion is full of wisdom as Tim gives us a warts and all run down of what his first couple of years looked like running Bench On. Enjoy the episode!

79 min2018 MAR 20
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Selling your house to bet it all on a Startup, earning no revenue for 6 months, and lessons learned from 2 deployments in the army with Tim Walmsley

Closing Down 2 Tech Companies, Challenges Hiring Agencies, And The Benefits Of A Distributed Team With Holly Cardew

EToday's guest is Pixc's CEO and Founder Holly Cardew Holly has a really interesting story and has basically been a lifelong entrepreneur. It's always great to speak to the pure breeds, but it will come as no surprise that she has had her fair share of challenges along the way like most entrepreneurs. We discuss how her first 2 tech businesses didn't work, what she learned about market validation from these experiences, and what she learned about working with development agencies. We also talk about working with distributed teams, Pixc utilises a team of all remote workers, and we discuss the pros and cons of this set up during the episode. But don't call it outsourcing, Holly doesn't like the term outsourcing and you will hear why in this episode. We also talk about Holly's time in San Francisco, Holly still goes back there regularly, but for those who haven't been there and are interested in what it is like, Holly provides great insight. Enjoy the episode!

68 min2018 MAR 6
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Closing Down 2 Tech Companies, Challenges Hiring Agencies, And The Benefits Of A Distributed Team With Holly Cardew

A Cold Calling Nightmare, Getting Promoted Before You're Ready, and Business to Enterprise Selling with Gavin Tye

EHave you ever feared cold calling? What about door knocking? The guest on this episode Gavin Tye talks us through some of his most challenging times having to cold call and door knock for work. As an introvert we discuss how he has come to overcome his selling fears and what the early days were like when he first begun. Have you been given a promotion before you're ready? Known someone else who has? Gavin reflects on when he was given a promotion before he was ready and the pain that caused him professionally, and personally. A Fascinating story around knowing yourself and what you are ready to take on. We also talk about a different type of selling seldom discussed. Business to Enterprise Selling. You've heard of B2B? Well this is B2E. Listen in for all the ways this is different. Enjoy the episode!

73 min2018 FEB 20
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A Cold Calling Nightmare, Getting Promoted Before You're Ready, and Business to Enterprise Selling with Gavin Tye

When your world falls apart, the pain of losing clients, and the art of leadership with Sonia McDonald

EOn this podcast, founder and CEO of Leadership HQ helps us to demystify what makes a strong and poor leader. She also talks us through her story of becoming a single mum to a young girl in a foreign company, what affect that had on her career, and how she got through it. We also hear about what it's like to lose clients while things were extremely difficult in her personal life. This episode is very raw, and personal. Prepare for a rollercoaster!

65 min2018 FEB 6
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When your world falls apart, the pain of losing clients, and the art of leadership with Sonia McDonald

A Challenging Experience on Stage, How Facing Your Fears Is Overrated, And How Enmeshment can affect your career with Jack Ferguson

EThe tables have turned on this episode of the podcast. Host Jack Ferguson is now the interviewee, and Justin Falk of Talent Vine is the interviewer. Justin managed to drag plenty of insights out of this conversation about challenging times in business including how a scarring performance in front of 2000 people still causes Jack problems with presenting in a business setting today. You'll learn why Jack feels that facing your fears is overrated, what he has learned from the podcast after 30 episodes, advice on whether or not he thinks you should start one and why. We also delve into the unexpected benefits of hosting and building a podcast. Justin asks Jack about his Reality TV experience and what that taught him about focus (surprisingly), how enmeshment has made it difficult for him to conduct business in the way he knows he needs to, and why he is passionate about facing the demons that are still crippling you from your childhood. Enjoy the episode!

79 min2018 JAN 23
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A Challenging Experience on Stage, How Facing Your Fears Is Overrated, And How Enmeshment can affect your career with Jack Ferguson

When the GFC hits, Logistical Nightmares, and when taking on a big industry goes wrong with Gerard Doyle

In Australia we mention the GFC from time to time but most of us didn't feel the full effects here. Gerard Doyle on the other hand was in London running a company during that fateful time in 2007. It's quite incredible to here the carnage an external factor can have on one's company and Gerard speaks at length about how that time was for him. Another story we discuss is Gerard's attempt to start a company and disrupt a large industry. Disruption is spoken about in Startup Land all the time, however what's often not mentioned is what happens when these industries fight back. Turns out the incumbents aren't going to roll over easily, which Gerard found out first hand. Enjoy the episode!

106 min2018 JAN 9
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When the GFC hits, Logistical Nightmares, and when taking on a big industry goes wrong with Gerard Doyle

Teaching Entrepreneurship to Children, Juggling 3 Major Roles, and when Public Speaking Goes Wrong with Sharon Hunneybell

We have many conversations about the failings of the formal education system on this podcast. Sharon Hunneybell is someone who did something about this. Startup Apprentice was created to introduce entrepreneurial concepts to children in school to help them think differently. On this episode we talk about some of the difficulties Sharon saw kids having and how providing them with an entrepreneurial outlet led to some life changing discoveries. Sharon shares some of her own stories around the familiar imposter syndrome, and her evolving self esteem over her career. We even hear a story about how Sharon went blank on stage, and the world didn't fall in ;) Enjoy.

57 min2017 DEC 15
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Teaching Entrepreneurship to Children, Juggling 3 Major Roles, and when Public Speaking Goes Wrong with Sharon Hunneybell

When Relying on Others Goes Wrong, Questioning Whether You Are On The Right Career Trajectory, And The Importance of Strong Hires with Demetrio Zema

ETrusting other human beings to treat your business with the same care and passion that you would is tough. Finding them is tougher. On this episode I talk to Demetrio Zema, founder of Law Squared about some of his past business's, and how relying on other people to do what you assume they will can have devastating consequences. We also talk about Demetrio's approach to hiring so that he ensures he gets the right employees on board, what he looks for in interviews, the non traditional questions he asks, and why. What about if you start a career but in your gut know it's not really for you after a few short months? Demetrio talks about how his passion didn't lie with Law and how he navigated away from a model he didn't believe in.

36 min2017 NOV 15
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When Relying on Others Goes Wrong, Questioning Whether You Are On The Right Career Trajectory, And The Importance of Strong Hires with Demetrio Zema

Bouncing back from Bankruptcy, the Imposter Syndrome, and the struggle of maintaining culture as your company grows with Chad Renando

EBankruptcy. It's a scary word. What is it like to experience filing? What the weeks and months building up to the inevitable like? On this episode we discuss this very experience amongst many others including the challenges associated with the Imposter Syndrome, that felling that you aren't enough, that voice in our heads that pops up from time to time and self sabotages. What about the challenge to maintain culture as your company grows and takes on more and more employees? We discuss what Chad would have done differently had he had his time again. We hope you enjoy this episode.

56 min2017 OCT 31
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Bouncing back from Bankruptcy, the Imposter Syndrome, and the struggle of maintaining culture as your company grows with Chad Renando

Latest Episodes

A near death experience, manifesting your own redundancy, and a year of no buying with Rachel Smith

EToday's guest is Rachel Smith of cyclingrachelsmith.com and author of Underspent: How I broke my shopping addiction & buying habit without dramatically changing my life On today's episode we cover a range of topics including Rachel's near death experience while scuba diving in the UK. We discuss Rachel's year of non buying and what that has done for her personal finances. Rachel also introduced me to a concept of manifesting your own redundancy. Enjoy the episode!

90 min2018 APR 3
Comments
A near death experience, manifesting your own redundancy, and a year of no buying with Rachel Smith

Selling your house to bet it all on a Startup, earning no revenue for 6 months, and lessons learned from 2 deployments in the army with Tim Walmsley

EToday's guest is Bench On CEO and Founder Tim Walmsley Tim takes us through his story of dropping out of university, working in nightclubs, before becoming a member of the armed forces for 14 years. We talk about the discipline Tim learned during his time in the army and his experiences during his 2 deployments to the Middle East. Many of his learnings in the army have been directly applicable to business. We talk about how Tim sold his house to bring Bench On to life and the process of giving up an enjoyable, high paying job to pursue his dream. This discussion is full of wisdom as Tim gives us a warts and all run down of what his first couple of years looked like running Bench On. Enjoy the episode!

79 min2018 MAR 20
Comments
Selling your house to bet it all on a Startup, earning no revenue for 6 months, and lessons learned from 2 deployments in the army with Tim Walmsley

Closing Down 2 Tech Companies, Challenges Hiring Agencies, And The Benefits Of A Distributed Team With Holly Cardew

EToday's guest is Pixc's CEO and Founder Holly Cardew Holly has a really interesting story and has basically been a lifelong entrepreneur. It's always great to speak to the pure breeds, but it will come as no surprise that she has had her fair share of challenges along the way like most entrepreneurs. We discuss how her first 2 tech businesses didn't work, what she learned about market validation from these experiences, and what she learned about working with development agencies. We also talk about working with distributed teams, Pixc utilises a team of all remote workers, and we discuss the pros and cons of this set up during the episode. But don't call it outsourcing, Holly doesn't like the term outsourcing and you will hear why in this episode. We also talk about Holly's time in San Francisco, Holly still goes back there regularly, but for those who haven't been there and are interested in what it is like, Holly provides great insight. Enjoy the episode!

68 min2018 MAR 6
Comments
Closing Down 2 Tech Companies, Challenges Hiring Agencies, And The Benefits Of A Distributed Team With Holly Cardew

A Cold Calling Nightmare, Getting Promoted Before You're Ready, and Business to Enterprise Selling with Gavin Tye

EHave you ever feared cold calling? What about door knocking? The guest on this episode Gavin Tye talks us through some of his most challenging times having to cold call and door knock for work. As an introvert we discuss how he has come to overcome his selling fears and what the early days were like when he first begun. Have you been given a promotion before you're ready? Known someone else who has? Gavin reflects on when he was given a promotion before he was ready and the pain that caused him professionally, and personally. A Fascinating story around knowing yourself and what you are ready to take on. We also talk about a different type of selling seldom discussed. Business to Enterprise Selling. You've heard of B2B? Well this is B2E. Listen in for all the ways this is different. Enjoy the episode!

73 min2018 FEB 20
Comments
A Cold Calling Nightmare, Getting Promoted Before You're Ready, and Business to Enterprise Selling with Gavin Tye

When your world falls apart, the pain of losing clients, and the art of leadership with Sonia McDonald

EOn this podcast, founder and CEO of Leadership HQ helps us to demystify what makes a strong and poor leader. She also talks us through her story of becoming a single mum to a young girl in a foreign company, what affect that had on her career, and how she got through it. We also hear about what it's like to lose clients while things were extremely difficult in her personal life. This episode is very raw, and personal. Prepare for a rollercoaster!

65 min2018 FEB 6
Comments
When your world falls apart, the pain of losing clients, and the art of leadership with Sonia McDonald

A Challenging Experience on Stage, How Facing Your Fears Is Overrated, And How Enmeshment can affect your career with Jack Ferguson

EThe tables have turned on this episode of the podcast. Host Jack Ferguson is now the interviewee, and Justin Falk of Talent Vine is the interviewer. Justin managed to drag plenty of insights out of this conversation about challenging times in business including how a scarring performance in front of 2000 people still causes Jack problems with presenting in a business setting today. You'll learn why Jack feels that facing your fears is overrated, what he has learned from the podcast after 30 episodes, advice on whether or not he thinks you should start one and why. We also delve into the unexpected benefits of hosting and building a podcast. Justin asks Jack about his Reality TV experience and what that taught him about focus (surprisingly), how enmeshment has made it difficult for him to conduct business in the way he knows he needs to, and why he is passionate about facing the demons that are still crippling you from your childhood. Enjoy the episode!

79 min2018 JAN 23
Comments
A Challenging Experience on Stage, How Facing Your Fears Is Overrated, And How Enmeshment can affect your career with Jack Ferguson

When the GFC hits, Logistical Nightmares, and when taking on a big industry goes wrong with Gerard Doyle

In Australia we mention the GFC from time to time but most of us didn't feel the full effects here. Gerard Doyle on the other hand was in London running a company during that fateful time in 2007. It's quite incredible to here the carnage an external factor can have on one's company and Gerard speaks at length about how that time was for him. Another story we discuss is Gerard's attempt to start a company and disrupt a large industry. Disruption is spoken about in Startup Land all the time, however what's often not mentioned is what happens when these industries fight back. Turns out the incumbents aren't going to roll over easily, which Gerard found out first hand. Enjoy the episode!

106 min2018 JAN 9
Comments
When the GFC hits, Logistical Nightmares, and when taking on a big industry goes wrong with Gerard Doyle

Teaching Entrepreneurship to Children, Juggling 3 Major Roles, and when Public Speaking Goes Wrong with Sharon Hunneybell

We have many conversations about the failings of the formal education system on this podcast. Sharon Hunneybell is someone who did something about this. Startup Apprentice was created to introduce entrepreneurial concepts to children in school to help them think differently. On this episode we talk about some of the difficulties Sharon saw kids having and how providing them with an entrepreneurial outlet led to some life changing discoveries. Sharon shares some of her own stories around the familiar imposter syndrome, and her evolving self esteem over her career. We even hear a story about how Sharon went blank on stage, and the world didn't fall in ;) Enjoy.

57 min2017 DEC 15
Comments
Teaching Entrepreneurship to Children, Juggling 3 Major Roles, and when Public Speaking Goes Wrong with Sharon Hunneybell

When Relying on Others Goes Wrong, Questioning Whether You Are On The Right Career Trajectory, And The Importance of Strong Hires with Demetrio Zema

ETrusting other human beings to treat your business with the same care and passion that you would is tough. Finding them is tougher. On this episode I talk to Demetrio Zema, founder of Law Squared about some of his past business's, and how relying on other people to do what you assume they will can have devastating consequences. We also talk about Demetrio's approach to hiring so that he ensures he gets the right employees on board, what he looks for in interviews, the non traditional questions he asks, and why. What about if you start a career but in your gut know it's not really for you after a few short months? Demetrio talks about how his passion didn't lie with Law and how he navigated away from a model he didn't believe in.

36 min2017 NOV 15
Comments
When Relying on Others Goes Wrong, Questioning Whether You Are On The Right Career Trajectory, And The Importance of Strong Hires with Demetrio Zema

Bouncing back from Bankruptcy, the Imposter Syndrome, and the struggle of maintaining culture as your company grows with Chad Renando

EBankruptcy. It's a scary word. What is it like to experience filing? What the weeks and months building up to the inevitable like? On this episode we discuss this very experience amongst many others including the challenges associated with the Imposter Syndrome, that felling that you aren't enough, that voice in our heads that pops up from time to time and self sabotages. What about the challenge to maintain culture as your company grows and takes on more and more employees? We discuss what Chad would have done differently had he had his time again. We hope you enjoy this episode.

56 min2017 OCT 31
Comments
Bouncing back from Bankruptcy, the Imposter Syndrome, and the struggle of maintaining culture as your company grows with Chad Renando
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