Season 1 Episode 14

Stick to Your Vision

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Ryan North’s vision of success includes having a lot of irons in the fire. Find out how he turned his passion into a business combining comics, an ad network, bestselling books and some of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns. Cameron Herold is obsessed with having a vision, but he thinks everyone is doing it wrong. He explains what you should do instead. And Doug Stephens has a vision of a retail world that moves seamlessly from offline to online. He shares how to get beyond coupon codes and start making meaningful customer relationships.

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Ryan North: Turning Your Passion Into a Business

Ryan North is a computer programmer, humourist, and New York Times bestselling author. He writes a comic for Marvel, owns an ad network and has run some of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns ever. He’s a DIY entrepreneur who’s managed to turn his passion into a business. Find out his secret to keeping so many irons in the fire and how he’s turned all of those projects into a successful business.

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Tracking Offline Customers Using Online Tools

Once you've got an online store, you might start thinking about expanding into bricks and mortar retail. Maybe a booth at a trade show or one of those small-scale, temporary pop-up stores. But how do you connect digital information to your physical business? Find out how to get beyond coupon codes and start making meaningful customer relationships.

Creating a Vivid Vision

For the past 20 years, Cameron Herold has had a hand in some of the most successful businesses in North America. He helped grow 1-800-GOT-JUNK from $2 million dollars to over $100 million dollars in annual revenue. He helped build College Pro Painters into the largest residential house painting business in the world and Boyd Auto Body into the largest collision repair shop in North America. So, it’s safe to say that Cameron knows a thing or two about running a business. And he’s also got some pretty strong opinions on how you should run yours. Cameron believes that if you want to grow your business quickly, you need to develop a vision for the future. But his recipe for writing a vision statement is probably very different from anything you’ve ever done before.

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SolidCore: Running Your Business Like You Workout

Anne Mahlum believes running a business is a lot like a good workout. Learn how she used that philosophy to build a chain of fitness studios that cater to over-achievers in the nation’s capital, including first lady Michelle Obama.

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