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2nd Guessing The Entrepreneur Path | Grant Baldwin | Episode 10

2nd Guessing The Entrepreneur Path | Grant Baldwin | Episode 10
November 12, 2014



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2nd Guessing The Entrepreneur Path | Grant Baldwin | Episode 10

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I don’t want to just work and work and work and work and be a great businessman, or great speaker or great podcaster, but just drop the ball as a husband or a father, that’s not worth it to me.Grant Baldwin
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Exploring Creative People At Work & Home.

2nd Guessing The Entrepreneur Path | Grant Baldwin | Episode 10

 

The Startup Dad Journey of Grant Baldwin

Grant Baldwin is a national speaker, author, and host of one of the top ranked business podcasts in iTunes called “How’d You Get Into That?” Today he continues to encourage and inspire people to find and do work they love.

Who you become is infinitely more important than what you do, or what you have. Matthew Kelly

Family First:
  • Husband, Father of 3 Girls
  • Balancing Family & Business: You have to be really intentional about scheduling your time and your time with your family.
  • Support of spouse: Made sure to involve his wife along the journey. Trust wife’s feeling and/or opinion.
  • Primary Chores around the house: Washes his own clothes
Along This Journey We Discuss:
  • Youth Pastor To Speaker | Entrepreneur | Podcaster
  • Quite his 9 to 5 when his wife was 5 months pregnant with 1st child.
  • Wasn’t completely sure exactly the path he wanted to take.
  • The catalyst that inspired his leap: 9 months of soul searching to figure out strengths
  • Worked multiple odd jobs while building speaking business. “It was a rough season”
  • Took about a year and a half before speaking business because a full time career.
Nothing like having a kid that just changes everything for you Grant Baldwin
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Real Dads, Real Talk:

 

  • Failure, Doubt or Fear: “I think failure, doubt, fear happens everyday”
  • Hardest personal sacrifice: Traveling and Time away from the family
  • Private Health Insurance: HSA Plan – “Health is a financial benefit”
  • Would you do it over again: Totally – “I love my life, I wouldn’t trade lives with anybody”
The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools

 

  • Grant confessed that he has ZERO handyman skills
  • What is one time management tip: Schedule everything from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed.
  • Manage Health: I like to bike a lot and run a lot. Just plain exercising is boring. I like to exercise towards ago for an event (race, marathon, etc…)
  • Book every Startup Dad should read:
    • Rework by 37 signals – Work related
    • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughter – Dad focused
Resources & References Mentioned

 

Quotables by Grant Baldwin
  • If I make a difference in everybody else’s life but if I fail as a husband and a father, I rather be a greater at Walmart, it’s just not worth it at the end of the day.
  • “Anytime your wife has a feeling that she can’t really articulate and explain and you go against that feeling, typically it end up costing you money.”
  • Don’t let health insurance deter you from being a startup dad
  • “Who you are is more important than what you do”
  • “If I make a difference in everybody else’s life but if I fail as a husband and a father, I rather be a greater at Walmart, it’s just not worth it at the end of the day.”

 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu

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