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“Burning The Ship” With A Family Smart Or Stupid! | Tim Grahl | Episode 5

"Burning The Ship" With A Family Smart Or Stupid! | Tim Grahl | Episode 5
December 15, 2014

Book Marketing Guru by Day: Super Dad 24/7

“Burning The Ship” With A Family Smart Or Stupid! | Tim Grahl | Episode 5

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There is this idea that’s going around — burn the ships! Just quit your job and that will force you to be successful… this is beyond stressful. It causes you to make decisions that you wouldn’t normally make, because you are looking at your bank account and it has $4 dollars in it. Tim Grahl
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Book Marketing Guru by Day: Super Dad 24/7

Book Marketing Guru by Day: Super Dad 24/7


The Startup Dad Journey of Tim Grahl


Tim Grahl is a husband, Father of 2 and the founder of [Out:think] a firm that helps authors build their platform, connect with readers and sell more books. He is the author of Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book and works with many of the top authors in the world including Hugh Howey, Daniel Pink, Dan and Chip Heath, Barbara Corcoran and many more. He has launched multiple New York Times and Wall Street Journal best selling books.

Through his work with over 100 authors across all genres, Tim has learned and practiced the secrets behind successful marketing campaigns and teaches the strategy and techniques through his website outthinkgroup (dot) com

If you set up these rules early on, of like, how you want to live your life, how you want to run your business and force yourself to live inside of those rules, you are able to do it. You are able to constrain it and make sure it gets done, and realize if it doesn’t get done, it’s not the end of the world.Tim Grahl
Family First:
  • Review family fun photo (image above) –  Husband to Wife and two children
  • Balancing family and business by: One of those things Candace and I decided early on was the business would never rule my life. So, every day I would come home at five o’clock whether I felt I could or not and have dinner. So like five o’clock until like bedtime is this sacred time, where I didn’t work. And if I got to anything done, I would just stay up late and get it done.
Along This Journey We Discuss:
  • I got married in my senior year of college. After college and had a couple of jobs. I hated those jobs, so I kind of started something on the side and was trying to grow it.
  • The catalyst that inspired his leap I hated my job, so I just quit. Looking back, I probably would have done something different.. I ran into a lot of hard times, because I quit too soon.
  • Three months after my son was born, I actually quit my job to focus on my business full-time.
  • My wife was supportive, but in a way where she would trust what I was doing and what I needed to be doing. Most of the tough conversations, came a year and a half after, because again, I quit too soon.
  • I was doing several things, and was trying to figure out exactly what I was doing for business.
  • For the first three years of my business I just floundered. But, when I hired a business coach, that is when things really turned around for me.
The way that you find your mission, is to see where there are injustices in the world and try to fix it.Tim Grahl
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Real Dads, Real Talk:


  • Failure, Doubt or Fear: Two specific times where I looked at this, my wife sat me down and she said, you need to figure out how to make more money or get a job.  And there was a time where I felt no matter what I did, it wasn’t working. My whole thing has always been that I am just going to keep going until it fails.
  • Private Health Insurance: I just buy it and pay for it. And if my business got to a point where I didn’t make enough to pay it, I would just get a job where they would pay it.
The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools


  • What is one time management tool? My Macbook Air- that gives me alot of freedom to work anywhere.
  • Personal habits that attributes to your success as a Entrepreneur? Systematizing anything I possibly can. Anything I find myself doing more than once, I try to find a system and/or figure out a more efficient way to do it. I try to be extremely efficient. Be honest with yourself when you are wasting time and cut that cap out!
  • Book every startup dad should read: The Personal MBA
Resources & References Mentioned




Quotables by Tim Grahl
  • I try not to wait for these big life moments to show me I need to change. I am always constantly open to change, open to suggestions, and open to trying something new
  • There is nothing that can replace a mentor or coach with good knowledge or experience looking at your situation and giving you specific advice on what you should be doing.
  • Start with a vision of where you are going. It has to be this thing that will get you up in the morning.
  • Once you have the vision, get humility. Because building a business exposes you in such a way you just have to have humility and be extremely honest with yourself.
  • I can see what is actually important to you by your life.  If you are not willing to sacrifice these things (social media, tv, hanging out) for starting your own business, that means you don’t have a vision yet.
  • Every time you make a decision about how you spend your time, you are saying with your life what your priorities are.


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

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