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Finding Time To Build Your Dreams | Justin Ricklefs | Episode 31

Finding Time To Build Your Dreams | Justin Ricklefs | Episode 31
January 21, 2015



Reclaiming Meaning In the Things That Matter Most!

Finding Time To Build Your Dreams | Justin Ricklefs | Episode 31

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If the spark doesn’t go fully out, you have got a shot.Justin Ricklefs
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The Startup Dad Journey of Justin Ricklefs

If you care about it you’re going to do it¦ if you care, if you’re intentional and you’re deliberate with your desires you’re going to find the time to make it a reality by Justin Ricklefs

Justin is a sales guy at heart, who loves the art of putting a good deal together. He has worked in college athletics, the front office of an NFL team, and enterprise technology companies. He and his wife, Brooke, have five young children and are often asked in public, “are those ALL yours?”. They call Kansas City, MO home. Justin writes about how professionals can reclaim what matters most in business, wellness, and at home. You can connect with him on his website (justinricklefs.com) and follow him on Twitter @justinricklefs.

Find someone who already has an awesome audience, build a following and have your message start to resonate with people.Justin Ricklefs
Family First:
  • Review family fun photo (image above) –  wife with five children, four girls and one boy
  • Balancing family and business by: I struggle with the word balance. Its sets us up for expectations that will never be met. When the lights come on in the room of your heart that says these are the things that I am passionate about, I find the energy, time and resources to make stuff happen when you care about it.
  • What does Fatherhood mean to you: I think the role as a dad is the most precious job I will ever have. It’s an unbelievable role.
  • Household Chore: I’m opposite of handy, but I am a ninja at folding laundry and I also do dishes.
Along This Journey We Discuss:
  • The root started when in college as a side hustle business I was buying and selling college event tickets online.
  • I also come from a family of entrepreneurs, they believe in the power of owning something
  • My career up until 2013 was in Sports Sponsorship. I worked for several universities and then ultimately the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s an industry where you work long hours and are spread thin.
  • The catalyst that inspired his leap: With five young kids, I knew with the trajectory in my family as much as I loved my job, I couldn’t be as engaged as I would need to.
  • Left Kansas City to move to West Palm beach to have a stake in a small business, but it was good but not great. It gave me exposure to the small business entrepreneur life. We learned a ton and got really great insight.
  • I started writing and people would tell me how much of a great writer I was and several request to assist people with their writing.
  • I was hesitant to be honest, I bought the domain and a couple of months in 2014, I posted a couple of post and had very light traffic.
  • I got a free coaching session, and he encouraged me that my content was fine, but no one was reading it. So, I started writing for other outlets and sites providing value, which led to more people going to my blog.
Stay in that rhythm of keeping that flame burningJustin Ricklefs
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Real Dads, Real Talk:
  • Doubt and Fear: My doubt early on was Man do people care? But, then I look at other guys who are ten steps ahead, that are doing it and they are being transparent about it. And if they could do it, I can do it.
  • Hardest personal sacrifice: Sleep
  • Intersection between Fatherhood and Entrepreneurship – my daughter wrote her own book and sold several hundred copies, she is teaching me to go and take initiative.
The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools
  • What is one time management tool? Topsy.com – an app that quickly allows you to view who shares your blog post.
  • Personal habits that attributes to your success as a Father, Husband and Entrepreneur? Fully integrated man is critical – it’s not sustainable to be great at work and a horrible husband or vice versa.
  • One way you manage your health: Eating well
  • Book every startup dad should read: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters; Choose Yourself
Resources & References Mentioned
Quotable’s by Justin
  • Keep the inspiration coming, because you hear a million things in the other direction that will suck the life out of you
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu

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