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Taking One Bold Move | Frank Gustafson | Episode 9

Taking One Bold Move | Frank Gustafson | Episode 9
November 13, 2014

Taking One Bold Move | Frank Gustafson | Episode 9

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I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Filling the bank account while emptying my soul.Frank Gustafson
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Taking One Bold Move with Frank Gustafuson

Taking One Bold Move with Frank Gustafuson


The Startup Dad Journey of Frank Gustafson

Frank invested 30 years in executive leadership and small business ownership.  For most of that time he chased the dollar.  Filling his bank account while emptying his soul.  No more!  As an executive and business coach, leadership trainer, writer and speaker, he launched his latest venture OneBoldMove.  OneBoldMove is all about helping people get un-stuck, helping busy people make bold moves to reinvent their future.

Frank has been Married to the love of his life, Theresa for 25 years – and they have 3 thriving adult children and 4 dogs.  They live in Melissa, TX…  just outside of the metropolitan hustle and bustle of Dallas.


It’s all good, it’s not about what happens to you, it’s how you react to what happens to you that’s important. And in the long run its not what happened in the past necessarily, it is where you are today. Frank Gustafson
Family First:
  • Family Fun Photo: Husband, Father of 3
  • Balancing Family & Business: Raising the kids with a strong work ethic and integrity.  They respected the fact that Dad was taking care of business and doing what he had to do.
  • Support of spouse: My wife has had more confidence in me, more than I have had in myself. She is the driving factor, my cheerleader.
  • Primary Chores around the house: Taking care of the trash, fixing what needs to be fixed and taking the dogs out before my wife gets ups.
Along This Journey We Discuss:
  • At a very young age was involved in numerous Start Up opportunities
  • Took a huge pay cut to go into a Start Up business with a friend and four other colleagues which grew into a half a billion dollar business with 600 employees
  • The catalyst that inspired his leap I always had the ambition that I was going to be a millionaire by the time I was 30
  • Always extremely confident in what I was able to do and how I was going to be able to provide for my family.
  • I lost a million dollars in one year, it sucked, but it was all part of the process. It taught me so much, I don’t know if I could buy that lesson for a million dollars. It was an investment to where I am right now.
I believe that the person you are has a lot to do with the people you associate with and the books that you readFrank Gustafson
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Real Dads, Real Talk:


  • Failure, Doubt or Fear: I am a firm believer that you have two dogs, a good dog and a bad dog; whichever one you feed will get stronger. I tend to try to stay positive and feed the positive.
  • Hardest personal sacrifice: Leaving people behind and time with my kids and my wife.
  • Private Health Insurance: Money in savings to take care of it out of pocket.
The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools


  • What is one time management tip? My wife and my coach keeps me on track
  • Personal habits that attributes to your success as a Entrepreneur? Dropbox, Evernote and Social Media
  • Manage Health: Running
  • Book every startup dad should read: Strength Finder 2.0 and Day Job to Dream Job
Resources & References Mentioned



Quotables by Frank Gustafson
  • Focus on what you can do next to learn something new
  • You got to have short term goals and long term goals
  • Read, read, read, read, read
  • Set a goal to improve yourself on a daily basis.


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

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