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Which Wolf Are You Feeding? | Eric Zimmer | Episode 29

Which Wolf Are You Feeding? | Eric Zimmer | Episode 29
January 14, 2015



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Which Wolf Are You Feeding? | Eric Zimmer | Episode 29

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Anybody can start their entrepreneurial journey, wherever they are, they just have to start.Eric Zimmer
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The Startup Dad Journey of Eric Zimmer

An old grandfather told his grandson: My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, and resentment. The other is good. It is joy, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and bravery.
The boy thought about it, and asked, Grandfather, which wolf wins?

The old man quietly replied, The one you feed. I’m super excited to have on the show today Eric Zimmer: the host of a smashingly new podcast in iTunes titled The One You Feed

Eric has been helping build companies for 15 years. He has been involved in technology for even longer than that and has led major software programs for Fortune 20 company. He is the CEO for a solar energy company called Tipping Point.
Eric lives in Columbus, Ohio with is wife, two kids and three dogs.

He loves music with a passion and when you checkout his show you’ll find that all the music you hear is produced by him and his cohost.

He is always curious and learning and absolutely loves to meet new people. Which is one reason why his podcast was named one of the best of 2014 and is crushing it in iTunes.

Take a couple of steps in the direction you want.Eric Zimmer
Family First:
  • Review family fun photo (image above) –  Wife and two 16 yr old sons
  • Balancing family and business by: Balance is a tricky things, because there are things that come up in both the family or business. I try to make sure that in a long term span of time that there is balance. The challenge now that they are teenagers is getting them to spend more time with us, then me spending more time with them.
  • What does Fatherhood mean to you: It certainly helps me to be more responsible and put others needs before my own. It means alot.
  • Household Chores: Dishes, take out the trash, and the laundry
Along This Journey We Discuss:
  • I was working for another startup that was in the process of being acquired.
  • I was interested in getting into energy, I began reading a book in library on Solar Energy and decided to open the business
  • My boys were 10 at the time
  • The catalyst that inspired his leap: The solar energy landscape in Ohio began to change and I am in the process of selling.
  • This led me to start the Podcast
  • I started it with a few modest goals – I wanted to talk to people about things that I thought were really important, spend more time with my friend, and hoped people would be interested in it.
  • I don’t know the direction I am going to go into with the podcast, but I am keeping my ambition modest.
Do something concrete, an actual, tangible stepEric Zimmer
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Real Dads, Real Talk:
  • Failure, Doubt or Fear: One of the doubts that comes periodically is am I really moving forward enough in each of the areas where I may have a business. I keep an eye on it, and so far I have been doing a good job on it.
  • Hardest personal sacrifice: Music, there simply hasn’t enough time to do it.
  • Health Insurance: Covered under wife’s insurance
  • Intersection between fatherhood and entrepreneurship: That they can go and do what they want to do. That work can be something enjoyable and fun.
  • What would have done differently knowing what you know now: I would not have allowed our standard of living to go up. I would have been more mindful.
The HandyMan Segment: Tips | Tactics | Tools
  • What is one time management tool? Use your small bits of time well.
  • Personal habits that attributes to your success as a Father, Husband and Entrepreneur? Learning. Always try to make sure I am learning.
  • One way manage your health: Exercise and Meditation
  • Book every startup dad should read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
Resources & References Mentioned
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu

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