We are barraged by digital distractions to the point where it can warp our perspective.
It’s profoundly challenging to hear ourselves think, let along carve out an identity of our own. So, how can we step out of this Matrix-like web of endless bombardment and live our own version of an excellent life?
How can we learn to listen to and rely upon our own point of view? What does that take? Are there skills of self-reliance we can practice?
Today, Jeffrey explores the art of mastering the entrepreneurial self with John Jantsch, the founder of Duct Tape Marketing and author of the forthcoming book, The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur: 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business. John explains how his curiosity informed his early days in business, discussing what living a life of excellence meant to him then and what it means now. He describes how the ideas of great mid-nineteenth century American thinkers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller apply to contemporary entrepreneurs, challenging us to foster the self-trust necessary to uncover our personal passion and purpose. Listen in for John’s insight around the characteristics of a self-reliant entrepreneur and learn to listen to your own authority, nurture a sense of empathy and openness to growth, and evolve to become even more of yourself.
[0:02] Our addiction to information and digital distractions
[5:35] The portrait of a young John
[8:57] How John’s curiosity informed his early days in business
[11:17] How John built and scaled his marketing firm
[15:45] What a life of excellence meant to John early on
[18:19] What inspired The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur
[28:49] How John’s writing voice has evolved over time
[36:08] The relationship between self-trust and purpose
[38:19] The tension between the values and practice of self-reliance
[41:45] John’s practices for listening to our own authority
[45:36] How self-reliant entrepreneurs will change the world
[55:00] The evolution of a self-reliant entrepreneur
[1:03:14] The value of change by evolution vs. revolution
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