ZenFounder

If you like Mixergy, Reboot, Jerry Colonna and other podcasts that focus on the mental and emotional side of startups, you'll love Zen Founder. Join Sherry Walling on this weekly show about staying sane while ...more

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September 03, 2021 00:17:01
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Episode 289: Back to School Turbulance for Entrepreneurial Kids

In this episode Sherry talks about the back to school process for her kids. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, those entrepreneurial traits when they show up in kids can be tricky to navigate in day to day academic life. Going from flexibility and creativity to a more rigid schedule can cause some transitional stress and irritability. Sherry provides some tips for navigating this transitional time. ...

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August 27, 2021 00:16:02
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Episode 288: How to Talk to Grieving People

In this episode Sherry reads you a chapter from her upcoming book titled “Touching Two Worlds: a Guide to Finding Hope In a Landscape of Loss”. The chapter starts with a story from her own life that’s been a teacher about grief & loss and she concludes with a some practical takeaways about how to talk to grieving people. ...

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August 20, 2021 00:15:56
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Episode 287: We're Not Okay (Still)

There is still an uneasiness that’s taken place inside of us, we as the collective are not okay. One of the things that is driving this is the general sense that the voices we hear from leadership cant really be trusted. The pandemic has really unraveled us as a societies ability to feel like our leaders are making good choices (ex.flip-flopping between covid guidelines). Trust is essential to healthy human development. Sherry talks about the importance of consciously cultivating trust, reaching out and connecting to those around you. ...

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August 13, 2021 00:09:28
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Episode 286: How to be Still

As an entrepreneur we tend to stay busy and the practice of stillness is not easy or natural for us. However from a mental health perspective it is very important. A recent vacation reminded Sherry of what a great gift stillness can be. Its serves as a counterbalance to the hustle and bustle of business life. Sherry describes it as letting the mind and the body have a complete break and how she made it a deliberate point of focus this time around. ...

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August 06, 2021 00:16:49
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Episode 285: Getting Lost in the Wilderness and other Entrepreneur Adventures

On a recent canoeing trip with some friends, Sherry found herself lost and unable to navigate using the map she was given. While in the lake the terrain she expected to see wasn’t there, none of the landmarks matched. The whole time she never questioned the map, only herself. Well it turns out that the staff member from the outfitter where she got the map marked the wrong spot. The entire trip she spent navigating a map with the wrong criteria. Sherry equates this situation to the business world in which entrepreneurs can often ignore indicators or red flags or explain it away. Questions such as do i have the right team, do i have product market fit, is this partnership working? When things aren’t adding up its important to find the actual cause and this is where an external observer (coach. mastermind, therapist) can help give a larger perspective.   ...

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July 30, 2021 00:11:05
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Episode 284: What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Simone Biles

As entrepreneurs who do anything in public, we seize to be individuals in the mind of the collective(general population/customers). We become part of a public conversation, which can blur the lines of what our customers want for us and what we want for ourselves. Sherry warns entrepreneurs to be careful to listen to the ques of your minds and bodies and what its telling you. You may be tired, burned out, depressed, these may be signs to step away, sell, or do something different. No matter how loud the noise, the collective will never know whats best for you and your business better than you do.   ...

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