Business Gets Personal With Andrew Warner Of Mixergy – FA115

Sometimes Things Don’t Go As Planned

I set out to interview Andrew Warner of Mixergy fame about the insights he’s gained from interviewing over 700 entrepreneurs. He gets such personal information from them and gets them to reveal as much about themselves as they reveal about their business.

There’s that old cliche’ that “It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Business,” but what we all know instinctively (and try to hide) is that our business is very personal. Our interactions with our customers has a personal effect on us (wait till you get hate mail for the first time, then you’ll truly feel how personal business is).

So what happened in this episode is Andrew and I talked about the personal side of being an entrepreneur — the insecurities, the ambition, feeling like an outsider and the feeling of success. We want to accomplish big things, but feel we have to hide them from the world for fear of being called foolish and being ostracized by not just society, but by our family and friends.

This isn’t my normal style interview and it definitely was far from normal for Andrew, but I really believe that message in this episode is critical for aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs alike.

Dive in and discover your vision.

Enjoy Your Personal Adventure,

Tim “Reginald Bradford III” Conley

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  • Fantastic interview.

    And good point on the insecurity + omnipotence part. I have both. Some days I’m feeling more insecure and some days I’m feeling extremely confident.

    Both of those feelings come and go, and I just keep moving forward.

    Really appreciate the honesty from Andrew, and I can also relate to the worrying. I worry all the time.

    And on the lifestyle business part. Andrew’s right. I want to do something great. I want to have an impact on people, but at the same time, I don’t want to be stuck working and slaving and not living life.

    Although when you’re doing something you’re passionate about, it’s not slaving and it’s almost not working (although sometimes it is).

    I could go on and on, but I’ll leave it there. Great interview.

  • shelia

    great interview – one of my favorites of Andrew – very honest, love his drive, love his mission. I too don’t understand why someone wouldn’t choose to listen to story of an entrepreneur over Lady Gaga. Thanks for the great conversation Tim and Andrew

  • I started listening to Foolish after Elisa’s interview and caught up on most back episodes, and I’ve been a Mixergy subscriber for many months – so I’m familiar with both of you guys. But I was completely surprised by the raw and vulnerable truths each of you shared in this interview. For all of us that struggle with feeling like “aliens” on our own earth, it was very empowering to hear that you’re not immune to similar feelings – and how you’ve worked through them. I really appreciate your transparency and courage.

    • Every successful person I’ve ever met has had some deep insecurity. Some hide it well in public, but it is a lonely way to live. They also feel like no one would really understand them so they confide only in other successful people who are in the same boat as they are.

      Having Andrew open up on the show lets people know that if they are struggling with their insecurities and their ambitions, that it is okay — just keep on working towards your goals.

  • This was very fun to listen to, a bit different from other episodes (not that other weren’t fun :)). I’ve listened to a couple of episodes of Mixergy and they were damn good, but the number of them was too high back then to start listening from the beginning. Now that I have some more time, I’m going to dive into it full on. Great work on providing even better interviewees lately, Tim! Keep it up!

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  • Robert Longley

    Tim – I think this is one of your best interviews. I’m a regular listener to both of your podcasts and here you came up with something completely different than either of them. I think it would really interesting for you and Andrew to do a team interview of someone. In as much as I think it might drive him a little nuts, I think you would have something very unique that people would like.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the episode. Andrew’s a cool dude.

      My style does drive Andrew crazy. I’ve tried to do interviews with other people and it kills the flow. A panel works because people take turns, but those need to be structured which doesn’t allow for a conversation.

      A panel could be really interesting though.

  • kevkos30

    Enjoyed this interview Tim, thanks! I’m much more like you and prefer the loose style over structured. I think you “won” the debate if there was one, as you pointed out there isn’t just one way of doing things. I like both of your and Andrew’s podcasts but for much different reasons. I actually get annoyed with his style sometimes but enjoy the content. Anyway, keep it up!