Episode 166: Cameron Herold on the Beautiful Bipolar Nature of Entrepreneurs, Morning Routines, and the Importance of Building a Vivid Vision for the New Year

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In this episode, I interview entrepreneur and business coach Cameron Herold. We talk about entrepreneurship in kids and building this muscle for kids, and also about ADD, ADHD, bipolar in the context of analyzing and understanding who are kids are.

Guest Bio:

Cameron HeroldCameron Herold is known around the world as THE BUSINESS GROWTH GURU.

He is the mastermind behind hundreds of companies’ exponential growth. Cameron’s built a dynamic consultancy- his current clients include a ‘Big 4’ wireless carrier and a monarchy. What do his clients say they like most about him? He isn’t a theory guy- they like that Cameron speaks only from experience. He earned his reputation as the business growth guru by guiding his clients to double their profit and double their revenue in just three years or less.

Cameron was an entrepreneur from day 1. At age 21, he had 14 employees. By 35, he’d help build his first TWO $100 MILLION DOLLAR companies. By the age of 42, Cameron engineered 1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s spectacular growth from $2 Million to $106 Million in revenue, and 3100 employees— and he did that in just six years. His companies landed over 5,200 media placements in that same six years, including coverage on Oprah.

Not only does Cameron know how to grow businesses, but his delivery from the stage is second to none— the current publisher of Forbes magazine, Rich Karlgaard, stated “Cameron Herold is THE BEST SPEAKER I’ve ever heard…he hits grand slams”.  

When Cameron steps off the stage, he doesn’t stop teaching. He is the author of the global best-selling business book DOUBLE DOUBLE- in its 7th printing and in multiple translations around the world and MEETINGS SUCK.

Cameron is a top rated international speaker and has been paid to speak in 26 countries. He is also the top-rated lecturer at EO/MIT’s Entrepreneurial Masters Program and a powerful and effective speaker at Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer leadership events around the world.

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Show Notes:

(03:18) When you hear the word successful, who’s the first person that comes to mind, and why?

(04:01) Was there a moment or a series of moments that got you to that realization or mindset shift?

(04:50) We have a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs, fathers, married couples, people who have gone through divorce. Can you take us through the process of that? Did you start to write, did you start to really become self-aware of this stuff? What was the process like, and maybe how can you help someone who’s struggling with that?

(05:55) Did you do that stuff in the morning, at night? Any specific time?

It’s better to take the good advice and take the parts that really work well for you and do those, and then release yourself from the stress of everything else.

(08:06) Cameron’s background

(09:46) What about brothers and sisters?

Cameron Herold: Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs

(11:31) One thing that you’re obviously passionate about is the topic of your TED talk from years ago which is teaching kids to be entrepreneurs. What were some of these things that your parents and grandparents did growing up, that potentially would be helpful in the day to day school system?

(13:34) Would you say that the responsibility falls more on the school system, the teachers and administrators, or on parents, for developing these [entrepreneurial] skills?

(15:05) You talk a lot about ADD, and bipolar and the traits, the 11 traits of an entrepreneur, and one is bipolar. I’m interested to get your feedback on how you came to this and why it’s so important to you.

I think of ADD as a superpower. It allows me to see everything that’s going on.

(18:49) I had Dr. Nassir Ghaemi on the program. He’s a psychiatrist at Harvard and an expert on bipolar disorder. He wrote a book called A First Rate Madness that talked about how Franklin Roosevelt, Ted Turner, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King were on the spectrum of bipolar and trending on either being more depressed or more manic. And it actually helped their leadership style in certain situations.

(20:24) It sounds like, one of the takeaways is, potentially, be more self-aware of what you may, of who you may be and what you may tend to… How would you suggest somebody, if they notice themselves being like ADD or bipolar, how would you say they should respond or react to something like that?

(21:37) You developed this curve for sets the tone for who you are and what you tend towards, and this entrepreneurial curve. Can you talk us through this and why it’s important?

5 Stages of The Entrepreneur’s Transition Curve

(27:33) One story that you talked about in an entrepreneur organization event was this point where your body almost shut down after selling one of your businesses. Can you talk us through that adversity moment of yours and how it was so important?

(29:50) It sounds like a lot of the key components you talked about in your books. Is this almost like a Jerry Maguire moment for you here? The fact that you completely changed your mindset and how you approach business and life and the integration of the two.

The learner controls the environment. No one is ready to learn until they’re ready to learn.

(30:50) The things that you talk about and the work that you do… How would you tell somebody who’s a solopreneur trying to build something from zero at this point, to apply some of the strategies that you have in Double Double, Meetings Suck and Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs?

(32:48) People with side hustles. How would you tell somebody who’s in that situation where you don’t have the full day to focus on it. How do you block it off and make sure that you’re as productive as you should be if you were a full-time entrepreneur?

(34:29) Do you have a book or a couple of books that you most recommend that have impacted you a ton in your work and life?

Stop learning and start doing.

(35:35) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

John F. Kennedy


Website: https://www.cameronherold.com

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