Episode 198: Growing Like a Rotting Badger

Joe and I stagger into the Roaring 20s with a festive gin & tonic and Joe's convoluted theory about octopuses and goats. Then I explain my theory of rotting badger business growth, which leads to misery and possibly stinkiness. Want an antidote to all the GROW GROW GROW shrieking we're bombarded by? Listen up and build a business of joy and mirth instead.

Key Points

  • [2:15] Joe explains why goats are ‘just wrong’ creatures. 
  • [4:55] We are told by everyone that we have to grow all the time or else we’re useless as people. 
  • [9:15] When it comes to your goals, what do you want? What do you really want? 
  • [9:40] What are you willing to endure to get to where you want to be? 
  • [11:10] Think about what you don’t want to do. 
  • [12:15] Keep things as simple as possible for as long as possible. 
  • [15:55] Pro tip: Do not spend tons of money on a website when just starting out. 
  • [19:25] Don’t ignore the old ‘boring’ ways just because there is a new fad out there. 
  • [26:25] Very rarely do people stop and think and ask, ‘Is this actually what I want?’
  • [26:45] No one will plan your life for you. 
  • [29:35] Bad things will happen, but it’s all how you manage and deal with it that will have the greatest impact on you.

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Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write life-changing books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses. When she's not doing that, she's hanging from a trapeze by her feet.

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