Podcast #243 // Colleen DeBaise on a Writing Career and Successful Startups

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Colleen DeBaise is a business journalist and author who has devoted the bulk of her career to covering entrepreneurship and small business issues. Currently a contributing editor at Inc., she has served as the small business editor of The Wall Street Journal and as an editor at Entrepreneur, BusinessWeek, and SmartMoney. She is also an entrepreneur herself. She has been has been interviewed on MSNBC, Fox Business News, CNBC, CBS, and NPR, is founder of the Hampton Bee, and is podcast host of The Story Exchange.

She is also author of the new book, Start a Successful Business: Expert Advice to Take Your Startup from Idea to Empire. In our chat, Colleen and I discuss what Colleen learned from studying successful businesses, and how you can apply that knowledge to your own business. We also discussed the trap of trying to make your business too perfect on the onset and how that perfectionism can paralyze us from getting going.

Colleen also opens up and shares her own personal challenges, specifically regarding her health, and we discuss how we feel as if we have to hide what’s going on in our lives so that we don’t appear weak or unreliable in our work environment. This is a special episode I hope you find encouraging and inspiring. I was so touched that Colleen decided to share so much of her personal story with my audience, and I hope you find her words of wisdom refreshing and encouraging.

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