Welcome to the Steve Jobs Based Join Up Dots Podcast Interview with Ande Lyons
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When I asked todays guest to come on the show, she responded with “thank you so much for your delicious invitation, I love delicious conversations, wishing you a delicious day”
Yes this lady loves the word delicious, and it’s not a surprise that she uses such a gushing word, as she is loving her life and what she gets to do everyday.
She has been having entrepreneurial adventures since 1980.
Initially, they were vicarious adventures while she worked directly with CEOs of small businesses.
As she says “I call those years my “entrepreneurial boot camp” experience.”
Then after earning her MBA in 1989 she went to work at a large national bank as a corporate lender for three years.
But can now see that this was not a culture she could ever thrive in … it’s a risk adverse environment, after all… but as she says “I felt it was important to add strong financial analysis and credibility to my resume, so I made the sacrifice. “
However in 1992 she left the banking industry and began her entrepreneurial career… and what a ride it’s been!
From a boot-strapped consulting business to an $8 million venture backed dot com business, to a food manufacturing business funded by angel money, to a highly interactive online business fueled by a charming personality and a strong sense of humor… it’s been a wild and exciting journey.
So where did she get the adventurous spirit which has allowed her to take risks that lead to high rewards?
And looking back and joining up the dots, does the sacrifice she made leading towards her big leap when working in the bank seem necessary, or was it a step away from her true path?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Ande Lyons.
During the show we discussed such weighty topics as:
How she remembers her family being control freaks when she was a child, and she can see now that she wouldn’t be the Mother she is today without it.
How she found that when you lose all your money its actually really freeing and liberating, and not as a scary as you would think it be.
How she remembers her husband being in New York at the time of the Twin Tower attacks, and being aware that business was going to change forever.
How it is so important to build your tribe and connect with them as quickly as possible to build value both ways.
How the branding of Ande Lyons took years and years to come about, but she knows now how powerful it is being 100% authentic to who you were born to be.
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