Growing up in a small Nebraska town, Bill Udell has spent the last couple of decades finding ways to build cool things with his buddies. In that time his circle of “buddies” has grown and the “cool things” have morphed from building software platforms to building communities and ecosystems of software engineering, corporate innovation, and entrepreneurship. Today, Bill is the “Integrator” at Don’t Panic Labs in Lincoln, Nebraska. During this episode, I spoke with Bill about his career journey and how he stays healthy under pressure with running, good nutrition and leading by example.
When most high schoolers were out with their friends, Brett Byman was busy cleaning bathrooms along the interstate with his parents. Raised by entrepreneurs, Brett had a very realistic view of what entrepreneurship looked like and what it means to run your own business. And when most of his friends were looking for jobs after college, Brett found himself creating jobs as the CEO of Nobl Health. Today Brett is the co-founder and COO of BasicBlock, a transportation marketplace that leverages smart contracts on the blockchain to provide trust between all stakeholders.
During this episode, Brett and I spoke about how stress impacts performance and how reading, good nutrition and getting outside helps him stay healthy under pressure.
Registered dietitian nutritionist, Liz Weiss, MS, RDN, has been passionate about healthy food and family nutrition for well over two decades. Helping families discover the joy of wholesome and delicious food is not just her job—it’s her mission. As the mother of two grown children, Liz advocates a real food approach to feeding families.
Liz is the voice behind the family food podcast and blog, Liz’s Healthy Table. She has written several cookbooks including No White with Dinner, The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers, and the playful new coloring e-book series, Color, Cook, Eat! Liz is a contributor to Today’s Dietitian RDLounge, and she brings more than 25 years of professional speaking experience to the podium for both the public and health professional audiences.
Liz was a producer and reporter for CNN’s Nutrition News unit from 1987 to 1992 and is best known for her recent work as the cofounder of the online platform, Meal Makeover Moms. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and two of their practices groups: Food & Culinary Professionals and Nutrition Entrepreneurs. Liz lives in New England with her family.
During this conversation, Keith and I talked about his entrepreneurial journey and the physical and emotional challenges that arise when you launch and sell a business. In a recent medium post, Keith wrote about his experience and said something had to change.
Sarah Donnelly is a Marketing Specialist and Graphic Designer at Social Assurance. After graduating from college in December of 2017, Sarah accepted a full time position with the company and made the decision to move to Kansas City.
In the first half of this episode, I spoke with Sarah about the transition from college to working full time for a startup and how she stays healthy under pressure by focusing on her faith, dance and spending time with others.
During the second half of this episode, Sarah and I discussed the events of August 14th, 2017. At the time, Sarah was interning for Social Assurance and was housesitting/dog sitting for us while we were in Europe. Just moments after Sarah had returned from taking her cousins out for ice cream to celebrate the first day of school, our neighbor’s home exploded. The explosion caused damage to 43 homes in our neighborhood and later killed my neighbors who were both inside at the time of the explosion.
Sarah’s thoughtfulness, care and perception of life’s events is wise beyond her years. I spoke with Sarah about how life’s transitions affect us, whether expected or not, how we process them and how we move forward.
Consider this a bonus episode. During this episode, Ben and I discuss our favorite takeaways from episode 36 and also highlight what you can look forward to in August. I also spoke with Ben about the concept of micro-recovery and what that means to him and how it can apply to entrepreneurs and busy people.
Marianne Worthington is the founder of Work Warrior, a company that helps managers be rockstars, and in 2018 decided to launch her second brand, Sequins and Superheroes, helping people manage themselves, and become the hero of their own story. Before deciding to go out on her own, Marianne spent over a decade in corporate America as a manager. During that 10 years she jokes that there were “a lot of blood, sweat, and tears…and often times those things mixed together and made quite a mess.” But she discovered people can learn to be a good managers, but not if they can’t manage themselves, their fears, their biases, or their emotions.
In this episode, I spoke with Marianne about toxic work environments, the #METOO movement, and the different between self-care and human maintenance.
John Fulwider, PhD is a professional EOS® Implementer and Founder at gear80. He helps entrepreneurs and their leadership teams clarify, simplify, and achieve their vision. During this conversation, I spoke with John about his business and why bootstrapping your health might not be enough when it comes to managing your mental and physical health.
You can connect with John on Linkedin.
Taylor Siebert is a husband, father and entrepreneur. During this episode, I spoke with Taylor about his career journey and his love for EdTech. We also discussed his passion for social media, digital citizenship and how he stays healthy under pressure as a content creator and busy entrepreneur.
Christina Oldfather is the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (LPED) based in Lincoln, Nebraska. She plays an active role in the local startup community by recruiting and mentoring teams for the NMotion accelerator program. In this episode, I spoke with Christina about the local startup community and how she stays healthy under pressure as a busy professional, active mother and part-time Jazzercise instructor.