Russ is the Founder of Design Pickle, the #1 unlimited and flat-rate graphic design service in the world, and author of The Sober Entrepreneur. He’s also a Certified Trainer with Wake Up Warrior.
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Time Stamped Show Notes
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- [01:01] – Russ started DesignPickle in 2015
- 01:17 – He started writing his book, The Sober Entrepreneur, in 2016
- [03:03] – Invest in yourself what you have now
- [03:18] – JLD talks about meeting Russ for the first time
- [03:43] – Russ’ area of expertise is in scaling businesses
- [04:47] – JLD talks about how he hesitated to invest in himself way back 2013
- [05:55] – Share something we don’t know about your area of expertise that as Entrepreneurs, we probably should: “True profit lies in the boring things”
- [06:32] – Russ learned that successful companies are able to do the boring things really well
- [08:16] – Worst Entrepreneurial Moment: In 2012, Russ had an agency. He was at home when his wife came in the room… She held Russ’ phone up. He was exposed — his affair with his co-worker was exposed. Everything just came crashing down around him
- [10:20] – “There’s always a path upwards”
- [10:52] – Russ had to be radically honest with himself to create that internal foundation for his next journey
- [12:08] – “Just don’t quit”
- [14:44] – What is the one thing you are most FIRED up about today? “It is seeing this really simple silly idea that I had… to see it take off”
- [16:18] – The Lightning Round
- What was holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur? – “Looking for answers externally”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “If you’re not prepared to advertise your product or service, then you don’t believe in it”
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? – “Not being afraid to collide with someone”
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? – Deep Work – “it’s an incredible book about the dangers, as well as the ideas and strategies, of being able to work deeply and thoughtfully in a totally distracting world”
- [17:54] – Russ emphasizes to follow your own voice and trust it
- 18:13 – Connect with Russ on SoberEntrepreneur and Instagram
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