Entrepreneurs And Mental Health – We Need To Talk

Do you struggle with self-doubt and depression? How do you relate to the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death? How does your work and ambition influence your mental state?

As entrepreneurs we are constantly struggling within ourselves – it is part of the calling. With what feels like more and more frequent news of high-profile suicides or overdoses, the topic of depression is becoming a bigger part of the conversation everyday. The conversation is an indispensable one.

In this episode, we tackle this sensitive but necessary discussion from the viewpoint of business owners, but really look at in a way that is relatable for almost anyone. The team discusses their own struggles and experiences of depression and then go on to unpack some of the ways they each manage these challenges.

We also talk about belonging and acceptance, exercise and diet and affirmation, all simple ways to give yourself a foot up. This is one of the least business-centered episodes of the show, but we promise it is not one to miss!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • The constant and rising amount of high profile suicides. [0:04:32.2]
  • The unfulfilling nature of success and having it all. [0:08:17.7]
  • Why money and freedom do not equal happiness. [0:13:12.1]
  • Chase’s own strategies for managing depression. [0:15:25.8]
  • Belonging, acceptance and practice as a way to combat the demons.  [0:20:32.4]
  • Tweaking, trimming and tending your bonsai tree. [0:25:11.2]
  • The different levels of depression and seeking serious help. [0:29:16.1]
  • Taking responsibility for your day to day mental health. [0:32:28.8]
  • The value of exercise and diet as personal tools. [0:36:10.5]
  • Practicing affirmations as a way to release the pressure. [0:37:20.5]
  • Increased public dialogue and proactive approaches to depression. [0:44:40.4]
  • Putting down the things that make you feel trapped. [0:51:15.3]
  • Accepting our blessings and doing the hard work. [0:53:50.2]
  • And much more!

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One Calendar Tip To Help You Stay Positive, Creative And Engaged In Your Business

Do you struggle to fit in all your commitments? Is your calendar getting the better of you? Does your schedule make you want to run away from it?

As entrepreneurs we have to manage our time – it is one of the constants in the game. As business owners, the open-ended nature of our time can be daunting, especially when there is usually so much you could be doing!

In this episode, we talk about a new way to look at your schedule and organize your calendar. By thematizing your day or week you can save loads of time and energy. It is a system that we at Fizzle all use to varying degrees and is flexible enough that you can tailor it to your own needs perfectly.

Here on the show today we are joined by Mike Vardy to help us unpack these concepts of time blocking and calendar themes. Mike is a productivity expert and coach who has built a career around improving the systems we use to get things done.

We also talk about splitting your days and weeks into ‘A’ and ‘B’ categories, the disastrous effects that bad planning can have, transition times, and using your schedule to guide your calendar.

So if you would like to up your productivity massively, decrease stress and just make your whole life better, we guarantee this is an episode you are going to want to check out!



Key Points From This Episode:

  • Steph’s implementation of ‘A’ and ‘B’ weeks with her own business. [0:05:46.7]
  • The negligence of planning and the later effects of this. [0:09:26.3]
  • Slowing down and taking control of your schedule. [0:12:01.2]
  • How to space out your transitions from different work modes. [0:13:11.4]
  • Defining your days and weeks and including things other than work. [0:18:19.6]
  • Using time blocking and creating a framework for theming your week. [0:22:12.8]
  • Working backwards naturally from certainties and obligations. [0:25:41.6]
  • The theory behind why batching and theming is beneficial. [0:28:50.4]
  • Taking control of your life and getting worked by your calendar in the right way. [0:38:04.2]
  • Letting your monthly or weekly themes guide and focus your days. [0:40:23.1]
  • Reclaiming a week that is getting the better of you. [0:43:39.4]
  • And much more!


“If you don’t own your calendar, your calendar will own you. -@Fizzle”

“Dude you already have goals, we just need to discover what they are!  -@Fizzle”

“The calendar is just a grid, that’s all it is. It is something you need to leverage. — @Productivityist”

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How to Obtain & Deliver Great Speaking Gigs

Are you looking to book some amazing speaking gigs? Do you feel like speaking at events is essential to really level up in your business? How do we go about getting into the game?

Here at Fizzle we have all felt the pull and experienced the benefit of getting on stage and sharing what we do and who we are. There are reasons why speaking and presenting have such a high reputation in the entrepreneurial world!

In this episode, we are going help you reach that next stage in your career, where you are one step closer to landing and delivering that inspiring speech at your ideal event. We’ll be looking at the ways in which you can approach securing these opportunities and then unpacking some tips and techniques to sharpen your presentation skills until they are razor sharp!

We also talk about finding your own niche in the market and choosing the approach that suits your ambitions. We cover some ideas for getting over nervousness and anxiety and also give a few examples of potential frameworks to use for your speeches.

So if this a goal in which you would like to take the next step, come with us as we give you the low down on the game of speaking!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Why speaking is such a common goal for entrepreneurs. [0:04:01.2]
  • The sacrifices and commitments that are a requirement of giving talks. [0:08:08.3]
  • Landing speaking gigs through networking and relationships.  [0:16:40.5]
  • The active approaches to getting more speaking opportunities.  [0:23:48.8]
  • Pitching the result as a promotion strategy. [0:27:50.1]
  • Starting with the transformation to jumpstart your game plan. [0:32:55.4]
  • Small beginnings can grow to big successes. [0:34:01.9]
  • Introducing, expanding and summarizing as a simple framework. [0:38:58.2]
  • Putting yourself into the shoes of your ideal listener. [0:43:22.1]
  • Using teaching as a tool for persuasion. [0:46:58.7]
  • Recording yourself as a preparatory technique. [0:49:46.4]
  • And much more!

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

from Fizzle https://fizzle.co/sparkline/get-give-great-speaking-gigs
via My Media Pal NYC

Conferences vs Retreats: Which is Right For Your Business?

Have you been wondering about attending a conference? Have you been to a bunch of conferences before? What were the outcomes of these past experiences and what can you hope for in the future?

Today we are talking conferences, retreats, gatherings, meet-ups and networking. With the huge amount of events of this nature taking place all the time, how do we choose which one to go to? And how should we approach them?

In this episode, the team gives you an insightful dive into the mechanics of the conference as well as shares some personal tips for the best experience. There is a whole world of opportunity awaiting you at the right event if you have the correct strategy and attitude!

We also talk about the time Chase and Corbett met at a conference, the latest incarnations of the conference format, finding your tribe and Chase’s very own concept of ‘third tier networking’.

So for all the entrepreneurs ready to make a great connection, learn an important lesson and get your business out into the public, this is an episode tailor-made for you! Tune in as we break it down!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • The story of how Chase and Corbett met at The Blog World Conference. [0:05:31.3]
  • The difference between virtual meetings and those in person. [0:09:46.2]
  • The new avenue of conferences: the small retreat. [0:14:55.9]
  • Attitudes and skills for a successful time at conferences.  [0:19:40.6]
  • Initial and subsequent reasons for attending events. [0:21:14.2]
  • Finding and interacting with your tribe. [0:25:10.1]
  • Open-heartedness and commitment to the process of networking. [0:26:54.4]
  • Chase’s concept of ‘third tier networking’. [0:29:01.4]
  • Some tips to making connections and first impressions with the right people. [0:32:39.5]
  • Comparing events of different sizes and the pros and cons of each. [0:35:39.6]
  • The absolutely vital elements of gatherings such as retreats and conferences. [0:45:01.2]
  • Connections, visibility and opportunity. [0:52:23.9]
  • Getting the most out of non-conference environments in daily life. [0:57:10.8]
  • And much more!

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

from Fizzle https://fizzle.co/sparkline/conferences-vs-retreats
via My Media Pal NYC

How to Build The Biz of Your Dreams in 10 Hours A Week

Are you constantly running up against limitations? Do you feel like you would be able to conquer the world if you just had more time or energy? Can our limitations actually help us find our way to a successful business?

Here at Fizzle, we are well aware that most entrepreneurs face a host of limitations, whether it is capital, time, support or something else. Chances are you do not have an infinite amount of everything!

In this episode, we discuss how to address this potential problem and embrace it as a source of inspiration. We believe it is possible to use those areas in which you are limited as a guiding star to steer your ship to a shore of success.

We also talk about the ubiquity of limitations in all areas of life, how to bypass some of the obvious hindrances and three steps towards conquering these hazards.  

So if you want to correct your course and stop your ship from constantly blowing off course, listen up because we have you covered.


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Is ten hours a week enough to build your business? [0:03:19.6]
  • Reminding ourselves that we all have limitations, forever! [0:06:24.4]
  • The feeling of futility when trying to squeeze in work on your business. [0:08:08.2]
  • Acknowledging your limitations and moving on productively. [0:12:39.7]
  • The team’s own sets of early limitations. [0:15:03.1]
  • Steady progress is what matters above all else. [0:18:50.5]
  • The positive side and encouraging force of limitations. [0:22:20.9]
  • Time, mindset and focus as the essential triangle. [0:26:20.6]
  • Getting a handle on your time and creating blocks for your business. [0:26:50.3]
  • Creating allies within your family and partners. [0:29:12.2]
  • Fostering the correct mindset for productivity [0:32:29.6]
  • Entrepreneurship as an extended mind game you play with yourself. [0:36:56.4]
  • Maintaining focus and doing away with time wasting. [0:43:21.4]
  • Steph’s 15 Minute Planner Method! [0:45:21.6]
  • The difficulty in knowing what is important to your business. [0:49:12.4]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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via My Media Pal NYC

“I’m Being Pulled in Too Many Directions!” — How to Thrive as an Entrepreneur

Do you have numerous forces pulling you in multiple directions? Are you spread too thin to cover your bases? Is this all part of being an entrepreneur?

As business owners and go-getters, we often have many demands on our time and energy. A fair amount of these are usually self-imposed. It can be draining, derailing and disheartening to feel overwhelmed or confused by the multi-directional pull.

In this episode, we dissect exactly what it is that pulls at us and why, before breaking down how to get over this common occurrence. Having a lot to do, loads of ideas, big plans and a schedule full of meetings do not have to be a negative thing!

We also talk about the reasons that these feelings arise, the tendency towards the negative, reasonable goals and simplifying your load. All this so you can stay focused on what really matters and get your business booming!

Join us as the Fizzle team helps you find your compass, lay out your map and set off in the right direction!


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Doing the work of multiple departments as one person. [0:04:59.1]
  • The tendency to focus on the parts of your work that are failing. [0:08:38.6]
  • The dangers of being spread too thin. [0:12:25.5]
  • The increase in aspirational entrepreneurship in the last decade. [0:15.50.9]
  • The underbelly of ambition and the weaknesses within strength. [0:18:39.8]
  • Getting to a reasonable amount of results to satisfy your needs. [0:24:50.2]
  • Culling the number of directions in which you are pulled. [0:29:43.7]
  • Sidestepping a default mode that can often lead you astray. [0:34:30.4]
  • Getting into a cycle of pro-action instead of reaction. [0:38:58.2]
  • Reinstating the joy of work through a process of simplification and ownership. [0:44:37.4]
  • Removing clutter from your business and cleaning out the mess. [0:46:03.2]
  • The power of exertion when it is under your control. [0:53:35.7]
  • Setting daily goals and a standard bar to put your mind at ease. [0:55:24.5]
  • And much more!

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


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via My Media Pal NYC

Money Mindset: Is It All Gonna Go Away??

How do you manage the financial growth of your business? Does dealing with revenue give you anxiety? How do you get rid of the fears that are attached to money?

Today we talk about all the scary elements of running your company’s finances. Right from the start, it is important to be laying out a path to success and growth, but balancing these elements is not always easy. That’s why we’re here!

In this episode, we go through all the different types of worries that accumulate as your ideas and business grow. We discuss the all important aspects of mindset and experience, lifestyle, investing and self-belief.

We also talk about the fundamental act of paying yourself and manifesting a working environment away from scarcity. The team really opens up some avenues for examination and by the end of the episode, we are sure you will be more clear on how to progress bravely in your work!

So tune in, with us, the Fizzle team as we banish those fears and get your business popping!



Key Points From This Episode:

  • The fear of running out of success and maintaining revenue. [0:06:13.2]
  • Collection anxiety and balancing the fun with payments. [0:10:32.1]
  • Lifestyle adjustments according to income. [0:14:50.7]
  • Sidestepping the aversion to the act of paying oneself. [0:19:26.9]
  • Balancing reward and necessity and managing finances. [0:24:28.8]
  • The great wall that is built by mindset and experience. [0:26:01.3]
  • Pumping the gas to get that combustion going! [0:29:30.2]
  • Comparing the mindsets of scarcity and positivity. [0:33:40.1]
  • The mathematical model of Profit First. [0:38:37.2]
  • The question of investing in help, products and diversification. [0:40:40.6]
  • Asking yourself how much you believe in your business. [0:47:02.7]
  • The compounding effect of ignoring money problems. [0:51:19.5]   

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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via My Media Pal NYC