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Dan and Ian have heard many variations of the same question over the years: "I want to be an entrepreneur, but how do I get started?"

Today's guest has some really practical insight into what it means to take the leap into starting your own business.

Dom Wells started out, as many do, building affiliate marketing sites.

He's gone on to establish several successful spin-off businesses from what was effectively a side hustle, all while he was still working a full-time job teaching English in Taipei.

This week, Dom joins us to share tips for getting started on the long journey of entrepreneurship, how to build a skillset and a network, and the mistakes that he made along the way.

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Today's show is sort of like eavesdropping on a conversation that Dan and Ian often have when the microphones are off.

Namely, that there are some things that people just don't tell you about entrepreneurship.

Maybe it's because people in the entrepreneurial world don't like to come across as naysayers or know-it-alls, but the reality of what it's like to be an entrepreneur can often be hard to come by.

Whether it's the fact that entrepreneurs undersell the amount of planning and work that goes into running a business or flat out ignore some of the cold realities of the entrepreneurial struggle, there are a lot of truths floating below the surface that would-be entrepreneurs aren't always aware of.

On this week's episode, we're talking about those truths. Today's podcast is all about the stuff that people don't tell you about being an entrepreneur.

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Recently, Dan and Ian have been revisiting some of their favorite books on this podcast in a recurring series that we like to call "The Re-Readables."

This week, we are digging into a classic entrepreneurial book that was suggested to us by our friend, author, and frequent guest on this podcast, Kyla Gardner of KylaGardner.com.

That book is Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad Poor Dad. In that book, Kiyosaki basically suggests that if you want to be rich and successful, you've got to ditch the middle-class mindset.

Kyla joins us this week to discuss some of the controversial opinions in this book, which ideas in that book have aged the best and which have aged the worst, and much, much more.

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Dan and Ian have shared a lot of business success stories on this podcast over the years.

We love sharing those stories on this show, but sometimes the tough experiences that entrepreneurs have endured are the ones that we learn from the most.

Freddy Lansky is the co-founder of iChess, which sells chess videos, courses and DVDs online. Recently, Freddy decided to leave that business, choosing to dissolve an eight-year business partnership with one of his closest friends.

On today's episode, Freddy joins us to speak about the origins of iChess, what it felt like to be trapped in a business that was no longer fulfilling to him, and how he and his partner navigated their breakup.

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A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian hosted their annual Dynamite Circle event in Austin, Texas.

They met many listeners of this show who traveled from all around the world to attend that event.

Those entrepreneurs shared some incredible stories, insights, advice, and feedback with us, and we can't wait to talk about them.

On today's podcast, we're discussing some of our biggest takeaways from DC Austin 2019, including one of the most common recurring themes that we've heard from entrepreneurs there that we like to refer to as "The Six-Figure Slump".

Stick around after the credits to hear some bonus reflections from our friend Shayna Oliveira, who spoke about the event on her own podcast, Entrepreneurs in Motion.

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Dan and Ian are fresh off of hosting their fourth Dynamite Circle event in Austin, Texas last week.

This year, they decided to do something different, by bringing together their entire remote team from all around the world for a two-day team retreat in Austin following the event.

For anyone with their own remote team who is considering something similar, this episode is for you.

On this week's podcast, they are sharing their reflections from that experience. You'll hear what they learned from that team retreat, the pros and cons of hosting a retreat for your remote team, and much more.

Stick around after the credits for a bonus glimpse into Ian's personal man cave and podcast recording studio.

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A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian introduced a new series on this podcast called "The Re-Readables". In that series, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite books with a fresh perspective. This week's book is all about the "Muse", creativity, productivity, and how to get your best work out into the world.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield was published in 2002. Since then, it has inspired countless entrepreneurs, artists, writers, and creatives around the world.

On today's show, we are revisiting The War of Art, talking about why it was so influential, and asking whether or not the ideas in that book have withstood the test of time.

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Dan and Ian speak with a lot of entrepreneurs on this show about the difficult decisions that they have to make. Today's guest is currently facing one of the biggest challenges in his business.

You may remember Chris Cage from his previous appearances on this podcast. Chris is the founder of Greenbelly Meals, which manufactures high calorie, stoveless backpacking meals for athletes and hikers.

Chris reached out to us about the recent troubles he's had hiring people. We thought it might be a good idea to record that conversation and share it with our listeners.

This week's episode is all about hiring. You'll hear all about what goes into the decision to hire, the hiring process itself, and how to successfully interview and eventually hire the best people for your jobs.

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One of our favorite podcasts to listen to lately is The Re-Watchables, a series presented by The Ringer, where the hosts look back on legendary films.

They discuss why these movies had such an impact, what parts have aged the best and worst, and other categories which they use to assess what has made these films stand the test of time.

We thought it would be fun to talk about some of our favorite books in a similar light. This week, we are looking back at the single most important book we read in our business.

Getting Things Done by David Allen represented a paradigm shift in the early 2000s, and it was the first book that was truly written for information and knowledge workers.

On today's podcast, we are revisiting Getting Things Done, talking about why that book was so influential, and whether the ideas in that book are still as relevant as they were at the time it was released.

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Dan and Ian have talked a lot about business strategy on this show, but there are some business techniques that are so powerful, you have to learn them from a true master.

Jason Cohen, the founder of WP Engine, recently wrote a piece on his blog ASmartBear.com titled Kung Fu.

In that blog, Jason proposes that all entrepreneurs are essentially fighters. We are fighting to make a living, fighting to survive, and fighting to change marketplaces.

Any good fighter needs to have a plan, and in that blog post, Jason shared his own "secret moves" for running a business.

On today's episode, we are talking about some of Jason's secret business moves, and sharing a few of our own as well.

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