The Inner Entrepreneur

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Episodes

16 hours ago

The Path to Overcoming Failure and Achieving Success
 
In this episode of the Inner Entrepreneur Podcast, host Paul Ryan dives into the common reasons why people fail to live the lives they desire and how to overcome these obstacles.
 
Failure is often misunderstood as an end rather than a learning opportunity. Ryan explains the importance of embracing failure as a part of the journey toward success. He outlines three key reasons people fail: misunderstanding failure, not defining success, and self-sabotage.
 
To overcome these challenges, one must learn from failures, clearly define their goals for a successful life, and eliminate behaviours that hinder progress. The episode stresses the importance of persistence, defining success on one's own terms, and taking proactive steps to avoid self-sabotage in pursuit of one's goals.
 
Paul encourages listeners to adopt a hero's journey mindset, embrace challenges, and keep moving forward towards success.
 
00:00 Welcome to the Inner Entrepreneur Podcast
00:46 Understanding Failure: The Key to Success
03:15 The Hero's Journey: A Metaphor for Success
05:08 Defining Success: The Foundation of Achievement
07:44 Getting Out of Your Own Way: The Path to Success
10:24 Recap and Call to Action
 
 
About the host:
 
Paul Ryan is an entrepreneur. business owner and an eternal student of life. As CEO a thriving distribution business, Paul has a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
 
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled Paul to create a life of time and financial freedom.
 
Connect with the host:
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites

6 days ago

Conquering Impostor Syndrome:
 
In this episode of the inner entrepreneur podcast, we dive into the common challenge of impostor syndrome, especially prevalent among entrepreneurs and business owners. We define impostor syndrome as the fear of being exposed as a fraud when stepping into new, challenging territories, despite external evidence of competence. Paul reassures listeners that impostor syndrome is a universal feeling, encountered by nearly all successful people as a sign of growth and stepping out of one's comfort zone. He shares his personal experience with impostor syndrome, reflecting on a moment 15 years into his business journey where he wrongly attributed his success to luck rather than skill.
 
To combat impostor syndrome, Paul offers five pragmatic steps: talking to someone you trust about these feelings, learning to accept compliments graciously, maintaining a success journal, practicing positive self-talk, and taking incremental steps to tackle challenges.
 
While impostor syndrome may never completely vanish for those continually seeking growth, recognizing and properly responding to it can diminish its impact, allowing for greater professional and personal development.
 
00:00 Welcome & Introduction to Impostor Syndrome
00:18 Understanding Impostor Syndrome
02:38 Personal Reflections on Success and Impostor Syndrome
04:55 Five Steps to Overcome Impostor Syndrome
12:57 Conclusion & Encouragement
 
 
About the host:
 
Paul Ryan is an entrepreneur. business owner and an eternal student of life. As CEO a thriving distribution business, Paul has a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
 
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled Paul to create a life of time and financial freedom.
 
Connect with the host:
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites

Monday May 13, 2024

In this episode of the Inner Entrepreneur podcast, we outlines six essential steps for planning the perfect day to achieve long-term goals and improve daily productivity. These steps include understanding your life's purpose, establishing a morning routine, creating a weekly schedule, distinguishing between deep work and tasks, separating creative from operational work, and aligning tasks with your natural energy flow.
 
We discuss the importance of starting with a broad life plan and breaking it down into actionable, daily tasks that align with one's overarching goals. Paul shares insights from his personal routine and strategies to optimize performance, suggesting that a structured approach to planning can enhance focus, creativity, and overall effectiveness.
 
00:00 Welcome and Introduction to Planning Your Perfect Day
00:11 Step 1: Understanding Your Life's Big Picture
02:22 Step 2: Crafting Your Morning Routine
04:56 Step 3: Laying Out Your Weekly Schedule
06:17 Step 4: Segregating Deep Work from Tasks
07:27 Step 5: Separating Creative Work from Operational Tasks
08:41 Step 6: Aligning Work with Your Energy Flow
09:53 Recap and Conclusion: Implementing the Six Steps
 
 
About the host:
 
Paul Ryan is an entrepreneur. business owner and an eternal student of life. As CEO a thriving distribution business, Paul has a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
 
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled Paul to create a life of time and financial freedom.
 
Connect with the host:
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites

Friday May 10, 2024

Episode Summary:
This episode dives into the dangers of making choices while caught up in strong emotions. Paul uses the story of a client who wanted to take legal action out of anger to illustrate the point.
Key Points:
Strong emotions cloud judgment and lead to bad decisions.
Anger and elation both have drawbacks when it comes to decision-making.
Take time to cool down before making important choices.
Our emotional state can be influenced by past experiences.
We have more control over our emotions than we might think.
Consider journaling or talking to someone to process emotions before making a decision.
The best state of mind for decision-making is calm and logical.
Call to Action:
Recognize when you're feeling emotional and give yourself time to calm down before making a decision.
Consider journaling or talking to a trusted friend, therapist, coach, or mentor to process your emotions.
Additional Notes:
The episode mentions the idea that "anything that starts in anger ends in suffering."
The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain responsible for logical thinking and decision-making.
 
 
 
00:00 Welcome and Introduction
00:03 The Pitfalls of Emotional Decision-Making
01:04 Personal Experience with Emotional Decisions
02:29 Case Study: A Client's Emotional Dilemma
04:57 Strategies for Managing Emotions and Making Better Decisions
07:09 Exploring Emotional Responsibility and Healing
11:35 Concluding Thoughts on Emotional Decision-Making
12:23 Closing Remarks and Call to Action
 
 
About the host:
 
Paul Ryan is an entrepreneur. business owner and an eternal student of life. As CEO a thriving distribution business, Paul has a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
 
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled Paul to create a life of time and financial freedom.
 
Connect with the host:
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites

Conquer Your Fears: EP 39

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Wednesday May 08, 2024

In this episode of 'The Inner Entrepreneur', host Paul Ryan discusses the pervasive nature of fear and its potential to hold people back from achieving their dreams. Through personal anecdotes and stories, including a powerful example from Bruce Springsteen about overcoming stage fright and Ryan's own experience with a fear of heights at a treetop adventure park with his son, the episode emphasizes that fear is a natural protective mechanism that isn't always tied to reality.
 
Ryan advises listeners to acknowledge their fears by writing them down, which helps in understanding that these fears often stem from imagined failures or rejections rather than life-threatening scenarios. The key message is that by confronting and understanding our fears, and focusing on our deeper purpose and desires, we can act despite our fears, leading to a more fulfilled and courageous life. Ryan encourages listeners to not let fear control their lives, emphasizing the importance of facing fears to reach one's full potential.
 
00:00 Introduction to Conquering Fears
00:21 Understanding Fear: Its Nature and Impact
01:05 Bruce Springsteen's Battle with Stage Fright
02:15 Personal Story: Facing Fears with Family
06:48 The Power of Writing Down Your Fears
07:57 Choosing Action Over Fear
09:56 Conclusion: Embrace Your Fears and Step Forward
 
About the host:
 
Paul Ryan is an entrepreneur. business owner and an eternal student of life. As CEO a thriving distribution business, Paul has a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
 
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled Paul to create a life of time and financial freedom.
 
Connect with the host:
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites

Monday May 06, 2024

In this episode, Paul Ryan dives into a concept he believes is a fundamental secret to success: the narrow and deep principle.
Redefining Success
The episode begins by challenging the traditional definition of success as solely financial wealth. Paul argues that true success encompasses various aspects of life, including health, relationships, and emotional well-being. Financial success without these other elements creates an unfulfilling life.
The Power of Focus: The Narrow and Deep Principle
The core concept of the episode is the narrow and deep principle. Paul explains that in today's world overflowing with choices, it's crucial to narrow your focus on what truly matters in each area of your life. This "going narrow" allows you to prioritize effectively.
Identifying What Matters Most
Paul uses the example of close relationships. Imagine 50 people in your life - friends, family, acquaintances. Chances are, only a handful truly matter. These are the people whose absence would significantly impact your happiness. The same principle applies to other areas like career and hobbies. Successful people tend to specialize in a niche where they excel and find enjoyment.
Focus, Plan, and Action
The narrow and deep principle is a two-step process. First, identify what truly matters in each area of your life. Second, create a plan – a strategy, an action plan, or a daily routine – that allows you to focus your energy on these priorities.
The Secret That Nobody Talks About
Many success principles and strategies are readily available. However, they become useless without the foundation of focusing on what truly matters. A shotgun approach to success is ineffective.
Taking Action
The episode concludes with a call to action. Paul encourages listeners to grab a pen and paper and identify what truly matters in each area of their life. Once identified, create a plan to devote your energy to these priorities. This is your roadmap to mastering the narrow and deep principle and achieving a successful and fulfilling life.
 
 
About the host:
 
Paul Ryan is an entrepreneur. business owner and an eternal student of life. As CEO a thriving distribution business, Paul has a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
 
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled Paul to create a life of time and financial freedom.
 
Connect with the host:
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites

Saturday May 04, 2024

Episode Summary
This episode of the Inner Entrepreneur Podcast explores the importance of self-knowledge and living authentically. Host Paul Ryan shares his personal journey of self-discovery, which began with a transformative meditation experience in his teenage years.
Paul highlights his life-changing experience with a fire walk and meditation, leading to a clear vision of two potential life paths and the choice to live authentically.
 
He offers practical advice on starting the journey of self-discovery through journaling and self-reflection, providing listeners with eight guiding questions to explore their feelings, core values, and ideal life vision. Paul encourages embracing the challenges of change and the importance of listening to one's inner voice for personal growth.
 
Key Takeaways
Knowing yourself is the foundation for a fulfilling life.
Living a life that aligns with your values brings true happiness.
Self-discovery is a lifelong journey that requires consistent effort.
Actionable Steps
Practice daily journaling: Reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Ask yourself powerful questions: Consider the eight questions provided in the episode as a starting point.
Embrace the journey: Self-discovery takes time and patience.
Memorable Quotes
"If you don't truly know yourself, if you're not living a life that fully reflects who you are, then whose life is it you're actually living?"
"The greatest moment of impact was when I really began to know and accept myself."
"It's not about who others think you should be...but the moment when you admit to yourself that you were not fully aligned with who you were."
"Being authentic is the most natural thing in the world...But it doesn't feel natural because from the moment you were born, you were learning from others."
"Your goal now is to turn inwards and allow your true self to emerge."
Additional Notes
The episode also acknowledges the challenges of living authentically, including potential resistance from others.
It emphasizes the importance of self-care as part of the self-discovery process.
 
00:00 Welcome to the Inner Entrepreneur Podcast
00:03 The Journey of Self-Discovery Begins
00:39 A Life-Changing Meditation Experience
01:07 40 Years of Inner and Outer Exploration
02:56 The Turning Point: Choosing Authenticity
05:37 The Challenges of Living Authentically
07:18 Embracing the Journey of Self-Reflection
08:17 Starting Your Own Journey: Practical Tips
09:30 Journaling: A Gateway to Self-Knowledge
10:45 Eight Questions to Kick start Your Self-Discovery
13:26 The Lifelong Journey of Getting to Know Yourself
13:50 Closing Thoughts and Gratitude
 
About the host:
Paul Ryan is an entrepreneur. business owner and an eternal student of life. As CEO of a thriving distribution company specializing in IT infrastructure systems, Paul has a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled Paul to create a life of time and financial freedom.
Connect with the host:
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites
 

Friday May 03, 2024

In this episode of the Inner Entrepreneur, host Paul Ryan shares his personal journey through the world of self-help and personal development.
Beginning his journey with meditation and the Silva method of mind control at a young age, Paul was deeply engaged in self-help for many years. However, it was during a course in his mid-twenties that he realized despite absorbing a lot of information, he hadn't practically applied what he'd learned to change his life.
This epiphany led him to stop attending courses until he had implemented the lessons into his life. Focusing on financial growth and building a business paid off, and years later, he found himself significantly more successful, prompting a return to personal development with a new perspective.
Paul emphasizes that while consuming self-help feels good, real transformation requires taking action on the lessons learned. This episode concludes with a caution against becoming a self-help junkie who gathers information without applying it and encourages listeners to actively implement changes for personal growth.
 
00:00 Introduction to the Inner Entrepreneur Podcast
00:24 The Journey Begins: Discovering Self-Help and Meditation
01:19 The Realization: Knowing vs. Doing
02:01 A Commitment to Change: Implementing Knowledge
02:34 Re-entering the World of Personal Development
03:27 The Essence of Personal Growth: Taking Action
03:54 Defining a Self-Help Junkie: The Importance of Action
04:27 Closing Thoughts and Call to Action
 
About the host:
 
Paul Ryan is an entrepreneur. business owner and an eternal student of life. As a CEO, Paul has a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
 
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled Paul to create a life of time and financial freedom.
 
Connect with the host:
 
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Introduction: Welcome back to another episode of The Inner Entrepreneur. Today, we're diving into a topic that shapes our lives more than we may realize: the power of self-talk.
 
Exploring Self-Talk: Science reveals that 96% of us engage in self-talk, whether silently in our minds or aloud. It's a constant dialogue shaping our perceptions, emotions, and actions. But what truly matters is the content of this dialogue and its impact on our lives.
 
Understanding the Impact: Words and thoughts wield immense power, not because they magically alter reality, but because they influence our emotions, behaviours, and ultimately, the outcomes we experience. Our inner dialogue shapes our reality, guiding our decisions and shaping our experiences.
 
Story: Reflecting on a conversation with a skeptical friend about positive self-talk, we uncover a crucial truth. Just as we wouldn't berate a loved one before a big event, we shouldn't subject ourselves to negative self-talk. Encouragement and positivity breed confidence and success.
 
The Shift to Positive Self-Talk: The journey from negative to positive self-talk begins with awareness. Recognize when you're being harsh on yourself and shift to a compassionate, supportive tone, just as you would with a cherished friend or family member.
 
Building a New Habit: Changing self-talk is a process, not an overnight transformation. Like any habit, it requires patience, persistence, and daily practice. Rewiring our brains takes time, but the results are profound and enduring.
 
00:00 Introduction to the Power of Self Talk
01:02 A Powerful Illustration: The Football Match Story
03:54 Shifting from Negative to Positive Self Talk
06:00 Practical Tips for Positive Self Talk
06:27 Conclusion and Call to Action
 
Paul Ryan is an CEO, entrepreneur. business owner and eternal student of life with a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
 
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled him to create a life of time and financial freedom.
 
Connect with the host:
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites
 

The Happiness Habit: EP 34

Monday Apr 29, 2024

Monday Apr 29, 2024

Inner Entrepreneur Podcast: The Habit of Happiness
Host: Paul Ryan
Episode Summary: This episode explores the concept of cultivating happiness as a habit. Paul argues that happiness is a choice and can be achieved through deliberate practices.
Key Points:
Happiness is a Choice: We are not simply stuck with our current emotional state. We can actively choose to cultivate happiness.
The Power of Habit: Neuroplasticity shows that repeated behaviours become ingrained in our brains. By deliberately practicing happiness-inducing activities, we can make happiness a habit.
Identify Your Happiness Triggers: Make a list of things that bring you joy. This could be spending time with loved ones, enjoying nature, or a quiet cup of coffee.
Schedule Happiness: Plan your week to include activities that will boost your mood.
Start Your Day Happy: Begin your day with happiness practices like meditation or exercise.
Happiness Top-Ups: Schedule happiness moments throughout the day, like a lunchtime walk or journaling break.
You Are the Creator: By taking charge of your habits and thoughts, you can create a life filled with more happiness.
Action Steps:
Create a list of things that make you happy.
Schedule happiness activities into your week.
Start your day with a happiness practice.
Look for opportunities to inject happiness moments throughout the day.
Call to Action:
Like, subscribe, and comment on the podcast episode.
Share the episode with friends.
 
00:00 Welcome to the Inner Entrepreneur Podcast
00:07 The Essence of Happiness
01:07 Creating the Habit of Happiness
01:52 Practical Steps to Cultivate Happiness
02:38 Scheduling Happiness into Your Daily Life
03:20 The Power of Morning Happiness Practices
04:08 Becoming the Creator of Your Happiness
04:23 Closing Thoughts and Call to Action
About the host:
Paul Ryan is an CEO, entrepreneur, business owner and an eternal student of life. Paul has a depth of 'real life' experience of what it takes to be successful in business and life.
Paul avidly consumes books, courses and podcasts, embodying the spirit of a lifelong learner. His thirst for knowledge and adept leadership has enabled Paul to create a life of time and financial freedom.
Connect with the host:
Paul's LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/paul-ryan-9a98774/
Paul's X:  https://twitter.com/paulryanwrites
 

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