53: Aaron Houghton on a $150 Million+ Exit, The Dark Sides of Entrepreneurship, and Keeping Founders Mentally Healthy

Aaron Houghton on a $150 Million+ Exit, The Dark Sides of Entrepreneurship, and Keeping Founders Mentally Healthy

Welcome to episode 53 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

We have Aaron Houghton, serial entrepreneur and the founder of ‘The Founders First System’. Being an entrepreneur is oftentimes glorified, and the dark sides are rarely discussed. Entrepreneurs are 2x more likely to have depression, 3x more likely for substance abuse problems, 6x more likely for ADHD, and 11x more likely for bipolar disorders.

In this episode, Aaron is dropping wisdom from being an entrepreneur since the age of 17. You’re going to learn some life habits that will build resilience as you build your company along with a discussion on the importance of your non-work identity.


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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why Aaron’s business exit of over $150 million didn’t deliver “happiness”
  • Aaron’s wake up moment and panic attack that changed everything
  • Aaron’s backstory and where his entrepreneurial itch began
  • Founders First System’s origin
  • The importance of your non-work identity
  • Why entrepreneurs struggle to connect health and business with each other
  • The short term beneficial entrepreneurial habits that become long term detriments
  • Using metrics to track your mental health
  • How to achieve sustained peak performance
  • Advice to entrepreneurs during these weird and highly uncertain times (or any other times of uncertainty)
  • Aaron’s mental health and fitness routine
  • And much more

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50: World-Renowned Strength and Conditioning Coach Phil Daru on Training Like an MMA Fighter and Building a Successful Business

World-Renowned Strength and Conditioning Coach Phil Daru on Training Like an MMA Fighter and Building a Successful Business

Welcome to episode 50 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

We have Phil Daru stopping by for a discussion on how to approach your training as if your MMA athlete along with sharing his story of building a successful business.

Phil has worked with some of the most elite athletes and fighters in the world such as: Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Dustin Poirier, Jr. Dos Santos, King Mo Lawal, Tecia Torres, Colby Covington, and many more. There’s a high likelihood you won’t be stepping into the octagon soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look like you could (or at least take the numerous lessons from it).

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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • Phil’s backstory
  • How Phil juggles managing his fighters, his business, and his family
  • Phil’s daily routine
  • Business lessons Phil has learned
  • Why relationships are our most valuable currency in life and business
  • How Phil gets the trust and “buy-in” with his athletes (and it’s directly transferable to your business and personal relationships)
  • What separates the good fighters from the elite fighters (it’s the same principles with entrepreneurs)
  • His training philosophy and how he has to keep other lifestyle factors in mind (a perfect example of systems thinking)
  • How Phil would train a typical entrepreneur
  • Recovery methods for today’s athlete (and entrepreneur)
  • And more

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49: John Sonmez on Retiring at 33, Becoming a Multi-Millionaire, and Getting a Bulldog Mindset

John Sonmez on Retiring at 33, Becoming a Multi-Millionaire, and Getting a Bulldog Mindset

Welcome to episode 49 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

We have John Sonmez, founder of Bulldog Mindset stopping by for a fascinating discussion on breaking free of self-imposed limitations, escaping the dreaded land of the middle, retiring at 33, and the unexpected turns that came after that.

Many entrepreneurs (and those looking to become entrepreneurs) most often have the dream scenario on repeat in their head: six-pack abs, dating the hottest models, building a multi-million dollar business, traveling the world in luxury, and in general, living life on your terms. Is this possible?

Absolutely. But not without putting in the work. Specifically adopting a bulldog mindset as John has done. John shared gem after gem in this episode, and opened some new ways of thinking in terms of how we go about our “goals.” Becoming superhuman starts in our mind and this episode will put you on the fast track.

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In today’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • John’s origin story and his wake up call
  • 2 quotes that summarize John’s philosophy toward life
  • How to escape mediocrity when things aren’t so good, but yet, aren’t so bad
  • John’s transformation from a shy and nerdy programmer who wears a size 46 to someone with a world-class body
  • How John retiring at 33 wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be (this will surprise some)
  • The major mistake that most people make when setting goals
  • John’s advice on finding your purpose
  • How applications in software development can make you a better entrepreneur, and take control of your fitness
  • What led John to start Bulldog Mindset
  • The traits of John’s most successful clients
  • Why John doesn’t like the traditional way that goals are set, and what’s a better solution
  • Why you need to do things that you hate
  • Plus much more

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