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“We’re all pretty scared. We’re all worried we’re going to mess things up. We’re all pretty nervous that we don’t have all the answers, and I think that was the thing that I was very afraid to tell anybody, that I didn’t know what I didn’t know.” – Alli Webb
When successful entrepreneurs share their stories, it’s often the highlights that are focused on. However, today’s Finding Brave guest reveals the personal challenges that she’s faced along her journey to “raise the bar” in every aspect of her life, and she tackles the conversations that people in leadership rarely have in public.
Alli Webb is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of DryBar and Squeeze. Alli has been named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company, featured on Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40” list, Marie Claire’s “Most Fascinating Women,” and covered in Inc. Magazine’s “How I Did This” issue. Recently Inc. Magazine recognized her as one of “The 100 Women Building America’s Most Innovative and Ambitious Businesses.”
She has also been featured as a guest Shark on ABC’s SharkTank and Alli just launched season two of her podcast Raising the Bar with executive coach and boyfriend Adrian Koehler, where they pull back the curtain on the things entrepreneurs really want to know.
Alli is a relentlessly positive person who realizes that life isn’t supposed to be just a “walk in the park.” There are unavoidable struggles that will come along with the good times for everyone, and it’s refreshing to hear someone as successful as Ali share her story so openly and honestly with others.
Highlights from this Episode:
- Some of the big things entrepreneurs aren’t hearing about but really need to be aware of [4:27]
- Alli’s thoughts about online entrepreneurs misleading their audiences, and a reframe that she feels is often necessary in business [9:21]
- The differences that exist between male and female entrepreneurs, plus her own experience with men she has worked with in during her career [12:27]
- The valuable lessons around branding and business that Alli learned from her entrepreneurial parents [16:58]
- A big advantage that Alli feels women entrepreneurs have over men in business [19:51]
- The role that passion will play to get you through the tough times on your own journey [23:05]
- What Alli attributes the tremendous success she’s achieved so far to [27:06]
- The personal fallout that she experienced by working so hard to grow the business for many years, and what her thoughts are on the essential boundaries needed to be maintained [31:29]
- Her invaluable advice for handling worry in your business and personal life [35:42]
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“A new version of myself emerged. I didn’t want to talk about things that are completely inauthentic, and I just wanted to be as real as possible.” [5:17]
“I was brought up around such strong men who let me have my own say, which is why I think it is really important for women who are running companies to still partner with great men.” [15:51]
“Money didn’t really enter my mind when we were just starting DryBar. I wanted to do something that made me feel fulfilled, and that was a big driver [for me].” [20:21]
“I need to do what I need to do to be fulfilled so I can be a good person and a good mom, but I think that I wasn’t paying attention to the right things all of the time.” [33:01]
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