The Execupreneur's Edge

Hosted by: Samantha Graber

Unraveling Together is a podcast for women who opt out of the narrative that our best years are behind us and that we are now relegated to the back burner of society. We know our best is before us.

The Unraveling Together Podcast is where we are free to talk about the things "we just don't talk about". Sharing wisdom with those who come after us is a crucial aspect of our personal growth.


EE 067: Lower Your Stress Levels with Nutritional Ketosis


You see, stress isn’t just that feeling of pressure or anxiety when something is beyond your control. That is the form of stress we are most familiar with, as it is the easiest one to notice. But stress isn’t about the external influences (stressor), or the most obvious effects of them. Stress is an inside job. …

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EE 067: Lower Your Stress Levels with Nutritional Ketosis


You see, stress isn’t just that feeling of pressure or anxiety when something is beyond your control. That is the form of stress we are most familiar with, as it is the easiest one to notice. But stress isn’t about the external influences (stressor), or the most obvious effects of them. Stress is an inside job. …

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EE 066: Why Low Carb Is Not A “Fad Diet” But A Lifestyle, Keto Too


As a result of your efforts, you likely had some degree of success.  But in time, as with any “fad” diet, it became too hard to maintain.  Typically, this is what happens with most who approach eating low carb as “going on a diet”…it becomes faddish. Fads fade fast. NEWS FLASH… low carb is not a “fad,” but rather a lifestyle change….

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EE 065: The Importance of an EXECUpreneurial Fire in the Belly


Though I’ve said it before, you cannot build a successful business empire (or even a small village) on passion alone.  Now, you have to have it or you’ll never push through the BS.  And there will be BS.  Mark my words.  Passion represents one of the most important aspects of becoming a successful entrepreneur or corporate exec. Without passion…

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EE 064: What Is Spiritual Detox and Why Do We ALL Need It?


Usually, when you mention the word spirituality, people get a little nervous. I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you that spirituality is a fairly touchy subject in our day and age. After all, personal autonomy is our number one value, and anything that we feel impedes or limits that sense of personal autonomy, is problematic. Am I right? Either we’re suspicious…

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EE 062: Say Goodbye to Blowhards and Micromanagers With the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE


Building an empire.  Leaving a legacy.  Forging a path where there was none before.  Making a lasting impact on the world.  These are the things that motivate many to wade into the EXECUpreneurial waters.  Or maybe it’s the lure of being your own boss.  Being at the helm; in charge.  Never again having to answer to some blowhard boss who couldn’t find his way out of…

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EE 061: What Is A Whole-istic Detox and Why is It Superior to All Other Kinds of Detox Programs?


A “Whole”-istic detox works with the complete person. Please understand that you’re not just your skin, bones, muscle tissue, hair, digestive system, circulatory system, and reproductive system. You’re made up of more than that. The best way to explain this is to look at the brain. The brain, of course, is made up of billions, if not trillions of nerve cells….

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EE 060: Americans Were Sold Out to Feed This Man’s Ego


A few posts back on the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE blog, I debunked one of the tallest nutrition tales ever  told  sold.  Remember the “Cholesterol is your enemy…and other nonsense you should ignore” expose?  I received an overwhelming amount of feedback on that post.  Readers shared with me that they had never heard it explained in “real people’s” language and were thankful I blended…

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EE 059: 4 Tips for Slaying Your Fears to Achieve Entrepreneurial Success


Fear can be extraordinarily crippling and has been the Achilles heel of many an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, for them, the overwhelming feeling of stepping outside their comfort zone is just too much to bear and stops them from achieving success. If you want to obtain success on your entrepreneurial journey, you have to face your fears. I’m talking, stare them in the face and…

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EE 058: Socrates Said Some Simple Yet Profound Things In His Day…This One Applies To Business Too.


I agree with Socrates on many a thing.  One with which I strongly align is his philosophy that “the unexamined life is not worth living”.  I’m in 100% alignment there. Let’s apply that to business. I propose to you that the business that is not continually examined and re-examined on every measurable level, is a business not worth owning.  I am channeling my inner Jay Abraham with this one.  I listen…

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EE 057: There’s a Type 3 Diabetes? When did that happen?


Yes…there is a Type 3 Diabetes. The all-too-common and rising-in-numbers Alzheimer’s Disease is often referred to as Type 3 Diabetes.  Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is associated with 50-80% of reported memory loss in people ages 65 and older.  It affects the way you think and your behavior. We used to just see AD in our elders,…

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EE 056: A Certain Set of Skills, a Specific Blend of Character Traits and a Hefty, Hefty, Hefty Bag of Tricks


You may be asking yourself what an EXECUpreneur is right about now.  That would be a natural reaction to seeing what is most likely a new term in your vocabulary. EXECUpreneur is a hybrid word.  I like to use it because the principles I will discuss in the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE apply to those in the entrepreneurial space as well as corporate executives. …

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EE 055: A 5-Step Program for Procrastinators. Enrollment is Free and Starts in 5-4-3-2-1…


Procrastination is the default setting of the modern American. We tend to undervalue the destruction procrastination leaves in its wake.  The total cost is incalculable when it comes to our health. We can joke about the trials and tribulations of our procrastination habit.  But there’s really nothing funny about it when it comes to our health and well being.  Truth be told, procrastination is pretty much the most crippling behavior there…

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EE 054: If Your A1c is O-M-G…Do These Three Things


What if over the next 90 days, you could lower your A1c without a pill, potion or powdered concoction? Sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it? It’s both amazing, and possible. In this post, I will share the 3 rules of thumb my clients follow to lower their A1c in 90 days. Before we dive into the details, let’s review what A1c is and why it matters to you. A1c is the…

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EE 053: 5 Easy Ways You Can Build Your Self-Confidence for Business Success


To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to have the self-confidence to face the many challenges you will encounter along your journey. There will be many times when you will have to step out of your comfort zone and do things that are uncomfortable. If you are struggling with self-confidence, here are five tips that can help you build your confidence so that you…

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EE 052: It’s Like Watching Someone Eat With The Hopes That You Will Get Full


“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”  William Shakespeare Self-doubt is one of the primary reasons many don’t take action towards losing weight, again. They weigh their options (no pun intended). “This program or that one?” “Let’s see…last time I counted points and went to meetings.  The last, last time I went plant-based but didn’t keep that up…

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EE 050: 6 Habits to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset


When it comes to starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur, not everyone is born with the personality traits that are needed to become successful. In fact, many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs had to learn along the way and develop the characteristics to become successful. Whether you have an existing business or are looking to launch a new venture, one of the most…

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EE 049: 4 Ways to Be More Productive Without Losing Your Marbles


Are you constantly searching for new ways to become more productive?  Making progress? It seems that in this day and age there are simply too many distractions that we have to face on a regular basis. It becomes easy to lose focus on what we should be doing at any given moment because we’re constantly checking our social…

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EE 048: “Fishing with Dr. Sam”…a Metaphor for Fat Loss


I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with the so-called “weight loss experts”.  Calling them used car salesmen would be an insult to used car salesmen. If I hear one more say “Eat Less, Move More” I’m going to scream! That is not how weight loss works, fat loss in particular.  Now I could let my inner Geek Girl…

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EE 047: How to Find Your Passion and Become a Successful EXECUpreneur


For anyone dreaming of becoming an EXECUpreneur, finding your passion is the quickest way to increase your odds of being successful. The passion you have for what you do will help you to overcome challenges and persuade people to want to do business with you. But, what if you don’t know what you’re passionate about? If you’re putting off your dreams of becoming a…

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EE 046: Your Beliefs Shape Your Life. Choose Wisely.


Most people I speak with think their beliefs are like their wardrobe. They’re basically stuck with what they’ve got.  Every day they simply walk up to their closet, sift through what’s there, pick something out, wear it, and move on to the next set of clothes the next day. Rinse. Repeat. If that’s your attitude when it comes to your beliefs, it’s…

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EE 045: Breakfast Is (Not) the Most Important Meal of the Day…Here’s Why (Not)


Conventional Wisdom would have you believe that skipping breakfast leads to excessive hunger, cravings and weight gain.  And if those aren’t bad enough, there is claim that skipping breakfast can cause your body to break down muscle for energy.  Remember the asinine notion of “starvation mode”?  (Click to read my blog post on ”Starvation Mode”.) There is no science to…

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EE 044: 3 Steps to Build Your Perseverance for Business Success


One of the critical components of success is perseverance. Without an ability to keep moving forward when faced with challenges and setbacks, you can’t expect to find success as an EXECUpreneur. Perseverance is what allows you to overcome difficulties and failures and can make all the difference in the world on your EXECUpreneurial journey. As with any of the other EXECUpreneurial traits, you can build your…

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EE 043: Overcoming Your Fear of Failure… EXECUpreneur Style


Fear of failure is common for obvious reasons. People want success and yet only those who are brave enough to confront this type of fear are the ones able to rise above their fears and achieve whatever goals they have set for themselves. For those who were overcome by this fear, then they are prevented from realizing their potential. The most destructive element entailed with the fear of failure…

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EE 041: 5 Time Management Tips for EXECUpreneurial Success


To be a successful EXECUpreneur, it is essential that you are able to manage your time to accomplish as many tasks as you can throughout your day. While you may have tried various methods for planning, organizing, and scheduling your time in the past, you still feel like you can’t get everything done. This is because many of the tactics you’re…

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EE 040: Making Mistakes is Better than Faking Perfections


Mistakes are one of the most frustrating parts of life. They remind us at some of the most inconvenient moments that we are human.  That said, they force us to learn the hard lessons. While mistakes are irritating and sometimes difficult to get over, they’re unavoidable in life. The important thing to remember is that the mistake doesn’t matter nearly as much as how we…

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EE 039: “You Will Die if You Don’t Eat Carbs…They’re Essential to a Balanced Diet”. – Big Food (and Most Doctors)


“You won’t die.  In fact you may feel better than ever if you dial back the carbage.” – Dr. Sam Graber It’s common knowledge that carbohydrates provide glucose for use within the human body.  Most cells use said glucose as a fuel source.  When the body is glucose driven, it needs it…lots of it.  The carbohydrate (carb) is the easiest macronutrient to breakdown into usable fuel…along with the messiest.  Think coal…

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Episode 038: If Your A1c Is O.M.G., Do These 3 Things.


I'm curious...how often do you have your Hemoglobin A1c tested? Once yearly? Twice? Never?? (Oh my, let's rectify that situation STAT!) I'm sure you've had the pleasure of sitting in your doc's office while they rattle offa list of acronyms that would make the cast of Sesame Street beam with pride.

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EE 038: How to Nurture Your EXECUpreneurial Spirit


If you are continually looking at the world around you and seeing it the way you want it to be, rather than how it is, this is your EXECUpreneurial Spirit waiting to be unleashed. This is because at the core of the EXECUpreneurial Spirit is the ability to wonder what’s possible. The EXECUpreneurial Spirit is usually boiled down…

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EE 037: Making the Shift From Employee to Boss…Your Boss, Yikes!!


Running your own business takes leadership. And just face facts now, you are your own boss and you’re a terrible employee.  I mean it.  I’ve wanted to fire myself many a time…but who would take out the trash when my booty is collecting unemployment?  (That’s another joke, you cannot claim unemployment through your own company.  Uncle Sam frowns on that, big time.) For many new entrepreneurs…

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EE 036: 3 Deadly Lies Big Pharma, Big Food and Our So-Called “Healthcare System” Don’t Want Exposed to the American Public


Pretty much everything you’ve been told regarding what and how to eat is wrong.  And I’m not talking about minding your manners. I’m throwing the first pie in this food fight.  Here goes… Big Pharma, Big Food and Big Medicine (The Big 3) pay BIG MONEY to bury the truth hoping we’ll never fully comprehend the lengths to which they’ve…

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EE 035: 3 Powerful Ways to Develop Your Grit & 3 Steps to Build Your Perseverance for Business Success


According to psychologists, grit is the ability to commit to long-term goals and see them through despite the adversity we may face along the road to accomplishing our goals. It is tenacity, perseverance, and a meld of other qualities like optimism, self-motivation, and self-discipline. When it comes to becoming successful, grit is more important than intelligence or talent. Everyone can embody grit….

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EE 034: Harnessing the Power of Self-Discipli…Oooh Shiny!!


There are many successful people who tout self-discipline as the key to success.  Whether the success is derived from home life, or professional achievement; self-discipline seems to be the cornerstone of success. What does it take to have the levels of self-discipline necessary in order to become successful? Identify weaknesses Above all, we need to know our weaknesses.  The real ones, not…

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EE 032: Are You Built for EXECUpreneurial Success?


I am asked on the regular, “Do you think I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?” Short answer is an emphatic ”Yes”.  The fact you are even asking that question is the key to flirting with entrepreneurial success.  Bottom line is that you must be willing to assess, critique and forgive yourself to have the best shot at becoming…

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EE 030: “Cholesterol Is Your Enemy”…And Other Nutritional Nonsense You Should Ignore


The First E in the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE acronym is for Energy.  Because without boundless energy you are practicing hope-and-pray success.  And that is something successful EXECUpreneurs do not do.   Successful EXECUpreneurs seek guidance from those who have their best interest in mind, not the best interests of stockholders.  They also know that their mental, emotional…

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EE 029: Got The Chops For EXECUpreneurship?


There are plenty of benefits of being an EXECUpreneur (mashup of executive and entrepreneur).  And just like most good things in life it is certainly no easy task to start your own business. Ask anyone who has been there. Take Meredith…she just made it over the startup hurdle.  *High five Sister! No time for resting on your laurels my friend…now it’s time to ride…

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EE 028: Choose Your Pain…


Jim Rohn is spot on. Cool thing…you get to choose which one on the daily. Mr. Rohn also noted, “the pain of discipline is nothing like the pain of disappointment.”  Boy was he ever correct. When you hear the term ‘self-discipline‘ what is your immediate response? For a lot of people, they think about resisting urges, fighting, and repressing something…

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EE 026: The Proverbial “Elephant In The Room”


A recent survey found that more than 70% of people want to be some sort of entrepreneur. That’s awesome and I’d happily welcome each and every one of them to the ranks!  I can see how entrepreneurship would be a seductive gig.  I could rattle off a whole litany of reasons.  Some of the more top-of-mind are pride, purpose, freedom, and the desire to…

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EE 025: A Bit About Me, The Person Behind The Words


I’m Samantha Graber, AKA Dr. Sam.  I am so happy you found your way to The EXECUpreneur’s EDGE blog.  I wanted to give you a little peek into my world at this point in time.  I am loving the world of blogging (as well as podcasting) and look forward to growing this body of work to provide you with a unique,…

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EE 024: Self-Leadership, EXECUpreneur’s EDGE Style


First and foremost, declare it is time for you to take care of you.  Time to focus on obtaining that E.D.G.E. you desire both in business and in life.  The EXECUpreneur’s E.D.G.E. doesn’t manifest in a vacuum.  Nor does it unfold while you sit on your duff in the seats of the arena.  Chiseling out your personalized…

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EE 023: Let’s Have A Heart-To-Heart


How many times have you started a “diet” but then you got off track and quit? A couple? 5? 10? If you’re like most people I’ve met, it is too many to count. How about the number of business programs you’ve bought to improve your “shelf-esteem”? Shelf-esteem is built by shelves all across the world…

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EE 022: Core Values…How Knowing Yours Will Change Everything About Life, Love & Business


Consider this post a primer on core values.  We talked about core values when we got down and dirty uncovering your inner drive.  So before you answer the following question, I want to remind you that your core values determine every decision you make in life.   Every decision we make in life is a values-based…

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EE 021: How To Tell You’re Evolving


Do you ever wonder if you are making any progress on your EXECUpreneurial journey?   I’m not talking the measurables such as income bump, sales jumps, nor numbers on a ledger.  I’m talking the deep down meaning of life needle moving type of progress.   That’s what truly matters.   In this post, I unpack 5 ways to…

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EE 020: Minding Mindfulness


In the spirit of taming our inner inebriated primate, we are going to unpack how to mind mindfulness. Another way to be more present to your present is to practice mindfulness.  In other words, embrace life’s simplicity.  That word describes the starting point for the practice of mindfulness.  Practice literally means ‘being in the present, on…

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EE 012: Get Gritty With It


Grit is the unique quality that makes you willing and ready to commit yourself to your long-term goals and pursue them despite any adversity you may face. It is defined as having a firm character and an indomitable spirit. This means that gritty people have a resolute attitude and stay firm on the decisions they…

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EE 011: Flex Your “I’ve Got This” Muscle. Then Repeat.


Perseverance is defined as the ability to stick to your goals and pursue them even in the midst of challenges and setbacks.  And in midlife, boy are there some potential setbacks laying in wait.  You may lose all of your assets, you may become physically ill, or you may encounter a million other obstacles on…

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EE 010: Find What Lights You Up and Do That


The key to unlocking your life’s passion is to find what lights you up and do that.  It seriously really is as simple as that.   Well then Sam, why is it so difficult?   Touche…that’s a really good question.  And one that literally took me decades to finally answer!   But I answered it.   You see,…

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EE 009: 10 Qs Every EXECUpreneur’s Soul Craves Answers To


This is a different kind of blog post.  In this post, you’re going to do a little solo work by asking yourself,  “10 Q’s Every EXECUpreneur’s Soul Craves Answers To…”  A couple of these are reeeeeal juicy…and they deserve your reeeeal answer.  Not the one your Momma told you you should want.  Not the one…

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EE 008: The Proper Care and Feeding of the EXECUpreneur: Steps 10, 11 & 12


In this blog post, we will wrap up the 12 Steps with a little pillow talk and a whole lot of straight talk.  For what kind of EXECUpreneur Change Agent would I be if I didn’t call you to the mat?   Keep reading to learn my power pack of 7 ways to stack the sleep…

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EE 007: The Proper Care and Feeding of the EXECUpreneur: Steps 7, 9 & 3


These 3 steps are the support staff of the 12-Steps.  Without these 3 you can do and do, but you’ll be spinning your metabolic wheels.   Remember the 2-fold process I discussed in episode 4, “Now For the Meat of the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE…hold the potatoes”?  In addition to ceasing the onslaught of havoc wreaking carbs, we’ve…

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EE 006: The Proper Care and Feeding of the EXECUpreneur: Steps 4, 5 & 6


These 3 steps are your secret weapon for changing what you’re made of at a cellular level.  This trio literally shifts your metabolism, which we learned in previous posts is how you create energy to run your body and brain, and they altogether change what you’re made of.   Let’s keep the Proper Care and Feeding…

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EE 005: The Proper Care and Feeding of the EXECUpreneur: Steps 1, 2 & 8


This is another instance where my “act as if” policy can be put to work.  Act as if you are the energetic EXECUpreneur you envision yourself to be.  Act as if you are the driven EXECUpreneur that lives within.  Act as if you have the grit of the grittiest EXECUpreneur.  One who doesn’t let anyone or anything get in her way.  Act…

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EE 004: Now For The Meat Of The EXECUpreneur’s EDGE – Hold The Potatoes!


A cloudy mind and out of shape body prevent you from being able to get past the hurdles that are in your way. And the life of an EXECUpreneur is riddled with hurdles.  This is why it is vital for you to properly nourish your body and your mind, and work at keeping them healthy….

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EE 003: The Act As If Principle of EXECUpreneurship


Not everyone is cut out to be an EXECUpreneur. There are specific traits that you must work to cultivate in order to find success. To bring to life the results you seek in your EXECUpreneurial journey, you must be in the process of developing the characteristics that are commonly found in successful EXECUpreneurs…at all times. …

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EE 002: Your Mindset IS Your Business


Your mindset is a complex living organism (of sorts), in and of itself.  It is malleable, tweakable, and completely do-over-able. Or you can lock it in for the most part through the strategy I’ll share along the way through the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE podcast.   Who you are, what you think, your personal habits, your attitude, your thoughts…

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EE 001: The Who, the What & Most Importantly, the Why of the EXECUpreneur’s EDGE Blog


If you’re an entrepreneur or corporate executive looking to move the needle on your business but you feel like you’re  STUCK in neutral, or even worse… in reverse, you are reading the right blog!   Herein, I will detail exactly WHO The EXECUpreneur’s EDGE was created for (hopefully that is you) and just WHO this gal…

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