Asking for Permission - EP 74


“We are masters and captains of our own ships. And most of the time, we know exactly what to do.”

—  Julie Greenham


Be prepared — I get a little bit fired up in this episode! That’s because this episode’s topic is one that pops up far too often in the lives of entrepreneurs. Yes, even in my own life.


I want to talk about the act of asking permission for things… in our own businesses.


Put up your hand if you’re guilty of this. I’m guessing that a lot of listeners have caught themselves seeking the permission or approval of other people when making decisions in their role as founder and CEO. 


This type of behaviour can often be traced back to childhood, to the idea of raising our hands, waiting our turns, and relying on authority figures to guide us.


But if we need to seek approval for every step that we want to take in our businesses, that slows us down… and can even stop us from taking action!


Listen now to learn how to stop asking permission, trust your gut, and own your role as CEO!


In‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode,‌ ‌you’ll discover:‌ ‌

  • How childhood behaviours can follow us into adulthood and why this can be dangerous in terms of entrepreneurship 
  • Why fear of accountability and responsibility leads us to ask others to co-sign on our decisions — and why you should believe in yourself instead
  • Why it’s important not to stick too closely to your plan, in case you miss out on unexpected opportunities


Highlights:‌ ‌


00:01  Intro


02:06  Looking back to childhood


03:39  How we get stuck as entrepreneurs


04:01  The inspiration for this episode


05:16  Checking in with others v. checking in with ourselves


06:21   ‌Accountability, mistakes & learning


08:11  Remind yourself of your intentions


09:39  The Dyson story


10:14   ‌Reach out for help


11:32  Know your mission, learn the skills


13:14  Trust your gut



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