Burn The Bullsh*t :: Fire Up Your Business

Carolyn Herfurth

Wonder how other business owners are making decisions as they move forward? Feel lighter as you listen in on conversations with leading business women in this special conversation series inspired by my determination to end worry about things we cannot control — and put our energy toward the things we can. Topics include Receiving, Leadership, Creativity, Commitment, Community, Connection and Awakening. Show notes at https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast

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Leadership expert, Leslie Grossman, has been through 5 major crises since she started her first business at the age of 24 and knows a thing or two about LEADERSHIP. In this conversation, Leslie and I talk about how women like us can embody 9 actions that level up our own leadership. In our conversation, Leslie shares... Mistakes women make when in fear The Chinese meaning of the word “crisis” Why it’s okay to be upset — and what to do next 9 actions of great leaders 3 questions to ask yourself about how to serve Qualities and resources for resilient leaders One thing good leaders do NOT do Click for full show notes and links: https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/leadership  

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May 2020

50 min 17 sec

CONNECTION is tough for a lot of people right now. Some of us are quarantined alone. Others are riding it out with someone we may not like. Or simply want to deepen relationships. Shasta Nelson is a leading expert on friendship and healthy relationships. She's been featured in the media such as Katie Couric’s Katie, Fox Business, The Early Show, The Today Show, The Steve Harvey Show... and so many more. And I could've talked to her about connection for houuuuuuuurs!   In our conversation, Shasta shares... How emotionally intelligent people know what their emotions are telling them Why most of us are "leaking peace" and what to do about it The difference between Change and Transition — and her advice for moving through each to reduce dissonance What to do if you're feeling lonely How to make your Zoom calls super meaningful The 3 requirements of a healthy relationship — and how to assess the health of any relationship you're in (personal or professional)   More links over in show notes here >> https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/connection/

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May 2020

53 min 22 sec

If there’s one thing a pandemic requires of entrepreneurs… it’s creativity. Tracy Matthews is so passionate about helping people tap into their unique creative brilliance factor that she founded Creatives Rule the World in 2019. The goal? To help creative visionaries spend more time in their creative zone of genius. In our conversation, Tracy shares... How she pivoted and made over 200 sales within a few days The steps she takes to decide which new ideas to pursue Advice for getting into your creative zone Her sordid struggles of entrepreneurship and how she’s bounced back each time 5 easy ways to protect your precious energy, be exceptionally creative every day and make more money in your business The question to be asking yourself to spark your creativity Links and more show notes over here: https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/creativity

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Apr 2020

40 min 27 sec

In a time when we're needing to find different ways to connect, Cyndie Spiegel, transformational speaker and founder of Dear Grown Ass Woman, has a lot to say about building COMMUNITY. In our conversation, Cyndie shares... Who was buying her rice, TP and other staples before she and her husband were able to return home to their Brooklyn apartment when the quarantine started The qualities you can bring to meeting new people that show them your true colors The secret to building an online community — and advice for hosting your zoom socials Advice for people who feel overwhelmed by how much community they have... but don't feel fulfilled by it And how to find your community Find more links and show notes over here... https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/community

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Apr 2020

36 min 56 sec

While we consider ways to adapt to life after the pandemic, Christina Morassi believes that we can't create anything new without dying first.  Sounds intense, right? Well, this successful healer-turned-coach has been there, done that. She achieved the entrepreneurial dream. But after reaching high 6-figures helping women find their Ecstatic Brands, she was exhausted from being in man-mode so she pulled the plug on her successful business. Yep, she killed it. And she's now on a mission to help other women leaders operate in the natural design of their Feminine Operating System™. Doing it all as a #DigitalNomad from amazing places like Bali, Hawaii, Italy, and Costa Rica.   In our conversation, Christina shares... Why this virus is THE MOST ginormous Pattern Interrupt of the Century — and what that even means to you Ways to view this moment of "time out of time" and the importance of stopping, resting and resourcing What NOT to do (I got it wrong) and what TO do to rewire our brains How The Universe operates within the cycles of Birth ==> Life ==> Death ==> REPEAT That if we don’t know how to embrace the death part of the cycle, we can’t be reborn Why she disagrees with positive thinking and encourages you to "fall apart" instead Get full show notes and free meditation at : https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/rebirth

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Apr 2020

47 min 19 sec

Pia Silva is an entrepreneur and speaker who helps entrepreneurs badass their brand and build a lucrative lifestyle business full of freedom. When things went to sh*t in mid-March, this Forbes contributor and author of Badass Your Brand: The Impatient Entrepreneur’s Guide to Turning Expertise into Profit, went into panic mode... ...until she quickly realized that this isn't much different than the self-quarantines she's put her herself and her business through several times over the past 6 years (and come out on top.)   In our conversation, Pia shares... The conversation she had with her husband when making decisions about how they would approach business heading into the pandemic Why she's doubled down on her commitments while other people are looking for ways out of their commitments 3 mistakes to avoid right now Her opinion on cutting expenses vs. bringing in more cash flow How we can save small business And why she believes NOW is the time to be buying and selling instead of holding onto your money https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/commitment

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Apr 2020

26 min 43 sec

Not only does Julie Ann Gledhill come from a science and business background, she holds a Masters Degree in AI. But many years ago, she made a career shift to be an intuitive healer, meditation guide, author and spiritual business coach. In this conversation with Carolyn Herfurth, Julie Ann talks with us about how she views the pandemic as a GLOBAL AWAKENING. In our conversation, Julie Ann shares… How her intuition told her to hop a flight from Singapore (where she’s lived for 20 years) to Australia the same day Why she considers this a global awakening and what the “woo woos” knew long before the rest of us The good and the bad that goes along with this experience Fascinating insight into the science of the Earth’s frequency and what it has to do with all of this How the pandemic is helping us face our innermost fears What past life regression can do to give insight into the coronavirus The similarity between a personal awakening and this global awakening Props for how the Australian government has managed communication and safety And a calming meditation to close out the conversation (you’ll want to go back to this more than once) Show notes at https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/awakening

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Apr 2020

48 min 36 sec

Patty Lennon is a former Type A Corporate Banker turned intuitive coach who brings an entertaining combo of common sense, brain science and dash of magic to our conversation about RECEIVING;) In our conversation, Patty shares... Her initial emotion when the gravity of the pandemic hit her (you might be surprised!) The message Coronavirus has for us — and how it will become a non-threat to humanity (wow, oh wow) Why and how she modified her marketing strategy, but didn't scrap her launch for her school  What she's hearing from her ideal client audience right now and how she's meeting them where they are The step you're missing to receiving intuition, love, support and money How to quickly dissolve negatives emotions — without bypassing them Her advice for business owners who think nobody is buying right now What keeps a pity party going — and how to bring it to a close

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Apr 2020

38 min 21 sec

This one's for all of you out there not-so-secretly looking for permission to stop following the rules. The one and only Ash Ambirge, author of The Middle Finger Project, is our hilarious and entertaining guest on this episode of Burn the Bullsh*t! For Ash, following the rules wasn't just instinct — it was survival. Which meant that burning that particular bullshit was a journey, to say the least. Full show notes over at burnthebullshitpodcast.com

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Feb 2020

45 min 35 sec

If you’ve ever set a big lofty goal and worked your ass off to make it happen (only to end up disappointed)... be sure to tune into this episode where I dish on my bullshit around expectations — and how I continue to burn the BS around this topic. Full show notes over at burnthebullshitpodcast.com

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Jan 2020

23 min 38 sec

Sailing journalist, Nysse Arruda opened my eyes to things I didn’t expect — and I have a hunch you’ll be just as surprised by what you learn in this episode as I was. Not just about yourself, but our place in the world and what it has to teach us. burnthebullshitpodcast.com

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May 2019

44 min 2 sec

If you've ever felt out of place, you'll want to listen in on this episode with cyber attorney, Aarti Soni. As a dark haired, high voiced, nose pierced, non-traditionally dressed female Indian in a world of well, NOT dark haired, high voiced, nose pierced, non-traditionally dressed female Indian lawyers — she's not exactly the stereotypical picture of authority. Is she qualified? Is she qualified? Is she qualified? Full show notes over at burnthebullshitpodcast.com

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May 2019

32 min 9 sec

Jamie Varon is like the Seth Godin of feelings. She observes things, names them and then writes about it in a way that brings fresh perspective to the rest of us. In our conversation, Jamie talks about... the contradictory role guilt plays between wanting more and getting more why the terms like "guilt free" and "guilty pleasure" annoy the hell out of her how marketing messages are infused with guilt in order to get us (mainly women)to buy stuff the ways guilt plays in your own patterns and how to notice and remove it from your life Get the full show notes over at burnthebullshitpodcast.com!

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May 2019

43 min 33 sec

In this episode of Burn The Bullshit, Donna Cravotta joins Carolyn to talk about... how a blue-eyeshadowed secretary with a cigarette dangling from her lips took Donna under her wing — and how the most unlikely characters can have such a big impact on where youland how she evolved from her first days of having no idea what she was doing when she started her business, to her first $30,000 day the most important business skill you can have — and the role it plays in growing your business the difference between work and fun Get the full show notes over at burnthebullshitpodcast.com!

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May 2019

34 min 40 sec

Because Tamiko Kelly’s mother and grandmother grew up in a different generation, they had very different views of what people of color could and couldn't do in business. Tamiko didn't realize how much their stories affected how she did business — until one day she finally thought to ask herself, "is this their story or my story?" In this episode of Burn The Bullsh*t, Tamiko talks about... The story she learned that held her back from charging for the transformation she delivers How she got past her self-doubt related to her credibility in the parenting space How she woke up to the "gift of discernment" after being disappointed by friends How she handles haters Full show notes can be found at www.burnthebullshitpodcast.com  

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Apr 2019

35 min 52 sec

In this episode on the topic of SUCCESS, Laura Garnett talks about... what society tells us about failure vs. what failure really is why she felt she wasn't capable or good enough to take on a CEO role (thanks to a heaping pile of b.s.) learning the habit of being happy and confident 5 core performance principles that bring you more joy in your work finally taking the mystery out of creating success (and how you can too) Full show notes and links can be found at https://burnthebullshitpodcast.com 

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Apr 2019

35 min 35 sec

Tina Forsyth pioneered the Online Business Manager (aka OBM) industry. INDUSTRY, ya'll! She pioneered an industry! In our conversation, she talks about... how she started an industry why she strayed her fear of having "peaked early" and why she came full circle after "trying" to avoid her mission in life

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Apr 2019

52 min 32 sec

Isabelle Mercier-Turcotte's biggest fear is to look like she doesn't know what she's doing — so she's tended toward wanting to control everything and everyone around her. Combine that with stepping onto one of the biggest TEDx stages with an audience of 10,000 people, and well, you can guess where this is going... Listen to the full episode now — and get show notes over at burnthebullshitpodcast.com 

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Apr 2019

42 min 59 sec

Listen in as I go solo to I talk about my RESISTANCE to change and... My similarity to characters in The Office What resistance feels like in your body How to spot the different types of resistance The toxicity that results when we resist Where resistance shows up in the cycle of reinvention And what happens when we finally give into resistance Show notes and links https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/resistance/

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Mar 2019

34 min

The bullsh*t belief that "You can be either rich or a good person, but not both" negatively impacted how much Shelly Davies charged for her services — and led to shortchanging herself to the tune of thousands of dollars each day.

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Mar 2019

35 min 39 sec

"We all reach a point in our business when it's not about what's logical.” Tune in to hear Lucy Whittington talk about how she's gotten less and less logical — leading to becoming more and more successful. Show notes and more about Lucy can be found on the podcast home page: https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/doing-all-the-things/

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Mar 2019

42 min 41 sec

Tune in to hear about Deborah's "Shove From Above Moment", shortly after walking through a door shaped like a giant vagina (no, that's not a typo!) that made her realize it was time to step up and a play bigger game. Show notes and event code are at https://carolynherfurth.com/podcast/playing-small/

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Feb 2019

42 min 10 sec

This episode is dedicated to everyone trying to live up to other people’s expectations. It’s for everyone who’s held back on making a change until change was forced upon them. My guest today, Natasha Nurse, is here to share how she stopped reacting in her career, and started asking herself “What do I want?” A total badass and a native New Yorker, Natasha is an entrepreneur, media personality, coach, model, influencer, and recently — podcaster! Growing up in a culture that stressed hard work and success at all costs, Natasha was never going to be anything less than incredible. But for years, she pursued other people’s ideas of incredible, set to their expectations. “Choose you. When people are being toxic and naysayers, choose yourself, and choose to ignore the BS that other people try to impart upon you. It’s their own cry for help, their own sadness, their own jealousy, their own weakness. Guess what? That is not your problem. That is not your narrative.”

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Feb 2019

29 min 38 sec

Pop quiz time, listeners! What are some of the things you might do when you feel broken? One minute, you’re shocked that a coach would have the balls to charge you $40k… and the next, you’re brainstorming on how to scrounge up that $40k You do this even as you can’t afford to put gas in your car — but you’re utterly, thoroughly done being broke Despite all your instincts, you find yourself buying into a cycle of verbally abusive marketing techniques All of the above If these feel familiar to you, congratulations! You’re in good company with my guest today. Angella Johnson has transformed herself into a messaging and marketing genius despite the guru coaches who tried to steer her towards cookie cutter solutions… and even told her that nobody would ever pay for what she actually wanted to offer. Well, the joke’s on them, because Angella is killing it. Using the Intuitive Marketing Method, she guides entrepreneurs towards making great money doing the work they love. Known for her simple yet game changing techniques and her authentic vulnerability, Angella is all about working with intuition — not fear. But fear is exactly how the guru coaches got their hooks into Angella. “I felt broken, like I needed to get somebody who knew more than I did because I was only making a few hundred dollars a month. I saw a video on Facebook by a guru coach and I was mesmerized. I was so desperate to make money that I was ready to try things anyone else's way — because my way clearly wasn't working.” In this episode, Angella’s not holding back. You’ll hear all about: Why she felt like she was crashing as she approached multiple 6-figures in her business The slow realization that she’d built her business by perpetuating the very same “abuse” that made her feel like crap The importance of listening to and trusting the little voice that tells you when something isn’t 100% right How much better your business will be when you can say, and honor, the word “No.” In the spirit of not acting like a guru coach myself, I’m not going to tell you that you have to listen to this episode. But I do encourage you to ask yourself, “Do I want to listen to an awesome podcast episode with a kick ass guest?” If the answer is yes, you’re in the right place.

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Feb 2019

30 min 46 sec

Does your internal monologue ever ask you oh-so-helpful questions like, Oh my God, what is everyone going to think?? That internalized fear of judgement can freeze us in our tracks and stop us from doing what we know we need to do. Brilliant badass though she may be (and trust me: she is), Kimra Luna is no stranger to those sinking feelings of shame. Growing up as a punk rocker in small-town Idaho, she’s endured her fair share of judgmental comments and emerged as a tattooed mother of 3 boys and wildly successful personal branding and online business strategist. But it’s not all fishnets, piercings, and vibrant hair dye. Kimra is refreshingly candid about all the BS she’s had to burn to get to where she is today — in fact, she’s grateful for it. “I’ve been judged in ridiculous ways, and you know what? It doesn’t matter. I do things even though I’ll be judged.” If you’ve seen her Instagram, you already know: Kimra dresses how she wants, she shows up how she wants, and she is firmly grounded in exactly who she is. It’s easier to imagine her grabbing the mic at a punk show than frozen in fear, unable to get out of bed. But from body shame to admitting to the world that her seemingly perfect marriage was coming to an end, she has been there. And for her, the way forward was approaching those fears, pen in hand, and journaling through them. In this episode, Kimra will tell you all about: Limiting beliefs and how they can show up YEARS after you think you’ve defeated them Hyper self-awareness as a superpower (psst: you don’t need a bite from a radioactive spider to activate it) Doing the damn thing even when you know people are going to judge you How journaling helps bridge the gap between irrational fears and reality, asking questions like, Hey… is this even real or factual? Is it going to harm me? Are you dying to tell that little voice in your head to calm the F down? Done caring about what everyone else is going to think? Ready to take that next big step, judgement and shame be damned? Well strap on those hiking boots and put some wine in your Camelbak, folks, because we’re going to cover some serious ground in this episode.

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Feb 2019

29 min 18 sec

If you’ve ever gone skydiving, you know that throwing yourself out of a plane isn’t actually difficult — it’s deciding to do it that’s really fucking terrifying. Quitting is a lot like that. When you hit a massive decision milestone in your business, chances are, you’ll need to quit something to make space for that next big thing. But if your business is in a good-enough place, deciding to quit takes nerves of steel, a fearless self inventory, and a whoooooooole lotta trust. Nobody knows all of that better than my guest this week, Lindsay Vastola. She walked away from a successful corporate career because she knew she was meant to help women — but her ideas on how she would help them were constantly evolving. As the founder of Body Project, she expanded her offering from one-on-one coaching, to bootcamps, and eventually to a studio space with a thriving community. Business was booming, clients were happy, and it all seemed like a natural progression. And then… she quit. “For so long, I kept looking for everybody else to validate what I was thinking even though I knew inside that it wasn’t right. In my business, every time I look externally for big answers, that’s when I get off track. It’s a thought process where, if I get approval, then I must be making the right decision.” She might be in the business of fitness, but Lindsay is all about emotional intelligence. That’s why she couldn’t tune out the little voice in the back of her mind that told her, right when she opened the doors to her studio, “This is not forever.” Was it a scary thought? Hell yes. But she knew she had to listen, people-pleasing instincts be damned. In this episode, Lindsay shares: How people pleasing leads to decision paralysis Giving yourself permission to stop doing things — even if you’re good at them The pitfalls of both positive and negative “what ifs” Why listening to your self-talk should be the first step towards business reinvention Well, the first step after you listen to this episode, of course. So tune in, and consider this podcast your formal invitation to join the Professional Quitters Association. (I’m not just the president — I’m also a member!)

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Jan 2019

35 min 53 sec

This episode is a double header of mutual BS burning. The first time I laid eyes on Karen Graves, I turned to my friends and said, “Who is this woman? Where did she come from, and why have I never met her before?” Because she’s amazing! Well, it turns out, the feeling was mutual. But Karen and I wasted more than a few years being intimidated by each other before we finally connected. But I am so glad we finally did, because Karen is even cooler than I thought. As a kickass sales coach, Karen transforms sales-phobics into sales-aholics. She’s been helping women start and scale their businesses for over a decade, and as a self-described “mama bear,” she has no time for that manipulative, predatory BS we see so much of in the coaching space. (I know you know what I mean) Part of the reason Karen doesn’t mess with those methods? They worked on her, once upon a time. And it was. Not. Pretty. Not for her business, not for her growth, not for her family. “In all my interactions up to this point, I was chasing the moment where someone would say to me, You are enough. You’re smart enough, you’re good enough, you know enough, you can do this. I wanted that validation, that pat on the head. But then someone said to me, Why are you waiting for someone else to fix something that’s not broken?” Now, I want to make it clear to everyone out there listening: this episode is not about Karen playing the victim. (Hello, that’s my schtick, in case you missed the Season One finale.) We’re not pointing fingers at how someone chooses to run their business. This is purely about our own stuff in response to our experiences. In this episode, Karen will tell you all about: Signs that you’re in “the bubble” What you really should be focusing on when you start something new in your business The importance of working with people who respect your values Self-validating on a budget Advice for anyone who hears Karen’s story and thinks, “Oh shit, that’s me” You’re already a kickass business owner, but might still be striving for gold stars and pats on the head. (Because I know I am.) So strap in, hit play, and don’t waste another minute thinking that you’re not enough.

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Jan 2019

41 min 34 sec

To cap off season one, I'm putting myself in the hot seat and sharing my BS of playing the victim — and what it took for me to even see it.

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Nov 2018

20 min 30 sec

What do you do with the voice in your head that says you're not good enough, not smart enough, not x-y-z enough? According to love coach Laurie Davis Edwards... you listen to it.

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Nov 2018

39 min 22 sec

Sometimes, the things we're good at aren't the things we really want to do. If you've ever been there, this interview with the multi-talented Beth Grant is for you.

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Nov 2018

32 min 5 sec

Do you struggle to delegate? Feel like you have to do everything to get it done right? Angela Jia Kim, beauty guru and founder of Savor Beauty + Spa, talks about how she burned that particular BS.

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Nov 2018

29 min 32 sec

Shevonne Joyce works one-on-one with female entrepreneurs who want to make it big. Tune in as she gets real and raw about what it took for her to get to the "dropping in" point.

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Nov 2018

51 min 27 sec

Nika Stewart, social media trailblazer and CEO of Ghost Tweeting, isn't immune to feeling intimidated when she's stacked up to a "business celebrity." And she still falls prey to her own inner Mean Girl.

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Nov 2018

22 min 7 sec

Angie Buchsbaum, founder of Yippee Daisy, shares the incredible story of starting her family-run business — and the BS that's always bubbling on the back burner.

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Nov 2018

32 min 2 sec

Want to stop feeling like an impostor? Dr. Valerie Young, internationally recognized expert on impostor syndrome, has some wisdom for you.

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Nov 2018

33 min 18 sec

The hilarious Rachael Kay Albers, founder and creative director of RKA Inc, shares the ups and downs of her career journey, and how she stopped performing a role that just didn't fit her business anymore.

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Nov 2018

26 min 42 sec

Get ready to burn your bullshit, girlfriends! Business coach Carolyn Herfurth and her guests get real and raw as they take a candid romp through their own stories, habits and beliefs that once held them back from growing outrageously successful businesses. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And you’ll fire up your own business as you torch your blocks, blind spots and B.S. Season 1 drops in November of 2018!

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Oct 2018

2 min 19 sec