Ep 015: Simon Bourne

Talking impostor syndrome and creating an aspirational brand with Mr Hand Dyed Shoe himself, Simon Bourne!

Founder of The Hand Dyed Shoe Company, Simon Bourne, joins me in his dye-covered apron as we explore his entrepreneurial journey.

From “failing terribly in Business Admin” to “changing the way the world buys shoes”, Simon Bourne shares about his surprising personal habits, attitude, and fantastic relationships that have helped him along the way.

In this episode we discuss:

02:05    Simon Bourne’s Current Role and Business Focus

03:35    Trash to Treasure:Turning leather offcuts into custom accessories.

04:24    What drove you to the place of self-employment/entrepreneurship?

06:12    The definition of an entrepreneur and being an entrepreneur and not knowing it?

07:15    The Imposter Syndrome – Feeling embarrassed about being called an entrepreneur?

10:22    Simon Bourne’s Biggest Failure so far with The Hand Dyed Shoe Company          

12:13    Prioritizing your needs over your wants; The value of a good team/support system

16:59    Impatience and Frustration – The surprising personal habits that drive Simon Bourne’s entrepreneurial growth?

20:12    How do you maintain focus on the most important things for your business?

21:59    Quick Juice Questions

22:09    Do you currently invest? What do you look for in an investment and why?

22:24    What most inspires you? When and where are you most inspired?

23:27     Which book has inspired you and changed your thinking the most?

24:36    What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “You don’t know what you don’t know,” from Gary King

25:52    The last bit of Executive Juice: Everything is about building fantastic, long-lasting relationships

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