Reboot Podcast Episode #41 – Are You Afraid of Your Own Power? – with John Guydon

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Episode 41 // May 27, 2016

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.


John Guydon

John Guydon

Entrepreneur and Speaker

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Episode Description

John Guydon, an entrepreneur, and speaker is a man who owns his power more than most. In this episode of the Reboot podcast, he shares with Jerry his story, and how he can’t help but tackle big problems, not because they are fun but because they need to be tackled – from finding missing children, to now directly discussing and addressing the economic gap that exists between Black Americans and other communities. In hearing John’s story and his mission, I can’t help but think of another line from Marianne Williamson speech: “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“The Reboot Bootcamp forced me to ask the question, ‘What is my real goal?’” – John Guydon

“Every time somebody asked me how we were going to make money, it made me really question why I was doing it in the first place.” – John Guydon

“We have police departments calling The Lassy Project for help.” – John Guydon

“Even as a youngster, I have felt that I have been put on this earth to speak, evangelize, and inspire people.” – John Guydon

“I always end up going down one path or another path, but in reality, I need to go down my path.” – John Guydon

“The Dark Dollar documentary is about the exploration of racial inequities in America, and the realization that it is more about money, resources, and support than it is about color.” – John Guydon

“I am always about taking action.” – John Guydon

“I tend to gravitate towards projects that I am excited about solving, and that I feel called to do out of necessity.” – John Guydon

“I feel like I was put on this earth to inspire people.” – John Guydon 

“There’s a lot of smart people who can sometimes say things that don’t make sense.” – John Guydon

“Ever since age seven, I knew I was put on this earth to change the world.” – John Guydon

“When I was 7-years-old I knew for a fact that Santa Claus was either racist or didn’t exist.” – John Guydon

“I’m a good man, but I have unconscious biases because I’m a human being.” – Jerry Colonna

“You want to step into being that superhero that you already are? You are going to make people uncomfortable. So what.” – Jerry Colonna

“Maybe part of the problem is that we are all a little too comfortable.” – Jerry Colonna

“Our children aren’t just being abducted. Our children are being gunned down.” – Jerry Colonna

“I would say my superpower is making really heavy and seemingly immovable things move.” – John Guydon

“I want to experience what life is like with a business card that doesn’t have a title on it.” – Jerry Colonna

“I want to create a fund where the only thing revolutionary about the fund is the source of capital.” – John Guydon