Reboot Podcast Episode #89 – Everything Is Waiting for You – with Al Doan (re-release)

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 89 // August 16, 2018


Al Doan

Al Doan

Board member of MSQC, Entrepreneur & founder of Let's Make Art

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Episode Description

Al Doan led his family’s fledgling small town quilting shop to a leading online retailer with over 450 employees in just a few short years. To the outside world, this rapid growth established Al has a wildly successful and admired leader, but behind closed doors, Al was struggling. He found himself behaving in ways contradictory to his character and struggling to feel happy and content. Sure, he was killing it as an online quilting retailer, but was this really what he wanted his life to be?

Recognizing things were not working, he reached out for help from a trusted friend and advisor. This friend connected Al with Jerry, leading to a new journey of self-inquiry and discovery for Al. A journey that has ultimately led him to walk through the fear and challenge of stepping down as CEO, to create the space for the life of his dreams to emerge.

Al Doan on Twitter | Missouri Quilt Company | Signs You Need to Leave Your Startup | Reboot CEO Bootcamp | Reboot Circles

Additional listening: 

#29 – Who’s in Your Corner – with Carrie Barry

#77 – Knowing You’re Not Alone: The Magic of Peer Groups

“Everything Is Waiting For You” read by author David Whyte

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“When we show up with our willingness to be our authentic self, you’re met by people who are willing to be their authentic self.” – @jerrycolonna

“My support group, my social circle didn’t scale up to, uh, to handle those same problems.” – @drbillnye

“The company was a great crutch for me.” – @drbillnye

“We all have our favorite lies that we tell ourselves.” – @drbillnye

“We build these sort of exoskeletons of stuff.” – @jerrycolonna

“What happens when you’re not good at [being CEO], but you’re trying to protect your income?” – @drbillnye

“I was so obsessed with nobody thinking that I ever got tired, uh, took a break or got a reward.” – @drbillnye

“When you open yourself up, you open potentially to the pain, but you allow that love to come in.” – @jerrycolonna

“Why do we go so long without letting people in?” – @drbillnye

“I’m not a broken-hearted warrior all the time, sometimes I’m the hard-hearted warrior.” – @jerrycolonna