Reboot Podcast Episode #17 – Are You Being Stubborn or Resilient? – with Nigel Sharp

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 17 // May 20, 2015

A good half of the art of living is resilience.


Nigel Sharp

Nigel Sharp

CEO and Co-Founder, Lionsharp

View Bio

Episode Description

Nigel Sharp, our first returning podcast guest, is wrestling with one of the hardest questions any entrepreneur can ask themselves:

Am I being stubborn or resilient?

Shouldering the hope and opportunity of improving a country through his organization and carrying a real concern for his own team, he stares down an empty company bank account, wrestling with a deep confusion whether he should push on or move on.  Jerry and Nigel explore the questions he’s holding, what moves him personally about his business, and where to possibly go next.

Nigel Sharp on Twitter

Show Highlights

“I run a crazy team of engineers who are trying to change the world from all the way over in Armenia.”  – Nigel Sharp

“This journey has been one of self-revelation upon self-revelation.” – Nigel Sharp

“There is no social welfare system in Armenia. If people in a family don’t have jobs then the alternative is starvation and hunger.” – Nigel Sharp

“I am committed to going down with a fight. I started this with a fight so I want to finish it that way.” – Nigel Sharp

“There is struggle and suffering all around, but it is nothing compared to being in a developing country where you really see struggling and suffering all around.” – Nigel Sharp

“Sometimes people stick with something past a point in which they actually believe.”  – Jerry Colonna

“We built a lot of tech, and we thought the tech would sell itself. That was a fundamental mistake.” – Nigel Sharp

“The truth of it is that I bit off a little more than I could chew with this company.” – Nigel Sharp

“Success is the happiness of humanity.” – Nigel Sharp

“The one piece of delusion I hear is that it is solely your responsibility.” – Jerry Colonna

“What is the definition of resiliency except the ability to rise after being knocked down? Isn’t that resiliency?” – Jerry Colonna

“One of the mistakes we make as leaders is we take on all the responsibility. Doing this cuts us off from accessing the very people we need.” – Jerry Colonna

“The way we make pain worthwhile is by extracting the lessons from it.” – Jerry Colonna