Jul 18, 2018
There are a lot of terms that could define entrepreneurship:
Risky, busy, confusing, overwhelming, fun, inspiring, and on and
Starting and growing your own business is one of the most
challenging adventures a person can go on. But there’s another word
used a lot to describe owning a business and that’s lonely.
So many entrepreneurs describe moments of isolation. Maybe it’s
physical isolation, especially early on but more often, the
isolation is mental. The buck stops with you. And that means every
idea, every decision ultimately falls on your lap. Your left to
ponder not only the future but also the past. Maybe there’s an
entrepreneur out there who’s got it all figured out but most of us,
we’re obsessed about decisions, paths, and outcomes. Each tiny
moment swirls inside our head. What’s right, what’s wrong, where
should the money go and where did the money go.
At first we’re constantly sharing every thought and idea with
friends and family. But one subtle cue after another teach us to
stop talking about it all the time. These people love us but they
don’t really understand. So we recess, into ourselves and, well,
feel kind of lonely.
This is why smart business owners find people to talk with, to
bounce ideas off of, that they trust to listen and more
importantly, to provide a reflection from the real world of what’s
actually going on.
Take this podcast, Scratch Entrepreneur. I think it’s cool, of
course, or I wouldn’t do it. I obsess about it. How to structure
interviews, music, hosting, microphones, everything. But to be
honest, I’m not totally sure what’s good and what isn’t. It’s a
lonely feeling to think you’re doing something great and at the
same time have no idea. I clearly need to reach out and find a
community of trusted advisors.
Today’s guest has built a business around solving this issue.
He helps bulls thrive in
china shops. He’ll explain that a little later on but the
essence of David Quick’s business is to remove that isolation from
the equation. To provide a coach, a mentor, a mirror reflecting the
perspective from outside. As it turns out, he’s been playing that
role since some kid asked him in middle school to help play a
middle c. This interview is peppered with life lesson and advice on
business ownership. David has seen it all, and he has an unusual
ability to break life lessons into simple memorable anecdotes that
will make you a better business owner and a better person. So strap
in for the stories and advice of David Quick.
What were formative moments that made you who you are?
David was a great saxophone player as a kid. As he got into high
school younger kids would ask him to teach them how to play. So he
would. He learned at that point that teaching and coaching were
things he loved.
So how did you end up at the highest levels of corporate
That road traveled through the Navy. David spent over a decade
as a Naval officer and he attributes much of his adult foundation
to that. When he finally left the Navy he really had no idea what
to do. There was an opportunity wselling laboratory equipment, so
he took it. The life lesson there was learn the lingo, look for a
guide, and work hard.
As soon as David got planted in the laboratory sales world he
started climbing ladders. He buzzed through companies like Miles
Laboratories that became Bahr Laboratories. He mastered the sales
process, took on leadership roles, and generally was always moving
up to the next thing. Then he started getting hired to grow
Later in his career he landed at Roach Laboratories involved in
innovative projects that essentially gave David to opportunity to
spend company money to start businesses under the umbrella of Roach
From there he dug into the venture
What are the core questions you ask new clients?
- What does Thriving mean?
- Who do you wanna be?
- What do you wanna do?
- What do you wanna have?
David’s experience with his coach finding the best way to
You have the herd you deserve
Do you have the people in the right seats
What’s the foundation every business needs?
Vision – This is all about the picture that the founder has for
the business. What does it mean to Thrive?
Core Values – Who are our model citizens? Who are the people we
want to clone? What are the characteristics associated with
that?Expectation – Are you the New England Patriots or the
Engagement - How are the three above pieces integrated into
Special thanks to David Quick for taking the time to share the
Helping Bulls story
Mentioned in the episode:
Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati
• Miles Laboratories www.bayer.com
• Bayer Laboratories
• Wall Street Journal
• Roche Diagnostics
• New England
• Chicago Cubs
• Music by Mark
The show was produced and edited by me Jeremy Goodrich.
The music is by my high school buddy Mark Vinten. Every morning he
would swing by and pick me up for school. Mark’s school taxi was
one of my favorite vehicles ever a 1980 Volkswagon Vanagon
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