#1: Entrepreneurship is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Hello everyone, and welcome to the very first episode of the We Live to Build podcast.
I wanted to say hi because this is probably the first time you’re ever heard my voice, and it’s a great chance for us to get to know each other.
My name is Sean Weisbrot, my background is in Psychology, I’ve been based in SE Asia for 12 years, and I’ve been encouraging people to talk about their mental health since 2008 when I started out as a teacher in China.
I found that a lot of my students had mental health issues, but they didn’t have anywhere to go. Their teachers didn’t want to hear it, their parents didn’t want to hear it, and in general society basically kin fog just swept it under the rug.
Throughout the years, I’ve become an entrepreneur, and faced a lot of these issues myself, which you’ll learn about more.
Despite spending an enormous amount of time learning and applying techniques that help me manage stress (like developing daily routines with exercise, meditation, sleeping early, taking breaks often, etc), I have still endured hardship along the way that sometimes came close to breaking me.
If you want to learn more about my back story, I urge you to check out our About page.
Anyways, Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way the world works, and the increase in pressure on a daily basis has finally caused people to start talking more openly and honestly about what they are experiencing.
I believe firmly that entrepreneurship is needed now more than ever to foster a new generation of ideas that can take us into a post-virus world that will hopefully be better, but the challenges that await us will be even harder than the past.
That’s why I decided to build a platform to encourage entrepreneurship in a way that also exposes aspiring entrepreneurs to the reality of what they might come to experience.
In that way, I hope you will be able to prepare yourselves so it will limit the problems you experience by taking better care from the start.
With that in mind, going forward you can expect 3 types of podcast episodes from us.
The first kind of episode is an informal conversation between myself and another entrepreneur, but instead of merely praising their successes, we’re going to talk about the rollercoaster journey they went on to reach where they are today.
The guests will be expected to share the hard truths they’ve experienced, as well as encourage you with their successes.
The second kind of episode is a monologue where I talk about a topic, I think is extremely important, like why meditation saved my life, or how to turn a weakness into a strength.
The third kind of episode will be where we answer a question from the community about something they are currently struggling with, like “How do I know when to delegate a task to someone else,” or “How do I determine the best country to incorporate in?”
Beyond these podcasts, we’ll also have content of several types, like roundups where multiple entrepreneurs will answer a question with a short response, or entrepreneurs and mentors writing a long form article about a specific topic like “What was it like to hire my first employee?” or “What was it like to launch my first MVP?”
Thanks for spending some time listening to our introduction, if you liked this, please sign up for our newsletter now, follow us on Twitter at @welivetobuild, and get ready to hear some wild stories that could be your life one day soon.
And remember, entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint.