Dave Lukas Chats with Carl Gould
246: Wisdom, Strategy, and the 7 Stages of Business Success with Entrepreneur Legend, Carl Gould
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Carl Gould. Carl Gould is a worldwide leading authority on business and entrepreneurship. He is an entrepreneur who built three multi-million-dollar businesses by age 40. His company, 7 Stage Advisors, has mentored the launch of over five thousand businesses. Some of the companies he’s helped are companies like Allstate, American Idol, USA Olympic Track, IBM, McGraw-Hill and the US Army.
Carl created the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world, and his methodologies are in practice in 35 countries. He has trained, certified or accredited over 7,000 Business Coaches and Mentors since 2002.
He has also written multiple books on the subject of business strategy, leadership and sustainable growth. He co-authored “Blueprint for Success” with Stephen R. Covey and Ken Blanchard; and his best-selling book, “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success”, lays out the formula for HyperGrowth. Needless to say, Carl is a wealth of entrepreneurial wisdom and I’m going to do my best to get everything I can out of him in our time together.
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Carl’s journey started in college. He was an accounting and finance student. He broke his leg pretty badly in his second year and had to leave school. He found himself with a broken leg that took 6 months to get better, broke, and needing to make money.
He started a design/build landscape company and doubled it every year for 7 years then sold. Then in the early 90’s, he started a construction company and grew it to 2004. He started coaching in 1990 after going through certifications. It was his side hustle in the 90’s. He then started his coaching/strategy business in the early 2000’s.
His passion is coaching and guiding small business owners. He still invests in other companies, real estate, etc.
What is the one thing you think matters most for success as an entrepreneur?
At the 8:30 mark, Carl shares his view on the short attention spans we have and how he sees it in context of success…
Take us through the 7 Stages of Growth and Business Success…
How does and entrepreneur execute in each stage?
What are some of the biggest traps entrepreneurs fall into and how do we avoid them?
Best advice for building rapport and influences? What are some of the best practices?
Thoughts on leadership and how to be a successful leader?
Anything else we should know?
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