I’m Dan Kirby and I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2001, but in 2017 it all went wrong. I blew up the business. I can laugh about it now but it was no joke at the time, check the trailer. Shame, humiliation, terror. The lot.
My business is back on track but I don’t want to blow it up again. So I’m interviewing top entrepreneurs to discover how they’ve turned adversity & failure into growth & success. I’m on a mission to help other business owners – like you – avoid my self-inflicted-sabotage.
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How To Literally Reinvent Yourself with Adah Parris
July 28, 2021 • 55 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Adah Parris, an entrepreneur and artist. We talk about reinventing our careers...but Adah had to literally reinvent herself. In 1991 she suffered complete memory loss after a super-dramatic car crash in the USA (seriously, it’s like a movie scene). We cover workaholism, saying “no” and chasing other people’s versions of success.
Adah has continually reinvented herself - because we and the world are constantly changing - by learning to be still, to play and define what’s important. She has taken these skills to enact transformational change with clients like Google and Unilever. Adah is also the Chairperson of Mental Health First (MHFA) England and is artist in residence at Santa Barbara at SBCAST (The Santa Barbara Centre for Art Science and Technology).
How To Get Out Of A €16m Hole with Gavin J Gallagher
July 21, 2021 • 57 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Gavin J Gallagher, real estate mogul & executive director at Earlsfort Group. During the 2008 financial crash, Gavin went from owning a multi-million dollar real estate portfolio to €16 million in debt. Now, in his late 40’s with 5 kids and a lifetime of experience, Gavin has an entirely different outlook on life than he did in his 30’s. On his podcast “Behind The Facade”, Gavin focuses on “exploring the often overlooked but critically important mental and emotional game governing success in real estate”.
We explore the depths you can reach when hard times hit, and what you can do to get out. How to keep your ego at bay - particularly when times are good - and take extreme ownership of your life. Gavin also talks about the David Goggins-esque fitness challenges he pursues in order to build and maintain his mental resilience.
The Psychology Of Negotiation with Mike Lander
July 14, 2021 • 49 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business Dan is joined by Mike Lander, CEO at Piscari and one of London’s leading dealmakers. He’s negotiated hundreds of deals worth over £400m in aggregate and bootstrapped businesses which he sold for 7 figures. At Piscari, Mike helps smaller companies negotiate better deals with big companies. He co-hosts the “It’s a Good Start” podcast where he discusses entrepreneurship for digital and marketing agencies, vlogs and writes for the marketing press.
Mike shares the human and financial impact of getting into things you don’t understand. He also talks about sticking to your ethics, how a rough put-down in his first interview at the age of 16 sparked a lifelong commitment to learning-by-doing, the commercial value of your network (and how NOT to network), and seeing business as experiments. There are also strategies in the episode about how not to get your leg taken off in your next negotiation!
How To Become F*cking Unstoppable with Paul Mort
July 7, 2021 • 54 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Paul Mort, Leader Of Men at Unstoppable, UK Mastercoach of the Year (for 2019 AND 2020), International Speaker and author of “F*cking Unstoppable - the modern man’s guide to grabbing life by the balls”. He’s the host of the podcast “Paul Mort Talks Sh*t” (where he’s interviewed Tyson Fury and Ant Middleton) and his one man show is already sold out later this year.
Paul talks bluntly about dealing with addiction, bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts (he literally stood on the edge of the cliff). We learn the truth behind “victim mentality”, how and why men hide their insecurities - particularly with humour - and extreme ownership of your problems. Paul calls out old school personal development advice, explains what “the rumble strip” is and shares an intriguing story from training Jiu Jitsu with Conor McGregor’s coach...
From Getting Sacked To Successful Entrepreneur - Plus Everything In Between with David Braithwaite
June 30, 2021 • 65 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by David Braithwaite, Director and Principal Financial Adviser at Citrus Financial Management. David runs a portfolio of businesses under the Citrus brand, specialising in working with people with a media profile. He’s a bit of a media personality himself, hosting his own BBC Radio show and having literally toured the world speaking to 10’s of 1000’s of people. Plus he coaches other entrepreneurs as an Associate Coach at Strategic Coach.
David is extremely candid about the challenges that have shaped him and his career. From confidence building - due to redundancy in his early career, to wrestling with fixing his mental health - due to turbulent times as an entrepreneur. The guys really get into the practical steps you can take when things are feeling too much, building on lessons learnt from their own tough times. Also, discover what an “Askhole” is...plus how Picasso can help you value your own experience...
Quick Decisions, Stressful Situations & Purposeful Business with Pip Wilson
June 23, 2021 • 51 MIN
In this episode Dan is joined by Pip Wilson, Co-founder and CEO at Amicable. Pip is a successful serial tech entrepreneur since 2002, building IT consultancy Bluefin Solutions to 300 people in four countries before a 2015 exit. Pip is also the deputy chair of the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), is passionate about empowering women in tech and was formerly a trustee of The Girls Network. She and her business partner Kate Daly have co-founded Amicable to help divorcees achieve an amicable divorce at an affordable cost.
Pip has navigated a number of stressful situations, including The Great Recession in 2008 and more recently when Amicable ended up in the high court...just as she started fundraising for it! She shares lessons about combating the fear of making wrong decisions, approaching stressful situations thoughtfully and how to be an effective leader in a crisis.
Chimps, Creativity & Compassion with Carl Castledine
June 16, 2021 • 59 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Carl Castledine, CEO at Away Resorts. In this episode, Carl shares stories about ways of working which burnt him out, re-discovering your inner artist and cultivating compassion as a leader.
Carl shares how the challenges of the pandemic have challenged him to take a step back and examine what’s really important. This greater awareness - and mind-management tools like “boxing your chimp” - have helped him discover a higher purpose within his business. Self care, and care of others are a big theme of this inspiring conversation.
Managing Ego & Building Resilience with Ian Hambleton
June 9, 2021 • 49 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Ian Hambleton, one of the UK’s leading creative entrepreneurs. Ian is the CEO of Maze Theory, a Virtual Reality games studio in London which publishes titles for brands like Dr Who and Peaky Blinders. He’s co-founder of carbon reduction startup Ecologi and was also the co-founder of both Studio Output (a top independent design agency) and Glug (which hosts events for creatives in over 35 countries).
Ian draws on his immense experience to share insights about how he learned the value of honesty, vulnerability and resilience. If you enjoyed Ryan Holiday’s book “Ego is the Enemy”, you will enjoy this insightful, warm, and humorous discussion.
Achieving Entrepreneurial Happiness with Charlie Reading
June 2, 2021 • 58 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Charlie Reading, an established entrepreneur, award-winning global speaker, chartered financial planner, published author and podcast host.
Charlie reflects on the fact that entrepreneurs can’t ignore health in their quest for a work-life balance (you should insure yourself just like you insure your house or mobile phone). Charlie also shares that creating systems is more important than simply setting goals and many other strategies that will help entrepreneurs at any stage, create sustained happiness in their lives.
Working With The Beatles, Getting On With It & Chasing Empty Wagons with Geoff Heath
May 26, 2021 • 38 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, we have a world first! Dan is joined by Geoff Heath OBE - in his inaugural podcast interview - to discuss Geoff's journey from the forefront of the music industry (just how did it feel when Yoko Ono opened the apartment door to meet John Lennon?) to pioneering the video game industry, when it was seen as a crazy new fad.
We discover his top three business principles and why entrepreneurs should get on with it (if it’s working!) and stop chasing empty wagons. Full disclosure: Geoff is the Non-Exec Director - and a shareholder - in Dan’s business, so had a ring side seat as it blew up in 2017…
Fatherly Advice, The Power Of Simplicity & Creating Your Own Future with Scott Morrison
May 14, 2021 • 52 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Scott Morrison, Founder & Bringer Of The Boom! to discuss Scott's journey from the world of big brands to creating his own entrepreneurial future. Scott shares the advice given by his father that heavily influenced this journey, that entrepreneurs must leverage the power of simplicity and why he listened too much to some people and not enough to others.
From £80 To +£10 Million with Tracey Shirtcliff
May 14, 2021 • 49 MIN
In this episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by Tracey Shirtcliff, Founder & CEO at The Virtu Group to discuss Tracey's journey from a New Zealand "farm girl" to serial tech entrepreneur. Tracey shares the single experience that led her to leave the corporate world, life's only guarantee and the importance of emotional state in entrepreneurship.
Divorce, Bankruptcy & Powerful Wanting with Dan Sullivan
May 14, 2021 • 63 MIN
In this launch episode of Honey I Blew Up The Business, Dan is joined by another Dan - Dan Sullivan, Founder & President & Strategic Coach - known as the world's no1 entrepreneurial coach. They discuss Dan Sullivan's journey from growing up in a blue collar family in Northern Ohio to becoming unemployable. Dan shares 50 years of entrepreneurial wisdom, why entrepreneurs need to have a team and why the day that he got divorced and went bankrupt was the single greatest learning experience of his life.