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10 Questions with Matt Rogers

Being willing to put yourself through the pain, uncertainty, fear, and frustration of launching a startup requires a special kind of crazy. Your mindset has to be focused on the long term, you need to go in for the right reasons, and once you make that decision to act, you need to commit 100% to making your dream a reality. Matt Rogers Ph.D.(c) has worked with startups for over 10 years, helping founders address and overcome these mental barriers and achieve the success they have envisioned. Rogers is passionately driven to help startups scale and achieve the growth needed to become sustainable, transformative businesses.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND WHY?
Don’t make money, make meaning - Guy Kawasaki. Admittedly I received this advice from a TED Talk but it resonated with me. Although I am all for building a successful business and realizing the fruit of your labor, money is a terrible reason to get into any business. It is a poor companion for when the times get tough and your business seems like it is on the brink of failure. When you start a business based on an internal reason to make meaning, your success becomes more important to you because of the meaning you desire to create. I've developed a mantra about this, money follows excellence, but excellence follows passion.

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU AND WHY?
Steve Jobs is still an inspiration to me for all that he has achieved in transforming the world. Simon Sinek's TED Talk "Start with Why" and his work on trust has been a formative force in my life. As I have started studying psychology and mindsets more, Shizrad Chamine has been extremely influential in my development.

WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH OUR READERS TO UPLIFT THEM IN LIFE AND CAREER?
I promise you; you are unique and awesome. There is something about you that is incredible. Your job is to find it, embrace it, and build on it.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND HOW DID IT INSPIRE YOU?
Mario Puzo's The Godfather. If you read it enough, as I have, and you get past the mafia violence, it is a great book on human relationships.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
I enjoy listening to music, reading, self-learning, working out, playing with my dog, making my wife and children laugh, and praying.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU OR YOUR INDUSTRY FACES, AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THOSE?
One of the biggest challenges I face is finding clients with the right mixture of need and ability to pay. Being an independent coach is a struggle because of this dynamic.

WHAT IS ONE TREND IN YOUR INDUSTRY THAT EXCITES YOU?
People and organizations are rapidly becoming more aware of the importance and influence of our mental health, mindset, and emotional wellbeing. This is a huge positive for the industry and for people everywhere. We are all carrying psychological burdens and fighting battles no one knows about. This focus and de-stigmatization on psychological wellness is much needed.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY THAT ADDS TO YOUR SUCCESS?
Routines and rituals.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
My Kindle. I live internationally and do not have the scope of books that I would have access to in the US. My Kindle gives me that access and because it is dematerializing, it is also sustainable and helps me reduce my environmental footprint.

PLEASE, FINISH THIS STATEMENT: LEADERSHIP IS...
humbling, motivating, empowering, continuously adapting, and respecting those around you.

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