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Being an entrepreneur can often feel like a life or death situation. You make feel awkward, uncomfortable and nervous. Believe it or not, these are all strengths. To stay on top you need to stay hungry. You need to feel worried your life will sink, because if you become complacent someone else will come along and take over the space. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to be the first out of the gate. Just because you aren’t the first person to do something doesn’t mean you have any less of a chance of success.

On this episode of Creative Warriors we are joined by Jarie Bolander, who has studied the entrepreneurial culture in the 21st century and how much it’s been changing. Jarie is an engineer by training and an entrepreneur by nature. He has over 20 years of experience bringing innovative solutions to market such as Bluetooth, USB, RFID and Semiconductor DNA sequencing. He is currently the co-founder and COO of Lab Sensor Solutions, a digital health company that is applying sensor technology to track the temperature and location of clinical samples to prevent spoilage.

Jarie has formed or been part of 6 startups in various management roles. He holds an MBA in Technology Management from UOP and a BS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University. He is also inventor or co-inventor on over 10 patents and has published four books — The Entrepreneur Ethos,  Frustration Free Technical Management, #ENDURANCE tweet — A Little Nudge to Keep You Going and Business Basics for Entrepreneurs.

Be forewarned- the beginning of this interview is very emotional, and may even bring a tear to your eye.

Download this episode today to hear Jarie’s insights on what it takes to be a successful 21st century entrepreneur.


“Failure is an option, but never an end result.” -Jarie Bolander 

My book, LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible is now available!

Highlights –

  • Entrepreneurs need to have space for themselves to avoid burnout.
  • You have to have entrepreneurial skills to survive in the 21st century.
  • There’s a lot of parallels between the activist mindset and the entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Artists are entrepreneurs, they just don’t like the business.
  • The world isn’t changed by people who sort of care.
  • Grit is passion and perseverance for a very long term goal
  • You need to have a blue collar work ethic.
  • Entrepreneurs have to adjust and continue to hustle.
  • It’s important to be aggressively patient.
  • If you want to stay on top, you have to stay hungry.

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Resources –

  • 12 Must-Have Mindsets for Uncommon Entrepreneurs! A FREE tool for Creative Warriors to help you get clear on the ways you need to think differently to get the results you want. We’ve been handed a whole bunch of malarky about who we are and how business works that simply doesn’t work for us. It’s time to set it straight! This tool will give you the insights you need to think your way to success as a Creative Warrior and keep you on track.
  • Check out the Creative Warriors RESOURCE page! A collection of the best companies, hand-selected, to help you succeed! You’ll find vendors, services, products, and programs to help you Create, Serve, and Be Prosperous! All these companies have been used and approved by Jeffrey and most are used every day in his business.
  • Music by Jawn


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