Sep 09, 2019

Stop and Smell the Roses … and Then Think About Your Values

As an entrepreneur, it is often easy to get bogged down in taking care of the business at hand, especially if you are running a fast-growing company. You find yourself focused on crossing items off of a short-term checklist and forgetting about, even momentarily, what it is that really underpins the business and how it might help you succeed in the future. 

Sometimes the best medicine for a busy CEO is to take some time to look back on how he or she got from point A to point B, to reflect on what worked, the mistakes he or she made and what really held everything together. Fortunately, I was able to do this recently when I spoke with Ben Gothard, host of The Project EGG Show, a video podcast that engages with entrepreneurs about their real lives, their businesses and lessons they have learned along the way.

In looking back at my past and exploring personal and business anecdotes with Ben, I found that the key thing that helped me and Lendio be successful was and is a set of core values. Whether it was my time playing semi-pro soccer at BYU, or the woman I married and the family we raised, or the point when we transitioned from Funding Universe to Lendio, the common thread was a set of values that I stuck to and that other people shared as well. These values are being humble and hungry — staying competitive and wanting to win but also thinking outside yourself, to serve a bigger community/idea/goal and not just to think of your needs.

I spoke about the importance of these values on the show because they are the foundation of the company and speak to me on my future as an entrepreneur and as a human being. By taking the time to do so, it was just what I needed to focus on my long-term goals … and to put down the checklist for a moment. 😊

For more details, listen and watch the full Project Egg episode here.

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About the author

Brock Blake
Brock Blake is the CEO and founder of Lendio, the nation’s largest business loan marketplace. Brock believes that access to capital should be simpler and quicker for small business owners, and he’s built a successful company around solving this problem. Brock leads the team that has facilitated over $1B in loans to small businesses to-date. An Inc. 500 CEO, national keynote speaker, Forbes columnist, and Utah’s Emerging Executive of the Year, Brock’s dedication extends far beyond the boardroom. His most important accomplishments come from being a husband and a father of four.


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