Eric Bandholz talks about Beardbrand, presenting on Shark Tank, politics, and how he changed up his hiring to create a more independent and creative work environment. Eric also shares some of his thoughts on stoicism along with some of the struggles both he and his wife have faced in pursuit of building a family. This episode is a great look at creating positive work culture and building a life you can be proud to live.
I tend to have a Buddhist-Stoic mindset for a lot of things… there is going to be suffering it’s just part of humanity and it is part of life.one of the things that I have seen is that you are dealt the problems that you are capable of solving them. If you aren’t capable of solving them, you wouldn’t have them. That has encouraged me to find bigger problems because I feel that I can certainly solve bigger problems that I’m currently facing right now. You should want to have those problems and those challenges in life.
We look at our core values as a triangle of Freedom, Honor and Trust. what happens is if you have too much freedom… then what happens is your trust and your hunger go down. So it’s something that you want to have balanced… again perhaps too much hunger or too much drive and you end up working 80 hours a week and you are losing your freedom, and maybe you are eroding trust as well as you walk over your teammates so like balance has been a big thing for us.