David Mammano Flow Over Fear

Crash and Learn with David Mammano

One of the things that scares people from being entrepreneurs is the uncertainty of what can happen. But it’s all part of the fun! The ability to fail and fail forward is what sets successful people apart. In today’s episode, Adam Hill speaks with David Mammano about overcoming fear and failure as an entrepreneur. David is an entrepreneur and a teacher of entrepreneurs. He’s a writer about entrepreneurs and a speaker about entrepreneurs. It’s obvious he loves the entrepreneurial life. 

David is the founder of seven businesses, a three-time Inc Magazine 5000 growth company winner, a two-time TEDx speaker, and an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester in New York. He now leads the YOUtopia, a network that helps entrepreneurs to grow and connect. He’s also the host of the highly acclaimed podcast, “The Gonzo Experience”, and author of three books, including his most recent bestseller CRASH and LEARN: Lessons in Business.

Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:

  • David’s career background from a radio job to a magazine business
  • Failure is giving up
  • Seeing the light at the end of the COVID tunnel
  • Getting out of the fear
  • What prompted him to write a book
  • David’s version of “crash and learn”
  • Getting good at mitigating risks as an entrepreneur
  • Finding the balance between a setback and a failure

Episode Highlights:

[08:29] Failure is Giving Up

As an entrepreneur, it’s important to have a growth mindset, seeing failure as giving up. If your business doesn’t go well the first time, then start creating a second business. If it fails again, then do a third business – until you get it. Failure is when you decide to give up and stop being an entrepreneur, and you stop doing what you’re doing. Having this kind of mindset develops persistence. 

[19:33] Getting Out of The Fear

A lot of people let fear be an obstacle to achieving their best. One of the ways we can get out of that fear is to find a community of like-minded people that are going through the same thing and inspire each other to push through perceived obstacles. Mastermind groups like YOUtopia bring in speakers who are going to inspire people to realize that these barriers are not real and that fear is not real. They help them talk through the fear of what is scaring them to move to that next level. 

[30:15] Finding the Balance Between Setbacks and Failures

Have a tribe of trusted kindred spirits that have your best interests in mind and with whom you can talk things through, get feedback, and get their thoughts. Let them share their experiences that you can also take into account before jumping into decisions. A lot of entrepreneurs have so much energy and they move fast. But that can turn into a double-edged sword when you’re moving too fast, that you’re spending the wrong energy on something and you lose interest. You can be more successful when you surround yourself with people that can help you see the full spectrum of what’s going on or what could go on.  

Resources Mentioned:


Crash and Learn Book – https://a.co/d/9O1RScE

Similar Posts