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TYL #29: Your Life’s “Golden Purpose,” Finding Mentors, and Entrepreneurial DNA with Jeff Hoffman

Written by on 07 Sep 2016

What can I say about Jeff Hoffman that hasn't already been said?

Jeff is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album in 2015. He has been the founder of multiple startups, has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, ColorJar, and more.

Yup, that's already been said.

Jeff serves on the boards of companies in the US, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in more than 150 countries. He also serves on the boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week and The Unreasonable Group. He supports the White House, the US State Department, the United Nations, and foreign governments on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship.

Yes, that too.

Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 50 countries, on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership. He is the co-author of the book SCALE, a how-to guide for growing your business. Jeff also teaches innovation workshops to major corporations on a regular basis. He's beenĀ featured as a business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Woof, this guy is BUSY!

Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced movies, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.

Yes, friends... NSYNC for-crying-out-loud!

Here's what I can say about Jeff Hoffman that no one else has said-- he gives a mean hug.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff while I was a student on Semester at Sea in 2013. Thanks to a bond that goes well beyond time and space (Yale alumni!) we immediately began a friendship that has lasted to this day.

In this episode, Jeff and I talk about practical strategies for finding your purpose, the do's and don't's of choosing a mentor, how to know if you have "entrepreneurial DNA," and oh this little idea of how to determine what your life is all about.

This episode is great for you if you've ever wondered what sets great achievers apart from everyone else, how you can start to do more of what you want and less of what the world expects you to do, and you want to laugh a little bit while you learn a TON.

I'm so honored to have Jeff on the show and so thankful he could share his wisdom with you today. Without any further ado, I give you, the incomparable, Jeff Hoffman.


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