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Michelle Weinstein, AKA The Pitch Queen, is the host of Success Unfiltered, which features an array of unique and inspiring guests. She talks to all kinds of innovators and achievers, including multi seven and eight figure entrepreneurs, Shark Tank veterans, authors, performers, and investors.

Her guests share their most intimate stories, no holds barred. It’s the raw and vulnerable stuff that you don’t always hear about, like major rejections, epic failures, and unrelenting setbacks.
They share their most inspiring stories of overcoming adversity, never giving up, and achieving success beyond their wildest imaginations.

She created this podcast to help entrepreneurs realize that they are NOT alone. Everyone who has attempted something epic has had their share of setbacks, failures, and NOs. By sharing unfiltered stories from extraordinary individuals who overcame hardships and ultimately achieved their version of success, her hope is to inspire others to stay in the game and hold out for their own dreams.

Her mission and goal is to inspire rising entrepreneurs to break through barriers, overcome obstacles, and make a bigger impact in the world. It’s her passion to show people how to take action, own their value, and grow their top-line revenue. You CAN build a successful and flourishing business and make a global impact by doing what you love, and Success Unfiltered will inspire you ever step of the way!

Apr 21, 2020

How can you make sure that you and your businesses can survive almost anything, and come out even stronger on the other side?

With over 20 years of Internet experience, Stephan Aarstol is an Internet industry veteran who has founded multiple ventures. In 2014 with a staff of just 5 people and revenues of $5M, Tower Paddle Boards (back by Mark Cuban on Shark Tank) was named the #1 fastest growing private company in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal. A year later Tower was #239 on the INC 500 list of America's fastest growing companies.  In 2015, to challenge long held delusions about unhealthy start-up work culture, Stephan moved his whole company to a 5-hour workday and would later write a book titled “The Five Hour Workday” about the experience, which would spread the idea to tens of millions of people worldwide, and get press in over 20 countries.

Here are a few key secrets we talked about in this episode:

  • The biggest teaching moment from giving the worst pitch in shark tank history but still scoring a deal with Mark Cuban
  • How to pivot and shift to opportunity amidst the COVID-19 chaos
  • How monopolization over the last few years is affecting retail businesses everywhere right now
  • How Stephen is personally prioritizing and pivoting in his business right now
  • Why focus is just as important as diversification
  • What a “burn rate” is and why you must keep yours as low as possible
  • How embracing the process can help you face any challenge that comes your way

If you want to pivot your business and make sure you survive these uncertain, this bonus episode is for you!

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Special thanks goes out to Stephan for taking the time to chat with Michelle!

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