The Courageous Podcast with Ryan Berman

The Courageous Podcast Episode #20: James Brennan (Serial Entrepreneur)

Episode Summary

James Brennan is a fighter. Whether it was fighting an early stage business, sobriety or a new vertical, James has transformed into a risk-taking, serial entrepreneur and the CEO of Enlightened Brand Ventures. His company hosts a portfolio of businesses that includes Suja, Original Grain, Dizzle, Kopari and a handful of successful hospitality/nightlife ventures. When it comes to addressing the ups, downs and everything in between, Brennan courageously opens up and tells all. Learn how James put himself in uncomfortable moments so others around him could live comfortably. How he believes you can play to win without having a loser on the other side. And, finally, how some times in life you have to go through hard times to get to the good stuff on the other side. For anyone looking to take on Entrepreneurship, James shares the pitfalls, pivots and prosperity that come with the space on this episode of The Courageous Podcast.

Episode Notes

3:31- James Brennan's Yankee Teeshirt

3:48 - Growing up in NYC

4:54 - College in San Diego. "I fell in love with the city and the the people."

7:15 - Growing up in NY "grows you up quick"

8:39 - James shares a "Street Smart" NY moment

12:41 - Make my kids aware of the job creation that comes with the job

15:06 - "First of all, I'm a risk taker."

16:52 - James talks about his 2009; a potential BK moment.

18:59 - "I'll make my bet and if I'm wrong I'm wrong."

24:32 - "Every job has its risk factors"

30:37 - James shares the pivots from night life to others verticals

31:40 - James involvement in Suja started with his wife's Suja habit

35:05 - "Courage is the bedrock root of sobriety"

35:37 - "I definitely believe there are entrepreneurs that are born."

36:38 - James talks about the courage needed to take the leap.

38:17 - Providing advice for up and coming entrepreneurs...

38:52 - Turn the news off

40:45 - Evaluate and re-evaluate everything

44:58 - Authenticity Over Everything

46:44 - No greater high for James than helping other people