Episode 21: Unfolding Journeys: Entrepreneurial Paths and Masterminds

Welcome to another enlightening episode of the “Grow Your Damn Business” podcast. Today, we’re delving into the fascinating journey of Zachary Parker Harris, an entrepreneur who’s embraced a nomadic lifestyle and founded Junto, a mastermind group for ambitious entrepreneurs. Hosted by Scott Goodrich, this episode explores the ebbs and flows of Parker’s entrepreneurial ventures and his insights into building meaningful peer-to-peer networks.

Episode Highlights:

[0:00] Intro

[1:20] The driving force behind Parker’s decision to travel indefinitely

[4:50] Parker’s past and early entrepreneurial beginnings

[7:30] Seeking advice on building a big company

[10:20] Leaving a job in a Fortune 500 company

[12:20] How Junto started

[15:20] Finding purpose through suffering and passion

[18:56] The power of trying different paths to find purpose

[20:14] Embracing suffering as a path to success

[21:41] Embracing failure and building a supportive community

[27:50] Creating a quality group for meaningful conversations

[30:58] Finding your target market

[32:30] The paradox of visionary entrepreneurs vs. customer needs

[34:57] Creating intimate groups for entrepreneurs

[35:29] Structure and leadership of the mastermind group

[38:05] Rapid five questions

[41:21] Where to find Parker

[41:41] Outro

From San Diego to the World

Parker’s story begins in San Diego, where his early exposure to politics and economics shaped his future. Driven by a desire to add value and influenced by his father’s hardworking ethos, Parker embarked on his first business venture in his teens, launching a nutrition company. However, after a stint in a Fortune 100 technology company and inspired by the masterminds of Benjamin Franklin, Parker realized his true calling lay in facilitating peer-to-peer learning and support.

The Birth of Junto

Junto started modestly, with Parker inviting 30 people to the first meeting, but only four showed up. Undeterred, the group slowly grew, focusing on quality over quantity. Parker’s vision was to create a space where entrepreneurs could share their challenges and successes in a supportive environment. As Junto expanded, the focus shifted to more experienced entrepreneurs, ensuring that the quality of discussions and the value provided remained high.

Structuring Junto

Junto’s structure evolved over time, shifting from member-led meetings to having professional facilitators. This change was driven by the feedback from busy entrepreneurs who found value in focused, well-led discussions. Junto’s intimate groups, typically comprising eight individuals, offer a blend of professional guidance and peer support, tailored to the needs of mid to high-level entrepreneurs.

The Philosophy of Entrepreneurship

Parker shares profound insights into the nature of entrepreneurship, emphasizing the importance of embracing failure and suffering as paths to success. He challenges the conventional wisdom of seeking comfort and security, advocating instead for a mindset that values growth through challenges.

The Journey of Self-Discovery

Parker’s journey is not just about business success but also about self-discovery and personal growth. He reflects on the importance of understanding one’s passions and willingness to endure hardships for a greater purpose. His own decision to live a nomadic life, exploring different cultures and places, is a testament to his commitment to living life as an adventure and a learning experience.

Connect with Parker

For those inspired by Parker’s journey and interested in learning more about Junto, he can be found on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook under the username Zachary Parker Harris. His story is a beacon for aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders seeking to carve their own paths in the world of business and beyond.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/parkerharris/

Website: https://junto.global/

Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/juntoglobal

As we conclude this episode of the “Grow Your Damn Business” podcast, we’re reminded of the endless possibilities that await those willing to step outside their comfort zones and embrace life’s uncertainties. Remember, entrepreneurship is not just about building businesses; it’s about building lives rich in experiences and learning. Subscribe to our channel for more stories that inspire and guide you in growing your damn business. See you in the next episode!

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Scott has an entrepreneurial spirit that’s been burning since his teenage years. Back then, he was mowing lawns, managing paper routes, and selling greeting cards door to door – always finding different ways to put some cash in his pocket! After graduating college, Scott had a successful career in sales and operations leadership, but his desire to be a business owner was never far from his heart. Seven years ago, he and his wife, Jenn, took the plunge and started their own business. Like many others, they spent all their time on the struggle bus – dealing with cash flow, payroll, and questioning whether their doors could even stay open. Ultimately, they persevered and learned some incredibly valuable lessons along the way.

Now, Scott is dedicated to helping others avoid the pitfalls he faced, fulfilling his purpose as a coach, and helping owners and teams achieve their dreams. When he’s not guiding businesses toward success, Scott can be found hitting the gym, on the golf course, or racking up miles on his Peloton.

As an EOS Implementer, Scott is passionate about helping business owners build a solid foundation and clear vision, empowering them to achieve growth, balance, and financial freedom – all while enjoying the ride.

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