IMI started as a spin-off, but former Navy SEAL Brent Gleeson and co-founder Brandon Fishman have turned it into one of the fastest-growing internet marketing companies in the country.
When your business hits a certain size, you go from pure entrepreneur to leader and manager.
A problem is often just a breakdown in communication.
Sometimes quick decision-making leads straight to success, and sometimes it leads to learning opportunities.
As your business gets bigger, you may outgrow an office--or four.
Whether it's a tech glitch or human error, at the end of the day, leaders have to take personal responsibility for failures.
There are plenty of people who aren't willing to put in the time and energy needed to start a business.
Not paying attention to details doesn't just make you look bad--it can drive away potential clients.
Both entrepreneurs and their employees benefit from supportive families.
People will be investing as much in you as your business, so it's important to sell yourself.
It's important to understand what type of capital is right for you and for your business.
Hiring other entrepreneurs isn't always a good idea.
Being good at running a business is different than being good at whatever it is that your business does.
Everyone benefits from making the time to have fun and celebrate team successes.
As a Navy SEAL combat veteran, Brent Gleeson is passionate about mentoring veteran entrepreneurs.
Every success you have gives you more leverage toward convincing new clients to hire you.
Make sure that you spend enough time meeting people at events and online in order to maximize the reach of your network.
When you're in charge of a fast-growing company, it isn't easy to take time away.
Whether it's at a start-up or as a Navy SEAL, culture fit is critical to mission success.
In the start-up phase, you have to focus on the brand.
Strategic planning needs to be specific, ongoing and dynamic.
For Brandon Fishman and Brent Gleeson, the payoff is in seeing their employees happy and successful.
FULL STORY Grind, Hustle, and Payoff9:51
CONFLICT How to Handle a Failure to Communicate1:06
MISTAKES Quick Decisions in Chaotic Environments1:17
OFFICES Finding a Space That's Just Right1:36
OWN IT Leaders Have to Take Responsibility1:05
THE LONG HAUL What to Look for in a Co-Founder1:40
DETAILS How to Lose a Million Dollar Deal1:14
FAMILY Success at Work Takes Support at Home1:31
INVESTORS Pitch Yourself, Not Your Business1:38
CAPITAL Don't Just Throw Around Equity1:22
HIRING The Danger of Entrepreneurial Employees1:04
KNOWLEDGE You Don't Need Every Skill to Succeed0:45
FUN Take Time to Celebrate Your Team0:50
GIVING BACK A Passion for Mentoring Entrepreneurs1:55
STORYTELLING Leverage Your Wins to Gain New Clients0:59
NETWORKING You Can't Win Without It1:11
VACATION Learning How to Unplug0:55
CULTURE How to Build a Successful Team2:11
GRIND 'Now Our Competitors Know Who We Are'3:58
HUSTLE Say Goodbye to the 5-Year Business Plan3:27
PAYOFF Think About the Jobs You've Created3:36