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Originators: An Entrepreneurial Podcast

Jul 28, 2022

Justin Sharpe is the Co-founder of GrowthInc, an organization that helps businesses and brands conquer digital marketing through training, services, and “done-with-you” strategies. Justin is also a partner at 8Loop, a community platform for marketers and digital agencies with over 150,000 users. Before co-founding GrowthInc and working with 8Loop, Justin served as the Director of Business Development for Focus LLC and the Senior Global Account Manager for WORK[etc]. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Literature and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University Bloomington.

Justin joins us today to discuss how finding your ultimate strength and focusing on it can impact your business’s growth. He shares his entrepreneurial journey and describes how his life shaped his ability to analyze issues and concepts from different angles. He defines the “gating knowledge” concept and explains how 8Loop helps companies optimize their digital marketing. Justin also outlines how he balances his work as a business owner with his family life and underscores why entrepreneurs should devote themselves to improving the customer experience.

“Understanding what you’re good at changes everything; it allows you to create a more cohesive vision and roadmap of where you’re trying to go.” - Justin Sharpe


This week on Originators:

  • The beginning of Justin’s entrepreneurial journey
  • What starting a business at 19 taught Justin about market trends and optimizing business processes
  • Finding your ultimate strength
  • Letting go of control and delegating tasks in your organization
  • How growing up as an orphan helped Justin see things from different perspectives
  • Why entrepreneurs need to devote themselves to customer experience
  • How 8Loop helps companies reduce inefficiencies and marketing “waste”
  • How Justin balances his growth as an entrepreneur and the growth of his personal relationships


Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “Understanding and accepting what your strength is and releasing control is going to optimize the time and the value you drive.” - Zak Leedom
  • “Find out what you’re really good at and apply them to profitable businesses and, in return, you create a profitable business for yourself.” - Zak Leedom
  • “If you devote yourself to the customer experience, you’ll find success in business.” - Justin Sharpe


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About WealthSource and The Originators Podcast

Originators is a show for and about entrepreneurs. In each episode, host Zak Leedom sits down with business builders and the professionals who serve them to talk about the challenges and the opportunities that come with starting something new. Our guests explore what it means to be a successful founder, a good leader, and an effective executive — and whether it’s possible to do all three. Join us to hear their stories and lessons learned — and to get inspired by their tenacity and creativity.

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