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Forging The Journey

The owners of two small business get together to share their real-time journey through the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.

  • Forging The Journey E50: Working horrible jobs good for you?
    by forgingthejourney on October 17, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    This week Jared and Graig get into discussing how their past has played an important and crucial role in what they do now in their business. Giving up money and freedom of time to build a successful business and so much more.

  • Forging The Journey E49: Justin Courtney from Tulster Holsters
    by forgingthejourney on October 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    This week Graig and Jared have guest Justin Courtney who is half of the ownership of Tulster. Tulster is a custom holster business out of Tulsa Oklahoma. Justin has a lot to bring to the table and we know you will really enjoy this conversation.

  • Forging The Journey E48: How The Podcast Changed The Neomag
    by forgingthejourney on October 1, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Graig's business, The Neomag, has been radically changed. In this episode we talk about creating vision, mission statements, and then communicating these out to our team. But it is not just about talk. This is about action. This is the moment a business owner takes the vision they have in their head and actually lays it out for the team. Graig put it all on the table, learned the personalities of his employees, their strengths and weaknesses, and then brought it all together to showcase the mission behind the Neomag. Ultimately our teams need to know our mission so well that they could clearly speak to that vision to anyone they meet. Communicating your vision empowers employees to be productive members of the team, contributing to the overall success of your small business. This is a great discussion and is sure to get wheels turning in everyones heads. We are excited to continue Forging onward as we build our businesses from the ground up. Thank you for listening to Forging The Journey Podcast!

  • Forging The Journey E47: Inspire & Challenge
    by forgingthejourney on September 24, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    This week the guys conversation turns to leadership qualities and how to lead employees. No matter if you are the leader or being led this conversation will make you think.

  • Forging The Journey E46: Time For Hobbies?
    by forgingthejourney on September 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    This week Graig and Jared discuss the difficulty of fitting in time for hobbies and even more important things like exercise into their routine.

  • Forging The Journey E45: New Products Are Out!
    by forgingthejourney on September 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    We have talked about products, releasing new products, and marketing new products a few times on the Forging The Journey Podcast but we decided to once again dive into our product releases for TA Targets and The Neomag since we both were releasing new items over Labor Day weekend. During a Product release there are many things we are wrestling through. One of Graigs fears is running out of inventory. There is always tension between making the sales right away while people are interested and keeping stock initially for the release. One of Jared's concerns is just simply effectively rolling out a new product for TA Targets. It would be safe to say that we have learned a lot over the last four years of growing our businesses but what we know to be true is that learning is a constant evolution. What we did last year may not make sense this year. We are constantly keeping a pulse on what people see in our companies, making sure we are building trust with our product lines and how we interact. We are constantly analyzing what we are doing and we are searching for ways to become better all the time. Each of us had a slightly different method of releasing our products. At the end of this episode we both gave a rating to our rollouts. While we definitely have a lot to learn, we both feel we did a good job this time around. Give this episode a listen and hopefully it helps you and gives you some things to think about as you are growing your own business. Also take a moment to leave a rating and review. We appreciate it!

  • Forging The Journey E44: It's Go Time
    by forgingthejourney on September 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Graig and Jared discuss their new products, ambitions for the future and more.

  • Forging The Journey E43: Instagram Silencing Us?
    by forgingthejourney on August 27, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Graig and Jared are together after spending the day at the range filming new products. They discuss their experience at the range with friends and coworkers. Then the conversation moves to discussing the recent news of Instagram deleting Agency Arms account.

  • Forging The Journey E42: Don't be a jerk
    by forgingthejourney on August 21, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    Graig and Jared discuss the fine art of delegation, ramping up business for new product release and finding a mentor so you don't turn into a jerk.

  • Forging The Journey E41: Get Prepared
    by forgingthejourney on August 13, 2019 at 8:10 PM

    This week Jared and Graig just catch up on what's happening this week. The discussion quickly turns toward the popular book Building A Story Brand. They discuss the challenges of growth and keeping up with all of the jobs required as an entrepreneur.