Brett Hagler | How to Dream Big and Fight Off Limiting Beliefs


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In today’s episode, we cover finding your life mission and turning it into a business with Brett Hagler. Brett is the CEO and Co-Founder of New Story, a Y Combinator graduate, and a cancer survivor recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, named one of the Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs, and his company was named among Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies in the World” four different times.


It’s no easy task to decide on a life mission, so what can you do figure out what yours is, why is it important to find work you’re passionate about or at least interested in, and how should you handle risk-taking and failure when pursuing a business idea that goes against the grain of mainstream thinking?

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What to Listen For

  • What is New Story and why should you know about it? &- 2:04
  • How did Brett Hagler realize solving homelessness is his life mission?
  • What can you do to figure out what your life mission is?&


  • Why you should strive to do work you’re passionate about &- 17:05
  • What hidden price do we pay for doing work we don’t find interesting or exciting?
  • How can 3D printing be used to solve homelessness around the world?
  • What’s it like going through Y-Combinator as a non-profit organization?
  • How affordable will 3D-printed houses be and how soon will you be able to buy one?


  • Building a base of loyal customers when starting a business& &- 33:50&
  • What can you do to build a genuine connection with your customers when first starting a business that will set you apart from your competitors?
  • How do you overcome self doubt when trying something new or experiencing success for the first time?
  • What counterintuitive advice should you think about when starting and scaling a business if you don’t want to lose your best talent to your competition?


  • Key strategies for handling failures in business& &- 47:50&
  • What are the two ways to approach risk-taking when running a business and why should you avoid one?
  • What are some of New Story’s greatest success stories?


It’s true that the journey to finding your life mission is not easy. But if you want to be successful, it's worth taking the time and effort to find what you are passionate about—or at very least interested in doing. When starting a business for yourself, make sure you properly connect with your customers by providing them high-quality products they can't get anywhere else. And when failure strikes (and it will), use a few key strategies to handle tough times until better days come around again. Remember, "failure is just another word for opportunity."


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Resources from this Episode

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Brett Hagler on Instagram

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