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In this episode, Michael Dermer interviews Dr. Joyce Knudsen, one of the world’s foremost experts on one’s image, coaching and company branding and how it can spur the personal growth of every individual. Dr. Knudsen is the publisher of ten books and the CEO of The ImageMaker, Inc.® she regularly appears on major news outlets (USA Today, NY Times, Glamour Magazine, The South China Morning Press) and has unlocked the personal potential of thousands. Dr. Knudsen is 72 years young and followed by over 1.5 million Twitter followers.

In this episode, Michael Dermer interviews Dr. Joyce Knudsen, one of the world’s foremost experts on one’s image, coaching and company branding and how it can spur the personal growth of every individual. Dr. Knudsen is the publisher of ten books and the CEO of The ImageMaker, Inc.® she regularly appears on major news outlets (USA Today, NY Times, Glamour Magazine, The South China Morning Press) and has unlocked the personal potential of thousands. Dr. Knudsen is 72 years young and followed by over 1.5 million Twitter followers. What many don’t know is that she overcame a childhood vision condition and a family situation that spurred her to the type of self-sufficiency that she unlocks on everyone she touches. Dr. Knudsen shares her views on:

  • Overcoming the struggle of a childhood illness
  • How she has taken her own experiences to inspire the lives of so many
  • Starting a new business and life journey at age 52
  • How she has inspired others to build a social media empire

“I’m a leader, not a follower.  I’m working on myself all the time. I’m capable of great ideas and I want to share this with the rest of the world to make a difference.”

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Quotes of Note

  • On family and childhood: One of 9 children. So didn’t get a chance to enjoy a childhood because I had to take care of my siblings and started working at a young age to support her family 

  • On struggling with vision impediment: I didn’t realize I had an issue because I always found a way to deal with it.  

  • On being an entrepreneur:  Entrepreneurship has always been in my DNA.

  • On failure: You can’t be successful without failing. You have to look at failure as a learning experience.

  • On what people struggle with the most: Overcoming self-esteem issues and how it prevents us from being the best version of ourselves.

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The Lonely Entrepreneur Podcast series – called Perspectives – help entrepreneurs with the one issue we all face – the struggle – by changing our perspective on the business and personal issues we all face. We share parts of The Lonely Entrepreneur methodology, crazy stories from our journey and interviews with well-known entrepreneurs about how they have succeeded in the face of their own struggles. Passion and grit is not enough – and it is our goal at The Lonely Entrepreneur to provide perspectives to help each of us become better entrepreneurs each day. We believe that the difference between success and failure is your perspective. We hope to help the community of startups, entrepreneurs, small business, venture capital, angels, investors, incubators, accelerators and universities unlock the entrepreneurial spirit.

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