Breaking Free: Conquering Approval Addiction for Entrepreneurial Success

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In this episode of “The Mess in the Middle,” Audra Carpenter interviews Chris Felton, a financial services entrepreneur.

Chris shares his insights on overcoming approval addiction and its impact on personal and business success.

He discusses how seeking approval from others can lead to financial and personal challenges, highlighting the importance of self-awareness and mindset shifts.

Chris also emphasizes the significance of financial literacy and building a positive relationship with money for entrepreneurial success.

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In this episode, you will learn:

  • 01:00 – Chris Felton’s background in financial services and entrepreneurship
  • 03:00 – Discussing approval addiction and its effects
  • 06:00 – Personal experiences of overcoming approval addiction
  • 10:00 – The influence of approval seeking on business decisions
  • 13:00 – Mindset and its role in entrepreneurial success
  • 16:00 – The journey from financial struggle to stability
  • 19:00 – Addressing financial challenges and mindset shifts
  • 22:00 – Strategies for improving financial literacy
  • 25:00 – The impact of personal beliefs on financial success
  • 28:00 – Importance of authenticity in business and personal life
  • 31:00 – Tools and resources for overcoming approval addiction
  • 34:00 – Chris’s approach to financial education and coaching
  • 37:00 – The role of personal growth in business success
  • 40:00 – Final reflections on entrepreneurship and personal development


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