Episode Summary: I chat with a business owner. She tells us her story and gives advice to future entrepreneurs. 

English Level: C1 🇨🇦🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Paige Introduction (0:22)
  2. How did you start your business? (1:13)
  3. How did you manage the negative thoughts that told you you couldn’t do it? (9:00)
  4. What motivated you to further develop your business? (10:33)
  5. How did you maintain your motivation with blogging? (12:30)
  6. How did you deal with challenging days? (15:57)
  7. What is the current status of your business? (18:19)
  8. Where can I go to join your courses? (22:12)
  9. What is the future look like for you? (22:34)
  10. What is your message to someone who is hesitant about starting their own business? (23:43)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Undergrad degree (noun): bachelor’s degree
  2. Student debt (noun): money owed on a loan that was taken out to pay for educational expenses.
  3. Entrepreneur (noun): a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.
  4. Envision (verb): imagine as a future possibility; visualize.
  5. Ambitious (adj.): having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed.
  6. Uncomfortable (adj.): causing or feeling slight pain or physical discomfort.
  7. Puke (verb/informal): vomit
  8. Inquiry (noun): an act of asking for information.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. To date someone: If you are dating someone, you go out with them regularly because you are having, or may soon have, a romantic relationship with them. 
  2. High ticket item: a high-value and high-priced product or service.
  3. Take a leap into the unknown: To go for something- to take one’s chances on something.
  4. Kudos: compliments or congratulations.
  5. Self-sabotage: behaviors or thought patterns that hold you back and prevent you from doing what you want to do.
  6. Boatload: a large amount.
  7. Fall on one’s lap: to quickly or unexpectedly obtain or achieve something desirable without effort.
  8. Hell or high water: used to say that something will definitely happen or be done even though other events or situations might make it difficult
  9. Pick yourself up: to recover from a difficult situation
  10. To suck it up (US): accept something unpleasant or difficult.
  11. Nail something down: identify something precisely.
  12. To be on the fence: not able to decide something

Mistake to Avoid:

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What did Paige do instead of studying?
  2. What did Paige study in university?
  3. When did Paige meet her German boyfriend?
  4. What did Paige do when she realized she didn’t have many career options in Germany?
  5. What happened the first time Paige tried to start her online business?
  6. What did Paige do to deal with the negative thoughts in her brain?
  7. What motivated Paige to further develop her business?
  8. What did Paige do to grow her business at first?
  9. Which animal does Jorge mention to illustrate his life in Germany?
  10. What does Paige sell now?
  11. What does Paige recommend for people who want to sell products online?


Question to consider:

If you were to start your own business, what would it be?


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Paige Brunton is an online business owner. She started as a web designer and now sells online courses to help others run their own businesses. Her courses have brought in over $1 million in revenue.

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