TER 005: Living on an Island with Todd Bishop

Jun 8, 2016 | 1 comment

Todd Bishop is best known as a much loved and appreciated pillar of the paddle sport community on both the business and recreational fronts.

However, as you’re about to find out, he’s also a shrewd entrepreneur who lives the ideals of The Entrepreneur Redefined.

In the next 29 minutes, you’ll hear Todd describe his professional path, the struggles of balancing family life with a career that found him living in a different state, how he and his wife outlined their definition of success, and what it takes to build a life that achieves that success.

You can find out more about what Todd does by visiting Bishop Boards and Stand UP Lock.

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Todd Bishop


Todd Bishop


  • Dedicate time and energy to enriching others. Todd works with Team River Runner and the Special Olympics as a paddlesport coach.
  • When you can’t find the right stand up paddle board for your spouse…make your own and go into business as a board builder!
  • The drive to leave the 9-to-5 was a career in law enforcement as a Park Ranger located in a different state than Todd’s family.
  • Building paddle boards wasn’t an inherent passion, but it was an answer to a problem – and an unexpected answer, at that!
  • It’s easy to do something you love and suffer through it, eventually turning it into unpleasant work.
  • Eating well and staying healthy is key to being a good entrepreneur.
  • You have to put as much time and effort into ensuring you spend time with your family as you do with your work schedule.
  • Your friends and family often don’t understand the entrepreneur’s journey. Find a group of people or organization who can support you!
  • Don’t forget to recognize the small successes. They’ll drive you and keep you moving forward.
  • Great advice from a mentor: You will never foresee the changes and demands of a small business. Be flexible and embrace it!



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