TER 012: The Worst Thing That Can Happen with Darren Bush

Jun 24, 2016 | 0 comments

Darren Bush has perfected the art of integrating work and play. He believes that if work is intruding on your life, you’re probably not doing the right work.

That said, he’s managed to build quite a large variety of work and play for himself, spreading his passions and his income across paddlesport retail, traditional handcrafts and blacksmithery, writing, and his investment in individual relationships.

In this episode, he takes time from his busy life to share his secrets, trials, and tribulations with our listeners. If you’re lucky, he might even give you a hug!

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Darren Bush


Darren Bush

Website: Rutabaga.com and CanoeLover.com

Facebook: RutabagaPaddlesports
Twitter: canoelover


  • Rule number one: Darren avoids gardening as much as possible!
  • Business owners who work 70 hours per week are managing things they shouldn’t manage. Hire good people and get out of the way.
  • Optimize your time, choose your pastimes carefully, and multitask to fill in the little chunks of time that are available to you.
  • “The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between work and play…” James Michener
  • Do the things that you love. If work intrudes into your life, you’re probably not doing the right work. 
  • It’s hard for a small business person to overcome the stereotype of succeeding being equal to having money.
  • Your business is a tool to achieve the things you want to do.
  • Success for Darren is when his employees earn a living wage; when his customers leave the store happier; when the world works better.
  • He values relationships and treats each one individually, whether in business or in his personal life.
  • Darren’s greatest challenge was recognizing the pain that his conventional career caused was greater than the potential pain risked by pursuing his passions.
  • “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”
  • He finds clarity meditating at his future grave site: When he’s dead, will the thing that’s bothering him have any bearing or importance? If not, he stops worrying about it.
  • Focus on one-on-one relationships.



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