Take Baths + Be Mindful = Bathful

Creating products that enhance the bathing experience.

With a mission to help people take a break from the daily grind and find a state of inner peace, Bathful develops products that help people get to their personal oasis.

It all started with a few friends who shared a frustration with meditation and finding ways to truly disconnect. We knew the benefits of meditation and wanted to improve our practice, but with riddling anxiety and active minds, it was a daily challenge. Then we realized, taking a warm, salty bath was the closest thing we could find to meditation without sitting and breathing for an extended period of time. The effects were similar, but add in the positive benefits that salt therapy provided and we had ourselves more than a practice, but a lifestyle. …

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

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Headway, De Pere, United States @ Unsplash

In today’s venture ecosystem, raising money is relatively painless. With digital frameworks and an abundance of developers, conceptualizing ideas and turning them into digital products has become nearly effortless. The process of renting a big office is idiot-proof. Hiring employees is easy — just ask one of the thousands of recruiters that call my office every day.

But building a highly effective team is no easy assignment. It starts by hiring the best talent you can find in hopes that they take ownership, think like an owner, and act proactively without having to micromanage them. Unfortunately, having a bunch of great self-starters in the right seats under one roof doesn’t give you a highly effective team. …

In order to do your life’s work.

I watch as some of my friends spend 10–12 hours in the office every day, grinding away. I used to be that way, often working into the wee hours of the morning. Today, I much prefer to hit the golf course on a Wednesday morning, travel a few weeks each year, and jump back and forth between my house and the office to spend time with friends, reading, and relaxing. Those same friends often tell me I have the “chillest job”. I like to call it lifestyle design.

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Timberline Golf Course, Peosta, United States

It took years for me to understand work-life balance, the effects it has on your mindset, and the positive results it can lead to — especially when you work as part of a team. Despite working fewer hours in the office, our company is doing better than ever, and everyone on our team lives by our core value of work-life, or “life-work”, balance. …

Find what you love and let it kill you.

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Allef Vinicius @ Unsplash

Most people wake up in the morning, do a few things, head into work, get through the day and go to sleep. This varies, of course, with some people having a morning routine that includes exercise, breakfast, reading, writing, or meditation. Take your pick. Some of us work from home, at the office, or bouncing from site to site. No matter, most humans share this general daily agenda that includes a combination of eating, working, and relaxing.

For the past few years, I wasn’t feeling fulfilled or motivated. I wasn’t “fired up and ready to go”. I took my eye off the ball and hit cruise control. A few months before I turned 30, like most people naturally do around this point in life, I reflected on where I was personally and professionally, and realized that I had lost the fire and passion for what I was doing. Having spent the past 10 years building a venture studio that builds digital products for companies in exchange for a hybrid of cash and equity, it’s only natural to get a little lost in the grind. I love what I do — I get to collaborate with creative people and help entrepreneurs build their business. But when you reflect and you haven’t seen the results you were hoping for, you can lose sight on how far you’ve come. …

“The root of joy is gratefulness.” — David Steindl-Rast

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Jessica Castro @ Unsplash — I give thanks.

There is no doubt in my mind that personal happiness is directly correlated to gratefulness. There’s not just a correlation, I’m convinced it’s the driving force of true happiness. Becoming thankful doesn’t just make you a happier person, it literally boosts your immune system, lowers blood pressure, decreases depression, improves your love life, and gives you more patience in enduring times.

I’m sure you’re already on the bandwagon of gratefulness, or you’d be easy to convince, but gratefulness is elusive. If you interviewed 100 people, I’m willing to bet at least 90 of them wished they were more grateful. Are you one of those? I am and always will be. It’s not that we don’t want to be grateful, it’s that we don’t know how. Here are 10 ways to master gratefulness. Each of these requires action, but I’ve tailored them for the average working person who isn’t a spiritual guru. …


Service business tips to make making money easy

When you work in the service industry, nothing is more important than keeping your clients happy and generating revenue on a consistent and continual basis. I’ve had 300 clients over the past five years, and 90% of them have been recurring or returning clients. It hasn’t been an easy road. We’ve had two near lawsuits, a handful of angry disputes, and project fires galore. All of these were lessons learned. I’ve gained so much experience fighting fires the Los Angeles Fire Department should recruit me.

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My company builds digital products, software solutions, and we’ve offered everything from social media management to fully functioning web and mobile apps. When you help build someone’s online business, you’re handling their baby. …

Don’t Listen To The “Yay” Sayers

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Lamington National Park, Canungra, Australia

I’ve been an avid social media user since 2007, a few years after Facebook hit the scene. Before that, I was using MySpace and LiveJournal for self-expression and a way to keep myself busy after school. Over the last decade, we’ve seen social media become a platform capable of launching and powering multi-billion dollar businesses, and influencers with millions of followers for no other reason but great travel and food pics. It’s absurd, but this is the world we live in now. It doesn’t have to be, but we have chosen this way of life.

As an entrepreneur, I use Instagram and Facebook as a platform for my business. We need to be on social media to promote the services we provide, the work we’re creating, and a way to attract potential clients and new employees. But that’s not the only thing I use it for. I often find myself scrolling through Instagram for hours on end, following meme accounts and motivational speakers, among select friends and family. I see people “killing the game” — you know, the Gary Vee’s and David Goggins of the world. These influencers are promoting a way of life that promises results beyond your imagination. They show you the highlight reel, not reality. …

Being resilient through business obstacles

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Olijato-Monument Valley, United States

Scaling a company from the ground up is the hardest thing in business I’ve ever known. Entrepreneurs often face adversity, and there are days when all I want to do is go home, get in bed, and tune out. Pile on personal mental health and life challenges, and you’ll find yourself on the cliff of giving up.

Adversity is common among us all, but as an entrepreneur with employees, clients, and partners, there is an extra weight on your shoulders with all the lifeblood on the line.

As an entrepreneur, the mindset needs to be that success isn’t optional, and showing up is just the price of admission. You need to be more than physically present 5+ days per week. …

You may say I’m a dream, but I’m not the only one 🎶

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I’m not a focused person. I’m a hyper-focused person. I don’t multi-task well. I can’t listen to someone speak while I check a text message. I often find myself saying “can you repeat that?” on calls because I wasn’t paying attention. I get distracted easily, and when I get distracted, I hyper-focus on that distraction. It’s a tough personality trait to manage but I do my best.

I’ve tried not bringing my cell phone into meetings or keeping it in my pocket on silent mode. I’ve tried the Pomodoro technique. I’ve battled with meditation. Some days are better than others. Maybe I’m a byproduct of our millennial, technology-infested generation. Adding fuel to the fire I’m borderline ADD, more fidgety than a spinner, and a certified daydreamer. My favorite encounter is asking someone what their name is and immediately tuning out to hear the response. …

In good times and bad, we know that people give because you meet needs, not because you have needs. — Kay Sprinkel Grace

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Antenna @ Unsplash

There’s nothing more rewarding than building a product that you created, own, and have nourished into a tangible asset that has true meaning and value. Oftentimes, in order to do this, you need capital. Lucky for you there are more angel investors today than ever before in history.

In 2018, there were 34,000 deals made, a 32% increase in overall deal volume (YoY). Angel and seed-stage activity accounted for approximately 59% of all deal volume.

As an angel investor, I’ve seen hundreds of pitch decks. They have been anywhere from 2–120 pages, some with one word on a slide and others so dense it felt like I was reading a book. When writing a pitch, there are general principles and an outline you can follow to cover all of the important information an angel investor is looking for. …


Jordan Rothstein

Stream of consciousness from a passionate entrepreneur. CEO @ King Tide. A Digital Product Studio. Rise Together.

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