As a teenage kid fresh out of high school, Shawn Nelson came up with the idea of making his own bean bag with foam that caught on like wildfire across the US within a few years. As his business LoveSac took off, he also won a million dollar investment from Richard Branson on the hit TV show Rebel Billionare. Like many businesses that grow super quickly, LoveSac hit a rock bottom in those early years as they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Shawn explains to me what it was like to stick with his business and rebuild, the lessons he learned in leadership and overcoming adversity, and what they had to do to build all the way back up to the point of going public in June of 2018. He explains why LoveSac is now totally focused on sustainability and helping families grow with sactionals that will literally last them a lifetime. Shawn shares with me some of his personal values that he's established over the years too, why being a family man is the most important thing to him and how he manages to make the entire LoveSac organization feel like family too.
Shawn’s blog DFL Group (Designed For Life)
Shawn’s book recommendations:
Good to Great by Jim Collins
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
Purple Cow by Seth Godin
Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
The Accidental Superpower by Peter Zeihan