What Happens When You Bet On Your Own Success

WITH Dan Bewley


It takes a certain level of discomfort when starting and running your own business. While it lacks the security and predictability of a “regular” job, it brings with it a degree of freedom that can’t be found anywhere else. Today’s guest shares his stories of successes and setbacks as a new video business owner.

Key Takeaways

You will likely have more regrets about not following your dreams of running your own business than you would if you don’t. If you feel called to do it, start doing it now.

Defeating imposter syndrome requires acknowledging that it’s okay not to know everything and being true to who you are as a person and a business.

About Dan Bewley

Dan Bewley works with nonprofits to help them grow using the power of video. His passion for storytelling through video stems from his 25 years in TV news, telling a variety of stories from across the country. 

Dan’s unique career has given him the insight to find stories that connect with viewers on an emotional level. He lives in Tulsa, OK with his wife, son, and hyperactive dog, Rocket. He’s a big fan of westerns, Sci-Fi movies, and obscure 1990s television shows.

Embracing the Risks of Starting a Business

In this episode, Dan describes the risks he took when leaving a corporate job to start his own studio. Although he was older than most first-time business owners and had enjoyed the security of corporate work, he felt that the risks of not acting on his desires were just too big to ignore. 

Of course, there were mistakes made along the way. Dan explains how entering entrepreneurship with a mindset to embrace mistakes is a key element of succeeding. Everything is a learning experience if you are open to the lessons that they contain.

Honesty as the Antidote to Imposter Syndrome

Dan also talks about how overcoming imposter syndrome was one of his biggest challenges. Having never been in business before, he often had to deal with feelings of inadequacy. Dan explains how forcing himself to change his perspective allowed him to charge what he’s worth and land the clients he’s after. By being honest with who you are, you’ll recognize that you have something valuable to offer.

Are you experiencing imposter syndrome? If so, how can you overcome it? What was your biggest fear when starting your own business? Leave a comment below!

In this Episode

  • Embracing the challenges of a career change at any age [4:00]
  • Getting excited by the business aspects of running a company [11:20]
  • Overcoming the effects of imposter syndrome by betting on yourself [17:02]
  • What happens when you are completely honest with new clients [25:15]
  • Hiring others to help you with specific tasks to serve your clients better [29:20]


7:21“It’s been a challenge, but what I like about it is it’s my challenge. I’m doing it for me. If it works, it’s because I made it work. If it doesn’t work, it’s because I didn’t make it work. I want to own that one way or the other.”
17:41“Don’t make the mistake of not betting on yourself. Take that chance and take that risk!”
29:12“Yes, bet on yourself. Yes, take chances. But also be realistic. Be honest with yourself.”



Ryan Koral

Ryan Koral is an entrepreneur, producer and business strategist from Tell Studios, a video production agency with a big heart for authentic stories that build brands and inspire action. He’s a husband (mostly happily for like 16+ years), has 3 kiddos, and has an annoying – but infectious – laugh.

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