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Taking Your Chances with MIKE KONRAD

Mike began his career in the electronic assembly equipment industry in 1985. Mike founded Aqueous Technologies in 1992 from his garage in response to the Montreal Protocol and the resulting international treaty banning most popular cleaning/defluxing solvents.

Mike is an internationally known speaker on the subject of increasing reliability through contamination removal and cleanliness quantification techniques and procedures. Mike was awarded “Distinguish Speaker Status” with SMTA in 2018 and received the “Rich Freiberger Best of Conference Award” in 2019.
Mike was recently elected to the SMTA Global Board of Directors where he chairs the SMTA Training Committee and is also a member of the SMTA Strategic Development Committee. Mike is also Vice President of Technical Programs for the Los Angeles / Orange County SMTA Chapter.
Mike is the host of the popular Reliability Matters and concept to Creation Podcasts.

Mike is a member of the Board of Directors for The Let It Be Foundation, a non-profit 501c3.

“If you know too much, you will never do it, and if you know too little, you will do it wrong.”

Episode Summary –

It is essential to take your chances, don’t get caught up with all the fears and the comfort zones.
Why get satisfied with the good when you can create something great.
To create an extraordinary life and to achieve success, you need to take the risk.

In today’s episode, Mike Onrad shares his story of how he created a successful career by taking chances and overcoming all the fears, from beginning as an accidental & reluctant entrepreneur.


Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[01:53] Mike shares his success journey.
[10:58] Mike talks about the different skills required during starting & growing your business.
[19:19] Mike shares how, from becoming insolvent, he turned his business towards success.
[21:44] The need to take chances during uncertain times.
[24:04] Mike’s talks about his most significant accomplishments.
[30:54] Mike talks about what can be an important factor for your success.
[34:35] What does work from your happy place mean to Mike?
[40:46] The importance of having a “beginners mindset” to deal with changes.
[43:09] Mike’s advice for entrepreneurs who are starting their journey.


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About the Host –

Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster

She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.

Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality.

Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.


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