Killing It: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart

Do you want to start your own business?
Have you wanted to start your own business but just haven’t pulled the trigger?

If so, you need to get yourself a copy of Killing It by Sheryl O’Loughlin. For entrepreneurs, and for those who are taking the first step in becoming an entrepreneur, Killing It is so well written and easy to understand.

It doesn’t matter what level of Business & leadership you are at, the value is not only in Sheryl’s personal experiences, but the witty way she shares lessons learned on her own journey makes the lessons she’s teaching much more enjoyable. 

  • Starting AND running a business is truly hard work.
  • It takes dedication & occasionally you have to make sacrifices.
  • You need to want it, and be willing to make it happen alone.
  • But you don’t need to write off the rest of your world to do it.


Sheryl’s book does go straight to the point, and we love being able to share something to smart, funny and relatable with our community. This book speaks to you — as the reader with conversational confidence that we found to be so entertaining. Not only for entrepreneurs but really for any leader or business savvy person. If you are anything like us at DG, you are always looking for the next best learning experience, educational podcast, or business course. Killing It is just that.

It gives entrepreneurs a clear look at the tools they need to start their businesses. It also has a special place in our hearts because of the healthy message it sends to upcoming women in business and everyone in the next generation of the workforce.

Being able to thrive at work and at home is a true balancing act, and not everyone can strike a balance so naturally.

Sheryl O’Loughlin brings readers a unique and down to earth perspective on entrepreneurship. As Former CEO of Clif Bar, Co-founder of Plum; and a serial entrepreneur, Sheryl’s offerings + insights about launching AND growing a business while maintaining a rewarding home life. You can expect the book to feel like a practical “guide” that’s filled with easy to implement advice and ideas from the author’s own genuine experiences.

Aspiring entrepreneurs are often taught that to launch a business, you must go all in — devoting every resource and moment to proving success.

But following advice that encourages unhealthy relationships with work can come with massive cost; evidently, divorce, addiction, even suicide have been noted as results of an unhealthy work life balance.


If being a hardworking entrepreneur means sacrificing the beautiful things that make life worth living, why would anyone want it? Sheryl wrote this book because she knows there’s a better way. In Killing It, she shares the wisdom she’s gained from her experience launching and successfully growing three massive companies and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs for years with organizations like Stanford University.

We love this book because; not only does Sheryl tell it like it is, but she prioritizes wellness as a pillar of success in business. If you don’t invest in your wellbeing, your business will not succeed, nor will you.

We all know firsthand the difficulty of balancing family and work; pair it with consciously trying to focus on physical and mental health, while managing life’s other challenges and we’re very quickly and easily overwhelmed. In this warm and honest “handbook” style trailblazer, we’re getting all the essentials for killing it in biz and killing it in the rest of our lives.

This book addresses common, helpful questions, including a few very relatable, real life anecdotes from the author.
  • How do you prepare your significant other for your business venture?
  • How do you time launching and growing your business with the ebb and flow of family life?
  • How do you find joy in the day-to-day?
  • How do you maintain meaningful, supportive friendships?
  • How do you walk away and start again!
This book has helped open up such a needed dialogue about entrepreneurs, and I hope it inspires all of our readers to start talking more about self care with friends, peers, colleagues, and their families. Being successful doesn’t have to cost us our sanity or our health and wellbeing.


Don’t believe it?

Snag a copy and see if it doesn’t change the way you think about what being a CEO really looks like. Grab your copy here.

And for more information about the Fred Forum, where Sheryl O’Loughlin will be speaking, please click HERE

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