Dec. 15, 2021

How Finding Your Second Wind Can Mean Learning To Say No

How Finding Your Second Wind Can Mean Learning To Say No

For 30+ years, Andrea has dedicated her life to building the dream. With the hopes of changing the world through play and making learning fun, came the birth of ThinkFun. Now, she has taken a step back and is enjoying her second wind.

Andrea Barthello is the co-founder of ThinkFun. Together with her husband Bill, they have built a successful company from the basement of their home. Today, it has become a respected and award-winning global company with its products represented in over 60 countries.

In this episode, Andrea shares her journey not just as a successful entrepreneur and leader, but also learning to say no in her second half of life to focus on what’s important - her family and enjoying life as it is.

In this episode:

[2:50] Andrea Barthello talks about her second wind.

[3:14] She sold her company in 2017.

[4:04] It took Andrea a couple years to wind down and be still.

[5:08] Andrea felt pressured by other women to do the next big thing but she also felt unobligated.

[8:50] Starting a company from scratch taught her how things work.

[9:50] Bill, her husband and co-creator of ThinkFun, grew up in an environment of puzzles and binary code. 

[11:02] Meeting Bill, getting married, and starting the business together.

[12:45] Ending up in the Inc 500 four years in a row.

[14:20] Building an organization from two people to a team of forty.

[16:27] Getting through a tough time during the 2008 recession.

[17:11] Feeling responsible when the company is in disarray even when she is no longer part of it.

[18:32] The transition from selling the company.

[20:36] The impact of ThinkFun on their clients - children.

[22:20] After running a successful company, Andrea knew it was time to take a break.

[23:12] Taking a step back, knowing what’s important, and just enjoying and living in the present.

[26:18] Valuing education and paying for all of their nieces and nephews student loans.

[27:26] No one knows more about what you're trying to do than you do. - Andrea

[32:55] Andrea doesn’t like telling other people’s stories, instead she works on being a good listener, and is mindful of the things she says.

[36:26] Every family needs to have ThinkFun Games in their homes. - Wendy

About Andrea Barthello

Andrea Barthello is the co-founder of ThinkFun Inc. Together with her husband, Andrea built a company from the basement of their home. Now, ThinkFun is a respected and award-winning global company with its products represented in over 60 countries. Andrea has now retired, and is enjoying her time with her family.

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