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Eric Turnnessen is the Founder and CEO of MemberMouse: a software company that pioneered a WordPress plugin for managing memberships. Previously, Eric had a longstanding career as a Strategic Applications Consultant for large brands, such as Walmart, British Airways, and Sony. In creating MemberMouse, he combined that experience with his software knowledge to help thousands of companies run better membership sites.

Outside of MemberMouse, Eric has a passion for tea and meditation that inspired him to start an online course called Learn Gong Fu Tea. In the course, Eric teaches the benefits of tea and the ceremony of properly brewing and serving tea in the gong fu style. Moreover, Eric is also a musical composer and the host of The MemberMouse Podcast.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Eric Turnnessen and Dr. Jeremy Weisz discuss how podcasts create community and continue the tradition of storytelling
  • Eric talks about some of the serendipitous moments that have altered the course of his life
  • Eric’s explains his experience with burnout and how he learned to step away
  • How drinking tea and meditating improved Eric’s life and career
  • Why Eric moved from city to city and what he learned from his time in Las Vegas
  • What inspired Eric to take a 40-day silent retreat?
  • The connection between the physical and the metaphysical in our lives
  • Eric’s approach to listening and problem solving
  • How to choose the best software for your company
  • MemberMouse’s multiple applications and why it’s a subscription-based service

In this episode…

As your business grows busier, it can be all too easy to get absorbed in your career and forget about everything else. Daily demands and stress leave little time for reflection and growth. This can easily turn into burnout or the feeling of being lost. But this cycle doesn’t have to be the only way.

Eric Turnnessen, Founder of the software company MemberMouse, has taken many paths throughout his career. His experiences with mediation, risk-taking, and rethinking his process have led to great success in his personal life and business. Now, he hopes to share his lessons with others.

On this episode of the Inspired Insider Podcast, Eric Turnnessen, Founder and CEO of MemberMouse, talks with Dr. Jeremy Weisz about the personal journey of his career. Together, they discuss synchronicity, meditation, and knowing how to step away. Plus, Eric shares how MemberMouse works, where he developed a passion for brewing tea in the gong fu style, and what he learned from moving all around the country. Stay tuned for all of this and more!

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Episode Transcript

Intro 0:00

You are listening to Inspired Insider with your host, Dr. Jeremy Weisz.

Jeremy Weisz 0:22

Dr. Jeremy Weisz here founder of where I talk with inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders and Eric I always like to mention a few episodes people should check out an inspired insider in and it basically comes from the energy of the person. I’m getting it and you’re big and energy and so I’m thinking well what would be interesting that people will get a sense. I had the founder of WILD TONIC® kombucha company on, I left the grocery store, bought the WILD TONIC® Blueberry Basil, snapped a picture of it, I sent it to their companies that I love this. This is amazing. They make it with honey.

Eric Turnnessen 0:55

That’s one of my favorite brands.

Jeremy Weisz 0:56

Oh, is it? Oh, cool. Yeah, they make it with honey, not just sugar. And when I had the founder on, I think she said they spend over a million dollars a year on honey alone just to brew just to make the kombucha and it’s so good because it tastes like honey. So check it out. Her journey is like an artist like a glassblower, artist to kombucha maker to across the US kombucha and Truth Bars is also another one. I love bars that are healthy for you. Like my background is in biochemistry and as a chiropractor, so I’d like healthy things. And Truth Bar was something that I can’t find like a good tasting bar that’s actually healthy. Truth Bar was one of those ones that I just love. It’s chocolate covered coconut, chocolate covered raspberry. You know, they have cookie dough. I’m like, this is amazing, and actually has a lot of probiotics in it. And so check that out.

Eric Turnnessen 1:53

And we postpone this interview and then like you send me those things. Yeah. And then while you’re talking about them, I can be consuming them.

Jeremy Weisz 2:00

That would be amazing. I should do that. You know, one of my favorite YouTube channels has the guy who does it progressively. I think it’s called Hot Ones. I don’t know if you’ve seen it. But he does a progressive makes the people eat progressively hotter. Now, I am not I don’t have a tolerance for hot things. That’d be terrible. But we could do samplings of kombucha or something alongside. Alright, so I love that idea. But I’m always looking for interesting ideas to implement. So check out those episodes, many more Inspired Insider. And before I introduce you to Eric, who I’m obviously talking to is the founder of MemberMouse. This episode is brought to you by Rise25 and at Rise25 we help businesses give to and connect to their dream 100 relationships. We do that by helping you run your podcast. And for me, Eric, you know the number one thing in my life is relationships, I’m always looking at ways to give to my best relationships. Over the past 10 years of podcasting, I’ve not seen a better way for me to have on my friends, the people I admire, the companies I admire, profile them and have them talk about their thought leadership and what they’re working on, on the podcast. So I believe every business should have a podcast. MemberMouse has a podcast. And if you’ve thought of having a podcast and you want an easy button to do it, and also the strategy you can go to and check out more in email, we’re happy to answer any questions for you. Today,

Eric Turnnessen 3:29

Also on Rise25, I checked it out. And I thought it was really inspiring about how you and your co-founder, you talk about your grandfathers and, and how they’re both army veterans and how you incorporate that passion that you both have, and the gratitude you have of your family line to support veterans and offer a scholarship for your programs. And that’s always an exciting thing for me in business when people bring their interests, you know, their genuine human interest into what they’re creating as a company. Yeah.

Jeremy Weisz 4:06

You know, Eric, thanks for mentioning that. Sometimes I say that sometimes I don’t, because I don’t want the intro to be too long. But reality is it’s much more than, you know, your best relationships. It’s I feel when you do this, it’s leaving a legacy. And that was inspired by my grandfather, who you saw on there who was a Holocaust survivor. And if someone goes the about page, there’s a full interview that the Holocaust Foundation did with my grandfather about his experience through the Holocaust, you know, surviving him and his brother were the only people who survived the concentration camps out of all their family. But his legacy lives on because of that interview because someone from the Holocaust Foundation did that interview my kids have watched it. He’s not alive anymore, but they can watch it, you know, my grandkids hopefully my great grandkids or whoever will watch it and his legacy lives on because of that interview and I feel feel the same way when we do this now, it’s leaving a legacy of the company and the person. So I appreciate you mentioning that.