For this week’s interview I’m trying something a little different: 1 question, 4 amazing entrepreneurs, 4 different answers, and a buttload of inspiration.
I’m just gonna jump straight in. I hope you dig this as much as I do. I love the wisdom and lust for life these babes express. Enjoy!
Charlene Almase is a generous yogi who runs her own successful and growing yoga studio.
Hi Charlene, what’s the best business advice you ever got?
One of the best pieces of business advice I’ve got was from Dana Trixie Flynn from Laughing Lotus, NYC. She said to “practice having a yoga studio.” It makes complete sense to me. There are so many challenges, new experiences, and emotions opening up a business. Nothing is perfect from the start. It takes practice, heart, experience, and time. From my sometimes lack of patience, scrambling to find a sub, and for that first time a student tells you Yoga has changed her life, it’s filled with ups and downs just like my own personal practice. I choose to dance and breathe fully in each moment.
Candice Aiken is someone who always keeps me seriously SERIOUSLY inspired. She’s half the team behind Co-Inside Wellbeing.
Candice you gorgeous thing, what’s the best business advice you ever got?
Start before you are ready! Whenever I’ve been contemplating diving headfirst into a new venture, I do so even when I’m totally not ready. If I waited until I was completely ready, I can almost guarantee nothing would EVER get off the ground. I always give myself a date that I want to achieve something by and then tell the world! You will be surprised at how the universe will conspire to make absolutely anything your heart desires happen – especially when you have put ‘it’ out there and made a commitment.
If I ever feel as though I don’t know ‘enough’ about a subject in order to write about it, speak about it or coach on it, I just do it anyway! Once I get started, the knowledge I’ve always had within me finds a way of coming out. I always have the right thing to say as the information has always been in there; it just needed to be called upon and my confidence tested. We can do some amazing thing if only we believed in ourselves more.
Rachel MacDonald is truly exceptional. She’s a writer, coach, and the acclaimed rising star behind In Spaces Between.
Hey Rach, what’s the best business advice you ever got?
This isn’t advice that was said to me directly but I’ve always been a big fan of the Steve Jobs quote:
Stay hungry, stay foolish
Keep learning, keep making mistakes, keep moving forward regardless. Find what it is that REALLY excites you and hitch a ride on that electric energy. See where you end up, superstar!
Sylvia D’Souza is a gutsy and in demand freelance TV producer, who also happens to be one of my BFFs. This girl can make me laugh till I cry.
Sylv, what’s the best business advice you ever got?
Just fucking do it.
Nice one, right?
Here’s your key take away hottie:
To me there’s a clear theme here. Each of these responses emphasise taking action, practicing, experimenting, and going after what you want. Embody this and you’ll be on fire. Be ballsy. Go for it 100%. Most of the time fear is nothing but a nasty paralysing mofo. Make a choice to blinker yourself to your insecurities and just get started. And then just take the next step. And then just repeat. Don’t let your insecurities stop you from sharing your talents with us. Holding yourself back serves no one. Personal experience tells me it’s true: action really does cure fear. I agree with Candice: Once you get started on that project that fearless part of you’d really like to do, I bet you’ll notice you have way more know-how than you originally thought.
I’d love you to share so we can all learn:
01. Do you let your insecurities have more power over you than your dreams?
02. Do you get started on new projects quickly, or does it take you ages to start taking action?
03. What’s your best tip for forgetting insecurities and get on with doing things that thrill you?
Now go bring that week of yours home with style and guts!
- Like I need a stiff drink
- Like I can do anything
- Like Im at a yawn-fest
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