Christina Salerno is a former professional rockstar (seriously!) turned expert in Individuality, Mindset, and Creativity for people who think differently, break the mold, and are too extraordinary to fit into typical boxes. As the Founder of Living Quirky, and a Leadership Coach of Secret :: Lightning, her mission is to help you harness your innate superpowers and carve your own path to fulfillment. Through deep internal reflection and real world playful experiments, she pairs science + mysticism in order to awaken a more fully alive way of being.
How did your past experiences (school, work, childhood, family etc.) help you get to where you are today?
I took a very unconventional path as I never went to college and instead have learned everything from real world experiences, hustling to learn on my own, and surrounding myself with amazing mentors. The world is filled with opportunities to experiment and fail and create your own version of life. Insight means you have clarity and then you take action which is very useful. Outsight is when you may or may not have a sense of direction, but the clarity comes from experiences out in the world. And, those outsights can be quite powerful.
Is entrepreneurship something that anyone can tackle? What is the most important thing to consider?
Yes, I believe anyone can tackle entrepreneurship. However, do you WANT to is the real question to be asking. Being entrepreneur takes a willingness to try and fail and try and fail some more. It takes creativity to think differently and make outrageously bold actions. It takes commitment to growth and embracing all of the ups and downs. It is hard. You may not want to do those things. You can absolutely still find incredible organizations where your entrepreneurial spirit can thrive without having to do it on your own.
What are some ways of motivating yourself in times of doubt? Do you ever feel like giving up? Why do you keep going?
I like to look at my path like a river. Sometimes there are white water rapids, and sometimes there is still water. Sometimes there are boulders in the way, and sometimes I get stuck in the mud of the river bank. The feeling of wanting to give up tends to happen just before a breakthrough. It’s often showing an important message or change of direction for you. I keep going because I can’t not keep going. I owe it to myself and the people I can serve powerfully to take a nap, breath deeply and listen for the quiet voice which tells me how to find my way through the moments of doubt.
Is it important to set goals or is it better to just “go with the flow”? What is your strategy?
I have a philosophy of mixing structure + flow. Too much flow and you’re flailing all over the place. Too much structure and you make too many assumptions and have no space to adapt to the unknowns. It’s important to have anchors of structure, and then deliberate space for serendipities. When you begin, you can’t possibly know everything. So, instead of trying to figure it all out in the beginning, get out there in the world and intentionally challenge assumptions and make space for pivoting in the moment.
Is it important to dream big? What is the big dream for your business?
Yes, we must dream big. If you’re trying to solve a problem you can accomplish in your lifetime, then it’s too small. However, know what is also doable NOW. Dream big and at the same time start with where you and the world is and the things can you focus on first. My dream is change the way we see our differences. Instead of hiding who we are because we might be criticized or even killed, we see each other’s individuality with compassion. We love our selves and each other more fully and feel deeply connected and fulfilled. I create this one person at a time.