BASED IN: NEW YORK
What do you do?
I’m a New York City-based lifestyle and career coach who has found a way to integrate passion with purpose. I help people break free from toxic environments, create goal-oriented strategies and pursue career shifts to bring new balance, fulfillment and structure in their lives.
Did you always know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? Do you come from a family of entrepreneurs? Did it help or did that set you back?
I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur yet wasn't certain on what I was going to do. Within days of starting my previous job, I knew my next move was going to be entrepreneurship. My dad is an entrepreneur but as he says, he fell into it – it was never his intention. He was happy working for other people but I think he’s even happier as an entrepreneur. He’s always been a great mentor when it comes to navigating my career.
How do you keep yourself motivated when you can’t keep going anymore?
Step away from the computer! I used to try to force myself to be creative and productive but learned the value of taking a break when it’s just not coming naturally for me. My three solutions are meditation, yoga and walking aimlessly around my neighborhood for fresh air and a change of scenery.
What part of your personality helped you the most with your entrepreneurial journey?
I am a determined go-getter. I don’t let anything fall through the cracks no matter how long my to-do list is. Building a business can certainly be challenging but ensuring I take care of everything that needs to get done, allows me to sleep at night.
How important is your network? Is there such thing as doing it alone? What is your view on “solopreneurs”?
My family, friends, colleagues, clients and community keep me going and I certainly couldn't do it without them. I have outsourced a few aspects of my business where I know my time and energy can be better used elsewhere – it’s made a huge impact on my productivity. I consider myself a solopreneur because at the end of the day all aspects of my business fall on me – but I’m grateful for my support system.
How do you contribute to the world? Do you belong to any organizations? Do you donate your time / money? Why do you think it’s important as a business owner?
For the past two years, I have played a leading role on the planning committee and fundraising team for the Immune Deficiency Foundation’s NYC Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency. Additionally, I am a huge supporter and believer of meditation and yoga so I am involved with organizations such as the David Lynch Foundation and Bent on Learning.
What is one (or more) piece of advice you can offer our readers and other entrepreneurs that are reading your interview?
If you believe in yourself, others will believe in you too. If you are authentic, confident and showcase your capabilities – people will want to work with you, support you and join you on your entrepreneurial journey. Nobody wants to be surrounded by someone who doesn't believe in what they’re doing. I changed jobs frequently and ultimately became an entrepreneur because I kept finding myself working in places for people that I didn't fully believe in.