What’s your story?
Although I come from a background of well-educated farmers, fisherman, and gardeners who sold their products to local stores and individuals, some of my family members were not educated in academia. I also went through hardships in life like homelessness, familial abuse for 10 years, and two domestic violence relationships in my early 20s.
All were the catalysts to needing a way out, furthering my own education, and looking for avenues to generate income… for self-sufficiency. Now, for 16 years, I’ve owned a global conglomerate corporation, with a group of companies.
What excites you most about your industry?
Since I own a group of companies (one parent company and 26 subsidiaries) what excites me most about my industry is the variety of industries and companies our organizations serve. We offer real solutions to real complexities.
For example, I experienced obesity twice when going through the domestic violence relationships and later decided to become healthy and not allow years of my life to be stolen from me. I documented my weight-loss journey since I had a pre-medicine academic background, developed food & beverage products, patents, and more… to help other individuals with health challenges overcome.
What drives you in business to push beyond what other people consider normal?
What other people consider normal is not disruptive or innovative, which is what is average and drives me. As an example, I love going above and beyond to operate in EXCELLENCE in everything I do. Many times doing more than what is required. For instance, to win business, collaborations, or partnerships.
So, when average is an option for other people, it is not for me. This reminds me that my excellence, innovative mindset, and disruptive persona has the “ability” to WIN every time. I might lose a deal, but people will remember my excellence.
What have been the most useful skills you have learnt and applied in your journey?
I could list a variety here, but the most profound useful skills I learned are: strategy, innovation/creativity, and time management. In business, to make robust decisions and decisions that will generate results that can stand the test of time and crises, is being very strategic.
Likewise, being able to pivot and always innovate new solutions and disruptions to outdated solutions is necessary, to remain in business, even during crises. Time management is necessary, overall, to accomplish strategy, tasks, and even innovation, showing you have the ability to prioritize, FOCUS, and get the job done, even in unfavorable environments.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
When I was a teenager, one of my family members use to tell me often, earn academic degrees because they (your education) can never be taken away from you. In my adult years, one of my colleagues, who is in the Top 1% of earners in the nation I reside in, the United States of America, advised me to: act the way I wanted to be and sooner or later I would become the way I acted. For example, I wanted to be an “executive”, a global leader, who owed many businesses, to solve problems for economies and corporations.
Who inspires you?
The celebrity colleague of mine who is in the Top 1% of earners in my nation inspires me. For example, she always has wisdom pouring out of her mouth, whether for family, marriage, parenting, or even business. Although I am not married and do not have children, I consider my employees to be my family.
Prior to all of her sustained success, she lost everything three times. Seeing her recover, learn from her mistakes, and then teach others about what happened to her (what to do & not to do in business) is powerful.
What have you learnt recently that blew you away?
That I am highly creative and intelligent, honestly. I have gifts and talents to share with the world that are explosive for economic development and to improve people’s personal lives.
Coming from backgrounds of abuse, rejection, and insecurity where I second guessing my talents, I recently learned (in the last decade, pre-COVID19) that I have a lot to offer. For example, I developed all of the service marks, products & services, patents, trademarks, and other intellectual properties for all of our firms. I am not mediocre or have a wasted life like I have been told in my past.
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
Honestly, I would not change anything. All of the adversities I survived and decisions I made, developed me into the woman, friend, employer, and executive I am today.
For instance, I make better decisions about organizations, economies, people’s personal lives, and my life because of the good and bad circumstances I have encountered. So, I am always optimistic and see the opportunity in every opposition.
How do you unwind?
I like to have a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and read a good book or watch a great romance movie on television. Going to the movie theater has never been my thing although my family has tried to get me to go with them over the years, often, and their gestures I have never worked. Yet, I have been to movie theaters a few times.
What is a major mindset change, belief shift or ‘ah ha’ moment that you’ve experienced in relation to your business?
In my business school, when I am not being an executive, I teach start-up entrepreneurs, high school students, college goers, and seasoned adults some of my “ah ha” business moments. For instance, a business’s products and services can serve as something a person (1) does, (2) knows, or (3) will help the company scale.
With this in mind, products and services ideas arise from a problem someone encountered and sought to find a solution. A solution by using a talent the person does or applying knowledge or capabilities a person gained.
Everyone in business should read this book:
Everyone in business should read the book “Living Check to Monday: The Real Deal About Money, Credit, and Financial Security” authored by Dr. Lynn Richardson and forward by celebrity entrepreneur Les Brown (former television host and spouse to Gladys Knight), available at https://bit.ly/WealthUniversityWithCelebrities for $20.00 USD I believe. To learn absolutely mind-blowing strategies for how to financially run a business, increase its revenue, manage the money, and secure a “Money Team”.
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How can people connect with you?
Via my personal website contact page or LinkedIn, which is the best option.
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