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Finding Your Alignment Within to Grow Your Business

Finding Your Alignment Within to Grow Your Business

When you start to think about a business coach, most people question how will the coach help with my marketing strategy, or help manage my customer relationships better but Yvonne Dodd is no regular business coach.

 

My conversation with Yvonne was beyond transformational and confirmed that your life and your business are not separate entities, she challenged me to go within first in order to become a better version of myself to deliver the gifts that only I can share with the world. As a business coach, Yvonne’s ideology is to tap into the power and uncover the blocks of the person before she considers reviewing your books. Numbers are numbers but if you are not aligned at the core, things will never add up. You have to first help people be who they need to be, to do the things they need to do.

 

In our conversation, we talk about:

  • The importance of boundary setting, time management, getting rest, eating well, being able to say ‘no’.
  • Imposter Syndrome and how we all have felt that we weren’t worthy or thought they were a fraud that would be called out before the world.
  • Become the star to yourself first!!
  • Give yourself permission to go for whatever it is that your heart desires.
  • Tap into your feminine energy (yes, men too), take time for self, meditate, drink water, rest.

 

I can say that I needed every bit of this conversation. Someone once asked my what was the biggest thing I had to manage in my life and of course my mind immediately went to say my business but then I stopped and realized that’s not the truth. The biggest thing I have ever managed and that we have all managed is ourselves. So as Yvonne challenged me, I will challenge you to go within and be the best version of you first and you will for sure begin to see the impact on your business, your relationships and everything in your life.

 

I would love to hear from you. If you can relate or have thoughts about this conversation, I would love for you to comment and share below. And as always know that you are not alone in the ‘Journey’.

 

-Blue

 

From Homeless to Million Dollar Deals with Amari Ruff

From Homeless to Million Dollar Deals with Amari Ruff

Amari has one of those gentle, humble spirits that you can’t help but love to be around. I was truly inspired by the conversation we had and the life lessons that took him from being homeless to starting two million dollar businesses.

 

We all have moments in life where we go through some level adversity. Moments in life where its hard to find the meaning and beauty in. But if we take the time to reflect, it’s in these moments that shapes and crafts us the most. It is up to us to allow these moments to define us or build us and Amari decided it would only make him stronger. Growing up Amari spent some time during high school homeless with his family. In these hard times Amari became more resourceful and fearless as survival depended on it. It was these times that would later give him the foundation to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

 

In our conversation, we talk about:

  • Allowing moments in life to build you, not define you.
  • How he was he able to launch his company with just $300.
  • The only barriers that exist are the ones in your mind.
  • Amari’s To Dos on How to Change your Mindset:
    • Check the people you hang around
    • Visualize Your Dreams and Aspirations
    • Read, Read, Read

 

I believe there is something we can all learn from Amari’s story and the inevitable obstacles that life brings. I hope we all take time to reflect on the moments in life that seemed to challenge us the most and take inventory of how it added to our character and shaping us into the people we are today. It is in these moments that our unique gifts are unearthed and its up to us to share it with the world. If you can relate or have thoughts about this conversation, I would love for you to comment and share below. And as always know that you are not alone in the ‘Journey’.

 

-Blue

 

Light Your Ikigai and Get Paid For The Things You Love To Do

Light Your Ikigai and Get Paid For The Things You Love To Do

I think we have all been in a place where we were doing something we absolutely hated just for the money or you were doing what you are passionate about but can’t seem to make money from it. During my conversation with life coach, Chelsea Zirna, we dig deep into how to find your ‘ikigai’ a Japanese term for reason for being. Your ikigai is the intersection of what you love, what the world needs, what you are good at and what you can be paid for.

Everything about this conversation was life giving. One of the questions I loved the most was, ‘How can I be happy with nothing?”. The question really challenges you to get clear on your values, what is your core and foundation. Come to a place of self-worth and self-love first and then start your business. As fun as the successes of business are, business is a false sense of fulfillment, that can’t be your metric for peace and joy.

In our conversation, we talk about:

  • To light your ikigai, you first have to get clear on what you really want.
  • Fear is the number one reason, that keeps people from living in their purpose.
  • Surround yourself with people who are constantly expanding you.
  • Are you really living in alignment? Are the things you want lining up with the things that you are doing.

There were so many takeaways from talking with Chelsea that I am excited to start applying to my own life. I’ve challenged myself and challenge you to start today in creating the life you want to live. It’s all the small decisions we make from day to day that add up to our lives. If you can relate or have thoughts about this conversation, I would love for you to comment and share below. And as always know that you are not alone in the ‘Journey’.

-Blue

The Key to Knowing & Asking For What You’re Worth

The Key to Knowing & Asking For What You’re Worth

A couple of months ago I was scrolling through LinkedIn and to my surprise, I saw that my friend Lantre Barr had recently been named Inc. 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies in the US. After graduating college in the middle of the recession, like many Americans, Lantre found it difficult to find a job using his degree. Out of pure necessity, Lantre started his company Blacc Spot Media, a communications and technology company. In 2013 he made revenues of $150,000 a year and in just three years grew to generating $2.9 million, landing him on Inc.’s prestigious list.

 

Of course, I had a lot of questions on what he had to do in his business and what was the mindset shift that had to take place mentally for this to even be possible. After digging deep, Lantre shared that yes, the right introductions and going for bigger deals was a part of the shift but internally he had to become more confident in himself and the value that he provided.

 

In our conversation, we talk about:

  • How to lead by example and show compassion to your employees while setting a level of expectation to deliver quality work
  • Knowing your worth and having confidence in the value you offer changes the game
  • The importance of showing compassion to yourself as an entrepreneur and celebrating your wins along the ‘Journey’.

 

We may not all be going for million dollar deals (yet!) but at some level we are all second guessing our value and what we have to offer to the world. What’s keeping you from going for great? From leveling up? From asking for the money you deserve?…True, undeniable, unshakeable belief in self is where it all starts. If you can relate or have thoughts about this conversation, I would love for you to comment and share below. And as always know that you are not alone in the ‘Journey’.

 

-Blue

 

Transforming The Face of Tech for Black Women

Transforming The Face of Tech for Black Women

Forbes 30 under 30, mastered Silicon Valley, launched her app PartPic, was invited by President Obama to the White House, sold her tech company to AMAZON…and that’s just the beginning of how Jewel Burks Solomon is changing the game and changing the face of tech for black women.

As a woman and a black woman in tech, Jewel’s presence represented something so much greater than her. So, I had to ask,

‘How did you navigate in conversations and meetings as a woman in a male dominated space?’

‘Were there times when you thought you couldn’t do this?’

And regardless of what industry or business you’re building, Jewel’s advice for you is:

  • Get over yourself. You have to first get over the mental hurdles. Stop listening to the voice telling you that you can’t, I’m not smart enough, or I don’t have the right background.
  • Decide that you are going to do it and do it! It’s really just a decision to get started and do it.
  • Learn what you need to learn and find others to help you fill in the gap. Recognize your strengths and partner with people to make up for your weaknesses.

Ready to get inspired? Make sure you’re tuned in and share with a friend!

-Blue