Do you ever feel like building and scaling a business is easier for everyone else?
Does fear keep you stuck in what you know and within the boundaries of what only seems possible?
Friend, let’s just take a moment to name the truth.
Building a brand and business that can go the distance is HARD WORK.
From translating your passion into a mission to taking a fledgling idea to peak performance with a team you could have never imagined, no one can prepare you for exactly what your journey will hold.
It is when we take the time to let these questions surface outside of the space they hold in our heads and hearts that we are often reminded that we are not the only ones feeling this way.
I am right there with you.
“The road of an entrepreneur is long and winding but it is one that you don’t have to and shouldn’t walk alone.”
In an age of the boasting self-made, solopreneur, today’s guests are two forces who have been shaking the rafters of the leadership arena to flip that script for good.
Liz Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion brand that enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country by providing employment and educational opportunities. As a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz is passionate about social enterprise, conscious consumerism, social justice, creative leadership, gender equity, risk-taking, and empowering women. She believes deeply that business is a powerful platform for social change and that girls are our future.
Jessica Honegger is a mother, author, podcast host, Founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection. a “not-just-for-profit” business that designs and sells jewelry and accessories made by Artisans around the world to create dignified jobs for vulnerable communities. Noonday Collection develops Artisan businesses through fair trade, empowering them to grow sustainably and connecting them to a growing market for their goods. She is passionate about encouraging others to leave comfort, go scared, and step into a life of impact.
Mary’s new book, slow growth equals strong Roots is HERE! Click HERE to Order your copy today!
For Liz and Jessica, courage cornered them early.
After experiencing the impacts of the exploitation of work in communities they loved and the confines of global poverty particularly on women and girls, there was no other decision to make but to take action.
As Liz and Jessica recounted the lessons they have learned, Jessica shared,
“We look at other people’s success and assume that they’re confident and that they weren’t scared to get on the stage or that they weren’t making a giant financial risk. But those are all just assumptions and stories that we’re creating about somebody that we don’t know…
“Ultimately, we all need to learn that courage is just going scared anyway. Fear will always be there. It’s just learning how to not give it control and power in your life.” (Amen!)
Say it louder for the people in the back! Wow, did this hit me.
Somehow along the way, we were conditioned to believe there is more value and success in being built already than in the building itself – that what is required of us is not only the gumption to go but also a complete understanding and skill set ready to execute the plan.
“I have yet to meet somebody that is all of the things and can do all the things across the spectrum. So who am I to think that I’m the unicorn?!” Liz said. “What I wish I would’ve spent less time doing in my career, was beating myself up and feeling a lot of shame about that. I expected myself to have a high level of excellence in all of the categories when that is a really tall order for anybody.”
The fact is, throughout their entire experience there has never been an absence of fear, critiquing voices, or self-doubt. But it was and is the inside work they have committed to do that has allowed them to condition themselves to respond in a way that has propelled their business forward.
On today’s episode, Liz and Jessica go on to share what has oriented them throughout their highs and lows and what guiding principles have shaped their leadership along the way.
Tune in to hear:
Why you need to count the cost of your business
How to take fear out of the driver’s seat
The purpose that comes with co-creating
What curiosity offers us in adversity
How collaboration over competition can enrich not only our leadership but our lives
Following the trail of their insatiable curiosity and filled with resolute purpose, Liz and Jessica leapt. Not just once but over and over again over the last decade.
“Today is the day you begin to silence the limiting beliefs that have kept you standing still and take the leap. Because some of the most valuable lessons can only be learned in free fall.”
I can’t wait for you to take a listen! And if you are looking to give up comparing, performing, and achieving for your worth, I think you’ll LOVE my new book Slow Growth Equals Strong Roots! Available now everywhere books are sold! And while you’re at it, take our Achiever Quiz to see which of the 5 Achiever Types you are….
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