Everybody - and every business
- has a story
My story isn’t earth-shatteringly dramatic
or poignant enough to move people to tears.
But it’s what makes me me, so naturally, I think it’s pretty darn important.
And you may actually be somewhat familiar with it, too. I’ve always felt a bit like a fish out of water… a square peg in a round hole… the odd person out, the weird one, an Oreo in a packet of graham crackers.
Here’s a quick bit of background for you:
So that left me… As a young, quiet, unconfident, different girl who wasn’t quite sure how she fit into anything.
But there was that little voice in the back of my head telling me that I could be more. That I didn’t have to be a graham cracker just because everyone else was a graham cracker.
(they make great cheesecake crusts, but have you ever tasted an Oreo crust?) 😎
The Story Continues
So now might be the time that you’d expect a revelation, or a rebellion, or something huge and significant to happen in my life.
*waits a beat*
I went to secretarial school, just like a good girl. While it wasn’t a “cool” job, it did give me a bunch of useful skills, which I used to get a job as a training manager. I was also able to travel, work in other countries, and meet a whole lot of amazing people (so I can’t sneeze at my secretarial experience!).
And now’s the time for that big thing to happen.
I had a near-death experience.
But I did have a daughter, which is almost the same, right? 😝
Now while having my daughter was an amazing and life-changing experience all on its own, there was one part of the whole experience that really kicked off a new kind of life for me.
My company wouldn’t down my hours from full-time to part-time.
Now, there’s a strange type of courage that I think comes with having a small, helpless kiddie to protect. That little voice in my head that once told me I could be an Oreo no matter what anyone else thought suddenly got a whole lot louder.
And it told me to quit.
So quit I did.
And it ended up being my biggest blessing ever, because that’s when I started my first business, as a virtual PA.
Within 2 years, I had multiple offices, was employing full-time staff, and had even visited 10 Downing Street as part of Best Mumpreneur of the Year!
My entrepreneurship career had officially begun 😎
Fast Forward …
I eventually sold my first PA business, but the business-building bug had bitten and I built and sold several more.
I also started coaching others on how to do the same, or how to use that knowledge to skyrocket their own business’s success.
And that’s when I realized a few things:
From there, things went haywire. I spent the next 17 or so years…
Despite my massive success, I also went through the sucky part of struggling, failing, and wondering if I’d ever be more than just a crummy graham cracker! I’ve:
“I’ve loved this journey, and I’ve had the opportunity to experience so many things!
Professionally speaking, I’m super proud of my Global Women Champions Award for my outstanding contributions and leadership in business, from the Global Connections for Women Foundation, and my #1 UK influencer crown, from Career Experts.
I’ve also written for top publications, like Forbes, Social Media Examiner, Alexa, The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC, and the Times, as well as spoken in front of crowds of 50 to 10,000+ people!
It’s been a wild ride, but I know there’s plenty more to come. Hopefully I’ll be taking you to the same heights in your biz!”
It’s been almost 2 decades since all that happened, and this Oreo is still going strong.
I’m loaded with experience, and while I still learn new things, my biggest passion is using my experience to help other Oreos do their thing. Or to help graham crackers become Oreos. Orrrrr to help graham crackers become the best graham cracker they can be.
In other words, whatever your business goals, I’m here to help you get there. Smarter, quicker, and in the most fun way possible.