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3 Tips From My Transition from Corporate America to an Entrepreneur

I had the dream job in Corporate America. I LOVED it. I worked for Toyota HQ. I supported our Executives with develop & implementation of their Diversity & Inclusion Plans for their organization. I created, facilitated & led Mentoring Programs. I was able to impact our workforce in a massive way. The problem was, I felt constricted. It took a breakdown from overwhelm, lack of fulfillment & guilt to finally realize I was not meant for Corporate America.  Here are 3 Things I’ve learned from my transition from Corporate America to Entrepreneurship.

1. You are ALONE

Literally. I was in Corporate America for 16 years. Admittedly, sometimes I wish I did not have to deal with people … But I did love the collaborative & social element of the office life. When you are a sole entrepreneur, the physical interaction goes out the window. And it can get lonely & old real fast.

EFFORTLESS LIFE TIP: Go to networking events, meet ups and online to find like-minded entrepreneurs. Create a mastermind so you can connect, share, collaborate and up level each other. When it’s done correctly, it’s powerful.

2. You are The BOSS

There is no job description for the role. When you are starting off in the Entrepreneur space, you are it. Head of Product Development, Marketing, Public Relations, Sales … And this was a HARD pill to swallow. There were times I would wish for my job back in Corporate America. It was a hell of a lot easier. But, I pushed through. Because I knew if I did not give it my everything, I would have regret later in life.

EFFORTLESS LIFE TIP: Productivity is ESSENTIAL. As a sole entrepreneur creating a plan is vital. When I put these processes in place, it was a GAME CHANGER in my business. I increased sales while reducing stress, anxiety & worry. I’m all about win/wins.

3. It’s ALL in YOUR MIND

Mindset is key!! Seriously. When your mindset is right, the realm of possibilities open up for you. It’s the foundation to success. I worked on my mindset to overcome the roadblocks which had  stopped me from leaving the comforts of the stability. When I took control, evaluated & changed my mindset, it all changed. It was like seeing the world in HD. As a result, I have been able to weather the rocky parts of the Entrepreneurial adventure.

EFFORTLESS LIFE TIP: DO THE WORK! Really. So many entrepreneurs fail because they do not take the time to invest in themselves. And when you don’t invest in yourself, how will anyone invest in you? When you fix your mindset, you increase joy in all parts of your life. The best part? We have the power to change our reality. Ready to change yours? Let’s do it. Book your discovery session now!

the transition plan

Sending you Love, Light & Oodles of Positive Vibes!

– Indrani

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My $2400 Lesson

 

If you take action when your head and soul aren’t aligned, it can be a risk. Like a $2400 risk. My $2400 LessonSometimes opportunities that are presented to you appeal so much to one part of the brain, you rationalize yourself into a decision. Has that ever happened to you? You bet your bottom dollar it has happened to me. Here is my $2400 lesson.

I was presented with an opportunity from someone I really respected. It was an opportunity to generate money by helping people save money when shopping online. And there was an ability to help non-profits in a huge way. Amazing right? It totally appealed to the left side of the brain. The data was there. Sales on the internet continue to increase, people love saving money AND I could give back to non-profits? I was sold. So, I signed up and spent $2400 to join. (Little did I know the fine print. That was another lesson.)

So I started telling my friends and family about my ‘new’ venture and started to sell memberships. Here are my lessons learned.

1. How NOT to Sell.

I was a mess. I ended up spamming everyone I knew. Reflecting back on it, here is an official public apology for my douchy, repelling marketing (I don’t even think it qualified as marketing) techniques. My heart was in the right place, but I did not think about the customer’s perspective. I hate it when people come at me in a spamy way and I did the same exact thing that made my skin crawl! It was a hard but necessary lesson to learn.

Tweetable: When you offer a product or service, always place yourself in the shoes of your customer. 

2. Importance of Personal Brand.

I thought this opportunity would be a great side business where I could generate income to support my start up business. The problem was I diluted my brand. I was doing so many random things at once, my vibes were all over the place. I was a mess.

Tweetable: When you are developing your brand, ensure everything you do supports that brand.

3. Be Congruent.

When you are congruent with your heart and soul that’s when the magic happens. When the work you do is aligned with your passion and purpose, you hit the sweet spot. The area where you can be confident in moving towards your dreams. It is a glorious feeling.

Tweetable: When you are aligned with your purpose and passion, success & happiness is organic.

Biggest learning I received in my life. Find the lesson in EVERYTHING!

Life happens. We can’t control what happens. But what we can control is how we react to it. We have a choice. We can choose to let it hold us back and keep us small and contracted in life, or we can choose to learn from it, expand and rise above it. I always choose the latter.

The best part is the choice we decide to make is 100% in our control. 

The $2400 Lesson was an invaluable one. I considered so many things. What I DIDN’T consider was my soul. Was this aligned with my purpose in life? Was I really passion about it? If I posed those questions to myself perhaps a different decision would be made.

What $$ Lessons have you learned?

Sending you Love, Light & Oodles of Positive Vibes!

– Indrani

Quality Will Always Trump Quantity

I had a rude awakening recently. It brought to life my new mantra. Quality will always trump Quantity.

Quality Over Quality

No it didn’t come from a seminar (which would be a great guess, as I am a personal development junkie). It didn’t come from an eye opening article. It didn’t even come from a client.

It came from my 9 year old daughter.

She said “Nope. We won’t have fun. Mommy needs  to work.”

My ego took over. I told her although I would love to take off and be able to hang out, I had a business (which I am giddy over) to run.

A few days later, as I was about to go to bed, it hit me. My kid wants to spend time with me. In a few years the roles will be reversed and I’ll be dragging her to hang out with me.

I have a business where I am always “plugged in”. I started my own business so I could spent more time with my family. A business where I could take off and spend a couple weeks with my kids before they go back to work.

I realized just because I was “physically” there, it didn’t mean anything. If I’m not present and in the moment with them, they may as well have a babysitter.

In the past, I would have overwhelmed with feelings of guilt, regret and feeling like a crappy Mom.

Not anymore.

Ever since I have been able to step into and release negative emotions, like has gotten so much sweeter (& productive).

So, I am going “dark” and unplugging from social media for a week. I turned off all of my notifications on my phone.

We get so caught up in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope. I felt like if I was not checking it, I would miss out. So I would constantly be on my phone. I would “have” to see each notification. Check out all of the likes I would get. Somehow that proved my worth.

I realize that is silly. I realize I don’t need validation from any social media post, from anyone or anything. I am worth it. Period.

So, it’s time for a change. I am shaking things up and unplugging from social media. I am going to use that time to be present. I’m using the time to grow and realize how I want to contribute the world. I’m using the time to make some freakin’ rad memories with my kids.

I will post once a day to share my reflections but that’s it. Making that choice was so powerful (& will definitely be a challenge). But, I believe, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

Sometimes we work so hard to build a future for my family. It’s a great theory, but not at the expense of sacrificing unwritten memories.

It was a wake up call, loud and clear. And I’m doing something about it.

I’d love for you to join me.

Let’s do it together.

Sending you love, light & oodles of positive vibes.

– Xx

Indrani

 

 

 

 

Be You. Everyone Else is Taken.

Bruce Jenner

I watched the Bruce Jenner documentary last night. I was in tears. I could completely empathize with his feelings. Feeling like you had to be someone else and not be you is gut wrenching. Bruce Jenner threw himself into sports to avoid the conflict he had inside. He excelled and broke world records. Even though he was known as “The Best Athlete in the World”, he was still unfulfilled inside. When he spoke about the famous picture during the Olympics after receiving his medals, he said it was bitter sweet. He knew that he now the Olympics were over, he would have to deal with his internal battle. Although I did not deal with gender identity, his story hit close to home. I was trying to fit in by blending in. Bruce Jenner reinforced the reality to

Be You. Everyone Else is Taken.

Just imagine for a moment. Imagine you are 65 years old, have a huge family, with kids and grandkids. Although you loved them dearly, you hid a huge secret. You hid who you were at the core. You couldn’t share with them who you really were because you did not want to hurt them. In my life, I felt this way because I grew up in Pennsylvania in a predominantly Caucasian demographic. I was so different. From my name, to my dark complexion – I felt like an outsider. When my first grade teacher attempted to promounce my name, I quickly corrected it to “Annie”, my childhood nickname. And I used my nickname all through college. When I was in my late 20’s, I had an incident that rocked my world. I walked by a mirror and caught a glimpse of myself. I stopped and look a closer look. I didn’t recognize my reflection. It shook me to my core. For the next 8 years, I was on a path – a mission to find myself and just be me. I ended my marriage. I manifested my soulmate as divorced Mom. I left Corporate America after 16 years to fulfill my purpose in life. I have realized all of my experience in my life has given me the knowledge and expertise to help others. I help others manifest a fulfilled life with time for passion, self-care and presence through strategy and mindset.

When I watched Bruce Jenner’s journey, I looked back on my path. I was filled with emotion. When I made the decision to be my authentic self, I made huge changes that impacted the people closest in my life.

I am proud to say that my daughter is so much happier as a result of my life choices.

I can show them they can have it all. I am living my life on purpose and they see that everyday. They know they can do anything and be anything. Always remember to Be You. Everyone Else is Taken.

Sending you tons of Love & oodles of Light!

-Xx

Indrani