I went viral

Recently, The Daily Goalcast released this video of me, which they created from a talk that I delivered in front of 250 people. Titled, “When You’re Told You’re Not Enough,” it has been viewed about three million times, which is still hard to believe.

How did this happen?

It started when a friend of mine asked me what types of exercises I would recommend for a board of directors to do in order to explore failure. This got me thinking about myself and when the last time I really failed was. I had a flashback to about 18 years ago when I was on stage at a Toronto Yuk Yuks BOMBING. Think complete crickets.

I became inspired to start swinging for the fence again and to start really putting myself out there. I decided to challenge myself to do at least one major thing each month that truly scares me. And by that I mean, activities that make me say “Oh crap, why did I agree to this?”

The first step

My first challenge was applying and being selected for a speaking completion, Speaker Slam, which led to me giving the talk that would later be distributed by The Daily Goalcast. I was so nervous before going on stage that it took everything in me not throw up all over the place (although that would have made a great story). Anytime we take risks and put ourselves out there, no matter what the results, it’s those actions that help us continue to build our confidence.

The night I was competing, I didn’t place in the top four, however, I met some incredible people. Some business opportunities even came from some of the people that I met that evening. And, of course, the viral video of me speaking was recorded.

When you get outside your comfort zone, you can’t lose.

Since going viral, I have been interviewed on CBC’s morning radio show, Metro Morning. I will be speaking at an upcoming women’s event and have been featured on several podcasts, including one hosted by a woman in Barcelona, Spain. The exposure for my business as a result of getting outside of my comfort zone has been HUGE.

What’s more, in addition to the opportunities that have opened up, I have heard from and connected with people around the world who have identified with my story.

I am still the same person. BUT…I’m now standing a little taller from the satisfaction and pride that I’ve generated from continuing to set difficult challenges for myself and actually doing them, regardless of the result. The results, like going viral, have just been an amazing bonus.

What about you?

Have you been playing it safe these days? When was the last time you wanted to puke because you were so nervous? I am enjoying the momentum my monthly challenges are creating and I encourage you to take a similar risk. Don’t overthink it. With enough time, we can talk ourselves out of anything, so just go for it. Your future-self will thank you. Even if it’s your future-self six months or years from now.

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Overwhelmed by the transition to entrepreneurship?

I’ve been there. When I left the corporate and small business worlds to start my own business, I didn’t know what I was in for. I saw other women living lives that I wanted to be mine, and wondered, “How are they doing it?” Knowing something had to give, I totally changed the way I’m running and building my business.

As a mother, blogger, mentor, speaker and business owner, I am used to balancing the demands of many roles. It is hard to “do it all,” and I have learned how to adjust to those expectations. Stick with me and you’ll be diving into your business with fresh eyes and a growth-centered mindset faster than you ever imagined!

It all came to a head in the Fall of 2015. With my daughter’s autism diagnosis and my postpartum depression following my son’s birth, my Spring/Summer that year had been pretty rough. I was feeling pretty kicked around — to say the least. As I was crawling out of the dark and twisty places life had cornered me in that year, I knew that everything had changed.

For many reasons, I couldn’t go back to my corporate life. One of the biggest reasons was that my perspective on how I was going to live my life had changed. A shift had happened. My time away from my children was going to be spent doing things that I was passionate about. Doing things that got me pumped about life. In May of 2016, I went out on my own and started my business. It was great. I was finally doing things that had me pumped about my time away from my kids. I had the flexibility to spend more time with them. At the end of the day, I had the energy to work in my household and my marriage.

But, while I was living my passion and excited about my life again, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Previously, I was a teacher, a sales professional, marketing leader and client services manager. By setting clear objectives, I succeeded in each role, even though they were in different industries.

But being an entrepreneur was a whole new world. I felt the loneliness. I had self-doubt. I didn’t know where to start…and I wasn’t the only one in this boat.

Whether I’m out speaking to a room full of female entrepreneurs or leading a workshop, one of the things that I hear over and over again from these amazing women is how great it is to be out from behind their desks and surrounded by a group of like-minded women. And as our conversation continues, it becomes clear that they are looking for a tribe of women that they can connect and collaborate with regularly in an environment that is welcoming, encouraging and safe enough to let their walls down and share. I needed a community like this too. One that encourages fellow members as they conquer fears, overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. A tribe that leaves me with a new comfort level and the confidence I’m craving to expand my growth and limits — both personally and professionally.

And most importantly, I wanted a place that would offer me more than inspiration. One that would give me the actionable advice, education and mentorship, support and accountability that we all need.

And from these conversations and my own needs, Fempire Builders was born.

You see, it’s not just me. And it’s not just you. We are not alone. And when we come together, it’s a powerful thing. With the Fempire Builders community supporting me and holding me accountable, I have experienced the business growth that previously I had only dreamed about.

Just as it has been for other Fempire Builders, it will be the same for you, too. Wait and see!