Posts Tagged ‘business’

050 How to Take Initiative for Change with Thinx CEO Miki Agrawal

Do you ever hear of an innovation and think, ‘why has it taken so long for that to have been created?’ Or maybe you have an idea for an invention or new product, but for some reason you haven’t taken the initiative to dive in and create it. There’s something very scary about committing to creating something new. Change is intimidating, and we fear that if we are the instigators of change, we’ll be met with resistance. Inspiring change is difficult. You need to put your all into it, and have the tools to do it well. According to Thinx creator Miki Agrawal, to inspire change you have to put your all into it, and have the tools to do it well.

In this episode I speak with Miki Agrawal, CEO and Co-Founder of THINX, a high-tech, beautiful underwear solution for women to wear during their periods. Her most recent side project is called TUSHY: For People Who Poop aiming to upgrade the American bathroom experience and to help fight the global sanitation crisis that is affecting 40% of the world. Miki is also the Founder of the acclaimed farm-to-table gluten-free pizza concept WILD and 2015 will mark her 10 year anniversary of having her restaurants open. Harper Collins published her book entitled “DO COOL SH*T” on entrepreneurship and lifestyle design. The book hit #1 on Amazon Bestsellers list in entrepreneurship. In this episode Miki and I talk about where she gets her strength and motivation to discipline herself to making difficult changes in the world, how her health issues revealed to her that she needs to take better care of herself and how she did it, and how she uses dedicated focusing to get more done each day.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • How you can use Miki’s three step fool-proof marketing process to overcome stigma and instigate real change
  • What you can do to practice deeper focus to do more in one day than most people do in a week
  • Where Miki gets her inspiration and what you can do to be fearless and motivated in your ventures

More About Miki

Miki started her company, Thinx, because she recognized that there was a gap in what currently exists and what ought to in the menstrual care industry. Tampons were invented in 1931 by a man, menstrual pads came along in the 60s, and those two products have essentially dominated the market in the last fifty years. Miki explains that a huge reason that advances in menstruation care have been so few and far between has to do with taboo and stigma. It is “so ingrained in the psyche of history that periods are bad. Marketing is such an incredibly powerful and influential tool that it has been able to foster an attitude of shame and disgust around “the thing that perpetuates human life.”

Miki explains that marketing tactics don’t create the stigma, they influence the public to trust the validity of the message. Therefore, we can use successful marketing tactics for our own benefit, such as to address taboo and really change culture. In developing Thinx, Miki created a three step process to address taboo and influence attitude change. This process focuses on innovation, artful design, and relatable communication, and has led to the overwhelming success and celebration of her product.

Thinx is not Miki’s first entrepreneurial venture. She has opened a restaurant in New York City, written a best selling book, and started Icon Undies, pee-proof underwear, and TUSHY: For People Who Poop, bidet toilet attachments. After years of going 100% all of the time, Miki began to feel a lack of balance in her life. She developed an acute thyroid condition and realized she had to “take a hard look at everything in [her] life.” While doctors told her she would need an operation, she chose to “trust [her] body and heal [herself] through that.” Miki now looks at that time as “such a beautiful, eye-opening experience,” because it has taught her that she needs to “live in full integrity” and dedicate herself to ensuring her “thinking, feeling, and saying all align.

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MikiAgrawal.com

Thinx

TUSHY: For People Who Poop

Icon Undies

DO COOL SH*T

Wild

Maybe It’s You by Lauren Handel Zander

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043 Women and Wine with Dr. Jan Werbinksi and Ali Hill

With the holiday season approaching, we can anticipate parties, dinners, and alcohol consumption. When I go to holiday parties I like to bring a gift; dessert, an appetizer, or a bottle of wine. While I can pinpoint with some certainty the kinds of wines that I like, up until recently it was a mystery to me why I was drawn to the wines that I enjoy. In today’s episode, I get the chance to talk to two experts about why women are drawn to the wines that they are, how wine affects women’s bodies, and I learn some great tips for wine consumption and etiquette!

In this episode I speak with Dr. Jan Werbinski and Ali Hill. Jan is the medical director of the YWCA medical program in Kalamazo, as well as the director of the Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative. She is a board certified obgyn and was the medical director of Borgess Women’s Health, a women’s health center in Kalamazo. Ali Hill is a wine representative in Albuquerque who is currently studying to be a sommelier. I speak with Jan and Ali about the health benefits and risks of drinking wine, what wine consumption means for women and differences between the sexes, and how both women handle working around a topic, alcohol, that is dominated by men.

What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • Tips for drinking wine in a healthy way
  • What kinds of wines to pair with meals- a great tip for figuring out what to bring to a holiday party!

More About Jan and Ali

For Dr. Jan Werbinski, women’s relationship with wine is a microcosm for the way the medicine often overlooks the significance of biological differences between the sexes. Historically, when cognitive impairment has been studied, the experimental subjects have been men. This means that the possibility of drugs effecting women and men differently is neglected, which can lead to potentially harmful situations. In the case of alcohol consumption, women become “impaired earlier than men” and develop “damage to their vital organs sooner with smaller amounts of alcohol.” Jan explains that this newly realized information is a a step forward for women and research. With these new discoveries, bills are being passed to “try to fix that gap in our knowledge” by mandating a separation in studies for women and men.

For Ali Hill, understanding the way women drink wine is a part of her profession. As a wine representative and sommelier student, Ali understands biologically why women are drawn to certain types of wine, how different wines effect women versus men, and how you can choose the right wine to pair with a particular meal. She explains, “in my business we talk about the feminine palate. Women can pick up on flavors that men cannot.” With more sensitivity to taste, it makes sense that women tend to choose wine as their alcohol of choice than do men.

While women are more inclined to drink wine than are men, the wine industry is actually dominated by men. For Ali, this means understanding how to work with both male and female costumers and sellers. Ultimately, she finds that gender and wine are not so important as a wine seller, as “its’ not what I like or what the buyer likes, we’re looking for what the consumer wants.”

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The Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative

ForWomen.org

029 Finding Success in Juggling Roles with Jill Brown

We all have more than one focus in our lives. Each one is important in its own way, and the reality is we can’t put all of them first. Career, family, romance, spirituality ; it’s a constant juggling act. We can’t be successful in every aspect of our lives at the same time, and this fact can feel defeating. According to MyLandscapeCoach.com founder Jill Brown, perhaps it’s the juggling itself that should be the goal.

As a business owner, blogger, wife, mother of three, and active member in her community, Jill knows a thing or two about juggling. Jill is an Albuquerque-based landscape architect who provides landscape coaching to homeowners, both virtually and in-person. She is a licensed landscape architect, is certified in permaculture, and maintains a weekly blog with a landscape and gardening focus. Today Jill shares some of her landscape and gardening secrets and we discuss some of the time-saving tips she utilizes to maintain that juggling act.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Jill’s top ten tips to transform your yard
  • How you can organize your home life so that you have more time for your business
  • Jill’s recommendations for finding and using your strengths
  • Jill’s organizations tips for balancing family life, social life, and business

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More About Jill

Jill worked as an employee of a landscape architecture firm for eleven years before taking the leap and opening her own business. While she has known since childhood that she wanted to work in landscape architecture (her father was a landscape architect), she “told everyone I knew that I would never own my own business.” She had always envisioned herself working for a firm, never taking on the responsibilities that business ownership requires. The decision came when she was pregnant with her third child and the notion of working for someone else, even part-time, seemed impossible with three children at home and a husband who worked full-time.

Jill didn’t open her business, MyLandscapeCoach.com, only out of necessity. She realized that she had the strength and skills to run her own business based on her relationships with her clients. Her clients were contacting her for work and advice long before she considered starting the business, which led her to understand that “they must believe that I’m capable enough to do the work by myself.”

In talking with friends and family about the new venture, Jill discovered something else. Many people wanted more than just landscape design; they wanted personal input and suggestions, something only Jill could do. She soon began to adjust her business model to create a landscape coaching component, which allows her to provide specific, thoughtful support to any type of client. Today Jill provides landscape architecture design, coaching, and tips and suggestions on her weekly blog.

With so many projects on her plate, plus the responsibilities of motherhood, Jill has set some important processes in place to make sure she can maintain the ‘juggling act.’ One of her biggest timesavers is setting routines for her family life, such as scheduled breakfasts and chore charts for her children. She explains that these steps allow her to “make less decisions, so the decisions throughout the day that I’m making are business decisions.”

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

My list making.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

I’m personable.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Don’t stress about it all.

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MyLandscapeCoach.com

StrengthsFinder 2.0

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020 Forgiveness as a Tool for Self Care with Carolyn Tadamala

When people harm us, hurt us or sabotage us in some way, we often jump to anger and revenge. How can I get back at them? How can I gain back the power or status that they stole? According to entrepreneur Carolyn Tadamala, forgiveness is the answer. By forgiving them for their attacks, you allow yourself to take lessons form the incident and grow, rather than stagnantly dwelling on angry emotions and using your energy in petty, nonproductive ways. This tactic, Carolyn explains, is particularly useful when the failure was the result of your own actions. Imagine how much time and energy you would save if you simply forgave yourself for your mistakes, rather than wasting time suffering over them?

Today I chat with Carolyn Tadamala, India-based entrepreneur and founder of Éclair Patisserie, a bakery in Hyderabad. 90% of the profits of Éclair Patisserie go toward finding education for impoverished children and covering medical bills for children who are fighting cancer. Carolyn and I talk about incorporating family into your business, surrounding yourself with supportive people (and cutting out those that bring you down), burn out, and how to use forgiveness as a tool for self care.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How you can surround yourself with the people that support you and cut out those that bring you down
  • Tips for handling and avoiding burnout
  • How you can involve your family in your business and inspire them to support and love it
  • How to move on when you’re angry with yourself or a coworker

More About Carolyn

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Carolyn’s café, Éclair Patisarrie, is evidence of the growth she has had throughout her adulthood. She recalls a time earlier in her life when she was miserable to those around her, and as a result attracted miserable people. Carolyn made a decision to improve herself and to improve her surroundings, removing herself from people that hurt her or brought her down while at the same time working on herself to make sure she was treating herself and her loved ones kindly.

Improving the lives of those around her has become a central focus for Carolyn, in her work raising money for impoverished children, and in her personal life. While many of us struggle to care for the wellbeing of our family and the success of our business, Carolyn does the two together. From the very beginning she has included her family in the decisions around her business, finding that “Once they felt they were a part of it, it was easier for them to be accepting of the hard parts.”

Today I caught Carolyn at a pivotal moment; she was on the brink of burnout. She had been traveling, not getting enough sleep or exercise, and simply dealing with too much on her plate. In these moments Carolyn “jumps out.” She puts all of her responsibilities to the side and remembers her own self-care. She prioritizes rest, healthy diet, and exercise, and she asks herself a series of questions. “Who am I? What do I want to do? What do I need to get rid of to get to what I want? Who do I need to forgive?” By remembering the answers to these questions she is able to put herself back on track, and by offering forgiveness to herself and those around her she’s able to move forward and “jump back in.”

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Happiness.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Don’t worry. It’s all going to work out.

Check Out The Links Mentioned in This Episode!

Éclair Cafe

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Shwartz

The Law of Attraction by Esther Hicks

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012: Perfectionism As Distraction from Growth with Mary Kathryn Johnson

Perfectionism As Distraction from Growth

Many of us pride ourselves in our ability to overcome the obstacles life throws our way and succeed in our given fields. We seek out new challenges and love to use our skills to overcome them. Sometimes, though, we can become a bit obsessive in our drive for success, and it becomes a drive for perfection. Our perfectionism then becomes a distraction from true personal growth. For Mommy Loves founder Mary Kathryn Johnson it took a serious reality check, breaking both of her legs while eight months pregnant and caring for a toddler, that lead to her realization that she needed to slow down.

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Mary Kathryn is founder and owner of Mommy Loves, the first ever online novelty maternity clothing line, parenting blogger, podcast host, and author of Say Bump and Take a Left: How I Birthed a Baby and a Business After a Huge Bump in the Road. Today I speak with Mary Kathryn about the accident that forced her to slow down, the trials of having to give up some independence, and how the experience gave her a new sense of self and the drive to start a thriving business. What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Tips and tools for using your unique skill set to grow your business
  • How to use your parenting tools to further your business, and your business-running knowledge to strengthen your parenting skills
  • Using adaptability to see the positive and advantage in any situation

More About Mary Kathryn

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Mary Kathryn has always been a type-A. Following graduation from UC Berkeley she got a job with Jenny Craig, and within three months was promoted to a manager position. That has been a common theme in her life: she seeks to do the best and be at the highest position she can achieve. However, when it came to having children, there was no formula to follow. Especially for Mary Kathryn, who at eight months pregnant had a serious fall that lead to two broken legs and three months of dependence on others. This was a very dark time for her, as she was used to being very independent.

Mary Kathryn recalls the day that she walked out of the hospitals, casts removed, as one of the best in her life. It was at that time that Mary Kathryn realized that perfectionism wasn’t her superpower; adaptability was, and still is. She had experienced a very dark time and came out feeling like if she could get through that, she could get through anything.

Becoming pregnant had proved to have its trials as well, which was another challenge for the perfectionist in Mary Kathryn. When her and her husband did become pregnant, she made a shirt as a celebration. She printed a report card onto a T-shirt that said ‘Pregnancy 101: A+.’ The shirt was a personal celebration for her, but she found that when she wore it she had a huge response from people that saw her. After Mary Kathryn’s recovery from her accident that t-shirt stuck in her mind. With her newfound confidence, she saw the T-shirt as a calling: this would be her business venture, Mommy Loves.

Thirteen years and a thriving business later, Mary Kathryn is still at it with Mommy Loves. She has also added additional projects to her plate, and now has a podcast and coaches parent entrepreneurs. She has developed a system to help parents start up their businesses using parenting as a guideline. Those skills necessary to care for a newborn are transferrable to the beginning months of starting a business, and the keys to caring for a toddler are transferable to a young business venture. Today Mary Kathryn remembers every day to slow down and use her adaptability to succeed.

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

My morning routine.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

My adaptability.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Chill.

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Check Out The Links Mentioned in This Episode!

Mommy Loves

Mary Kathryn Johnson’s Website

Say Bump and Take a Left: How I Birthed a Baby and a Business After a Huge Bump in the Road