One of my favorite things about attending conferences is that it gives you the ability to meet a lot of people. People from different backgrounds, people with different struggles, people with different jobs, etc… I just love conferences!
I met Lauren at Blogathon this year and we have been friends ever since. Lauren is smart, sweet, savvy and so much more. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, make sure and tweet her at GldnKey and say hello!
How did you get your start?
When I look at how I got started, the simple answer is smart luck, the long answer is failing forward. I look at smart luck as working every moment to be prepared to take an opportunity that presents itself to the fullest.
To explain what I mean I will have to take you back more than 6 years. I was working in pediatric neurology, epilepsy research during the day, and a few nights a week I was an EMT. I thought I was doing everything right to make my life long dream of being a doctor come true, but as they say, we plan and God laughs. Fast-forward about 2 years later. I was on rounds on our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit when we had a baby come in that we couldn’t give a life saving drug treatment to because the insurance company denied coverage. Seeing how helpless we were to do what was best for our patient because someone looking at a cost benefit spreadsheet was calling the shots, I broke down. I knew the cornerstone to my life, why I do what I do is to help others and here I was, helpless to do anything. I saw my life flash forward and the thought of having my hands tied like that fro the next 10, 20, 30 years of my medical career, unable to help to the fullest, I knew I was at a life changing moment. I cried, I felt more fear and sadness than I thought I was capable of feelings and I made the excruciating decision to leave. I had no idea what my life was going to be like now, but I knew I couldn’t deny what my heart was telling me.
Luckily, I had smart luck fall into my lap about 10 months earlier in the form of a decision to start my own business with Rodan and Fields and work it along side my medical field career. That day I made the choice to say goodbye to my first love, the medical field, I made the choice to go in full time. I would use my Rodan and Fields business to help others in a different way; feeling confident in their skin for the first time or to create a financial safety net to help them weather the storms of life.
Through my work with Rodan and Fields, my background in neuroscience, and my courage, Golden Key Partnership was born. GKP is still not perfect but it is something that inspires me every day. GKP and R+F allow me to help others in ways that I never dreamed possible. Every day my heart is filled with gratitude for the tiny light that has illuminated my path and the gentle voice that keeps reassuring me that there is always tomorrow, so brush it off and smile. Through my journey, I had a lot of failing forward. Those moments when I stumbled, fell, cried, succeeded, or just simply had no idea what to do but I knew that I had to put one foot in front of another… those moment are the moments which sparked my passion for writing and soon my blog was where I could pour out my heart, soul, wisdom, and humility. For me it was a place where I could share my successes, missteps, and lessons to help others shift their perspective and help them in creating stepping-stones to get to their dreams faster. My blog is a place to be a maverick, clear my head, share my stories, and maybe change one more life today than I did yesterday.
How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business?
My studies at the University of Denver, hiring coaching from Anthony Robbins and Sonia Stringer, and I read 2 or 3 books a month on different subjects – everything from business, to relationships, to neuroscience. The more I learn, the more valuable I can be to my clients, my business partners, and myself. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and how to change lives and ultimately work smarter, not harder!
How do you define success as a business owner?
Progress, not perfection.
At the end of the day I ask these questions:
· Did I do everything I could to help someone change their life?
· Did I give my best today to change my tomorrow?
· Did I add value to the world?
· Am I happy with the person looking at me in the mirror?
If you were to design the perfect team of 4 people to help you run this company, what characteristics would those four people have?
· Genius (or creativity)
Whom do you seek advice from for your business?
I seek out the most successful people I know, anyone who has gone before me and built something into greatness, to see what I can learn from them that will help my path to success be a little less bumpy. I find I can always learn something and if they will give me their time to pick their brain, I will!