There’s no glass ceiling for female entrepreneurs; there’s a “sticky floor,” says Danielle Tate, the founder CEO of MissNowMrs and author of Elegant Entrepreneur. We talk making the leap from corporate to startup, living a life of no regrets, and the mindset you need to soar.
The beauty of entrepreneurship is there is no glass ceiling to break through. There is, however, what guest Danielle Tate calls the “sticky floor”.
Danielle Tate is an entrepreneur, author and sought-after speaker with a career that spans a decade in the startup world.
She founded a multimillion dollar business in her 20s – miss now mrs – wrote Elegant Entrepreneur in her early 30s – and now she’s the spokesperson for Empowered Women International.
Fear keeps many women in business on that sticky floor. It manifests as perfectionism and procrastination, all the ways we get in our own way on the path to success, for example not hiring fast enough to scale, delaying a product launch, or just not acting in the moment of the opportunity.
Danielle has a challenge for all WINGS listeners: Dare to win; dare to just start, dare to keep going.
We talk about Danielle’s biggest business challenge when she was eight months pregnant, and how to live a life of no regrets.
Here are some of Danielle’s tips for women in business:
- Dare to Have No Regrets: “I had that moment where I was like I don't want to be 85 on my front porch in a rocking chair and wonder what would have happened if I had just started that company, if I had run with that idea. When I looked at my life I was 24 and I said, “I can take this and do my very best with it and if it goes, awesome, I've created this entire company and this new way of living. If it fails miserably I will have learned something.”
- Connect the Dots: “I have this picture on my desk and it's of constellations and it reminds me that entrepreneurs are connecting the dots. We see the end dot of where we're going but we also see all of the logical dots in between. Not everyone sees the between dots so we may look really, really crazy and risky to the people who don't see the dots but you need to find friends, and mentors, and other people that can see those dots too because once someone else sees the dots it's a lot less scary.”
- Listen to Your Customers (and Embrace the Bad Stuff): “People are afraid of hearing the bad stuff, the complaints, the refunds, the angry person. By insulating yourself with more and more customer service and more and more tiers between you and your customer you can feel better, but living in that ivory tower you don't hear the voice of change, of need, of want of the customer. If you ignore that long enough someone else will come, and listen, and build what they are looking for.”
- Honest Truths: If you have a problem, challenge or issue, you may have an unconscious driver. “Hopefully you have a circle of friends and mentors that can point it out and be like stop limiting yourself. Stop saying that statement. It's not true and if you keep saying it it's going to be true. You need to figure out a way around whatever your mental or emotional roadblock is. That's entrepreneurship at it's core, it's problem solving, it's coming up with interesting solutions that not everyone sees. So understanding that you yourself are in some ways a startup and are continuously growing, and iterating, and pivoting as you move through life. Sometimes using that lens makes it easier to work through those things.”
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