255 Melinda Wittstock: Open The Gift Within
Melinda Wittstock is a serial entrepreneur who has built four successful businesses in digital media and tech. Christmas Day, she says, is the perfect day to “open the gifts within”, that is, honor what truly makes you unique so you can step into your true purpose and passion to succeed in business. Melinda has a special gift to share with you too.
Today is a day many of us will be exchanging gifts – experiencing the beautiful gratitude of giving – as well as receiving.
I want to take a moment to ponder what gifts we should open … within ourselves.
Yes, within ourselves!
I’m Melinda Wittstock and today on Wings of Inspired Business I want first to thank you all for listening to this podcast and all the inspiring women I interview each day. Each of them expresses their unique abilities or gifts as they manifest in the successful businesses they have created and grown.
All of us are born with unique gifts.
What are yours?
Your unique talents?
Your super powers?
All of us are different, and it’s what makes us different that is our greatest strength. It is differentiation that makes us stand out in a crowd, be heard, be recognized. It’s the doubling down on our unique or differentiated abilities, passions and purpose that allows us as entrepreneurs to spot, understand and solve unique problems… helping many people with our insights.
Magic happens in business and in life when we are in true alignment with our unique gifts – when we align them to our true purpose and passion, and eliminate any gaps between our walk and our talk.
Successful Entrepreneurship is about leveraging these unique superpowers, doubling down on our strengths. It’s also about accepting, forgiving and hiring our weaknesses.
So today take a quiet moment for yourself and think for a moment about the gifts you have been given, what has always been there for you … inside you.
Because today is a good day, whatever your faith, to celebrate your authentic superpowers!
Where do you shine? What makes you happiest? Who are you being, what are you doing, and who are you doing it with … when you are happiest?
So take a quiet moment, even for a few minutes, and look inside your soul. Maybe light a candle, gaze into it softly, breath deeply and let your heart celebrate the special person you are. Celebrate your essence … your true soul … and thank yourself for being all you are!
Take a moment too to forgive yourself if you have – like most of us – overlooked or undervalued those gifts.
You might have wanted – or thought you wanted – other gifts – because your parents, your partner, your friends, your school teacher, the glossy magazine, social media, the TV show – told you what you “should” want and who you “should” be. You might have lived a life of “should’s” that has kept you at odds with yourself, unfulfilled, unhappy and out of flow.
I have discovered on my entrepreneurial journey that innovation in business is a roller coaster ride that puts you on a course of self-discovery – whether you like it or not. It pushes you to get out of your comfort zones, to leverage adversity, to spot and seize opportunity – and to grow as a person as you grow your business.
And your success is exponentially more likely if you are in alignment with that true purpose and unique differentiation we’ve been talking about today.
So, I want you also to celebrate the growth and consciousness that evolves from those painful or fearful moments when life was tough – or when your business hit a brick wall.
These are opportunities to guide you to your true path, where instead of the grind or the hustle, you’ll be in flow. Why make it hard on yourself when you can be at ease – manifesting more success, more easily, and enjoy the journey.
If you’ve been listening to Wings of Inspired business for any of these 255 episodes now, you know I interview extraordinary women– and I am inspired by their wisdom, talent, accomplishments, insights, how all of them have used their unique gifts to overcome adversity and step into the light.
So many women on WINGS have talked about the amazing things that transpired from panicked and heart wrenching moments of adversity or challenge – moments that made them find a way to discover and start to follow their true path: Think about my friend Shari Aldrich – she was a massage therapist, and then she lost a finger. Now with 9 fingers, she’s doing more than what she could do with 10. Shari is growing a great business teaching massage therapy along with business to empower therapists to start their own practices – so she can now help millions of people rather than the few she could help one-on-one. Think of Cynthia James, Cynthia Pasquella Garcia, JJ Virgin, Rania Hoteit, Clara de Soto, Lauren Hall, Susan Bratton – in fact every single successful female entrepreneur has overcome something, has crossed the chasm – letting go of old wounds, traumas; overcoming challenges, and crossing the chasm from struggle … to a more enlightened flow … and ease… in alignment with true differentiation, and focus on building on their unique gifts. Think of Ping Fu. Ping who survived rape as a 10 year old – came to the US with no English and just $80 at 18 – and ended up inventing 3D printing and growing her business to a massive exit. If you missed those episodes go back and listen.
Every one of us has learned to leverage our true gifts in those difficult moments. Every one of us has or is learning to love and value ourselves – because only then can you truly create value for others.
Take a moment and think of how you found ways to overcome a challenge. Think of how you helped others in need. Think of the value you created for them, and what you discovered about yourself. There is so much to be grateful for when we truly understand our unique gifts.
Today I feel extraordinarily blessed with a gift I have been able to give – as well as receive.
In setting out to acclaim and affirm the entrepreneurial journeys of women, I have found my own voice.
In choosing to truly BE the change I want to see in the world by helping to lift other women up and catalyze an environment where women support each other… other women have shown up for me.
To hear our collective voices on WINGS so far is to know we all have the power as women to truly innovate, influence, and in our own unique ways as entrepreneurs, executives and innovators catalyze the change we want to see and solve so many of the world’s most intractable challenges.
Today I’m taking some time for myself to acknowledge, honor and celebrate my gifts – my ability to communicate, connect and catalyze.
So as we approach the New Year, please accept a special gift from me.
It’s a gift that will help you unwrap your own gifts – while also laying the foundation to make 2019 your best New Year ever. It will help guide you to truly leverage your strengths and unique purpose – to grow your business in an inspired and intentional way – in true alignment with your true differentiated abilities, grow as a person, and create value for others.
It’s a countdown to the year and I want you to download my gift right now so you can start 2019 with a clear roadmap for your success.
Go to https://wingspodcast.com/countdown to download the 10 steps – it’s easy and its free – that’s wingspodcast.com/countdown. You can also watch my short video countdown on our Wings page on Facebook. Simply go to https://facebook.com/wingspodcast.
And then make sure you clear some time in your calendar every day before the New Year … so you have some peace and solitude to dig into each game-changing exercises.
I hope you do because these have been transformational for me!
I am so excited to see you soar to new heights in the year ahead – and live the life of your dreams.
Women. Innovating. Networking. Growing. Scaling. That’s WINGS.
I’m Melinda Wittstock. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.
And because I want to make sure you have all the insights, advice and support at your fingertips to truly make 2019 your best year ever, I have an invitation for you.
Your success depends on a lot of things: Daring to dream big and overcome your fears, finding gratitude in what you have now so you can build on what makes you happiest, and being willing to ask for help by surrounding yourself with the best mentors and coaches.
Truth be told no entrepreneur ever succeeded by themselves. We all need help, support and understanding to let go of what holds us back from success in business – so that’s why I’m inviting you into my INNER CIRCLE.
When you join the Inner Circle you get direct access to me with interactive group coaching plus my extensive referral network of top tier entrepreneurs and investors – think of us as your mentors. You’ll have access to a growing library of teachings across Mindset Mojo and Money – all from more than 65 women who’ve built 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 figure businesses – and all their inspirations, aha moments and practical advice you can implement with the support of your mentors and peers in an online mastermind and with live and interactive group coaching with me. Plus we add to our library new teachings every month.
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Wishing you your best new year ever.