Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Lauren Hodges, Speaker, Consultant & Owner, located in Satellite Beach, FL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Speaker, Consultant, and owner of Lauren Hodges LLC and Performance on Purpose LLC. My customers are business leaders inspired to take care of their well-being and the well-being of their teams as a driver for performance.

Tell us about yourself

I started teaching at the university level and owning a small fitness business in Central Florida. As I dove further into research in human performance and well-being, I started to see a path unfold before me, uniting my passions for creating meaningful learning experiences, research in human performance and well-being, and making a meaningful, measurable difference in people's lives.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment has been building two stable, successful businesses that remain values-driven, small but impactful, and make a difference in the world - without sacrificing my own well-being or that of my family along the way.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

To me, finding the time to work in and on both businesses and balancing that with being a wife, mother, friend, and community member is very challenging - but this forever effort of being a female entrepreneur balancing work and home life offers me the ability to lead and serve with empathy and compassion for our clients because we share the same basic human struggles.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Start and end with your values in mind - every single decision, process, purchase, hire, etc., should be made or created with your values in the driver's seat. Only then will you know it's a sure fit.
  2. Create and fiercely protect your personal boundaries - what are the non-negotiable spaces in your week (exercise, sleep, time with family, etc.) that you will not give up no matter what? If you don't have them protected - you won't honor them. Allow your team to do the same.
  3. Block time once a week for heads-down focus ON the business rather than working IN the business. This time is for creativity, research, vision, mind wandering, long-term passion projects, etc.

Where can people find you and your business?


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