Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Lauren Cook, Founder of Heartship Psychological Services, located in Pasadena, CA, USA.

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

As a clinical psychologist, company consultant, speaker, and author, every day looks a little different for me. Some days I work with my therapy clients in my private practice. On other days, I'm speaking at a university or with a company about ways we can improve our mental health. I love that each day brings something new.

Tell us about yourself

I love helping people understand their stories and tell those stories in a meaningful way. Once we have a better comprehension of our life story and why we do what we do, we can take more impactful action in the future. Something that brings me tremendous joy is supporting others, either individually or collectively, to achieve their goals, develop greater insight, and build stronger connections with the people around them.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I'm getting ready to have my first book traditionally published this upcoming year with Abrams. The book is all about why we're more anxious than ever and, more importantly--what we can do about it. I can't wait for it to hit the shelves next fall!

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

It can be hard to say "no" as an entrepreneur. We often feel pressure to take on each and every opportunity that comes our way, but as I've gotten older, I've learned that time is incredibly precious, and it's okay to have quality time that isn't always "productive."

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

  1. Ask the people who are excelling in what you want to do. The more questions you can ask, the better!
  2. Be fearless in your approach. The most important thing to do is to take action. You're bound to have some hiccups along the way, but it's better to try than to keep yourself on the sidelines.
  3. Don't guilt yourself for resting: Being an entrepreneur is a marathon, not a sprint. And much of the point with being an entrepreneur is hopefully getting to enjoy some free time!

Where can people find you and your business?


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