Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Peggy Bell, Owner of Live Your Purpose, located in Crosby,TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am an event speaker, International bestselling author, and coach.
Tell us about yourself
I was a teacher for 40 years. After retiring, I continued writing, which I had been doing for more than 25 years. It was after retiring and writing the first nonfiction book that I heard about life coaching and how it fits well with authors of nonfiction. I decided to get my coaching certification, and right before my 60th birthday, I registered my business, Live Your Purpose. I became my first coaching client because I had so many limiting beliefs. I underwent a total transformation.
One of my biggest dreams, and also my biggest fear, was public speaking. That became possible when I changed my mindset and got rid of the sabotaging behaviors I had carried around for decades. I am motivated each day, knowing I can help someone else to go after their dreams if they want it badly enough. You are never too old, too young, too overweight, or not smart enough. Simply put, you are enough.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment so far was writing my last book, Stuck to Unstoppable: Living Life with Power, Passion, and Purpose, and having it become an Amazon International Bestseller. It ranked number one in 32 countries when it launched. This book has opened doors for me to speak to many organizations.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things for me at the start of being a business owner was being disciplined enough to know when to call it a day. I would put in lots of extra hours and lose track of time because I work from my home office. There was no commute. I am on a schedule now, and I will try to stick with it as closely as possible.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Know who you want to work with (target market) because you usually can't offer everything to everyone.
- Be true to who you are. Don't sell yourself out to get ahead. At the end of the day, you need to be happy with what you are doing and how you are doing it. You won't be truly happy if you are not authentically you.
- Beware of "shiny object syndrome," where you follow one person's path until you see someone else. Then you follow the next person's idea and follow them until you see something new and so forth. You can find yourself in a "hamster wheel" if you are not careful.
Where can people find you and your business?
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