Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ginger Garner, Founder and President of Living Well, Inc., located in Greensboro, NC, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am the founder and CEO of Living Well, under which I operate two businesses - Garner Pelvic Health and Living Well Institute. GPH serves all genders and provider integrative pelvic health and orthopedic care. LWI offers professional training and coaching, as well as classes and workshops for the public in Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine, which includes Medical Therapeutic Yoga & Pelvic Health topics.
Tell us about yourself
I started my business in 2001 after realizing that the healthcare system was burning me out, and patients weren't getting the kind of care that would truly make them better in the long term. I am a huge advocate for improving access to integrative and lifestyle medicine-driven care - which treats the WHOLE person, not just a diagnosis.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I've reached thousands of people across six continents, I've traveled around the world teaching, I have published two textbooks published in multiple languages, and I run a thriving pelvic health center in Greensboro, NC. I've done this, including writing my first book and earning my doctorate; at the same time, I continued to grow the business and teach internationally, all while raising my three boys.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Finding a balance while being a parent and running two businesses, knowing both are important because in both cases - I'm caregiving to people who need consistent guidance and help from me.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't overthink it. Find your passion and pursue it.
- Don't listen to the naysayers. If I had done that, I never would have started my business. I had people in the highest levels of the industry that I looked up to, who told me I'd never succeed or get paid to do what I do now.
- Don't try to please everyone. When you are in a leadership role, you are naturally a target for criticism. Just make sure you check your intentions often to make sure your actions and values are aligning.
Where can people find you and your business?
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