Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Jody Maberry, Founder of Maberica, INC, located in Port Hadlock, WA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Maberica, Inc helps executives who have had a wonderful corporate career transition into a speaking and consulting career. After such a fulfilling career, most want the opportunity to share their knowledge and continue to have an impact. That is where I come in.
Tell us about yourself
As a former Park Ranger, I wanted a way to stay involved with parks, and I launched the Park Leaders Show in 2014. Realizing the power of a podcast, I soon started teaming up with other people to use podcasts as a platform to get their message out. The first hit show I hosted was Creating Disney Magic with Lee Cockerell. From there, I stayed open to new opportunities that have led me to work with some fantastic people and visit some great places.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
In 2019, I was invited to speak to the 50 State Park Directors in the United States. As a former Park Ranger, there may not have been a higher honor. In the years since I took off the uniform for the last time, I had created enough influence through the Park Leaders Show and the other work I’ve done that the Directors asked me to speak to them at their annual gathering. Even though I have had some remarkable accomplishments, this may be the one I am most proud of.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Most success as a business owner comes from time and pressure. It can be challenging to know what projects, ideas, or possibilities to give enough time to and where to apply the right pressure. Often, people want quick wins to validate their ideas. But it’s usually time and pressure that leads to success.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- You’ve got to plant enough seeds today to enjoy a harvest later. The people you meet today, the experience you get today, and the emails you send today, likely won’t pay off for nine months or more. You’ve got to keep putting the seeds out there.
- Find a platform to get your message out there. For me, it was a podcast. Something special happens when you have to show up every week with something to say.
- Be known for one thing. Be the best you possibly can be at that one thing.
Where can people find you and your business?
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