Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Leah Diteljan, Founder of MindSpa, located in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
MindSpa is a global movement of like-hearted visionaries rooted in revolutionary connection. We work with inspiring leaders, their forums, and their team members to help them make understand the painful happenings in their life so they can heal and lead from a place of awareness and self-compassion. MindSpa's products are: Luxury Retreats, a heart & mind monthly membership, and one on one executive coaching.
Tell us about yourself
Since I was a little redhead, I have always been curious about nature and human connection. I led my friends through many excursions next to the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, where I grew up. My hockey teammates poked fun at me, saying, "yes, I'll come over but not for another pointless walk." Two decades later, these pointless walks became the flagship product of MindSpa - Nature Coaching. Connecting and drawing parallels from mother nature encourages child-like curiosity and expansive conversation.
I've traveled to 30 countries working with successful leaders, and I noticed their drive to create a community within their companies, families, and peer groups. What seemed to be missing was a place for them to belong emotionally and safely. This is what conceived MindSpa - a movement for leaders to explore their emotions and BELONG. Architecting safe spaces for deep conversations is what motivates me each day to continue to grow MindSpa one conversation at a time.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment has been to consistently trust my intuition and capacity to keep growing. Sure, I exceeded revenue goals by 50k last year, but that is only a result of the deep trust I have worked hard to have in myself.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
I find one of the hardest things is getting comfortable not having the answer to how questions...HOW will I find my next client? HOW will I successfully connect ten entrepreneurs that have already known each other for five years deeper than they already know each other? How can I build the company I envision by bootstrapping it with the resources I have?
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Three things that were critical when I started are: having a VERY supported circle of friends and family that believed in me and trusted me with giving me referrals (they were my lifeline and still are five years later), hiring an expensive coach to work on my insecurities to build my confidence, connect to myself every day to stay grounded by meditating, journaling, and being in nature.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
MindSpa welcomes leaders that are considering exiting their company, planning a team or Forum retreat, and even considering quitting their career to leap into entrepreneurship to get in touch with Leah.
Where can people find you and your business?
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