Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Diane Davis, Founder of Stay Motivated, located in Somerset, NJ, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a published children's book author. Mindset coach & keynote motivational speaker. My customers are of all ages, from children to adulthood. As a mindset coach, my customers are ready to turn their pain into power and their mess into a message. Mindset coaching is future focused & ready to rise above all challenges faced in this lifetime. As a children's author, I, the Motivation Queen, embody my character, an inspirational superhero for kids! Sharing the importance of kindness and positivity with your child. The Motivation Queen is sure to engage with its beautiful illustrations and important message for everyone, young and old!
Tell us about yourself
I'm a talented and passionate author. I have a penchant for writing children's books for their young minds' growth, development, and cultivation. I'm also a motivational speaker, mindset coach, and youth mentor with an avid desire for writing and storytelling. I developed an affinity for writing from a young age which I have, over the years, molded to become a reputable children's books author.
Passionate about the self-development of young people, I've worked with children of all stages in various capacities, especially as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters as a youth mentor. I draw on my experiences to encourage, empower, and guide children and young adults into believing, trusting, and loving themselves unconditionally.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
In my debut book, "The Motivation Queen," I introduce my readers to the main character of the book Queen who, despite her new environment, challenges others to embrace the power of positivity and understanding other people. My literary works capture my young readers with artistic writing that is simple, easily understandable, with a smooth flow, and a great style that gets readers hooked on my book.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the challenges I faced early on in my journey was a lack of support and concern with the number of views and engagement being low. I have learned throughout my journey that this is not a business it's MY PASSION, MY PURPOSE! So on this journey, I have learned to embrace being my biggest supporter! As long as you truly support your vision & purpose, that is most important. The purpose will not go unnoticed! I have also learned strangers will be your biggest support, and it is such a beautiful, liberating feeling.
As far as numbers being low, no matter if you have one view, just know that's all you need, and what happens later on the journey is the result of consistency, and that is growth! I started my podcast with 35 views one and a half years later, I now have over 5 thousand streams worldwide! International with a purpose inspiration vs. influence! The Motivation Queen, babbbbbyy!!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Stay consistent, stay consistent, stay consistent! Consistency is the key to growth in anything you do in this lifetime! Most importantly, stay focused and tunnel in on your vision. Do not stop until you see those dreams literally manifest right before your eyes! Lastly, be open to change. It is the ONLY way to grow! Remember, love wins!
Where can people find you and your business?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solo or small business entrepreneur that you'd like to share, then please answer these interview questions. We'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
Turn your craft into recurring revenue with Subkit. Start your subscription offering in minutes and supercharge it with growth levers. Get early access here.