Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Tanya Semerad, Founder of Tanya Lesley LTD, located in London, United Kingdom.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I'm a high-performance coach for leaders and founders wanting more clarity, energy, productivity, courage, and influence in their work and lives.

Tell us about yourself

I learned how to unlock my potential and love helping others to do the same. I started my career as a lawyer; after the Global Financial Crisis, I worked my way up to head of marketing for international businesses. In my spare time, I founded businesses and helped my friends do the same. I believe we're all looking for progress, meaning, and joy - and that we search for these in the work we do and the businesses we start. I help people experience the change they want by growing into who they need to become and creating the habits and systems to support them.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Coaching more than 700 people over the last 7 years. I wasn't sure if this business would work because it's based on my passion! Very happy to be proven wrong.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Time management, prioritization, and focus. The only constant is change, so there is always something new to think about and work towards while managing current projects.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

First, get clarity and stay close to it each day. Clarity about who you are, how you want to show up with other people, and why you want to do it. Starting with clarity will help you articulate your mission, your values and help you connect/align with others and get buy-in. With endless distractions, clarity will keep you on a path.

Second, prioritize energy management. I've seen too many people racing from 7 am to 11 pm and expecting not to break... It's madness. Yet, this is how most people live and work and expect not to break! Yet they expect to be productive, inspiring, and high-performing. Pre-schedule time every morning and afternoon to decompress and re-focus, even if you think you don't need it.

Third, ask yourself every week - am I being courageous enough in my role right now? Only you know where you're holding yourself back. When we stay in our familiar routines, we miss out on opportunities to grow ourselves and grow our businesses. In a world that is constantly changing, we fall behind if we do things the same way.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Ask for help. For too long, I tried to do almost everything myself. But the truth is that as we grow, the cracks start to show. So don't be afraid to get a coach to help you accelerate and get more of the progress, meaning, and joy you want.

Where can people find you and your business?


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