Since 1997 Nancy Mueller has been encouraging women to improve their health, value their “self” and increase their wealth. Today we hear about her journey to success.
1. What drove you to start your own business? What was the turning point?
After 25 years of working in Corporate America and running my business part time, I decided it was time to create my own New Beginning. My then husband of 32 years told me he wanted a divorce and I decided that I needed to listen to my own advice. I quit my job, wrote my first book and never looked back.
2. Who do you admire or look to for inspiration as a business owner?
I owe a great deal to Jack Canfield.
3. What are your goals for your business?
Creating unity among female business owners is important to me. I believe that we can all be successful, doing what we love to do, and help other women create success at the same time.
4. What would you do differently next time around?
I would like to say that I would have listened to my inner voice a lot sooner, but I believe my life had to unfold the way it did for me to grow into my strength.
5. What difficulties and challenges have you had to overcome and how did you keep going?
My biggest challenge is one that I see with so many beginning business owners; being good at what I do is only the first step. Learning to ask for help and see roadblocks as opportunity to grow my business and learning to put myself first is key.
6. What legacy would you like your business to leave to the world and your family/friends?
I would love to think that the lives I have touched through my coaching and the women that have read my book will, in some way, inspire women to believe that they can “do” or “be” anything they want, regardless of where they come from.
7. What support did you seek out and what difference has that made to your business?
Understanding that surrounding myself with like minded positive thinkers and avoiding negative people was key. I had to learn that some people just do not want to grow and I had to allow people to be where they want to stay.
8. How far ahead do you plan and what keeps you on track and motivated?
My plans include, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly planning. However, I believe it is wise to concentrate less on the target in front of me and embrace the signs along the way. Often times, great opportunities are missed because we get too focused on “the goal.”
9. What has been one big success that you have achieved in your business?
Honestly, my first paying client was such a joy to me because I felt a tremendous sense of satisfaction that I was earning a living because I had the belief in myself to stay in the game. It is such a great feeling to know that people wanted to pay me for my expertise!
10. What piece of advice has had the most impact on your business?
“What the heck, go for it anyway!”
11. What are your top 3 tips for someone who would like to start a business now?
Understand that you will need to have money set aside until your business begins to earn a profit.
Understand that you must be clear on your Mission Statement. Without a Mission Statement it will be difficult for you to know the direction you are headed
Believe in yourself. Step into your power. If you have the belief that you can start your own business, you are already half way there!
12. What are 3 books, websites or resources that you would recommend to other business owners?
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, The Secret by Ronda Byrne