Despite winning a full scholarship to college, a young Lane Kennedy stood at the station and decided “I’m not gonna get on that train and go to that college.” That decision was her first leap of faith into entrepreneurship. She hasn’t looked back. Lane has been a fashion model, consultant, startup founder, venture capitalist and game changer. This interview will blow your mind, particularly if you think that you need to have wads of cash to scale.
About the Podcast
If you’ve thought about or recently made the leap into entrepreneurship, but you’re finding the journey overwhelming, I want to help you land on two feet and gracefully overcome the challenges that stand in your way. You can do it. You are doing it… as am I. We are in this together! Through the stories my guests and I share on Your Brilliant Un-Career, the Podcast, I aim to help you shift from stuck to inspired, from dreamer to doer. This podcast is proudly brought to you by my bestselling book: Your Brilliant Un-Career: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Making the Leap, out now on Amazon. http://bit.ly/uncareerp (Paperback version) http://bit.ly/uncareer (Kindle version), and Writally, because you have better things to do than stare at a blank screen.
About Lane Kennedy
Lane Kennedy, Game-Changer, and Personal Growth Hacker for go-getting, kick ass women who are ready to think bigger and get noticed! She’s been a serial entrepreneur, turning a startup into a legit business that brought in over a million dollars in sales in less than 18 months. Spun rough sketches of lingerie into a booming business where thousands of garments were being shipped out every year. Gone off the grid to work for a non-profit in Bangkok, creating a program that served to empower women across the country and get them off the streets. She is a proclaimed ..foodie, mama, fiction writer, recovering fashion model, bio-hacking freak and Beatles-lover. She can’t live without… yoga, meditation, prayer, music and cheese. And the longest relationship she’s had is…with her dog, Jackson, 13 years and counting!
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Takeaways from episode 26
- If you don’t feel you’re on the right path for you, you can transition your business and bring your current community along for the ride.
- Don’t just shut the door. Let your community know what you’re doing and why.
- I’m either all in or not. I’m not gonna give you some half good product.
- You can’t be half pregnant (James Schramko).
- If you’re changing your focus, invite people to “opt-out now.”
- You just have to do it. There’s no hesitation. It’s just going to eat at you otherwise.
- Take some time and really focus and step away. I have to step away to see the big picture.
- Shift the mind to see the bigger picture.
- A lot of small businesses don’t take the time to step back and see the bigger picture.
- How much do you want to earn? Let’s create a plan to get you there.
- A lot of businesses just screw around and have no real plan.
- If you want to scale a craft-based or micro business, you have to let go of your own production. You’re a designer not a producer. You can outsource the creation process to others.
- If you’re thinking “Nobody else can do this like me,” Lane says “Oh yeah they can.”
- Create your processes and record them thoroughly so you can pass on that knowledge to others.
- Find a village to produce your designs. You can support women’s economic development internationally. You can have a massive impact.
- The opportunities and the impact are huge. It starts with a mindset. We live in a global community.
- If you want to make sure that the people who work for you are being treated fairly, you have eyes and ears on the ground. You can’t go in blindly. You have to do your homework, find people on the ground and build a relationship with them.
- Get on forums and meet up to meet people who can help you.
- You can hire researchers via Upwork to do the footwork for you.
- You don’t need a lot of money to get started and scale
- Meditation can keep you centred and able to be connected with other people
- You need rest and sleep to re-energise you.
- Lane’s key tip for people leaving the 9 to 5 behind: The first thing that I would have them do is I would ask them to write out what’s important to them. And then I would ask them to imagine and write down a life that surrounded that. Create a plan and don’t leave your job until you have a plan.
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Chapter 3 of Your Brilliant Un-Career talks about planning and systemising your business. I have done a terrific interview with Alison Vidotto on this topic that I want you to have. Access this interview for free here, along with 32 other business building podcast interviews, templates, worksheets and motivational affirmations.