Radical Self Acceptance: A Chat with Emily Nolan
Emily Nolan is a mother, a wellness guru, a model, a business woman, a yogi, and more. We sat down to talk about choosing #radicalselfacceptance through life’s most chaotic transitions (including opening a business, becoming a parent, launching new projects, the list goes on…).
We had some technical difficulties on Instagram live, but I’ve tried to edit those out as much as possible (ignore my terrible video editing skills!).
How I Use Meditation as a Business Tool
Entrepreneurial culture has made grand efforts to reclaim the word failure-- because it has to. Because failure to entrepreneurs isn't the cycle of:
TRY --> FAIL --> PITY PARTY --> TRY SOMETHING LESS DIFFICULT
Instead entrepreneurs know that it's the cycle of
TRY --> FAIL --> LEARN --> IMPLEMENT LEARNING --> TRY AGAIN
These podcasts follow stories of failure and teach implementing failure as a strategy-- valuable lessons to both entrepreneurs and intraprenuers.
Cultivating Your Tribe: PEERS + MENTORSHIP
I'm a highly emotional and sensitive person and sometimes (particularly in male-dominated corporate environments that I spent a lot of my career in), that hasn't been a business asset.
To quote one of my favorite actresses, Kristen Bell,
"The first thing you should know about me: if I'm not between a three and a seven on the emotional scale-- I'm crying."
And that statement my friends, couldn't be more true for me as well.
So, in the roller-coaster of work and entrepreneurship I've turned to meditation to do just that-- keep me in my zone of three to seven. Which isn't to say that I'm an unemotional robot-- it just means that the bad stuff? I don't let that take me out of my zone of power, and the good stuff? Well, people tend to be less judgmental when you're crying over major victories.
#EntrepreneursPodcastClub: SAYING YES
Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road-- especially at first. It could take years to make your first hire, and even then, depending on that hire, their role, and your relationship, that person might not be someone that you choose to confide in, or seek counsel from. That’s why you have to build your tribe.
I’ve found that no tribe is complete without friends and family, peers, a general network of like-minded individuals, and mentors/mentees. These buckets of people tend to overlap, cross-over, and sometimes the same people can fill multiple or even all roles. In this four-part series, we’ll explore how to fill each of these roles, how to balance your sphere of influence and how to make sure your tribe is suited to your needs.
Living Your Most Efficient Life: Time Blocking
“BE" a yes. The first time I heard this phrase was about 10 years ago in my yoga teacher training. It was a hot, buzz phrase. Don't just "say yes" to opportunity "be a yes" with every fiber of your being. Being a yes, is a major part of entrepreneurship, but so is discerning between good opportunities and draining ones. Knowing how to make this distinction, is one of the true embodiments of entrepreneurship.
What is a Growth Mindset?
If I could choose one practice that has helped me grow from ADD intellectual train-wreck to matured business woman with sustainable operations...it’s time blocking. Here are some of my favorite time-blocking habits that have revolutionized my working life.
There's a buzz in the business world about building teams that emanate a growth mindset, but what is it really?
One cannot choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again. Fear myst be overcome again and again. -Abraham Maslow
A growth mindset means just that-- choosing to evolve, to be better, to challenge yourself and those around you, to pick yourself back up after failures big and small...over and over and over again.