I am giddy like a schoolgirl, because I have Anne Perry, the founder of Business Heroine Magazine for this episode of The Cubicle Crashing Podcast.
After years spent burdened by debt and suffocating jobs, Anne was determined to escape the hamster wheel of life and leave a trail for others like her. Finally carving her own path to freedom, she became a work-from-anywhere entrepreneur – running her business from the beaches of Belize, from islands off the coast of Panama, and while traveling around the United States in an RV.
Anne has since built Business Heroine as a platform to broadcast the voices of women who, despite obstacles, decide to break free of the mold and create life according to her own design.
Episode 5 | Special Guest Anne Perry of Business Heroine Magazine
In this episode:
- How she started her entrepreneurial journey after hitting the lowest of lows
- Her transition from employee to entrepreneur
- How she became a work-from-anywhere type of entrepreneur, even working from an RV while traveling around the United States while paying off her debt
- How Anne built Business Heroine Magazine as a platform to broadcast the voices of women who want to dream big and create a life on their own terms
- How practicing the “what if” game shifted her perspective on what she was capable of and what was possible
- Her advice on manifesting courage through your “failures” and shifting your mindset to open the doors for you to live and serve on purpose
Memorable Podcast Snippets:
“The biggest tipping point, though, was when I was at the low point of my low. I was twenty-seven years old, my business was tanking, I was bankrupt, and was losing my home to foreclosure. I remember one particular day I was walking to the cafe around the corner, counting my change to see if I could afford a cup of coffee and trying to ignore my ringing cell phone, which I knew was a bill collector. It was one of those something-has-got-to-give moments. I remember being hit by a moment of presence and I thought: Okay, I’m still alive. I can feel the sun on my face. I can hear the birds overhead. I can feel my feet hit the pavement. In that moment, all the busy-ness I had been caught up in and all the struggle that had somehow become my daily reality felt… invented. I thought: This is not what life is meant to be like. I thought about the birds. They weren’t stressed out. They were just existing. Somehow I had thrown all these barriers in my own way.”
“The old me thought, ‘Maybe they can do it, but it won’t work for me.’ I was broke and deep in debt, and my life was about working really hard to just stay afloat. When I saw other people who had unique careers or did cool things like travel around the world for six months, I would just sigh to myself and think, ‘Must be nice.’ ” If I could go back and give that old me a piece of advice, it would be that anything is possible, and it works like this: 1) Dream up and collect possibilities. Recognize that if it’s possible for anyone, it’s possible for you. If you desire it, it’s meant for you. You don’t desire things that are irrelevant to you. 2) Claim it for yourself. That thing you want? Decide you’re going to do it. Commit. To yourself. It’s this decision that sets everything in motion. 3) Go for it. The only thing standing between where you are and where you want to be is a series of obstacles. If the obstacle is some information you just don’t know yet, sign up for the course and learn it. If the obstacle is fear and self-doubt, put yourself out there anyway, because liberation is on the other side.”
“I would tell the old me to get a coach or hang out with people who are more successful than I was. Get a mentor or get a friend who’s doing it- just be around it. That’s really, really important. Being in the community where people are breathing the air of ‘this isn’t just possible, this is how we do it.’ That can make a difference. It can create a cellular, subtle belief level of ‘I’m dreaming of this’ versus ‘Oh, this is how some people do life’ and I’m friends with them and I’m one of them too. Be honest with yourself and be real with yourself. Are you preparing forever or are you pressing ‘Send?’ ”
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