One of the greatest things about That Clean Life for Business is that we get to help other wellness entrepreneurs grow their businesses. We spend a lot of time learning and thinking about the industry, what's working, what's not and how we can help our members move their wellness businesses forward.
We love to learn from successful entrepreneurs who have previously been in our shoes. They know it isn't easy and that the struggle is real. They've "been there, done that" and can offer some incredible insights on what it takes to overcome the obstacles we're currently facing.
Today, we're asking some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the health and wellness space one simple question: "What do you wish you would have known before starting your business?"
Every one of them offers a unique and honest look at what they've learned since their early days. Their words of wisdom will show you that struggle is a natural part of the journey, inspire you to stick with it and stay true to what you value.
(Be sure to read through to the end for our list of actionable takeaways!)
You probably know Abel James from his award-winning podcast, Fat-Burning Man. Abel is a New York Times Bestselling author and has helped millions reclaim their health. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness alongside Michael Pollan, Dr. Andrew Weil, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Deepak Chopra.
Here's what Abel wishes he would have known before starting his own business:
Before starting my business, I wish I would have known that whenever you say "yes" to one opportunity, you're saying "no" to something else. Say "no" often and dedicate your energy to work you love that serves the greater good.
Meghan Telpner is the definition of awesomesauce. She is the founder of The Academy of Culinary Nutrition, home to the Culinary Nutrition Expert program. She's also the #1 bestselling author of UnDiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health and The Undiet Cookbook. Meghan has been featured in Forbes and ranked at #75 in PROFIT magazine as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada.
We asked Meghan what she wishes she would have known before starting her own business. Here's what she had to say:
Before starting my business, I wish I would have known to worry less, and that this plan was going to work out just fine. And I still tell myself this every day.
Dawn Jackson Blatner
You probably recognize Dawn Jackson Blatner from the hit primetime ABC television show called, My Diet Is Better Than Yours. She is a Registered Dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics. Dawn is the nutrition consultant for the Chicago Cubs, a food and nutrition blogger with Huffington Post, and a nutrition expert on the advisory board of SHAPE Magazine. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet, which is ranked a top plant-based diet by US News & World Report.
Here's what Dawn wishes she would have known before starting her own business:
Before starting my business, I wish I would have known that opportunities find you when you are enthusiastically doing the work. I used to be so worried about how to get my next client, how to get my next gig, where my next paycheck would come from. Now I worry less because I understand if I’m out there working hard, but enjoying it and bringing my best, most passionate self, the opportunities will find me. Whenever I’m feeling a dry spell, I now know to not worry but instead go out with more passion and joy. When I’m feeling joyful (instead of worried and fearful) I feel less pressure so I’m more creative, I have more energy to work longer & harder, I feel more brave to try new and challenging things. Joy will deliver.
If you are anywhere on social media, then you've probably had a good laugh thanks to the hilarious and incredibly knowledgable, Abbey Sharp. She is a culinary Registered Dietitian (RD), a TV and radio personality, food brand spokesperson, food writer and blogger. Abbey has built a strong brand based on her core philosophy that a pleasurable relationship with food, your body and your self is the fundamental secret to good health.
Here's what Abbey wishes she would have known before starting her own business.
Before starting my business, I wish I would have known to go slow. I made a lot of mistakes because I rushed into decisions trying to save time (where I thought time was money), but the reality was, it cost me a lot of time and money to fix mistakes I made by rushing in.
Marni Wasserman is a positive force everywhere these days! She is a Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist and Co-Host of The Ultimate Health Podcast. She's also the founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop located in midtown Toronto where she teaches her signature cooking classes, and offers collaborative workshops and urban retreats. She is the Author of Fermenting for Dummies and Plant-Based Diet For Dummies.
We asked Marni what she wishes she would have known before starting her own business. Here is what she had to say:
Before starting my business I wish I had known to trust myself from the beginning. No one knows your business better than you, and nobody can do it better than you. It’s great and necessary to get guidance along the way - but you (and your gut) knows what’s best! So you gotta go with that!
You may know Shira Lenchewski as the resident nutrition expert from LaurenConrad.com. She is a dynamic, results-oriented Registered Dietitian. Pulling from her advanced nutritional science education at New York University, and her deep love of good food, Shira has become well known for designing sustainable, individualized eating plans that work for even the most demanding lifestyles. Shira's work also been featured in GOOP, ELLE, Well+GOOD, Glamour.com, Refinery29, Shape.com, BonAppetit.com, and POPSUGAR Fitness amongst others.
Here's what Shira wishes she would have known before starting her own business.
Before starting my business, I wish I would have known: to go paperless from the get-go. As a small business owner, staying organized is paramount and going paperless has been a complete and total game-changer.
If you are on Pinterest, you've probably been inspired, drooled over and pinned hundreds of Davida Kugelmass' recipes. Davida is the girl behind The Healthy Maven, a wildly successful blog dedicated to healthy recipes, fitness adventures and new ways to live a balanced and active lifestyle. Her work has been featured on Global Morning News, E! News and The Dr. Oz Show.
Here's what Davida wishes she would have known before starting The Healthy Maven:
Before starting my business, I wish I would have known that no one can measure your value but you. If you don’t value yourself and your work, you will never run a successful business. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you deserve. After all, you don’t get what you don’t ask for!
The community Alicia Streger has built is simply inspiring. Alicia is a business coach and the woman behind FitPro Essentials and the incredible Facebook community, Fitness Business Freedom Formula. She's built and sold a multiple six-figure fitness business and is now teaching other fitness professionals how to do the same.
We asked Alicia what she wishes she would have known before starting her own business and here is what she had to say:
Before starting my business, I wish I would have known that I ALREADY "knew" everything I needed to get started. I just needed to trust in myself completely and continue to strive to become better every single day.
10 Key Takeaways from the Top Health & Wellness Entrepreneurs to Move Your Business Forward
- Be confident in your vision, abilities and worth.
- Time is a finite resource, so don't talk yourself into doing work that doesn't serve you.
- Don't drown in the sea of self-doubt. Just keep swimming.
- Worry less. Trust the journey. It will all work out.
- Let the passion and joy of your work guide you to opportunity.
- Invest in doing things properly the first time to save yourself a ton of time and money down the road.
- Anything worth doing takes time, dedication and hard work.
- You already have what you need to get started, so trust in yourself and just do it!