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You’re a passionate entrepreneur, dedicated to making the world a better place, getting your message out, and serving those who need the unique gifts you have to offer.
But! You keep getting stuck.
And while you’re sitting there spinning your wheels, competitors with no business being in business are building their dream life.
I get it. More than you can imagine.
And I can help you. I can help you build the breakthrough moment you need to propel you forward, grow your business, and start living the life you are meant to live.
I’m a strategic-thinking, geeky designer with a background in small business management. I help entrepreneurs use mindset, strategy, and aligned action to build the life and business they dream of with my Strategic Success System™.
Through my years as an entrepreneur but also as a small business manager, I learned how critical it is to get your mind right, build a strategy, and take aligned, intentional action every single day to reach your goals.
Experience has taught me:
mindset + strategy + action = measurable results.
- 18+ years of experience building websites.
- Founder of 42Yogis.com, a yoga website with over 100,000 unique visitors monthly.
- Director of Digital Strategy for a company in London focused on promoting socially responsible businesses.
- Founder of MetroSeeker.com, a city guide that turns celebrities like Jerry Springer and Brad Thor into brand ambassadors for their city.
- Coffee shop manager where I implemented business systems, increased profits, and reduced waste.
- Overnight web editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper.
I have an uncommon nervous system disorder that sometimes makes it hard for me to function. My health is very delicate, and the smallest things can send me into a flareup.
I never know from one day to the next how I will feel. I never know if I’m going to wake up in excruciating pain. I never know if my heart will suddenly go into atrial fib. I never know if I will get dizzy and blackout.
I need to be able to listen to my body and rest if I need to without sacrificing my career.
That’s not usually possible in a traditional job.
I was first hospitalised when I was just seven years old. But even then I had the entrepreneurial spirit. In fact, I wanted to open a bakery.
My Dad owned a luxury import auto service business. My Mom owned a consulting company that worked with non-profits and government agencies.
And, my grandmother was a university business professor who taught me about company structure and finance. I grew up in a family that valued business, independence, and nurtured the entrepreneurial spirit.
I’m also an entrepreneur because I crave the good things in life, and I want to enjoy them without worrying about my job.
I want to be able to take the afternoon off and explore art galleries on Santa Fe’s Canyon Road, or take in a show at the ballet. I want to indulge in aged French wines, or see jazz shows at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.
But at the end of the day, I’m an entrepreneur because I want to empower women.
I have survived domestic violence and sexual assault, each time perpetuated by someone I loved.
And each time it happened…
I stayed in those horrible relationships because I had no other option. It was either that or be homeless.
I know lack of income is a big reason why women stay with abusive men.
I know by flipping the scales, by empowering women to take care of themselves, to create a life for themselves, I’ll be helping women survive and get themselves out of those relationships.
Nobody deserves to life a life where they’re abused and living in fear.
Because of this, I am a big supporter of Kiva, where a small loan — a loan of just $25 — can change someone’s life.
With every sale from my Smart Set Academy and my Sell, Serve, and Scale program I will make a loan to a female entrepreneur in a developing nation.
You’re meant for more, and I believe in my heart of hearts, you can have it. When you’re passionate, dedicated, and back it up with strategy, you can create the life and business you dream of.
The amount of business I realized I was missing before I hired Ysmay is not calculable with today’s math. It’s like she came in, figured out everything I wasn’t doing, and immediately started me on doing it. The difference is beyond palpable. Revenue is up, buzz is up. I couldn’t be happier.
— Peter Shankman
Founder, Help a Reporter Out
and ShankMinds: Business Masterminds