126. A Dancer Coaches the Steps to the Heart of Entrepreneurship
Samantha Riley, author of The Heart of Entrepreneurship, made her first million by her mid-20s and built several successful businesses over the decades. She is creator of The Accelerant Group, where she helps business owners amplify their message so that they can make a bigger impact and charge higher fees.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
A dancer from the age of six, she put dancing aside and took a clerical job at 19. In less than a year she knew this wasn’t for her, and she returned to dancing, opening a studio. Soon she saw her impact on the children she taught extended far beyond dancing. “They made me a better person, a better listener. I learned to care about what mattered to them.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
When her 20-year marriage broke up in 2010, Samantha felt lost. “I had lost myself and lost my purpose. I had to ask myself what I wanted to do.” With this nudge from the Universe she picked up the pieces. “The darkest times have brought me to the brightest times.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“We’re brought up to believe there’s a certain way to do things. Maybe no one has said, ‘There is another way. Maybe we don’t all need to fit into a box.’ I’m all about getting the message out that there is another way to think, that we do have options.”
On Her Bookshelf
Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown
Top Tools on Her Browser
Canva, a simple graphic design software
Connecting With Samantha Riley
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