Interview: Lynn Bardowski, Author of Success Secrets of a Million $ Party Girl
republished with permission from BusinessInfoGuide.com
Success Secrets of a Million $ Party Girl
What is your book about?
My book, Success Secrets of a Million $ Party Girl (release date July 12, 2012), shares my 10 Secrets of Success. It’s a guide book for all women entrepreneurs who want to learn how I overcame fear, failure and mommy guilt to create a vision that inspired a multi million dollar business.
What inspired you to write your book?
As a solo-preneur we tend to live in our bubble. I was working from home, doing what I do, and didn’t realize it was such a big deal until I started networking with other women entrepreneurs. When it came up in conversation that I was generating $3 million+ in sales consistently for a good portion of my 22 years in business, their jaws dropped.
Women started asking me for business and marketing advice and I realized my story could have a big impact on the world. I did some research and found out that less than 2% of women entrepreneurs reach 1 Million in annual revenue. It was my turn to be shocked. I knew I had to share my story.
How did you come to do what you’re doing today?
My journey is more of a Riches to Rags to Riches story, beginning 22 years (during the last Recession & Gulf War) ago. I was a 29 year old successful working Mom with a company car and live in Nanny, and I was miserable. One day, I got an invite in the mail to “one of those home parties” and went out of obligation to my sister in law, who was the hostess. Home parties weren’t really my thing. Never say never. My favorite quote had always been, ”A candle loses none of it’s light by lighting another candle.” I knew in my gut that this was what I had been looking for, it was one of those Aha! moments.
I went home and told my husband I was going to quit my job to start a PartyLite business. He thought I was crazy. In spite of his reaction, I took a leap of faith and quit my high paying job to follow my dreams, overcoming an unsupportive family, failure and mommy guilt to become one of the 2% of women entrepreneurs in this country to generate 1 Million+ in revenue.
Can you describe a typical day in your life?
I start my day with an “exercise mastermind”, walking 3 miles with a good friend and like minded entrepreneur. We brainstorm ideas and offer each other support and solutions. After walking I take a few minutes to set an intention for my business and stay tuned into inspired action. The rest of my day is spent coaching, planning upcoming events/seminars and following up with Customers. I also take time out for social media including connecting on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Linkedin. Thank God I have an iPhone and iPad!
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
I am passionate about sharing my glow and empowering women to discover theirs. That guides my actions. Whether I’m blogging, webcasting, coaching, or speaking I’m always focused on my purpose: To Serve. I haven’t worked in 22 years!
Are there any people and/or books that have inspired you along your journey?
Many! Wealthy people turn pages, which is one of my success secrets. The top three that come to mind are:
1) Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. Written in the 1930′s it was “The Secret“, before The Secret came out. A must read for entrepreneurs.
2) Minding the Store, by Stanley Marcus. If you want to learn about Branding, which is a hot buzz word, read this book. Stanley Marcus was a branding genius. One of his famous quotes was, ” “… If a product doesn’t fit in your store, or isn’t at the appropriate taste level for your brand, the more you sell of it, the worse it is.”
3) The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. This is a different kind of secret, how to develop people and Leaders. This book inspired me to create a training program for my Leader Team focused on the principles in the book. A great read!
Can you share some business tips for our readers?
“Enthusiasm on Fire, Is better than knowledge on Ice.” Don’t wait until you know everything to follow your dream. Jump in and start today! You can figure out how you did it, after you did it.
Create a vision and share it with the world! I made mine the title of my book, Million $ Party Girl. After spending 22 years coaching thousands of entrepreneurs, I discovered that most women don’t know the difference between a vision and goal. A vision inspires, energizes and motivates. Goals are the little steps that will take you there. A great example is JFK’s vision to put a man on the moon. He had no idea HOW it was going to happen, but he inspired a nation to figure it out.
BE innovative. If you’re still doing what you did five, or even two years ago, it’s time to change. Be a leader in your industry and embrace social media. If Twitter were a country it would be the 12th largest nation. Do what no one else is doing…yet. Amelia Earhart said, “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
Can you share something that people might be surprised to learn about you?
I’m fearless when it comes to business but fearful when it comes escalators. When I was a child my dress got caught in an escalator so I avoid them at all costs, going out of my way to find the elevator. Or I take the stairs. I look like a dear caught in the headlights at an airport when I see an escalator leading up to the gate.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The best advice I can give entrepreneurs is to ACT ON PURPOSE. Even if it’s not what your family thinks you’re supposed to be doing. It’s their FEAR and limiting beliefs that are guiding their reaction. In other words, it’s their SHIFT, not yours.
LYNN BARDOWSKI’S BOOK, Success Secrets of a Million $ Party Girl, IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON AMAZON AS A KINDLE BOOK.
Lynn Bardowski is a 22 year entrepreneur, a best selling author, national speaker and mentor. For insights on entrepreneurship, leadership and vision, follow her blog, milliondollarpartygirl.com and LIKE her FB page, https://www.facebook.com/MillionDollarPartyGirl. You may republish this article in full, as long as you list this paragraph and provide a link.