Leveling Up

I love the rags-to-riches story of Bethenny Frankel, American reality TV personality, founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails, author, talk show host and now one of the Dragons.

I recently read her latest Forbes interview where she articulates her drive and successes. A lot of what she said resonated with me:

  • I also don’t believe in waiting around

  • I have driven myself to be an ongoing evolution in personal and professional growth

  • I thrive on the drive and I own it

The secret to my success is that if I want something I work towards getting it, rather than waiting for someone to give it to me. I’ve noticed that some of my colleagues are very good with the excuses and justifying themselves out of the game. These are not the type of people that usually have a high success rate.

Top entrepreneurs are frequently described as disrupting industries, products and services that are starting to feel stale. Just like how Uber reinvented the taxi industry.

Almost universally you will hear the following words from people that are striving to succeed:

  • High risk, high reward

  • Passion and drive

  • Courage of conviction

  • Courage to commit

  • Understanding that failing is part of the journey

As a serial intrapreneur, a mother of three, a community activist, an immigrant to North America and general citizen of life, I have always found comfort in the knowledge that I am not owned by anyone. I navigate my circumstances and have the choice to make them better.

I own it.

I’ve always had a successful corporate career and thrived on being the Intrapreneur within the organization. This has afforded me to experience incredible exposure and scope. I have taken market share from the competition, created and generated rapid revenue growth, and achieved professional development for the corporation as well as my team and colleagues around me.

After a recent global reorganization I knew I was in trouble when I started using phrases like “you” versus “we”. I quickly realized that this new organization was not recognizing my intrapreneurial flair and it was time to make a change.

The path was clear. I needed to take a risk and make a move, resulting in me co-founding Bedrock Affect, where I can work with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs and help them impact change in their start-up or corporation.