In this candid episode, host Isabel Alexander explores a topic many entrepreneurs may hesitate to admit: when your business stops being fun. Isabel creates a safe space to discuss this natural evolution and shares personal insights from her entrepreneurial journey.
As we age and gain experience, our perspectives shift. Isabel reflects on the value of growing older, recognizing that it offers a new vantage point to laugh at past challenges and celebrate what we've learned.
Isabel shares her own experience of reaching a point where her successful business lost its appeal. She candidly discusses the feelings of imposter syndrome and the longing for something different.
But this episode isn't just about challenges; it's about transformation. Isabel emphasizes the importance of embracing change, finding playfulness, creativity, and joy in your entrepreneurial journey, and creating value for yourself and others.
Join Isabel as she encourages you to look at your business and life with fresh eyes, seeking more fun, fulfillment, and a renewed sense of purpose. Get ready to embrace your next stage with excitement and creativity. #Entrepreneurship #BusinessTransformation #TheEncoreCatalyst"
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About the Host:
Your Next Business Strategist and Transformation Catalyst
Dynamic, a self-made entrepreneur who overcame obstacles with an unrelenting positive nature, a farm girl work ethic, and a conscious choice to thrive rather than survive, Isabel Alexander cultivated an award-winning, $10+ million global chemical business and grew it from dining room table to international boardrooms.
Isabel’s strengths include the ability to initiate and nurture strategic relationships, a love of lifelong learning and talents for helping others maximize their potential. An inspiring speaker within both industry and community, she is a driving force behind those with the courage to follow her example of thriving against the odds.
With 50+ years of business experience across diverse industries, Isabel is respected as an advisor, a coach, a mentor, and a role model. She believes in sharing collective wisdom and empowering others to economic independence.
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Chief Encore Officer, The Encore Catalyst (www.theencorecatalyst.com) – an accelerator for feminine wisdom, influence, and impact.
Author & Speaker ‘Who Am I Now? – Feminine Wisdom Unmasked Uncensored’ (www.IsabelBanerjee.com)
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journey and the joy of discovering who you are now, deciding who you wantSpeaker:
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I'm your host, your Encore strategist, and transformation catalyst, Isabel Alexander.Isabel:
Let's talk about why your business isn't fun anymore.Isabel:
And yes, it's okay.Isabel:
This is a safe space to talk about it, to think about it, and let'sIsabel:
get very honest with each other about it's a natural evolution.Isabel:
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with you, then it's understandable that it's not fun anymore.Isabel:
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to really be who you are.Isabel:
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inside I'm a quivering mass of imposter syndrome, being like, IIsabel:
don't know how to make this better.Isabel:
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into that whole identity crisis about not knowing who I was at that stageIsabel:
of my journey as an entrepreneur.Isabel:
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of I don't want to do that anymore,Isabel:
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entrepreneurs around me and I want to be able to help you and to help youIsabel:
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okay, I want to have fun and that's okay.Isabel:
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playfulness, creativity, imagination, expansion, You create more value.Isabel:
You create more value for yourself, which is number one.Isabel:
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about putting everybody else first.Isabel:
So please, let's stay on that new track of self education that recognizing that theIsabel:
more we do for ourselves to make ourselves feel the happiest, the most fulfilled,Isabel:
the most excited about our lives, the more value we are actually creating around theIsabel:
world, and that is lifting and climbing.Isabel:
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perspective, and then you are able to empower others to do the same.Isabel:
I want to talk with you about more fun in your years, more fun in your life, moreIsabel:
time in your life, or life in your time, depending on the perspective of Efren, theIsabel:
contractor that I talked about earlier, because I think that was such a brilliantIsabel:
philosophical way to look at life.Isabel:
I want to share with you some ideas on figuring out how you decide, becauseIsabel:
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iteration of Butterfly, and how to get to what that script looks like, what's theIsabel:
stage you're going to play on, who's the cast and crew that's going to support you,Isabel:
and then how you produce this beautiful next stage of your life starring you.Isabel:
That may include...Isabel:
the business that you have right now, but it's just transformed, or moreIsabel:
importantly, your relationship and your role with the business transforms.Isabel:
Or maybe it doesn't.Isabel:
Maybe it becomes something entirely new.Isabel:
But whatever it is, I promise you, stick around.Isabel:
It's going to be fun figuring it all out.Isabel:
See you soon.Isabel:
Thank you for spending this time with me.Isabel:
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vision for your legacy and impact.Isabel:
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