I Believe

One of my favorite movies is The Matrix. For a variety of reasons: The issue with the red pill, the thought that we create our own reality, and of course Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss); a strong, powerful woman who knows how to harness the matrix.

In fact, The Matrix is one of the movies that is watched at least once per year in our house. And, each time I watch it something else stands out as a marvelous metaphor for business or life. (If you haven’t seen it, may I suggest giving it a shot?)

Fast forward to the scene where Morpheus, Lawrence Fishburne, is being held hostage by Agent Smith and his colleagues. Neo, Keanu Reaves, wants to head into the fray alone. Trinity lets him know that’s not going to happen. She begins,

Let me tell you what I believe. I believe Morpheus means more to me than he does to you. I believe if you were really serious about saving him you are going to need my help. And since I am the ranking officer on this ship, if you don’t like, I believe you can go to hell.

There is so much in that scene about teamwork, the dynamic of women in the workplace, what it means to truly stick up for someone, and more.

But what it stirred in me was a memory from December 2012.

At that time, I was launching ShoeFitts and beginning to create our brand. To begin that work – to share with some awesome creative types – I wrote out a list of my beliefs. I shared it with them at the time. And, I’ve been encouraged to share them publically, but never have.

Who knows why I’ve decided to do that now…perhaps because I believe in transparency and connection when creating a powerful brand and personal brand? Perhaps because I believe in sharing the good stuff right now is important? Or is it that I made a commitment recently to practice what I preach about branding and boldness?

Here is what I believe…

I believe in the power of small steps to create big results

I believe in learning something new everyday

I believe in looking people in the eyes

I believe in thinking the best

I believe my red hair get the best of me sometimes

I believe in the abundant nature of the world

I believe in cleaning up after myself (even though I habitually pile)

I believe challenging people always teach us something

I believe in flannel sheets in the winter and the summer

I believe in honoring the people that serve us

I believe in serving others

I believe in giving, hugging and telling people I love them

I believe in being as close to my true self as possible

I believe in the rain and the sun and the sunrise

I believe in getting shoeshines

I believe in trying to see the other side of an argument

I believe in listening and asking questions

I believe there are always interesting people around

I believe in epsom salts, lavender and candles

I believe in the value of having a good tailor

I believe in me

I believe in giving spiders safe passage from my house (Note: this is no longer true after I cracked a rib trying to save one.)

I believe in singing along even if I don’t know all of the words

I believe in the graceful flight of pelicans, the determination of kingfishers and the strength of hummingbirds

I believe in laughter and bifocals

I believe in building bridges

I believe that the world is small

I believe in radical forgiveness

I believe in saying please and thank you

I believe in tipping the car wash guys

I believe in my friends, even when I don’t see them

I believe in using my blinker in traffic

I believe in helping

I believe in saying the “f” word about 10 times per day

I believe in fresh herbs

I believe in paying it forward in the drive thru Starbucks

I believe in celebrating success

I believe that my mom taught me to dance, and hug, and smile, and cook

I believe that my dad taught me algebra, how to grow corn (knee-high by the 4th of July), how to stand on my head, to be a speaker and to be strong

I believe that God exists in some form (I just don’t know which one)

I believe in fresh apples

I believe in taking deep breaths and ritual

I believe in feather pillows

I believe in sharing

I believe that hard work pays off

I believe in the power of creativity

I believe in pursuing patience

I believe in opening doors for people and giving back

Being a Modernist in Finance

Episode 67: Being A Modernist in Finance
Guest: Georgia Lee Hussey

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With training in instillation sculpture and creative writing, Georgia Lee Hussey was focused on becoming a professional artist. However, after 12 years, Georgia decided it was time to try something new. At the time she was living in Portland, Oregon during the sub-prime mortgages phase and Georgia found herself with two mortgages: the first had a 7.5% interest rate and the second had 11.5% interest, and both were variable. She had never been taught about money or budgeting and found herself in a difficult, unstable position. Georgia began reading everything she could about financing and budgeting and found that she loved it. She became inspired to become a financial planner and went back to school to get her CFP.

By the time Georgia successfully passed her CFP exam, she already had some clients, which meant that she needed a home for her business. She looked to a brokerage firm to help and was extremely grateful for all the support that they provided. However, she felt out of place because it was very male-dominated and there was a general sense of inequality. She also quickly came to realize that the institutionalized structures of the industry weren’t going to support her vision. As a result, Georgia started Modernist Financial, which was built on a foundation of creativity and collaboration.

Today, Georgia is working with Jennifer Armbrust, with Armbrust & Co. to create a feminist business model. The basic core of the model is equity and inclusion, and flattening inequalities. Modernist Financial is built on values of inviting and including, investing in people, innovating and iterating, and doing good work well. Georgia is striving to create a sense of partnership and empowerment between her advisors and clients and ensuring her staff can support the innovative advice that they are providing to clients.

If you’d like to learn more about Georgia, visit modernistfinancial.com. Thanks for listening. If you liked what you heard, be sure to hit subscribe, share it with others and write us a quick review on iTunes.

Changing Your Filter

Episode 65: Changing Your Filter
Guest: Andrea Leda Wilborn

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This week’s guest on the Women Rocking Wall Street Show is Andrea Leda Wilborn. She is a coach, intuitive and behind-the-scene’s worker in Portland, Oregon. Andrea began her journey through social work and counselling, and eventually moved to creative arts, consulting, and fitness. Today, she has taken her experiences in all fields and turned them into a business, helping entrepreneurs offer their gifts to the world in real and powerful ways.

One area of expertise for Andrea is Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), which refers to how one can speak to the brain and how we can use language to shift how we store data. There is no way that our brain can process all the information that we encounter on a daily bases. By using our central nervous system (5 senses), our brain reads our environment. We also use our stories and experiences to filter information, determining what we see and what we don’t. Andrea works with clients to help ensure they have the right filters in place to help them focus on their goals and achievements.

Andrea’s hope is to get everyone to look in the mirror and realize that they are the only solution to any perceived problem that they can see outside of themselves. Through asking the right questions, she strives to shift limits and therefore changes the experience for each of her clients. This not only empowers others, but also creates accountability for achieving goals.

For anyone who is looking for a shift in their career, Andrea challenges you to ask yourself a powerful question – if I knew I could not fail. It puts fear and failure aside and provides you with access to information and data that is available inside you that was previously hidden by negative emotions. Also, she tells us all to stop pretending that something isn’t accessible.

If you would like to learn more about Andrea, be sure to check out her website, andrealeda.com. She also has a powerful weekend coming up in September called Awaken Your Practice, a 3-day immersion into the soul of your business.

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Finding Energy to Recharge Your Battery

Episode 64: Finding Energy to Recharge Your Battery
Guest: Debbie Pokornik

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Welcome back to the Women Rocking Wall Street Show. This week’s show is all about reconnecting with our feminine energy and to empower ourselves to live a vibrant and powerful life.

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Debbie Pokornik

My guest this week is Debbie Pokornik, a women of many talents. She is a mother, natural health nut, dedicated dog owner, award-winning author and a passionate social worker. Debbie is also the Chief Empowerment Officer for her company Empowering NRG, which helps proactive moms create the vibrant and powerful life that they crave by guiding them to stand in their own power while at home, work or at play.

Debbie’s began her career working for school districts and helping them create programs for kids, parents, teachers and the community, with the purpose of bringing out the best in everyone. Debbie left in 2010 to write her first book, Break Free of Parenting Pressures: Embrace Your Natural Guidance and from there she wrote another book, Standing in Your Power: A Guide for Living Your Life Fully Awake.

Today, Debbie focuses on helping moms learn to recharge their batteries, which is necessary to live a vibrant and powerful life. When talking about a balanced person, Debbie highlights two types of energy that exist in everyone – divine masculine and divine feminine energy. While most of us associate each with a specific gender, Debbie say to think of them as an operating system, both pieces are equally important to both genders. When society perceives the feminine energy as weak, it actually weakens society as a whole because according to Debbie, the feminine energy is what recharges our batteries.

The key to success is finding time to reconnect with your divine feminine energy. Even if you think that you don’t have the time, it’s identifying those pleasurable moments that we experience each day and really focusing on that moment. The more you focus on them, the easier it becomes to notice those little moments rather than focusing on the difficult times. Also, make the time to get out in nature, which is a great way to reconnect with your feminine energy.

If you would like to learn more about Debbie, be sure to check out her podcast, Vibrant, Powerful Moms. Thanks for listening. If you liked what you heard, be sure to hit subscribe, share it with others and write us a quick review on iTunes.

Battling Inequality Through Words

Episode 63: Battling Inequality Through Words
Guest: Kelly Shikany

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Welcome back to the Women Rocking Wall Street Show! This week’s guest was spurred to contact me when she heard the Women Rocking Wall Street episode where I had the pleasure of interviewing Kathleen Burns Kingsbury about embracing being a female and not being afraid to ‘ski like a girl.’ As someone who has held different positions in the financial industry, Kelly Shikany is familiar with being the only female at the table and is now working to change public perceptions around women and finance.

Kelly’s first experience with gender inequality occurred while she was working at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Although she loved her job (in the late 80’s) it was not a female friendly workplace. Treated differently by colleagues as well as clients (some weren’t even interested in hearing a women’s voice), Kelly accepted both at the time because of the experience she was gaining. Kelly was aware what was going to happen and accepted it because she wanted the experience. However, today Kelly is glad to see that there has been substantial progress when it comes to women’s rights and has made it her mission to help mentor the next generation.

As a Financial Advisor at Lakeside Wealth Management, Kelly now has the pleasure of working with clients from across the United States. She spends her time building women’s confidence on their financial investments while battling the conception that women aren’t able to understand money. There have been many times where she has been sitting in a boardroom where complex concepts are being discussed and the presenter has said, “I’ll make it so easy that your mom will understand.” Whenever this happens, Kelly takes the time to speak to the presenter about not singling out women or using gender pronouns. It’s important to raise awareness so that the next generation has more confidence and doesn’t have to battle the gender issues.

For any women looking at getting into the financial industry, Kelly recommends joining the CFP mentorship program, known as WIN-to-WIN, which strives to build up female advisors. Also, don’t be afraid to share your knowledge and network so that there can be more females in the industry. If you would like to learn more about the work being done for women within the CFP program, tune into the Women Rocking Wall Street episode with Eleanor Blayney. If you would like to learn more about Kelly, you can connect through Lakeside Wealth Management’s Facebook and Twitter account.

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Financial Freedom Through Intention

Episode 62: Financial Freedom Through Intention
Guest: Julia Carlson

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Welcome back to the Women Rocking Wall Street Show. This week’s episode is all about the power of intention and setting your mind to achieving your goals.

My guest this week is Julia Carlson, founder of Financial Freedom Wealth Management. She was one of the 40 Under 40 in InvestmentNews and won the 2015 Women’s Choice Award for Financial Advisors. In 2000, Julia started her company in Newport, Oregon and has now grown her business to include 4 locations. Fortunately for Julie, in 2008, Financial Freedom was endorsed as a local provider, which brought in 20 to 30 referrals per month.

Julia is an extremely entrepreneurial person and she has always been a go-getter. Here she was in her 20’s trying to build her business. Like all of us at that age, she had to work hard to prove herself and now she has the established confidence that is driving her dream big. Her drive comes from her passion for her work and attributes some of her success to the goals that she has set throughout the years. Rather than being reactive, Julie focuses on always being in a state of intention and strives to be proactive when it comes to problem solving.

Through education, Julia works to help women embrace their wealth. One such example is their Women Wealth and Wisdom seminar which encourages women to discuss the values that are put on money and how to take charge of their financial future. She also makes her own personal learning a priority so that she can better help her clients.

One final thing that Julia that she attributes to her success is visualizing what the end result looks like while meditating. A book that Julie recommends, which illustrates the power of the mind is You Are The Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Dr. Joe Dispenza.

If you’d like to reach out to Julia, you can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for listening. If you liked what you heard, please write us a quick review on iTunes and share this with others whom you think might find it interesting or valuable.

Surviving the Overwired World

Episode 61 – Surviving the Overwired World
With Sheri Fitts

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Happy summer! As you may know, with the summer season comes a lot of activities that fill up the calendar. I’m finding the same this year so as a result I’m going to be releasing an episode of Women Rocking Wall Street every other week. My intention is to kick off a new podcast, Deconstructing Digital, which is a companion piece to my new book, Deconstructing Digital: Simple Ways To Connect With Your Next-Generation Financial Clients.

This week’s episode of Women Rocking Wall Street is another interview where the microphone is turned around (metaphorically speaking) and I am the one being asked questions by Kristin Mountain, co-founder of Podcast SMARTER. This episode is all about surviving the overwired world.

There are so many dif fervent distractions that we can choose from that affect our decisions on how we should be spending our time. As a result, we tend to run into digital overload, all because we don’t want to miss out on anything. This dilemma has created the term “life hacking” and there are several online tools that can create efficiencies in our personal and work life, making us more productive. One tool is focus@will, a program that plays music developed and edited to elicit alpha brains waves. Another similar online tool that allows you to pick which brain waves you want to elicit is called Brainwaves. Not only will it allow you to be focused and alert, but it has settings that encourage power naps, mediation and relaxation.

While there are many tools that can help you survive the overwired world, there are still some very basic things that you can do. Meditation can help reset your thoughts and help center you for your day. It doesn’t have to consist of sitting in a room quietly but could also be getting out into nature and going for a walk while taking deep breaths and taking a personal moment to unwind. If you are interested in getting more comfortable with meditating, there are two online tools that I use, Calm and HeadSpace.

The most important thing when surviving the overwired world is doing what is right for you. If you can identify what is holding you back or taking up most of your time, then you can find the tools that will help.

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Your Brand, Your Business, Your Bottom Line

Episode 60 – Your Brand, Your Business, Your Bottom Line
With Sheri Fitts

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This week’s episode is slightly different than what you may be used to. I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Fiduciary Talk Podcast with Ben Aiken, which was recorded live from the Insights 2016 Conference in San Diego. The topic of my presentation was titled Your Brand, Your Business, Your Bottom Line and really focused on creating a compelling, courageous brand.

With financial services in a PR tailspin, it’s extremely important that financial advisors maintain a strong brand. People have stories about their money, good or bad, and that includes financial services. The best way to combat their story is with a better one. Unfortunately, advisor brands are not powered by stories. At this conference I had the opportunity to guide attendees on create courageous brands, and to do this using feelings and stories to connect with their current and potential clients.

I encouraged everyone at the conference, as well as yourself, to sit down with a piece of paper and write “once upon a time.” Leading with this, tell me about your foundation story. Don’t make it about you but rather about the people you help. This is a great way to come up with a better story and will help strengthen your brand, your business and your bottom line.

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Influencing the Masses

Episode 59: Influencing The Masses
Guest: Teresa de Grosbois

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Teresa de Grosbois is a mass influencer, international speaker, author and leader the Evolutionary Business Council, an international organization of thought leaders. This is a collaborative entity of people who are committed to creating positive change in the world. As mentioned earlier, Teresa is an influencer, and teaches the skill of mass influencing to others. Many don’t realize that influence is a skill that can be learned and that there are many different levels of influence.

Initially, Teresa worked in the Canadian oil and gas sector, which was male dominant. She was fortunate to have a lot of great mentors and was a change agent from the very beginning. Teresa was leading a lot of change initiatives in the industry and found it difficult until a mentor provided her with insight into influencing. He gave her an analogy of pushing a rope in the middle, and the ends would follow rather than trying to pull the rope at one end. By this, he meant that Teresa should find those who are change leaders and bring them on board, and eventually the others would follow. This is one of the key principles of mass influence – find the innovators and early adopters and the rest will follow.

There are several other key principles to influence that Teresa discusses in detail. One is that you can’t make yourself influential – if you want influence, you have to give others influence through endorsing, connecting and praising in an authentic way. One barrier that Teresa identifies that stops people from mass influence is internal dialogue. Your self-limiting beliefs can hold your back from achieving your dreams. Journaling about your inner dialogue can help you change how it’s limiting you and learn more about those messages that are holding you back.

Teresa recommends taking the 30 Day Influence Challenge. Find someone every day for the next 30 days and publicly praise or endorse them. For more information around Teresa’s book, Mass Influence, or to get in contact with her, visit her website. You can also check out her blog for more tips on gaining influence. Lastly, if you’d like to learn more around mass influence movements, visit the Evolutionary Business Council’s website.

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