Renu Agrawal Shares 3 Lessons from Failure

Renu Agrawal, founder of ReNu Your Life, LLC, is an energy healer and certified holistic health coach.  Renu is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. 

We met several years ago when she visited my Toastmasters group.  Renu only attended one meeting, but we stayed in contact, and over time have developed a very strong friendship.  I very much admire her wit, and her willingness to learn, try new things, and grow.  She is generous, good-natured, and an amazing healer.

Learning from Failure

Renu has been an entrepreneur for over 15 years.  She shares how the Law of Attraction hindered her marketing efforts.


My biggest failure was in marketing when I opened a healing center in Connecticut in 2003 with a friend. We both were really good in our skills as healers but had no idea about marketing. We engaged a PR person, we gave out ads in local magazines (FB and social media were not as commonly used in 2003 – 2008), we participated in wellness fairs, etc. but we couldn’t even break even in 5 years.

What I learned as a result:

1. Stress pushes people away (the more we got desperate the more people didn’t show up)

2. We loved our “business” of healing and helping people but didn’t like sales and marketing. We were beating ourselves up for not being good in sales and marketing – now I know the Law of Attraction was fulfilling what we were thinking all the time.

3. The biggest thing I learned was what “not” to do in sales and marketing 🙂


Your Turn

What about you?  Have you ever failed?  What did you learn?

Amber Munos Helps Women Feel Beautiful on a Budget

Amber Munos sells Paparazzi $5 Accessories because she loves helping women feel beautiful on a budget.  Her business is aptly named Amber’s Awesome Accessories.

How did you get started in your business?
One of my friends was selling it and I saw how awesome it was and decided to buy my starter kit.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Being able to store my inventory and buying new inventory.

How has this hurdle made you better?
It helped me be more organized to be able to store it efficiently.

What does gratitude mean to you?
Being appreciative of any help received.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
My sponsor she is always there when I have a bad day and when I have a good day she hypes it up even more.

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Conversation with “Poised in Stilettos on the Front Pew” Author Wytress Mitchell

Wytress Mitchell is the author of “Poised In Stilettos on the Front Pew” and founder of Poised Ministries.

Describe your work.
I was diagnosed with LUPUS several years ago.
Just authored my first book.
I unwrap the enigma of Lupus and tell how you can survive and be poised.

How did you get started?
By writing a book.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome?
People telling me it was not a good idea.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I’ve done it now. I’ve accomplished my goal.

What does gratitude mean to you?
Being thankful for waking up each day.and knowing God’s mercies are new every morning.

Who do you appreciate?
Everyone that helped me along the way.

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One Bite at a Time | Conversation with Teresa Sisson

Teresa Sisson is the owner of Sisson Kitchen in New Caney, Texas.

Describe your business.
Sisson Kitchen is the culmination of all that I do and everything I do comes from the heart. I am a Tupperware consultant and with my husband, Ronn, I also have a food trailer. These two businesses allow me to combine my love of cooking and helping others.

How did you get started?
I started my Tupperware business because it was a great deal on amazing products, then I realized I could earn money & gifts too! The food trailer actually started as me trying to help fulfill my husbands dream of owning a baked potato business. My love of cooking kicked in and now we do gourmet potatoes and snack foods too.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
My own procrastination combined with my need to over analyze & micro manage everything. I can get stuck on the small details very easily. That turns into self-doubt and fear.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I am learning to let go of the reins and ask for help when I need it. Recognizing these traits as hurdles has been a major step for me. I’ve always known that no one is successful on their own, but I’m taking steps to collaborate with those around me.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

  • The Bible. I know it may seem cliché but it is the foundation I stand on.
  • Fish! (Best business philosophy ever.)
  • Think and Grow Rich is good also.

What does gratitude mean to you?
To me gratitude is the ability to be thankful for all that I have even in the midst of strife. Ronn & I have seen a lot of hard times in the last 10 years, but we never lose sight of how truly blessed we are.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
There are too many people to list and I would probably forget someone so I’ll just list a few:

I appreciate my husband Ronn. He is a good man and he supports me 150% in everything I do. No matter how hair brained my idea is, he is right there to back me up.

My Daddy & Momma are my greatest blessings. They taught me that success was not a title or financial statement; it is knowing that you did your best (with your family, friends, community, and work) and being able to sleep peacefully at night.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Never let anyone or anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. They may seem silly to everyone around you. They may seem impossible to accomplish. The journey is the important part, because it will change you.

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You Don’t Have to Run Your Business Alone | Conversation with Virtual Assistant Angela Campos

Angela Campos, founder of Virtual Assistant Services Team, provides traditional executive administrative services virtually.  Services are provided on project basis, one-time consult, or on retainer for when you need that “extra right hand”.

“Imagine the secretary or admin sitting behind a desk in a corporate office. That’s me, but I get to do what I love from the comfort of my home. I have experience with C-Level executives but don’t let that scare you away!” explains Campos.

How did you get started in your business?
My previous corporate job downsized the level of assistance it offered their executives thus laying off quite a number of us. My husband was soon to “retire” from the company he’s been with for 20 years. I didn’t want to be in a new position working my way up again and have to quit if relocating for my husband’s job required me to do so. Therefore, I chose to go into business for myself.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
The two biggest hurdles have been the amount of time I spent alone working from home and getting my name out there. Both reasons require motivation AND prioritization. Coming from the corporate level with a set schedule to creating your own schedule – even when there are no clients – can be quite daunting. Learning to network and to always be on the ready to give your business commercial is the only way to be able to build your business. So, you have to stay motivated and able to prioritize your days to make the most of them.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I’m more aware of what it takes to run a business and all the little nuances of the day-to-day in business. I’ve been able to hone my skills in customer service because without that and impeccable skills in other areas, you have not business.

Top books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude means being grateful for each and every thing God has blessed you with. Every thing from your family, your job, your material possessions but also to be grateful for the trials and tribulations because that is when we grow.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I am blessed to know my Lord and Savior because without the family and friends He’s placed in my life, I would be sitting here today to enjoy and be grateful for what I have. I appreciate my husband for finding me when he did (God’s timing!) and for loving me through all that I am for supporting me in this business endeavor and having the confidence that I can do what I have set out to do even though it meant a huge financial change in our lives.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Thank you Kandas for this opportunity! Women helping other women to grow and prosper in every walk of life is something I strive to do, too.

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Transforming Heart and Soul with Creative Play | Conversation with Natasha Botkin

Gifted with the divine wisdom of guiding and transforming heart and soul with passion, creative play and healing energies, Natasha Botkin created Magical Blessings Healing Center in Tacoma, Washington. Natasha works closely with all the elements (Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Spirit) from a multi-dimensional healing of energies releasing patterns and blocks by helping one to shine their light and empower them.

How did you get started in your business?
I have these gifts all of my life and am stepping into a whole new light and allowing myself to be seen.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Marketing this in a way that appeals to people with genuine sincerity that yes I am quirky, loving and real.

How has this hurdle made you better?
Sincerely genuine and true authenticity illuminate from with in and that I can show this to the world just as I am. They will either love me or dislike me; it is none of my business what they think, and to be the best me that I can be.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
I am grateful for the divine miracles that unfold to me.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate the divine unity of all beings and what this brings to you, to me, to we in a loving light of creative play and joyful wisdom in the most harmonious of manners.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Thank you so much for this opportunity of the dear angel who brought this my direction. xoxo

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Natasha Botkin, Magical Blessings Healing Center

Natasha Botkin, Magical Blessings Healing Center

Navigating the Storms of Life | Conversation with Attorney Teresa DeFord

Teresa DeFord is an attorney with DeFord Law Firm in The Woodlands, Texas. Passionate about helping women protect themselves legally and financially, whether they are impacted by divorce or death, her goal is to help women navigate these storms of life to create a new “normal” for themselves and their families.

How did you get started in your business?
I practiced law for a long time representing corporations before I realized that I could make so much more of a difference. The death of a good friend got me interested in estate planning after watching what his wife went through in trying to sort things out.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
The biggest hurdle is something I am still dealing with: respecting myself enough to charge for what I do to allow me to effectively represent my clients.

How has this hurdle made you better?
Working on this hurdle has helped me help my clients to realize that they are worth spending money on in order to protect themselves and their families and that they deserve it.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
“Gratitude” means to me that I am happy and thankful for the present moment no matter what that moment or circumstance is. It is always looking for and hopefully seeing the positive in any situation.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate my kids for keeping me grounded. I appreciate my husband for being there even when I totally screw things up. I appreciate my parents for being so strong for their family, for their friends and neighbors and most of all for each other.

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Interview with Sagan Morrow, Freelance Coach

Sagan Morrow is an author, lifestyle blogger, and freelance coach, based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Describe your work.
I’m a professional lifestyle blogger, blogging about topics related to food & fitness, style & beauty, writing & business, feminism & social issues, and healthy living.

A major part of my business is that I teach new freelancers how to achieve success in their own freelancing businesses — after freelancing for 8 years myself, it’s wonderful to be able to help out other people in the freelancing industry!

How did you get started in your business?
I started freelance writing and editing because of my passion for those two activities, as well as because I wanted to be my own boss, work my own hours, and go to work every day with true joy. Thanks to my blog, I soon “fell into” freelance social media management as well!

From there, I’ve transitioned from doing freelance projects for clients to helping other freelancers rock their businesses. I’ve received so many questions about how to be successful as a freelancer, and I’ve seen so many people struggle in their businesses, that I realized it was time for me to really give back and make my main business focus about helping these people succeed and sharing my own knowledge and learnings from being a successful freelancer.

The Business of Writing and Editing by Sagan Morrow

“The Business of Writing and Editing” by Sagan Morrow

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Being true to myself and the shifting directions that my business took. I’ve had so many opportunities to take the “easy road” by accepting projects and working with clients on things that I wasn’t actually that interested in. Being honest with myself about the direction I wanted to take my business, and being aware of when I wanted to shift gears, and putting together a plan of action (and implementing said plan!) to make those dreams a reality, is no easy task.

How has this hurdle made you better?
This has been SO important for my business. It means that I’m happier, the quality of my work is higher, and my productivity levels are through the roof. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?
I’m also going to nerd out here and point to the One of my favorite books for personal growth is “The Alchemist.” Such an inspiring and thought-provoking story (and it’s so well-written!).
Oxford English Dictionary
as one of the best books for both personal and business growth — learning new words and the meanings behind them help us to better express ourselves and communicate with others, which is so priceless.

Of course I have to give a shout-out to the book that I wrote! It’s called “The Business of Writing & Editing: Practical Tips & Templates for New Freelancers.” It has received five-star reviews including comments such as “this book has been literally life-changing for me.” It’s a really accessible, practical guide for business growth!

What does gratitude mean to you?
To me, gratitude is all about the meaning we give to things, and what we learn from them… and understanding that even when we make mistakes, even when we receive criticism, even when we receive feedback that isn’t as positive or uplifting as we’d like, we are still able to think critically about that and interpret it in a way that we can make real use out of it to improve ourselves and increase our understanding about ourselves and the world around us.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
The list is too long! I’m so appreciative of the support I’ve received from all the people in my life, even when they didn’t quite understand what I do. I’m incredibly grateful for the amazing encouragement and positive, constructive feedback I’ve received over the years which has helped me to learn, grow, and be who I am today.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Thank you for this opportunity!

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