Following intuition rather than the money to create a global business, with Leila Rezaiguia
Leila Rezaiguia shares how, by listening to her gut and working with a few select partners, she was able to leave full-time employment and start a coaching and mentoring business.
Three key juicy bits from this week’s episode:
● Navigating uncertainty when transitioning from employee to entrepreneur
● The power of having the right business partners
● Staying nimble as a company while expanding globally
In this episode we discuss:
00:36 Introduction to Leila Rezaiguia
- Leila’s background [00:49]
- What Leila’s focusing on right now [01:22]
03:14 Why Leila decided to leave employment and become an entrepreneur
- Is there a right time to start a business? [06:12]
- What was Leila’s plan when she decided to start a business? [06:54]
08:24 Leila’s financial runway in her early days as an entrepreneur
09:36 Early talks with Leila’s business partners and building her network
11:35 When Leila’s business began to earn revenue
13:28 The sense of pride Leila felt during her early successes
15:39 How Leila’s business objectives have changed over the past seven years
- The importance of shared values in business relationships [17:50]
19:46 Why business breakups can be harder than personal breakups
20:52 Why Leila never employed full-time workers
21:34 Leila’s biggest failure in business
24:33 How Leila built a global business
26:35 Overcoming the loss of a big opportunity in the early days of Leila’s business
- Why Leila didn’t set specific revenue goals as she started building her business [27:23]
28:51 How long it took for the business to be able to financially support Leila and her partners
Quick Juice Questions
29:42 What are the first steps that aspiring entrepreneurs should take?
- Follow your intuition, listen to your heart, take a risk, and jump. Everything will emerge at the right time. Share your intentions and dreams with like-minded people. Don’t keep them to yourself.
30:36 What has inspired you the most in your journey and where are you most inspired?
- What’s inspiring to me is going through my personal and professional journey, as well as inspiring others to go through their own journeys, and being part of that.
31:01 Which book has inspired you and changed your thinking the most?
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
31:33 If there’s one last bit of Executive Juice you can share for people who want to get to the top of their property game, what would it be?
- Trust your intuition and take the jump. Don’t listen to others. Do what feels right for you.
- Things will unfold as long as my business partners and I continue to trust, support, and challenge each other.
- We grow as individuals and as business partners; so maybe what we wanted five years ago is not the same now.
- Not everything is rosy. People think you build business on a golden platter, but that’s not the reality. You have to work really hard for it.
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