Nat Kringoudis

How I lost thousands, survived and became a successful businesswoman

 

Turns out, I’m still here and I’m still a business woman…

Who knew!? (hehe)

Here I was, just sitting there on a lazy Sunday, hanging out, about to take Geordie to a birthday party. I thought, well, if anyone’s been watching any of the things I’ve been putting up lately, I am one of the guest lecturers for the Soulpreneurs course that’s about to finish enrolments THIS WEDNESDAY (don’t miss out!). It’s time to jump in headfirst and create your successful reality and THAT is freaking exciting! Eeeep! Anyway, I jumped on Facebook live for what was supposed to be a five-minute chat and 15 minutes later, I was still hanging out. The live chat has been around the block and then some. I think it’s because I got really honest and shared how my business really took a slam just this year.

Anyway, why am I telling you this? I really just love to help.

You can watch the video, or read an edited version of the live transcript below. I hope that my chats can help take you to that next level. Here goes…

There are a lot of people that ask me about how I go about business. I’ve been in business for around twelve years, and it’s not really a space that I talk a lot about. It’s not that I necessarily prefer to talk more about how you can better your health – it may be more expected of me, but as an entrepreneur and business woman, I’d love to chat more with you about how you can better your own business to help you in just another corner of your life which extends and flows on over to your health. The truth of it all is that when you are in business, you win some and you lose some.

I was quite honoured to be asked to be part of the Soulpreneurs course because at around the time that we did those recordings, I had just discovered that thousands of dollars had been siphoned out of my business. And in my head I was like “I can’t do this, how can I pretend it’s all ok – I’m not a successful business woman!” If that can happen right under my nose, and I can lose thousands of dollars, I’m a failure.

Yup, I’m still here and I’m still a business woman.

The honest truth is that everyone in business wins and loses, and if we can share our mistakes we can hopefully prevent other people from making those same ridiculous and disastrous mistakes we’ve made ourselves. Sometimes we have to fumble and that’s ok. It’s an opportunity to learn and grow. If in business you actually get to a point of thinking “oh yeah, this is so awesome, I’ve arrived and my work here is done,” get ready to be tipped upside down and spun around in circles again because that’s the reality. It’s about constantly reassessing and re-evaluating.

It’s really important, I believe, that we share our experience as businesswomen with others so that we can grow. If you are endeavouring to launch your own business, if perhaps you’ve got an idea and you’re not sure how to get it off the ground, perhaps you’re a blogger or you’re a health expert, the Soulpreneur course has been made perfectly for you because you can tap into those of us who have made massive blunders and ensure you don’t do the same! What a gift.

Let’s get this party started!

I haven’t just felt my own way through business. I’ve had a coach for several years, advisors, I’ve watched a lot of other people to observe what they’ve done to create their own success as well as worked out certain aspects of their dealings I haven’t liked. But above all, we all need a touch (or a whole lot) of authenticity in business. Just like life, business doesn’t always go to plan, not to mention that it may look all sheeny shiny from the outside – with social media making everything look stunning and creating the facade that we’ve got it all going on in every single moment without the slightest of hiccups. That is SO far from the truth of the matter I can’t even tell you. And, you know, I think we need to be a little bit more aware, a little bit more vocal, and a little bit more supportive that we’re always stuffing up.

I’m always stuffing up.

As you may well know, I went to the other side of the world the other week. I don’t think I stuffed up by doing that, but can I tell you how much anxiety I had before I left – I didn’t want to leave. I tried to find every reason under the sun that I could come up with as to why I shouldn’t go. That I should stay here, that I’m a bad mother, that I’m a bad wife. What’s most odd is that in my mind, the definition of someone who is a successful mother in business – that’s what it’s about – flying over to the other side of the planet and back again in less than a week just so you can get a job done, be successful, raise the bar and reach the goals and the milestones that you want to achieve. It can look easy, it can look really shiny and nice like I said, but that’s not real. Sometimes we fall before we can fly.

So I think we need to be really honest with ourselves. I think we need to be honest with other sisters is business, and friends in business, and all of those around us. Is it time to fly?

You know the one thing I learnt in the US was that they are so collaborative in that they genuinely want to help you be successful. I was in a room full of Doctors, specialists, acupuncturists, bloggers and health coaches, successful business people and more and every single person in that place valued themselves to be just as important as the next – all humans with a purpose; to raise the bar. I find that tall poppy syndrome is a real live epidemic, specifically here in Australia. Frankly, I’m over it. I don’t know about you, but I’m done with the damaging attitude. I hand on heart believe we need to support each other; to be able to genuinely praise and support others that maybe appear to be doing exactly the same thing as you. I can assure you that if you’re shining from that authentic place no one can do what you do, there’s no threat in it whatsoever. Others might look like they can do what you do, their business might even look like a carbon copy, but there are so many people on this big beautiful blue planet that need you, that need your message, that there’s enough for everybody. There’s more than enough to go around.

It’s time to share the love.

So let’s get rid of this tall poppy thing, because I can’t tell you how much it gives me the irrits – not just for the sake of my sanity, but for yours too. I actually find it truthfully pathetic, cringe worthy and certainly not a place we need to reside in. We can support those in business. Let’s do more of that.

If you are searching for what to do next – perhaps the next level of your business, perhaps it’s not even that. I don’t know, perhaps you’re searching as a mum and you want to start something new because you don’t want to go back to the nine till five. Maybe your business is off the ground but you need some guidance or maybe you’re a student and you want to be ready to fly the minute you graduate. Please do yourself a favour and check out this course because it was made for you with a line up of amazing experts who just like me have fallen, risen, peddled backwards around the track and somehow gotten ourselves across the line.

You can learn more here.

I hope you find this useful. Maybe you know somebody else that might also. I’m constantly being asked to mentor others and tap into the inner workings of my business. This is one epic way you can not only tap into my own experience but many other successful peeps that are aligned to their own goals and vision. Go get em tiger – your own reality awaits! Now, who needs wings?

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  1. Samantha

    Thank you for this reminder Nat. Success is not just about the highs, it’s actually about learning to deal with the lows so you can strategise a better outcome. Sammy x

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