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Women of Influence Evening Series – Joanna Griffiths

On March 7, we welcomed to the podium top entrepreneur Joanna Griffiths, to share her insights on how she disrupted a $2.5 billion underwear industry and created a brand for every body.

Here’s are some of Joanna’s key insights about entrepreneurship and becoming your own boss:

  • “You have to love a challenge. You have to thrive outside of your comfort zone.”  Entrepreneurship involves a great deal of risk. Before starting out on a new business venture, reflect on your personal comfort zones. Are you OK with uncertainty? Are you OK doing things outside of your area of expertise, or pushing yourself to learn new things? 
  • “Successful people do what unsuccessful people won’t.” Great entrepreneurs know there is no task too big or too little. It can be easy, especially in the early days on entrepreneurship, to become discouraged when you encounter set-backs or obstacles. Remember that success doesn’t come easy, and that hard work will pay off! 
  • “I let myself be upset or disappointed for 48-hours. Then I move on.” In the world of entrepreneurship, there isn’t time to dwell on the negative. That said, you shouldn’t swallow your feelings either. When you encounter a set-back, or if a teammate lets you down, allow yourself a moment to be upset and disappointed, and then focus on how you can make the situation can become a teachable learning or help make your team stronger.
  • “Your job as a leader isn’t to tell people exactly how to get into the boat. Your job as a leader is to get people so excited by the beauty of the ocean that they can’t wait to figure it out and get in themselves.” The best leaders understand that the best way to get the job done is to inspire your team to believe in the project and to motivate them to want to do a fantastic job. Micro-managing rarely works.