Young, fabulous and confident, Pauleanna Reid describes herself as a multi-passionate millennial entrepreneur. At the age of 26, she wears various hats as a nationally published journalist, an Amazon Best-Selling Author, and a motivational speaker. She also founded New Girl On The Block Consulting Inc., a firm that runs a mentorship program providing guidance for young adults and women in search of life goals.
How does she manage to give out high performance on all these areas simultaneously?
Passion is the drive
“If you want it badly enough, it can be yours, “ Pauleanna says. To her, entrepreneurship is about realizing one’s passion by generating new ideas, learning from challenges, and investing more in other lives to create value. “I am multi-passionate. I believe that there is no limit on my potential as long as I put my mind to [it]. I would master one passion and move on with another one. This is how I feel life meaningful and fulfilling,“ she assures me.
Mental stability represents our personal brand
Passion does not count for everything. For an entrepreneur, mental stability is required to deal with the massive amount of incidents occurring daily. Pauleanna puts out a metaphor. “Say, we are start-up business owners and mental stability would be the representation of our [personal] brand. If you do not have mental stability, you will build the brand on very shaky ground.” Internally, mental stability drives excessive discipline and focus to achieve the business and personal goals. Externally, it affects how you show yourself in front of clients under all circumstances.
The source of confidence: Know yourself well, and take good advice
Mental stability comes with solid self-confidence that is built up on how well one knows oneself. Pauleanna understands how someone can find it difficult navigating her life, doubting herself and living in uncertainty, because she experienced this herself. The trick she uses to bring herself out of a vicious circle is to focus on the next positive step.
“Forget about pressure. Focus on what is happening down at your feet at this moment and take action to deal with it. Narrow the focus and silent the side opinions. This will help you move forward.” It is crucial for entrepreneurs to filter advice, keep good advice and stay away from those who impose their doubts on them.
Seek out mentoring proactively
Have you been skeptical about yourself and felt insecure because you never know enough while starting up a business? The truth is, you do not have to know everything. Pauleanna strongly recommends that you seek out mentoring proactively from someone who you trust or feel a natural affinity to and who can offer you good advice. “I encountered my first mentor via Facebook.” Pauleanna’s voice lights up when she explains, “I came across a profile of a young woman who has her business and there was something about her that caught my eye. I reached out to her, invited her for dinner and asked if I could pick her brain. She agreed!” This connection had proven worthwhile in Pauleanna’s professional development.
“There are so many things to learn from the start-up process. You need to let people know what kind of help you need so they can help you. Besides, the fact that she believes in me makes me believe in myself.” This corresponds to Kaleidoscope’s belief in mentoring.
Use social media wisely
Another tip that she wants to share with new entrepreneurs is to use social media wisely. Internet has become a powerful tool for people to access abundant information and to connect with one another. If something comes up and you don’t know how to deal with, ask through the social media feeds. People out there know things that you may not know.
Preparation is the key to success
Going through all the steps above, navigating one’s passion, recognizing the way to build self-confidence and mental stability, seeking out appropriate mentors, and using social media smartly, Pauleanna concludes that preparation is the key to success. “I never let myself into a meeting room without being prepared. The more you prepare, the more confidence you show to the audience. Commit to create signs of excellence. That will take you very far.”
In the upcoming 2015, Pauleanna has tons of plans ahead. “I am in the process of turning my novel into a feature film,” she expresses excitedly. Meanwhile, she continues to pursue the mission of turning shy girls to fly girls via the mentorship program. And last but not least, she has a growing passion to spread financial literacy. She sits on the board of Real Estate Assistance Program (REAP); an organization that provides financial aid to gives newcomers, families, and non-professionals access to resources and makes their transition to a secure life much smoother.