It’s very exciting for me that my interviewee today is EFT Master, Ann Ross. Ann and I worked together a few years back, creating an EFT resource called Tap To The Top and it was a privilege to work with Ann on several workshops, including Creating A Millionaire Mindset. Still to this day – and most days at that – I recommend EFT and Ann to my clients for most of what ails them.
Hi Ann, do tell my readers something about yourself please
My name is Ann Ross and I have been self employed since 2000. I am one of 29 EFT Founding Masters in the world which has enabled me to travel all over the world, training, facilitating and being a keynote presenter at Energy Psychology Conferences, as well as demonstrating various techniques on stage and at Masterclasses. I pioneered EFT training in Namibia and South Africa.
And something surprising which perhaps we may not know about you?
I am a Grandmother!
Now tell us about your business. What’s it all about, how do you think and feel about it now, do you have staff and premises or work mainly alone at home? What aims and ambitions do you still have for your business, if any?
EFT is an Energy Psychology modality which helps to transform people lives through tapping. I have specialized in working with trauma, serious illness, and chronic stress related illnesses. My main focus has been being an Ambassador for EFT and training many people in this amazing technique. I employ an Admin Assistant and a Marketing Consultant.
I mainly work from home and at the Multiple Sclerosis Centre in Exeter. I designed my work so that I could travel and see the world at the same time. I have also run joint venture events which have been very successful. My business is in the process of metamorphosing at the moment. I have been experiencing a new transformation in my life which is inspiring me to retrain and develop a new website. I am not so interested in success or money any more, rather, following my heart into a new paradigm in Psychology.
This series of interviews is designed to inspire others, mainly women, on the same path. What tips would you share with them which would short-cut their journey to happiness being their own boss?
Never ever get so busy that you lose connections with friends and family. Success just isn’t worth it. Get really clear about what success means to you and remember to make space in your diary for you.
What did you struggle with most in your start-up phase and how did you crack that?
I struggled most with pointing people in the direction of something that really worked. I watched as people transformed in front of my eyes but it was so unbelievable that it was difficult to “enrol” people in the early days of EFT. I did a lot of pro bono work to show evidence and results of before and after trauma and wrote up a lot of case histories.
What have you learned about yourself while working solo?
I learned that I am resilient, persevering. That I can absolutely trust my intuition. That despite all my self limiting beliefs and lack of education I can still succeed and, most of all, I have learned deep compassion and love, not only for myself but for others. I have a deeper understanding about true happiness and fulfilment and I know that it does not come from the outside of me. I’m learning that I don’t need to be in control all the time and that it is safe to let go and relax into life. It feels delicious.
Did you choose self-employment or did it choose you? Any regrets?
I was told that I was too old to get a job after nearly a year of being unemployed. I was so angry that I decided to “show them” what was possible. Maybe I was showing me too.
I have no regrets at all. I have had a wonderful life, met some amazing and wonderful people all over the world who have become my friends and I have also had lots of laughter and fun!
What one encouraging thought sums it all up?
Get excited about what you want to do or who you want to work with and then simply let go as you get curious. Never ask “how shall I?” because that’s what stops us from living the dream. Dreams have a habit of going in “directions”, sometimes not where you think. If you leave it open, you can allow miracles to happen that you would never have dreamed were possible. You can also receive more money than you ever thought was possible without even trying.
Do you feel lonely and isolated when working for yourself? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How do you get your social needs met? What do you recommend to others in this regard?
Yes I did get isolated and alone in the beginning of developing my business. I had a lot to learn about how to run a business and be a business owner. Sometimes I am an introvert and sometimes I am an extrovert. Traveling all over the world is fun and exciting. It can also be tiring being “on demand” all the time, so I do love my own space too.
Thanks so much, Ann. It’s been a joy having you as my guest today with your refreshing and soulful wisdom. How can readers find out more about you?
My website is EFTUK.net
See my work on YouTube