Today’s blog guest is Sarah Newton who I am very happy to have known for a long time although we only started working together again just recently. During a few short months, Sarah’s had a real financial turnaround.
Here she is, in her own words:
Hi everyone, it’s great to meet you. My name is Sarah Newton. I am a film addict, cake-loving, Disney-obsessed whirlwind. My Day job is Teenologist, Futurist, Speaker, Writer, and Teen Expert. However I like to think of myself as a Saviour of Maidens, Champion of Heroes and Slayer of Dragons. I have being running my business now for over 15 years and it is still nameless really, so I go under the pseudonym of Sarah Newton Consultancy, which sounds really boring for a Dragon Slayer I know. My business does a host of things, all generally to do with young people but if I had to sum it up I would say that I disrupt norms so that people can get brave and do awesome stuff. I know, how cool is that, right?
I love working for myself; I have no one to answer to, no one telling me how things should and must be and no one telling me when I must be where, so I guess what I love most is the freedom. I also love how it allows me to be there for my family when I need to be and go and cry at school plays and get to parents’ evening; all that fun stuff we do as parents. I love having complete autonomy and control over myself. It gives me 100% responsibility over my own life and I love that. No one else to blame but me. There is something so powerful I feel about having no one else to blame.
My business is always one big surprise to me and I love that. What surprises me most is how much my business is an extension of me and where I am in my life; I am not sure I expected that. I thought you came up with a business and it stayed the same, but it doesn’t. My business feels real and alive, it grows and changes and shifts as I do. No one told me this. I think that when you start out you think you know how it will look and then as you get going it takes on a life of its own and looks nothing like you expected. It often feels as if you can do all you want, take all the action you want but sometimes your business has other plans, and that is OK. My business is a delightful mixture of me making plans and my business having some completely better and more exciting ideas. We make a good team!
My business also constantly shocks me, reaching goals I set and then hating them (need I mention the TV series), enjoying things I thought I would hate (geeky research), and how hard and fun it is all at the same time. It shocks me when I see people doing things the way everyone else does, just because they think it is the way things ought to be done, rather than doing things the way they want. We must do everything in our business with our whole heart; if we don’t it won’t work, yet we try so much to follow the path of another rather than creating our own path. I have learnt this lesson the hard way, believe me. As someone who is so stubborn and opinionated, it shocked me to find that some years back I had built a business on someone else’s idea of who I should be rather than whom I wanted to be. It is so easy to fall into that trap. Don’t worry though, I soon put it right.
My business has forced me to change so much. When you run a business that is focused on you, your personality and your opinions then you had better get crystal clear what you are and what you stand for. I am forever changing with my business. I have learnt to focus, get serious about money and learnt that I am much more creative than I ever thought I was. My business is me as the best life coach ever; if I am not 100% solid in what I want to do, my business reflects this by not working well. If I need to learn what needs changing, I turn to my business and it always shows me the answers.
The thing I am most looking forward to in 2015 is the release of my first novel written with my 17-year-old daughter. I can’t tell you how excited I am about that, I know you can’t see me but I am dancing. It will be out in April 2015 so please keep in touch for more information.
Find out more about Sarah: SarahNewton.com
Like her Facebook Page: Facebook.com/Teenology
And follow Sarah on Twitter: @SarahNewton
And if you’d like to work alongside Sarah in my intermediate level business mentoring group, then here’s all the information you need to know about Club 100 for a January start. Contact me if you want to discuss whether or not this group is right for where you are right now in your business.