A Q&A With Work/Life Balance Expert Samantha Ettus
Did you miss our Twitter chat with work/life balance expert Samantha Ettus? No worries. We have all the answers to your questions right here.
Samantha is a bestselling American author, speaker, TV contributor and syndicated radio host. She regularly appears on shows such as Access Hollywood, the Today show, Home and Family and Fox and Friends, among others. Her goal is to help women to perform at their highest levels in their professional and personal lives.
How do you define your professional mission?
My mission is to help all women reach their full potential!
What was the biggest “learning moment” of your life?
On the personal front, I was married and divorced in my twenties. It was painful and a challenge to overcome. Professionally, my last four books were anthologies and this is the first book I am writing solo.
What has your work experience taught you about life?
In business and in life, surround yourself with curious people and you are guaranteed to grow.
What are tricks to managing work and life well?
Be unapologetic. Don't hide your family at work and don't apologize to your family for working! Also, the most successful people are single or have a partner who supports their dreams. Choose wisely!
How do you turn your passion into a business?
You focus and you become obsessive about knowing all the major players, researching and immersing yourself in it.
Are there certain industries that are better for work/life balance?
No! There are no bad industries, just bad bosses, and they appear even in "good industries."
What have been your biggest career challenges to date?
My greatest challenge is finding ways to scale, to reach as many women as possible with my message. I have had to say no to some opportunities, but I know I can't do everything, so I don't look back.
What has writing a book taught you?
I've interviewed 200 women and among the takeaways, I learned that I need to prioritize my health.
What are some of the biggest mistakes women make when dealing with work/life balance?
It's your job (Not your company's) to set the boundaries necessary for you to have a thriving life.
What advice do you have about creating a personal brand?
Think about your business, boards, speeches, your appearance. What story do they tell? Manage your personal brand on social media. Maintain consistency and focus across platforms.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by my kids and by those who manage thriving professional and their personal lives.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career journey?
My parents made me believe I could do anything with hard work. And I've had champions along the way.
What advice would you give women who are re-entering the workforce after having a baby?
Make your passion and devotion to your work crystal clear. Give them no chance to doubt you. Don't ask for flexibility until you have the offer in hand. Once they have fallen for you, ask
What is the most important strength women bring to business?
I see every business as a mosaic. If all of your tiles look the same, your business won't shine.
Did you always think you would do what you are doing now?
I wanted a career in journalism. I write and appear on television regularly. Related but not exact.
How do you stay resilient when things get tough?
I lean on my inner circle and I don't let myself spend time living in the past lane.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
I was the most ambitious unstoppable 20-year-old. I could probably use her advice now.
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