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Series鈥娾斺奅pisode 4 How to grow as an entrepreneur. Interview with Lynda Spiegel

ising Awareness among Women; Pass the baton on to Aspiring Entrepreneurs!

People say 2018 is the Womens聽Year. Some say March is the month to celebrate Women.

I say Inspiring Women are聽a Celebration to the World Every Single聽Day.

Series鈥娾斺奅pisode 4 How to grow as an entrepreneur. Interview with Lynda Spiegel@

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Lynda Spiegel
Founder of Rising Star Resumes

Inspired by the response to my article,聽2018 Challenges for Women Entrepreneurs and How to Overcome Them,聽I initiated this series called聽How to grow as an entrepreneur.

I am talking to Leading and Inspiring Women all over the world to聽Raise Awareness among Women; Asking them if they are ready to Pass the baton on to aspiring entrepreneurs!

These are some amazing tips聽from聽Successful Women Entrepreneurs. Who鈥檝e been there, and done it!

Women Entrepreneurs around the world face major challenges but many are inspiring us to shape the future of global business.
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Today I interview Lynda Spiegel, An Awesome Mom of 2 and the Founder of Rising Star Resumes that provides job search strategies, resume & cover letter advice聽and聽LinkedIn profile keyword optimization.聽

She is聽an author of frequent articles on The Wall Street Journal Experts blog, LinkedIn Pulse, CornerstoneOnDemand and Talent Culture blogs.
She leverages all the experience she gained to help professionals in a variety of industries achieve their career goals. What I love about her is that she is聽a job search coach who develops an employee value proposition for her clients鈥 resumes and LinkedIn profiles by discussing the role of storytelling in finding/interviewing for a new job.
She brings in the human touch to the entire process. She's known to be聽most approachable and down to earth, more than trustworthy and accommodating. Her hobbies include running and baking bread :)

Thank you, Lynda, for being a part of this entrepreneur series I am excited to know all about your journey!

So this interview series is about raising awareness among Women enabling them to take the entrepreneur baton in their hands.

1.聽Do you agree the baton needs to be passed on and why?

Yes, of course.

I believe that in the U.S., at least, women have felt empowered for some time now to take on the challenge of entrepreneurship. I see this trend among baby boomer women like myself, but primarily among millennial

2.聽Can you tell me your transition from a regular HR job to starting Rising Star Resumes? I鈥檓 sure you were quite settled with a comfortable聽well paid聽job. What helped you the most to kickstart the journey?

Frankly, it was getting fired that gave me the kick I needed. Otherwise, I don鈥檛 think it would have even occurred to me to start my own business. I always saw myself as an employee, but after losing my job, I realized that I wanted control over my own career.聽As an entrepreneur, I would have to deal with a drop in income (at first) as well as inconsistent cash flow, but I would never again get fired!聽I embrace the opportunity to think creatively, determine my own fate, and respond to changes in the business environment.

4.聽What鈥檚 your advice to women who are aspiring to start their own business? I know you鈥檝e told some of your candidates that there鈥檚 no such thing as聽a permanent jobs!

Exactly 鈥 how can employment be permanent when it is determined by the interests of a company鈥檚 shareholders or owners?聽

So my advice is to聽think strategically聽鈥 what kind of business can I start that won鈥檛 require much investment capital, and that can grow organically.

Here鈥檚 an example: I love to entertain friends and family with my cooking, so everyone suggested that I buy a food truck and join the hundreds of entrepreneurs in the food business. But while that would have fuelled my passion, the cost of a food truck, licenses, and health and safety requirements in New York City, where I live, would have wiped out my savings. Then, what if the business failed? I鈥檇 be penniless.

So I thought about what was important to me: the ability to earn a comfortable living as a Solopreneur, the freedom to travel and work from anywhere on the globe that has a strong WiFi signal, and not having to invest my savings in starting up my business. Since I had been a global human resources executive who understood what employers are looking for, and I鈥檓 a pretty good writer,聽Rising Star Resumes became the fulfillment of all my goals.

5.聽Women's strengths are so diverse that opportunities are endless. Yet what do you think stops them?

Fear, of course. Women are hardwired, I think, to avoid risk, so we gravitate toward paths of least resistance. But we need to聽develop confidence in our聽strengths,聽and know that when we fail 鈥 as we inevitably will at some point 鈥 we can simply start over.

5. Very true Lynda self-confidence is a key to the door. How do you surround yourself with people who will help you succeed?

Walk away 鈥 briskly 鈥 from people who give you reasons why not, but heed those who will hear you out and provide realistic feedback.聽Gravitate towards people who are genuinely interested in helping. In my life, there have been many men who have done so,聽but more women need to mentor each other.

6. It isn't the first time I'm hearing this about women supporting women. Why do you think it's so uncommon?

Several reasons - for one, men traditionally act as mentors. Also, because opportunities for women have always been more limited, women have felt more competitive with one another. But now that opportunities are more available, there's no need for even the perception of competition.聽

We women need to nurture each other, for our own sakes, and our daughters and granddaughters

7. How do you maintain your sanity, knowledge and your creativity as you know that it is highly significant to you and your business? Work could get overwhelming sometimes. What鈥檚 the magic formula you use?

Meditation. Work comes in waves, so some days, I鈥檓 quite at my leisure, and then all of a sudden, I鈥檓 overwhelmed with deadlines, client demands, and more and more work.聽When the stress builds, I turn off my devices and listen to guided meditation tapes.Or if I鈥檓 out and about, I connect to my breath and slow down my mind. It works like magic.

8. Meditation is magic. I agree. Do you take the time away from work to shut your brain off? What do you do? I know you聽traveled聽to India recently, what鈥檚 your takeaway from this trip as a successful聽businesswoman?

Well, meditation is a very inexpensive way to take time away from work. But travel is so extraordinary. I usually bring my laptop on trips so I can work from anywhere, but for my trip to India, I totally disconnected and focused on face-to-face meetings with LinkedIn friends, as well as being truly present to appreciate the incredible diversity of India.

9. That sounds awesome. So tell me, which three words describe you the best?

聽Candid, Caring, Curious聽

10. I would agree聽wholeheartedly聽馃槉 Who are the most influential women in your life and Why?

My aunt, who at 82 still runs her own business and shows no sign of slowing down.

I鈥檓 also inspired by Golda Meir, who helped create a country for my people after the horrors of the Holocaust.

11 Wow, I'd like to hear the holocaust story some other time. Last question here, please name one book that changed the way you looked at things in life and your聽favorite聽quote.

No one book, but what changed my perspective is the Buddhist philosophy that聽nothing is permanent and suffering can be avoided by not trying to hold on to things.

My聽favourite聽quote is from the Old Testament in the Book of Micah:

聽鈥淪eek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.鈥

Thank you, Lynda, for being you and sharing your journey with us all. Please continue to Empower and Inspire Women Worldwide.

There's so much to take away from this interview. The truth is聽

Once you believe in yourself and what your putting forward to the world, people will believe in you.

The challenge is to be authentic and engage people with your actions and words. Ambition, adaptability, and resilience are key factors of entrepreneurial success. Failure is an inevitable journey to success. We must all learn to be confident and realize that failure is just a learning curve.

As an entrepreneur, you must be resilient and courageous

About me

I am a brand ambassador for beBee Inc, an ardent reader, a Purpose-Driven Career Strategist and HR.

My passion is to help create a purpose-driven world around me.

I coach individuals, train teams down the path of change, and enable them to fit comfortably in the project/job assigned to them.聽

A more human workplace is something I've dreamed of since I realized how much we get back from the community by being human and were we all not created for this very same reason.

I encourage women worldwide to recognize and embrace their true potential as entrepreneurs and believe in themselves.

I'm purpose driven聽and believe we must have the courage to make the right choices to activate our value-driven purpose.

For we do not grow alone we use the immediate surrounding and the people around us to grow and shine. And when we shine we shed light enabling others to see a well-defined path - Fatima Williams

Disclaimer - The opinions expressed here are that of our own and does not represent anybody.

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馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

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3 years ago #12

Dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit says "Entrepreneurship has a feminine underpinning because it gives BIRTH to a dream we have." I love the way you explain it. And Servant leadership is a terrific way to explain the challenges of an entrepreneur.

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams
CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #10

Entrepreneurship is not a gender but it has a feminine underpinning because it is about giving BIRTH to a dream we have and we are willing to nurture for greater value - it is not a gender because it is not us - it is ALL of us who draw value and get served by it - because in such a dream is a form of servant leadership and just as many battles and obstacles to cross as those fought by women to be valued equally as a value contributing human being.

Franci 馃悵Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Excellent piece Lynda Spiegel are truly inspirational.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #8

Great buzz ! enjoyed read and shared. thank you very much for the buzz.

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #7

Thank you Deborah Levine I shall email the last 2 interviews for the diversity report this evening :) You are one of the reasons I was inspired to start this series SO Thank you!

Ali 馃悵 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

My pleasure dear . Now, my previous comment is partly invalid because promptly you corrected for the spelling mistake. I shall entertain your 3 C's in my next buzz.

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #5

Thank you, my dear Savvy Raj for sharing your thoughts. My purpose of these interviews is to identify and reveal the strength that interconnects these amazing women from varied backgrounds. I'm glad you enjoyed the read :)

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #4

Thank you Pascal Derrien I am inspired and she gave us some awesome takeaways :)

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

馃悵 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #3

Thank you Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for always taking the time to comment whenever I write. You possess the 3 C's of Caring Charismatic Credible I would like to say Charming too :) SO far with the interview series what I learnt the most was about the antifragility trait from each of these amazing women. I am very interested to read your next article :) Thank you for letting me know about the spelling error too I love it and welcome it anytime.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #2

A lady on the mission thank you for sharing another great profile and interview you rock and so is Lynda :-)

Ali 馃悵 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you for this grand interview . Thanks are also due to @Lynda Spiegel for sharing her challenges. I have so many points to discuss. I shall limit my comment to two points. First, just for being consistent, the last name on the background image is spelled Spiegal while in the text it is Spiegel (e and not a). I assume it is with an e as evidenced from the LI profile. I paused while reading this "Frankly, it was getting fired that gave me the kick I needed. Otherwise, I don鈥檛 think it would have even occurred to me to start my own business". L like this solid character. This is antifragility to come out stronger from a setback. Stronger in character, in positivity and in vision. The second point is Lynda's 3 C's of "Candid, Caring, Curious". This is an amazing synchronicity as I am preparing a buzz on the the fractal 3 C's of leadership. I reviewed the literature. One post gives the 3 C's of Competence, Consistency, Care". Care is a common factor here. One reference gives "Courage, Change, Communication". There are many other C's. I wonder how Lynda arrived at her own formula. The best interviews are those that engage the readers. I am engaged to this interview. Thank You both ladies.

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