Welcome to the Mom Entrepreneur interview section of AllAboutKiids, where we feature mom entrepreneurs. They are taking financial matters into their own hands and becoming the bread earners of their families. These small interviews will help you to have a better view of the daily life questions you seek. These women are full-time moms and full-time entrepreneurs. This series will focus on answering the questions every stay at home mom wants to know. Our first mom entrepreneur is Dr. Mansi Gupta. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of counselling, teaching & specializes in child and adolescence counselling, mind-body balance, emotional freedom techniques and brain-gyming. The following are the questions we ask our mommy entrepreneur.
1- What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
I feel every woman is successful in her Endeavour whether it is her home front or the work front. A woman can manage a lot more than men as they have parallel thinking. The most important thing is to find out about your passion in life and if you follow your passion, there is no way that you will not succeed. It is very important to keep up a positive attitude in life and handle all the challenges in life in a positive way.
2- How do you achieve Work-Mom balance?
I joined back work when my baby was 1 year old. Initially, I felt very jittery about how my baby would he be eating properly, hope he doesn’t get hurt, hope he didn’t pick up anything and put in his mouth, hope he is not crying too much for me etc. But after a month or two of joining back work, I realized this way, I am neither at work mentally and nor with the baby physically. Along with the guilt I always had to leave my baby on someone else and not spending enough time with him. But with time, practice and with strong willpower I realized to join back work. It is essential for my mental peace. When I come back from work to my baby, I spend more quality time with him in which I can create more value in his life as there is anyway no point even if you are around him focusing on your phone and not him.
3- What have you learned about leadership, entrepreneurship and mentoring others?
I feel everyone is a born leader, a born entrepreneur and a mentor of his or her own life. We all know what is good and bad for us. If we lead our passion, we can be good entrepreneurs. It just needs right mentoring which comes from within.
4- How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?
My son is my biggest motivation as tomorrow when he grows up I want him to say “I am really proud of my mom”. Also since childhood, I had this dream of bringing happiness to everyone’s life. I am thoroughly enjoying following this dream which gives me the motivation to help people to lead the life in a positive and meaningful way.
5- If you had to start over from scratch, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?
As of now, I do not have any regrets in my life either personally or professionally. I totally love my life and enjoy what I do.
6- What are your success habits?
My success habits include: being grateful for everything in my life, being sincere and respectful towards what I do and always look for positives in every situation of my life.
7- How do you push through your worst times?
For me the key to keep moving in life is the positive attitude, I have towards everything in life and I feel, I have never experienced the worst time ever.
8- What has been the role of luck in your success?
Luck comes with hard work and compassion. If we are hardworking and compassionate about something, Luck will automatically follow.
9- What is one of the biggest advances in your industry over the past five years?
The biggest advances that I see in the field of psychology are the number of students showing their interest to learn this subject. Each year the number is growing. Also, society is becoming more open to the idea of sharing their psychological problems openly with the psychologists.
10- What are the three threats to your business, your success, and how are you handling them?
Pressure and high ambitions from within me helps me to achieve more and in the process.
Knowledge in my field, particularly therapeutic techniques are growing at a very fast pace, and the threat of losing track of it is due to lack of time, and thus lose the advantage. Uneven and unfair competition from less qualified and unqualified persons in my field of practice with high financial backing.
11- What lessons did you learn in the process?
I have learnt a lot in my journey of being a student of psychology and practising psychologist as well. I have learnt to be more patient in life, accept each individual as he or she is without being judgmental and have also polished my skills to be a good listener. The most important thing I have learnt is nothing is permanent in life. Problems will keep coming and going. What matters is we make ourselves so strong and happy intrinsically that nothing breaks us.
12- Describe one of your biggest failures. What lessons did you learn, and how did it contribute to a greater success?
I have been a national level table tennis player. I was very good while practising my game, but when it came to matches, I used to have a lot of anxiety and anger issues if I would lose my matches. There have been times when I lost a match, I would throw my racket and break it in anger. This was the main reason for me to take up psychology as my career and master it. It has significantly contributed to my success as now I teach people how to deal with their anxiety and anger levels and also teach Health and Sports psychology at the university level.
13- After all this success, what do you struggle with now?
The only thing that I struggle with is the time. I wish I could be working 24 into 7 to create more meaning and value in people’s lives as I love doing that.
14- What is one piece of advice that you would give to readers?
Be positive, confident and have trust in yourself. It is very important to find out the true purpose of our lives and be persistent with it to find true happiness within.