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Julie Schechter, founder and CEO of fitBallet, emphasizes the importance of a support system in your entrepreneurial journey and the best business advice that she got as she was starting her business.
- Step to Success: A step to your success is anything that moves your life and your business forward. Whether it’s an app, a book or an idea, you can apply something today that can help you succeed. I imagine if you are listening to this podcast or any podcast on business and personal development, you believe in rising above mediocrity. And that is what this week’s step to success is about in a book called The Motivation Manifesto by high performance trainer Brendon Burchard, who I discovered years ago, however, this book has been sitting near my desk for a while, and I just finished it and loved it. When you are reading a book, first of all, if it isn’t resonating with you, don’t feel like you have to finish it. There are too many good books out that that you will resonate with so read those. Secondly, to get more out of a book, take time to answer the questions or do the assignments that the book is asking you to do. Some of the questions that I just finished from this book are as follows, and even if you don’t read this book, take some time to answer these questions for yourself:
Am I proud of who I am and the person I’m becoming?Am I happy with what I’m doing and contributing to the world?What kind of person do I want to show the world each day?What have I already done in life that I didn’t know I could?What reasons can I find to believe in myself and in my dreams even amid difficult days?
- Dancer’s Dialect: The Dancer’s Dialect is the dancer’s language. I share dance terminology and concepts from different genres to see the correlations in your life and in your business. Today’s focus is on traditional Korean dance. As I’ve been on this new dance journey, I’ve been taking more of an interest in dance history upon recommendation from one of my trainers so that I can better understand the origins of movement and how I can better myself in my own creative pursuits. So, being that I am half Korean, I thought I would research Korean dance. Without going into too much detail, there are two types of dances, court dance and folk dance. The court dance style is very celebratory with bright costumes whereas the folk dance style can encompass a wider range of emotions from joy, to frustration, humor and sorrow. Breath is very important in Korean dance regardless of style as well as continuity and fluidity. This got me thinking about history as a whole and being reminded again the importance of knowing where things come from, so that we can continue learning and improving, whether in dance, business or life.
- Freestyle Flow: If you’ve been listening recently, I’ve talked a bit about my love of hot yoga and now there are two things that I’ve added to my to do list, and those are two exercises that I am working on mastering, the chaturanga dandasana and the headstand. I’ve been looking at YouTube videos and Instagram video clips and excited to incorporate these. A chaturanga dandasana is a low plank and It strengthens the arms and legs, tones the abdominals, builds healthy shoulders, and is preparation for arm balances, inversions, and backbends. Some of the benefits of headstands include improved brain function, better mood and increase in upper body strength. As with any exercise, alignment is critical to get the most of an exercise and to prevent injuries. Check out this article from Yoga Journal on the proper way to do a chaturanga dandasana.
- Feature Presentation: I have a delightful conversation with Julie Schechter, Creator and CEO of fitBallet on her journey of dancer to lawyer to entrepreneur.
Question: What is the best advice you’ve gotten on a project or business you’ve started?
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