Shaunda Necole- These 3 Things Made Me A Better Businesswoman

I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 13 years, and I feel the most confident in my work now than ever before! I’m often asked about what I do and how I do it. I’m a social media influencer and a business coach. I work with entrepreneurs, brands, bloggers and influencers. There are a lot of questions about how to navigate business on the wild wild west of the internet—with even more questions about how to make money doing this! I love to answer inquiries about what I do because it allows me the opportunity to hear myself answer out loud, and listen to myself give credence and relevance to what I do and why it matters so much to the many people that I serve. I have always believed that sharing with others is one of the best practices in becoming better at what we do. The student evolving into the teacher, aka the business coach.

Where do I get my inspiration?

The question I’m asked most often is where do I get the inspiration for new articles and pictures that I share. I could quickly answer, “from my mind,” which is always spinning and churning out what I think is the next best idea ever! But that answer still begs the question of where are these ideas coming from that “spin around” in my head. After giving it some thought, the simple answer is that the constant stream of ideas and inspiration come from going places.

1. Reading: food for the mind

Going places begins in mind. Training your ideas and thoughts into a funnel of good vibes and creative ideas that open the door to positive people, places and energy. A great place to start funneling this type of energy is in a book! Concerning my creativity as a blogger and contributing writer, the old adage is true. “The more you read, the better writer you become.”

I find self-help books and personal stories to be the most inspiring. Here are a few good books to get you started:

the Bible  |  Becoming by Michelle Obama  |  Shoe Dog by Phil Knight  |  I Am Charlie Wilson by Charlie Wilson  |   Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki  |  The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss (This book is next on my list to read. I’ve heard remarkable things about it!)  |  Next Level Thinking by Joel Osteen

2. Exercising: food for the body

A game-changing exercise for me was yoga. I use the principles and disciplines of this practice in my daily life. Breathing techniques, mindful meditation, stretching and flow (Chaturanga ;-). Find yourself a routine that exercises you physically and mentally because we all need a positive outlet to release the bad energy and refuel the good. Yoga inspires me because it challenges and stretches my physical abilities, which, in turn, empowers my mental skills to continue thriving and creating.

3. Traveling: food for the soul

I’d say that the most rewarding after practicing sound mind and body is traveling. The more places I’ve visited, the more people I’ve met and the more cultures I’ve experienced. The more homes I’ve entered and the more food that I’ve tasted have all have re-awakened my senses and made me a better person, Christian, believer, wife, mother, family member, writer, creator, entrepreneur and coach because of my exposure to so many new and unfamiliar places. EVERY TIME I travel, I return home with more ideas and inspiration than I had before. Never fails. I’m always yearning for the next time. Wanderlust much? I understand that travel is the future reward to our present selves, for our past selves INTENTIONALLY feeding our mind, body and souls. Feed the mind, body, soul, repeat—and let the soul cycle begin!