In conversation with: Maggie Colette at thinklikeaboss.co
Welcome to the second part of the In Conversation With series showcasing incredible women who make a difference to the lives of others through their work. Today I’m super excited to introduce you to Maggie Colette, a multi-passionate entrepreneur and Founder of thinklikeaboss.co.
I met Maggie last year when I joined her Facebook Group for women who were ready to leave their corporate jobs. She is a truly inspirational lady whose words of wisdom will make you slay your day even when your inner mean girl tells you to stay in bed and feel sorry for yourself.
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What motivated you to leave your corporate career and launch your business?
I was tired of the corporate world and I was desperate for change. When I fell into the corporate world at the age of 22, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I was attracted to the big city like most young professionals are and back then, the big thing was to apply for “graduate schemes” which is exactly what I did.
I actually wanted to leave the banking industry 4 years into my career. I had a niggling feeling deep inside of me that I was destined for more, I just didn’t know what. I was also scared and I didn’t have that self belief that I have now.
The final nudge was health related. I was burnt out, exhausted both mentally and physically and the stresses of my role, coupled with the amount of long haul travel I did, just wasn’t sustainable anymore.
The year before I left the corporate world, I’d started a luxury travel blog. It was something I’d always wanted to do and I loved it. Suddenly, out of nowhere, it started to take off and it opened my eyes to a whole new world.
For the first time in my life I had options and the prospect of changing careers suddenly didn’t seem as daunting. I had also just started working with my first coach. She was a massive support and helped me realise that monetising my travel blog, whilst starting my own coaching practice were viable business options.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about leaving their 9-5 to work for themselves?
Running a business is hard and I mean really hard. But it’s also the most incredible journey and you learn so much about yourself every single day. There is also never a “right time”, you just have to take that leap of faith and go all in. If you can side hustle first then do it for as long as possible and have money saved up for a rainy day too.
I cannot emphasise enough that the best investment you will ever make is the one in yourself. So don’t be afraid to get the support that you need. Investing in courses, books and mentors will get you to your end destination much quicker than if you were to do it alone.
Lastly, your business will look very different six months down the line and again 12 months down the line. You have to be adaptable and open to change. Recognise when things aren’t working and don’t be afraid to change things up.
I know you’re passionate about law of attraction and money mindset. What is the your number one tip you would give someone who wants to change their money mindset to attract more abundance into their life?
If you’re serious about changing your money mindset, you have to acknowledge your inner money demons and do the icky work. Tasks such as acknowledging your current financial situation and your deep seated beliefs around money are a MUST. If you think you can just gloss over it, I’m here to tell you that you can’t. The minute you take the control back, everything changes!
How would you describe your personal style? Has it changed since you left your corporate job?
I was definitely very “corporate” back in the day. Ironically I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn a blazer since leaving the corporate world two years ago. You could say, it’s had an effect on my personal style in a way 😂 and it’s made me averse to wearing blazers!
Lipstick is my thing and it always has been. I love wearing bright and bold colours. I also have every single MAC lipstick going!
In terms of my wardrobe, I do love fashion. There are days when I love throwing on a pair of skinny jeans and one of my slogan Tees and there are other days when I really go to town. The faux fur coat comes out, as do my little black booties, paired with a cute preppy dress and black tights.
I recently purchased a Black Shearling Jacket from Zara – it was dubbed the “Blogger” jacket last winter. It’s the 3rd season in a row that Zara have brought it back and I must say, I’m obsessed with it! I love pairing it with black jeans, white trainers and a pair of aviator sunglasses – Tom Cruise Top Gun eat your heart out!
What is your dream shoe investment?
I’ve never owned a pair of Louboutins so I would love to buy myself a pair at some point. I broke my foot at university and ever since, I’ve never been able to wear shoes bigger than a kitten heel, so I tend to invest more in handbags and coats. But I would love a paid of Christian Louboutins. Maybe 2019 is the year I finally get round to investing in a pair!
What is the best business advice you received to date?
Business is hard. There will be days when you want give up and throw in the towel. And however impossible things may seem, they will get better. Keep persevering and if you need to change things up, then do. Never be afraid of change because it’s the people that are scared of change, that stay stationary.
How do you create an evenly balanced work and personal life?
I’m still trying to figure this one out 😂 . I’m definitely getting better! One rule that I implemented in my household recently, which has made a huge difference, is leaving my phone in the office when I have downtime with my husband in the evenings.
Generally between the hours of 7pm – 10pm I am completely offline. I try to avoid going back to work after 10pm where possible, but that doesn’t always happen. I also leave my phone in the office when I go to bed, this means I’m not tempted to reach for it when I’m in bed because it’s in a completely different room!
I also take one day off during the week and I try not to go a full week without a day off.
What is your favourite self-development book?
I have to say I’m a HUGE fan of Jen Sincero. You are a Badass is a firm favourite because she pulls no punches and she has a real sense of humour.
I giggled so much reading both of her books and a lot of women can relate to her story. It’s also a refreshing read because she doesn’t take herself too seriously!
What is on your podcast list?
I’m obsessed with ‘Own Your Hustle’ by Ruby Lee and Style Your Mind by Cara Alwill Leyba. I also love listening to The Kimberley Wenya Podcast when I get time – I love Kimberly and I am so in awe of how much she has achieved this year – that girl will go far. I predict she’ll be the next Gabby Bernstein!
How do you measure your terms of success?
Great question! I’ve done a full 180 on this. I came from a world where success was defined by money and status. And if I’m being honest, until two years ago, I defined it the same way.
Today, things are different. I’ve worked hard at redefining success and to me, success isn’t about the size of your bank balance or your job title, it’s about being proud of your achievements.
It doesn’t matter if its something big or something small but as long as you know that you’ve done your best, then that’s all that really matters.
Lastly, what are your plans for Think Like a Boss?
How long do you have 😂 !??? Ok, my honest answer is: I want to change the way we think. Too many women (and men), are denying themselves incredible opportunities because they lack the self-belief.
No one seems to be cheerleading them on and I want Think Like a Boss to be their cheerleader. I also want to create a movement.
In the same way that Natalie Ellis and Danielle McCarthy have created a movement with Boss Babe, I want to do the same with Think Like a Boss.
I want anyone who lands on the website, who reads a blog post, who listens to the Podcast, who buys one of our digital courses or who enrols into a group coaching program to be mind blown. I want them to undergo massive life changing transformations and I want them to make the daily mindset work non-negotiable!
I also want to do work in the corporate space next year. There are so many young professionals and women in particular, who could ready benefit from workshops on Mindset and wellbeing and I want to be the one to teach them. I was once in their position so who better to teach them – someone who’s been in their position!
I would love to create an app next year and I also what to spend more time travelling with my business.