Episode #21: Searching for The Magic Bullet of Happiness. An Interview with Laurel Anne Stark.

Jul 27, 2018

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You Will Learn

 

  • Living the “Dream Life” via the Rise and Grind myth
  • Searching for the magic bullet of happiness
  • What made her want to change
  • What she did in her first few months to stay sober
  • Building a better model of life inside out

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Episode #21: Searching for The Magic Bullet of Happiness. An Interview with Laurel Anne Stark.

Laurel Anne Stark is a speaker, writer, mentor, entrepreneur, and women in long-term sobriety.  Laurel Anne learned from her “work hard, play hard” mantra and tells how she transformed her life of “trainwrecking around” by breaking up with alcohol and becoming a seeker of the sustainable home, health, and work life.

MY STORY: LAUREL ANNE STARK
My Big Why.
MY JOURNEY AS AN ENTREPRENEUR HAS IN MANY WAYS BEEN ONE OF GROWING UP.
I became self-employed in my early twenties and never looked back.

Completely self-taught, I learned by doing, making mistakes and course correcting.

As such, I’ve got many hard-won lessons I hope to pass on to the people I work with.

“I started from the bottom, now I’m here…”

I moved to a new city with only $350 to my name and one contact, where my first job was working on a construction site for $9/hr.

I left that city 12 years later with my own six-figure business.

Clearly, I learned some things about being in business for myself.

“I am a person in long-term recovery…”

I’ve experienced two major health crises in my life; the first at 30 when I learned my “work hard, play hard” mantra was doing me some serious harm and that I needed to break up with alcohol. The second, many years later, when I finally hit burnout.

My health problems caused me to look at the way I was living and working, and make some major adjustments.

I used to regularly work 80 hour weeks. I’d be up ’til 3 am working. I didn’t really sleep or eat well. I was in reaction mode most of the time.

Culturally, that’s the “Rise and Grind” myth of the path to entrepreneurial glory.

For me, I see it as a really dysfunctional way to operate. Looking back at myself at 3 am, I needed to have a better business model, better boundaries, better systems for efficiency and a focus on profits rather than sales. I needed to have some more respect for my basic needs. There are a million lessons I learned the hard way.

I WANT THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH TO SHAVE YEARS OFF THEIR LEARNING CURVE. SAVE THEMSELVES FROM GETTING SICK.
Now I practice what I preach, a sustainable approach to work that is structured based on over 15 years learning best practices, good habits and great systems.

I believe that together, and with the right tools and approach, we don’t need to choose between success in business and maintaining our health.

 

Connect with Laurel Anne on her website:  laurelannestark.com

 

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Much love and hope,

Lynn

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