Educator, author, entrepreneur and speaker Dr. Sharon H. Porter is the owner of Perfect Time SHP LLC, founder of the GRIND Entrepreneur Network, host, and creator of the Write the Book Now! interview and podcast show, the GRINDeNetwork Spotlight podcast, and the I Am Dr. Sharon podcast.
Rolling out had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Porter about her various businesses.
How did you get into your business?
I am a certified leadership development coach for a large school district as my full-time profession. I simply transferred those skills in working with entrepreneurs and authors.
How do you handle stress in your business?
Time alone and listening to gospel music immediately de-stresses me.
What is your biggest hurdle you’ve overcome since becoming a business owner?
During my first year, for almost a year and a half, I had very few clients and I was spending more than I was bringing in monthly. Even though it was expected, it was a hurdle that I had to face. I invested in my own development and learned from others who had experience in coaching as their own business.
What is the biggest achievement you’ve accomplished with your business?
Opening a brick-and-mortar business and coaching office. Although I have a very nice home office, [I] really wanted a designated location to bring clients without feeling my privacy was invaded.
In your opinion, what is the key to success?
Expand your network. When I first began my business I relied (I tried to anyway) on friends and family for support.I soon realized that is not sustainable. You have to network, connect, and build new relationships in order to be successful. I successfully defended my dissertation on April 24 and I don’t consider it a coincidence that Luke 4:24 is the Scripture that says you can’t be a prophet in your own land. It simply means in order to be valued you go beyond everything that is familiar.
The best business tip you can give someone who aspires to join your field?
“Sharpen the saw” and Take Action.
What is a quote or mantra that motivates you?
“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it” –Estee Lauder
“Stop wishing … start doing”
What advice would you give your younger self about growing up as a woman in this world?
Believe it … You can do anything you set your mind to do …
If you were the first woman president, what would be your first order of business?
Sign an executive order that focuses on improving education and ensuring equality of access and opportunity for all.
What was your last google search?
Funny — I searched my last book title Next In Line to Lead: The Voice of the Assistant Principal to see what came up. The first option was my book’s website, the second option was the Amazon link to my book, and the third option was my book’s Twitter handle. I was pleased.
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