Michelle Vandepas is the host of the Purpose and Profit podcast, a best-selling author and TEDx speaker. She works with those who’s call is to change the consciousness of the planet. She will be featured in an upcoming documentary, “Wisdom From Thought Leaders.” In addition to being a mother and grandmother, she has 10 foster children.
Michelle believes that it is possible for anyone to be an entrepreneur, but it can be complicated. She feels everyone shouldn’t approach entrepreneurship the same way, and gives the example of Richard Branson versus a smaller entrepreneur that works from home.
“The definition (of entrepreneur) is so broad that I think we need to remember that there’s a place for everyone. It’s finding the style that’s right for you to make you the most successful.”
When frustrated and discouraged, entrepreneurs need to remember they’re in it for the life journey, because they have a passion.
“Passion needs to sustain us over the long haul. Having a long-term view helps us get through the ups and downs.”
Michelle got interested in the shift from business in person, to online and social media. She realized there was an opportunity to work with people who didn’t do well networking in person, to bring their skills online. She believes people need to break down what type of person they are, and use their skills and type to align themselves with their marketing.
“Identifying your archetype will help you blossom as an entrepreneur and help you market yourself in an easier way.”
We have to give ourselves permission to not do what everyone else is doing.
The biggest mistake that Michelle sees people doing (both in person and online) is forgetting to ask for the sale.
When she started her first business at 27, she wanted to figure it all out herself but realized she needed help from others, including her accountant, lawyer and business partner.
“It’s extremely competitive today. We all need to be working on our mindsets, to keep our head in the game.”
Michelle spoke at TEDx recently and has coached many others on how to do this. To start, she just applied to be a speaker for them.
“We all try to figure out what they end game is before we take the first step”
There are multiple paths to becoming a speaker. A person could become a keynote speaker and go after the corporate or conference market, travelling often, or do as Michelle and use speaking to build her business and increase her platform. She usually doesn’t charge to speak, however, is giving the opportunity to sell her products and services and get clients from the engagements.
If you’re a local business, try to find a “hook” that has to do with some current events. Approach local media and offer valuable advice on how to solve a particular program, which will help you get exposure.
She says that procrastination is not necessarily as bad as we think it is. We can have it all, but not all at once.
We need time for creative energy to flow through us, to give us new ideas.
“It takes time to build roots that are strong enough”
TV Show: The Jetsons
Family Tradition: on Christmas Eve, they would cook a big meal, dress up and take photos
Embarrassing Moment: Being introverted, childhood was embarrassing until she got through it and figured out how to make her way in the world.
Surprising Lesson as a Mom: how much she had to grow herself, so she could raise a healthy human being.
Parents’ Parenting Style: she tries to take the best qualities of both of her parents (creativity, sense of adventure, travel, etc.)
“I did the best I knew how to do. I’m sure I’m screwing it up, no matter my best intentions. We do the best we can do in the moment. Stay openhearted and loving. Move forward in life with the blessing of being human.”