So Emily, how did it feel to accept your award?
I was so honoured to win the Rising Stars Award, because as a young entrepreneur with big dreams, it’s important to have the support and backing of those around you: those who carry with them experience, expertise and a strong belief in who you are and what you do. This award reminded me that I’m not alone in my venture, and it’s an incredible feeling to know that you are supported by so many people who, even through the tough times, will continue to cheer you on!
What were your highlights of the awards night?
I was blown away by the stories and journeys of the successful business women we had the privilege of hearing from on the awards night itself. Women who, whilst making huge sacrifices to pursue their careers in business, never once lost sight of the ones they love. These women had started up and developed incredibly successful businesses whilst simultaneously raising children and running households. For me, these women not only challenged, but completely smashed the stereotype and ‘either, or’ mentality of career verses family.
As a young entrepreneur what have been your biggest challenges?
I’m Motivation by Music’s driven and passionate visionary, that’s my most important role as founder and Creative Director, and what keeps us moving forward. It’s so easy to be seen as an unstoppable force – willing to take the biggest of risks and able to overcome some of the greatest challenges… Whilst there is an element of truth in that, it only takes a small dose of kryptonite to cripple an otherwise indestructible Superman. What’s my kryptonite? Detail. I can so easily become overwhelmed by detail – administration and organisation. And that’s where I’ve learned to ask for help.
And what are the rewards?
Flexibility. Don’t get me wrong, at times I work so hard and often into the early hours of the morning, but when the sun is shining, I get myself to the beach; and when a friend needs me, I’m there. I’m my own boss, and the flexibility that comes with that enables me to keep my sanity, to keep dear to me the things that matter most in my life, and enables me to put my very best into all that I do.
Why did you decide to run your own business?
I was once told that I could never work for anyone other than myself. I guess I didn’t know what was meant by that statement until I eventually became my own boss, and realised just how free I felt. It was almost like I instantly became a better version of myself. It’s tough, don’t get me wrong, but I’m definitely giving this business thing a good go before anyone tries to tempt me into working a more ‘normal’ job.
Now you’re an Award Winner what’s next for you?
I recently returned from Canada where I ran my first overseas Motivation by Music team building session. I have such a huge passion for the imprisoned across the globe – whether that be those who are physically locked up, or those who are trapped in the prison of self-doubt. I want to use the profits from my work with corporate clients to reach more people. From community groups in the UK to orphaned children in Kenya, my dream is to help individuals to unveil their self-worth through Motivation by Music sessions, and to provide opportunities for people to experience the real joy of being free in a supportive and encouraging community.
What one piece of advice would you give to young women in Surrey who are looking to run their own business?
One of my favourite prayers is ‘God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference’. It’s so important to know your strengths and of course, to learn, develop and grow where you can, but there comes a point in business where you must admit where you need help, and get it.