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3 Moments When I Wanted To Give Up & 3 Things To Do When You Want To Give Up

Today’s minisode we’re talking about those moments in your life where you want to give up.

We’ve all been there before. Everyone experiences the ups and downs of life and there are times that hit you harder and it can feel like the world is against you.

During this week’s interview, Sarah and I chat about moments when she wanted to give up on her non-profit, Kula Project and it got me thinking about moments throughout my life where I wanted to give up.

In this episode, I share 3 moments where I wanted to give up and 3 things to do when you feel like you want to give up.

I hope you’re able to learn a lesson from my own personal experiences and have this as inspiration the next time you feel like giving up. I’m there rooting for you!

3 Moments When I Wanted To Give Up & 3 Things To Do When You Want To Give Up | Ever feel like the world is beating down on you and you want to just give up? Click to check out this podcast episode where I share 3 personal moments where I wanted to give up and 3 tips on what to do when you want to give up. #inspiration #motivation #life #quotes #tips #positivity #personaldevelopment #confidence #selfimprovement #wisdom

MINI-SODE | 3 Moments When I Wanted To Give Up & 3 Things To Do When You Want To Give Up

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Day in the Life of Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, Founder and Executive Director, Kula Project

On today’s show, I have Sarah Buchanan-Sasson who is the Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project.

Sarah and I talk about how the idea of Kula Project came to be and how she got started, the hardships of growing a non-profit and one particular moment she wanted to give up, what she’d do differently if she were to start over again, what she’d suggest to someone who wants to start their own non-profit, and so much more!

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Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Founder of a non-profit? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, founder of Kula Project to find out!

Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder and Executive Director, Kula Project

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Sarah started Kula Project and why she wanted to focus on helping families in Rwanda.
  • Some of the biggest struggles she’s had while running a non-profit.
  • One moment where she wanted to give up and how she found motivation again.
  • What she’d do differently if she were to start over again.
  • Advice she’d give to someone who wants to start their own non-profit.
  • One of the best things about running a non-profit.
  • How listeners can get involved with Kula Project.

Sarah Buchanan is the Founder and Director of Kula Project. She has a degree in International Development and has been working in East Africa since 2009. She started her organization with the belief that charity will not eradicate poverty, business will, so Kula develops entrepreneurs through a 15-fellowship. Sarah splits her time between Atlanta and Kigali, Rwanda. 

Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Founder of a non-profit? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, founder of Kula Project to find out!

Key takeaways from this episode

Charity can end suffering but it can't eradicate poverty. Only business can do that. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet One of my mentors told me that nothing is invented and perfected at the same time. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet

When we first started, we thought the more places that we were in, the more legitimate we were. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

It was this overwhelming feeling of, this is where you’re supposed to be. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

One of our biggest core values is listening and that's how we got started in Rwanda. Just listening. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet

Getting people to give you money is really hard. Nobody likes to be asked for money. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

I have wanted to quit so many times. I'm lucky I've wanted to keep going at least one more time than I wanted to quit. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet

The week that we had to get $35,000, my first hire quit, we got a check for $40,000 that we thought was real, but it was fake. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

I feel like that moment taught me to have my guard up in healthy ways. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

In the beginning, there's no way you can have a work/life balance. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet As an entrepreneur, I feel like you have to hit absolute rock bottom before you realize you have to have work/life balance. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet

I think the biggest thing I wish is that I would have listened to my gut more in the beginning. – Sarah Buchanan-Sasson

As an entrepreneur, I feel like you have to hit absolute rock bottom before you realize you have to have work/life balance. - @thekulaproject Click To Tweet
Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Founder of a non-profit? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, founder of Kula Project to find out!

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Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Founder of a non-profit? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, founder of Kula Project to find out!

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Sarah Buchanan-Sasson | Founder & Executive Director of Kula Project: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Founder of a non-profit? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Sarah Buchanan-Sasson, founder of Kula Project to find out!

5 Steps To Becoming More Self Motivated

Today’s minisode we’re talking about self motivation!

I’ve always been a self motivated person. I think part of has to do with being an only child and having to come up with ways to entertain myself, but also I think self motivation can be learned.

The people you surround yourself with and the content that you consume matters and can either increase or decrease your self motivation.

Many people have asked me what’s kept me motivated to start my own business or even this podcast. My honest answer is that I feel I have a purpose bigger than me and that’s what keeps me going.

During this mini-sode, I share my purpose in life with my PR business as well as the Day in the Life podcast. I also share 5 tips to help you become more self motivated.

5 Steps To Becoming More Self Motivated: Want to become more self motivated? Check out this podcast episode on the Day in the Life podcast! #mindset #motivation #success #entrepreneur #positivity #inspiration #purpose #goals

MINI-SODE | 5 Steps To Becoming More Self Motivated

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Day in the Life of Afshin Zahraee, Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor

On today’s show, I have Afshin Zahraee who is a Visiting Instructor/Professor in Mechanical and Civil Engineering Technology at Purdue Northwest.

Afshin and I have been friends for nearly 10 years (fun fact: we even lived in a fraternity together one summer, long story for later 😂) and I’m so excited to bring him onto the show.

Afshin shares why he decided to become a professor and the process it takes, his biggest struggles throughout his career, what people misconceive about professors, funny emails from his students (don’t worry, no names are shared!), and so much more.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Afshin Zahraee | Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Professor? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Afshin Zahraee to find out! #education #podcast #college #technology #highereducation #learning #masters

Afshin Zahraee | Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How & why did Afshin decided to go into the Engineering professor career path.
  • The long process it takes to become a professor and all of the different checkpoints you must hit along the way.
  • His biggest struggle being a professor.
  • What people misconceive about people who are professors.
  • Advice he would give to someone who wants to become an Engineering professor.
  • The best email excuses from his students.

Afshin Zahraee is currently a Visiting Instructor/Professor in the Engineering Technology Department at Purdue University Northwest. He is also a PhD Student in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he expects to complete his PhD this Summer. He received his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Afshin is an avid sports fan and enjoys attending sporting events as a release; more specifically he is a big soccer (Chicago Fire and Arsenal) and Purdue sports fan. He tries to be active and exercise as often as possible. Not only does he watch soccer, but he plays in leagues once to twice a week. He also enjoys runs along Lake Michigan.

Afshin Zahraee | Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Professor? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Afshin Zahraee to find out! #education #podcast #college #technology #highereducation #learning #masters

Key takeaways from this episode

There have been times that it’s been very, very difficult. – Afshin Zahraee

I think being self-motivated is a good skill to have. But it's not easy. -Afshin Zahraee Click To Tweet

I tend to put an easy thing first. Something that doesn’t take too much time to do. -Afshin Zahraee

I take notes as if I'm in the class. It's funny how much better of a student you become when you have to teach a subject. -Afshin Zahraee Click To Tweet

You can’t learn if someone gives you something. You have to work towards it. -Afshin Zahraee

I take notes as if I'm in the class. It's funny how much better of a student you become when you have to teach a subject. -Afshin Zahraee Click To Tweet

Just be honest. If something is difficult, there’s no shame in not getting it. -Afshin Zahraee

I think a lot of people think, “Oh, these people come in and teach two classes and all there here to do is boss us around.” -Afshin Zahraee

A lot of work that a professor does is not seen. -Afshin Zahraee Click To Tweet

You’re trying to keep a good balance of being a good teacher for your students and also keeping up with research. -Afshin Zahraee

The best part of my day is when you see the lightbulb moment go off for a student. - Afshin Zaharee Click To Tweet
Afshin Zahraee | Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Professor? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Afshin Zahraee to find out! #education #podcast #college #technology #highereducation #learning #masters

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Afshin Zahraee | Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Professor? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Afshin Zahraee to find out! #education #podcast #college #technology #highereducation #learning #masters

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Afshin Zahraee | Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Professor: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Professor? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Afshin Zahraee to find out! #education #podcast #college #technology #highereducation #learning #masters

Morning Routines of Successful Entrepreneurs, Authors, and More!

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Today’s minisode we’re talking about morning routines! I love hearing about people’s morning routines. It’s so interesting, because there’s no one right way to conduct your morning.

Some Day in the Life guests wake up as early as 4am, others don’t start until 10am. Some have a strict morning routine of writing in their 5 Minute Journal, others leisurely get up and see where the day takes them.

One main takeaway I’ve had over the past year of recording interviews is morning routines is specific to the individual. What works for one person might not work for another. And isn’t that the beauty of life?

I compiled a variety of clips from past episodes talking about morning routines and my hope is that you get some inspiration to try something new for your morning routine. Or maybe you’ll realize morning routines aren’t your thing and that’s okay too!

Morning Routines of Entrepreneurs, Authors, and More!: Ever wonder what a successful entrepreneurs morning routine is like? Or what about an author or actor? This is the podcast episode to listen to! This is a compilation of interviews sharing the best morning routines! Click to listen in! #routine #morningroutine #motivation #inspiration #dayinthelife #beforework #productive #healthy #miraclemorning #selfcare

MINI-SODE | Morning Routines of Successful Entrepreneurs, Authors, and More!

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Day in the Life of Kelly Parker Smith, Owner & Creative Director of Hello World Paper Co

On today’s show, I have Kelly Parker Smith, Owner & Creative Director of Hello World Paper Co, located in Belleville, Illinois.

Kelly and I started working together earlier this year and guys, this woman does it all! She not only runs a product-based business selling customized stamps and laser engraved goods, but she’s also the co-host of the popular podcast Creative Biz Rebellion, designs fabrics and illustrations, runs online courses and workshops for creative entrepreneurs…the list continues!

Kelly and I talk about how she started Hello World Paper Co, what it’s like living with a chronic illness and how she manages her autoimmune disease while running a business, what she thinks people misconceive about being an entrepreneur and a whole lot more.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Kelly Parker Smith | Owner & Creative Director of Hello World Paper Co: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for an Owner & Creative Director of an online stationary and stamp shop? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Kelly Parker Smith to find out! #entrepreneur #smallbiz #smallbusiness #etsy #etsyshop #chronicillness #autoimmune #health

Kelly Parker Smith | Owner & Creative Director of Hello World Paper Co

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Kelly started Hello World Paper Co and the steps she took to quit her full-time job as a teacher.
  • How she balances all of the different projects she has her hand in and how to set up systems for your business (or life!).
  • Advice she would give to anyone who wants to start a product-based business.
  • The struggles she’s had as someone living with a chronic illness and advice for anyone listening who currently struggles with having an autoimmune disease.
  • What she thinks people misconceive about being a product based small business owner and an entrepreneur.
Kelly Parker Smith | Owner & Creative Director of Hello World Paper Co: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for an Owner & Creative Director of an online stationary and stamp shop? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Kelly Parker Smith to find out! #entrepreneur #smallbiz #smallbusiness #etsy #etsyshop #chronicillness #autoimmune #health

Kelly Parker Smith is a laser engraving wizard and fabric designer living just outside St. Louis with her husband, her three boys and their rescue kitten Katniss. She has grown her shop, Hello World Paper Co. with the idea that great products become even better when paired with top-notch customer service, a little surprise and delight, and of course the perfect packaging! 

You can also find Kelly co-hosting the Creative Biz Rebellion podcast where she and Caroline Hull show other product-based business owners how to build, maintain, and grow a profitable product based business through their podcast and online courses. 

In her free time, Kelly enjoys painting and drawing on her iPad Pro. She also loves to read young adult novels (preferably with vampires and wizards), watch her sons play sports, and will see any superhero movie as long as her 7-year-old snuggles with her. 

Kelly Parker Smith | Owner & Creative Director of Hello World Paper Co: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for an Owner & Creative Director of an online stationary and stamp shop? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Kelly Parker Smith to find out! #entrepreneur #smallbiz #smallbusiness #etsy #etsyshop #chronicillness #autoimmune #health

Key takeaways from this episode

I think everyone is so focused on doing things the way everyone else does it. - Kelly Parker Smith Click To Tweet I'm a very creative person but I'm also like routines and structure. - Kelly Parker Smith Click To Tweet

I could only eat string cheese and applesauce for weeks at a time. I was very, very sick. – Kelly Parker Smith

One allergic reaction I had landed me in the hospital for a week because they thought I had a flesh-eating disease. - Kelly Parker Smith Click To Tweet

Once I left [my job] and got rid of that stress, my symptoms have improved so much. – Kelly Parker Smith

Listen to your body. Rest when you need to rest. Don't push yourself to the point where you're getting sick. - Kelly Parker Smith Click To Tweet

You can’t get more upset at yourself if you’re not feeling good one day. – Kelly Parker Smith

With Chron's disease, your joints are affected. There are some days my joints hurt so bad that I can barely walk. - Kelly Parker Smith Click To Tweet

When I feel good and I can do good work, then that’s when you need to be the most focused. – Kelly Parker Smith

My biggest piece of advice would be to just start something. It doesn’t have to be perfect in the beginning. – Kelly Parker Smith

With Chron's disease, your joints are affected. There are some days my joints hurt so bad that I can barely walk. - Kelly Parker Smith Click To Tweet
Kelly Parker Smith | Owner & Creative Director of Hello World Paper Co: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for an Owner & Creative Director of an online stationary and stamp shop? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Kelly Parker Smith to find out! #entrepreneur #smallbiz #smallbusiness #etsy #etsyshop #chronicillness #autoimmune #health

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Kelly Parker Smith | Owner & Creative Director of Hello World Paper Co: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for an Owner & Creative Director of an online stationary and stamp shop? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Kelly Parker Smith to find out! #entrepreneur #smallbiz #smallbusiness #etsy #etsyshop #chronicillness #autoimmune #health

How I Paid Off My Student Loans & How You Can Too

Today’s minisode we’re talking about student loans.

I know, I know, student loans is not the most exciting topic to talk about but I have a lot of thoughts on it and wanted to share

As you may already know, my husband and I paid off all of our student loan debt in 2015. It was something that was important to us and while it was one of the hardest things we’ve done thus far in life, it was also one of the most rewarding.

In this episode, I share how we paid off our student loan debt and how you can get started if you want to pay off your student loans.

Hope you enjoy!

How I Paid Off My Student Loans & How You Can Too | Want to learn how I paid off almost $30k of student loan debt and how you can too? Click to listen to this bite-sized podcast episode! #payingoff #studentloans #payoffplan #debt #finance #tips #refinance #consolidation #repayment #daveramsey

MINI-SODE | How I Paid Off My Student Loans & How You Can Too

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Day in the Life of Travis Hornsby, Student Loan Expert & Founder of Student Loan Planner

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On today’s show, I have Travis Hornsby who is a student loan expert and the Founder of Student Loan Planner from St Louis, MO.

The student loan industry is massively overwhelming and confusing and a serious issue in our society these days. Travis helps people who have significant amounts of debt, we’re talking at least 6 figures and I’m so excited to bring you his episode as I think it will be eye-opening to many.

We chat about how he went from being a bond trader at Vanguard to starting his own student loan consulting business, the mistakes people make when it comes to student loans, the biggest misconception people have about student loans and so much more.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Travis Hornsby | Student Loan Expert & Founder of Student Loan Planner: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a student loan expert? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Travis Hornsby to find out!

Travis Hornsby | Student Loan Expert & Founder of Student Loan Planner

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Travis became an expert on student loans.
  • The biggest mistake people make when it comes to student loans.
  • The most common misconception people have about student loans.
  • What Travis would tell young adults going into careers that require a lot of schooling.
  • His advice for parents who want to help their children and lessen the student loan burden.

Travis founded Student Loan Planner to help the top 2% most indebted Americans save money on their student loan debt. He’s consulted on more than a quarter billion of student loans for over 1,000 clients. He lives with his wife Christine in St. Louis, MO, and they recently just paid off her $124,000 of med school debt.

Travis Hornsby | Student Loan Expert & Founder of Student Loan Planner: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a student loan expert? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Travis Hornsby to find out!

Key takeaways from this episode

Basically I didn't want to work in corporate America anymore. - @StudentLoanTrav Click To Tweet

I’ll tell you honestly what it’s like. Some days I’m really productive. Some days I just play video games. – Travis Hornsby

I answer email way too much. I’m always in my email. I want to respond to everything as it comes in and I know that that’s bad. – Travis Hornsby

A lot of people want to refinance their student loans that shouldn't. -@StudentLoanTrav Click To Tweet Debt, especially big debt relative to your income, causes a ton of complex psychological issues. - @StudentLoanTrav Click To Tweet

If you look at some of the professions that I advise, they have significantly above average rates of suicide. – Travis Hornsby

The psychology of it can cause you to do things that are very irrational and not helpful because of the lack of financial literacy. - @StudentLoanTrav Click To Tweet

Sometimes I have people that are crying on the phone, they’re letting all of their emotions out about how they feel about *the debt that they have. – Travis Hornsby

I've had people realize that their marriages were falling apart and they needed to try and save their marriage. - @StudentLoanTrav Click To Tweet

Maybe I influenced a decision that could end up saving a life. – Travis Hornsby

The pain that I’m solving by offering this kind of service is very real, you can cut it with a knife. – Travis Hornsby

If you can find a pain that you can use your specific skills to solve, then you're going to have a fantastic business. - @StudentLoanTrav Click To Tweet

Professional degrees, in general, are becoming a worse and worse proposition from an ROI financial perspective every single year. – Travis Hornsby

When I help somebody that had no clue how to handle their debt and it changes their life. – Travis Hornsby

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How To Be Better At Asking For Help

Today’s minisode we’re talking about asking for help. Yes, I know how hard it is. But we have to start asking for help otherwise you’re going to hit burnout (please, learn from my mistakes).

I’ve always had trouble asking for help, even from a young age. I’ve always felt this pressure to never ask for help, almost like it was a failure or weak to enlist someone else to help me, no matter what the task was.

It’s difficult to ask for help because we fear rejection. We fear being seen as “less than” or “found out.”

But ultimately, it’s important to know where our strengths lie and where they don’t. Sometimes, the most efficient way to move forward in life is to focus our efforts on what we do best, and leave the rest for someone else.

In this episode I share more about my struggles asking for help, research behind why it’s so dang hard to ask for it, and 3 tips to help you…ask for help!

How To Be Better At Asking For Help: Do you struggle with asking others for help? This podcast episode is for you. Click to hear how you can be better at asking for help in all parts of life!

MINI-SODE | How To Be Better At Asking For Help

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Day in the Life of Devon Smiley, Negotiation Consultant

On today’s show, I have Devon Smiley who is a Negotiation Consultant located in Paris, France.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really know what a negotiation consultant actually did before speaking to Devon. Of course, they help with negotiating but …what does that exactly mean? Devon shares all about how she got into negotiating as a career, the mistakes most people make when it comes to negotiating (whether it’s for a new contract with a client or increase in pay at work or more), her best tips on negotiating and what to do if you’ve lost the upper hand, and so much more!

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

Devon Smiley | Negotiation Consultant: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Negotiation Consultant? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Devon Smiley to find out! #entrepreneur #smallbusiness

Devon Smiley | Negotiation Consultant

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How Devon got started as a negotiation expert.
  • How you can better negotiate throughout your daily life.
  • The most common negotiation mistakes people make and to not make those mistakes yourself.
  • The biggest struggle Devon has as a negotiation consultant.
  • Her best tips on recovering when you think you’ve lost the upper hand in a negotiation.
  • What people misconceive about negotiation consultants.
  • Devon’s advice on pitching yourself and putting yourself out there.
  • How to be better about asking for help when you need it.

Devon Smiley is a Negotiation Consultant for entrepreneurs, startups and professionals who are tired of feeling overworked and underpaid, and are ready to go after what they want, need and deserve. 


She’s distilled nearly 15 years of negotiation experience into accessible and actionable guidance that helps you build the skill set you need to #maketheask with confidence.


Devon’s expert advice has been featured in Glamour magazine, the Chicago Tribune and has helped clients including Mars Chocolate and Rolls-Royce. A strong believer that negotiation isn’t just about boosting bottom lines, Devon works with pro bono partners including UN Women and The Clinton Foundation.

Devon Smiley | Negotiation Consultant: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Negotiation Consultant? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast interview with Devon Smiley to find out! #entrepreneur #smallbusiness

Key takeaways from this episode

I actually used to really hate negotiation. - @DevonMSmiley Click To Tweet

It’s more about building relationships and being a good communicator. – Devon Smiley

I think the biggest challenge was finding my voice outside of the corporate world. – Devon Smiley

I’ve actually gotten at least 75% of my most recent clients from Instagram. – Devon Smiley

Make sure that whatever it is that you're pitching, make it crystal clear how it will benefit the other person. - @DevonMSmiley Click To Tweet

Really ask yourself, “what’s the worst that could happen?” – Devon Smiley

I still have occasionally a fear that I’ll make a total fool out of myself. – Devon Smiley

I had this big fear that I'd be the butt of a joke and to this date I've not known that to ever happen. - @DevonMSmiley Click To Tweet

If you’re being professional about how you’re asking for things in the first place, you tend to get a professional reaction back. – Devon Smiley

The first mistakes I see people making is not bothering to ask for things because they think they're too small. - @DevonMSmiley Click To Tweet

I wish people would take time to prepare before they negotiate. – Devon Smiley

The number one thing to practice is to be able to spot opportunities to negotiate. - @DevonMSmiley Click To Tweet

It’s one of those things where people don’t want to ask for help, they don’t want to admit they need a break. We aren’t robots. We don’t have to power through at all costs. – Devon Smiley

The best part of my day is when I get home at the end of a long day and I'm exhausted but very satisfied with all that I've accomplished. - @DevonMSmiley Click To Tweet

If you’re going to be quick to complain, be quick to compliment. – Devon Smiley

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