Being a founder, entrepreneur, or a business owner can have many exciting and thrilling moments. But it is also punctuated with periods of doubt, slump, and anxiety. So how does one successfully and healthily ride the highs and lows of Entrepreneurship? In this series, called “How To Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur“ we are talking to successful entrepreneurs who can share stories from their experience. I had the pleasure of interviewing MijoAlanis & Pam Vivio.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?
What was the “Aha Moment” that led to the idea for your current company? Can you share that story with us?
In your opinion, were you a natural born entrepreneur or did you develop that aptitude later on? Can you explain what you mean?
Mijo Alanis: I would say that Pam and I were both born with that entrepreneurial spirit inside of us. It’s a way of life and in our DNA. As I said before, I used to sit at the table and think of different things that I could invent or that I could create to fill a void in society. Pam grew up in an entrepreneurial family and they talked about business all day long. We both were surrounded by this mindset that has allowed us to think, as cliché as it sounds, outside of the box. We’re always thinking about how we can improve our business.
Was there somebody in your life who inspired or helped you to start your journey with your business? Can you share a story with us?
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
You are a successful business leader. Which three character traits do you think were most instrumental to your success? Can you please share a story or example for each?
Often leaders are asked to share the best advice they received. But let’s reverse the question. Can you share a story about advice you’ve received that you now wish you never followed?
Mijo Alanis: I live by the philosophy: “do what others won’t and soon you’ll do what others can’t.” I think that people always told us things like “the rent is too high there,” or “no one wants to buy a smoothie for four dollars.” To answer your question, I would say that the times when we went against advice other people gave us were the times when we’ve hit some of our biggest highs. They call it being an entrepreneur because you’re doing something that no one has ever attempted before. People can give you advice, both good and bad, but they’ll truly never know what it’s like to walk in your footsteps at that exact moment. So, you should trust your gut and do it if you feel that it’s the right move. I was once told, if you believe you can or you believe you can’t… you’re right.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them create a work culture in which employees thrive and do not “burn out” or get overwhelmed?
What would you advise other business leaders to do in order to build trust, credibility, and Authority in their industry?
Pam Vivio: It’s all about honesty. As an entrepreneur, you’re often the person with wild ideas and big dreams. However, you also have to be responsible for making those things happen. You have to back your words with your actions. Make it happen! When you do that, then you’re the one breaking down barriers. Mijo always says that we put the square peg in the round hole every day and if we’ve already done that, then there’s nothing that we can’t somehow accomplish.
Can you help articulate why doing that is essential today?
What are the most common mistakes you have seen CEOs & founders make when they start a business? What can be done to avoid those errors?
Ok fantastic. Thank you for those excellent insights, Let’s now shift to the main focus of our interview about How to Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur. The journey of an entrepreneur is never easy, and is filled with challenges, failures, setbacks, as well as joys, thrills and celebrations. This might be intuitive, but I think it will be very useful to specifically articulate it. Can you describe to our readers why no matter how successful you are as an entrepreneur, you will always have fairly dramatic highs and lows? Particularly, can you help explain why this is different from someone with a “regular job”?
Do you feel comfortable sharing a story from your own experience about how you felt unusually high and excited as a result of your business? We would love to hear it.
Do you feel comfortable sharing a story from your own experience about how you felt unusually low, and vulnerable as a result of your business? We would love to hear it.
Based on your experience can you tell us what you did to bounce back?
Ok super. Here is the main question of our interview. What are your “Five Things You Need To Successfully Ride The Emotional Highs & Lows Of Being An Entrepreneur”? Please share a story or an example for each.
We are living during challenging times and resilience is critical during times like these. How would you define resilience? What do you believe are the characteristics or traits of resilient people?
Did you have any experiences growing up that have contributed to building your resiliency? Would you mind sharing a story?
In your opinion, do you tend to keep a positive attitude during difficult situations? What helps you to do so?
Can you help articulate why a leader’s positive attitude can have a positive impact both on their clients and their team? Please share a story or example if you can.
Mijo Alanis: One time I visited a restaurant and asked the girl behind the counter how her day was going. She sounded down about the day and I realized why that was as soon as I saw the manager come out. He had walked in the door with a negative attitude and it had affected his employees as well. Or I think about having a server while eating out with a negative attitude. I’m willing to forgive other issues if my service is great, and I would bet that most people are the same way.
Ok. Super. We are nearly done. What is your favorite inspirational quote that motivates you to pursue greatness? Can you share a story about how it was relevant to you in your own life?
How can our readers further follow you online?
Pam Vivio: To learn more about us and Beyond Juicery + Eatery, you can visit our website: https://beyondjuiceryeatery.com/ or follow us on Instagram: beyondjuiceryeatery and Facebook: @beyondjuiceryeatery
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for the time you spent with
this. We wish you continued success and good health!