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 Nikki Chrysostomou.
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?
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?
Nikki Chrysostomou: Honestly, no. I’ve always been the single, driving force behind building my businesses and taking the responsibility of steering my journey.
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?
Nikki Chrysostomou: I purposely separate my business from my clients. Therefore, there are three character traits for my company and an additional three for my clients that are vital to sustainable success. Here they are:
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?
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?
Can you help articulate why doing that is essential today?
Nikki Chrysostomou: The more credibility you earn is the more reputation you build. It’s as simple as that. I like to look at credibility as your best currency. With it, you are solvent. Without it, you’re disposable.
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.
Nikki Chrysostomou: There is an accumulation of experiences that have made me feel high and excited. More importantly, they’ve made me proud. Those moments when I finish a private session or group class — truly takes my client’s breath away. I see it firsthand. It’s my efforts, dedication, knowledge, and experience in the field that allows me to exceed my client’s expectations. Nothing makes me happier than bringing them a sense of comfort through the time I spend with each of them.
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?
Nikki Chrysostomou: I believe all life experiences contribute to one’s own resiliency.
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.
Nikki Chrysostomou: A positive attitude can be contagious and it’s one of the most powerful things you can do but it’s also the simplest.
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?
Nikki Chrysostomou: I do have a favorite. It’s, “When you truly put your heart and soul into something, and the table is turning the wrong way, keep going. When the time is right, the tables will turn to you, when you least expect it.”
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This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for the time you spent with
this. We wish you continued success and good health!