Over the past decade I’ve founded two small businesses. And everything I’ve decided to do within those businesses started with me listening to my intuition first. To some people, I seemed crazy for thinking I could start a company and work full-time. Then, I started another small business and stopped working for other people full-time and people still thought I was out of my mind. Every step along the way, I tuned out what other people said and listened to my intuition. Because of that, I’ve flourished as an entrepreneur.
- If you follow me on social media you’ve probably heard me talk about how I respectfully ignore some voluntary advice given to me about how I should scale or change my business plans. I lean on my creativity and a few people I trust instead. Although I’ve longed for business mentors, I’ve decided to invest in coaches instead because no one quite understands the mind of a visionary quite like other visionaries.
Over the years, I’ve been called “picky” for knowing exactly what I want to reflect visually to my audience. I’m almost sure that started or ended with me being “difficult” at times, but as much as I respect people I work with and their vision or creativity, when I hire someone to collaborate with me on a project I still come to the table with ideas and plans. I’m guessing other people may not do that so that explains why they hire someone to do the work they don’t or can’t do. That’s not me. I hire people who do what I can’t do, don’t want to do, nor have time to do, but that doesn’t mean I suspend my thoughts or my brand’s reputation in place of letting someone go ham on my company’s name because I paid them to do something I don’t do. Does that seem controlling? It could be. But, to me, collaborating is similar to being a part of a think tank. I have a thought and I want someone in their lane of genius to help me execute my genius or make my plan more ingenious.
Because of an idea I had 5 years ago to help Black and brown communities to be affirmed, loved and advocated for I started a podcast—Black People Heal. Over the year and a half that followed, my team and I interviewed and produced a wide range of shows that covered economics, Black history and entrepreneurship. It was one of the most memorable experiences in my journey to date. And because I continue to listen to my intuition and keep my ear to the mouths of our communities I’ve come back to the table with my latest exhibit of communal love, Black People Heal, on YouTube. It’s your go-to channel for coaching tips and strategies on career, mental health and collective economics. Since this pandemic has hit our neighborhoods the worst and we are all doing our best to survive this new wave of the coronavirus, I thought it could help get people back into the seat of accountability and confidence by bringing experts onto this platform to educate, coach and strategize with people about how to start thriving again. The lesson here isn’t to stop doing what you do well, nor is it to not take other people’s opinions into consideration, but rather it’s about providing the best possible messages to the people you care about, in the best possible way YOU do it. So, here I am, today, happy to present to you the place for millennials and Gen-Xers to go to, to prepare us for scaling up. I hope you enjoy it—Asha Tarry – YouTube.
*This blog is about becoming free. It’s a reflection of introspective thoughts and experiences that have crossed miles of self-discovery. I created this blog to inspire others to live life with less self-criticism, judgment and openness to new experiences. May you find that you learn how to live a life by design and on your own terms!*