This month we are featuring the super amazing Stephanie Obi. Many of us know her as a business coach but today we are revealing the side of Stephanie you may never have heard of.
Remember that this is not just an interview but an opportunity to get your hope ignited, and keep your dreams alive through the stories of women who are already walking in purpose.
Enjoy the interview and let us know what you learnt!
- Hello Stephanie can you please describe yourself in five words
Sister, Daughter, Friend, Business Coach.Lol
- You are a business woman and entrepreneur with so much drive and confidence, how were you able to achieve this?
- I’m just passionate about what I do, and I see how my work impacts lives. It’s easy to stay committed when the work you do matters.
- Have you ever had a point in your journey asan entrepreneur when you wanted to quit?
In the beginning it was tough because I didn’t know how to do what I wanted to do. I just had ideas and I was trying so many things, nothing was working. This was the hardest part of my journey and even at that, I didn’t think about quitting.
I would cry, clean my tears and continue browsing through the internet to look for help. Lol.
- If yes how did you overcome this stage?
I invested in myself. I started attending a lot of trainings and God started bringing me in contact with people I call “Destiny Helpers”.
I was not succeeding and I did not know why I was not succeeding. By the time I started taking lessons from them, I started seeing my mindset blocks, I started finding my knowledge gaps, I started seeing the things I did wrong, etc.
Investing in myself was the biggest thing that helped me to move past this phase of my life.
- You always seem to be happy how do you stay motivated?
Lol, a lot of reasons:
- I don’t have any reason not to be happy
- I jump out of bed excited to go to work. I’m very grateful to be able to do this full time because I have not always been able to do this. There was a time I was always very sad because I did not like my 9-5 and I did not know how to get out of it. I felt stuck. Things have changed for me now. I love what I do, it fulfills me, it pays me a good salary and hence I’m always happy to do
3. I have a lot of control over what I do. If I don’t like something, I will stop it.
4. The work I do impacts lives, I get thank you messages all the time, and this makes me so happy. I get this “I must be doing something right” feeling
- Do you think entrepreneurship is tougher for women and why?
No. I actually don’t see how it’s any different for women.
In this age, there is a lot of support for women, I even feel sorry for men.
As an entrepreneur, you have the power to design a business that suits your lifestyle. You can make your business as flexible as you want, and you can determine what your income goals should be.
However, a lot of women are dealing with their own personal issues because of the nature of the society we find ourselves in.
Low self esteem, no sense of purpose, they don’t believe that they can have it all, they don’t believe they can be good mothers, good wives, and still be successful entrepreneurs. The society does not even expect anything from us. If you are a woman and not very successful, it’s fine. If you are successful, you are probably a wicked woman. Lol.
I can go on and on, if entrepreneurship is tough for women, it’s tough because we have a “defeated mindset”
- You are an advocate for personal development; tell us something new you learnt in the past one month?
I’m learning how to use a Free Facebook Group to drive sales in my business.
I’m also improving my content creation and email list building process.
- How has your faith helped you in your business journey?
It’s God that told me that I would be doing what I do now. He literally seized my peace of mind when I was doing other things.
The Holy Spirit has been an amazing helper to me. In a lot of ways, I’m a pacesetter. I’m doing things a lot of people have not done in this market and it is the Holy Spirit who is showing what eyes have not seen and ears have not heard.
There are certain scriptures I pray everyday to help me on my journey.
Eph 1 vs 17 – 19
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of my understanding being flooded with light; that I may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.
He also shows me my teachers. There are things the Holy Spirit wants to teach me that he uses people to teach me.
I have become a better Christian since I became an entrepreneur because I really understand what faith is and what putting my trust in God really means. Lol
There are times I go through a crisis and instead of saying “Where is God?”, I know that God is allowing me to pass through that crisis because he wants me to birth something new.
God is so real to me, and it’s so comforting to know that I’m not alone.
- Who’s your personal hero?
My mother is my biggest hero.
She has it all. She’s like the Proverbs 31 woman.
Her family is her priority and I see the way she makes sacrifices for us.
She also retired as a Director in a Government Agency and has other streams of income from various investments. She started making investments for us since we were born.
I just look at her and pray, “Oh God, give me the grace to top this” Lol.
- What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?
When I was younger, I was so worried about finding my purpose. It used to be a constant prayer point and I used to have long discussions about it with my friends.
I wish I could tell my younger self that I was already on the path of purpose. Everything that was happening to me was for a reason.
It’s all a part of my purpose.
- If you could wear one thing everyday what will it be?
Long flowing dresses. Lol
- Tell us one thing nobody knows about Stephanie
This is hard. I like to eat sweet potato chips.
- How will you want to be remembered?
As someone who impacted lives. I want my name to be written in the hearts of people and on their shelves. It’s very important to me that I leave a legacy.
- What’s your advice to that young lady who has a dream or an idea but is too scared to start?
The bigger question is, why are you afraid of starting?
A lot of people say to me that they are scared of starting because they don’t want to fail or because they are afraid of rejection.
Here is what I say in response: Some people are going to reject you because they don’t need what you have to offer. Some might just not like you, but here is the catch… there will always be a set of people who like you just the way you are and who will want to buy what you have to offer, in fact, you will be a God send to them.
Your assignment to those people is bigger than your ego or what other people will say if you fail.
The people you have been sent you will embrace you because of your scars.
PS: There’s no successful entrepreneur who has not failed. You will get back up again.
Thank you for this interview
We learnt a lot from Stephanie’s interview and we want to emphasize this, everyone would go through a dark path in life. Stephanie said the times when she felt like quitting, she would cry, clean her tears and continue surfing the internet.
No matter how tough it gets, whether as a business woman, student, career lady, a wife or a mother, quitting is NOT an option. If you are at the point where you feel defeated it’s time you dust yourself up, pick up your crown and continue to reign!