We recently had the honour of having brunch with Sarah Holloway. Our intention to tap into her mindset and learn from one of the most influential women in business. After all, Sarah is our long-time Entrepreneurial woman crush.
Sarah is best known for her impressive role as Founder of Matcha Maiden & Matcha Mylkbar. We found Sarah to be humble, kind, intelligent and intuitively wise. Her powerful message to those trying to make a break in the business world: be confident & eliminate self-doubt.
As we devoured a delicious lunch at Matcha Mylkbar, Sarah elaborated on how she sees doubt kill more dreams than failure ever will, especially in women. ‘Self-doubt is quite a natural feeling’ she said ‘but can also be quite self-destructive. Often people let that feeling of self-doubt get the better of them and give up before even trying.’
When you feel that pang of self-doubt, take it as a sign you are doing something new and a little scary, but never let it stop you. There is nothing you can’t learn or figure out.
‘The first step to success is believing you can actually get there. If it doesn’t work out never let it be because you didn’t try’.
Now by no means are we as wise as Sarah, but our message…Girl, you got this! Take a cup of motivation, mix with a bucket load of determination, a generous sprinkle of persistence and top it off with the right attitude and you are good to go and make your mark on the world. The world is waiting for you!
Another insightful piece of advice we received from Sarah on the pursuit of success was: surround yourself with the right people.
As Sarah puts it: ‘you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with’. You need to have people around you that believe in what you are doing and believe that you can achieve your goals. These are the people that will pick you up when you are feeling down. All the successful people you see out there (even Oprah), didn’t do it on their own (even if sometimes it looks like they did). Everyone who succeeds has a network of supportive people around them reinforcing that they can do it. We believe you deserve to have the same. Spend time with people that understand you, motivate you and truly believe in you.
When we asked Sarah how she felt about her success, she replied with an incredibly humbling, and yet quite often overlooked, answer ‘success is such a personal thing. The grass is always greener where you water it’. To one person, success may look a certain way. But to someone else, it may look completely different. So when you look at success, it is always important to understand what the success looks like first. The only person that can decide what your success looks like, is you. Don’t be influenced or misguided by other people’s opinions of success. Be true to yourself.
Needless to say, we left our delicious brunch with Sarah feeling incredibly motivated and utterly impressed by the hospitality, honesty and openness that Sarah shared with us. If you are looking for someone to add to your list of inspirational women in business, we would strongly suggest Sarah Holloway, Founder of Matcha Maiden & Matcha Mylkbar.