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#neverstoplearning: finding a mentor

Hey there!

People often ask me about the importance of mentorship — do I need a mentor? If so, how do I find one? My answer is relatively simple. Yes, mentorship is extremely valuable to growth, both personally and professionally. We all need guidance, a place to comfortably seek clarity, garner inspiration or weather the unforeseen demands of change; however, that second component of discovering a reliable mentor can be intimidating, and downright, discouraging at moments. But, it doesn’t have to be. Mentorship can be found everywhere.

The core value of any mentorship is gaining new insight. While having access to a one-on-one mentor is ideal, we can’t get caught thinking linearly about the potential outlets for learning. Mentorship can be found in all shapes and sizes. This can be done by reading a book or article from someone you admire or attending a retreat in your profession or extending your reach via social media — the list goes on and on.

I recently received an email from Stefanie MacDonald of Halifax Paper Hearts. Less than 18 months ago, Stefanie had a dream of creating greeting cards and prints. She was looking for guidance, inspiration, maybe a “sign” (like we all do) to get started and stumbled upon my “10 Things You MUST Do Before Approaching a Retail Store” checklist. Fast forward a year and a half (and a completed checklist later), and her line of paper goods is now carried in 80 stores in Canada. Woot! Stefanie’s story is not just a great example of success but also of how mentorship can be found in the unexpected, like a late night Google search :)

I’m humbled to be able to reach others in even the smallest of ways. It’s one of the reasons I continue to do what I do.  I encourage you to seek out your own form of mentorship (whatever it might be) and also, when the time is right, #payitforward :)

xoxo,

 

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#neverstoplearning tip: shake it up

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Happy first day of June!

When I started my business back in 2007, people assumed I would open up a clothing store. I had a deep understanding of the fashion retail industry, after spending many years as a successful buyer for Bloomingdale’s, Saks, and Barney’s.

But before I jumped straight onto that predictable path, I took a step back to really think about what moves my heart. That’s how I came up with the concept for Pink Olive and with a small belief that small gifts have big power to show how much we care. I had to step outside of my comfort zone to realize my true passion: to inspire and celebrate the little things – one person, one gift, and one neighborhood at a time.

Every day is about learning and today, I want to challenge you to shake it up. Consider the full spectrum of possibilities, whether you’re looking to expand your current business or start something brand new. You might miss a chance to pursue something truly exciting if you’re not willing to take the leap towards something slightly unexpected, and follow your heart.

Join me in my #neverstoplearning challenge and show us on Instagram: how are you shaking things up at work? What amazing opportunities have you found when you dared to divert from the predictable path?

xoxo,

grace
Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School

P.S. Are you looking to take your product business to new levels in the next 6-months or just want my eyes on your business to ask all your burning questions? I am opening up two spots to my popular “Critique My Line” private strategy session — sign up here and let’s get started!

 

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Am I crazy for wanting to do this?

Happy Thursday!

Today, I am excited to share with you the last installment in the B-School training video series. Through Marie’s first two videos found here and here, I hope you have discovered why B-School is the only program I support every year. Marie’s simple, step-by-step process makes learning how to build a successful business easy .. and fun!

 

In this week’s video, Marie tackles 7 common excuses that hold many entrepreneurs back from starting or growing a business. Additionally, you will hear from real entrepreneurs who have pushed through the excuses and created powerful results for themselves and their businesses.

 

Last year, Marie interviewed me about my own experience as a B-Schooler and my success in the entrepreneurial world. I was honored to share my “success story.” I hope some of the stories shared by this year’s interviewees will inspire you to invest in B-School.

 

Registration opens next Wednesday, February 22nd. And, if you’re ready to invest in yourself and the success of your dreams, I have a special BONUS for you so read on…
Those of you who sign up through me will also receive 1) the Retail Recipes E-workbook & DIY kit {$247 value} and learn how to sell more to retail stores; and 2) a special invitation to attend our next in-person #pogetaway biz retreat in the beautiful Hudson Valley this summer, complete with one-on-one hot seats with me.  {$497 value}

 

If you have any questions about the program or the bonus retreat, please don’t hesitate to contact me at hello@pinkoliveschool.com.

Cheers to following your dreams and making it happen.

xoxo,

grace
Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School

Disclaimer: I fully believe in the power of this work given my personal experience with the B-School course content and may earn a referral fee if you purchase through my link.

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Do you want to turn browsers into buyers? Plus, 13 keys to success!

Happy Monday!

Last week I introduced you to B-School — Marie Forleo’s 8-week online marketing program that has helped thousands of entrepreneurs create profitable businesses they love, including myself.

This is the ONLY program I support because it made a difference when I started my business. There is a lot of confusing information out there about how to build a successful business, and B-School does an excellent job breaking this process down into simple, actionable steps.

In last week’s free video, Marie shared the Six Pillars to building a highly profitable business online, insight into the major changes in marketing coming in the next 5-10 years and tips concerning what you must know and understand in order to take full advantage of B-School. If you missed it, make sure to check it out here.

This week, Marie is sharing her own “dirty little secret” to making millions and her 13 Keys to Killin’ it online. This video is especially valuable because it is designed to help you take Marie’s insights and put them into action right away!

When I started Pink Olive School, it’s been my mission to help product-based entrepreneurs develop sustainable businesses. Year after year, I stress to my clients that the key to any successful business is not only a great product, but also great marketing. B-School is the perfect resource for you to begin to understand how to become a savvy marketer and have fun!

Here’s to getting out of overwhelm and getting back on track. Check out the video here and let’s make it happen.

xoxo,

grace
Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School

 

 

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6 Step Roadmap to Grow Your Business!

Happy “snowy” Thursday!

Once a year, marketing expert and fierce leading lady, Marie Forleo launches B-School, an 8-week online business program that helps entrepreneurs create the profitable businesses that only seem attainable in dreams. And, every year, I encourage my community of creatives (yes, you!) to take a leap of faith and jump on board. Here’s why.
Beyond her incredible track record and, not to mention endorsements from the likes of Oprah and Tony Robbins, Marie provides a clear, step-by-step guide to building a successful business for entrepreneurs at all stages. Product based designers like those in our Pink Olive School community need to be savvy marketers. And, as the world continues to expand into the digital realm, we need to learn to keep up! With Marie’s help, you can begin to understand what that looks like for you and how exactly to execute it … well! Here’s what you can expect from B-School:
  • Learn about the Six Pillars to building a highly profitable business online
  • Explore the major changes happening online over the next 5-10 years that are important to know about now, before these changes happen
  • Identify what you must know, what you must understand and the sequence you should follow to do what you love and get paid for it
Want to learn more about B-School? Marie has released a fantastic online video including 32 minutes of teaching and a very thorough run through of each of the Six Pillars to building a successful business, PLUS a PDF Fun Sheet to help you keep track of inspiring ideas. It’s completely FREE, but grab it fast! It’s only up for a limited time!
In a year seemingly filled with uncertainties, let fulfilling your dreams be your beacon of hope!

xoxo,

grace
Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School