Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    Lesson Learned (the hard way): Always trust your gut!

    August 2, 2012

    American Express OPEN's PR department called to interview me for their Women Business Owners: The Defining Moment campaign. One question they asked was, "What is a lesson learned that you would pass on to other women entrepreneurs?"

    I said, "I would trust my gut more."

    How many of you have gone against your gut and made a decision only to regret it later? 

    Since my life seems to be a walking ball of content for all of you, let me share an example of how I went against my gut and got bitten in the you-know-what.

    Recently, I received an email from a woman asking me to do a teleseminar speaking gig. I really liked this woman and wanted to support her. Although my gut told me to turn it down (as my schedule has gotten crazier and crazier, I've had to set up specific guidelines in what I can and can't do so I don't go crazy), I fell into the "disease to please" mode, made an exception, and passed it along to my then-assistant to approve and set up. 

    I didn't hear anything for a while, and out of the blue, I received an email from one of the event organizers asking if I was going to call in to the virtual event in "five minutes". I hadn't checked my emails that day, so I knew I had missed something. I panicked and immediately looked in my calendar. Nothing. 

    Long story short, my then-assistant had booked me for this gig during the weekend at an odd hour. I have very strict rules and guidelines around not working during family hours. My time with my husband and daughter (and dog!) are sacred, and I would have never approved that day or time. 

    Assistant became then-assistant, the event organizers were understandably upset, and I was mortified. 

    See what happens when you go against your gut? It bites you in the you-know-what! 

    So if you are faced with a decision, small or big, get grounded and think before acting. Is the decision in line with your guidelines? Does it support your mission? Does it feel good? Are you acting out of the "disease to please" or are you acting out of integrity and authenticity? 

    P.S. Check out the Amex OPEN article to see other lessons learned by Jane Wurwand, founder of Dermalogica, and Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar. 

    If you feel this article would empower other women entrepreneurs, please tweet:

    RT @savorthesuccess: Lessons learned fr Angela Jia Kim + founders of Dermalogica + @Zipcar. #PoweringTomorrow

    Angela Jia Kim is a woman entrepreneur advocate, organic lifestyle guru, doting mom, New York City (not house)wife, and author-in-the-making.

    She uses her organic skincare business, Om Aroma, to empower and inspire other business owners by openly sharing mistakes (the kind most sweep under the rug) and lessons learned (the kind most keep as secrets to get ahead).

    She believes that building business is directly tied to self growth, that it takes a village to raise a business, and that your business is meant to serve the life you want to live. 

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