Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Bove.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey in an Italian-American family. Since I was little, I had a huge imagination — I loved to come up with new inventions and perform shows and plays to my family.
My childhood years are very indicative of what I do now — help entrepreneurs step into their most creative selves and turn their dreams into realities through launching their online business.
In my senior year of college, I worked my way up to the CEO of a health food company. Stepping into that role was definitely one of the most defining moments of my life and career. I went on to raise venture capital for the company for about two years and about 10x’d our growth. During this time, my dad became very ill. Working for a startup 70 hours a week was out of the question — I wanted to be by his side. I decided to launch my own coaching & consulting business so I could work from anywhere and have the freedom and flexibility to prioritize my family. It was a very natural decision for me to step into coaching- I loved the idea of helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs create a profit from putting good out into the world. It still amazes me it’s my job!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
When I think about the road to where I am now, the first thing that comes to mind is the Bixby Creek Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s a gorgeous, scenic bridge over the ocean supported by the mountains. It takes my breath away but is also one of the most terrifying drives I’ve ever been on. The bridge looks old and quite flimsy. That’s pretty much my entrepreneurial journey, beautiful and worth it, but absolutely terrifying.
When it comes to struggles, the “not knowing” is one of the hardest parts. In the beginning, it was overwhelming, actually paralyzing, to have so much unknown, from sales funnels, email lists, webinars, and building courses, to something as simple as buying a domain! Every step of the way for the first couple of years I thought to myself “Am I doing this right? Why is this so hard? Why don’t I know this?” I’ve accepted the unknown now and teach my students that getting comfortable with not knowing is such an integral part of the entrepreneurial journey because it builds your ability to problem-solve.
We’ve been impressed with ZenBoss Academy, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the founder and business coach at ZenBoss Academy, an online business school for entrepreneurs who are ready to launch an online business in the health, wellness and spiritual spaces. This group coaching program teaches you how to identify your dream clients, create engaging social media communities, launch your first digital program, and sell with integrity, all with the help of a supportive community. Upon graduation, ZenBoss Academy’s students have been able to generate five-figure launches and quit their jobs to work full-time on their own businesses.
The positive ripple effect ZBA graduates have in the world has given me so much joy and pride. Because of the marketing and sales strategies we teach, they are able to sell services that truly change peoples’ lives for the better.
What I’d love to share with anyone who is thinking about launching a business is to know that deepening your connection to your intuition is just as important as any marketing strategy. I think it’s really special that ZenBoss Academy helps you bridge the gap between strategy and spirituality so you can build a business in a way that feels authentic and sustainable to you.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is how to create a healthy relationship with my business. Burnout doesn’t happen when you work a lot, it happens because of the energy you bring to your work. I’ve learned to become very conscious of my mental and physical state when I sit down to work. If I have limiting, fear-based thoughts running on a loop in my mind like “Will I hit my income goals?” “Where will my next client come from?” “Why is their business growing faster than mine?”- it manifests as physical pain, distraction, and procrastination. If I don’t check those thoughts, I could easily blame my business for making me “distracted, irritated, etc.”
The lesson I keep learning is to not work my personal problems out on my business. I practice this by checking in with myself every day before I start work to get in touch with where my mind and body are at. I then do what I can to step into the most faith-filled version of myself. The practices to step out of fear and into faith vary for everyone. It could be dance, prayer, breathwork, getting a pep talk from my future self– whatever. All that matters is that I check in with my energy before work. If you bypass your very real emotions by working more, you’ll end up resenting your work.
- Email: SAMANTHA@ZENBOSSACADEMY.COM
- Website: https://www.samanthabove.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zenbossacademy
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