Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica Mo.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Monica. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My interest in health and wellness was born out of a need to answer my own childhood inquiries on how life worked. After my mother nearly lost her life during a routine hospital procedure when I was 12, that turned into an overwhelming curiosity of the fragility of health and life. I gravitated towards biology and health and ended up at UCSD as a Bioengineering undergrad, then stayed on for my Ph.D. in metabolic engineering and systems biology. I eventually started working in biotech and thought I’d live a life of studying and applying biological systems to developing therapeutics as a scientist.
For a few years, I thought I was exactly where I wanted to be, but something felt off. As a scientist in early-stage R&D, I felt so far upstream from directly helping others. That’s when I made the decision to carve a path in entrepreneurship to explore how I could do it differently. And from there, I took the leap and started my company WellSeek. Thinking back, it was quite possibly the most irresponsible thing to do because I actually had no idea what the business would be! I just knew that I wanted to find a way to help others seek a healthier, happier life.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For any entrepreneur, it’s about constantly having your beliefs or assumptions challenged by reality, then find ways to adapt new learnings into something that will serve a need. I think any entrepreneur will tell you it’s a constant rollercoaster of emotions. One moment, you think you’ve figured it all out..and the next, you’ll feel like you completely missed the mark!
I started off thinking I would build an app that would tell people what to eat because that was all I knew as a scientist! That didn’t work out so well, and I remember feeling like a complete failure. But I picked myself up and just started asking more questions on why it didn’t work.
And as I dove deeper into understanding what motivated people into action, questioning the intent and motive of the diet, health, and nutrition industry, and recognizing key stakeholders across our broader health care system, it started clicking on what direction that I needed to take.
Whether it’s with consulting clients or finding ways to increase traffic to our publication, there is always a new challenge. But I am trusting in the process that it will all work out. I know what I stand for and what I’m trying to accomplish, just gotta stay in my lane and keep trucking along!
As I like to remind myself, obstacles and challenges are blessings in disguise… they are roadblocks that illuminate areas of the highest resistance so a better, more efficient path can be traveled.
WellSeek – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
When I first started out, I looked at everything through a scientific lens because of my background. Then I started learning more about the health care and nutrition industry, and realized a bigger impact could be made if I helped more health professionals help their own communities. So that’s why our brand and media consulting agency came to be, where I now actively mentor and help nutrition and health professionals all across the country launch and grow their private practices. There’s so much noise out there with health and nutrition information, most of which is often driven by polarizing fads and trends. I wanted to help them cut through that noise and connect with the people who need their help the most.
Along the way, I started to realize how much of our health is not tied to the actual information we know, but through how we keep life in perspective in the face of confusing messages shared by media and the diet industry. We’re constantly bombarded with messages of restrictive diets and extreme behaviors, and that really starts to have an impact on the way we think we should live. It’s difficult to influence media without using media itself, so I founded an online publication called the WellSeek Collective to help sort through the confusion, dispel myths, and spread truths on health and wellness. It’s a platform that voices the inspiration and thoughts of our health community as a whole, and a call-to-action to remember true health should never limit the way we live.
As Curating Editor, I love collaborating with our nationwide community of contributors, dissecting and reshaping media’s cultural influence on public health. Every article we share is meant to reshape your inner dialogue on what it means to seek a happier life, along with some helpful tips to get you there! In many ways, the articles have completely reshaped my own perspective on what it means to be healthy and happy. All I can hope for is that it will do the same for others.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Being an entrepreneur is a test of mental perseverance and grit, so for me, success is really about keeping my mindset in a place to stay creative and feel balanced in both my personal and professional life.
I’m a perfectionist by nature, so my tendency is to keep pushing forward to make progress in whatever I’m doing. However, the internal dialogue I have with myself can often be one that asks: “Why aren’t you doing enough?”
Setting high expectations and goals for yourself to run a business is a necessity, but it can also suck the energy and joy out of it when you don’t set boundaries. So for me, success is when I am able to reframe negative thoughts as questions that help me dissect a problem to gain a new perspective. It’s also when I can take a step back, tell myself “I did my best,” and remove the fear of being wrong to embrace the teachings of a new experience.
We all reach that point when we start obsessing over the destination and how we reach all of these destinations, faster.
Be more kind to myself and saying, “I did my best”. Stop punishing myself for when I don’t get somewhere as quickly as I wanted to… it’ll get done eventually, and it’s better to get it done with your sanity intact rather than meeting some self-imposed timeline.
- Website: https://wellseek.io AND https://wellseek.co
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wellseek/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wellseekio/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/wellseekio
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