Hey guys! I am so so excited to share a secret project of mine that I have been dreaming up for quite some time now. If there’s one thing I love in life, it is getting to have deep discussions with other brave entrepreneurs. Owning your own business is often lonely and sometimes scary, but being BRAVE enough to take your dream and share it with the world is something pretty awesome.
Show Me Your Brave is a blog series which features a short interview of various creative entrepreneurs who are BRAVE enough to answer a few deep & thought provoking questions about their life & business.
I’m honored to share the BRAVE story of our very first guest, Mallika Malhotra of Mikifoto & Co.
Tell me about a moment when you were brave, and stepped out into your business?
I have been a photographer for 8 years and in the last year, I have started to step out from behind the lens to in front of a room to teach branding + social media. This has been a HUGE step for me to shift from photographer to a mentor role. I have had to re-build my confidence and learn a new set of skills. Exciting and terrifying!
Why do you do what you do?
I want to build confidence and connection among women. To help them feel seen, important and a sense of belonging.
What in your life has allowed you to give away what you give in your business?
Confidence and a sense of community.
What is the hardest thing you have ever went through in your life?
Redefining and finding myself. When I had my first two sons, I was focused on my children and my husband’s career. I felt lost at home. I wanted to be more then a Mom but had no idea what I could excel at. It took a few businesses and hobbies to finally land on photography.
What do you wish you could tell the world more than anything else?
If you really want to do something that you feel passionate about and love, you need to dig deep into your story to find it and have the patience to pursue it. Your story matters and can inspire others!
What was the woman like that started her business, and who are you now?
She was scared, lonely, unsure, nervous, felt like an imposter. Now, I am confident, secure, determined, passionate, curious and on fire to help others.
Share your secret to success!
Focus on your OWN personal growth. Put your blinders on. It’s not a race, go at your own pace. And get help – childcare, support from fellow entrepreneurs, VA – you can’t do this alone 🙂
Mallika, thank you so much for being brave with us today and sharing parts of your story. It’s stories like yours that help inspire others to take the leap outside of their comfort zone and to not be afraid to try many things before they land on their true passion. YOU ARE BRAVE.