“I push to the limits, I climb every wall. I keep on believing that anything’s possible.” – Lea Michele
Great lyrics to a song by Lea Michele. The opening lines are very meaningful to me in regards to the last seven years of running my own company. We push to the limits and we believe anything is possible.
The picture posted is Laura Jackson and myself, which seem so long ago, in the first year of launching our company Aesthetics360, LLC. I think I was full of dreams and Laura was cautiously optimistic. I think she was somewhat in shock that we were pushing forward with “rose colored glasses.” But we did it. We pushed, we pulled, we waited and we conquered. So it was no shocker to my family when I decided to launch my second business, or plan B- being an Independent Consultant with Rodan & Fields. If you want to be part of a disrupter, this is a company to definitely look into. But it is not a get rich quick scheme. Just like any business, it is yours to make or break.
In business and in life we take risks. According to Harvard Business Review, “It takes a special kind of courage to be the person who will take calculated risks. People who become good leaders have a greater than average willingness to make bold moves, but they strengthen their chances of success through careful deliberation and preparation.”
If you have ever thought of going into business for yourself, know this:
The road is not filled with instant success, it is tiny wins that happen over and over again. And after a while these wins become the small accomplishments that bring you one step closer to your destination.
You need to set attainable goals. Again, each accomplish will bring you closer to that financial freedom you are looking for.
Don’t ask your family what they think of your new business idea. They will be the first ones to tell you all of the cons. Often this is because they are relying on you for steady income or they are concerned that you might fail and they think they are saving you some grief an aggravation. Either way, leave your family out of it. (just my opinion)
Also know, that being the CEO of you will be the most liberating and terrifying job you have ever had. You will make your own hours and you will work as hard or as little as you want. You will not have to worry about being downsized or passed over for a promotion. The job will be all about what you put into it. And that is they-what you are willing to put into it.
If you push to the limits and keep believing, you will be a success.
Christine Lapointe was born and raised in New England and is a graduate of The University of California at Riverside. Prior to owning her consulting company Aesthetics 360 , her experience in the medical field began in the elective surgery industry in 1996 with Summit Vision Centers. Christine has since gained national and international recognition as a consultant, business owner, public speaker and published author. Christine co-founded her consulting company aesthetics 360 in 2009 with her business partner Laura Jackson. This was not her first company as she was successfully consulting in 1998 prior to working in the medical device world. Her first company was 'inplainview consulting.' Christine's marketing and practice development skills are acknowledged globally. Christine continues to work as a consultant nationally and internationally for private practices, medical device companies and nationally acclaimed academic institutions in both the Vision Correction and Aesthetic industries. Her knowledge is not limited to marketing and practice development. She has extensive experience in staff training and motivation, sales counseling techniques, marketing strategies, web strategies, as well as public relations and outreach.
Simultaneously, Christine runs another business as an Independent Consultant for Rodan+Fields. These are the doctors who created proactiv, and now have a complete anti aging skin care line for all types of skin. This company has allowed Christine the ability to work from anywhere and help other people change their lives and outlook on network marketing.
Christine is an avid supporter of people who are choosing to venture out into business for themselves. She understands the challenges and the courage it takes to turn a dream into reality. Being an entrepreneur at heart, Christine began a second business as a Rodan + Fields Independent consultant in 2017 and her vision is to retire in two years from the income she generates with this company. Looking at ways to bring additional and renewable income to her life became a passion and this company was one of her top five that peeked her interest. Now that being able to live on income generated by being 'her own boss' has become a reality, Christine is looking for many ways to share her experiences with those people who may be on the edge of working for themselves. From practice management consulting to selling amazing skin care products, Christine's goals continue to be her own boss and help others do the same. You can learn more about Christine by visiting both of her websites: www.aesthetics360.com and clapointe.myrandf.com. Christine’s follow through actions have gained her trust and credibility with medical device companies, highly acclaimed practices, Academic Institutions and most importantly her friends. She is seen as a resource for physicians and staff for validation and recommendations in all aspects of practice building. And she is seen as an inspiration to those friends and colleagues who have wanted to take that leap of faith and 'be their own boss.' This blog will be focused on ways to find the right company to partner with, tips on how to grow your team and of course about all the amazing advantages Rodan + Fields is bringing to the table-from product launches, to health tips to growing your own business-we welcome you to hang out here!
In her spare time Christine volunteers in her community as a Board Member to the COA (Council on Aging in Monson, MA) and enjoys spending time at home with her husband of 25 years, Big G, along with their five dogs and four birds. A passionate animal lover, Christine is involved in animal rescue programs and continues to find ways to educate the public on the social and health benefits of adopting pets and the responsibility pet owners have to their animals. Christine resides in both MA and FL and continues to be open to new businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.
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