Rosalyn is a Business & Leadership Coach who empowers BIPOC entrepreneurs and executives to grow their dream business and lifestyle. Growing up in a conservative Asian family where the norm was to strive for a ‘cookie cutter’ version of success, Rosalyn forged her own non-traditional path to a rich and fulfilling entrepreneurial career.
If you could give your past self some advice, what would you tell yourself?
As a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, it’s okay to colour “outside the lines” and have a life that others don’t understand 100%. Spend more time trusting and following your creative impulses than worrying about what others might think. Instead of taking everything so seriously, relax a little and focus on fun and play.
There is no “rule book” that will guarantee success. You’ll need an inner resilience that comes from “just doing it” and learning from your mistakes. Make mistakes early and often and as cheaply as possible.
It can be a lonely path. You are going to need the support of an inner circle of friends, colleagues, mentors and chosen family who understand the path you’ve chosen. Gather those who “get it” around you. Choose these people wisely.
Success is not a straight line. There is no such thing as “arriving” or being successful “after” you land that dream job, secure the next promotion, exceed your income goals or earn yet another piece of paper.
It’s a journey, and the reward is in who you become in the process—becoming more of your authentic self. Trust yourself and have fun!
Do you have a mantra or phrase you live by? What is it?
There are many, but one of my favourites is, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
I love this because dancing in the rain was my favourite activity growing up in Southeast Asia, and it speaks to the resilience of the human spirit, and our capacity to create beauty even in the midst of adversity.
What is your number one business goal this year?
My growth edge this year (and next year) is to develop a full-spectrum training and coaching program based on my holistic success framework, The Wheel of Sustainable Success™ to make this cutting-edge curriculum available to leaders and organizations who want to shift from stress, overwhelm, burnout and sacrifice to purpose, abundance, wellness and sustainability.
What is your number one priority when it comes to your career and daily work?
Health and wellness are my number one priority, before anything else—which includes my faith and spirituality being first in this category. At the beginning of each month, I map out my top 3 career and personal goals, and schedule on the front end health and wellness practices before anything else, which includes a combination of: alternative health treatments for optimal wellness (usually chiropractic and acupuncture), yoga and fitness classes, Mother Nature therapy, connecting with my faith community, rest and reflection during the new and full moon cycles, fasting days, etc.
What is your favourite thing about what you do in your career and why?
I can’t think of a better job than to help make people’s dreams come true. Typically, it’s in the business sense, but as I get to know my clients, I come to learn that their vision is intertwined with their deepest personal desires, so it’s holistic in that sense. It’s my true joy and honour to midwife the birth of baby businesses, support their growth through various stages and seasons, and champion the founders and visionaries in creating sustainable success that leaves a lasting legacy.
What makes you motivated on a daily basis? Truly, it’s in the little things. It’s hearing even the smallest difference I’ve made in someone’s life, those moments when I’m just being myself, and that inspires and encourages them to take a baby step towards their dreams. It’s going for a walk after dinner with my Honey Bear Hubby after a long yet satisfying day of working towards our dreams. Being grateful and proud for how far I’ve come and what I’ve accomplished given my turbulent past, and excited for the best yet to come. Seeing others having the courage to stand in their purpose and live out their dreams no matter the challenges and adversity that got in their way. That inspires me so much—usually I end up interviewing them and we become friends! 🙂