Alanna Falys is an entrepreneur, passionista, and nerd. Most of all, she is what she never thought she would be – a teacher.
What are you up to right now that people should know about?
Alanna Falys and her husband Sean are the owners of PRIMEtuitive Education Inc.
PRIMEtuitive stands for Positive Results, Innovative Mastery Education… intuitively.
We are the premier organizational development firm in Western Canada. We specialize in organizational change, business process improvement, corporate education, Indigenous education and project management services. PRIMEtuitive Education has a catalogue of over 90 programs and courses and license many programs to Colleges throughout Western Canada.
What is a contributing factor to your personal and professional success?
When I was a little girl, my Grandma wanted to teach me how to swim. Her methods were unconventional but she must have believed that I wouldn’t drown. One afternoon, we went to the community pool and walked along the deck. Without warning, she threw me into the deep end and watched me swim. It was difficult, I was scared, I was slightly shell shocked but I made it. Little did I know, this would be a theme throughout my life and career.
The way I have learned, grown and expanded myself was to be thrown into situations and just rise to the challenge. For me, this has been the foundation of my ability to take risks, be resilient and fearless in all aspects of my life. I’m incredibly thankful that mentors, clients and colleagues have believed in me knowing that I could accomplish any goal.
One of my favourite aspects of being an entrepreneur is being thrown into a pool- just try, be creative and have confidence in your ability to problem solve the sh#t out of the situation. When you find your stride, the confidence, experience and feeling of accomplishment is the best high in the world.
One of our learning philosophies at PRIMEtuitive is to put our learners into situations that push them to be creative, problem solve and work their resilience muscles. It’s a fabulous way to create dynamic, emotionally connected and high performance learning experiences.
As a female entrepreneur, what do you know for sure?
I have always been told I try to reinvent the wheel. I used to be perplexed by that statement, associating it with a negative narrative, yet I have realized that in my life my success has been rooted in my curiosity, my desire for iconoclastic thinking and driving continuous improvement.
In my life, I have always taken the road less travelled, from having babies young, going to school and starting a business as a single mom.
I know for sure that women have an innate superpower of courage and I believe that when we harness that courage and have faith in our fearlessness, we can accomplish anything.
As women, we often shy away from the road less travelled, the unconventional, the hard stuff. We worry about what we ‘should’ do, rather than what we must do.
We are told to be nice, play nice, look nice, and often when we endeavour to be nice we lose ourselves. It’s ok to have a burning passion in your gut, to be obsessed about what you bring to the world. It’s ok to know your worth and to be confident in what you offer. Your gifts are what make this world shine. Ask yourself this daily- why not you?
What I know for sure is that by taking a chance on yourself, and believing in the possibilities of the unknown, the road less travelled will navigate you to your highest self.