Crafting Confidence and Change for Ambitious Women

Welcome to a new episode of 'No Gatekeeping,' Innovative Strategies and Real-World Wisdom for Entrepreneurial Success Misha Battiste

3/21/20246 min read

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NO GATEKEEPING! INTERVIEW

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We recently connected with Misha Battiste and have shared our conversation below.

Thank you for joining me today. As someone who has navigated challenges to turn a vision into reality, How do you stay resilient in the face of setbacks, and what role does resilience play in entrepreneurial success?

I am in my first year of my coaching business, Become Your Own Muse, so I have dealt with many setbacks and disappointments. There’s been times where I’ve thought “Are you sure this is still a good idea?”, “should I just go get a job?” lol. But, in the end, I believe in myself and I believe that this is my purpose in life. This business is the track that God has me on and I trust that success is inevitable. The blessing of being a solopreneur in the early stages is that you’re truly a beginner. You get to make mistakes and experiment and then reflect to see what’s working and what’s not working, making shifts as needed. Resilience, I believe, is all about perspective and optimism. There’s several perspectives you can take when you have a setback. You can think you’re not good enough to continue, you can think it’s someone else’s fault, or you can ask yourself, what opportunities are there for me to learn and grow from? By choosing the 3rd perspective, you give yourself a chance to take the L and become better for the future.

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Before we dive into the specifics, could you introduce yourself and share a bit about your background and the experiences that have shaped your path in entrepreneurship?

I’m a Life Coach for Ambitious women, who are taking on new chapters in life and I coach them to be confident and empowered to bring their goals/dreams to life. Before becoming a Coach, I worked in national politics for a decade. I started off in local politics in my hometown of New Orleans, then moved to Washington, DC to work for three presidential campaigns, five US Senate races and a couple of Democratic Campaign Committees. All of that to say, I moved around alot in my 20s and essentially was on the job search every six months to year. My life lacked stability in many ways and I was craving a career where I could bring my full self to it everyday and not beholden to a political party or candidate. It took over a year to figure out what was next for me. Through self-reflection and therapy I decided that becoming a Life Coach is something that would fulfill me and give me the freedom I craved in life. Coaching feels natural to me and throughout my life, I’ve always been someone people leaned on for encouragement and guidance, so how amazing is it that I am able business/career out of it!

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Can you share an instance where embracing a different perspective led to innovative solutions or strategies in your business?

As a Life Coach, I’ve at times gotten hard on myself for not having “life” fully figured out. The truth is, I don't need to have my life completely figured out, because life will always evolve and change. I am ever-evolving and my point of view will too. I understand now that it’s part of my job to study my mistakes and struggles, learn the lessons and then teach the lessons. This builds the capacity for me to lead and guide people through their own setbacks and struggles. I share what I’ve gone through or going through to be a witness to people that we can overcome and come back stronger every time if we allow ourselves to. Overall, now I understand that being authentic with my life, helps others feel seen and hopefully inspired to keep pushing for themselves.

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How do you manage stress and maintain focus during challenging periods in your entrepreneurial journey?

As a solopreneur, you are your own boss. You set your own agenda and schedule, so it’s up to lead yourself through the ups and downs. It can feel lonely. I found that it’s important to have a community within your industry that you can connect with. People who may relate to your current challenges and can provide advice or wisdom. I also think every coach needs a coach. Yes, I have the skills to coach myself through tough times, but it’s absolutely better to have someone else to stand in the gap for you when you’re feeling lost. In addition to having a community and coach, it’s important to recognize your stress and connect to the emotions you’re experiencing. Journaling on a daily or weekly basis helps me keep track of what’s going on in my mind, therefore I can figure out what actions I need to take to course correct and get back on the right page.

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In your opinion, what role does networking play in the continuous evolution and adaptability of an entrepreneur?

The network I had coming into starting my business has been profoundly important to the success I’ve had so far. Before training to become a Coach, I had already been telling my community for almost a year. They were supportive and sometimes acted as practice clients for me. Many of my clients today were friends who saw my career transition and were inspired by it. Additionally, contrary to popular opinion, I tend to share my goals and ambitions with my network before I start working towards them. Not because I’m bragging or anything, but because 1. I believe that’s how you manifest your goals and 2. You never know who can support you in your goals. This worked in my political career, so I brought that habit over to my business as well. In fact, I have the opportunity of doing this interview today, because I told a client/friend who happens to be a PR professional that my goal for the new year was that I wanted public speaker opportunities and to generally put myself out there more. I also shared it with a close friend and since then I’ve had five opportunities that are either public speaking or being interviewed. My goal was accomplished within the 2nd month of 2024.

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