You are not the center of your business. Your customers/clients are. Stay out of your feelings.
As a Certified Life Purpose Coach, Speaker and Women’s Change Agent, Shelley Meche’tte is extremely passionate and dedicated to the empowerment of women through strategized personal and professional development. She is the author of 70 Days of Happy: Life is BETTER When You Smile and the founder of the women’s organization, The PowHERful Woman.
Shelley speaks LIFE into women, challenging them to take responsibility for the actions (both productive and destructive) of the person staring back at them in the mirror, while reminding them of the fact that they are MORE than just their physical appearance.
Shelley believes that Broken women raise broken girls who become another generation of brokenness. Therefore, Shelley provides the success tools needed for women to break that cycle; enabling them to raise confident, self-assured women.
As a Coach, Shelley specializes in decluttering the thoughts of her clients, connecting their gifts/talents to their passion; providing them with a successful Purpose Plan and personalized Life Strategies.
Shelley has graced the stage, sharing her message of personal accountability and wholeness on various platforms, such as Black Women Rock Nationally, Woman II Woman, Hey Girlfriend Luncheon and more. She has been featured in Voyage LA , The Daily Boss, UpJourney, Rewire and on the cover of the online magazine, Glambitious. She has also had the pleasure of being seen on The Chundria Show and The YES! Show.
Shelley is a collaborative author of the book She Shall Rise: Empowerment for the Kingdom Woman and will release her 3rd book PowHER Minds: Reflective Thoughts for the Everyday PowHER Woman and Her Legacies later this year.
Where did the idea for The PowHERful Woman come from?
The idea of my organization The PowHERful Woman came from my desire to see women set free from emotional bondage. It was created to empower, inspire and educate women from all walks of life; reminding EVERY woman that she is POWERFUL…valuable and unique, with MORE to offer than just her physical appearance. The PowHERful Woman gives women permission to love themselves…take responsibility for decisions made, and regain relinquished control in their lives, while providing PowHERful tools to assist them in walking towards and achieving such goals.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My day consist of a lot of administrative work, planning for The PowHERful Woman’s annual conference. We are provide a smaller brunch in the middle of the year for women to gather and learn from.
How do you bring ideas to life?
My organization is extremely small. And so is our team. Typically we sit down and decide what we want to offer our women for an upcoming event. We do a social media poll to see how many women would be interested and we move forward.
With a team so small, there is never any time to waste. We see, we plan, we execute.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I’m not sure it it’s a “trend” or not, but I enjoy FB/IG Live. It provides an opportunity for me to connect to other women and offer encouragement.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Prayer. I’m a true believer in taking time to be with the Lord and allowing Him to guide me in my personal and professional life.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Eventually, it will all make sense. All of the things that seemed detrimental…all of the pain endured, it will be a place for it. There will be an opportunity to use it. It won’t be in vain. And even thought it hurts now…it won’t always feel that way. Not only will you make it through the pain, but you will use it to become a voice for others.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I’m right most of the time.
I believe I have great insight. And though my family agrees with the “great insight”, I can’t get them to agree with the fact that I’m usually 95% correct on all things.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Be open-minded to change. No one likes change, but in order to continue to grow and learn, you must remain open-minded. There just may be a “better way” than the one you are used to. You just may need to learn a new software, earn another degree. The point is to never stop learning and being open to learn.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Learning how to delegate. I am a very detailed person and was guilty of micro-managing in the beginning. So learning how to delegate and keep great records was extremely important.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
When I first started my organization we had trouble getting our non-profit status. The paperwork kept coming back, because it kept being rejected. We would fix the problem, send it off again…just to be disappointed, when we would receive the rejection letter weeks later.
It was so frustrating that I decided it wasn’t worth it. What pushed me through is thinking of the people that I said I wanted to empower. I had to step out my feelings and stop making a minor set back about “me”. The people who I said that I wanted to empower had to be more important than my hurt feelings… and thankfully, that is exactly what happened
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Turn your expertise into a second or residual income. If your talent is writing, host a workshop on HOW to write for online magazines and the various types of writing styles that exist. By using your talent for more income, you will not be caught off guard should the unexpected happen to your main financial source.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Lol…ink for my printer. I can’t run my business without my printer, and my printer is no good to me without its ink.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Excel. It helps me keep my lists and records in order.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I would recommend my own book. 70 Days of Happy: Life is BETTER When You Smile.
I recommend it because in life, especially as entrepreneurs we need to always understand how to manage our own happiness. Putting other people in control of your peace will only lead to disaster.
This book is a 70 day journey of self-discovery and tips on how to become a better version of yourself.
What is your favorite quote?
My own: “I’m never your competition, just your collaborator.”
- You are not the center of your business. Your customers/clients are. Stay out of your feelings.
- Even pain can be used to mold you into a better version of self.
- Decide that your success will not be based on competing with others.
- Create another stream of income for yourself based off of your talents.
- Live for something other than yourself.
Facebook/LinkedIn/Instagram: @Shelley Meche’tte
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.