Meet Mira Joleigh, life coach and founder of #Ambitionista. Mira helps millennial women find their passion, rock their confidence and get paid to do what they love. Mira leads a dynamic online community, the #Ambitionista Success Club as a support network for her clients and facilitates the #YearOfMassiveAction, a mentorship program for new and aspiring entrepreneurs. Mira’s passions include feminism, social justice and LGBTQ equality. In her free time, you’ll find her hosting dinner parties and game nights, appreciating the nightlife of West Hollywood or “introverting” in nature.
When did you first learn about your field of work?
I first learned about life coaching back in 2006 at the age of 24. At the time I still had my corporate sales job and one evening, I attended a Chamber of Commerce “business after hours” event. A woman named Jennifer Powers stood up and introduced herself on the microphone saying “Hi, I’m Jenn. I’m a life coach. I help people set and reach their goals.” I’ll never forget my reaction. I had this zing of adrenaline and butterflies in my stomach. I thought to myself “Whoa, that’s a THING? I already do that for my friends and I’d love to make it my career!”
I was shy about meeting new people, but I felt bold in that moment and made my way across the room as quickly as possible. I enthusiastically introduced myself to Jennifer and invited her to lunch. The rest is history.
What called you to coaching women?
Over the years, I’ve grown into my identity as a intersectional feminist and have come to see how desperately our world needs more women’s voices, more women’s contributions and more women in leadership. When I thought about who I’d want to serve as a life coach, it felt natural that I’d focus on supporting women.
I also discovered in the first few months of my practice, that I was most energized when I coached women in their 20s and 30s. So now, I am an influencer among millennial women, helping them find their passion, rock their confidence, launch and grow their first businesses. (I’ve nicknamed my audience #Ambitionista)
What is the biggest lesson you learned in launching your own business?
I learned early in my business that successful people are aware of their “blocks” or weak points (usually indicated by fear or struggle) and work to conquer them. I know that my business can only grow when I grow, and that growth WILL be uncomfortable. Entrepreneurship is really a personal development program disguised as a business. I encourage you to actively look for the things that scare you, and rather than avoiding them, run right toward them.
If you need a kick in the pants, start by conquering a fear that’s totally unrelated to business… like skydiving. If you can do THAT, you can do anything.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a life coach?
It’s so rewarding to build relationships with my clients and get to witness their transformation; not only during our time working together but also after they’ve completed their coaching program. I have former clients all over the world who I now see on social media kicking ass in their lives and businesses. It’s such a joy to know that I had a hand in helping them get there.
How do you define success?
Success is satisfaction in ALL areas of your life — on your own terms:
- Living in a home, city and climate that nourishes you.
- Taking great care of your physical, mental and spiritual health.
- Having loving, supportive relationships with your partner(s), friends and chosen family.
- Enjoying your hobbies, learning, growing and having great stories of adventure to tell later.
- Having a career that lights you up, doing work that fulfills your purpose.
- Having financial peace of mind and stability (abundance if you desire it).
What are some of your biggest successes you have experienced?
I’ve conquered many of my biggest fears and have gone on world-travelling adventures that some people can only dream of. I feel so grateful and privileged to live this life.
What advice would you give to other women who are pursuing their passions?
- Learn to hear and follow your intuition.
- Surround yourself with people who lift you up and inspire you to be and do more than you otherwise would.
- Trust the timing of your life and enjoy being in the NOW, it’s really all you have.
What is your personal or professional motto?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us: It is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
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