A week ago I had the pleasure of attending the Get Radical Conference.  Doreen Rainey of the Get Radical Institute hosted this conference.  The theme of the conference was “The Heart of a Champion.”  Laila Ali, Jean Chatzky, Teneshia J. Warner, and Lori Greiner were keynote speakers at the event.


My experience there was so amazing, and I wanted to share my top 5 lessons learned + a bonus with you.  Enjoy the tips, and be sure to leave a message in the comments to let me know which lesson(s) resonated with you.

Lesson 1:  Now is the time.  Everything else is grace.

Doreen Rainey shared her story about a health scare, and for her the difference between life and death was just 10 minutes.  When I hear a story like that, I think about the fact that we don’t have the time that we think that we have.  So many of us put off things until tomorrow, another day, or when it’s just right.  Things will never be right.  Things will always pop up.  Take the time to focus on what’s important.  Stop putting those key next steps off.  Tell your loved ones that you love them now.  Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.  Stop waiting.  Think of those 10 minutes and everything there after as grace.


Me and Jacqueline M. Baker of Scarlet Communications

Lesson 2: Identify your non-negotiable victory.

Think about a non-negotiable victory that you must have this year?  What would that be?  Will you finally start taking the necessary steps to build your savings?  How about starting to pay off debt?  Will you leverage your talents to start a “side hustle?”  What will that negotiable victory look like for you?  Remember now is the time.  Set your vision.  Create your goals.  Get started.

Lesson 3:  Success comes at a cost. 

Success comes at a cost, and that cost is paid for in advance, in full.  This cost may be your time, energy, money, etc.  The cost is required, so if you want to have success, you must be willing to do the work.  For example, if you want to become debt-free, what are you willing to do so that your financial woes stop keeping you up at night?  If you want to work on your passion project, what are you willing to do to make it a non-negotiable success?  In order for you to persevere through the hard work and difficulty, your why has to be bigger than your why not.


Me and Tonya Rapley of My Fab Finance

Lesson 4:  The fortune is in the follow-up.

Teneshia J. Warner spoke about the persistence that it took to land her first opportunity with Russell Simmons.  She essentially stalked him, and continued to follow-up even when he brushed her off.  She trusted her gut, persisted and landed a job working for free.  She took that opportunity, worked hard, and eventually became the General Manager of his company.  The lesson in this story is that when someone says no, it means “not right now.” However, to turn that no into a yes, you have to keep trying and follow-through.

Lesson 5:  Preparation is non-negotiable.

Doreen Rainey said, “Preparation creates the opportunity that you walk right into.”  Laila Ali spoke about the preparation and the training required that allowed her to retire from boxing as an undefeated champion.  She said that preparation results in having the security of knowing that you are the best.  Therefore, the reward is a result hard work and preparation.  You can’t skip the preparation if you truly want to have success.



Me and Erica Gordon of Moms With Dreams

Bonus: Develop the mindset of a champion.

Laila Ali advised everyone to beware of the box that other people put you in, but also beware of the box that you put yourself in.  I love this because sometimes we don’t realize the limitations that we put on ourselves and the limitations that we allow others to place on us.  You must believe in yourself, and you must have vision.  However, you also have to surround yourself with positive people who encourage you to achieve your dreams and goals.  A champion is disciplined in her thoughts and actions, and a champion also surrounds herself with the right tools to keep her mind, thoughts, and body strong as well.

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I hope that you enjoyed these lessons from the conference!  Be sure to leave a comment to let me know what you learned!