In today’s episode, our guest is Ellie Shefi, an attorney, entrepreneur, mentor, business consultant, keynote speaker, and award-winning author. Ellie is the go-to advisor with practical, easy-to-implement tools that produce outcomes and promote progress. She is a master problem solver and opportunity maker who is willing to change the world.
[8:14] Why should I listen to you?
I want to know who you are and what you stand for. What drives you, what’s your why, what impact you make every single day. And through my curiosity, we’re going to connect, and it’s going to be a swear dialogue. And I think very quickly; we will find out that we have much more in common than we don’t.
[11:29]What is it like to be a strong woman.
I come from an abusive background, and I was in domestic violence, violent marriage. I know what it’s like to have my voice taken for me. I do tend to surround myself with more women. Because of your point, a lot of men don’t know what to do with me. I know now that I will never again be silent. And I will never again let someone take my voice or take my power or take my identity. I will never again let anyone control that.
[13:19]What was the catalyst that woke you up?
I was a powerful child. I’m very headstrong, very determined, and then it got beat out of me. I learned through that process. It’s easier to do what you’re told and shut up. I had cancer in 2019, and for the last 21 years, and through everything, I’m using that to fuel my fire to find my determination. When I was in hiding, and I was dying. I had to learn to start over. I have to keep going, and I’m not going to stop, and that’s all I can do. The road to recovery is a long, hard, painful one, but the road is worth it.
[17:05]I have this incredible opportunity to create anyone I want to be. I seized that opportunity. And the person I built as a result of hiding. Nothing even remotely resembles the person that went into hiding. I am starting over.
[19:26]Books and how do they help people.
One of my superpowers is to quickly identify gaps and come up with pivot and diversification plans. So I’ve continuously operated that way. And it becomes my superpower after so many decades. So, as a result of the April 5 call, I’m knocking your superpower eight steps to turn your existing knowledge into income was released in August. Many people need to know how to save businesses or start a business if they’ve lost their job or someone in their family has lost their jobs.
And this moment, I have just launched the significant change the World Foundation, which is a global comprehensive youth movement with three main pillars. The first is youth entrepreneurship. The second is Youth Advocacy. It’s a way for me to go into underserved communities and teach and train, equip them with the entrepreneurial skills needed to launch their own business in their community. That’s the shift in the world. And again, that’s primarily because of COVID.
[27:36] What promise did God make to the world when He created you?
That I was made to change the world, and I would do it.
[12:37 – 12:41] I will never again let someone take my voice or take my power or take my identity.
[13:56 – 14:00] Life is easier when you just do what you’re supposed to