In today’s episode, our guest is Nada Lena, founder and CEO of Rise Up For You, Leadership and Career Confidence Coach, #1 Best Selling Author, and a 2x TEDx Motivational Speaker. With over 10 years of experience as a college professor and former top executive for an education corporation, Nada understands the importance of fusing education, empowerment, and leadership as she works with her clients and speaks to audiences worldwide. She has toured the world as a singer, has a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership, and has coached and mentored close to 50,000 individuals around the world on self-empowerment, career strategy, and soft skills. And today, she is going to share with us how she rises after a dilemma and helped other people to be successful.

[4:58] Why should we listen to you?

I have a great balance of experience, hard work when it comes to schooling education. I think life experience and what we call street smarts are really important. I also think that showing discipline around a certain topic, and competency is important. And there’s a combination of both.

[06:09] When was the time you’re stumbling?

I used to be a performer. I used to tour around the world as a singer. I did that for about eight years. And when I got doing that got done doing that, I came back to California. I became an executive. And then I resigned and I let go of all that stuff because I got married, and I moved out of the country. And within two weeks of being married, my husband said he wanted a divorce. All I have is $100. And I just it was embarrassing and shameful.

[08:07] The second thing is leadership. I was a performer and an executive, with no idea about entrepreneurship, nothing about building a business. And with $100 I came back, and I just started building because I understood that I could figure out anything. So I might have lost everything externally. But I still had my health, I still had my mom, and my two brothers, and I still had my mind, and you can do a hell of a lot with all of that.

[10:50] Where do you think that strength came from?

The number one thing is confidence. Confidence is important. Our company is constantly researching this 82% of professionals today struggle from confidence. They say it’s their number one challenge on 82% of the workforce. They’re saying that their number one challenge is confidence or confidence related. 

The second thing is gratitude and having a belief in something beyond yourself. When you have that you’re able to recognize when things are out of your control. There are some things in life that you just can’t control. You need to be able to bounce back and bounce forward.

[12:42] What do you think that you learn those moments?

The biggest thing I’ve learned, and I wrote my whole book about it is “what is success?” It’s not just about making money and buying your dream home. All the things that bring positivity within yourself to are also important. The big moment for me while I was doing this was recognizing that success is not what society paints it to be sometimes, and you have to dig deep to figure out what it means for you.

[14:49] How did you stay that path?

It comes down to confidence. You have to value your voice more than other people’s voices. It does come back to that tenacity.

 [16:40] Why it was important for you to have a clear mind?

I believe that we’re all put on this planet to elevate the human condition to elevate humanity. But we cannot do that unless we start within first. And that’s why I wrote the book rise it for you. I think it’s important that we all can provide value to other people. But the most common mistake that we make is that we try to do that without doing it for ourselves first. And then we end up pouring from an empty bucket.

[18:31] What do you see becomes like the biggest initial hurdle for people?

There are two things: The first one is accurate self-assessment. If you can’t see it within yourself, then it’s hard for you to make that shift. And sometimes people don’t understand that you can’t see their verbiage or their thoughts.

[19:36] The second challenge is taking the action, experience, and then education. Those things can be unstoppable when you take action. The second biggest challenge is making the shift and changing the behavior so that you can create the transformation within yourself and other people.

[20:38] Who is your typical client base?

We have two divisions in our company. We have a corporate division, we work with small, medium, and large businesses that are struggling with company culture, and really need to help with their teams and their leaders and just enhancing culture on a people development level. Another half of our clients are working professionals that are leaders or business owners that are trying to move that needle and they don’t know-how

[21:41 ]Where have you found a mistake where you need to rise?

It’s empathy. I have to recognize that everybody has their journey. You have to be careful to understand that not everyone’s motivated the same. Empathy has always been something for me that I have to work on. It doesn’t come naturally for me.

[23:45] How do you address struggle in real-time?

I have an amazing tribe around me. And I have them assess me. I give them what I call a 24 point assessment, we use it on our clients. So the things that we give our clients. I’m constantly being assessed and getting feedback from other people. And I let them keep it anonymous if they want.

[25:45] What promise did God make to the world when He created you?

You really can reach your full potential. And it starts with you. And it starts with confidence. And I think that’s what my gift is when I came to this planet.

Key Quotes

[14:18-14:24] “Success is not what society paints it to be sometimes, and you have to dig deep to figure out what it means for you.”

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