33 minutes | Jul 30th 2020

Sharmadean Reid -- Creating Your Story And Becoming a Serial Entrepreneur

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Welcome to Hyper Curious, a place where we celebrate making change happen by following your curiosity. If you want to learn how leaders in multiple industries, including authors, founders and artists got to where they are, this is the podcast for you. 

In this inaugural episode we meet serial entrepreneur and founder of Beautystack, Sharmadean Reid MBE. Sharmadean is the perfect example of why you don’t have to be a specialist at something in order to be hugely successful. 

“There wasn’t an a-ha moment that made me change. I think like any good founding idea, I just saw a personal problem that I wanted to fix for myself, which is that I wanted to have a very specific nail design, and I couldn't figure out the place to get it done in a way that I wanted it done.”

In fact, Sharmadean is a proud generalist or a multipotentialite (as the TED Talk speaker Emilie Wapnick defines), going from individual contributor to business leader to serial entrepreneur, and because of these changing roles, she understands the importance of revisiting your life narrative and the stories you tell to yourself when dealing with changes, because it’s all about finding balance. 

“Thinking about being optimistic or pessimistic about the future is not my method. I just understand that whatever goes up must come down. And once you've hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up. So all I can do is focus on my path and my journey and my business and hope that that has an optimistic outlook.”

Enjoy this dive into the mind of one of Britain’s leading female entrepreneurs.

On today’s podcast:
  • From individual contributor to business leader to serial entrepreneur
  • How to balance the needs of the business vs her own needs
  • The undue pressures women put on themselves
  • Embrace being a generalist and a collector of interests
  • Why she’s decided to commit to Beautystack for 10 years
  • Why educational resources should be more gender equal
  • The importance of writing your own narrative and finding a game you can win

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