Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
I’m Darrah and I’m a 3x founder and author. I’ve spent the last decade crafting and integrating my life and work intentionally, not choosing one over the other. I’ve come to learn that my hypothesis was true: you can create a life and a career you love…at the same time…without losing yourself in the process, or succumbing to the fable that you must burn out and sleep when you’re dead.
What exactly does your company do?
One of them helps independently-owned businesses reduce their credit card processing fees. Another produces networking events for young professionals to help them connect first as friends, and second as business connections. A third teaches financial literacy to elementary-aged kids through fun and engaging books. And finally, the last is a free “Life By Design, Not By Default” virtual summit with speakers like Deepak Chopra and Adam Grant. Its intention is to help people define success for themselves, create a career to fund it, and a network to support it. You can grab free tickets to it (it’s all online so you can watch from anywhere) at www.LifeByDesignSummit.com.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
My own negative self-talk. I spent way too much time and energy doubting myself and questioning ‘who am I to do that?’. It held me back and slowed me down. More tangibly, having a partner steal our entire book of business and going from 1,000+ clients to 0 in an instant.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
Don’t get caught up in the cult of busy-ness. Burning out is not something to brag about and sleep is good. Don’t delay life until a later time.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
All 45 speakers in the free virtual summit. Some include Deepak Chopra (88x author and spiritual guru), Adam Grant (NYT Best-selling author, TED Speaker, and Wharton Professor), Jen Sincero (#1 NYT Best-selling author), Kat Cole (COO of Focus Brands and former President of Cinnabon), and Ronny Turiaf (NBA Champion and Olympian). Each is not just astoundingly accomplished but is an exceptional human.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
My twin brother. He opened the door to me to co-found our first company together. And because of that, I gained both the confidence and the financial ability to keep creating new things.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
My emotional evolution.
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