We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca “Mz Bee” Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca “Mz Bee”, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The single most important decision I’ve made that contributed to my success was the decision to be IN Purpose, ON Purpose, 100% of the time. Until I made the decision to focus on my true gift and ability, I busied myself with assisting others and chasing a dream that had run it’s course. I was staring my purpose in it’s face but fear kept me from pursuing it wholeheartedly. The fear of failure…The fear of success…Inferiority complex…any fear that you could think of, THAT was my hindrance until I decided to embrace the gift and walk it out allowing God to fully carry out His plan in my life and show the world what I am TRULY made of.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the owner of several businesses (I’ll give more details of each a bit later) but, overall, the gist of them all is SERVICE! I am in the business of serving others. Whether in Beauty, Entertainment or Business…I serve people! I assist others by equipping them with the tools, knowledge and understanding needed to not only know WHAT to do but, also, WHY to do it. That is a very important factor as, often times, people do things simply because they saw or heard of someone else doing it and it worked for them. Now, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with that but what I will say is there’s EVERYTHING wrong with acting without the understanding of why you chose that specific act. You MUST know your Why because this will be your mark that you will, consistently, press towards. What I’m most proud of is the fact that, through my coaching, others are able to see what they’re REALLY made of. They get to be introduced to another level of themselves and they fall in love with this new discovery. It’s so awesome to see. I know because I had to be introduced to myself as well so I know the feeling of serendipity when it comes about. The cool part is you never stop learning more of YOU! Isn’t that something? Day after day, we grow more and more familiar with the things of US…what we like, what we dislike, our style, our tastes, our movements, what we’re naturally good at…it’s so cool. I’m honored to be given a front row view of the unveiling. Honestly, I got where I am today, business-wise, because I was seeking some of the things that I needed to pursue my own entrepreneurial journey but NO ONE was willing to assist me in attaining it. For some reason, people wanted to see me do well…just not more well then they did. It’s really unfortunate because, if I win, WE WIN…but some can’t and won’t see it that way. Also, I came to learn that some don’t want to share “the spotlight” with others. They want to be the only “buzz about town” but what does that do for the community? For the culture? For the family? It does nothing. If I’m wealthy and my circle is not, I’M NOT WEALTHY AT ALL! It’s only when we ALL are wealthy have I achieved success. Anyone can brag…but can you empower and inspire? That’s the difference. I lead Leaders! Was it easy? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Man, Oh, Man…I ran into some obstacles that would take another person completely out of the game. I’ve learned some VERY expensive lessons but I’ve gained an infinite amount of wisdom and understanding along the way that allows me to show and teach others so that they won’t make the same mistakes I’ve made. There’s no need in EVERYONE making the same mistakes. I know there’s a saying that experience is the best teacher. This is true, however, it didn’t say that YOUR experience had to be your teacher. Someone else’s experience can teach you just the same. I want the world to know that I have and, in some cases, still are where you are. You are not alone in this life or this journey. We were never meant to live this life alone so stop trying. There are people, strategically, placed in your life to assist you along the way. Whether it’s financial, physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, etc, you NEED accountability and a circle of support around you to ensure that you can, truly, experience a wonderful life all around. That is what my business and brand specializes in…TRUE happiness and freedom in business and in life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Now, if we were in my hometown of Chicago, I would have an AMAZING time giving The Windy City tour. First, we would visit the BEAUTIFUL Downtown Chicago where we can marvel over the indescribable architecture and art, The Buckingham Fountain, The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave), The Water Tower, Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and the incredible Willis Tower (more commonly known as The Sears Tower). Of course, we cant forget to grab a bite to eat. Perhaps Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza or Italian beef sandwiches (dipped with a fork with sweet peppers and hot oil on top…YES!). We absolutely can not forget about two of Chicago’s signatures…The Chicago Dog and The Chicago Mix Popcorn. Mmmmmmm SOOOOO GOOD! However, ATL has it’s beautiful features as well…The art district, the Coca-Cola factory, the Mercedes-Benz Dome, Centennial Park, Piedmont Park…and MY favorite…Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar (it originated in Chicago *wink,wink*). There are MANY sites to see. Trust me, wherever we are, we’re sure to have a ball!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
ABSOLUTELY! No one can live this life alone nor can anyone achieve success alone. There are key ingredients that are added to the entree of your career that gives it the AMAZING flavor that it has. I can, most assuredly, say that I would be NOTHING without my family instilling endurance, dedication, motivation, support, encouragement, prayers and SO much more. From my Grandmother’s tenacity and entrepreneurial drive to my Mother’s dedication and wherewithal to get things done by any means necessary, I can say that I was blessed with the tools that I needed to push me to another level from my loved ones. Then comes my very close friends that I, also, call family…as not too many people can claim that title easily with me so, when you do, you’ve earned it…they keep focused and on task. They let me know if I’ve deviated from my path and encourage me until I’ve realigned myself to my goal. I am absolutely nothing without my circle around me and, together, we ensure that each of us reach and exceed our desired end. As for literature, there’s no way to single out one author that deserves recognition, however, there are a few that have truly been instrumental during my journey…John Maxwell, Napoleon Hill, Warren Buffett and many others.
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