We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittney Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brittney, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is how I feel about myself. Every day, I show up to the world as my authentic self, which indicates success to me. It took me years to be myself because I was too worried about who would like me or want to work with me. So, essentially I hid anything that I felt wouldn’t make me likable. It wasn’t until I decided that I wouldn’t be afraid of people’s opinions that I found true happiness in owning a business. My job is to serve my clients the best way I can. It’s not to make sure people like me. That’s a bonus–, and when it happens, I’m extremely grateful. Letting people get to know the real me, the amazing parts and the quirky parts, has actually brought me more business than the pretend me ever did.

What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a book coach and an editor. I walk writers and “non-writers” through the creative process of writing the story that’s on their hearts. I don’t work with just anyone who wants to write a book. I’m called to a certain kind of person. I’m called to the person that wants to tell their heart’s story because they want to be free or they want to help other people become free. I”m proud of the work I do. I help other people fulfill parts of their purpose and it’s so worth it.

It wasn’t easy getting to this place in my business. In the middle of the pandemic, I lost my teaching job and had to decide if I would look for another or start my own business. So I started my own business and it was rough in the beginning. I know nothing about marketing or branding so I was all over the place. Eventually, I found someone that spoke to me the same way I speak to me and my clients and they put me on the right track. They pointed out the important stuff and the not-so-important stuff. At that moment, I learned I wasn’t too proud to get help. There are so many people who know how to do so many different things. Time is precious and half the time, it’s money. If I can, I’d rather pay for help than spend time figuring it out on my own.

There are probably hundreds of book coaches in the world. However, no one coaches the way I do and no one will help the people I’m called to the way I will.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friends are very outdoorsy people so I would take them to the Beltline. Sure we could get food but she would enjoy the scenery for sure. She’s a foodie, so we would go to Bar Taco, The Real Milk & Honey, and Slutty Vegan because my goodness, those burgers are to die for. We would also go to the Aquarium because we’re kids at heart.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that I can shout out, however, I would shout out my business coach, Shameca Tankerson. Of course, she has taught me the basics of what I need to run my business properly, but she taught me to truly believe that I could do what I was called to do and make a living from it. My life’s purpose doesn’t have to be a hobby. So month after month, she and I would have the same “mindset” conversation to help me get over the mental hurdles that were keeping me stuck. Finally, one day, I jumped and never looked back. She could have easily told me, “I’m only here for business stuff,” and kept it moving. However, she understands that what we define as success starts in our minds and that’s what she tackled with me, first.

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