We had the good fortune of connecting with Makini Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Makini, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I feel it’s essential to take calculated risks to be successful. I’ve had to overcome my fears, take roads less travelled and lead by example in my city. It’s scary and uncomfortable but necessary. Fear is our greatest barrier. Whenever you begin to make big changes in life you will come up against the terror barrier which will stand between where you are and where you want to go. At that point, you have a choice to make. You can step back into safety and continue to experience the same results year after year, or you can be courageous and take a risk to experience the growth that you have been seeking. Understanding is the key to freedom. As a mindset coach, I have learned there are four steps in the psychological process of experiencing growth dealing with the terror barrier. 1. Bondage 2. Reason 3. Conflict 4. Freedom Understanding is the key to freedom. The foundation of all problems is ignorance. Knowledge is the opposite. Faith comes through understanding.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
A Walk In My Stilettos was founded as a personal development business when I realized the importance of sharing our stories and tapping into our potential in order to reach our goals. It was birthed from sharing my own story of overcoming adversities and strengthening my resilience muscle. From teen mom to international coach and author, from divorced mom to international speaker, from pain to purpose. The clients that I coach benefit from my personal experience but also the systems I’ve learned being certified by world-renowned thought leader Bob Proctor. I got to where I am today by using the success principles that I teach. Using the systems that were taught by those before me like Napolian Hill. It certainly wasn’t easy, but doing the work of changing my habits, my environment and my associations have given me knowledge and confidence to take risks to continue to serve. I overcame a lot of challenges through trial and error but many though the guidance of other mentors and coaches that have helped along the way. I’ve made sacrifices of the things I once prioritized in order to become the person, brand and business that makes an impact. Helping women to own their stories, conquer their fears and reach their goals is my passion. I learned that our stories may be about US but they are not only for US. Sharing them has the potential to change lives, shift perspectives and build community. No matter what medium someone chooses to own their story (podcast, books, social media content) I can help them reach their goals. I’ve been sharing my story publicly for the past 10 years, I’m a published author of 4 of my own books and I host a 5 star rated podcast. I help others perfect their storytelling skills, publish their books that sell in major bookstores and produce their podcasts that air on all podcast platforms.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to shout out one of my mentors, Bob Proctor, for shifting my paradigm (habit of thinking) and opening up my perspective on life so I can dream big and go after audacious goals. Not only has his life been an inspiration but his books, hands-on mentorship and loving family have opened doors I never knew existed.