For a year and a half, motivational speaker and business/personal coach Tiffany Lanier has been that perfect type of Housemate: present, involved yet independent, helpful and willing to contribute her gifts to lift up the community, and filled with all kinds of hustle. We like to see the (balanced) hustle, folks – it motivates us to do and be more.
Tomorrow, she’ll be kicking off her in-person version of The Morning Shift, a weekly group session held here at the House focused on helping you establish and nurture your own unique morning routines and rituals. We figured today was the perfect time to take a few moments to get to know Tiffany better and learn how she made her Shift.
Interview with Tiffany Lanier
What are you drinking?
I primarily drink water.
Current mood in less than 3 words:
Excited and ready.
How did you discover that business coaching and motivational speaking was what you wanted to do?
I didn’t really decide, my whole career has basically been a “stumble upon.” In the work I do today, I talk a lot about our personal evolution and what means to continue the path of our personal legend and with that in mind, I believe there are phases to our purpose. And since becoming an entrepreneur I’ve just allowed for my purpose to evolve and instead of focusing on an exact title I operate from my mission and motto which is to live purposefully and lead consciously. I do this in a number of ways – coaching, speaking, facilitating, courses, and making youtube videos.
How’d you take the leap from passion to full-time job?
I started with what I knew. When I first took the leap to become an entrepreneur I was a social media manager for a start-up company. So I started there by offering other small businesses and entrepreneurs help with their online presence and platform growth. But the passion was in my mission to empower people on how to share their message. Within 3 months I was making more than I made at my full-time job. And then over the years, I continued to refine how I wanted to work and how I could make a bigger impact which led me to become a speaker and coach with focusing on growth from the inside out.
What’s your favorite part about your industry/your job?
Never-ending growth. Financial growth is one thing, but I’m able to achieve personal growth for myself and others every day. “Shifting out loud” is a way to share my own experiences and development, which I turn into teachable moments for others to learn from.
How has Social House helped you with the way you do business?
It came into my life at the right time. I was a bit of a recluse after I had my baby, I felt very anti-social at home when I’ve always been a super social person. Being a member of Social House helped me get back into a groove and allowed me to build new connections with other like-minded humans living their dreams, which is so needed in our entrepreneurial journey.
Any productivity tips or secrets?
Hold space for yourself in the morning. I call it slowing down to speed up. Identify the areas of your life that you wish to grow then create activities and rituals in the morning and do them before you “get to work.” This allows your cup be full before you have to go fill the cups of others throughout your day. This morning shift has changed my life.
Any tips for other creatives looking to start their own business?
Just do it. Take the leap, there will never be the perfect time to start a business. There’s never enough money, time or help (or so it seems), so just start. And as a clarity coach, I believe you have to be clear on 3 key areas starting or transition into your business: 1. You need Clarity on who you really are 2. What you do (or really want to do) that infuses your skills, knowledge, and passion and 3. How you want to do it – what lights you up. What makes the most sense based on your personality and level of help you’re receiving. Dig into these and discover what matters to you for where you want to go. You wouldn’t believe how many people make these decisions off of other peoples experiences.
Most challenging and most rewarding parts of owning your own business:
The biggest challenge in business is the double-edged sword of possibility. I believe that anything and everything is possible, but just because you can doesn’t mean that you should. That understanding has changed my way of doing things.
The most rewarding is waking up doing something that I’m absolutely passionate about every day, and being able to share my gift with others to make their vision come to life is really an honor.
Most fulfilling part of your week:
As an entrepreneur (on a selfish level) I love Mondays. Like most people, I always dreaded Monday but now I can focus on whatever I want, which in itself is very freeing.
What do you wish more people knew about you?
That I’m human too. There are some days I’m not feeling it and I’m not inspired contrary to popular belief (lol). With social media, it’s so easy to see the highlights and think you have the whole picture. But we’re all going through the human experience and with that comes the good and bad days. I say this because I’ve had people tell me they wish they had my life and it seems so perfect and I’m like “if only you knew…” But now I take it upon myself to share more of my experiences with my audience and allow for that level of vulnerability to shine through.
Your favorite piece of work:
Out of all the things I’ve created, I love my very first organization that I founded in college called Kauz4Unity Coalition. Our mission was to promote unity in diversity. I held communication forums on various social issues and allowed for people to speak their truth around discrimination and injustice. Which is probably needed even more today.
photography by Coco Prop Shop