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

Hi Marissa, how do you think about risk?
To me risk is about believing in yourself. It’s about being comfortable with being uncomfortable. My journey with Tail Swaggers has not been easy. I have had to learn from my mistakes, learn to not listen to negative opinions, and learn to think outside the box when it came to growing the business and finding my niche in the pet care industry. Taking the risk of building Tail Swaggers luxury pet care has brought so much joy to my life. Every owner and dog I meet and have met along the way has been worth all the no’s and closed doors. It has taught me that in life the number one thing to bet on is yourself. Bet on your dreams and the vision you hold inside for what you can create because there are people out there who are waiting and needing your service. I am so grateful for every single one of my Tail Swagger dog’s and their owners for trusting me, seeing the passion I put behind caring for their dogs and allowing me service them in the best way possible. As a business owner, you have to be willing to look at a risk head on and be ok with challenging yourself to become more of who you were called to be in this life. That’s one of the best ways for us to grow and keep learning because it’s only a failure if you decide to give up. If you never give up then a lesson can always come from the risk you take. In my business I believe risk has helped me stand out. It’s allowed me to have the incredible opportunity to live in my passion of caring for dogs while also working along side my daughter.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart in the pet care industry is the relationships I build with my clients. I’m proud that I have poured so much into showing them how much they are appreciated. I make it a point to listen twice as much as I speak so I can always be aware of how I can better service them and their dogs.

I am most proud of being able to build my business working alongside my daughter. I went full time with Tail Swaggers when she was 3 months old and every step of the way she has been with me learning how to care for the dogs. It has been such a life changing experience and I feel so blessed to be able to do that and spend so much time with her. I am also extremely grateful for my clients for being so welcoming to my daughter. Every single one of my clients dog’s love her and she loves them right back just as much. Seeing her develop so much compassion for our Tail Swaggers dog’s over the years as been incredible.

Getting to where I am today in my business was not easy. It took a lot of work, grind, and many many tears to keep going when things got tough. Honestly, I would of never been able to overcome the challenging moments in my business without my mentor Joe Winters Jr. He was the one that encouraged me to pursue my passion of pet care and his brutal honesty, authenticity and encouragement to keep going and find a solution was what kept me from giving up. I am truly blessed to have found such a great mentor and business coach in the early stages of my business.

The 2 biggest lessons I have learned along the way is to take complete ownership in the times of your success and moments of failure. It’s not about being hard on yourself. It’s about asking yourself “what could I have done better in that situation?” and executing from that moment forward. The second lessons is to ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. There are season in business where people might look at you like your crazy but you have to be willing to keep going and believe that you can make it happen.

I want people to know that Tail Swaggers is about being apart of a family. My heart is in this business. When we care for your dogs its truly with the intention to love them unconditionally and make sure they are having the time of their life. I believe dogs are apart of our family and when they are with us they are treated with the same respect and love I give my daughter and our dog Bell.

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?
I have become more of an introvert over the years. I enjoying quite, relaxing places that allow me to be present in the moments spent with my daughter, friends and family. My favorite spot in Fort Worth has been trinity trail. It’s so beautiful and the trails go all around Fort Worth so there are always new places to explore, restaurants you can stop and eat at and you can bring your dogs!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, Both of my business mentors: Joe Winters Jr. of Daily Path Academy and Natasha O’Banion from Start. Scale. Sail.

Website: www.tailswaggers.org

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tail.swaggers

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marissa-lejune-352b59142/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TailSwaggersllc

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyM4nztmCHwwIoKNMUv3pfw

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