We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Sterling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Growing up and experiencing a variety of obstacles, I have learned that you will not get anywhere when you are comfortable. I have experienced the greatest growth whenever I take a risk. Typically when you take a risk you are stepping outside of your comfort zone which catapults you to the next level of your journey. In taking these risks I have grown both personally and professionally. My mind is opened to new things and ideas that allow me to make good decisions in order for me to succeed in life. Honestly I am overall a better person for it.
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.
I am proud that God blessed me with many gifts that set me apart from many in this world. The strength of my mind, the spirit of discernment, the abilty to balance the things and people most important to me, and the overall ability to choose me even when I know that road can be lonely. The place I am in professionally has not been easy. Since I was a little girl I knew that I would be some sort of an entrepreneur. At first it was a cosmetologist, then it was a choreographer, but I knew that I was different and that I would have to run my own company in order to flourish on the level I want. Mindset is everything! If it was not for the strength of my mind I would not be in the position that I am today. Many things I have endured most people would have given up a long time ago. There is a fire in me that continues to burn more and more even when things are difficult. It is like God is telling me that he is not finished with me yet and there are better things to look forward to once the storm passes. You have to learn to trust your first instincts, put yourself first, take care of yourself before taking care of others, the only things you can control is yourself and your actions, never allow anyone to tell you what you are capable of, and build a solid support system. Before I leave this world I want them to know me as an inspiring, loving, caring, uplifting person who truly made a difference by connecting people, helping others, and giving back to different communities.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Dallas, Texas is truly a beautiful city. I have only lived here 6 months but I absolutely love it here. If my best friend came to visit I would start with a few of the cigar lounges. Then we would check out Albeirnat’s, Townhearth, Chamberlain’s, and some other nice upscale restaurants. For a good breakfast or brunch we would check out Awake, Snooze, Haywire, and Ida Claire’s. The scenery is so beautiful we would check out some of the parks, and definitely take a stroll through downtown Dallas. They have some nice events at Lava Cantina, so I would take him there. Let’s not forget about the musuems and botanical gardens.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank God, my mother, my friends, and my support system.
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