SDH141: How to Differentiate Employee Vs Entrepreneur Mindset with Bridgette Mayer Johnson

What was your dream job when you were younger? As you got older did you realistically see yourself doing it anymore? Did your situation nurture your dream, or only enable it to be a far-fetched goal?

Today's guest, Bridgette Mayer Johnson, dealt with an unsteady  childhood, coupled with a lack of financial backing, so her dream of having a career in the arts didn't seem like a career path that would lead to a fruitful future. But she believed in her love for beautiful paintings and environments, and in 2001 she started Bridgette Mayer Galleries, which is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 She recently opened up an art consulting firm outside of Los Angeles, California. In her 16 year entrepreneurial career, she has been able to expand her expertise in numerous art related fields, allowing her to express passion in whatever form she chooses.

Listen in as we hear Bridgette Mayer's path to success!

In this episode you will...

  • Know how to see the potential in yourself to be an entrepreneur
  • Differentiate between an employee and entrepreneur mindset
  • Figure out how to tailor your business to fit what you want to do in your industry
  • Understand the challenges your business will face as you enter into your market
  • Learn the benefits of creating strong relationships with your network and community
  • Learn how to grow from your struggles


"So many exciting things have happened for me professionally, things I could never predict; part of it was stepping on the path to doing what I was truly being called to do." -Bridgette Mayer

"No, I don't want to be an employee. I'm operating as an owner. And if I am an owner, essentially I can try anything within marketing and promoting artists, and I can really take on operating a top notch gallery business." -Bridgette Mayer

"To go through college and succeed and then to jump into the art world with zero money and build a multimillion dollar business, is not a typical story in my industry. So I wanted to put it out there to share with entrepreneurs, women, artists, creative people and to inspire them; give them an example that you can have a challenging life, and you can have a dream to do something and turn it into something and be very successful at it."-Bridgette Mayer


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"Purple Cow" by Seth Godin



SDH140: Be Your Own Hero with Donna Mondi

Imagine if you quit your job to start a luxury business based on want and confidence, the day of 9/11?

That was the predicament of today's guest, Donna Mondi, owner of Donna Mondi Interior Design. The odds were stacked against her and the growth of her business was slow and steady, but her immense drive and passion to be the best interior designer kept her going.

Now her company has been awarded one of Chicago's Top 15 Best Designers by BuildDirect Blog and is a Silver Key Winner of the Home Builders Association. Despite the credibility of her business, she is still learning tricks of the trade, especially how to celebrate her company's current successes. Because as a business owner it is hard  to not look what's next on the horizon.

Stay tuned as she adds She Did it Her Way to her list of accomplishments!

In this episode you will…

  • Know how to stand out amongst amateurs in your field
  • Find out how to choose a quality staff
  • Utilize your platforms and toy with your marketing strategy to see what works best for your business
  • Figure out how to be your own hero in times of crisis
  • Learn to celebrate and appreciate your successes
  • Realize the best way for you to track your businesses progress

“If I knew then what I know now, I don’t think I ever would have made that leap because I would have been too aware of what I was missing. So it’s probably a good thing that ignorance saved me from myself.” –Donna Mondi

"I just kept working; I kept going at it. I didn't really have a great plan B. I don't believe in plan B, because you won't make plan A work. So you just have to be patient and make it work." -Donna Mondi

"Show up for work and work will be there." -Donna Mondi

"I'm so determined; I can't fail. That's not an option. And I think that fear of failure keeps me driving forward...I just want to be the best...I'm just super driven and it probably came from a deep dark place of thinking I couldn't do something [and]being determined to prove that I could. And not only could I, but I could do it really well." -Donna Mondi


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"Traction" by Gino Wickman



SDH139: How to Gain Confidence to Reach Ultimate Fulfillment with Stephanie Grutz

Have you ever been scorned by a business and felt you could do better? Are you scared that your business isn’t mainstream enough to thrive?

Today's guest, Stephanie Grutz, never faced those questions because she knew what she was doing was necessary to better educate and treat people about their health. Stephanie is an integrative nurse practitioner, diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at 21 after she traveled across the country as a Senior Nurse Practitioner. She was later sent into the hospital for seven days. After her experience, she felt Western medicine failed her and wanted to help herself and others find ways to truly cure themselves; not temporarily mask their symptoms.

She then left her corporate job and opened her own clinic dedicated to holistic health. She even started her own vitamin line!

Even better, she brings awareness about what entrepreneurs need to do to take care of themselves, so they can continue on their path to success.

Tune in for more of Stephanie's story and her campaign to help people listen to their bodies and nourish themselves physically and mentally.


In this episode you will…

  • Understand how to take financial responsibility early
  • Discover how to find a business opportunity in a failed system or market
  • Find a network and a market for your business before you start
  • Gain the confidence to follow your passion and reach fulfillment
  • Know how to get your business as close to vertical integration as you can
  • Learn how to take care of your health as you start your business and on a day-to-day basis



“I was at the point in my career where my corporate job wasn’t fulfilling my needs.I loved the company, I loved the people I worked with;I had this passion in my heart [that said] I need to help these people that are on the similar journey as me. And that’s what gave me the push.It just kind of fell into place with where I needed to be.” -Stephanie Grutz


“The invisible ceiling keeps me going. I know that my purpose in life is much larger than myself. Everyday I wake up, I’m excited, energized and motivated. I just love doing what I am doing.” -Stephanie Grutz


“Now I’m not just a nurse practitioner, I’m an accountant, a marketing director, a CEO, nutritionist, counselor, and everything else that falls under the entrepreneurial umbrella. There’s no time to give the task to someone else because it’s me; I’m it.” -Stephanie Grutz


“You will never get everything done because if you’re a true entrepreneur there’s always going to be something else that needs to be done; because that’s how you grow.” -Stephanie Grutz



Her Way Challenge

"Less Doing More Living" by Ari Meisel

"A Mind of Your Own" by Dr. Kelly Brogan

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