We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Gervais and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The best way I can describe it was listening to an inner, albeit vague, calling to create something that was my own. I did not know that it would turn into a viable business, let alone a seven-figure business. I just hoped to create something that would be an outlet and create a side hustle income.
I started a blog to write about my journey turning down law school and figuring out what to do instead. Having taken the LSATs, applied and been accepted to law school, and only had professional experience as a paralegal, feeling lost was an understatement!
It felt like I was embarking on the road less traveled and truthfully, it felt very lonely. I struggled with a sense of failure feeling like I had no idea what to do with my career. Though I was lonely, I knew I wasn’t alone. I knew that there were other twenty (and thirty) somethings that were rethinking the career path they had planned for so many years. That’s who I wanted to connect with, and that’s why I started my own business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started my business when I was only 24 and in the process of declining my law school acceptances, despite my multi-year plan to attend law school and practice law. After working as a paralegal, I could no longer silence my inner voice telling me NOT to go to law school, even though I had no idea what I would do instead. My now-business started as a blog during that to document my journey down a path with no compass other than my inner voice.
Over the years, that blog turned into an online business, and I started sharing my journey and experience with others. This turned into my coaching work, which includes both the online business strategies of how I grew that blog over the years, as well as the mindset principles that started the whole business. Those include following your gut, listening to your intuition, breaking the status quo, and daring to ask for more from your life.
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?
Brunch and pool time at the rooftop of the 1 Hotel on South Beach. My favorite hotel in all of Miami!
Afternoon massages at the Edition or the Setai spas.
Dinner at Komodo- forever a special restaurant for me as it’s where we told my in-laws I was pregnant with our first baby.
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?
Book- the Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles. Hands down the best and most influential book I’ve ever read!
I also want to shout out Emily Williams, a fellow coach who supported me so much early in my journey when I was going through grief that at times, honestly felt like it could have killed me. She believed in me.
My mom also doesn’t get enough recognition for her role in my success. Unlike many parents who worry about their entrepreneurial children taking too many risks, my mom has stood by me since day one and always believed in my vision, even if she couldn’t see it herself. She’s heard me vent more than anyone (except my husband) and I couldn’t do it without her.
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