Pop Quiz, Monday with Denis Murphy

What motivates me is my vision and doing everything in my power to make this vision become a reality.

Denis Murphy

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Denis Murphy

Denis Murphy
Photo credit: Denis Murphy

What is your job role?
Founder at The Happy Mindset

Tell us about your company?
My company was created to empower people to create habits and beliefs that serve them, their families and their wider community. I help the members of The Happy Mindset community to identify and overcome their self-limiting beliefs by gaining clarity and taking action. I believe that productive habits and empowering beliefs are the foundation a well-rounded education is built on. The skillset I currently teach is how to hack foreign languages where I help my clients to increase their emotional awareness and think independently, critically and creatively. The overall vision for The Happy Mindset is to create an academy that bridges the gap between skills acquisition and personal development.

What do you love most about your job?
I love helping people with their transformation and drawing out the unique potential they have to share with the world.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
What motivates me is my vision and doing everything in my power to make this vision become a reality.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
My co-workers give me a reason, to be honest with myself more. I see that I can understand them better when I take the time to listen to them, and they help me to make sense of what I want from my life when they take the time to listen to me. Their perspectives and life experiences are often invaluable to me and help me see a different part of the world I hadn’t seen before. They also do things that seem impossible to me. I have one colleague who can work in cycles of 18 hours and produce content, and this boggles my mind.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Right now my colleagues work remotely but we make an effort to find out what each other cares about and we engage in conversations around the things that matter most to us. I think it is essential to participate in discussions every day with other people around the things that truly matter to us, and this is when I feel most happy and most alive. In my work, I have also noticed my clients instantly light up when they talk about something that truly matters to them.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Creating something that I want to see exist while at the same time checking in with whether this is something other people would want and pay for.
Finding the invaluable lessons hidden in the mistakes I make.
Believing in myself while I continually refine and adjust my offering to meet the needs of the marketplace.
Dealing with ambiguity and trusting in my process.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
My first venture into entrepreneurship came at 22 when I created a blog called Fluent in 6 Months. At the time I had grand visions of what it could be. I learned Spanish and Italian to conversational fluency within three months. However, at this time I was lacking in emotional awareness and perspective and combining this with a series of changes in my environment led to my mental health suffering to a point where it took going through psychosis to wake me up and firmly bring me back to reality.
What I learned was that there are golden nuggets of wisdom in our darkest moments of pain if we choose to acknowledge and see them.
I learned to ask for help.
I learned the importance of accepting and expressing my emotions.
I learned to trust my gut about the people I chose to surround myself with.
I learned the difference between friends and acquaintances.
I learned that with my mental health nobody was coming to save me and that if I was going to emerge from it, I was going to have to open my mind and my heart and take my education into my own hands.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
I would advise you to get into the education and personal development space because you have a burning desire to shift the education model from information based on transformation based. Seek out advise from other people with different perspectives but make your decisions based on how you see the world and how your vision can help transform the lives of others who haven’t earned your unique set of knowledge, experience, and skillsets.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:

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Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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