Pop Quiz, Monday with Stephanie Andrews

Stephanie Andrews

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?
Stephanie Andrews

Stephanie Andrews
Photo credit: Stephanie Andrews

What is your job role?

Tell us about your company?
Origins Media Haus is a full suite podcast and video agency. We help companies deliver their messages in a more captivating and engaging way.

What do you love most about your job?
In a word – growth. Every day is a lesson, which keeps me on my toes. I feel like I’m constantly problem-solving. When building something from the ground up, everything is a crash course that allows you to discover and explore new territories.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Something I try to live by is ‘love the process.’ When I think about the end goal of what we’re building, I get really excited about getting out of bed in the morning. It’s a huge energy booster. But, what really motivates me is knowing that the end goal is always moving forward to push new boundaries. The understanding that once we hit that goal, there will be something else we’re shooting for. Thinking about it in that way allows me to be constantly motivated to move forward and enjoy the stage we’re currently in. Even when tough days occur, I see it as a new obstacle we need to overcome to get to the next step in our process.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I look up to everyone on the OMH team in one way or another. But, collectively, everyone on our team is super hard working. Every time I look up, they’re always heads down. I’m constantly inspired by their resilience, focus, and relaxed attitude. I’m so blessed and grateful to work with such incredible and talented individuals.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We never take ourselves too seriously, which I think has been a critical factor in our success so far. Everything is always hilarious. Even if something terrible happens, we manage to find a way to joke about it.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Being an entrepreneur is never easy.

We’re bootstrapping, so in the office, my biggest challenge is finding creative ways to work with our budget.

At the same time, I’m always faced with learning to manage my time effectively. There’s always 100 things on the go so that it can get pretty overwhelming. But, I’ve started to do this thing where I think about the top 5 things I want to accomplish in a day and focus on getting those done. Then, everything after that is a bonus point.

Personally, I’d say my biggest challenge is getting out of my own head. I’m extremely work-oriented so letting go of my work day is tough for me. For 2019, one of my primary goals is learning to relax.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
1) Believe in your abilities. Don’t be afraid to remind yourself that you’re good at what you do and you know what you’re doing. Self-doubt is the biggest reason for failure in my opinion.

2) Communicate, communicate, communicate. Transparency is key -, especially in service-oriented businesses. The more open you are with your clients and your team, the more fluid your process will be. In every project I’ve done, I’ve found that everyone always appreciates open and honest communication.

3) Failure is growth. Screwing up is a just a sign of expansion. It’s like falling down as a child. You learn to walk by getting back up again.

4) Know your worth. No one can tell you what your worth is except yourself. I used to fall victim to this constantly when I started out. Stand by the value that you’re giving to others and don’t let people push you around.

5) Don’t give a f*ck about what other people think about you. This is a big one. As an entrepreneur, there will always be naysayers. Don’t spend your energy trying to prove them wrong. Let them go and surround yourself with people who support your vision.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
1) Don’t be afraid of putting yourself out there. Being uncomfortable always has benefits (even if you can’t see them right away).

2) Be grateful. Seriously, be thankful to every single person in your path. Everyone teaches you a lesson in one way or another.

3) Follow your intuition. It’s all about what feels right. But, if you can’t tell, a good old pro’s and cons list always helps me out.

4) Remember your end goal. When you’re in the weeds, imagine what reaching your current end goal will feel like. I find it’s the best kind of motivation to keep going.

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:
FB: https://www.facebook.com/originsmediahaus/
LI: https://www.linkedin.com/company/origins-media-haus/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/originsmedia
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/originsmediahaus/

Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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