Tina Tower is a millionaire businesswoman, author, mentor and mother of two sons. Having launched tutoring company 'Begin Bright' in 2008 and establishing centers in more than 30 locations, Tower then sold the business for a considerable sum to an international education company. Tina now travels the world working remotely, runs multiple businesses and coaches others to do the same through 'Her Empire Builder'.
Tina is an example of what happens when you define what you want in life and go after it with all you’ve got.
The ‘Answers to Thriving' is an interview series that takes a look at the women who have created a life of self-success. We uncover key moments, lessons and habits that have influenced the life they lead today.
You can’t start the day without:
A cuddle with my boys.
A favourite quote is:
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
One wellness ritual you do regularly:
I get a massage every couple of weeks and I take beautiful indulgent candle lit baths. Love it.
The last inspiring podcast you listened to and what makes it worth a listen:
I listen to so many! My favourite at the moment is Marie Forleo's because she's just launched her book and has amazing energy and is having incredible conversations with awesome humans.
A recommended read for personal growth:
Can I recommend my own book? ;) ONE LIFE - by Tina Tower. It shares the stories and lessons to help you to take this one life and live it fully.
How do you go about self-development?
I read a lot, I listen to a lot of podcasts and I go to a lot of events and seminars. I am a pretty big personal development junkie. I do think that to be the best version of ourselves we have to constantly be open to change and improvement and learning.
Which business or person inspires you right now?
Rachel Hollis. She's been at it a long time but has just burst through the stratosphere and is incredible at what she does. Her message and the way she shares it is inspiring.
It's so valuable to have that person who can hold space for you, believe in you, challenge you and advise you.
Who has helped you progress in your career the most and what did they do to support you?
There's not really one singular person, there's many. I have had a beautiful leg up by so many people, organisations and coaches. I've had a different business coach every couple of years right through my 15 years in business and it's so valuable to have that person who can hold space for you, believe in you, challenge you and advise you.
What has been the most defining moment in your career to date?
Selling my company in 2016. I started a small suburban tutoring centre in 2004 and built it to a National Franchise Network with over 30 locations before it was acquired. To build something like that from just an idea, that helped to touch so many lives was a great moment.
What fear have you had to overcome to pursue your ambitions?
The fear that I am not good enough. We've all had that at some point though right? Often I've felt like my dreams are too big and 'what right do I have to go after that?'. But really, why not? There's people out there going for massive things and living these big, glorious lives, why not me too? Why not you too?
There's people out there going for massive things and living these big, glorious lives, why not me too? Why not you too?
Life/career advice you wish you’d been given in your early 20s?
It's all going to be ok. Just roll with it.
What advice would you give women who want to make a positive change in their lives?
Start small. Start with one small thing that you want to change. When you achieve that, it gives you confidence to then go onto the next thing and the next thing. Dream of the life you want to lead and then go about systematically making that a reality.
Dream of the life you want to lead and then go about systematically making that a reality.
What does thriving mean to you?
The most important metric for success is joy. For me, thriving means having all of the areas of my life feeling great. Family, the work I do, health, friends, adventure, I want all of the areas to match my expectations, that's when I feel truly happy.
Anything else you would like to share with the Thrivhers community?
ONE LIFE is launching on 12th November! I'll be travelling around Australia on a book launch tour and would love for people to come along, celebrate and get some inspiration. You can book here.
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