Oct 26, 2021
Overcoming imposter syndrome is challenging enough, but
navigating those feelings as a woman of color can be even worse.
But, today’s guest Nia Lewis overcame those barriers and is now a
thriving entrepreneur. As the host and founder of the Solopreneur
Hustle Podcast, a show dedicated to helping solopreneurs build
businesses designed for growth (rather than merely staying afloat),
Nia explains how she overcame the imposter
syndrome and how you can do the same.
Nia became an entrepreneur immediately after
- She never worked a full-time job, decided to start a business
immediately after graduating college. (She had nothing to lose.
What better time to start?)
- While gaining experience, Nia worked part-time jobs as a
secretary, recruiter, and even a cosmetologist as a safety net to
make ends meet.
- Her business started as a consultancy, utilizing her degree in
communications to help with marketing and communications
- She eventually shifted to a content-driven platform, using the
knowledge and skills she developed to create a content-based
business built around the Solopreneur Hustle Podcast.
Developing a client base as a new entrepreneur can be
- At first, Nia perused job postings on LinkedIn, Indeed, and
other job boards to find local businesses that needed what she
wanted to do.
- She viewed the skills and experience those jobs were looking
for, and then she found opportunities and pro bono work to practice
and develop those skills.
- Once she had the experience and value that people would pay
for, she used the stats and numbers from her past experiences to
give her the confidence to get paid clients.
The Imposter Syndrome is real, but especially for a
woman of color.
- At networking events, she would often be the only woman or
person of color there.
- What helped was reminding herself of her value. Anytime she
noticed a feeling of imposter syndrome, she remembered she deserved
to be there.
- People of color are wired to see ourselves as less than or not
enough when walking into an event.
- Remember that, regardless of what people may feel about you,
your work will speak for itself.
- People of color constantly deal with the belief and
expectations of assimilation. But we don’t need to assimilate. We
can carve our own path and be just as successful as anyone
Nia’s advice to someone breaking out of their imposter
- Write down what you want out of life.
- Come up with what experiences you need to get you down the path
you want. What value do you need to bring to the table?
- Once you develop that experience and the projects you need,
your confidence increases.
- Surround yourself with people making money, reaching their
goals, and doing the things you want to do.
To get in touch with Nia, message her at solopreneur hustle on
and you can find her podcast (The
Solopreneur Hustle) everywhere podcasts can be found. Check out her
more resources and information about Nia! For a free
five-day, self-paced business boot camp, visit subscribepage.com/businessgrowthebook.
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