We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Schneider and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I learned, and continue to learn, to listen to my inner voice that directs my business’ path. It’s important and necessary to seek wise counsel, but it’s time well spent to unearth what your inner voice is directing you to do. The most innovative businesses are built on both outward wisdom and inner knowing. Your vision will not always make sense to those on the outside looking in. It’s your job to paint the picture, and see it through.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
To best describe what sets MS Run the US apart from others, I’m going to take a quote from one of our relay runner participants, Loren Ollenburger. In a recent interview about his participation in the event, running 172 miles in 7 days, he said this: “This relay isn’t just about running. It is about pushing your mind and body to limits you didn’t know were possible. Its about believing in yourself and when you start to struggle, seeing others believe in you. It is about being a part of something much larger than yourself.”
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?
I love the outdoors, and Santa Monica is perfect for it! For site-seeing, I’d take them to the Pier, spend lazy afternoons on the beach and drive up the coast on Highway 1 for the views. For food, we’d eat donuts at DK’s and dinner at Watergrill and Meat On Oceans.
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?
The runners, staff, donors, and volunteer supporters at MS Run the US. I would not be a success without their courage to step into this epic mission we’ve created to fight multiple sclerosis.
Leigh Nelson, Lisa Preston