We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Shtein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is my willingness to pursue what feels right even when it feels hard, scary, or like it’s not happening. Most people don’t go for what they really want or quit before they get it because they’re scared of failing, or scared of what others will think, that they’re not good enough, or a litany of other potential reasons. There’s always a reason something may not work out, and it’s the willingness to take this risk and feel the scary feelings that come with it that allow you to create the life you dream of. Because when you’re willing to fail, be judged, have something not work out, etc – that’s when you open yourself up to everything that’s on the other side of that
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I help heart centered coaches and other entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses in a way that feels fun and aligned for them. I’m most proud of how rapidly I’ve grown my business in the last year and the profound mindset shifts I’ve had around what I believed was possible for myself – everything I’ve accomplished has come from my ability to believe in what wasn’t realistic or practical and go for it anyway. The most difficult thing about growing my business was moving through fear and self doubt and not allowing them to stop me from moving forward.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is that your inner guidance always knows what’s right for you, and it’s our biggest and most important job to learn to listen to it. It’s never too late to start doing this, and it’s never too late to start pursuing what feels right for you. I switched careers multiple times, and each time I was scared I was doing the wrong thing or that it was too late, but I wouldn’t take any of it back because it helped me get clear on what I wanted and brought me to where I am now. Moving toward what lights you up is always the right answer, even if you don’t know exactly how you’ll get there.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A huge part of what makes LA so special is its proximity to so much beauty and nature, so I’d make sure we did a hike and a day trip to one of the nearby cities – I love Solvang or Santa Barbara for a mini escape.
Another must-do is catching a rooftop movie in the summer months – screenings at Hollywood Forever cemetery are such a quintessential LA experience and one of my favorite things to do with friends who are visiting.
Downtown LA is one of my favorite spots for architecture, and they have architecture tours you can go on to see all the different building styles in the neighborhood – the Art Deco tour is my favorite!
For food, I’m obsessed with an Italian place called Ospi in Venice – amazing pizza and pasta right by the beach. Honey Hi is my favorite casual breakfast spot on the East Side – it’s super healthy but they use fun and flavorful ingredients so it’s never boring, and it has the cutest neighborhood-y vibe.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the support I’ve gotten from the amazing people and resources in my life. I’d love to dedicate this shoutout to the book The Big Leap, which completely revolutionized the way I look at my thoughts and beliefs. This book taught me to view things like fear and imposter syndrome as a GOOD thing, a sign that I’m moving toward what I truly desire and upleveling.
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