We had the good fortune of connecting with Monique K. Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monique K., other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
One of the most important decisions I made that contributed to my success was improving my credit and shifting to a minimalist lifestyle. When I became a mom, I established financial goals for myself to ensure I could afford a quality lifestyle for my son but I didn’t have the credit score to live that lifestyle. I yearned learning more about financial literacy so I began reading books by Robert Kiyosaki, Napoleon Hill, and Patrice C Washington, just to name a few. As I learned, I grew passionate about applying what I learned but did not know how. So I enrolled in Financial Education Services as an agent to improve my credit score and learn various financial solutions. Little did I know that I would get paid to learn and help people by sharing the information and services. For example, my membership included credit my rent, which reported my monthly rent payments to the credit bureau, increasing my points 10-50 points monthly. I went from a 560 to 780 credit score and established another stream of income by helping families do the same. I was able to afford a 2019 jeep and luxury apartment in California for me and my son. I am still building and helping people in the process.
What should our readers know about your business?
I kickstarted my career as a secondary school teacher in New York City. It’s a complex profession, that requires all aspects of your mental, physical, and emotional energy. It’s very rewarding to see the growth in young leaders because of the time and care poured into them. Sadly, I didn’t feel fulfilled in the classroom. Most times I felt constrained by the politics of education meanwhile I wanted to do more. I had this burning desire in my heart to do more for children because I felt emotionally neglected often as a child. As a novice teacher at 24, I gave birth to my son and found myself suffering from post-partum depression. Initially, I was in denial because I wanted to complete my masters program and maintain a happy home with his father. But I couldn’t shake the sleepless nights and emotional eating that helped fill the void. When I went to the doctor for my annual physical, I learned that I was 215 pounds and pre-diabetic. I was devastated and began to spend time alone. Eventually, I relied on my relationship with God to overcome the challenges I had with my weight gain. Meditating on Phil 4:13 and Romans 12:2, something told me to get a gym membership. I don’t know if it was the limitless fitness influencers on Instagram or the intuitive feeling that God was speaking to me. But I went and never turned back. After 1 year, I lost 60 pounds. People, primarily women, began to message me on social media and approach me in the gym to ask for help. At the time, I wasn’t entrepreneurial minded, so I helped them for free. When I became fixated on improving my financial status, I read Bob Proctor, “You Are Born Rich.” That’s when I understood the importance of turning pain into purpose and purpose into profit. I wanted to apply the science of biomechanics to become a certified personal trainer. Once I completed that, I began charging to help people. Before I knew it, I had 7 clients per week and an online platform of 2,000 subscribers to my website. It was difficult to manage and maintain. I knew I needed a team but I didn’t have capital to afford one. Two years later, my platform has grown tremendously. Mo’s Motivational Health Club is rendering fitness product services, including a mobile app for family-friendly fitness, due to launch Spring 2021. It’s an uphill process to learn and grow the business. It’s even more challenging to raise capital or partner with investors to scale the company. At times I feel it was because I’m a Black women in a male dominated industry. But women like Kamala Harris remind me that I have the power and potential to conquer anything I set my mind to. That includes growing a million dollar company in a male-dominated Industry. The greatest challenge is patience and personal development.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s so much to experience in California. If it’s not bike riding in Manhattan Beach after eating Sushi at Lemonade, then it’s skiing at Snow Summit at Big Bear Lake, 8000 feet above ground in the mountains. When a friend visits me in Los Angeles, these are the places I take them to eat: – BOA steakhouse, – Catch LA – Hot Wings Cafe – Ahi Poki – Sustainabowl – Au Lac – Gloria’s Cocina Mexicana – Big Catch Seafood House I take them to explore these places to take the best pictures: – Sequoia National Park – Venice Beach – Malibu Lagoon State Beach – Switzer Falls We can hangout for a chill time at: – Griffith Park – Stocker Trail Park – Culver City Stairs – Santa Monica – Westfield Culver City Mall
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out to Taraji P Henson for being a beacon of light for all women. Her strength as a single mother inspired me to conquer my dreams despite the hardships of motherhood. Her book, Around the Way Girl, gave me the courage to walk out on faith and relocate to California alone with my son. She did it at 27 years old with less resources, opportunities, and money than we have at our disposal in 2020. I felt like if she could make it then, I could make it happen now. I struggled with insecurities, anxiety, depression, and weight gain for a majority of my life. Her platform on Facebook Watch, “Peace of Mind with Taraji,” made me feel safe to voice my internal battles and teaches me how to navigate through the emotional struggles that comes with growing a business, raising a black man, and feeling alone most times. She has truly used her gifts in a versatility of ways and it’s made her more than an actress or entertainer. She’s a role model for women like me who believe the possible is impossible.