We had the good fortune of connecting with Monique Sar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monique, what do you attribute your success to?
I would say the most important factor behind my success is my grit and resilience towards my long-term goals. I never felt like I was the brightest crayon in the box, nor did I consider myself lucky or have the most talent. I had to work hard for everything that I achieved and get really comfortable with my relationship with failure.
As a daughter of immigrants, I have always considered myself an underdog. My family did not immigrate to the states for us to live average lives. I knew that my grandparents wanted to make sure we strived for success and could continue on their legacy to be happy and prosperous. So, what do immigrant families do best? Work hard. So that’s exactly what I did – I worked hard, got a good degree, got a good job, and started working in finance for a fortune 100 firm.
It was challenging being a woman in a male dominated industry, and also to try to make a name for myself. I worked hard to break records and achieve our agency targets. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up and quit, but I continued to press forward.
Angela Duckworth wrote a book about this success factor. She says, “The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls grit.”
If there’s one thing that I really learned, it’s to make sure even if you get knocked down, IT’S OKAY. It’s okay to fail and there’s this whole idea of failing forward. You can learn so much from mistakes and failures, and it can help fuel the fire to help you push forward. It did take me some time to cultivate resilience.
It didn’t click for me until I truly understood my purpose in life and the legacy that I wanted to live. I had to go back to my origin story and what it took for my family to get here and provide my brother and I with the opportunities that we have now. I started to understand the legacy they created. It finally clicked for me and I started to be more intentional about the legacy that I wanted to leave. When you surrender to a purpose that’s greater than you, failure started to seem more and more like stepping stones and learning opportunities.
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?
As entrepreneurs, we all have our own unique journey. As a business consultant, I am dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build and scale 6 & 7 figure businesses. With an emphasis on personal development, I help my clients achieve lasting results in performance. Coming from an immigrant family, I have a mission to help other minority owned businesses achieve massive success.
For small businesses, I consult on sales, leadership, infrastructure, process, and building teams. For newbie entrepreneurs, I serve clients through my membership program on building profitable businesses from the ground up. I’m a big fan of bootstrapping and running the company very lean to make calculated decisions.
What sets me apart from other business consultants out there is that I have experienced massive success and massive failure. Failure is part of success and part of being a leader. My clients find a lot of value in our work together from a very real and raw place. It has not been easy, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve and help my clients create massive success. I have learned over the years, that the more I give and the more I lift other people up, the more success I have achieved.
With my expertise, I have also recently been invited to also speak on large stages and help moderate rooms on the new Clubhouse app. The app has been a great way for me to give back, hire, and create connections. I am also deeply humbled to have recently be named one of the top influencers making an impact on Clubhouse by Yahoo! Finance.
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.
I split my time between Denver, CO and Newcastle-upon-tyne, UK.
In Denver, you have to check out Stanley Marketplace. It’s an epic warehouse hangout with multiple food vendors, retailers, businesses. My favorite restaurant there is called Comida, where you can get griddled tacos! If you’ve never had one of those before, you have to try it! It’s quick and delicious Mexican street food. I’m a huge fan!
In Newcastle, I would recommend that you check out Stack. It’s such a cool social hub that you can also come to hang out with live music from time to time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my partner in life and in business, Carlton Banks – yes, like the Fresh Prince – haha. When I left finance, I entered into the startup world with an international hemp & CBD distribution company. Unfortunately the business failed towards the start of the pandemic and I lost so much.
Instead of going back into corporate finance, Carlton inspired me to go into coaching and consulting for entrepreneurs and small businesses. I had clients in an unofficial capacity, but he could see something in me that I couldn’t quite see yet. I was so thankful that I had the support system to be able to adapt and overcome adversity. Thanks to Carlton having my back, I am so pleased that I stayed on this path and was able to help so many entrepreneurs on their journey to also continue to push through.
Other: Clubhouse handle: @moniquesar