We had the good fortune of connecting with Neomi Fletcher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Neomi, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk and contentment are partners in my mind. In order to be content with the relationships I share, the way I earn money, the way I designated my time and the overall narrative of my life, I have to take risks. Sometimes taking a risk leads to greater contentment and sometimes I have to renegotiate the plan. But in both situations I experience overall growth and joy. This far, every accomplishment I’ve made required me to take a risk. In starting Peace Ground, the risk involved believing in the concept and trusting that there is no other career decision that will make me happy. There is a deep cost to promoting a service that is unfamiliar. But I am willing to endure the slow seasons while families are introduced to the concept because I believe that our clients will only appreciate the investment if they come to the conclusion that they want to experience greater peace in their household routines.
What should our readers know about your business?
There is not another company that seeks to both educate parents and help them create a new vision for how their household flows. We are not just invested in the well-being of the children, although we are well-equipped to address that. We are invested in helping families find balance so that no individual in the home dominates the flow and so that each member of the household is able to nurture their entire self. Starting out I didn’t have much money and I didn’t know the proper steps to take to establish a client base and generate a sustainable cash flow. So I spent a lot of money without a return. But what I’ve learned is that each aspect of business has its own skill set. And prior to launching into a new aspect, it is important to consult others and learn the various services provided in order to determine the best route for my company. Everyone’s journey is different. And each company’s needs are different. “Take the time to create your special recipe and don’t let your eyes pressure you to move forward like another company” would be my advice to any new entrepreneur.
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 am a world traveler, which is why I found a way to structure Peace Ground so it is not limited to a physical location. In any city, I like to visit a local neighborhood coffee shop, because they usually know where to find the best eats and entertainment. I visit a live-music venue and I eat at a restaurant that has great cocktails. Talking with the homeless residents in the city is most fun and interesting because often times they know the history of the city and how it’s changed over the years.
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?
Patrick Lencioni’s “The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family” is what caused me to begin thinking about how I could take my years of nanny experience and create a new career ladder for myself. It was his book that helped me see my love for human development and my leadership skills expressed in one career.
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