We had the good fortune of connecting with Wendy Ellin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wendy, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Making sure I was very clear on what I am good at, and what I need to delegate to others who have the expertise I don’t have. Surrounding myself with a team that knows what their jam is, and stays in their lane is key.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a workplace productivity strategist. I think what sets me apart from others is ME. There are tons of people out there that do what I do, or at least their version of what I do. My version is all me, humorous, irreverent, unapologetic about getting in your face a little to get you to see that you can live and work differently to have less stress and more joy in your work. But it’s up to you – so that’s where I have to be really committed to staying on you if you want change.
I got where I am by being me and not taking no for an answer. And only working with those that were truly ready to get help; their pain was deep enough to make changes.
Of course it wasn’t easy, what is? But I know how to work smart, not hard, so it might have been easier for me than for others.
So many lessons: trust your gut, do only what you love and are good at, find the right team to support you in every lane, change with the times, listen to what people need and want vs. what I want to give them, nothing is perfect, it’s all about progress.
I want the world to know about me is that I am: totally committed, brutally honest, and simply transformational.
If you want to change the way you work, I am here to do that with you, 100% of the way. If you’re in, I’m in.
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 live in Atlanta, where there is a ton of history, so my husband and I would take them on an early evening (dusk) convertible tour (with wine) to some historical landmarks including the MLK Center for Social Change, the MLK gravesite, The Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Coca-Cola Museum, Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park (Our Central Park, designed by the same architect), some hip neighborhoods like midtown, Buckhead, the West Side, Virginia-Highlands, Inman Park, Ansley Park. Restaurants: outside-eating haunts all over these cool neighborhoods.
Walk along the “Atlanta Belt line” which is 1/2 way complete and ties the in-town neighborhoods together with a path that has restaurants, retail, and artwork along the path.
Then take them out of the city to several hiking trails in the GA mountains about 45 minutes from the city in any direction
Climb Stone Mountain
The High Museum of Art
Atlanta History Center
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Marty, for sticking with me for these past 20 years as I swerved, pivoted, almost shut down and got a job, re-created myself a million times, and figured it out along the journey. Then reading a ton of books, trusting my gut, watching and listening to what the world needed at that moment, and just going for it.
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