We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Braverman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, how do you define success?
I define success in three ways:
1. Adding up all the little successes: Don’t measure success as achieving the big goals you set for yourself because those take time. My advice is to add up all the little successes instead. The reality is, you’ve achieved a lot. There is huge power in small wins.
2. Persevering through failures: One of the most valuable lessons is learning how to persevere through failures and hardships because no road to success is without setbacks (and sometimes big ones). This is much easier said than done and still a constant challenge for me. To combat this, I put things in perspective and remind myself every day that I’m lucky – because I am lucky (and so are most of us). And don’t forget, tomorrow is a new day.
3. Always doing your best: I still roll my eyes when someone’s advice to me is “do your best,” but it rings true. I believe doing my best every day is an important aspect of success. This isn’t about perfection, but applying yourself 100% – 100% of the time. I think people rarely feel that magic moment of “I made it.” You may have an idea of success, but because the road there takes so many twists and turns, you get there and don’t recognize it, or realize that wasn’t your dream of success after all. I am sure if you talked to the most successful people in the world, they likely have many unfulfilled aspirations.
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?
Berbay is a marketing and public relations firm that specializes in working with law, real estate and financial firms. For 25 years, we’ve implemented results-driven marketing and public relations solutions for our clients so that they can concentrate on what they do best – run their firms. I’ve been Principal of Berbay for nearly six years. I got here through tenacity, enthusiasm, learning from my mistakes and always doing my best. I love what I do so that helps and in fact, is most likely the driving force behind my personal success. I am also rarely bored. Every day, I have the ability to be creative and strategic – to me, the best of both worlds. Curve balls and challenges are always thrown at you. You have to take things in stride and not take things personally (know the difference between personal and professional). My path took dedication, hard work and always going the extra mile. I also believe you get what you give. I’m incredibly devoted to my business and I think you end up getting that back through many different, gratifying successes.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love showing friends Los Angeles; there’s so much to see and do. I find it hard to fit everything in! Eat (this changes regularly, but today here are my recommendations): Bavel, Ta-ke Sushi, the Old Place, Republique, Angelini Osteria, Dan Sung Sa, Ocean City Seafood for dim sum, Ronan and so so so many more. Drink: I think you can get great cocktails a lot of places in LA, but the Nomad tops the charts. Also, not to miss are Birds & Bees, the Varnish and can’t forget an oldie but a goodie, the Roger Room. You can live in LA for 30 years and still not cover all there is to see.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to two very important women in my life. My mother, Diane. My mom’s unconditional love, support and encouragement throughout my whole life has allowed me to flourish and thrive well beyond what I could have done on my own. She never stifled my character or creativity – no matter how much she may have disagreed with it at the time. My business partner Sharon Berman. Sharon has not only been an incredible partner and mentor over the years, but her support for me is unwavering. Very few have a partnership like we have and I am grateful for it every day. Without these two incredible women, I would not be the person I am today. So thank you.