“Overcoming Mom Guilt & Growing a 40,000 Member Community” with Dana Malstaff

If you’ve ever felt guilty about being a mom and building a business, then this episode of the Lead with Love podcast is for you. We talk about getting clear on your priorities, the relationship between resilience and failure, and how to grow a sustainable community online.

In this episode, I get cozy with Dana Malstaff.

Dana is the CEO and Founder of Boss Mom. She is a mother, author, speaker, business strategist, and podcaster. She launched the Boss Mom brand with her first book Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro and has turned the brand into an international movement.

Now she has over 20,000 students in various courses and an organically grown Facebook group of over 40k that helps women all over the world raise their businesses and babies at the same time. She believes that we need to show our children that doing what we love can be financially viable.

Tune in and listen below:

What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

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Resources + links mentioned:

Boss Mom

Boss Mom & Boss Dad Podcasts

Connect with Dana on Facebook, Boss Mom Group, Instagram + Twitter!

Climb Your Own Ladder by Dana Malstaff

Boss Mom by Dana Malstaff

Boss Mom Podcast: How Homeschooling Can Benefit Your Kids with Jadah Sellner

Lead with Love Podcast: Writing a Book That Changes You First with Azul Terronez

The Five Love Languages & The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks


Key Quotes:

“Love is the hard part, and we feel like our heart can only contain a certain amount of it. I really help women see that that’s not the case, and that we can love multiple things.” [6:28]

“I think we all just want to feel valued in the world. I think love is a lot about giving of ourselves, and feeling valued.” [10:00]

“That resilience has allowed me, I feel like, to fail a lot in business and not see it as failure, but it is a part of the adventure and a part of the change.” [14:54]

“Contribution is really, really important. Existing isn’t what matters, it’s contribution.” [20:20]

“Look at how we can create a support system, where everything can be accounted for so that we feel joy, even when things don’t go the way we planned.” [27:46]

“I think at the most basic level, in order for a community to work, people need to feel valued and they need to feel protected.” [39:04]

“I want to always, in everything that we do, get better and better and better at understanding how human beings work, and try to be as human as we can in our interactions.” [45:32]


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The Lead with Love podcast is hosted by Jadah Sellner (that's me!). I help entrepreneurs build their tribes with the online program, Build Your Challenge. I'm also an author, international keynote + TEDx speaker, poet, and creator of Love Over Metrics™, a Business Growth Incubator and Mastermind for women with big ambitions and even bigger hearts. #LeadWithLove

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