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

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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.

In order for a community to work, people need to feel valued and they need to feel protected.


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

  • Why Dana started her second podcast, Boss Dad, and the amazing realizations she has made by interviewing men [6:40]
  • What she says is her favorite business book of all time – and the answer may surprise you [9:17]
  • How moving around in her childhood has shaped the type of business owner Dana is today [14:06]
  • An amazing example of how Dana’s family taught her that change could be fun – when she literally pulled “Virginia” out of a hat! [17:59]
  • What her support teams look like both at home and in her business [21:18]
  • A big mistake that Dana sees many business owners making when starting to build out a team [25:18]
  • The way her money mindset has shifted as a Boss Mom, versus how she was raised [33:50]
  • What’s she’s learned about building communities and fostering relationships from her Facebook Group of over 40,000 Boss Moms [36:42]
  • Her best strategies for re-establishing yourself in a Facebook Group quickly if you’ve haven’t been as active [48:57]
  • How Dana has experienced and navigated mom guilt in her own life, and the way she’s not only moved through it, but has thrived [52:38]
  • Her motivation for writing her latest book, Climb Your Own Ladder, and how she’s grown as a writer since her first two books [55:47]

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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