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Introduce yourself and profession to our readers:
My name is Osayi Emokpae Lasisi and I am the Queen of helping you get attention and make money online. I am the founder of the MoneyMaking Mommies Academy (over 2000 members) - where I help women to develop online products that make money (with a focus on starting with ebooks). I am the Convener of the wildly successful MoneyMaking Transition Virtual Summit and the 2X Bestselling Author of the Billionaire Mindset (for MoneyMaking Mommies), and 7 Days to the MoneyMaking Good Life.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
Would you believe that I am a licensed attorney?! Well I worked in North Carolina for a few years but I wasn't feeling fulfilled, I found myself feeling lost and discouraged all the time. You know that feeling where you don't want to go to work, and when you leave the office you're too exhausted to do anything?
Well that was what I had to deal with - this led me to the journey of looking for what makes sense for me. I spent time trying to figure out what would bring me joy and went as far back as exploring things I enjoyed doing as a child. I took some creative writing classes, taught some creative writing classes, started a blog on the side...and for some reason decided to write a book. That book - Impossible is Stupid - changed my life. It opened doors for me that I never expected.
And most importantly, this work (no matter how challenging it was) made my heart sing...so I knew I needed to help people to feel this kind of exhilaration as well - to know that Writing a book can help you create the kind of life you desire.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
My advice to you would be think back to what you enjoyed doing as a child, and what you enjoy doing when you have some free time.
Then research what other people are doing with these same things. How other people are making money doing these things that bring you joy.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it:
I have had so many professional challenges.
You know that feeling when you try different things and people begin to assume that you are not focused, and maybe they are secretly calling you a failure.
Well I went through that...I mean it seemed I had a new idea every single day, and many of them did not work out.
But one thing I realized after listening to Seth Godin is this - You keep showing up, you keep creating, you keep delivering, you keep pursuing what makes you happy, and one day you will get lucky. You may not be successful in everything, and that's okay, it means that other people were lucky in those things...but one day you too will get lucky in something you do, and that day you will know it's because you kept showing up, because if you had given up, you wouldn't be available for Lady Luck to smile at you.
What is next for your brand/business in 2017?
Something I hadn't mentioned before is that I currently live in Lagos, Nigeria.
I have lived in sooooo many places- Chicago, California, Philadelphia, South Carolina, North Carolina...but for now my home base is Lagos, Nigeria.
And I mention this because all my experiences have helped me to become a more creative person.
See creativity doesn't just show up out of nowhere.
Creativity comes when you have consumed different ideas from different sources, and they all jumble up together and bubble up out of you...and you're able to create something that is uniquely you, but is a combination of so many life experiences.
Because I have seen how that has worked out in my life, I want to be able to provide that kind of opportunity to women in my community as well. I want women in Lagos Nigeria to be so filled with innovative ideas that they have no choice but to be successful.
And since I won't be able to take all 2000+ women to different countries, I am looking at creative ways to bring those countries and experiences to them.
Thankfully, with the Internet everything is so much easier...to say I am excited about 2017 would be an understatement.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media
I'm giving away a free copy of my bestselling Ebook & Audiobook - Billionaire Mindset challenge for MoneyMaking Mommies on my website.
So if you're interested in creating a business you love in 2017, you should definitely pick it up.