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Lift Your Legacy: How Busy Leaders Juggle Their Personal & Business Lives with Lauren Berger and Jacob Rupp

A leader takes ownership, stays passionate, and does whatever he/she can to figure it out. A leader is there for support, open for conversation, and always learning. A leader never stops learning. As a part of my series about the strategies that extremely busy and successful leaders use to juggle, balance and integrate their personal […]

A leader takes ownership, stays passionate, and does whatever he/she can to figure it out. A leader is there for support, open for conversation, and always learning. A leader never stops learning.

As a part of my series about the strategies that extremely busy and successful leaders use to juggle, balance and integrate their personal lives and business lives, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren Berger, CEO & Founder of InternQueen.com, CareerQueen.com, the IQ Campus Agency, and author of the new book — GET IT TOGETHER: Ditch the Chaos, Do the Work, Design Your Success.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I’m from Clearwater, Florida. I moved to Los Angeles after college — I should add that I had 15 internships while in college (hence the brand name, Intern Queen) and I started my own company in 2009 (Intern Queen Inc.) with $5,000 in personal savings. Here we are — almost 10 years later — still hustling, still growing, still building.

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?

One of the best stories is how I cold — called the Ford Motor Company after noticing that they sponsored American Idol and pitched them my brand and my services. After a few calls — we closed my first big deal (back in 2011). It taught me to always go for the ask. The worst they can say is NO.

What was your biggest challenge to date either personally or professionally and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge professionally has been building a team (the right team) on a tight budget and with limited resources. You need a team members that are passionate about the brand, create a positive company culture, and take ownership of their work — sounds easy — it’s not!

What does leadership mean to you and how do you best inspire others to lead?

A leader takes ownership, stays passionate, and does whatever he/she can to figure it out. A leader is there for support, open for conversation, and always learning. A leader never stops learning.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

My first boss showed me how to get things done, create opportunities, and never take NO for an answer. I remember that on days when the other executives in the office were taking off early or “not busy” she was pounding the pavements creating opportunities.

Was it difficult to fit your life into your business/career and how did you do that?

It’s always a challenge as my goal is to prioritize friends and family first — and running your own business certainly makes that challenging (yet not impossible)

Did you find that as your success grew it became more difficult to focus on the other areas of your life?

Yes but I’ve always been terrible and prioritizing things like relaxation, disconnection, and self-care. I’m trying to get better!

Can you share five pieces of advice to other leaders about how to achieve the best balance between work and personal life?

  1. Block out time on your calendar for yourself, your workouts, your own relaxation (or else it may never happen).
  2. 2. Tell friends and family your goals (when it comes to your personal life) so they can help hold you accountable
  3. 3. Shut it down. At some point, we all have to shut our phones and our computers and just live life.
  4. 4. Create healthy boundaries. I talk about this a lot in my new book GET IT TOGETHER.
  5. 5. Find your focus. When you are “working” — actually work. It’s crucial not to waste time being distracted or blindly working.

What gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment and pride?

When the hustle works ☺ When I help a student go from college to career and get what they want out of life because I helped point them in the right direction. Since I launched Intern Queen in 2009, we’ve helped over 6 million young people get from college to career — I’m the most proud of this.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

I’m doing it — INTERN QUEEN-ING around — inspiring people to jump out of their comfort zone, embrace rejection, and get what they want.

What is the best way for people to connect with you on social media?

@internqueen (on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram)

@officialcareerqueen (on Instagram)

@officiallaurenberger (on Instagram)

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