As my success grew, so did my ability to say “no”. When I was growing my business, I felt like I had to say “yes” to everything, and it totally depleted me as a person, a wife and a mom. But now, I can say “no” without feeling like I may lose something.
Inspiring Woman & Business Coaching Leader, Martha Krejci (pronounced Kray-Chee), is, in her own words, a high-vibin’ lover of life. She has helped inspire women to achieve their business goals as well as experience a work-life balance that most people can only dream of.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
Iworked for GoDaddy for a little over 5 years, where I was in a leadership position, so unfortunately, I would hear customers day after day talking about developers “hijacking” their websites, taking their stuff, or just plain not representing them well.
I remember one story in specific where a customer was in the middle of a shake down from their developer, and they had to pay $40k to get their website back! What?!?!
I was FED UP with it.
Just because we know these “online mysteries”, doesn’t mean we should use them in an abusive way, and it just grossed me out to see other “colleagues” treating people this way. So, I decided to DISRUPT. To buck the system. To give the POWER back to the business owners. What I do is teach business owners, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs everywhere HOW to grow and develop their business themselves.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
I have to say one of my favorite memories of being a leader at GoDaddy, before I started my own business was when I needed to have a meeting with my team, but it was my day off and I had a 6-month old baby at home.
I got her ready, and we went in to work…together.
I ran the meeting while different members of the team took turns holding her and keeping her pacified as I was teaching.
It was actually in that moment that I knew how important I was going to be to her. How my example was going to be what set the tone for her life. And so it began….a life of intentional decisions.
What was your biggest challenge to date either personally or professionally and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge has been overloading my own schedule just because people wanted to meet with me for one reason or another. There was about a year that I said “yes” to everything, kind of like Shonda Rimes…but it didn’t end so well for me!
I was exhausted. I couldn’t handle it. And I started wondering if I really wanted this crazy life….
It turned out I didn’t. So, I changed it.
I wanted to do the part of my job that I loved, so I immersed myself fully in that, while asking other people to do what people were asking me to do.
I think we feel like we need to please people in business, but that really doesn’t serve us. And in all truth, those people don’t realize how many other people are also vying for your time.
In the end, we have to take care of ourselves, and people will understand that.
What does leadership mean to you and how do you best inspire others to lead?
To me, leadership means bringing out the best in people, and showing them how to use that to live their most satisfying lives. Happy people, and people that feel (and actually are) valued are the best employees without exception.
I believe I best inspire others to lead by example. I just do it. People see the difference it makes in others’ lives, and they take on that role as well if it fits with their personality.
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?
Oh wow, this is a good one. My husband. Not just because we’re married, but because we run our business together as well AND have a 4 year old, so….lots of crazy, right?
He keeps me focused. I often tell people he’s the guy holding the string to my balloon. I’m the visionary that sees opportunity everywhere, and he is the one keeping it all in order, and bringing those opportunities into reality by grounding them.
I would just be a girl with a bunch of ideas without him.
Was it difficult to fit your life into your business/career and how did you do that?
It’s funny now, because I feel like it’s always been this way, but our business is so tightly interwoven into the fabric of our lives that it feel a perfect balance has been struck. There isn’t anxiety about not spending enough time with our daughter, or not enough time on work. We have somehow, and may I say accidentally fallen into a perfect ebb and flow of working and living.
When I think back to how that happened, I realize it happened in moments of realizing when it wasn’t working. Then adjusting our sails, over and over again until now day to day life is just pretty darn comfortable.
So, happening upon what doesn’t work, then addressing it almost immediately. My advice would be to not think it’s going to happen on it’s own…it has to be intentional.
Did you find that as your success grew it became more difficult to focus on the other areas of your life?
Definitely not. It’s actually easier in a way. As my success grew, so did my ability to say “no”. When I was growing my business, I felt like I had to say “yes” to everything, and it totally depleted me as a person, a wife and a mom.
But now, I can say “no” without feeling like I may lose something.
Looking back, I would say “no” to more of what I was saying “yes” to, because I know now, that wouldn’t have stunted my growth at all, and may have actually moved me along more quickly. Less brick walls to fling myself into.
Can you share five pieces of advice to other leaders about how to achieve the best balance between work and personal life?
1. Don’t feel bad about saying “no”
2. Always be thinking 5 years ahead, and approach decisions about where you spend your time from that place.
3. Take advantage of that extra 5 minutes you have in your schedule. Do something that really pushes the needle in 5 minutes. I guarantee you can think of something.
4. When you’re working, shut your social media tabs. So much of our work extends past normal business hours because we don’t take full advantage of our work hours….it bleeds into social media time…then you’re down the rabbit hole before you know it and have lost an entire 15–30 minutes.
5. Be present. In both times, work and home life. Wherever you are, be all there. Make all of your time golden.
What gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment and pride.
My greatest sense of accomplishment and pride comes from my daughter. When I see her fearlessly take on what could be seen as daunting tasks, I know she learned that from watching my husband and I, and it gives me what I need to keep going, so she’ll keep going as well.
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. 🙂
My current focus is reality on social media.
There are people suffering because they compare themselves to the “highlight reel” they see from other people on social channels.
I believe this “fake social” is killing us as a culture. We aren’t connecting in a real, authentic way. We are all on a platform suggesting how great we are to everyone else, and it’s just not fair to ourselves, or to anyone that it’s hurting because they don’t see themselves that way.
If we could be real, authentic, and transparent people in social media, I believe we can really start using the internet for good. We can start connecting in a way that supports everyone, not just the “celebrities”.
People are afraid to share the dark or not-so-perfect times, but ironically, that’s where we can truly connect.
Radical vulnerability. That’s what I’m looking for.
What is the best way for people to connect with you on social media?
Well, I’m a bit all over the interwebs, but it may be best to find me on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/thetribefinder/
Or my personal page: https://www.facebook.com/martha.krejci1111