Adam: Thanks again for taking the time to share your advice. First things first, though, I am sure readers would love to learn more about you. What is something about you that would surprise people?
Ashley: I think people might be surprised that I live part time in Central America. I love the culture, where free time and health are highly valued. It helps keep me balanced in this crazy, fast paced, high pressured world I live in during the rest of my time.
Adam: How did you get here?
Ashley: Where I am now is a road that began pretty much from birth. I was a crippled child, so my entire life has been spent creating ways to live a better, healthier life. After overcoming an infection that almost killed me and debilitated me further in my 20s, my life’s purpose became clear. I am here to help people with the divine knowledge I was given. My business is simply a reflection of my mission to bring the science of Fasciology to the world and empower others to take control of their own health and wellness.
Adam: What failures, setbacks or challenges have been most instrumental to your growth?
Ashley: I have had many failures and setbacks and I can tell you that you definitely learn more from the hard times than the good ones. One of the most challenging things I have faced in business is that since I am a trusting, positive person by nature, it’s been difficult to understand relationships where people will lie to your face, steal from you or even try to take you down when you’ve been good to them. I have certainly had people like this in my business and took some hard hits because of it. I have had to grow to accept this as a truth and watch actions very closely; people will show you who they are if you let them.
Adam: In your experience, what are the defining qualities of an effective leader?
Ashley: For me, I lead by creating enthusiasm for my customers and our mission. If my team believes passionately in the vision to help people and change the world, they will walk side by side through a fire for the greater good. I lead through inspiration and kindness and by surrounding myself with people who believe what I believe.
Adam: How can leaders and aspiring leaders take their leadership skills to the next level?
Ashley: I think leaders need to be humble about their success and know that it’s a blessing and a privilege to be in a position of influence. I think one of the biggest things you can do to take that influence to the next level is to develop others and to delight in their successes. When your team or followers are empowered, they begin to fuel you exponentially.
Adam: What are your three best tips applicable to entrepreneurs, executives and civic leaders?
Ashley: My best advice is something that is a tenet of my immediate circle: #whateverittakes, because that’s what we do. I’m often asked about plan B or “what if this fails” and my answer is that it’s never over. This isn’t just my business, this is my life and I will never stop trying to leave this world a better place. I think this mentality is crucial for sustained success and to push through intense challenges entrepreneurs, executives and any type of leader faces.
Adam: What is the single best piece of advice you have ever received?
Ashley: The producer Timbaland once told me “once you accept your place in the universe, you will be a lot happier.” This was very unique advice from an exceptional person, and it was very impactful because when you accept that you have a mission in life and that you are the one who is going to execute it, it allows all of the outside noise to fade away and you can focus on being who you are meant to be wholeheartedly.
Adam: What is one thing everyone should be doing to pay it forward?
Ashley: The best way to pay it forward is to design your business around the concepts of empowerment and giving and to be the example in everything you do. I personally have to be empowered and giving and a role model for my team and my followers.
Adam: What are your hobbies and how have they shaped you?
Ashley: I am a surfer, so my life revolves around my passion for that. When you’re in a surf lineup, it’s totally quiet, there is no chance of a phone call, you’re submerged in nature, you feel close to God and then you push your body to its absolute limits. It’s an indescribable feeling that has completely changed my outlook on life. Surf life for me is about being healthy, being simple, being at the beach, dancing and valuing non-work time. It makes me realize that I would be happy living in a one bedroom beach shack surfing every day.
Adam: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Ashley: I’m a proud single mom of three kids in college. They’re all thriving and I’m hoping they all outshine me in their life endeavors.