We’re seeing the best of humanity right now. People are seen clapping from their balconies in Europe every night and giving thanks and recognition to doctors, nurses, police workers and all others that are working so hard to keep people safe right now. Faith in humanity is being restored in the midst of chaos.
As a part of my series about the things we can do to remain hopeful and support each other during anxious times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sabrina Philipp.
Sabrina Philipp is an international online business and social media expert who has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Cosmopolitan and Thrive Global. As the founder and CEO of a million-dollar international business, Sabrina teaches entrepreneurs how to build businesses that are Intentional, Manageable, and Profitable.®
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?
Imajored in Political Science and Religion, and for a long time I was torn between joining the Peace Corps and getting my Doctorate in Comparative Politics. I even thought about going to law school for a brief period, but I soon realized that all those options weren’t what I really wanted for myself. Instead, it was my ego attempting to fulfill other people’s expectations of me. My soul truly craved to travel the world, and part of me knew there was a better option for me than the typical 9-to-5 grind.
So, during my senior year of college, I began to think about the different ways I could make money while doing exactly what I love — traveling. Travel blogging and trading services for accommodations seemed like a good way to start, even though my parents definitely had their doubts. I decided to take the risk anyway, so I booked a one-way ticket to Bali with $800 in my bank account, determined to create the life I had always dreamed of.
I began working online, writing social media posts for $12 an hour. After doing social media management and working a bunch of online jobs, I hit $5k in my first month. To build up my expertise as quickly as possible, I was taking free and low-pay jobs in return for testimonials from clients which allowed me to secure social media management contracts that went from $1k per month to $2.6k per month. But when my clients began asking me for business consulting in more than just social media management, I knew it was time to become a full-time business coach.
Soon enough, I was running multiple six-figure businesses helping people create their own intentional, manageable, and profitable businesses online, allowing them to experience the freedom they’ve dreamed of. Within a year, I was at $60K/month. Leveraging the power of sales, social-media and high-level strategy, I was able to turn my dreams into reality. I believed I was a six-figure business owner, even before I started to make money, allowing me to never accept anything less than what I wanted.
Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?
Yes, The Mahabharata. It’s one of the two Sanskrit epic poems of ancient India. It resonates with me because it teaches us to always do what’s right, no matter what the cost may be. “Work without desire for the results, and thus without entangling yourself in karmic reactions” (KD 550).
I aim to incorporate this lesson throughout my work life and personal life. Working hard allows me to serve others, and that’s where my main focus lies for my business. The more people I can serve from my heart, the more profitable I am. Ever since I decided to move past my fears and work towards my destiny, success began to manifest right in front of me.
Ok, thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. Many people have become anxious from the dramatic jolts of the news cycle. The fears related to the coronavirus pandemic have heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness. From your perspective can you help our readers to see the “Light at the End of the Tunnel”? Can you share your “5 Reasons To Be Hopeful During this Corona Crisis”? If you can, please share a story or example for each.
- We’re seeing the best of humanity right now. People are seen clapping from their balconies in Europe every night and giving thanks and recognition to doctors, nurses, police workers and all others that are working so hard to keep people safe right now. Faith in humanity is being restored in the midst of chaos.
- We’re seeing wide-spread appreciation for health-care workers. This pandemic is really showing us how important healthcare workers are. They are risking their own lives to help save others instead, with masks and protective equipment in short supply. Over the long-term, this will mobilize citizens to advocate for a better healthcare system across the world.
- We’re seeing an increased sense of community throughout the world. People are rallying together. They’re going shopping or picking up medicine for the most vulnerable, grocery stores are designating “senior-only” shopping times, and neighbors are singing together from their balconies. It’s truly inspiring to see people come together.
- Families are spending more time together. As schools close and parents are having to work from home, families are self-isolating together. This time allows families to connect more, which they may not normally get to experience. Being able to face this frightening time with the ones you love is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel.
- We are valuing human connection more than ever before. Without the many distractions that take place throughout our “normal” lives, this time is allowing us to place value on human connection more than ever before. It’s a reminder of the extraordinary power of human connection. From live DJ sets on streaming platforms to virtual movie nights with friends on Netflix, we are determined to find creative ways to safely connect with one another. Maybe our appreciation for human interaction will have a lasting impact and help us fight the addiction most of us suffer from — our cell phones!
From your experience or research what are five steps that each of us can take to effectively offer support to those around us who are feeling anxious? Can you explain?
Validate their experience.
It’s completely normal to experience anxiety during this time. Start by validating their experience by expressing empathy and compassion for their feelings, so that they know they are not being misunderstood.
Simply listen without judgment. It’s a lot more reassuring for someone to know you are there for them instead of being lectured and overwhelmed on what they need to do next. This allows them the proper space to let out their feelings.
Positivity is contagious. It’s easy to feel down sometimes, but with a little inspiration from others, it’s easier to find the silver lining.
Check-in regularly with others and make sure they’re doing okay. Social isolation can get pretty lonely, so it helps to feel connected with those around you.
Mirror back feelings.
Mirroring back feelings is when the message someone conveys is reflected back without adding anything additional. This allows the other person to feel acknowledged and understood for their feelings.
What are the best resources you would suggest to a person who is feeling anxious?
Meditation is an amazing tool to combat anxiety. Incorporating regular meditation into your daily routine can help ease anxiety and it’s symptoms. There’s no right or wrong way to meditate, and you can do it from anywhere. Not sure how to get started? Try downloading a mediation app or watching a guided meditation video on YouTube.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” — Maya Angelou.
My fiancé and I will be getting this quote engraved into our wedding bands to serve as a reminder to always keep trying and to never turn away from hope or love. It’s a reminder to stay vulnerable and hopeful, even when times may be hard. It’s easy to fall into the gloom, especially now, but it’s important to remember that it will get better.
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Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!