Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikola Ahaiwe.
Nikola, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Four years ago, I was living the life! I had a really good job with benefits and great pay, and had achieved a major accomplishment in purchasing my first home, on my own, as a 30th birthday gift to myself! From the outside looking in, I was what people considered a young, “successful,” single mother who had beat the odds. But the reality was, I was miserable.
I had been at my corporate job for nearly 7 years, and I felt stuck, unfulfilled, and unhappy. I had toyed around with the idea of being an entrepreneur, and pursuing something I was passionate about. I had even started a little “side hustle” part-time as a wedding and event planner. Planning and designing events were something that I absolutely loved!
Although I considered it many times, and because I found comfort in knowing that I would be receiving a nice, steady paycheck at the end of every two weeks from my corporate job, I just couldn’t bring myself to take the plunge and give entrepreneurship a full-time shot.
What would people say? Would they think I was crazy? What if I didn’t make enough money to cover my bills? The constant questioning in my head was enough for me to talk myself out of it every time I seriously considered it. But by the end of 2012, things took a sudden and drastic turn for the worse when I was laid off from my corporate job.
I was devastated, but I also felt a sense of relief. I looked at the layoff as a sign that it was finally time to take the leap into full-time entrepreneurship.
I decided that I didn’t want to go back to work for anyone else. Instead, I used a good chunk of my severance pay to go full steam ahead with my wedding/event planning business. I read books and anything else I could get my hands on about how to market and grow a business. I attended conferences and started networking heavily with other event planning pros and entrepreneurs. Within 8 months, my business started to blossom into something that I was really proud of.
Things were going great… that is until I was involved in a near-fatal car accident that left me unable to walk for nearly a year.
I slowly started slipping into a deep depression. As a person who was very independent and always on the go, it was hard for me to adjust to not being able to do most of the normal day to day activities for myself. Not to mention I had two small children to take care of (I have twin daughters that were only 5 years old at the time). Thank God for the help of my mom, grandma, and other family members that stepped in to help.
Instead of allowing myself to stay in that negative space and throw a pity party for myself daily, I decided that I had to do something about my situation. After all, I still had bills to pay. I had a lightbulb moment. I figured I had gained so much knowledge and skills as I was building my business… why not use that to teach other budding entrepreneurs how to do the same? From that simple thought, Mogul in the Making was born. I literally started my business from my couch (which by this time had developed a pretty large dent in it from my sitting in one spot all day every day) with just my laptop and cell phone!
I began helping entrepreneurs create a solid marketing strategy and profit plan as they prepared to transition from side hustle to full-time business owner. Since then, I’ve gone on to host several women’s empowerment events, speak at numerous conferences, and taught dozens of workshops and seminars on entrepreneurship, marketing, and social media.
I’ve also written three books, Unleash Your Inner Mogul: Your Guide to Building the Business and Lifestyle That You Desire and Deserve, the Live Your Vision PLanner, and the newly released Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself: 10 Truths to Help You Own Your Power and Become the Best Version of You.
Being in that car accident was a major turning point in my life. At the time, I would question God often, asking “why did this have to happen to me?” Although I couldn’t understand it then, I now know that I had to go through that in order to step into my next level, and that next level would require a different me. During that period, I was able to learn a lot about myself. I was also able to find my true purpose, which is to help others discover theirs.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has definitely NOT been a smooth road. In fact, I always say that entrepreneurship is not for the faint at heart, because challenges will certainly arise, and if you don’t have thick skin, you’ll never make it.
When I first started my business, especially as I began branching out into the world of motivational speaking and teaching workshops, I was told NO more times than I can count and had several doors slammed in my face. I almost wanted to give up. But, it was these challenges that inspired me to learn how to create my own opportunities, and use my own platforms when no one else would take a chance on me.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Mogul in the Making story. Tell us more about the business.
Through Mogul in the Making, I work with solopreneurs, specifically coaches, consultants, speakers, authors, and service-based entrepreneurs, to help them get clear on their message, find their authentic voice, and create a strategic marketing plan to position themselves as the go-to expert in their fields.
I am affectionately known as “MIss Mogul”, because a lot of the work that I do with my clients is centered around shifting their mindset, and teaching them how to run their “small business” with the same passion, dedication, enthusiasm, and systems, as if they were running a multi-million dollar empire. Most of my clients still hold down a 9to5 or corporate job and are ready to transition from part-time to full-time business owner.
In addition to my consulting work, I am also a motivational speaker and author. I’m very passionate about empowering entrepreneurs and motivating them to work towards living their absolute best life. I am most proud that I get to serve others by helping them to pursue their passion, and uncover their true purpose.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I honestly don’t feel that “luck” has played a part in my business at all. Everything that I have been able to achieve has been a result of hard work, dedication, consistency, and a true desire to succeed. I believe you get what you work for!
I’m also a believer that everything that happens, good or bad, happens for a reason, and what is meant for you will never pass you by. So, it’s not about getting lucky, but more so things happening in their divine order.
- Website: www.nikolaahaiwe.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/nikolaspeaks
- Facebook: facebook.com/nikolaspeaks
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