Ebonie Allard Invited 3 Friends to Join Her Business, Went Insolvent in 3 Months

Ebonie Allard Invited 3 Friends to Join Her Business, Went Insolvent in 3 Months


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My guest for Episode #140 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Ebonie Allard. She describes herself as a “Priestess of Alchemy”® —  she’s an award-winning International Coach. She’s a (her words) “Misfit turned Maven,” an author, an artist, and an advocate.

She’s been the host of the podcast “Adulting with Ebonie”… and her new podcast “Ebonie Unfiltered.”

She is the author of books including Misfit to Maven: The Story of Argh to Ahhh  (Build a Life as Extraordinary as You Are).

In today's episode, Ebonie shares her “favorite mistake” story about inviting her closest three friends to be directors in her company, and how they were insolvent three months later. Why was this a favorite mistake? Because it opened up opportunities for things she really wanted to do.

We also talk about questions and topics including:

  • Why had you “suffered from burnout at the end of every job” earlier in your career? 
  • Why do you describe yourself as a “Misfit turned Maven”?
  • What's the difference between a Misfit and a Rebel?
  • Why do you also describe yourself as a “Priestess of Alchemy”??
  • Are you a spiritual misfit?
  • Selling art / your first NFT?
  • Mistakes people make in trying to get you (and others) to speak?
  • Her groundrules for working with her

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"That [now insolvent] business had reached a point where it was no longer what I truly wanted to be doing, but I felt an element of obligation."
"People used to ask me about 'misfit' and assume it meant 'rebel.' There's a difference, because a rebel is pushing against something, is reacting to something, wants to create something different or live in a different way. And it's very purposeful and it's very conscious."
"A misfit feels different, feels like they don't operate the same as the people around them."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.