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Oct 22, 2019

Welcome to She Leads Podcast Season 5, Episode 8! This episode of She Leads Podcast features ReeJade Richmond founder of Search For Her Existence. ReeJade Richmond is a Business and Legal Strategist, Speaker, and Women Empowerment Advocate who leads her life like the Boss she is. To hear ReeJade Richmond’s take on leadership, listen to her interview as she discusses the importance of mentorship, leading with integrity, and adjusting to the transitions of life.

ReeJade Richmond’s Bio

When women are finally ready to put on their Big Girl Business Panties and protect their business ASSets, there is only one woman in the world they can call. And her name is ReeJade Richmond.

An acclaimed business and legal strategist, ReeJade is empowering women to embrace their true power bossness, turning their businesses into empires. By taking the complexity out of the legal side of business, with ReeJade, clients soon realize that the epic ideas and extraordinary skills in their heads and hands today will be worth multi millions in their bank accounts tomorrow. From rock-solid business structures to impenetrable contracts, she shows them how to get legal, legit and profitable.

After landing an office in one of the top intellectual property firms in the Detroit Metro area, ReeJade quickly earned her superstar spot, working on coveted accounts such as the U.S. Postal Stamp that preserved Rosa Parks’s legacy, intellectual property and estate matters for Aretha Franklin and the continued preservation of Malcolm X's and Alex Haley's heirs’ legacy. Yet the constant pressure to overbill hours and talk over clients’ heads left her feeling like she belonged somewhere else.

After a complicated labor left her 1.3 lb. baby in the NICU and ReeJade on dialysis to rebuild her failing kidneys, she found herself with no money, career or concrete plan for the first time in her life. Bankrupt, she risked it all to have it all, putting everything on the line to build her first six-figure business, a personal and professional development company for women. Realizing that her destiny was really to help those women to birth their Business Babies, she veered back into her legal lane, but this time it was all about helping women build something big. To understand all of the words above the dotted line and the value of the assets that could make or break their bottom line. To believe in their business dreams until they happen.

Nicole Walker’s Interview Commentary

I really enjoyed this interview with ReeJade and I hope you did as well.

I agree with ReeJade’s viewpoint on the necessity to comprehend failure in an effort to handle failure better.  As ReeJade stated, failure does not mean that we are not good enough; it actually means that we need to change our strategy. Learning to step back and access each situation is vital to determining where we can improve. Being introspective and asking ourselves questions to determine what we can do better next time is how we gain from our failures. A quote by Winston Churchill reads, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

I admire ReeJade’s decision to take time and get to know herself, so she could lead her life more effectively. ReeJade mentioned how she found herself living up to the standards her family wanted, instead of what she wanted which did not actually serve her. This is a great realization because it gave ReeJade the ability to create her own story and lead herself the way she determined. When we do not take the time to figure ourselves out, we can fall into the trap of making decisions that are not in our best interest as individuals. It is easy to listen to what others tell us we should be doing; however, if this is not in alignment with who we really are then it will not bring us the contentment we need within ourselves. A quote by Aristotle reads, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

I can relate to ReeJade’s realization that she was a leader once she started helping other women, as I experienced the same. As with ReeJade’s non-profit showing her what she was capable of, She Leads Podcast has showed me what I am capable of. I find it truly amazing how aiming to help others in turn helps us individually as well. I have been truly blessed by She Leads Podcast, just as ReeJade was truly blessed by helping other women develop personally and professionally. When you know that your efforts to foster change as making an impact, it is a soul satisfying experience that cannot be explained. This is the embodiment of leadership! A quote by Mahatma Gandhi reads, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Nicole Walker’s Takeaway of the Week

ReeJade mentioned the importance of having a personal mission statement to help guide our lives. According to ReeJade, when we know who we are and what we stand for, we will attract what we define. Knowing where to focus our work and efforts leads to success. A personal mission statement give us this foundation.

I will make it my business to officially create my personal mission statement, as I understand the importance of being driven by a clearly defined mission. This is something I stress for businesses, yet, I never thought to make one for my personal life. I am glad I know my values and my goals, so now it’s time to turn this into my statement. 

A quote by Zig Ziglar reads, “Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission.”

Nicole Walker’s Leadership Challenge

My leadership challenge for you would be to think about the one thing you can take away from this episode and adopt into your life.  I know it’s hard to absorb too much information at one time and it’s even harder to try and implement too many changes at once.  When I attend a training or listen to podcasts I aim to walk away with a least one thing that stuck out to me and one way that I can change as a result.  I challenge you to do the same! 

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Thanks and until next time “Be Empowered and Empower On”!