The Don't Quit Podcast

The Get Motivated Series: Yanran Carpenter, the Career Coach

This is the Get Motivated series where TyypoPrints interviews productive people achieving their dreams and sharing how they do it. If you would like to be featured contact us.

- What's your name?
My name is Yanran Carpenter

 

- What's your business or occupation about?

I am a down-to-earth career coach who teaches millennials how to make hard decisions in their career and businesses with confidence and live a regret-free life with a simple A to Z formula which you can learn in my Dream Career Academy, so you can focus more on enjoying your life instead on how to make that happen. In addition to my coaching programs, I have a podcast called Yanran Career Lab, which helps people overcome the self-doubts and the rejections from family or friends by sharing stories from everyday people just like you. Because following your dream can be a lonely journey and everyone needs support.

 

- What does your average work day look like?

Here is what my average workday look like: The first thing I do when I open my eyes is checking my emails and any notifications from my social media. It has been a habit of mine for a while now and normally only takes me 20mins to go through all of them and reply. By checking the emails and notifications, I can plan how the day will go. While I am eating my breakfast, I will pull up my calendar and write down all the plans. After breakfast, my work day officially starts. I will finish the work from the day before like writings, designing my courses, or refining my marketing strategies. Some days I have been booked for coaching calls to help my clients and that will take about couple hours. And some days I will go to an online networking event instead to connect with more like-minded people.
I try not to work more than 5 hours a day because I have a family and the whole point of having an online business is to work anywhere and enjoy life more. At the end of every work day, I like to check all the emails and notifications one last time to make sure I didn’t leave everything and nothing urgent has come up.
 
What's the hardest part about your work?

As an early business owner, I wear many hats and the hardest thing is time management and knowing when to ask for help. There are so many distractions like Facebook, emails, family and just life in general. When I work at home, it’s important to set an office time just for me and let all the family members know not to disturb during the office hours. Planning is everything, without a structure, things will fall apart. If you know you are not a very organized person, just hire someone to do all that for you. The bottom line is you have to plan everything and there is no shame to ask someone else to do that for you. And that is my best productivity method as well.

 

- What keeps you motivated?
My motivation definitely comes from my family. I don’t have any kids yet, but the thoughts of one day I have to ask permission from my boss to take a day off when my kids get sick is heartbreaking and I know if my business is not working and I have to go back to a job to support my family. So this has to work.
 
- What's the best advice you've ever heard?
The best advice I've ever heard is a quote, "Reach for the moon, even if you fail, you will land among the stars." And I truly believe in it. That is why I always set my goal higher..
- How do you recharge
Funny thing, I recharge by sleeping mostly. I love sleeping and it recharges my body and my mind. Every time I get frustrated or out of new ideas, I will take a nap and when I wake up, everything goes smoothly again.

-  What's something you haven't said, but worth mentioning?
The thing that I haven't said, but it's worth mentioning is I believe having a great idea without taking action is worse than having no idea at all. There are millions of smart people with great ideas, but you only know a hand full of them. The rest of brilliant ideas will never be heard because those people never took an action to make their ideas come true. So don’t stop at finding the greatest idea, take the action and prove that is the greatest idea.
 
You can chat with Yanran more on her website: YanranCareerCoaching.com
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