Brianne C. Martin | Business / BCM Engineered Solutions| 9 to 5 / Chief Engineer Officer | Texas, USA
Brianne helps the world see past limiting labels from others and themselves. In addition to motivational speaking and professional development, Brianne is also a singer/songwriter.
YEARS IN BUSINESS
AGE WHEN SHE STARTED HER BUSINESS
What has been your biggest business success?
Receiving responses to posts and blog posts.
What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
My passion. The need for Diversity in STEM but moreso empathy, understanding, love andcompassion. So many are facing battles unspoken and in a world of judgement and labels, many are lost and troubled. In sharing my story, I hope to educate, inspire, empower and motivate people to live lives of happiness.
How did you get things going in the beginning?
Started a personal website including my personal social media accounts, a written personal history and bio sketch.
How do you go about marketing your business to build awareness and attract new customers?
Social Media: Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. Right now just working on building awareness of who I am and what my purpose in life is. Sharing how I live with all of who I am.
What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
Friendships, my social life and my personal health. Getting started on exactly what I want to do and how has been rather difficult and has taken quite the toll on me the last year. Few family members actually understand or respect what I’m doing so it gets weird to try to keep their respect. Being ridiculed has been rather hard. I’m a rather sensitive person & people making fun of me – especially at my 9-5 isn’t exactly encouraging or “fun”.
To what do you most attribute your success? Tell us about any of your daily habits or things you do to set yourself up for success.
I’m obsessed with learning. Audio books, coaches, marketing, branding, you name it – I read articles, watch YouTube videos, sign up for challenges, join Facebook groups, attend workshops, etc. My daily habit is to grow. As I’m sorting out my business and where and how I want it to go, I’m sharing my journey. Sharing my experiences & my life.
How do/did you manage your business while working 9 to 5? Share any advice on managing your time and resources effectively.
Patience. I have not started making money yet but the reward of building relationships is tremendous. I’m quite dedicated. I was able to gain momentum through the Diversity in STEM organizations I’m a part of and a recognized leader for. Some days I don’t get to focus my energy on “my brand” per say but leveraging my experience, skills, tasks, and execution through the STEM organizations only fills my resume that directly supports my purpose and cause of my personal brand.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Self-awareness, patience and persistence.
Where do you see yourself and your business in the next 5 years?
Busting at the seams! I have so many comments, calls, requests, speaking engagements, etc. I can’t say ‘yes’ to them all. My story will be one of inspiration. Young women will know they are worth more than they could ever imagine & then some. People will be sending me emails and/or comments of how my blogs/vlogs/content changed their life. How hearing everything I’ve overcome brought them comfort and they were able to change their mindset and life a life of happniess that THEY CHOSE. Through all the free content, attraction and demand, I’m able to charge for services, provide offers, and support myself with over $80k revenue.
Looking back, when starting my business, I would tell myself…
“It doesn’t have to be perfect. It’ll always be a work in progress.” My entire life I wanted to ‘write a book about my life’ when the entire time I had technology to share piece by piece. For nearly a decade I would sit and try to figure out how to start chapter 1; how it should go chronologically. Would I have sections? Would it be a trilogy? Was I going to talk about the emotional/sexual/physical abuse of a father-figure off the bat or start with how I became one of the few Hispanic female engineers?? Or how about suffering from depression, anxiety, being bi-polar from the PTSD I suffered through the abuse as a child. Or the relationships. Love. Sex. Self-worth. How do I start. JUST START. Go. It’ll start formulating. I could be so much further along, so sooner if I just would have started instead of trying to map it out, plan it all accordingly.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given….
“Everything in life is a choice. You choose your own happiness, you choose how other people make you feel; you’re in control: in control of yourself, your decisions, your choices, your feelings as well as every single outcome. -Diana L. Gonzales Gates (my mom) “You won the lotto of the universe. Of all the atoms in the universe – you are a human. You are in control. You choose! Do work – the market doesn’t care about you or how you complain or how sad your story is – it cares about whether or not you’re good; the best!” – Gary Vee (Vaynerchuk)
My favorite business tool/ resource/ podcast/ course/ etc…
Gary Vee (Vaynerchuk). handsdown. All content of his is absolute fire! 2nd – audio books. nothing like starting your day with new ideas, wisdom, learning. Especially when ‘stuck in traffic’ or commuting.
When I face a big challenge and feel stuck, I …
Remember my “why”. I remember my absolute lowest point, how I felt worthless and hopeless. I write. I write out my feelings, how I feel stuck – why I feel stuck. I write out all the frustration, what the challenge, road block or setback is – then I problem solve. Reverse engineer the problem. Pull resources: what do I need? what don’t I have that makes me ready or good enough or smart enough – yet? Who can help me get there? How much suffering will I allow this ‘challenge’ to cause me? Is it worth it? & finally – my favorite part – DO WORK.
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