Navigating Entrepreneurship Highs & Lows as a Yoga Teacher

Conversation with Samantha Harrison

What do you think it would feel like to have unexpected success with something?

My guest today is sharing a success story that I had heard a little about before but I wanted to know more about. But what I knew was that this particular story was really unexpected. She didn’t set out with a goal to achieve this particular thing, it just seemed to happen.

But as you’ll hear us talk about in the conversation, it didn’t just happen, she put in the work to make it happen. That’s the thing about achieving goals - whether we set out to achieve them or we decide along the way, we have to put in the work!

This is something that we often don’t want to hear but it’s the important thing we need to hear and hear again and hear again. I personally have to remind myself that success takes time, persistence and patience.

That's part of why I wanted to share success stories on this podcast. Not to share the shiny success at the end of the story but really, the hard stuff in the middle. And my guest today was willing to talk about the hard stuff in the middle.

Samantha Harrison is a yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer who has also become a dear friend of mine over the years. She’s been on the podcast a few times but when I came up with this success story idea I knew I wanted to have her back again.

I didn’t know Samantha at the time of her “Starbucks success story,” but I have been able to watch her navigate other tough stuff in business and life over the past few years and she’s a beacon of light every time. She’s someone who I admire how she navigates the tough stuff and shows up as herself for her students and in her marketing.

So in this conversation we dig into how she found unexpected success while working the Starbucks drive-through but also how she navigates the dips in running a business too.

By the way, Samantha runs an amazing corporate yoga teacher training. She's opening registration for Spring 2022 on April 8th! If you've ever wanted to work in the corporate world but weren't really sure how to take a step into that world, this is the training for you. I'm running the marketing portion and she teaches you everything else. It's a phenomenal training and I've got a discount for you. Use the code AMANDA to save $50.

Now let's dive in and learn from Samantha!

**This was also a podcast episode (episode #141). Use the player below if you'd prefer to listen to this message.

Sharing can lead to success

Simply talking to people in the drive-through line lead to a client for Samantha.

"I just started talking to people because I'm just a talker. I was at a point where I was confused in my life and I was open to what was next." - Samantha Harrison

Samantha was working at Starbucks and had just finished her yoga teacher training. A regular customer came through the drive-through line one day and Samantha ended up talking to her about yoga. The customer asked her to come to her workplace the next day to do some yoga. It turns out that she was actually the president of the company and wanted to bring yoga in for her employees!

She started teaching yoga for that company's employees, and then her corporate and private clients grew from there.

"It was not expected at all that that was how I was going to step into being a full-time yoga teacher. Not in my plans at all, but that's what happened. It was pretty crazy."

- Samantha Harrison

Saying yes to opportunities that present themselves

"Once I got that first client, I thought I'd try to go down this road and see what happens. Once I put some intentionality behind it, I thought I'd say yes and see where it leads. It took a lot of saying yes." - Samantha Harrison

Samantha didn't have a goal initially to make a living as a yoga teacher, but she was open to new opportunities so she said yes and decided to jump in and go for it!

"Once I got that first client, I thought - 'Could this be a thing?' What happens if I do put a little more intention behind seeing what happens here?" - Samantha Harrison

Saying yes can lead to success. Say yes now and you can put more intentionality behind it later.

What to do when things change with the opportunity

Once Samantha had secured contracts with a couple of corporate companies, she decided to leave Starbucks.

Another part of her business was teaching privates. She had a steady private client who she was seeing three time a week. Then they moved.

"I thought, 'Oh my gosh, I'm going to have to go back to Starbucks.' It was the first time experiencing the dip." - Samantha Harrison

Samantha needed to pay her bills, so she started hustling to find new private clients. She texting people, emailed students who had come to her yoga classes, and called friends. She was worried about bothering people, but the overwhelming response was positive. They were grateful that she reached out.

And by reaching out, Samantha was able to fill two more private yoga spots by the time her client moved away! It felt like a huge relief.

"Sometimes it takes some hustle. You have to go out there and create opportunities for yourself. Which is really hard and scary and vulnerable, too. But I just didn't have a choice." - Samantha Harrison

Reminder: you will get used to the ebbs and flows of being a yoga teacher full-time over time.

Building in checking in with people into your process

"It's all about relationships with people. I want to check in on my people and see how they're doing. Yes, it can help with growing and maintaining my business, but it also helps them." </