Did you guys know its teacher appreciation week? It is, it is! (The things you become aware of when your little one starts “school”…) I know that all of my readers have teachers that they love, adore, and cherish and it’s a very good idea to give them some extra love this week. In that spirit, today I am going to focus on one teacher that came into my life a couple of years ago and has completely helped me revamp my approach to business, making money, and being of service-Ms. Erika Lyremark, fondly known to her students as “The Whip” or in some cases “The Whipstress”.
I could go on for pages about Erika’s awesomeness but I thought that the best way to (re)introduce my readers to her work is by talking about the book that she just published: Think Like a Stripper…. You can buy it right here. In her full life Erika has had many adventures and some of her best took place in the years she worked as a stripper-in fact, it was at the pole and on the dance floor that Erika discovered her intuitive knack for business and along the way uncovered a treasure trove of tricks that speak to ALL types of business-from the buttoned up to the bare-assed.
Think Like a Stripper reads FAST-its hilarious and full of actionable tips that really will get you thinking more clearly about your business-whatever that may be. I read the book in an hour and I have a two year old! One of the things about the book that I loved the best is that it cuts through a bunch of touchy-feely crap and gets right down to the brass tacks of making money-because…no money=no business. I love this about Erika. She is a thoughtful, smart, savvy woman and she is not afraid to talk about the cold, hard cash.
As a veteran of many different “improve your biz” type programs and having held conversations with my fairshare of business coaches I can say that Erika’s upfront deal-making and cash craving is SO refreshing. I honestly do not know any solo-preneur and very few entrepreneurs that are greedy and only out for them selves, but I know a TON of people who get so caught up in a tangled mess of feelings about money that they do everything in the power to avoid the issue altogether. Erika cuts (or lashes her whip) straight through that. Her goal is to have more women happy dancing in their stilletoes (or in my case bare feet) and she knows that the best way to make that happen is to build a solid foundation under your business.
So how do you build a solid foundation under your business? You realize that making money is not about what bikini you wear (say what? Read the book.) and it may involve a Texas Tease or two (again, read the book.) Creating the business of your dreams that gives to you and allows you to give back is all predicated on you finding crystal clarity on your Red Carpet Dream-this is the WHY behind your WHAT-and its one of the most important business revelations you can have.
I know that my business is as successful as it is today (2013 was our highest grossing year yet-BOOM!) in part because of Erika’s support and smart teachings. While Think Like a Stripper is ideal for anyone who is running their own business its also a really good book for everyone-whether you are working for a big company or scraping by at the filling station this gem will get you thinking about your work and earning power in a whole new light.
My favorite part of the book though deals with the overall theme of getting naked for money.
Because if you own/run/live and breathe a business then you are getting naked for money. You are baring your heart and soul each and everyday and that takes incredible ovarios and bravery. I see this in Erika-she is 1000% devoted to her craft, her students, and her message-THAT is inspiring.
One of my dearest long-time mentors is a beautiful belly dancer (do you see a theme here)? One time we were talking about artistry and business and she said it was like the above painting of Athena by Klimt-on the one hand you wear your full body of armor (and if its shiny and fabulous looking that can only help), but then, you also hold yourself forward perfectly and completely naked (like the little Athena standing in the palm of the Goddess’ hand. This is the central message in Think Like a Stripper-and its one that will benefit you each and every time.