Inspirational Women: Lisa Messenger
To celebrate 12 months of SHESAID’s Inspirational Women series, this April we will be featuring some of our favourite from the past year. These women are leaders in their chosen field and have shared with us and our readers their expertise, knowledge and life lessons in order to truly inspire others.
Name and role:
Lisa Messenger, founder and editor-in-chief of Renegade Collective and CEO of The Messenger Group
Tell us about your role. What do you do on a day-today basis?
I wouldn’t even know where to begin on what my day entails on a day-to-day basis. I literally wear so many hats but, don’t be fooled, I love every minute of it! One day can range from being on deadline and running around like a mad woman between my editorial, design, marketing, advertising and digital teams, proofreading, changing copy, choosing our cover star shot, Skype meeting here, internal meeting there. I am constantly pulled in so many directions so I always make sure I find a balance between my work life and wellbeing.
How/when did you know this what you wanted to do as a career?
I knew early on that I would never work for anyone but myself. I have had endless dreams and made them a reality, failed and got back up again. I am all about the ‘Call to Action’ – you want something, you go for it. No matter the risk, you have to live in the moment otherwise you lose all purpose. I wanted to surround myself with positive, inspirational people and not to let the naysayers sway my choices. Starting the Collective gave me just that – an opportunity to constantly be reminded about how great people can be when they go out into the world and fight for what they want.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Being an entrepreneur you are constantly inspired by the world around you – daily life choices have such an impact and I am in an industry where nothing is short of inspiration. Our readers, I would have to say, are the people who I constantly find so inspiring and uplifting. If I am having a bad day there is always a reader who switches my mood and puts it all into perspective. I am doing this for a reason and I owe it to myself to keep going. Inspiration stems from positivity.
Did you have a mentor? Who/what helped you to get your career off the ground?
There are a lot of people I look up to and for many different reasons. Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and Martha Stewart (which was a dream come true of mine having her grace the cover of our one year anniversary issue) just to name a few. But I also think it’s also extremely important to believe in you. At the end of the day, you have to be your biggest supporter and surround yourself by those around you who truly believe you can do anything.
What were the stumbling blocks, initially getting started on your career path, and since then?
From the moment I knew I wanted to make a change there were of course many things standing in my way. I am BIG believer in ‘fall down seven times; stand up eight’. You get knocked down and you need to get right back up again. At the end of the day, your failures do not define you, they simply shape you to be the best version of yourself and that really is all that you can give.
How did you overcome these?
From the start, I made a promise to myself not let my failures define me. I knew that I needed to have thick skin from the get go and if I am ever faced with a problem I need to tackle it face on and not coward because something is too difficult. Challenges are what make us into the people we are today.
What are your goals for the future?
To continue to grow in every aspect! From my career to my personal life, I want to make sure I have a happy balance. To watch the Collective continue to grow would be a dream, cover after cover I constantly fall in love with this journey more and more. It’s such a blessing! I have an amazing team and support system behind me so I count how lucky I am every single day.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow the same path as you?
Be bold and believe in yourself. If you fail, do not let it define you. You can do anything you set your mind to so make mistakes, learn from them and keep moving forward. The sky is the limit!