Jo Soley co-creates authentic business coaching that liberates the direction of passionate female entrepreneurs. She is a liberator.
First moment of enlightenment
In 1998 Oprah had been promoting the movie ‘Beloved’ in a live television interview with the late film critic Gene Siskel and he asked her to tell him what she knew for sure.
Oprah has been asked a lot of questions over the years and not often is she at a complete loss for words, but she was stopped in her tracks. This then became the central question of her life. For me it was a complete change on how I viewed life. 'There isn't a rainbow without rain' is what Oprah gets across in every message that she shares.
F*ck this shit moment
I was a in job that wasn't serving me on any level. I was unhappy. I was not working in my zone of genius, I felt I had nothing to give to the role. I could not connect to the others in the office. I dreaded the alarm clock. Things had gotten pretty bad!
I was at my desk one morning and remember seeing the Gloria Vanderbilt quote, "I believe one woman's success can only help another woman's success." I got my coat and walked out and never returned.
One of the hardest moments of her life?
My phone rang a few times at 1:00am, eventually waking me up. I received a phone call from the resort manager, explaining that there had been a bomb attack on Sharm El Sheik and one of our hotels, The Gazala Gardens, had been targeted. As the only manager in resort, I was required to contact the UK duty office and open an incident control room.
It was all so surreal. A suicide bomber had driven his car through the glass reception doors into the lobby and bar and then detonated a bomb killing himself and guests of the hotel. I remember bright lights, bodies, glass but feeling very focused and calm with a huge sense of purpose to make sure everyone was OK. The fight aspect of fight or flight I suppose.
False advice being taught in her industry
Selling the laptop beach lifestyle! It takes consistent and persistent work to build a business that is sustainable success.