721 Jessica Walker: Fake It Till You Make It
The Power of “Giving Forward” Philanthropically to Grow Your Business
When I think of what is really going on with most entrepreneurs most of the time, I envision a duck seemingly gliding on the water – so peaceful and serene up top and paddling like crazy down below.
Entrepreneurs tend to make it look much easier than it is, and the best know intuitively and in practice that the success we manifest externally starts first with an inner belief and knowing.
But what’s the difference between deciding to “be” the person that’s running the 7, 8 or 9 figure business before the millions are in the bank, truly visualizing and living into the feeling of success in your own mind, and the inauthenticity of pretending to be someone you’re not and think you “should” be? There is a fine line between posing with a Lamborghini you’ve rented for the day to falsely claim success on one of those “get rich like me” sales funnels and summoning the inner confidence and knowing in your mindset that will attract the success of your dreams.
To Jessica Walker, “fake till you make” is an attitude, a mindset, the confident way you walk into a room to attract what you want.
Jessica grew up with entrepreneurial parents and the DNA rubbed off, starting her fast-growing multimillion-dollar salon business at age 19. Owner of the J Walker Salon Group in New Jersey and employing 70 people across her four salons with dreams of expanding nationally, Jessica was recently named one of the “Best Fifty Women in Business” for 2021 by NJ BIZ for her impact on the business and community at large. Recently, Jessica launched her own skincare brand which is available in-store and online.
One of the ways Jessica has grown her business is by “giving forward” as a committed and involved community activist, donating personal time and business resources to a wide variety of charitable organizations for more than two decades. She serves on the board of Heartworks, an organization dedicated to supporting local residents experiencing grief, illness or trauma, as well as Diva for a Day, which offers quiet days of beauty, relaxation and support for women and children battling cancer. She also supports St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Dress for Success, Susan G. Komen, Beauty Changes Lives, Communities in Crisis, and countless others by donating gift baskets, certificates for events, and much more.
Having steered her business through the ups and downs of 911, the 2008 economic meltdown, Hurricane Sandy and most recently the Pandemic, her lobbying efforts succeeded in persuading New Jersey’s Governor Murphy to allow salons and other small businesses to reopen.
- How to summon the inner confidence to succeed as an entrepreneur
- Why Jessica believes that “when your outer looks good, your inner feels better”
- The philosophy of “everyday innovation” and how to apply it to your life and business
- Why philanthropy and “giving forward” accelerates business success: Hint, never wait to succeed before starting
- Why mentors are necessary for business success, and why everyone should mentor as well as be mentored
- And much more!
More about Jessica Walker at jwalkersalon.com
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More about Jessica Walker at Walker Salon
Jessica Walker is a successful business owner, entrepreneur and beauty and wellness expert who owns J Walker Salon Group in New Jersey. Jessica opened her business at the tender age of 19 and has grown the enterprise from one small salon to four locations offering upscale beauty and wellness services, along with a bridal and event business. She believes entrepreneurs must “fake it till we make it” and “give forward” to manifest success.
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