Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Shirkydra Roberts, Founder and CEO of Impact, Aspire, Motivate Enterprises, located in Norfolk, VA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a Motivational Speaker and Life and Writers Coach. My customers have a story that they want to share with the world to provide perspective, change, impact, influence, and motivation.

Tell us about yourself

At age 20, God saved me and took me on a healing journey from child sexual abuse that eventually led to me discovering my heart’s desire to speak to impact, motivate, and transform others with the intent of turning their pain into purpose by sharing my own experience. As I got older and learned who God wanted me to be, I found myself speaking at Women Empowerment Conferences, Educational Facilities, Leadership Cohesion, and Business Networking Events, where lives were being changed and businesses developed. I started writing as a means of healing which started my road to becoming an author while coaching others to do the same.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

To date, I have coached over 10 new authors across the globe. In 2015, I published my first book of poems called “What’s a Word Worth.” I started I.A.M.E. in 2018, which has become my platform as a speaker and coach. In 2019, I published my second book, “Just Unwrap It,” which focuses on the gifts we all have within us that we overlook due to pain, struggles, challenges, and lack of self-confidence. In 2021, I started my own podcast titled Beyond The Vision. Now, I am working on the release of my newest book, “Dear Brain You Have My Attention: Going Beyond a Healed Heart,” scheduled to release in April of 2023.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Finding the audience that is looking for you!

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Do it afraid.
  2. Do it when no one is watching.
  3. Keep your mental health FIRST.

Where can people find you and your business?


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