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A Closer Look at Who’s Involved in Prosperity’s Kitchen (and Their Tips for New Biz Owners)

Anytime you try to put something BIG together, you’re going to need a team. Yes, we’ve got contestants (the final 15 to be announced in late December). Yes, we’ve got AmBUZZadors helping us spread the word about this project. And sponsors? You betcha.

But we’ve also got an Advisory Board and some special Mentors helping us put the right pieces in place for January’s premiere.

One of our AmBUZZadors (Birdy Diamond) had the brilliant idea to ask these fine folks a bit more about why they chose to participate. Here’s what some of them told us:

From our Advisory Board

Zeus Yiamouyiannis, Ph.D.Zeus Yiamouyiannis, Ph.D., Curriculum Advisor

Why was it important to you to participate in the Prosperity’s Kitchen entrepreneurial challenge?

I wanted to offer my expertise in a different format and learn more about business along the way. I feel this endeavor is consistent with and enhancing of my focus on transformative, applied, accelerated learning. The gamification and experiential aspect is definitely cutting edge, and I want to be on that cutting edge.

What’s the biggest thing that most entrepreneurs overlook as they try to market their businesses?

My latest guest post on theWordChef.com says it all. Basically, I say it has to do with trusting yourself, being original and authentic. I think far too many people are being convinced to substitute a formula for their own intuitions, skills, and good sense, distracting them from coming up with a business plan an execution that goes to their strengths and interest.

When you’re feeling stuck in your business, and you need to feel elevated, inspired, and reassured, who do you turn to?

My mission and spiritual reflection. I ask, “What is this intended to teach me? What is this inviting me to face.” If no answer pops out, I do a crossword puzzle and chill or find time to exercise and rest. It’s amazing how those simple physical things can help.

Pace SmithPace Smith

Why was it important to you to participate in the Prosperity’s Kitchen entrepreneurial challenge?

I believe in the entrepreneurs who will be helped by Prosperity’s Kitchen — both the contestants and the viewers — and I believe in Tea. I want to support you all in following your dreams!

What’s the biggest thing that most entrepreneurs overlook as they try to market their businesses?

That you can’t learn without practicing. I often see entrepreneurs with big ideas create big plans before even dipping their toes into the water of implementing those plans. PLEASE DON’T DO THIS! YOU WILL BREAK MY HEART! Love your big ideas, and take one baby step toward them before spending dozens of hours planning, hundreds of hours learning, or thousands of dollars on a fancy website for a business plan you haven’t even tested.

When you’re feeling stuck in your business, and you need to feel elevated, inspired, and reassured, who do you turn to?

I turn to my heart. I sit in stillness, close my eyes, breathe deeply, and reconnect with Spirit. I ask for guidance. I hold my business plans close to my heart and notice whether my heart expands or contracts. I let go of the part of myself that is constantly trying to control the outcome, I remember that I am in business to be of service, and I have faith.

Beth Hayden, authorBeth Hayden

Why was it important to you to participate in the Prosperity’s Kitchen entrepreneurial challenge?

I am a HUGE fan of Tea’s work, so when she told me about this idea, I was excited. I have never see a contest quite like Prosperity’s Kitchen, and thought the idea had enormous potential to create buzz, truly help business owners, and get the word out about how awesome Tea is. I’m really looking forward to seeing who gets cast officially as contestants, and to watching their journeys!

What’s the biggest thing that most entrepreneurs overlook as they try to market their businesses?

It’s really unfortunate, but I think most business owners don’t know how to create an online marketing strategy that actually works. My clients are often so “busy” with all the work of tweeting, pinning, updating Facebook and blogging that they often don’t know (or can’t see) whether their efforts are actually resulting in more business. I think it’s really easy for people to just spin and spin and spin, while feeling like they are being really productive, and all that activity isn’t actually converting into more sales for them.

When you’re feeling stuck in your business, and you need to feel elevated, inspired, and reassured, who do you turn to?

My friends (including Tea — she already makes me feel better), my mom, and my 10-year-old son! They remind me why I do what I do, and help me figure out creative solutions for getting unstuck. Tea is particularly good at helping me keep things in perspective. ­čÖé

From Our Mentors

Diane ConklinDiane Conklin

Why was it important to you to participate in the Prosperity’s Kitchen entrepreneurial challenge?

It was really because I know and respect the hosts and what they are doing and I’m very picky about who I do things with and for — I always look to people who have integrity and are doing good things in the world.

What’s your #1 piece of advice for new entrepreneurs?

Start using leverage in your business as quickly as you can. You can’t do this alone so get a coach or a mentor who has gone before you to help you – from the very beginning. Treat your business like a big business from the beginning and it will quickly be big. Don’t wait until it is bigger to hire and get help – at that point it’s already too late.

Who do you look to for inspiration and business advice?

Coaches and mentors who have paved the road before me. You can also read books and buy courses, but there’s nothing better than having a coach who has already been there and done that.

Anything else you’d like to add?

You don’t need a business plan, but you do need a marketing plan in your business and you need it so you have something to follow and you know where you’re going. It will be your guide to follow so you can grow and move forward in a focused way.

Erika Napoletano

What was it about the ‘Prosperity’s Kitchen’ project that convinced you to participate?

I’ve known Tea online for quite some time and after meeting in person this year during my book tour, the request was an absolute no-brainer!

What’s your #1 piece of advice for new entrepreneurs?

Know, first and foremost, whom you NEVER want to work with.

Who do you look to for inspiration and business advice?

I seek out new introductions. Events that will challenge me (generally higher-level and smaller events). I ask The Question — whatever the question might be that’s nagging me and keeping me from sleeping at night. Amazing things happen when you ask questions!

Mike MichalowiczMike Michalowicz

What was it about the ‘Prosperity’s Kitchen’ project that convinced you to participate?

Because I know Tea and she’s awesome.

What’s your #1 piece of advice for new entrepreneurs?

You need to get two things rights. First do it because you love it and second make sure that customers want it. If you love it but no one wants it your business will never make it. If you do it because customers want it, but you don’t love it, you will never make it. You need both.

Who do you look to for inspiration and business advice?

I can’t specify a single person, there are too many. I read every book I can get my hands on and find a never ending source of both inspiration and advice in them. I have also set up a “heavenly board of advisers that helps guide me. It is a series of pictures on my office wall that has quotes on them that both inspire and guide me. Here is a picture.

Anything else you’d like to add?

At the end of the day, it isn’t if you succeed or fail (both are impossible to truly measure). It is if you did or didn’t. Do it, start your business and go for it with all that you’ve got. To me that is ultimate success.

Lori Taylor

What was it about the ‘Prosperity’s Kitchen’ project that convinced you to participate?

Two reasons. You asked. And it’s a creative idea. I was walking in New York once with a friend. He made fun of me for giving money to two homeless people on the way to our fancy steak dinner. He’s a good man but his point was, “what are you going to do — give money to everyone that asks?” Which made me laugh. It was a 3-block walk. How many people could possibly ask me? So my answer was, “I’ll help as many as I can.”

What’s your #1 piece of advice for new entrepreneurs?

Don’t try to win the Kentucky derby with Mr. Ed.

Who do you look to for inspiration and business advice?

Tony Robbins has had the single most impact on my life outside of my dad. But for think tanking on what’s possible vs what’s realistic, I go to Sean Platt. Who just got signed by Amazon. A shameless plug — I know. But he’s worth it.

Anything else you’d like to add?

The big secret to my success? Gratitude. It’s the secret to success in every aspect of your life.

Ann Smarty, SEO expertAnn Smarty

What was it about the ‘Prosperity’s Kitchen’ project that convinced you to participate?

I try to participate in as many different projects as I can even though that keeps me incredibly busy. “Prosperity’s Kitchen” attracted me with its originality: I have never taken part in anything similar and I was curious to try. I think that getting involved in unique projects is what keeps me always inspired. You quickly get tired of daily routine so I experiment to never get burnt out!

What’s your #1 piece of advice for new entrepreneurs?

Be passionate about what you do. Never get involved in the project if it’s not making you tick. One important thing I have learned starting and maintaining my own business: Nothing matters more (including high competition, low funding, etc.) than your passion. What matters is how *YOU* want the project to succeed. If you believe in what you are doing, you’ll make others follow you. So just do what you are passionate about!

Who do you look to for inspiration and business advice?

It’s a hard question for me. Throughout my very busy entrepreneurship years I’ve always wondered what and who keeps me going. Sometimes I’d rather stop and take a rest. But no, I keep working while traveling, on a honey moon, at home with my kid.

My husband says I am a crazy robot and that’s the most motivational phrase for me. I don’t have people who I look up to but I have my husband who keeps encouraging me.

Danny InyDanny Iny

Why was it important to you to participate as a Guest Mentor in the Prosperity Kitchen entrepreneurial challenge?

For a lot of reasons — it’s a really cool project! I love how it encourages entrepreneurship, and offers people real training and support as they work to build their businesses. I got a lot of help from people along the way when I was building my own business, and I think it’s only fair to pay it forward. I’m also really passionate about the way that business education is evolving, and I think there’s some really interesting stuff happening here – I’m excited to be a part of it!

What’s the biggest thing that most entrepreneurs overlook as they try to market their businesses?

Everything that they don’t know that they don’t know. I know this sounds obvious, but bear with me; entrepreneurs know what they know, and they have a sense of what they don’t know. They forget about all the things that they don’t know that they don’t know, though, and don’t put themselves in situations that will help them figure out what’s missing in advance of reality showing it to them like a ton of bricks. That’s part of why I like this project so much – it’s a great way to help entrepreneurs open their eyes, and teach them things that they really need in order to be successful.

When you’re feeling stuck in your business, and you need to feel elevated, inspired, and reassured, who do you turn to?

My wife, and my parents. If I need outside advice, I’ll turn to colleagues and mastermind groups, but really, it starts at home, and I can’t overstate the value or importance of a supportive home environment.

Steve WasherSteven Washer

Why was it important to you to participate as a Guest Mentor in the Prosperity Kitchen entrepreneurial challenge?

The reality show component seemed tailor-made for my being able to help. Tea seemed like the perfect energetic soul to make it happen. I knew I’d be able to trust her to pull it off!

What’s your #1 piece of advice for new entrepreneurs?

Use video to ask your people what they want. Use video to build it. Use video to sell it. Use video to deliver it. Use video to encourage consumption of it.

Who do you look to for inspiration and business advice?

Sean D’Souza.

Tara Gentile

What was it about the ‘Prosperity’s Kitchen’ project that convinced you to participate?

I love the innovate format. Anything that doesn’t follow the usual formula “gurus” teach, is a win in my book. I also appreciate the emphasis on strategic learning over tactical reproduction.

What’s your #1 piece of advice for new entrepreneurs?

Experiment! The best way to learn is through doing. If you’re a new entrepreneur, you have the benefit of the beginner’s mind. Use it to imagine all sorts of possibilities and follow the ones that stimulate your curiosity and engage your motivation.

Who do you look to for inspiration and business advice?

I get information from a wide range of sources but my two business mentors have been Amanda Steinberg, CEO & founder of DailyWorth and Alexis Neely, a lawyer and business strategist working with new paradigm entrepreneurs. I think what I love about these women is that I don’t find myself agreeing with everything they say but I do find myself challenged by everything they say or do!

Tea Silvestre

As a marketing coach and consultant, Tea excels at helping her clients find and share their Secret Sauce with the world. She works one-on-one with them as a mentor/coach and helps them grow their businesses in groups via her Digital Dining Room program. She's also the founder of the new reality web series and competition, "Creamed! The Ultimate Content Marketing Showdown" and the author of "Attract and Feed a Hungry Crowd."