What do you do when you feel like God is asking you to pivot in your life or business? How do you build confidence when you feel like your lacking in an area? And how can you redefine the concept of wealth in your life?
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Podcast guest, author, speaker, coach, and media personality Patrice Washington shares her insights into leadership, how to trust God through transition, and how to build confidence in your calling. If you’re struggling with trust, change, and what to do next, Patrice shares insight after insight in this episode.
Patrice’s Leadership Journey
Patrice is America’s Money Maven, but she didn’t start out with that title. She launched her business as a real estate and mortgage broker at the age of 21, but when the recession hit, she lost everything. God led her to Proverbs 17:16 and from there she launched a blog, pursued wisdom, and looked for books to help her define who she was.
She was greatly impacted by Talane Miedaner’s book Coach Yourself to Success, which encourages the reader to look back in time to help her discover her purpose. Patrice realized that she had been a leader since she pursued a Student Council position in third grade, a time when she didn’t feel confident. She knew from a young age that she could help if just given the chance.
When she ran her first business, Patrice understood that she was a boss because she had employees, but she’s since realized she’s a leader in her business within the past few years.“It’s one thing to boss people around. It’s another thing to enroll people in a vision.”Click To Tweet
She realized that if people trusted her, she couldn’t be haphazard and must lead with intention. Patrice reminds us that it’s time for Spirit-led, faith-filled people to step up and lead. Christians are sprinkled everywhere to lead people everywhere, but we get timid about sharing our faith.“People are following you whether you want them to or not.”Click To Tweet
How Faith has Played a Role in Her Leadership
Faith has always been a part of who she is. She tells event planners and media schedulers who ask her to speak that spirituality is a part of her; it’s a pillar in her life. She must talk about it.
She feels that her job is to plant seeds and to tell the truth about her story.“Learning how to share your faith without condemning other people is what truly allows people to get the message.”Click To Tweet
We don’t lead people by beating people up, convincing them, or convicting them. We lead by example.“The best example I have is to share my story, share my wins with that lens of ‘But God…’.”Click To Tweet
How Patrice Defines Leadership
Leadership, according to Patrice, is being the example of the path. Being a leader means that you are clear, authentic, Spirit-led, and can articulate the vision.
Patrice’s Advice for Younger Leaders
Give yourself permission to be awesome, to be all God made you to be, and still be a hot mess.
Trusting God Through Transition
Since 2009, Patrice has called herself the Money Maven until other people believed that about her. She’s appeared on Fox News, The Dr. Oz Show, and Steve Harvey. She realized that in order to rebuild wealth, you can’t just focus on budgets and savings.“It’s not budgets; it’s behavior.”Click To Tweet
In 2017, the Holy Spirit said that she must tell the whole truth. Sometimes the Holy Spirit calls us to pivot or transition, and we may wonder why He wants to interrupt our current success. God called Patrice to transition her business from focusing on money to focusing on the idea of “redefining wealth”.
Redefining your wealth is so much more than just money and material possessions. The true definition of wealth (from the Bible) is well-being.
Patrice built Redefining Wealth on six pillars:
- FIT, meaning your physical health
- PEOPLE, which includes your relationships and connections
- SPACE, honoring the time you have
- FAITH, meaning your relationship with God
- WORK, involves living out your gifts and talents
- MONEY, which is your financial situation
Patrice shares some examples of how God has taught her lessons in the various pillars of Redefining Wealth. She has seen how valuable relationships are, for example, and has learned the value of simply treating people well.
How Patrice Developed Redefining Wealth
The Holy Spirit drove her message. He asked her to get out of her comfort zone, but getting out of the box is frightening.
But Patrice obeyed and looked at her life and the patterns and practices that had helped her achieve success. She wrote out 200 ideas that later became podcast episodes. Then she moved those ideas into categories.
She saved the money and faith pillars toward the end intentionally because she wants her audience to do the work and not just wait on God without taking responsibility for their lives.
What Happens When You Need to Pivot
Patrice had a previous business, Real Money Answers, when the Holy Spirit prompted her to start her current business, Redefining Wealth. She used her existing platform to pivot.
As she transitioned from Real Money Answers to Redefining Wealth, she took down all her old products so she had no income. She used her savings to finance her new venture.
During her launch time, lots of previous venues turned her down. She had a strong conviction and stuck with it. Her time of transition and pivoting forced her to re-evaluate who she was as a businesswoman and to become independent of what other people think. Patrice reminds us to not give up just because other people don’t understand.
Our job is to relentlessly communicate the message we’ve been given.“You can quit a job. You can’t quit a calling.”Click To Tweet
Building Confidence in Your Calling
A lot of us struggle to build confidence or discover our gifts and calling because we’re in comparison mode.
Negative words or experiences about our natural giftings come easily. For example, Patrice’s gift is speaking, but she got in trouble in school for talking too much. It only makes sense that your gifts will be attacked by your enemy who is trying to steal your gift.“Greatness requires you to expect resistance.”Click To Tweet
Therapy, personal development, and studying God’s Word will help you discover your God-given gifts.
How to Develop Confidence
Before Patrice speaks, she still gets nervous and feels like a wreck. One trick she has learned is to make a joke early on. The smiles put her at ease. She’s always looking for ways to break the ice.
Therapy has also helped her. She grew up believing she was ugly because people told her she was, but that’s not a story she has to own.
Patrice notes that a big part of building confidence is simply in the doing–you have to practice using whatever gifts you’ve been given.“Confidence is built in the doing.”Click To Tweet
Confidence, for Patrice, comes from knowing she’s genuine. She knows that this is the story God gave her and her responsibility is to share it. Her story is not about her.
Tools Patrice Used to Help Her Understand Her Wiring
Patrice is a self-proclaimed “assessment junkie.” She loves Gretchen Rubin’s “Four Tendencies.” She’s a questioner, and knowing this about her made so many things make sense. It gave a name to her way of being.
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Patrice loves Atomic Habits by James Clear
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Connect with Patrice Washington:
Patrice Washington is an award-winning author, transformational speaker, hope-restoring coach, and media personality.
Patrice got her start as your favorite personal finance expert, “America’s Money Maven,” having tremendous success with her “mindset approach” to personal finance. She has since expanded her brand and mission, encouraging women to chase purpose, not money.
Patrice is committed to redefining the term “wealth,” using its original meaning, “well-being.” She encourages women to have “wealth” in all aspects of their lives by pursuing their purpose, being fulfilled, and earning more without ever chasing money. Through her teachings, Patrice empowers women to look at life through the lens of abundance and opportunity, instead of lack and scarcity.
As the founder of Redefining Wealth and The Earn More Money Movement for Women, Patrice has built a thriving community of high-achieving women committed to creating a powerful life vision–in their careers, home, health, and personal finances.
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