28 questions with Gretchen Barocio

By February 10, 2017 Success Squad

Gretchen Barocio is Faithfull #JesusGirl in Business, she is published author, wife, mum and she is amazing person. She is also founder of #thegirlpreneur network. I know Gretchen bit more than year and I am grateful for it. We both was in Millennial Rich Girl program and since that support and friendship has been incredible. As I mentioned before, Gretchen is published author, which I think is super cool. Her book Fiercely You is very inspirational and empowering {check out my video review on YouTube below the interview}.

Fiercely You

 

But now you have chance to read interview with Gretchen and get to know her better.

Guna: First of all, I want to say Thank you so much for being so inspirational and amazing friend. You are awesome and I am glad that we have opportunity to share our journeys and to cheer up each other. #MRG love.

So tell us, what did you do before becoming an entrepreneur?

Gretchen: Before becoming an entrepreneur, I spent twelve years in the corporate arena. I worked for several fortune 500 companies, including the Seattlite favorite, Starbucks Coffee Company. It was actually meeting Howard Schutlz in person back 2001 at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business that kick started my love of entrepreneurship. After that, I spent the next twelve years studying real time business and working my way up the corporate ladder managing multi-million dollar contracts for companies such as Boeing, Lexus and Pepsi.

Guna: That is impressive, what inspired or motivated you to take this step?
Gretchen: I wanted freedom ultimately. I wanted to be able to do what it was I knew I was called to do.  I wanted to be exactly who my Creator created me to be without having to apologize for success.  Too often women in the church get the idea of success and wealth mixed up with the the LOVE of success and wealth.  Those are two very different concepts. You have to understand that success, wealth, influence, etc are all tools.  And the manner in which you use those tools is critical and key to success. He created me to do one job…and that is carry out the Great Commission through my ability to teach women to build business using functional, real and authentic faith as the baseline in which their businesses should be built.
Guna: Tell more about your brand. Did you imagined it like it is now? Do you have lot of plans for future?
Gretchen: OMG! It’s better.  I used to think it wasn’t possible.  I thought, ‘there’s no way that a crazy #JesusGirl like me with an even crazier past could do something like this.’  But it’s amazing what happens when you throw the world’s caution to the wind and just follow what you know in your heart to be true. People, whether in the church or not, are going to tell you that you’re crazy. They are going to say you have no business starting a business. And when that time comes and those words are uttered…you have two choices. You can believe what they said or press on with what you know you’ve been called to do. Most quit before they’ve even started.
Guna: Couldn’t agree more. So what would be 3 big steps you suggest to take to someone who has just started own business?
Gretchen: Technically speaking, because I believe technics and skill are right up there with my number one step of prayer, is do the research. If you want to write a book, you have to spend the hours researching your niche. You have to study (I don’t say competition) your circle. Know who’s in it.  Work together with them. You need to know what they are doing so you keep your own originality. You wouldn’t want to publish a book with a title or image that is similar to that of your someone else in your circle. If you want to be a high-traffic, massively influential blogger…study the circle you want to be in and figure out a way to not only do it better but differently.  You always have to ask yourself, “What is going to set me a part from the pack?”  Anyone can be anything they put their mind to.  The difference is in those who slow down to go fast. Slow down, do the research and then make moves.
#2: Don’t live by a “fake it ’till you make it” mentality.  Be real until you’re the deal.  There is something so sexy about vulnerability.  I am not talking about airing your dirty laundry but, share your story with grace and style.
#3: You have to be willing to GIVE more than you will RECEIVE…especially at first. Anything that comes easy won’t last and and anything that lasts won’t come easy.  There are only so many courses, classes, articles you can read, etc before you just have to buck up and do the work.  And it will be work.  And the work will be worth it.
Guna: Ohh, I love it! I also do no believe in “fake it till you make it” and you have to give, definitely.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in your life and career so far?
Gretchen: I would say that when my first book released in 2016 that it ended up in the Top 100 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases” category for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  It held a spot on that list for two weeks straight, along with Gary Vaynerhuck’s “Ask Gary Vee.”  That was pretty epic.
Guna:  Along with Gary – that is amazing! What daily routine you follow that contributes to your success?
Gretchen: P-L-A-N.  And I stick to it— especially when I don’t WANT to do it.  Yeah, I know it sucks having to plan social media content, working out, sleep, work, writing, hustle, kids, meals, etc. but you need to.  And you need to do it in advance!  I don’t do EVERYTHING in advance because there is something to be said about being real in the moment you’re in.  But I plan even my sleep.  Sounds silly but I do.  It’s necessary for success.  The little things you do every single day will add up over time and that is where you will see the big wins.  The big wins are found in the every day, day in and day out, CONSISTENT grind.
Guna: Walk us through a day in a life of Girlpreneur Gretchen.
Gretchen: Coffee! I can’t even speak without coffee LOL.  I wake up and usually check my phone (which is awful) but in my own defense, I absolutely love my audience.  I am so grateful for them.  Without them, the message and brand of #THEGIRLPRENEUR itself wouldn’t exist. I do a daily devo (every day), plan my day around all the work stuff that has to get done (especially while my kids are in school), and once all of us (my hubby, kids and I) are all at home, we plan dinner and try to eat as a family as much as possible.  I answer every single one of my emails.  EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.  I am a one woman show.  I am also too controlling to let anyone else talk to my readers and followers.  I love them too much to trust them to anyone else but me.
Guna: What is the best business advice you have ever been given?
Gretchen: If you’ve lost “friends” during the process, you’re headed in the right direction. Truth is, true friends will stick by you.  You don’t have to be involved in my businesses to be my friend, but you figure out real quick how uncomfortable your own personal growth makes others feel.  Grow and evolve anyway.  You will find new, better and more like minded friends along the way.  Best advice I’ve ever been given. (And my circle, my actual network of people and knowledge is now millions. Takes time to get there but you’ll get there.)
Guna: What is the biggest struggles you have had in life and business?
Gretchen: People not getting it.  I see memes floating around all the time saying things like, “IDGAF what people think.”  Yes you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be posting it.  You have to SO comfortable in your own skin that it’s not about an “IDGAF attitude” but about “I am so blessed the way I’ve been created.”  I love who I am.  And I am not for everyone.  You have to not be for everyone, otherwise, what is unique about YOU?
Guna: If you could describe yourself in 3 words what words they would be?
Gretchen: Fearless, redeemed and savvy.
Guna: Do you have favourite inspirational quote or mantra you use?
Gretchen: YEEESSS!  I am such a quote person.  Mostly because I repeat that stuff to myself day in and day out.  Favorite quote is my own: “There is no faking it ’till you make it.  Be real until you’re the deal.”  You don’t have to have thousands and thousands of followers to be noticed and have influence. Be who you’ve been created to be. We place too much stock in a following rather than focusing on the One we should be following.
Guna: Who inspires you and why?
Gretchen: Two people. My husband– because that man has endured some of the craziest, off the wall challenges life could ever throw at him and he has always persevered.  He’s always been my biggest cheerleader and advocate.  He’s never told me, “No, you can’t go do ‘X.'” I realize what a blessing that is because there are a lot of women who don’t have that kind of support.  Support from your significant other is such a true blessing.  Ladies, if you have that, CHERISH it.  Not everyone will stick around for what is known as the long ride on “the entrepreneur rollercoaster.”
And the second, a young seventeen year old girl named Emily B (I will keep her last name out.)  In 2016, she lost both her grandmother and grandfather within in months of each other and weeks after that, lost her mother to her three year battle of cancer.  That girl has finished her AA, enrolled in a college graduate program and is working toward helping others claim their lives back.  She took a horrific situation and turned it into beauty.  And at seventeen! To me that is undeniably amazing….think if we all reacted that way to tragedies that arose in life….
Guna: What is your favourite book?
Gretchen: Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer.
Guna: Who is your favourite brand or entrepreneur?
Gretchen: OOOOOoooo, don’t know if I could narrow it down to one.  I love Cara Alwill Leyba from thechampagnediet, Lorrisa Kyle from TheHopeUnitedProject and Megan Hess.  Those three brands encompass my vibe to a “T.”
Guna: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your web page?
Gretchen: I speak Spanish!!!
Guna: What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Gretchen: How unbelievably blessed I am.  I renew my mind constantly with what God has done in my life.  It makes any crappy situation I am temporarily going through seem obsolete.  Your attitude of gratitude is really so vital to life. We have control of that, yet I witness that control being given away by hundreds of women daily.  Don’t let your joy be stolen by mere futile circumstances.  99% of what we worry about or fear may happen, never actually does.
Guna: What was the last gift you gave someone?
Gretchen: The movie my Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (for my mother-in-law.)
Guna: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Gretchen: I fell getting off a spin bike….(in my defense I had just powered through an intense hour long spin class and my legs were jello…)
Guna: If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?
Gretchen: The subject line.  I am a writer, author, blogger…words are my life.  Catch me with your words….

Guna: What made you laugh today?

Gretchen: son said, “Oh fart balls…” I am a mom of boys…it is inevitable….

Guna: What is a special memory from your childhood?

Gretchen: The very first book I ever wrote was at age 11.  I still have it (and it has an “A+ author sticker on the cover.)

Guna: If you could be any person for 1 day, who it would be?

Gretchen: Joyce Meyer…she changed my life.

Guna: Describe the colour PINK to somebody who is blind

Gretchen: Soft, beautiful, radiant and elegant.

Guna: If you could go anywhere for 2 weeks {money, time is not problem} Where it would be and why?

Gretchen: Bora Bora.  Who wouldn’t want to go there!?

Guna: Heels or flats?

Gretchen: Depends on my mood.

Guna: What is your favourite phone apps you use daily?

Gretchen: Instagram, WordSwag, Ghostcodes and my YouVersion Bible App.

Guna: “Live Life YOU Love” – what do you think about this tagline?

Gretchen: The emphasis is on YOU.  The decisions you make are on YOU.  If you aren’t living the life you love…guess who that falls on?  YOU.

Guna: Can you let our Success Squad readers know how they can work with you or become part of #thegirlpreneur network?

Gretchen: You can find us at www.thegirlpreneur.com or join us here! 

As promised there is my video review on Gretchen’s book Fiercely You. How Cara Lockwood says: “Fiercely You is full of wry wisdom, humour and inspiration. Gretchen Barocio book should be mandatory reading for anyone wanting to make powerful change in their lives”.

From Amazon: “These days, a lot more women are storming the business world. Yet one thing missing in the competitive professional world is the combination of Jesus and glamour. The truth is that women can wear their Louboutin shoes and their pretty black cocktail dress and still be one-hundred-percent head over heels in love with Jesus.”

“For every girl and woman that
may think they don’t have what
it takes. You do. There is nothing
more real than the power
manifested in your mind.”

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6 Comments

  • Gretchen: son said, “Oh fart balls…” I am a mom of boys…it is inevitable….

    BAHAHHA 😀

    I love your PINK question, Guna! You are a genius!

    I am not sure if I can compete for this book, but I will give it a try:

    Despite that I am in a possession of male genitalia, I like, from time to time, to immerse myself into books for women as they give me a much different insight on life which I may be missing. Therefore, I will derive great benefit from this book and I will definitely share it with my female fans, he-he.

    Svet

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  • Such an inspiring interview, Guna & Gretchen! I love the questions you ask! I agree with every word but especially liked Gretchen’s tip to research before you do anything! I too think research is the most undervalued success tool 🙂 and I want the book because I want to be myself 100% and we all need all the support we can get in the journey to that.

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    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. thanks a lot

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