Dr. Leslie Grace; Elements of the Community; The Story Exchange; Social Enterprise; Marketing and PRYour Name: Dr. Leslie Grace

Business Name: Elements of the Community, a provider of educational and recreational mind and body programming

Type of Business: Marketing & PR/Social Enterprise

Business Location: California, United States

Website www.DrLeslieGrace.com
Twitter @DrLeslieGrace
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elements-of-the-Community/163098650481033

Reason for starting
Two profound things happen to me that urge me to go into business for myself. When I realize that my degrees did not equate to my wages or debt. The second factor was that I started teaching finances and entrepreneurial classes to the youth and adults to make ends meet. However how could I show them and talk to them about opening a business when I did not have one of my own? So I started a few businesses based on what I was passionate about and enjoyed while fulfilling the needs of others.

How do you define success?
Success can be defined in so many different ways. Success is Freedom, love of self and others. Success is leaving a legacy. Success is learning how to make sure that HUMAN CAPITAL + SOCIAL CAPITAL = FINANCIAL WEALTH. Wealth in the sense of wholeness: mind, body soul and finances. Success is truly living and not struggling to SURVIVE. Success is playing the game of life and WINNING.

Biggest Success
My biggest success is seeing and hearing how people take ownership over their lives and where they want to go based information that was delivered to them. It’s a privilege and an honor to help people learn about their financial capabilities, economic concepts and language, money-making strategies and wealth building techniques to stay in the black. Helping them understand that wealth is the state of needing nothing a sense of wholeness mentally, spiritually, physically and financially. Their success empowers my success.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
The toughest challenge is the death of my grandmother and mother who were my biggest support systems. I hit rock bottom emotional, spiritually and financially when they passed away. I turned my pain into power by meditating on my purpose, daily affirmations and visualizing my goals to come true. I created a vision board and reflecting back I have accomplished everything I envision at that time. When I started to go into business for my self many people did not understand my intentions, focus and sickening work ethic. I turned my pain into power by changing my mindset, started hanging around people with like minds and obsessed with leaving a legacy for my children. Used education as the key to self-actualization and helping others to find their truth as well.

Who is your most important role model?
This list goes on and on about whom I admire. I take different attributes from other people and add them to my repertoire. When I have to make major decisions I imagine what that role models would do. However, one person that I have admired since I was very young; the foundation of my philosophy in life was Frederick Douglass. He stated, “Without struggle there can be no progress.”