Second Life: Rebroadcast | Ellen Bennett: Hedley & Bennett Founder and CEO
Why You Should Be Listening…
“Baby, what do you think of this?” This was a question I was asking my partner a lot in the first month after launching this blog and its accompanying Instagram page. I was deep in the beginning stages and truthfully was feeling overwhelmed and full of imposter syndrome with all that I had to navigate, especially the Instagram aesthetic. I wondered if I was doing it “right” and putting out the “right” content when, really, there was no right way to do it. What I needed to figure out was my vision and then thoughtfully consider feedback rather than solely relying on it. Now, going on my third month, I’m feeling more sure of myself, and I trust my instincts more to create what matches my aesthetic rather than what I’m already seeing out there in the Insta-universe. Part of what has helped me reach that mindset is through this week’s Tuesday Pod, which I absolutely loooooove. Just talking about it gets me more excited and confident with what I’m doing—that’s how infectious Ellen Bennett’s energy is.
So, you might be asking, “Who is Ellen Bennett?” She is a super successful entrepreneur who began as a line cook only to later create the multi-million dollar culinary lifestyle brand Hedley & Bennett. This interview takes place on the Second Life podcast, which is led by Hillary Kerr, the co-founder of three different companies: Who What Wear, My Domaine, and Byrdie. Hillary re-broadcasted this interview in August, but its initial release was back in September 2018. I can see why she chose to bring it back, and I’m grateful for it, otherwise I may have missed it. Hillary guides conversation well, allowing for honest reactions and exchanges, while also covering key topics about each guest’s journey into a new career. In this interview, Hillary’s love and amazement for Ellen is palpable through your headphones—or speakers.
Ellen discusses how she built up her company from an idea once viewed as silly by her peers and family. She tackles the question of what makes a good leader and the evolution of a growing business and how the life of it must be able to shift. She stresses that we can’t rely on anyone else to give purpose to what we are doing, and her story truly embodies the idea that you must work your ass off to get what you want and use the resources you have at whatever stage you are in. Throughout it all, Ellen’s motto seems to be to put intention and work into something, and the universe will begin to bring it to you. Like she describes, the more I see the uniqueness and worth in what I do and the more time and effort I have put into it, the more connections I have started to build. I have no doubt that this interview will invigorate you to do the same.
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