“Why is my self-worth being so dependent on this other outside activity? Why am I letting someone else decide if I am a great entrepreneur or not. ” ~Beth Santos, on handling rejection
In this episode, I talk with Beth Santos, Founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global network for women who travel about:
- traveling domestically vs internationally and how she almost bought a house in New Orleans without ever going there!
- whether or not to get an MBA before starting your own business,
- why you should FORGET the traditional business plan,
- how to build a team around your vision and facilitate a values-driven community,
- diversifying your sense of self-worth to combat competition and comparison,
- how to balance being a CEO of your company and family,
- what it means to “have it all”,
- and how to validate your idea by starting conversations!
“If you have an idea… talk to as many people as you can about it. You need to find out if this idea is valid and if people are going to want it. Not just talking, but listening and understanding what are their problems and is this solving their problems?” ~Beth Santos
Links & Resources
Canvanizer – Business model canvas generator
#GirlsTravel – Girls Travel Twitter Chat every Monday at 6pm GMT
Wanderful Community – membership including their BRAND NEW global ambassador & home stay
Powerful Women Need Powerful Spaces by Delia Harrington
Creative Space Retreat to NOLA with Andrea!
“What is ‘having it all’? When I’m eating dinner, am I thinking, ‘Oh no! Am I going to be able to have it all when I’m done with dinner and have a cupcake? No! I’m going to eat the freaking cupcake!” ~Beth Santos
Beth Santos is a dynamic leader and inspired entrepreneur with a passion for international development, multiculturalism and community building. She is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global network for adventurous, independent women travelers.
Beth created Wanderful while cruising her blue motorcycle through the streets of São Tomé and Príncipe, a small country in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. In encouraging women to travel, to get involved in the world around them and to live globally, Beth has created an international community of over 10,000 empowered women who strive to conquer the world on foot, while supporting and learning from one another at the same time.
Beth is the creator of the Women in Travel Summit, an annual summit for female travelers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. In 2014, she was named one of the top 100 travel bloggers in the US and invited to the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. In 2015, Beth was named a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Young Leader Making an Impact.
Beth is a graduate of Wellesley College and an MBA candidate at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she serves in the leadership of the Women’s Business Association. In 2015 she was named a Zell Fellow, a prestigious fellowship for entrepreneurs pursuing their MBA. Beth currently lives in Chicago and serves on the board of Chicago Adventure Therapy.