Interview with Dr. Jackie Black, internationally recognized Expert, Educator, Author and Coach
Tell us about your business.
I serve relationship-minded men and women who are single again, pre-married, newly married, new parents, long-time married, people living with or loving someone living with life-threatening or chronic illness and those grieving the death of a loved one.
Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?
I enjoy the autonomy being a business owner affords me. My success is entirely within my control and my efforts are more directly rewarded than if I worked for someone else. If I make a good decision or a bad decision, I live in the intended and unintended consequence(s) of that decision; and have many rich opportunities to keep learning and changing and growing at my own rate of speed. I became an entrepreneur by accident! If there had been a company around who was delivering the kind of value and services I am committed and determined to clients, I’m sure I would have gone and applied for a job! Boy, am I glad there wasn’t!
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
My Grandfather, Lew Ross. He used to say, “They can take away my house, they can take away my car, they can take away all my money; but they can never take away my good name. People might not like me or like what I stand for, but everyone will know I am honest, trustworthy and my word is my bond.” I have always remembered that and it has been the foundation on which I have developed business and personal relationships over many years. He taught me the value of the individual and the value of building alliances for the long-term.
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
The publication of my first book: Meeting Your Match: Cracking the code to successful relationships!
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
Its not what you know, its who you know! The relationship you build with people and the associations and alliances you create over time transcend all business and money problems and challenges. Be a people person, deliver value, generously refer others and be a business person who e-a-r-n-s referrals.
What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?
Never give up! The question is never, “Can I?” The question is always “HOW can I?”
Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you succeed?
I know this sounds basic but QuickBooks is the BEST! It is essential to stay acutely aware of money coming in and money going out and QuickBooks is easy and does the job!
What is Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?
I have targeted the late fall to publish my second book in the Cracking The Code Book Series and make it an Amazon #1 Best Seller!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
If you don’t have a coach, give serious consideration to hiring a coach! Your coach is a mentor, champion, cheerleader and partner in your success. Life is complex and demanding, and a coach is an essential member of your success team!