I recently had a unique opportunity of interviewing the amazing Monica Rivera, a successful Entrepreneur, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP), and founder of “Bless My Hustle,” a project through which she teaches business success strategies to her clients.
Below are the answers to her questions.
1. Briefly tell us about yourself and especially business.
I’m Monica Rivera, and my passion is empowering others to pursue their passions, develop their inherent talents, and cultivate their own hustles.
I’ve founded and consulted multiple successful companies, facilitated the sale of one company right after my college graduation, completed my 1st business merger, and have grown a multi-six-figure business in just under 6 months.
My current business project is “Bless My Hustle”–in which I teach success business strategies to my clients. I present the information through the lens of hip-hop moguls and pop culture icons. I’m also an NLP Practitioner, and a Motivational Speaker.
2. What is the inspiration for your business? What’s your why?
My family is my why. They’ve supported, and motivated me to be the best I can possibly be. It’s for them, and my nine nieces and nephews that I work as hard as I do, and never let an opportunity pass me by. That’s what my business brand “Bless My Hustle” is founded on. You see, in our society, people are rewarded when they follow a traditional model of success, or what I like to call the ‘elevator model’. You choose a career track, major in a particular field, get an entry level job, and work your way up until you step off the elevator at retirement. There is so much emphasis on telling kids that they should try to become doctors, lawyers, or engineers. However, although those are honorable careers, it doesn’t mean that we should ignore students who struggle with math yet create amazing doodles on the back of their notebooks. Considering that they could be the next Vincent van Gogh or Banksy.
My passion is to teach people that they don’t have to follow the preceding traditional model. They can follow their hearts, pursue their passions, and still be successful.
3. What products / services and benefits do you offer to your clients?
I’m currently re-launching my blog, and working on my book “Bless My Hustle: 10 Commandments to Create Your Own Success.” I’m also a speaker who specializes in high school, and young adult audiences. Additionally, I will be launching my coaching program soon.
4. What makes you stand out in your crowd? What’s your Unique Selling Proposition? (USP)
I have a very unique work ethic and professional background which pairs my love of nontraditional and urban culture, with my professional business expertise, and training in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
That’s what really sets me apart from other speakers in my field. I teach business strategies for success by re-appropriating content to make it relevant to my audience. For example; in business, we talk about modeling for success. However, how many people know that Rap Artist Tupac also practiced Modeling, specifically that of the philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli? And personal branding is a huge topic as well. Think about it: Rapper JayZ also has a lyric in one of his song that relates to how he positions his own personal brand: “I’m not a Businessman; I’m a business, man.” He sings. That’s how NLP can help people become the authorities of their crafts; and I help them do just that.
5. What’s your biggest business achievement?
My biggest achievement is that I’ve been blessed to do everything that I’ve done all before the age of 25.
6. What would you like to tell your customers?
I’d like to tell my customers to never let anyone tell them they can’t do something. I remember when I was looking at colleges, my high school guidance counselor told me not to bother applying to my dream school because I wouldn’t be admitted. However, I’ve been proving people wrong ever since. So remember; when you want something bad enough, with hustle, anything is possible!
If you want to know more about Monica, check out her website at http://www.Monica.Blessmyhustle.com
Tweet her at @MonicaBMH.
Follow her on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/monicaBMH
Interviewed by Dr. Jacinta Mariah Mpalyenkana
Author, Speaker, Counselor / Success Coach