We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Von Losch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maria, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking aka leap of faith is really the only thing that got me to where I’m at today in business and life. If I doubted or worried about the outcome, then I would’ve never opened my clothing store at age 22 (my first business) or created a popular novelty product at age 28 that was made in another country (had to learn everything about import/export business), or opened my PR/Media agency at age 34 and then starting all over with digital influencing and marketing at age 41, All these businesses started with little money and having my family doubt all my choices. That’s especially hard when you don’t have support but you believe in what you’re doing to the depths of your soul. As I got older, risk is harder to take because there’s more responsibility in life but I still go for it if my gut is telling me too.
What should our readers know about your business?
Integrity is the key to my success with every business I’ve owned. I make sure that my clients or customers come first. I turn away a lot of business because if I can’t uphold a certain standard and level of integrity, then it’s not worth the money. Don’t be afraid to say “No” if you feel it’s not the right fit for you. Something better always comes along and you just have to trust the process. Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone. It has a lot of challenges but comes with a lot of reward. A close relative of mine who I look up to as a successful entrepreneur once told, “Maria if this next venture you try doesn’t pan out, then you need to just get a job somewhere and stop trying to have your own business.” That was a huge blow and sat with me for awhile but I also used it as my motivator to press on and show that I can still have my own business, however it may look. This is why it’s best to surround yourself with other people who can relate to your journey. Support is important and finding a small group who are both at the same point in their business journey or farther along is going to help you move forward and block out the naysayers.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many spots in San Diego from North County to downtown. I would definitely start with Little Italy in downtown San Diego which is fun to walk, lively and great people watching. Kettner Exchange never disappoints for happy hour and mingling. Ironside for the clam chowder fries and oysters on the half shell and Salt & Straw for the best ice cream. I can also spend a whole day at Westfied’s UTC Outdoor Shopping Center. It was newly renovated and has the best stores and restaurants from Din Tai Fung to True Food Kitchen and a hidden Speak Easy Raised by Wolves.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Marie Forleo for creating B-School which helped me launch my current business and her book Everything is Figureoutable, Amy Porterfield for her Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast and annual event The Entrepreneurs Experience, and Jay Shetty’s On Purpose Podcast where I learn so much about life and spirituality.