We had the good fortune of connecting with Mikaela Doe and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mikaela, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I always knew that I never wanted to work for someone else because I always strive to take myself to the next level every single day when I am doing something I love. I knew I would work harder if I worked for myself. I hate being told what to do in order to achieve a level of success for someone else. My thought process was “Just go for it. If you don’t do it now, you never will.” Jumping into the financial services industry at 22, with no clue what I was doing, was a daunting revelation. However, I knew that I would work my butt off every day to learn and grow as much as I possibly could. I have honestly always loved a team approach to making something succeed whether it was in soccer, school projects, and now my career, which is interesting being a sole-business owner now. I do work with a Senior Partner and have an intern/assistant. Having the right people on your team can make all the difference and their strengths allow me to succeed even more.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets me apart from others I feel is my ability to empathize and relate to my clients. I get to work with whoever I want – which truly makes my job so lovely. I get to share in the lives of others and celebrate with them for achieving their financial goals. I am able to sit on the same side of the table, working unbiasedly helping my clients with a financial roadmap specific to their situation that will guide them to the lifestyle they desire.

It definitely was not easy to get to where I am today. I have had many ups and downs since I started my career. You are highly overworked and underpaid – I still am. It takes time to build relationships and continue those for more than a year in a transactional industry, however I structure my business to continue those relationships long-term. I would say my consistent determination and drive to succeed every single week keeps me achieving. My week restarts every Monday, so you have to keep a positive attitude and mindset to keep striving.

I have learned so much throughout my time working as a Financial Planner. The biggest lesson I have learned is that failure is okay. I am the epitome of a perfectionist. Nothing is ever good enough, and I always need to be better. But I have learned that that is just not realistic and also unhealthy. Most of my successes came from complete failure prior. Learning to be comfortable with failure is the biggest lesson I’ve learned, but it is still a work in progress.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego has so many amazing spots to visit. You’ve got the beach, downtown, concerts every weekend, sports events, and great night life in probably 5 solid parts of San Diego. Little Italy, Pacific Beach, Del Mar, Encinitas, & North Park are my favorites. They are all completely unique as well. I would start inland in North Park, making our way to downtown Little Italy, and up the coast to PB, Del Mar, and finally Encinitas. There are fabulous steak houses, Italian, true American dining, and sushi restaurants (which are my favorite) in all of these locations. You seriously cannot go wrong in any area when it comes to food, night life, and just hanging out with friends. My favorite would have to be all the concerts that are put on in Water Front Park. It is such a beautiful setting by the water, listening to your favorite artists come through San Diego.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are 3 people that I would love to dedicate my shoutout to. The first person is my Grandfather because he was a true Entrepreneur, failing miserably at every business he started, until he became extremely successful. I have him to thank for my entrepreneurship. The second person would be my twin sister. She is my best friend and someone that has pushed me in every step of life whether it sports, school, and now our careers. She consistently keeps my striving for more and always supports me. The third person would be my mentor/business partner Stephanie. She has helped me become more confident and powerful as a human being as well as in my career. She has taught me everything I need to know to be successful as a Financial Advisor and I truly would not be where I am without her,

Website: https://www.northstarfinancial.com/advisors/mikaela-doe/

Instagram: mikaeladoe

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikaeladoe/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikaela.doe/

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