We had the good fortune of connecting with Peggy Smedley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Peggy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I remember being told as a young child I didn’t have what it took to be a writer. Perhaps that was my motivation. There is a power you are given and there is the power you take. To start my business, I knew it was all about the power I needed to assist the needs of the manufacturing community. I recognized that I needed to believe in myself and that I needed to work harder than everybody else just to get it done. And I did. I never stopped learning and I continue to pass on the knowledge I receive every day, in everything I write or hear. That’s the love of writing. That’s the collaboration. That’s the mentoring. That’s the technology foundation I keep building. That’s my passion.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
After working for a few publishing companies, I realized I wanted to be present in my children’s lives. That meant living in the present. So, to this very day, I am the happiest when I am present: living in the moment. I wanted to spend time with my family. That was the actual trigger point for me to start my own publishing company. To own a business, it’s more than just business. I started a company based on that idea but there are other things in life that are just as important. I started my company based on three principles: Faith, Family, Business. I am happiest, and so are the people around me, when we follow these principles. We have a healthy and happy work environment. We are actually more productive when we follow these principles. It’s not always easy, but it’s something I try to remember whenever I can. Today I am pretty confident those principles still prove to be the key. But sometimes deadlines get in the way and we still have to remember work will always be there, so it’s critical to remember to keep life-work-faith-community in check.
We are all given talents. As quickly as we are given our talents, or as hard as we think we work at them, they can be taken away. I think the pandemic certainly reinforced that message for anyone who was willing to listen. I believe it is my responsibility to leverage my resources to be a good steward to influence others. I recognize there are others in the world who are more well-known and have louder social communities. Recognizing my role here today and the purpose for which I am meant to help other groups has enabled my brand to be recognized for its experience and its forethought. I am grateful that I have been entrusted with attentiveness and careful consideration to help others. I am very appreciative that I have the opportunity to talk with thousands of really smart people and synthesize that information and socialize it on the radio, content, presentations, talks, webinars, videos, social media, or any medium you can think of today.
While I focus heavily on the principles of Faith, Family, Business, I still work too many hours and sleep too little. I have never been able to master a good balance. While being present means fully enjoying every experience, I also live in the moment. I do what I am supposed to be doing; whether that means enjoying breakfast every Saturday morning with my 95-year-old mother-in-law; and a mid-afternoon visit with my 87-year-old father. When I was younger and my three children where in school it was being present at every event they were participating in football, softball, tennis, or whatever. My work focus has never changed. I work long hours and sleep very little. I awake around five o’clock in the morning and work while it’s peaceful and quiet. I can get so much done. Despite the lack of sleep, I always do my best to remain extremely optimistic and energetic. I even fit in some workout on the tennis court anytime I can. Again, I strongly adhere to my belief that life is a journey and I see myself still traveling down road experiencing this amazing ride.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have already mentioned that during my career I have been fortunate to meet some amazing people who have inspired along the way. Perhaps so auspicious that there are too many too mention. During my almost three decades of storytelling, I have been blessed to have worked with the smartest and most innovative people in the world and they have helped me, and I help them. As a result, I have been triumphed in seeing trends and that have allowed me to ask the right questions. While I joke, I might not have made all the riches to have created this great new transformative device or innovation to allow me to retire on a beach in Maui, I have helped others change the world. As a result, I have been very blessed to have three amazing grown children (Christina, David, and Aaron, and soon with two weddings in the offing, I will have a daughter-in-law Jennifer and a son-in-law Matthew). None of this would be complete without the patience of my husband Dave of 35-years. I have been influenced by so many amazing and brilliant people for whom I have also developed some of the most impressive relationships that we are still connected all over the world. The connections I have are vast. And I take a lot of pride that people trust me, and I trust them. I would say, the final shoutout would have to be God. He is foremost in all I do, especially now getting through the pandemic.
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