TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
C. Lynn Williams: I was unrealistic about what it took to be successful. I wrote my first book and thought I would be an instant success and my book would be a bestseller. It took me a while to understand that I was offering medicine to ease pain, and that wasn’t like buying a beautiful purse or a pair of shoes when you want to uplift your spirits. Talking to people about what it takes to have a great relationship with the people in your family starts with helping people, as a way of introducing them to what I offered.
BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
CW: I was newly divorced with two impressionable kids who believed I had destroyed their lives. I felt I had to be a supermom and yet I wasn’t. As I learned what it took to provide love, support and a
safety net for them, I figured there were other parents out here like me who needed help communicating, understanding and getting along with their preteen and teen children.
BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
CW: It’s still a challenge for me because there is so much I want to do, say, and go. Yet I value my relationship with my husband and time for myself, so I am constantly talking to myself about when to push by working and when to stop and smell the roses,take a hot bath, have a glass of wine, go on a date.
BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
CW: “Women are the REAL architects of society.” It’s true because in any society you can tell how powerful the women are by the way everyone shares, and helps each other to succeed. If women aren’t happy, nobody is happy.
BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
CW: My mom Geraldine Gist who taught me to stand up for myself and not to give up; Nikki Giovanni who taught me about the beauty within black power and the power of C. Lynn Williams 2017 BOSS Influencer a black woman; and Michelle Obama for continuing to exhibit consistent grace and control under pressure
BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
CW: My faith Family support Love of a good man A strong community of women who want the best for their family and are willing work with me to get it
BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?
CW: A BOSS is someone who is not afraid to take charge. Me!
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