peaks and valleys

Danielle Watson: Navigating the Peaks and Valleys of Success in Business and Life (AoL 058)

Overwhelmed. Lethargic. Swamped. Lost. This is what we can feel like in the valleys of our work and our lives. You…

– think you’re the only one who cares.
– feel that you’re the only who gets stuff done on your team (if you’re lucky enough to have one).
– get lost in the fog of un-motivation. (Or is it “de-motivation”?)
– start wondering “what if I’m doing it all wrong?”.

No matter the success level, at one point or another all creative entrepreneurs go through this funk.

It comes with the territory – just like crazy success.

Today’s guest, Danielle Watson, knows all about the highs and the lows – the peaks and the valleys.

From being on all types of media platforms talking about her Purse Process, to having to do a TEDx presentation during one of the most dramatic periods of her life. She’s gone through it.

In this interview, Laila and I get the chance to ask her why she chose the major she did as a self professed girly-girl, how she stumbled upon the Purse Process, and more about what all happened during the time she was preparing for her TEDx talk.



  • Why did she pick a degree in anthropology? 11:27
  • Would she go through her schooling all over again? 14:54
  • What advice Danielle would give someone who’s just going into college 16:39
  • How did she feel that she didn’t fit the mold of her peers in college. 20:34
  • Did she ever use her degree as most people would out of school? 22:14
  • How did she find out that she could add value to others using her anthropological skills? 24:39
  • What your purse can tell you about your personality. 32:06
  • How Danielle got into doing a TEDx presentation. 35:57
  • Why she had a very bumpy road in preparing for it. 39:42
  • What direction she’s going after her TEDx experience. 46:59
  • What are 3 of her favorite podcasts? 55:58
  • What’s the secret to achieving personal freedom? 57:28
  • Something she believed as a 35 year old but doesn’t believe now? 57:55
  • One thing under $100 that has changed Danielle’s life? 58:21
  • If someone was trying to put their knowledge to use in a new business, how could they do that? 1:00:08
  • … and MUCH more!

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Danielle’s TEDx talk:

Danielle’s interview with Mimika Cooney:

Sample of her Facebook Live show:

Danielle on Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast:

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