A 54-year-old woman has revealed she is making six figures for the first time in her life after launching a successful business at the age of 50.
Former waitress Stacey Brass-Russell, from New York, has had her ups and downs in her career that has included being a restaurant server, an actor, and even becoming a yoga teacher.
But it wasn’t until she reached 50 that she decided to go in an entrepreneurial direction and found a mission in ‘wanting people to know that they have everything inside of themselves [to succeed].’
In a YouTube video published on Shera, a digital platform dedicated to empowering women, Stacey revealed how she launched a life and business coaching company, but had no idea it would take off.
Stacey Brass-Russell, 54, was a server, actor and yoga teacher
At 50 years old, she launched her company for life and business coaching
She started the business four years ago and less than two years later, it had grown to a ‘multiple six-figure’ company.
Stacey believes that in order to have a successful business, you must have confidence to know that ‘your message matters.’
Creating a business requires ‘a lot of life and mindset work that we need to do in order to show up fully.’
During the interview, she also shared her five ‘beliefs’ to set your brain up for success.
Despite her success, Stacey said that the shift in career paths was ‘accidental.’
Stacey originally planned to be a performer and had been doing this alongside waitressing until the age of 30.
She then turned her passion for yoga into a money-earner and started teaching classes.
But when that business relationship started to ‘deteriorate,’ Stacey said she decided to move in a new direction after people asked her to be their coach with hopes of becoming high-achieving entrepreneurs.
Showbiz aspirations: Stacey pictured far right as a young actress on stage
Stacey originally planned to be a performer and was doing this alongside waitressing until the age of 30
She saw these requests as a ‘sign from the universe’ and decided to commit.
Stacey continues: ‘There is so much mindset that goes into really being able to do this, to start your own business, to be an entrepreneur, to put yourself out into the world and be visible.’
Drawing from her own experience, the entrepreneur has shared her top tips that she believes are key to her success.
1: You are already ‘pre-certified’: Believe you’re ‘enough of an expert’
Stacey’s top priority is ‘believing that you are pre-certified by the universe.’
She emphasizes that many people who want to start a new chapter, but unfortunately deal with imposter syndrome.
Stacey encourages people to believe in their talent, experience, and service, even if they don’t have a degree to back it up.
She doesn’t want people playing it small solely because they don’t have ‘enough certifications.’
The entrepreneur argues that if you don’t believe you’re ‘enough of an expert,’ others won’t either.
Her tips include believing that you’re pre-certified and abundance is your right
2: You know how: Focus on learning as you go
Stacey explained: ‘The second belief is “you know how.”‘
She emphasizes that the mindset of ‘I don’t know how to do that’ will only set you back.
Instead, Stacey suggests, one should focus on just learning along the way and step-by-step.
Just because you haven’t done something before, doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to learn or figure out.
3: Don’t know what’s next? Service is your superpower
Stacey mentions that often people with new businesses don’t know what to put their focus on next.
‘This belief is in here because of how many people wake up with their new-ish businesses and think “I don’t know what to do today,”‘ she said.
She believes if you’re even in limbo about where to place your focus, decide to ‘be in service.’
Now, the entrepreneur is happier than ever and says her success was a ‘wonderful surprise’ after taking a leap of faith and opening the company
Stacey says: ‘I started this business at 50 years old. If I didn’t have the belief that I am always right on time, I could easily have sabotaged myself by thinking I’m too old to make a change’
4: Don’t compare your journey to others: You are always right on time
Stacey argues that one of the worst things you can do is to compare your journey to someone else’s.
She emphasizes to trust that you are ‘always right on time,’ instead of constantly thinking that you’re falling behind others.
Stacey says that the comparison game only leads you to be more critical, judgmental, and down on yourself.
She believes that age is just a number when it comes to creating change because she herself started her business at 50 years old.
Had she felt ‘too old’ to begin, she would have sabotaged her dreams.
5: Abundance is my birthright: But it’s not just about the money
Stacey said that one has to believe that ‘abundance is my birthright.’
Although she is not specifically referencing money, it could definitely be a great starting point.
She has witnessed a lot of people who are fearful and therefore deal with a lot of scarcity.
Stacey argues that having a ‘money mindset’ is more than what it seems.
That mindset leads to recognizing that ‘money is energy and energy is abundant.’
However, Stacey warns against hopes for a quick win or overnight success.
She continues: ‘The most important thing I’ve learned is the investing of time, energy and money into what you are doing, is what you should focus on.’