Welcome! I’m Stephanie Sammons. I’m a Gen X corporate renegade turned digital entrepreneur. I’m also a #1 Amazon best selling author (Linked to Influence), speaker, teacher, and a Texas gal ;).
In 2009 during the global financial crisis, I left my 15-year corporate career and decided to become an entrepreneur at the age of 40. Over time, I learned how to take my experiences, skills and expertise and turn them into work that I was passionate about.
Through building my personal influence and growing a powerful network in a brand new industry, I completely reinvented myself from scratch. I leveraged digital media, technology, and social networks to accomplish this.
I’ve also designed my ‘ideal work life’ in the process, which gives me both the financial freedom and quality of life that I was so desperately lacking in the corporate world.
Today I teach other Gen X (and Baby Boomer) entrepreneurs how to build their personal influence and create an ideal work life design in the digital age.
My clients and customers are entrepreneurs who rely on their reputation, relationships, and referrals for business success. They include financial advisors, lawyers, accountants, consultants, coaches, authors, and speakers.
An Ideal Work Life is Driven by the Power of Personal Influence
An ideal work life is doing the work you love on your terms while creating the financial freedom you deserve and the lifestyle you desire.
An ideal work life is one where you have complete control over when you work, how much you work, where you work and who you work with. An ideal work life also means that you minimize stress and maximize your quality of life.
What makes the ideal work life possible for any existing or aspiring entrepreneur today is the ability to build personal influence through digital media, social networks, and mobile devices.
Simply put, the greater your influence in the digital age, the more impact you can have in your industry or market, and the more income you can earn based on who you are.
You are especially an ideal candidate for becoming an influencer in the digital age if your business depends on your reputation, relationships, and referrals.
In today’s connected world, you can also work much smarter to achieve your personal, professional, and financial goals.
You can make a name for yourself in any industry or market, build a valuable network, and serve clients or customers at scale to create your ideal work life.
Influence has been democratized. The playing field has been leveled.
Building your influence is they key to creating more control over your business and your life in the digital age.
What good is earning or accumulating millions of dollars if you have no quality of life?
This was a question I asked myself many times before I became an entrepreneur.
I spent 15 years in the corporate world as a private wealth manager with a global financial services firm. Most of my clients were over the age of 50 and had accumulated significant investment assets. However, many of them did not have the quality of life that they had hoped for.
Some of my clients were severely stressed out or depressed. Some worked such long hours that they had no time for family, friends, or life in general. Others suffered from major health problems. And some were so afraid of losing their wealth that they couldn’t enjoy it. One of my clients dropped dead of a stroke at age 52.
My experience in working with these clients over the years had a profound impact on me. But the irony was, I was headed down the same path myself.
Fortunately, a blessing in disguise saved me. The global financial crisis of 2008/2009 essentially eliminated my corporate leadership role at my firm. I still had some of my clients, but the leadership role was the majority of my income. I made the difficult decision to leave after 15 years of climbing that corporate ladder.
At the age of 40, I started over from scratch to pursue my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. I didn’t know exactly what I would end up doing, but I did know that I never wanted to be in the same position as those wealth management clients I had served. I also never wanted to depend on any corporation for my financial security again.
Entrepreneurship was the only option for me.
Somewhere along the way, I had lost my quality of life in the corporate world. I also lost my voice. The further I climbed the corporate ladder, the more I suppressed my beliefs and ideas. I was afraid to be my true self. Instead, I was always trying to fit into some mold that was just not me.
Becoming an entrepreneur helped me find my voice. I learned how to sing my song again with authenticity. Overtime, I developed a new and genuine level of confidence. The kind of confidence that comes from being vulnerable, courageous, and realizing that perfection is about accepting who and where you are right now.
Over the last 5 years I’ve gone from being completely unknown to establishing myself as a marketing thought leader, speaking on stages in front of hundreds of people, and most recently becoming a #1 best selling author with the my first published book. I’ve also built a six-figure recurring revenue business in the process.
As an entrepreneur, I have designed my work around my life to create my ideal work life. Something I never had in the corporate world.
My definition of success is doing the work you love on your terms while creating the financial freedom you deserve and the lifestyle you desire. That’s what I call the ‘ideal work life‘.
Who I Help
Over the last 5 years, I’ve worked personally with more than 100 entrepreneurs, including financial advisors, attorneys, accountants, consultants, coaches, and personal trainers.
I’ve helped these entrepreneurs build their digital influence platforms and leverage high-trust marketing and selling strategies to attract their ideal clients and customers online and offline. I’ve also helped them to create more scale in their businesses through digital media and digital tools.
The majority of my clients, customers, and community members tend to be Gen Xers and Baby Boomer entrepreneurs (between the ages of 35 – 65).
Not only am I a GenXer myself, but most of my career I’ve worked exclusively with GenXers and Baby Boomers.
I believe that those of us who are GenXers and Baby Boomers have a distinct advantage in today’s digital world.
We have work/life experience to draw from. We have existing networks to build upon. We have lived with and without the internet. We know what it’s like to develop and nurture relationships offline and online. And most of us who are entrepreneurs and business owners embrace digital, social, and mobile technology.
Get Linked to Influence
My new book, Linked to Influence, 7 Powerful Rules for Becoming a Top Influencer in Your Market and Attracting Your Ideal Clients on LinkedIn, is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon in multiple Entrepreneurship and Small Business categories.
LinkedIn is the one of the most powerful platforms for building your influence and attracting your ideal clients or customers. My book shows you how, step-by-step.
I've written extensively on the topic of LinkedIn marketing and business for entrepreneurs. I've also been a speaker on the topic of LinkedIn at Social Media Marketing World, Social Media Success Summit, New Media Expo, Agents of Change, FinCon, and Podcast Movement.
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The Personal Side
When I asked my closest friends, colleagues, and coaches what words they would use to describe me, these were the most common: fierce, funny, intense, thoughtful, kind, competitive, creative, persistent, practical, optimistic
My struggles, on the other hand, are that I'm super hard on myself (a recovering perfectionist), tend to overthink things, and sometimes have trouble getting out of my own way.
Here are some personal tidbits about me that you may not know:
- I grew up in Plano, Texas and graduated in the top 10% of my class of 1500 students. I was an All-District point guard, honors student, and the high school mascot (I wore a wildcat suit and acted crazy at football games!)
- I played college basketball (5’4″ Point Guard, Division I and II) and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at the University of Oklahoma (Go Sooners!)
- My college degree is a BBA in Economics
- I'm a Certified Financial Planner™, investor, and professionally managed $1M+ client investment portfolios for 15 years
- I'm a left and right brain person: I love business, technology and finance, but I'm also a musician and occasional artist. (My awesome artist sister is teaching me how to paint)
- I'm passionate about personal growth in all areas of my life and love to integrate what I learn into my teaching
- I was a high school business/economics teacher and basketball coach my first two years out of college
- My partner and I have been together 10 years and I’m a Stepmom of two amazing boys she adopted from Russia (Nicholas is 15 and Benjamin is 13)
- I’m a singer-songwriter, recording musician, and a mean "rhythm" guitar player (my 25 year old Gibson Hummingbird and Gretsch guitars are my current favs)
- I practice hot yoga daily and can hang out in a handstand for a good while
- I LOVE the Dallas Cowboys and wearing my cowgirl boots
- I have a Chihuahua (Sugar Bear) and an Aussie mix (Sadie) - Sugar Bear is in charge
- I was diagnosed with ADHD at 44 (this explained a lot)
- I'm a snowboarder and love hiking in the mountains
- I enjoy travel, adventure, and new experiences (I went on a challenging adventure trip by myself in my early 30's)
- I'm a health nut and love green juices
- I'm a wine enthusiast and passionate about the art of winemaking
I've played acoustic guitar since college and am mostly self-taught. I've been writing and recording music as a singer-songwriter for over a decade. You can check out a few of my original tunes HERE.