Episode 041: Taking Baby Steps Towards Your Biggest Success

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Episode 041: Taking Baby Steps Towards Your Biggest Success

This week’s episode is for all the budding entrepreneurs out there, yes, but perhaps more so it’s for all of you who feel like you need something more in your life but just aren’t sure what that is.


That’s exactly how Abby Lou Walker felt several years ago. While on the outside she had the “perfect” life, she would wake up with a burning feeling in her gut that so many of us know too well. To help quiet the beast of a feeling, she started spending one hour a week blogging about something she was interested in—shoes. She never imagined it would become the thriving business it is today, but because she followed her curiosity, Abby now owns Vivian Lou, a company that sells insoles that make high heels healthier and more comfortable. And then she wrote a book about her journey, Strap on a Pair, which all of my listeners get the first two chapters of FREE!

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In addition to talking about her surprising path to starting her own business, in Episode 41: Taking Baby Steps Towards Your Biggest Success Abby gives some thoughts on:

  • Not putting too much pressure on your ideas
  • How to think about failure differently
  • The value of self improvement in growing your business
  • Learning to trust your gut as an entrepreneur


Give it a listen, and then I’d love to hear: What curiosity are you going to try and take baby steps towards?

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Show Notes (Timings are Approximate):

How Abby slowly started building a more fulfilling life (2:20)

Finding her multimillion dollar idea (9:20)

Abby’s biggest setback (11:10)

How her personal improvements helped improve her business (14:30)

Not letting failure hold you back (18:40)

Tips for focusing when starting a company (22:25)

The worst advice Abby’s ever been given about her career (27:30)

How long to give an idea before giving up (33:30)

Abby’s changing definition of success (36:00)

What’s next for Vivian Lou (37:30)

Rapid fire travel question (40:40)

Parting words of wisdom (41:30)


Resources Mentioned on the Show:  

Vivian Lou

Vivian Lou Facebook

Vivian Lou Instagram


Strap on a Pair

Hunch by Bernadette Jiwa

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield