When The Worst Thing Happens… What Do You Do?
What happens if you really do hit rock-bottom? Can you still rebuild? Would you still be able to lead an amazing life, finding a way to finally combine everything that you love doing into one, life changing, business? For today’s guest, Ann Lavi, founder of the Dalloway English Boutique School, the answer is a resounding ‘YES!’
“Do what you love and what you’re good at.”
Those are the wise words from Ann Lavi, the founder of Dalloway English Boutique School. Today’s episode chronicles Ann’s journey; from a young woman arriving at a foreign country with no knowledge of the local language, rising to the challenge through sheer perseverance to finally making it, and lead a good life while doing what she loves.
- How daring in one field allows you to dare in others
- How Ann handles the fear from hitting rock bottom
- The ups and downs – from penniless foreigner and abused teacher, to rich employee, start-up founder, being penniless again, to the successful founding of Dalloway.
- The most important people skill teachers need, and most of them lack (or the secret sauce to become an amazing teacher, guide, coach, or just a much better person)
- Happy Thanksgiving America!
Ann has been a factory worker at a young age and then a waitress later on, learning bits and pieces of Hebrew during coffee breaks through her co-workers. Then, after earning a degree in English Literature, her path towards becoming an educator and teaching kids how to communicate cemented her goal in teaching languages to other people.
Before Dalloway’s inception, Ann had been up and down a couple of times, but she never allowed depression or fears keep her down. Her determination to live a good life and her love for people and conversations finally made her think of something that would allow her having a free schedule and be a boss to herself.
And that’s what the (incredibly unique) Dalloway English Boutique School gave her.
Unlike any other language schools, Dalloway is housed in a swanky apartment (instead of a classroom) that encourages adults who want to learn foreign languages in a different way. The unconventional setup employs a really unique way of teaching a foreign language, which starts with the premise: a living room is turned into a classroom (so to speak), which is equipped with a comfy sofa that gives off a relaxing ambiance and is conducive for a conversation-type meeting over food and wine.
To know more of Ann’s entrepreneurial journey and how the words from Virginia Woolf encouraged her to get to where she’s at now with her business, listen to this week’s episode and take away great inspirational lessons to live by and more — only here at Inspiring Innovation — your weekly backstage to success.
Items mentioned in this episode include:
- Dalloway Boutique English School
- Dalloway Boutique English School Facebook
- Ann Lavi’s Facebook
- For inquiries, leave a message HERE
- Berlitz Language School
- Extra Plastic Ltd.
- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
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4 thoughts on “IIP035: When The Worst Thing Happens… What Do You Do?”
Another great show! Thanks! I think I most appreciate these types of shows, when you talk to people who have been successful in non-online-entrepreneurial/SEO/social media ventures. Of course, all your shows offer good information, but I think your greatest shows feature people who are not found on many other entrepreneurial podcasts. I am thinking of guests like Amy Clover, Joel Runyon, Benny Lewis, Leslie Samuel, Antonio Centenero, and many others. You excel at finding relevent guests, which brings a diverse collection of experiences and successes, and because they are all from different professions, you make it seem far more achievable to more people.
And thank you for the Happy Thanksgiving wishes! Very kind of you!
Thanks Trevor! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Ann story is definitely as non-online as it gets! (for now… 🙂 ), but very inspiring. I love seeing a story where all the dots from all previous experiences and ventures connect into one life-changing business 🙂
I hope Thanksgiving wasn’t hampered by GBvsDET horrific performance! We were counting on you guys!!
Meron, you just had to bring up the game? That was brutal. (But it didn’t stop us from eating my food!)
After yesterday – I’d take 40-10 over the OT heartbreak that we had. 😉