Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and public relations specialist are just a few of the titles that encompass Jaclyn Mullen the “Jaclyn of All Trades”. This female business leader is making waves and is packed with passion. We recently caught up with to learn about how she measures success and more.
What made you take the leap to start your own business to truly become a “Jaclyn of All Trades”?
I have always been a multi-passionate person. Growing up, I sang, played soccer and always held a part-time job. Those interests were pretty foreshadowing with regard to how my career path would unfold. I started off in radio, wanting to eventually have my own company. After 6 months, I completely switched gears and wound up doing business development for an HR consulting company. 4 years later, I had a revelation that the creative in me was slowly dying. I quit the business development job and started doing freelance marketing consulting, writing and background/acting work in LA. As I freelanced more and more, I knew I had to get organized if I wanted to work for myself AND own a successful business, therefore I joined a women’s group that had an incubator program and little by little, my confidence level and entrepreneurial skills grew. In October, 2009, I was offered a full time job at an online marketing agency and out of fear, I took it. In the spring of 2010 though, I started participating in a 6 month long, professional mentorship program. By the time I was ready to launch my own business, I had money saved up in the bank and I could no longer stand driving into a corporate office and working from a cubicle. That was December of 2010 and I haven’t looked back since. As the saying goes, ”when you know, you know.”
As a female entrepreneur, how do you inspire other women?
I will be the first to stay, other women inspire me. And I just try to channel that and share it with as many people as possible. I also truly believe in incorporating your passions, talents and fun into your work, whether corporate or entrepreneurial. On any given day, I am singing, sharing humorous photos on my Instagram account, working on client projects, and facing my fears. I try to be as transparent as possible with regard to the entrepreneurial journey and people appreciate that! Some days are better than others but there are always blessings in the bad days too! I would also say when I commit to something, I give it my all and that is very obvious. I will easily tell my inner critic to step aside, that there is work to be done, there are goals to achieve and there is happiness to maintain. Women have told me they appreciate that hustle, that fire, that commitment as it inspires them to do the same for themselves.
Please share one piece of advice that has always stuck with you and why it’s important in your life.
“Use your judgment.” My Armenian grandfather used to always tell me that in his thick accent. To me, that was his way of saying, “trust your intuition.” That gut feeling, that “this isn’t for me” sensitivity is strong for a reason—the opportunity, situation or person we are facing isn’t the right fit for us. I have used my judgment (sometimes better than others) with regard to what services to offer in my business, who I want to surround myself with, when it’s time to, let a project, client or goal go. More often than not, we start to ignore that inner voice. Perhaps because we’ve made a mistake listening to it once or twice so we assume it’s always wrong. I’d rather be wrong 2/10 times than 10/10. Use your judgment and listen to your intuition. Whatever happens in the end will only teach you and serve you in the long run anyhow.
How do you define and measure success?
How do I define success: being able to have options, freedom, choices. This to me is success. How do I measure success? Based upon consistency of happiness with all that I currently have in this very moment. When you have options, freedom and choices but you still find yourself unhappy, something just needs to be adjusted, even if that something is your attitude. Are there other benchmarks I want to achieve? Yes! I would love to own commercial real estate, drive a Porsche and always fly first class but I am just as happy without those things. Not needing anything other than what we already have, finding happiness, acceptance and gratitude within–that to me signifies a successful person!
Which Quest Apparel Philosophy are you drawn to most and why?
“Be The Exception” – We live in a day and age where celebrity and how we look is so exploited. You see girls who dye their hair or dress a certain way to replicate the exact image of someone else…to look less and less like themselves. I don’t want to be anybody but myself. And I don’t want to leave this earth without having challenged myself to experience my personal potential in it’s fullest form. “Be The Exception” really resonates with me. We all have unique traits, talents and dreams, there are no two people exactly alike. “Be The Exception” creates a domino effect. If I am willing to push myself and expand and be 100% unique, individual me, it’s as if I give the people surrounding me courage to do the same in their own way.
What’s on your playlist? Do you have a song that really gets you into that conquer the world mindset?
I am obsessed with playlists and various kinds of music. Right now, I am tied between blasting Far East Movement’s “The Illest In Here” (perfect theme music for “Be The Exception”) and Drake’s song “Trophies.” I like bass, I like beats—I grew up dancing and choose songs based upon my ability to physically feel their rhythm! Plus, Far East Movement worked really hard to hit mainstream radio! They would play concerts in LA, push their tapes—they didn’t give up on their goal of making it big. And Drake, well he too is being the exception. He’s really committed to his craft and the amount of airplay he gets and fans he has is a good indicator of that! Plus, I love his lyrics.
Tell us about your biggest accomplishment in life. What’s next?
My biggest accomplishment was having my maternal grandparents see me graduate from college. I was the first in their family to attend and graduate from college—they immigrated to the US in the 1960’s. With that said, regarding what’s next: I have always believed in and taken my American Dream quite seriously. These days, I would love to build and grow my business and brand to seven figures. I don’t care if it takes me until I am 80 years old to do it, I am going to keep at it and keep trying.
Keep up with Jaclyn, by following her on Instagram @JaclynMullen.