Hey everyone! A few days ago I posted Part 1 of a two-part interview series by my friend and yoga student, Ina Plesca, who is the founder of My Mantra Active and New Horizon Escapes. While Part 1 focused on how I adopted a healthy lifestyle, and made fitness my passion, after overcoming obesity as a teenager, Part 2 of this interview covered how I came to live my dream as the co-founder and co-owner of Ocean Sound Dive + Yoga. You can view the original interview on the My Mantra website here, or you can read below.
Q - So Cynthia, tell us more about life before the island & yoga?
Q - How, when & why did you move to Koh Tao?
Q - Why did you decide to open a yoga studio?
Q - Did you have many negative comments from people around that didn't believe in what you want to do?
Sure! I mean, I haven’t exactly lived a conventional life. A lot of people were confused about why I’d leave my academic career, given that I was already quite successful. My parents worried about my future. A few feathers were ruffled. It wasn’t the easiest decision, but pursuing one’s passion will always come with challenges.
Q - How did you fund your business?
Q - How did you stay calm during the process of opening a business? It can be a very tough and challenging time.
Q - Now that you already have 1 business, do you find it easier to come up with & go ahead with other business ventures?
Q - If you could do any other business, what would you be and why?
Q - What advise do you give to someone who'd love to move to another country, start a new business & life the life of their dreams?
You’ve gotta just go for it. Don’t wait for the “perfect” time, because you’ll wait forever. Pursuing your dreams will always be risky, and there will always be reasons why you shouldn’t. Do it anyway. You must leap into the unknown and face the fear of failure in order for your wildest dreams to come true.
Q - If you could change something now about anything you did wrong in your business in the past, what would it be & why?
Q - Take us through a very short list of things to do when wanting to open a yoga studio business...
- Make sure you love yoga more than anything else in the world
- Dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to the practice and to your students
- Take big risks
- Trust the universe
Q - Is it challenging with the legal side of things when it comes to being a business owner in Thailand?
Q - Do you have any business partners? If so, what is everyone's responsibility?
Q - We know that it can take anywhere between 1-5 years for a business to make a profit. What's the case for you? Don't give us numbers, just tell us if this kind of business pays bills and allows you to travel, splash out on new yoga leggings etc.
Bob Marley got asked this question (well not the yoga pants part) and his answer is the same as mine but he put it more eloquently than I can so I’ll just quote him:
interviewer: are you a rich man?
bob marley: when you say 'rich' what do you mean?
interviewer: do you have lots of possessions? lots of money in the bank?
bob marley: possessions make you rich? i don’t have that kind of richness. my richness is life, forever.