Samantha Houghton-I am successful and happy for being myself!
In this blog, we speak with Samantha Houghton, Ghostwriter and Book mentor. Samantha talks about being a creative person, inspiring others and pushing herself out of her comfort zone. Keep reading for some inspirational advice!
A typical day in my career involves catching up on emails, creating content for social media, some personal development study, several hours of focused book writing, online client coaching sessions, calls with prospective clients. The reason I chose this industry was due to an awakening I had and a calling to write my life story. It all followed on from that. Plus, I have always loved creative writing from my school years and had the ambition to be an author or a journalist – and…I am fascinated with people and psychology!
I’ve always written in various forms. I did various roles in employment but was never following my dreams as I didn’t believe in myself. I started a business 8 years ago, which lead to much personal growth and to getting to the magic place of wanting to use my story to inspire others in emotional turmoil. Many challenges, mostly mindset and believing in myself.
I continually work on overcoming my limiting beliefs, I push myself out of my comfort zone in order to grow as a person and grow my business. I invested in mentoring for guidance and to learn new skills to better myself. I bite the bullet and get on and do it!
I want people to have the opportunity to openly express their life story without judgement, guilt or shame preventing them and to create a legacy through a published book, that will self-heal and inspire others for decades to come.
What do you think gave you the drive and determination to succeed?
The person that I used to be – the young girl that was traumatised and institutionalised. She spent far too many years hating herself and eventually, she arrived at the place to change that and transform and go after the life of her dreams! And my son, I love my son and have always been the best role model that I can be for him. I use my intuition, and gentle, empathic yet determined nature for clients to open up to me and share their individual stories which are often traumatic.
The biggest lesson that I have learnt is to believe in and to listen to my own wisdom.
Have you ever felt that your gender has brought unnecessary challenges to your career?
Yes, in my first business (selling jewellery) I often sensed that men didn’t take me seriously as a business woman.
I am successful and happy for being myself!
What three tips would you give to young females starting their careers?
Listen to advice/guidance but if your instinct tells you otherwise, stick with that. Do what you LOVE. Invest in personal development to overcome limiting beliefs that can deter you from reaching your goals.
What is the best bit of advice that you have ever been given?
To be myself/ do what’s right for me.
Can you talk about one woman who has impacted your life?
Kathrin Zenkina. I found it a challenge to find a mentor that I felt completely aligned to on a soul level that I could learn from for my business. She is it – 100%! She has helped with my own mindset, self-belief, trusting my intuition and in overcoming beliefs that were not serving me in order to manifest my desires.
What are your key motivators?
My former self, my son, my family and to travel.
What are some strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations?
Personal development so that you do not allow fears or beliefs to get in your way. If you fully believe in yourself and your abilities, have the drive and tenacity, then you will go far!
What advice do you have for women aiming for leadership positions?
Be your authentic self – not what others want you to be or what you perceive them to want you to be. Hold onto your integrity at all times and use your empathy to understand others.
What’s one key leadership lesson you’ve learned along the way?
To listen to my intuition and be guided by that to guide others.
What's the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Stay true to myself.
What would you say to your 16-year-old self?
I love you, I forgive you, I believe in you and I am so proud of you. You are stronger than you could ever imagine and have everything within your incredible self to live the life of your dreams. Now go and get it!
I took the deepest pain in my life and turned it into my greatest purpose. I have completed a full circle and have fulfilled my childhood dream of becoming an author and speaking on stages to inspire others. My first book won me an award and I have since gone on to write another 7 books, my own and for clients. I have been blessed to have mentored many clients to write and publish their stories. I specialise in mental health/ trauma true stories. You owe it to yourself to live the life of your dreams.