Once upon a time . . .
From a distance, it appeared that I was living every girl’s Disney fairy-tale life. I married the cute yet somewhat mysterious high school bad boy who was three years my senior. We had two children together, a boy and then a girl. We bought a property and then built the house of our dreams together. We had two dogs, one cat, four ferrets, two motorcycles (his and mine), and two jet skis (his and mine). We started and then built a very successful auto repair business with multiple locations, and we vacationed every winter with and without our kids.
CHRISTIE LEE RUFFINO
Author * Speaker * Strategist * Harley Chick
Proud Grandma X2
People who didn’t know us well would think that we had it ALL, but our friends and family were all watching from a safe distance waiting for the big explosion.
I was only 16 when I began that chapter in my life. Before then, I had been a very shy and introverted teenager who was at first shocked, then proud to have captured the attention of this man. But as the dust settled and we got married, I threw myself into being the best wife and then best mom that I could be. The best that is… based on what little I knew at that point in my life.
In hindsight, I can see how the breakdown in our marriage was just as much my fault as his, but at the time, I was convinced that not one ounce of the blame belonged resting on my shoulders. I thought I did everything I could to make him happy, not realizing that was a big part of the problem.
Single again, I can remember being in a constant state of anxiety, not knowing how I would even pay my mortgage every month, let alone all of the utilities, food, and other daily living expenses. And yes, it was hard to raise and financially support an 8 & 12-year-old on my own, but I thought it was better to set an example for them as a single happy person than have them witness the daily dysfunctionality of our marriage. I can vividly remember the day when I realized that if things didn’t change, they would both wind up in similar relationships, and I wanted more for them than that.
“SUCCESS comes by choosing what you want most over what you want now.”
The next chapter in my life was about reinvention and finding a clear direction. I was 36, and it was time for me to figure out that childhood question, “What do you want to do when you grow up, Christie?” Little did I know that it would take me a long time to figure out that answer?
Years later, I can look back and see how every aspect of it all, both the good and the bad, created the perfect foundation for who I am now. I developed the strength and determination to be a creator and leader rather than a follower. I did not have the luxury of being comfortable in a mediocre life; I had to work hard every day, week, month to do more than just pay the bills. I wanted to do more than just get by. I wanted to create a multiple six-figure business, so I took action to make that happen. I became an avid learner and consumer of teachings from the best experts in the industry. I’ve had dozens of mentors, coaches, advisors, and teachers. I then developed a system to help others share their mastery and message to their ideal audience so that they too can make a more significant impact and help more people in less time and make more money.
I used to have a “block” around money. But, I now BELIEVE that the more money I make, the more people I can help, and the more time I have to spend with my family, my adorable grandchildren, and with my friends riding in the wind on our motorcycles.
I hope you’ll let me help you discover and then implement the same principles. YOU DESERVE IT!!!
Hugs and Blessings, Christie 😉
If I could go back in time, here’s what I would tell myself…
- You were born to be YOU! Don’t try to copy other people’s success. Instead, learn how to adapt their success principles to your unique and flawsome style.
- Do not try to build your business alone. Unite with other like-minded people to accomplish greater things, faster and with less effort.
- Don’t be afraid to become the hero of your own story. It’s completely okay to humbly share pieces of yourself through stories of success and even failures.
- Don’t wait for results to drop in your lap and don’t guess your way through it. Find experts who’ve already done what you want to do and pay them to help you get expedited results.
- Do not confuse knowing what you want to create with knowing how to create it. Never start promising results until you have a proven track record of achieving them.
- Do not ever think for one minute that you can’t have a successful business and a big income. Those blessings have already been promised to you and are waiting for you to own them.
- Make it a top priority to have a book so that you can share your signature story and your valuable ninja tips.
- Save the one-on-one support for your high-level clients. Shift your business model to create group programs and courses so that you can maximize your time, expand your reach, and increase your profits.
- And when God provides you the right people, resources, wisdom, and opportunities, PAY ATTENTION!
The DPWN Story
For almost two decades, I’ve helped women connect. Not because I think they can’t achieve great success alone. But, because as the founder of the Dynamic Professional Women’s Network, I’ve seen over and over again how women can achieve greater success faster when they unite with other like-minded women.
To learn more, visit: https://www.ourdpwn.com/
The Overcoming Mediocrity Story
I also created the Overcoming Mediocrity Project, which is a publishing opportunity for women who want a fast, easy, and economical way to have a book so that they can deliver their message, up-level their brand, and get a TON of exposure.
To learn more, visit: https://overcomingmediocrity.org/
During this journey, I was blessed to discover my core brilliance, my true superpowers. I discovered how I was able to help women discover or refine THEIR TRUE CALLING and create their powerful brand around their story and purpose. And then my love for marketing and automation helps me create a customized strategy for them to have a monetizable, scalable, and highly visible business so that they can make a bigger impact in the world.
I look forward to helping you too. <3…. CR
2008 Citizen of the Year
2010 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
The Business Ledger recognized Christie Ruffino as a recipient of their prestigious Entrepreneurial Excellence Award in 2010. Honorees demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship, including willingness to take risk, drive, perseverance and business creativity.
2015-16 Women of Distinction
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