S&L Ladies in the Limelight is a six-part series featuring candid Q&A’s with the ladies of Stock and Leader on what it means to strive for success in entrepreneurship.
There’s no doubt that farm girl and attorney Sarah Doyle knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in the office or out in the field. After all, she comes from a family of farmers – 7 generations worth to be exact.
Though she’s no longer on the farm full-time, her day-to-day work at Stock and Leader allows her to blend her passions of law and agriculture. As a member of the firm’s Agricultural Industry Group, she is focused on helping female entrepreneurs gather the tools they need to start or grow a sustainable agribusiness operation. From environmental compliance issues to the latest FDA food safety regulations, Sarah is able to advise on a multitude of issues facing women in the business of agriculture.
But don’t just take it from us, here’s what Sarah had to say:
What does being a successful female entrepreneur mean to you?
It means caring about what you do and the clients you serve, and never passing up an opportunity to learn and grow in your career.
What would you say was your biggest challenge in building your own entrepreneurial success?
Maintaining positive self-talk. I have a tendency to focus on criticism much more than praise. I have to always be mindful of how I talk to myself.
What advice would you offer to aspiring female entrepreneurs?
Don’t get in your own way- letting fear of failure dictate your actions is best way to kill success.
In your opinion, what does the future of entrepreneurship look like?
The work force is becoming more and more competitive. I expect that as entrepreneurs, we will have to continue to hone and develop skills that set us apart from the crowd and provide increasingly recognizable value to clients.