Tasha M. Wilson is an International Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur. As a sexual assault survivor, Tasha shares her evolutionary journey to inspire millennial women in breaking glass ceilings by transforming their pain into power and rediscover who they are beyond their trauma. Recognizably known as Tasha W: Messenger of Hope™, she helps millennial women unlock the treasure within, confront pitfalls from the past, and explore the power of fearlessness. She has been featured on podcasts and speaking engagements across the United States, New Zealand, and Australia.
In 2015, Tasha founded the Royalty Refined Movement, a community network that fosters sisterhood centered around self-discovery, personal development, and freedom. In 2018, she joined the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Speakers Bureau to promote continual awareness and advocacy regarding the effects of sexual violence. Her third book “Recognize Your Opponent: When Your Greatest Enemy is Your Inner Me” is on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University as a university-wide facilitation tool to address imposter syndrome. Tasha was recently featured in VoyageBaltimore Magazine as one of Baltimore’s Inspiring Stories. Although she wears multiple hats, Tasha’s zeal is empowering millennial women to get unstuck by mastering the inner critic to authentically live a fulfilling life.
We had the unique opportunity to sit down with Tasha to discuss her passion and message of hope to upcoming entrepreneurs.
What Inspired your start in entrepreneurship?
One word to describe my entrepreneurship journey is unconventional. Quite honestly, becoming an entrepreneur was not on my radar. Two distinct monumental moments filled with pain and tragedy had changed the trajectory of my life. When I was sixteen years old, my father unexpectedly passed away from a work-related incident. At the age of eighteen, I was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance on a college campus. I became my worst enemy and my toughest critic. I felt like I had to accept the bare minimum because I considered myself to be damaged goods. It wasn’t until I made the decision to intentionally do the inner work that I discovered my purpose, the strength of my pen, and the value of my voice. In embracing the power of leaning into my authentic self, I knew that sharing my story would empower others to see the importance of destroying boxes of imprisonment. As an author, I serve as a sounding board for those who feel silenced. As a coach, I empower millennial women to get unstuck by embracing the greatness within and start living outside of survival mode. As a speaker, I help my target audience discover who they are, explore their passion, and pursue purpose. My YES to entrepreneurship became a catalyst for others to say YES to freedom, emotional wellness, and hope.
What obstacles have you had to overcome to get where you are today?
As an introvert who operates in external spaces, I had to overcome my fair share of obstacles. When I first started my entrepreneur journey in 2015, I had to learn how to capitalize on my strengths. Although I excel at building relationships with others, I quickly realized that I did not enjoy attending large-scale networking events. Taking the time to recharge was important for me to prevent burnout. Invigorating my mindset helped me overcome the misconceptions of how I thought I needed to show up as an entrepreneur. Honoring myself and my boundaries helped me find creative approaches to promoting my business, coordinating collaboration opportunities, and fostering the relationships I desired.
What message of hope do you have for upcoming entrepreneurs?
Always remember your “why”. Trust the process and give yourself grace. Your self-worth and value are non-negotiable.
What are your top 3 go-to songs for motivation to keep going after your goals?
“Worthy” by India Arie
“Don’t Forget Who You Are” by Common
“Unstoppable” by Koryn Hawthorne
What is your definition of a pretty woman who hustles?
A pretty woman who hustles is a woman of purpose, impact, and legacy. One who has the mindset of a champion. She courageously dismantles the boxes that people have placed her in and gives herself permission to evolve.
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