How do you set goals for yourself? For example, do you prefer more small accomplishable goals or fewer large goals? How do you hold yourself accountable?
Because my support staff works together as a team, we are able to identify immediate goals. This helps me with priorities. Being able to identify what needs immediate attention first, then structuring all other tasks to complement each other is how we work and grow. Especially with social media we need to weave in all aspects of business accountability, growth and growth management, staff happiness—yes, I believe people come first—that is my feeling of success. If we have a happy staff and customers, I’m happy. Money is not my master, humanity is.
Throughout your professional history, what’s the best lesson you’ve learned after making a mistake?
I make mistakes like everyone. Real life is learning and growing. My hardest won lessons as a businesswoman lately have been to be extremely careful in choosing my business partners. There has to be a shared vision, and that vision isn’t about making buckets of money; it’s about being of service by providing a product that is as gentle on the body and planet as it is effective.
From whom or what do you draw your strength, courage, vision?
My Grandfather Bill Tritt instilled within me a great fortitude of courage, which still fuels my strength to break new ground for the sake of what I know is right. Creating a legacy of high-performing, yet non-toxic products is all for Maya, my friends and family. When it’s not about taking, when it’s not about just being rich, when our purpose is greater—it’s never work. It’s passion, it’s love and all the right answers come. Everything lines up and we take off in a new way—it’s like the path is already there. We just have to find it.
As you grew your company, what, if anything, has held you back?
If something has held me back, I’d like to know about it! We’ve experienced non-stop growth thus far. We constantly count our blessings!
What is the number-one quality you look for when hiring employees, and how do you evaluate if they possess that trait?
It’s more of a gut instinct. Our employees become family, so if they’re qualified for the job and click with us, we hire them. It’s a joy to see them develop as professionals in their own right.
What’s the best thing an employee/colleague ever said about you?
We recently had an employee tell us that he has never worked for a company where he felt so cared about. That meant the entire world to me. We really are the Sprout Family.
If you were training another woman to takeover your job, what’s the most important advice you would offer her?