Dr. Juli La Rocca: Redefining Self-Awareness, Success and Sales
Dream job. Long-term relationship. Beautiful baby girl.
Dr. Juli La Rocca was in her mid-twenties and had already checked off three major milestones.
To the outside, she had it all.
But the reality was more complicated.
Juli was in an emotionally abusive relationship, working 100+-hour work weeks and struggling with suicidal thoughts.
But she pulled herself out of the lowest point of her life. She turned pain into power, and became happier – and more successful – than ever.
There’s more than one answer. So let’s get to it.
(And What YOU Can Learn From It)
Juli La Rocca’s road hasn’t been easy.
Her biggest challenge was a battle with severe depression and anxiety in her mid-twenties.
After careful introspection and a conscious decision to focus on herself, she found her calling.
And, it was a far cry from the 100-hour work weeks and bad relationships that had been her reality.
Juli has spent the last several years helping high-level entrepreneurs overcome barriers and push their businesses forward through her venture, Velocity Healing.
As an entrepreneur herself, she has an intimate understanding of what founders need right now for future success.
Top 5 Takeaways for Young Entrepreneurs
These actionable insights give you the foundation you need to accomplish your goals – both personal and entrepreneurial.
1. Focus on Effortless Action
Many business owners believe that success takes hard work and immense effort. And, like anything worth building, it does.
But if it feels like every step is uphill and nothing comes easy, it’s time to reevaluate.
Hard work is inevitable but when you find alignment, everything falls into place. In other words, when you’re doing what you are truly supposed to be doing, half your battle is already won.
2. Swallow The “Pride” Pill
It’s not realistic to be a seven-figure entrepreneur and avoid negative attention.
The nature of the job means being a leader and putting yourself in the public eye.
And, as with any product or service, there’s no way everyone is going to buy what you’re selling.
Negative feedback is inevitable. So, what’s the best thing you can do for yourself?
Don’t take it personally because it’s not about you.
3. Feel Your Feelings
Are you angry, disappointed or sad?
You might feel compelled to push those feelings down and focus on something more productive.
But we feel what we feel for a reason. No good comes from suppressing your emotions, even if they aren’t positive.
Even if they’re downright ugly.
So, don’t make your emotions wrong. Allow yourself the time to acknowledge negative emotion. Process it.
Analyze negative feelings and figure out how to overcome them. Nobody expects you to police your own mind.
Just let yourself be.
4. Put Work Into Yourself
You might find yourself in a dark place. At some point in their lives, most people do.
Whether anxiety, stress or depression, it’s easy to get stuck in an unhealthy mental state.
Try to pull yourself out by practicing mindfulness and putting yourself first.
The struggle is almost always internal, and when you look inward, you can address – and fix – your emotional state from the inside out.
5. Learn the Art of Listening
People, by nature, are selfish. We tend to make things about ourselves.
The only time we’re not focused on ourselves is when we’re listening.
Not just listening, but hearing.
When you really hear someone, empathy comes naturally. You instinctively put yourself in their shoes and get a new perspective.
And when you interpret other points of view, you discover even more about yourself.
So next time you’re in a conversation, try to listen without formulating a response. Without thinking about what you’re going to say next.
That’s the art of listening.
In Juli’s Words
Benefit right now from the valuable life lessons Juli has learned over the past several years.
On life-changing decisions:
Like many of us, Juli found herself at a low place in her life.
At 26 years old, she was in the middle of her medical residency, living in Los Angeles away from her family, and in a relationship she describes as having been emotionally, financially and psychologically abusive.
Depression and anxiety consumed her. It worsened with the birth of her daughter.
“It was just a low point in my life where I realized that I couldn’t get out of bed anymore,” she says.
“I was so anxious I couldn’t even take care of my daughter. I would just do the bare minimum – get her to daycare, go to work at seven in the morning, come home six, seven at night, try to be with my child.”
It got so bad that she didn’t want to live anymore.
Anyone who struggles with mental health – and nearly one in three millennials do – understands that pulling yourself out of a destructive state of mind can feel impossible.
But Juli knew something had to change.
“I just made a decision and I made a choice and I said, I’m not going to do this anymore. I’m going to change my life. And so I did,” she says.
This was the turning point.
On barriers for entrepreneurs:
Juli knows a thing or two about starting a business.
After graduating her residency, she launched Unbreakable Moms, an online support community for single mothers.
From there, she started a medical practice with integrative medicine.
Now, she runs Velocity Healing, coaching business owners on the tough road to greatness.
And she’s learned a thing or two about seven-figure entrepreneurs because of it. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that high-level entrepreneurs have a few things in common.
According to Juli, common traits shared by older and young entrepreneurs are:
- A desire to prove themselves to the world
- A need to help everybody else
There’s a lack of focus on themselves.
“Entrepreneurs want to be there for everybody else; they want to have a massive impact.”
“They want to do all these things and help the world and save everybody and love all things. And they’re missing that within themselves,” says Juli.
“You will never reach the next level within the business or whatever you’re trying to achieve if, within yourself, you’re not loving yourself and accepting yourself fully and giving to yourself what you’re trying to give to everybody else.”
On Entrepreneurship And Love:
It’s counterintuitive to think of entrepreneurship as an act of love. After all, business is about money, isn’t it?
Well… not necessarily.
You wouldn’t be giving so much of yourself if you didn’t love what you were doing.
And that’s why Juli describes entrepreneurship as an exchange of love.
This powerful metaphor turns the entire relationship between a business and consumer on its head.
“When I chase money, I fall flat on my face,” Juli says.
“When I’m giving love, and when I’m moving in love, then the alignment happens.”
“And what are ‘services’ other than, ‘Here, I’m doing this for love.’”
“And yes, there is an exchange there, but there’s an exchange of love. [As a consumer] I’m saying, ‘I love this service. I love this product so much.’”
“And you, the entrepreneur, are saying, ‘I’m giving this service in love. I’m giving this product in love.’”
When we think of entrepreneurship as a redistribution of love rather than a way to make money, we get a new understanding of the role of entrepreneurship and the new wave of young entrepreneurs.
7 Tips for Future (Or Present) 7-Figure Entrepreneurs
Fast-track your success with these tried-and-tested tips from Juli La Rocca’s own experience as a millennial entrepreneur.
Do what you’re doing for love, not money.
If everything is an uphill battle, you’re on the wrong path.
Not everyone will love you – don’t take it personally.
Connect with your consumers on a personal level.
Focus on the value you can create for your customer.
Entrepreneurship isn’t a science, it’s an art.
Even seven-figure entrepreneurs have constant doubts.
Interested to talk to Juli and get some guidance? Connect with Juli on her website or set up a Velocity Healing consultation.