Hi, I’m Thalia. I’m a CEO, business strategist, outdoor adventurer, former architect, and host of the Good Grow Great podcast, with listeners from 46 countries worldwide.
Here, or when I’m featured on the Huffington Post, talking about lessons I’ve learned from working with billion dollar companies, or when Business Insider featured my top book picks next to Elon Musk’s own picks, or even when I go in-depth on iHeart Radio podcasts about my own epic failures as an introverted business owner, first-generation immigrant, and Princeton graduate—you will see that unlike other business advice you might hear, I take a different approach.
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I don’t believe that to be successful, you have to follow:
- The glorified hustle mentality,
- The value-add rat race, or
- The pretty marketing infatuation.
I find these things don’t really give people what they deserve: more time to do whatever meaningful things they’ve always wanted to do.
- I talk not about doing more things, but about turning small, ordinary, yet most meaningful steps into extraordinary leaps.
- I believe not just in adding value to other people—but more in about being invaluable, being SO valuable, that they just can’t ignore you. And,
- I encourage others to focus not on having pretty websites or pretty marketing, but more on working more bravely and lifting people UP, even if it means doing what you believe in.
Which is why you’ll also see that I draw resources and examples from things like outdoor adventure, Roman architecture, meaningful inventions, and normal people who have abnormal successes.
Some of these people and my students that I support are introverts, tired working parents, first generations immigrants, and high-achievers who are looking to find ways to do meaningful work, earn what they deserve, or start a business.
My goal is so that at the end of a long day, they get to come home, sit down for dinner, and be able to say: Now, this. THIS feels right. I LOVE what I do and it’s fulfilling to me!
I do this because I realize that whenever I go and meet new people and they talk about what they do, their job or their business—and I ask them: “So do you love it?”, the answer sounds something like this: “Yeah, I like it. Sure, it’s alright.”
So the answer to whether we love what we do for six to eight hours straight every single day is … SURE?
After years of hearing this while advising seven- and eight- figure multi-million dollar brands, I got tired of seeing talented people give up on their dreams.
It’s like watching the main character of your favorite story die an unnecessary death!
I want to stand by people who want to do meaningful work in their life, business, or at work, so that they don’t have to wake up to an endless list of things to do that they totally hate, that makes them want to throw their alarm clock on the wall.
– Thalia Toha
This is why I started putting together all the resources that I’ve learned over the years on a podcast AND on a newsletter, all of which of are read and listened by people from all over the world, people like you, who are either just starting to think about earning more meaningfully, or those who are already top performing entrepreneurs, high-achieving business owners, and expert leaders.
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A lot of the lessons that I’ve learned, I’ve learned them the hard way–YEARS ago.
There was a violent civil unrest in my home country, Indonesia, when I was 16. Because of all the rioting, pillaging, and raping that was going on there at the time, I decided to move to the US and leave the whole thing behind.
It was a very difficult decision to make.
Even though I was old enough to deal with it, I still felt totally out of place when I came to the US. I was not just learning to be good at a different language and culture, I also felt like I suddenly needed to be ‘ON’ all the time.
But it became like ground zero for me to then test out ways to solve a very big problem: I didn’t know what I was doing. It was like I had to fast track and really own up to whether I want to just not bother, OR to find meaning.
I decided I wanted to choose meaning.
I started to do small things that ended up making massive changes for me, like how:
· I learned the real value of small steps when venturing in outdoor elevations of 13,643 feet, about half of Mt. Everest.
· When learning under one of New York Big Five celebrity architects, I found the difference between doing more random things versus doing fewer, yet invaluably meaningful things.
· When clocking in 200,092+ miles of air travel, I studied hidden ways businesses, small AND large, can actually stand out.
· When advising companies with a combined annual revenue of 120+ billion dollars, I learned that fancy websites or business cards don’t really matter when compared to how you show up for people you work with, your buyers and clients—EVEN IF you don’t feel ready or feel like an outcast because you’re an introvert like me.
All these things I learned are true even now.
There were so many moments as a working parent, introvert, and first-generation entrepreneur, when I thought: this is impossible! And nearly gave up.
I won’t forget when someone looked at me up and down and said: “What’s a small little girl like you doing in the big world of business?”
I thought they were joking. But minutes go by—and they STILL didn’t crack a smile.
In my head I was thinking, why should it matter?
At the end of the day,
I want everyone to be able to get to the end of their long day, go home, sit down for dinner, and be able to say: THIS feels right. It is meaningful to me”.
– Thalia Toha
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