Top 25 Women 2011: Sharon Smith
Published: March 7, 2011
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Sharon Smith believes that to give is to gain and you can’t get to the top without taking others with you! “We are all in this together and we can either sink or swim together, so it’s easier to swim,” she said with a laugh.
A typical day includes an hour of training with her team of matchmakers and then life-coaching members who need help in their personal lives. She has each matcher set 10 to 12 matches per day, meeting with members each day for one-on-one personalized matching.
She loves working one-on-one with her members. “I also love when my team players are original thinkers and generate new ideas or offer solutions to problems,” she said. Her least favorite part of the day is being too busy to eat!
Her career advice is to always think positively, be highly disciplined and stay in control and focused. Good organizational skills are also important, along with common sense, an eye for detail, “contagious enthusiasm” and the ability to remain cool and calm.
Her greatest challenge is to encourage people to believe they really can do anything. “The power of the mind is awesome, you can do anything, so replace a negative with a positive,” she said.
Her mentors have been her mother and father, whose values were formed by the Great Depression and who have always given her knowledge, integrity and character. She is also fortunate to have had strong leaders when she first began her career with Richard Simmons, Bob Potter and Kevin Hughes.
She is also grateful to her husband, Bob; son, Ryan, and daughters, Shannon and Meghan; as well as her three grandchildren — Ryan, Jr., Beth and Makaya, along with her sisters and extended family members.