IF YOU'RE GOING TO TRADE YOUR LIFE FOR SOMETHING, IT BETTER BE GOOD.
So what do you really want, entrepreneur?
If you just let your mind wander, never mind how you’ll get there, ask yourself… How do you really want to live?
AND WHAT I REALLY, REALLY WANT TO SAY IS…
“I zen out meal prepping on Sundays, while binge-watching Coronation Street…
that I help my clients to discover and define their true passion and values…
that too often as entrepreneurs, WE get in the way of our own progress…
that I create breakthroughs and growth strategies that feel like a fresh ocean breeze…
and that the more love I pour into my work, the more joy and growth I get in return.
What does Stick8 mean?
Steek uit, pronounced Stick8, is a South African slang term, I'm an expat. When you want your friends to pop in for a drink, you'll say, "steek uit!", when you want your sister to wear her best to stand out, "steek uit!" and if you want to challenge someone to do something scary, "steek uit!".
Stick8 is your invitation to show up and go for your dreams, to stand out in a noisy marketplace, and to step forward bravely.
Hi, I’m Nikki, coaching inspiring small business owners who are ready to go after their dreams, that’s my joy.
People come to me when they’re frustrated by gimmicks that don’t feel legit, human or even ethical. My clients are business owners who provide real value and make people happy but their efforts aren’t quite bringing in the financial rewards that justify their sacrifice.
Together, we create new strategies that feel natural and are pleasurable to implement. Strategies that lead to new perspectives, fresh energy and exciting opportunities. Also, more sales and happy customers.
For 10+ years I ran a successful e-commerce business called Healthy Gourmet Gifts. As I learned how to grow that online business, I helped my fellow entrepreneurs (suppliers and clients!) to grow theirs, and it snowballed. I took on my first coaching client 8+ years ago, and then another and another and here we are today.
I’ve been self-employed for 25+years so I know a thing or two about the freedom to make your own choices and the responsibility that comes with it. I’m not a newbie. I’ve been around the block and have earned my stripes the hard way - trial, error and constant investing in my skills and abilities.
One thing I know for sure, no one can appreciate the unique challenges that come with launching, running and growing a small business quite like someone who’s done it too.
Or just looking for something more to read because you're actually (halle-freakin'-lujah!) taking a break?
Or, maybe you're sitting quietly at your desk and as long as you're looking at your screen there's a chance no one will bother you, hmmm?
Ok, here's 10 random facts about me.
I was born and raised in South Africa and have a crazy mixed heritage of Italian, Dutch, British, German, African and recently I discovered I’m also part Irish from Kilkenny which explains a lot.
My first full-time job at 18 was answering the phones at a disc jockey company in Markham. The phone hardly rang until I found a yellow pages and started calling companies like McDonalds and London Life. I booked those gigs, and dj’d for a while, too, wearing a pink tuxedo.
I can read html code pretty well. Yup. This is only a cool party trick in certain circles.
I make a serious pot of curry.
I produced and directed a play based on Jack and the Beanstalk. Our presales were amazing, we expanded the seating and sold out and the concession treats and pre-show games were a hit. The doormen had to turn people away. I was 9.
I can’t ride a bike.
When a tagline comes together magically, or product shots are beautiful beyond expectations, or an idea for an offer comes to life, I get goosebumps all over, even on my face. It’s my sign, that’s when I know it’s right.
I met Bishop Desmond Tutu who asked me what I did for a living which led to my leaving film and television production. I did mostly action shows.
I giggle when I hear club tunes from the mid to late eighties. Memories of after-hours clubs in Toronto, lol!
Whiskey, Jamieson’s Irish Whiskey to be exact, that’s my tipple of choice.