Give us a little backstory about yourself
My name is Tamika Harden, during my childhood and adolescence I was over weight. I hated being over weight with a passion. Both children and adults were often mean which, negatively impacted my self image. When I turned 16yrs old I joined my very first health club, without the help of an adult. That’s how bad I wanted it. Through hard work I lost 40lbs and fell in love with fitness. At the young age of 19 I was hired to manage and operator the very same fitness club where it all started. Losing weight for me was my first major life Accomplishment. An Accomplishment that taught me I had the power to change anything in my life that I did not like. That discovery led to the desire to become a fitness trainer. I wanted to help others change their lives through fitness, the way it changed mine.
What made you want to start your business?
Starting my own business was both the hardest decision to make and the most rewarding Decision I’ve made. For over 15 years I’ve worked for several fitness companies. At first it seemed both scary and hard to start my own business. I allowed years of fear to hold me back until one day I said to myself , why don’t you just do what you love. That was 3.5 years ago. My first fitness experience taught me the power of change. It taught me that with the right tools and support one could accomplish goals that once seemed impossible. I wanted to guide people through the lifestyle change process. That’s how Body By Tamika was born.
What were some challenges have you faced and how did you overcome?
Growing up experiencing both poverty and drug addiction, I’m used to fighting through obstacles . Unfortunately, I don’t know it any other way . My life experiences have made me resilient and has motivated me to keep going. I want to use my experiences to help strengthen and motivate others. Fear and lack of resources almost destroyed my dreams or entrepreneurialship. Instead through hard work I turned adversity into opportunity and Body By Tamika was born.
What advice would you give someone who would like to start their own business?
If you can’t stop thinking about, if you can’t stop dreaming about, If you enjoy to do it for free, then it sounds like you have discovered your passion. My advice is to find like minded individuals or mentors that can help you create a plan. Don’t allow fear to hold you back. Fear is something that doesn’t yet exist. Don’t allow something that hasn’t happened yet stop you from living your purpose.