Life is too short to be anyone other than yourself.Marina Renée Payne | CEO @House Akros
What is your greatest fear?
Before having David (4) and Miranda (2), I would have said that my greatest fear is mediocrity. If I fail, then I know I need to make changes and adapt. On the other hand, if I’m doing everything within my power to accomplish something and only treading water, it becomes far trickier to determine where the changes need to happen. Now that I’m a mom, my worst fear is if something terrible were to happen to my kids, especially if I’m not there to protect or help them.
Why have you chosen your professional path?
Historically speaking, I have never really been drawn to adrenaline sports. Last summer when my husband convinced me to go skydiving with him, it changed my life. The amazing rush I felt free-falling and then parachuting down was unmatched. The fear I felt before the jump transformed into a profound sense of catharsis once I reached the ground. I have discovered that adrenaline-based experiences imbue me with a sense of confidence, with each new event. Being able to share this type of experience with a group of people is personally inspiring. I genuinely believe that the relationships we forge while participating in House Akros activities take on a special significance. It’s very fulfilling.
What drives you?
I am driven by the desire to help other people. In my former profession as a teacher, I shared my passion for the written word with my students and provided them with the tools they needed in order to write and interpret effectively. Now, as CEO of House Akros, I am once again sharing my passion for experiences that push us outside of our comfort zones in order to show us how much more we are actually capable of.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken professionally?
My biggest professional risk was leaving my career as a tenured teacher in a great district in order to stay home and be with my kids. I felt quite a bit of trepidation leaving a position it took me years to procure and a masters in secondary education with a middle school endorsement to land.
How did that risk serve you?
Deciding to stay home and be with David and Miranda is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. It’s the hardest and best job I have ever had. And wow is it fun. An unexpected and amazing benefit is that my schedule is far more flexible than it ever was when I was a teacher, which has afforded me the opportunity to embark on the fantastic adventure that is our company, House Akros, with my husband and close friends.
What excites you the most about attending/participating in the Fear Paradox Summit?
I am very excited about connecting with other businesswomen to gather advice and listen to their triumphs, struggles, and achievements. The business world is a new arena for me, and I am eager to gain insights that this event will provide.
What do you hope to leave with or hope to share with others as part of your participation?
As mentioned before, I hope to leave with new insights on how to be a more effective member of my company’s team. I am hopeful that my positive energy will be a benefit to those I connect with during the summit.
Any parting words of wisdom?
Life is too short to be anyone other than yourself.