At twenty-two, Ayana Symone is an author, a blogger, and the host of the “To Be Heard” Podcast. In 2018, she self-published her first novel, titled, How I Fell in Love with Myself and self-published her second novel, titled, My Name is Anxiety, in 2022. She is a former English & Journalism major with a previous education in writing from a program based in New York. As she continues to pursue a career in writing, she aims to bring relevant messages of faith, redemption, hope & self-esteem to you & others around the world.
Why did you start your career in writing, blogging and being a podcaster?
I wanted to create a safe space for people to be honest, bare, vulnerable, all the while encountering the love of Jesus Christ
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, has it been easy or smooth in retrospect?
In retrospect, the journey has been both challenging and rewarding at the same time. I’ve learned that mistakes are part of the process, and the challenge usually comes with learning how to not let the mistake define the future of my career.
What was the biggest obstacle you faced in your business and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle I face is more so a Me vs Me conflict more than any other obstacle. I can be my own worst critic. I overcome it by going back to the posture of humility, reminding myself of WHY and WHO I do it for. It helps take my eyes off of myself and care for the people I feel called to help.
What do you believe is the reason for your success?
While there are a handful of things I can credit to success, I owe mine to the wise, faith-filled mentors and leaders around me who give me good counsel and are always teaching me and holding me accountable.
What is one source that has inspired you?
I’ve seen my dad pursue his dream ever since I was little. Watching and learning from him growing up, he’s inspired me before anyone else.
If you could go back with the knowledge you have today- what would you do differently?
I wouldn’t rush as much. I make more mistakes trying to rush to meet a deadline, but if I would have slowed down, I’m sure I would’ve made a lot more different decisions.
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