By Colleen Gallagher
After graduating with a Marketing Degree from Michigan State University, Colleen Gallegher went on to work as a sale engineer. She had a successful corporate career, both in the U.S. and in New Zealand, but deep in her heart, what she wanted was to become an entrepreneur, travel the world, and teach people how to use technology to make money and live their dream lives.
During an entrepreneurial retreat in November 2017, she got the sign that she was waiting for. Since then, Colleen has traveled to 11 countries and 28 cities. She wrote a book, hit multiple six figures in her business, empowered others to earn extra money—from an extra few hundred dollars to someone’s first million dollars in a month—started her Masters in Global Technology and Development, and started a Global Citizen University.
What an incredible journey! Today, we are proud to welcome Colleen in The After Six Club’s Ambitious Tribe. In the article below, she shares how her dream to travel the world while working drives her ambition further.
I had cancer at age 14. When I was in the hospital, there was a moment when I heard a father yelled at a mother saying, “The only reason we are in this position to not pay for our daughters’ treatment is because you are a stay-at-home Mom.”
This scene imprinted in my mind that I needed to have money to have love and I needed money to not die. So, I went on this long journey and I went to Michigan State University (MSU) and graduated with a Marketing Degree to work for a $23 billion company as a sale engineer. In the corporate world, I had a lot of success covering multi-million-dollar territories. However, I realized that deep down, I was super unhappy. I also realized that my big dream was to live a global lifestyle at the time and the company told me I would have to wait five years.
I remember I was not willing to wait five years to make my dream come true. So, I saved my money for three months, left the company, and moved across the world to New Zealand. I then manifested a job with a $400 million company within four weeks. That was the moment I started to realize how powerful I was and how, when you really start to follow your dreams, the universe shows up for you. It was then when I realized I really wanted to travel the world and help other people start to see how to use technology to make money and live their dreams.
I went to an entrepreneur retreat in Fiji to learn how I could do this. This was my first time being around multi-millionaires and I started to really have negative thoughts. I thought, how silly am I to think I can help people live their dreams with love, etc.
One day, I went over to take a picture of the sunset. My lens captured the photo and there was a heart around the sun. That was the moment I realized I could follow my next big dream to leave the corporate world and start a business online while traveling the world. Through my business, I would empower others to start following their dreams and make money through it. And that was just what I did. Colleen Gallagher International was established in 2018.
What do you believe makes your business stand out?
I believe my business stands out because I authentically stand and believe in love, which is what guides my clients to create fast results in their businesses and create money online.
Is it always necessary to be passionate about what your business is about in order for it to succeed?
Not always, but if you aren’t passionate about what you do, you will overwork yourself, fall out of love with the business, and your financial success will be capped eventually.
How did you obtain capital? Were there investors?
No. I left my corporate job with $5,000 in my bank account in January 2018 and started to provide coaching and consulting online.
How did you build your customer base? What form of marketing has been most effective for you so far?
Facebook and Instagram.
How do you generate new ideas for your business’ growth?
By following my inspiration to impact the world with love.
What kind of company culture are you implementing? What are your core values?
My company culture revolves around freedom and love. I empower my team to live a freedom lifestyle where they work on their own terms while impacting the world with love from their gifts.
How do you deal with major mishaps? What would you say is one of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?
The biggest mistake I made was keeping an employee way longer than I should have even if she was not delivering. It took away too much of my energy.
What skills do you believe are necessary in handling a business?
Being present with compassion for every individual.
What would you say are some dos and don’ts in starting one?
- Follow your gut and intuition on everything.
- Always think bigger.
- Environment is everything, so get super clear on who you surround yourself with.
- Invest in mentors.
- Align yourself to follow your dreams and vision.
- Trust yourself.
- Listen to other people.
- Follow a specific strategy.
- Judge others.
- Hang around normal people.
Describe a typical day for you.
My days are always changing because I travel. My days are filled with speaking events, writing, classes, emails, calls, and more. However, these things I do consistently: walking and dancing.
How many hours of work a day do you put in? How many days per week?
I am never working and always playing. I play all day, every day. I created my life to be that way.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is that poverty will not be able to end because people in current power cannot get over themselves in order to solve world problems.
What sacrifices have you had to make to get here?
None. I only create new standards that empower me to release old tolerance levels of habits, ideas, and beliefs that do not serve me.
What can you consider is your greatest success?
My greatest success is when my clients live out their dreams and make money from it. That is the greatest act of love: when you empower someone to see they are worthy and deserving of their dreams and helping them to make it happen.
What would you say is the secret to success?
Believing and trusting in yourself.
What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
What motivates you? Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Love motivates me and my future self is my greatest inspiration knowing the impact she has on this planet.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years?
When I am 35 years old, I see myself traveling the world, particularly in the third world and developing nations, helping guide women on how to use technology to create financial freedom. I see myself in more speaking events, empowering political leaders on how to use technology to create the changes we need to dissolve poverty.
Do you consider yourself an ambitious person?
I consider myself as someone who has a vision and is on a mission to impact the world with love. I personally feel ambitious is a word that people can get addicted to and lose themselves in their work instead of being holistically present with every part of their life.
What piece of advice can you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Start following your dreams now because it sure would be a shame if your last day was to come and you could not say you have lived out your heart’s true desires.
Edits: Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla | Image Credit: Colleen Gallagher
Colleen Gallagher is a childhood cancer survivor and author. She is also the Global Educator, Researcher, and Founder of Global Citizen University. She stands for the Revolutionary vision, creating the largest peaceful army of love. Colleen travels around the world (34 countries to date) to educate and empower people to see how they can make a massive impact on humanity by simply being them.