Lisa Alfano: Embracing
Entrepreneurship at 61

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Dive into the inspiring story of Lisa Alfano, a former government employee who took the bold step into entrepreneurship.

At 61, Lisa shares her journey from a stable government job to launching her own business in the world of surf retreats for women over 50.

This episode touches on the challenges and victories of starting a business later in life, emphasizing the importance of community, overcoming ageism, and embracing new adventures.


Why This Episode Is For You

If you’re contemplating a career change or starting a new venture later in life, Lisa’s story is a testament to the fact that it’s never too late to follow your passions.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone looking to reinvent themselves and make a meaningful impact in their community.

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In this episode, you will learn:

  • 03:24 – Lisa’s leap from government to entrepreneurship
  • 07:15 – The inspiration behind starting surf retreats for women over 50
  • 11:00 – Addressing ageism and empowering older women
  • 14:05 – The importance of community in Lisa’s business model
  • 20:28 – Balancing passion with practical business planning
  • 25:01 – Overcoming challenges as a new entrepreneur
  • 30:15 – The value of feedback and learning from experiences
  • 35:40 – Integrating personal values into business
  • 40:05 – Future plans and aspirations for her business

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