A Heart-repreneur Bounces Back from Chronic Pain by Focusing on Her Blessings and Being of Service
Terri Levine, Ph.D. captures the attention of a room by speaking powerfully about ways that listeners can enhance their lives and fulfill personal and professional dreams. Small in stature, but expansive in presence; she has experienced what may seem like several lifetimes this go-around. They include travel and adventures, marriage, and creating her own successful business.
I met her at a professional conference where she was one of three speakers, encouraging us to put our hearts and souls into our visions for our lives. I was inspired by her attitude as she let us know that despite appearances, she was facing an often debilitating disease, called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.
You call yourself a ‘Heart-repreneur’. How did you come up with that concept and what does it mean to you?
Several years ago, I was meeting with my publisher and we were discussing a new book that I was working on. During that conversation he called me a Heart-repreneur. I asked him why he called me that and he told me that I was an entrepreneur who built million-dollar business in a unique way and it was heart-based and the world needed to have this kind of conscious capitalism. At the time I got home from that meeting I realize that this meant a lot to me and I quickly changed the name of my company, changed my branding, registered and trademarked the term and have been on a mission now to transform the way business is done. This has become a cause and over 2000 people have joined in so far from around the world.
Your business model is about relationships and I wonder how it plays out in your personal life as well. What qualities does that embody?
Whether in business or in life I come from a mentality of service. Caring more about the outcome or agenda that other people have versus my own in business and in life. This has deepened my personal relationships and has created a tribe of loyal family members.
Please share the delightful story of how you and your husband met.
When I was 16 years old, I proudly told my mother that I was never going to change my last name and that my name was who I was on the planet and I would never give that up for anyone. Shortly after that I was introduced to a boy the exact same age as me. I walked right up to him and said I’m just going to have to marry you because he shared the name Levine. And the rest as they say is history we have been happily married for almost 39 years