“It’s Very Hard For Female Entrepreneurs To Accept Help” Words of Wisdom With Tara Mackey, Founder of The Organic Life

Yitzi Weiner
Apr 24, 2018 · 10 min read

“I think it’s very hard for female entrepreneurs to accept help. We feel like we’re supposed to know it all, do it all — and also keep the house clean while we’re at it! I wish I had accepted help sooner. I wish I had opened myself up to trusting and empowering women earlier on in my business, because it is our main focus now and I cannot picture it any other way.”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tara Mackey, the founder and CEO of The Organic Life, a successful holistic and sustainable living platform. She is a widely recognized social media personality with over 500,000 followers and millions of blog hits. She founded the organic beauty company Genetix Skincare and is the #1 best-selling author of Cured by Nature and WILD Habits (May 2018). Mackey, who has a background in psychology and genetics, left a coveted position at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2011 to travel to California to explore natural healing, yoga and meditation. That same year she began utilizing holistic techniques to heal her chronic illnesses, going cold turkey off of fourteen daily medications, and healing herself naturally. She’s an expert on building better habits and is on a conscious quest to move humanity in a more sustainable, healthy, and holistic direction.Recognized with numerous awards and nominations for her entrepreneurship, Mackey was named “a powerful voice in the smart, sexy, sustainable movement” by Coco Eco Magazine.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I was diagnosed with my first medical label and put on my first drug at the age of 13. By 24, I was on 14 different Rx drugs. In 2011, after a series of tragic events lead me to the conclusion that I needed to “start over”, I came off the Rx drugs I had been prescribed for my skin, mood, anxiety and pain and started to treat myself naturally using herbs, supplements, food, exercise, meditation and mind-strengthening techniques.

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

My Dad passed away in 2014 and I decided to take a break from my blog to focus on healing. About six months later I went back home to New York for the very first time since the funeral. Because of the break I had taken from my blog to heal, I wasn’t blogging daily at the time, like I used to be.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

Right now, I am committed to hiring women and specifically minorities and women of color. I think it’s important to remember that women face discrimination in the workplace not just for being women, but they’re also not getting hired simply based on their first or last name or the color of their skin. I also think creating an all-women work environment significantly cuts down on any forms of work place sexual harassment or a hostile work environment. We try to keep things fun, we work outside as much as possible, we go on hikes and beach walks and I provide everyone with healthy food and kombucha to boot! We strive to be a new, consciously sustainable standard in business.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

I would not be here today without my grandparents, who adopted me when I was seven. I grew up with a single mother who struggled with drug and alcohol issues, and my grandparents swooping in and getting custody of me was definitely a blessing I cherish every single day. They’re living angels.

Are you working on any exciting projects now?

Yes! My next book, WILD Habits: Unlock Your Mind, Improve Your Health, and Release Your True Power is out on May 8th! If you feel dissatisfied with your life or struggle with bad habits you can’t seem to quit, this book is 100% for you! The basis of the book includes transformational healing techniques, showing you how to achieve complete body and mind restoration, by using my highly developed four-step WILD Method. The story of how I overcame my harmful habits, coupled with the success stories of others who’ve used the method to overcome theirs, make up the bulk of this new book and I think people are truly going to love it!

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I’m a huge philanthropist and environmental activist. I spent this year saving endangered Torrey Pines from being clear cut in my neighborhood, we partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every order purchased from my company Genetix and we donate to causes spanning from women’s suffrage to animal rights to the environment. My favorite part about success so far is how much it allows me to give back to others, which is true personal wealth.

Do you have a favorite book that made a deep impact on your life? Can you share a story?

I am not exaggerating when I say that Autobiography of a Yogi is the BEST book I have ever read.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

I think it’s very hard for female entrepreneurs to accept help. We feel like we’re supposed to know it all, do it all — and also keep the house clean while we’re at it! I wish I had accepted help sooner. I wish I had opened myself up to trusting and empowering women earlier on in my business, because it is our main focus now and I cannot picture it any other way.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. :-)

I would absolutely love to have a private meal with Oprah. Honestly, my childhood was chaotic at best due to my mother’s drug and alcohol addictions. Oprah’s show started the year that I was born, and was a staple after school for me to turn on and tune into. The trauma that I went through often paled in comparison to the people that Oprah was able to help. I saw the light come back into folks eyes and I watched people get their life back. Without that affirmation — that I am not broken, that my life is not irreparable, and that I can be successful and make something of myself no matter what I’ve been through — I don’t know who I would be today. And I would love to thank her for that.

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

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Yitzi Weiner

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A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

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