Please introduce yourself and your business to our community.
Hello, My name is Majesty Acheampong and I’m the founder of Ignite Your Influence. I’ve grown my influence through my Ignite Your Influence events and platforms such as my lifestyle blog, podcast, social media and Club Ignite community. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with brands such as Pantene, Olay and Coca-Cola, to name a few. I’m a believer that anyone can use their gifts to influence others, so now I teach individuals how to build personal brands and monetize their platforms.
At what point in your life did you realize your passion?
Ever since the age of 14, I knew that I wanted to be a businesswoman that had a positive influence over other women’s lives. Of course at the age of 14, influencer marketing was not even a thing, but even then, I knew I wanted to help women, inspire women, and create a community of support for women.
What did you learn about yourself in 2020?
I love planning out my schedule and having solid plans in place well in advance, but 2020 had other plans lol. 2020 taught me how to be flexible, how to leverage technology, and how to constantly pivot and find comfort in ambiguity.
What do you attribute to your success in life and business?
When I commit to something, I fully commit to it. I don’t half do anything. If I don’t have the capacity to give something my best, I will usually decline the offer or table it until I can fully devote myself to it. My success has come from me knowing when I have too much on my plate that it is ok to not continue to add to it.
It is important for us to nurture a community of black women that share, learn, and thrive together. Please share a story of failure that taught you a valuable lesson.
When I first started as an influencer, companies would offer me low rates, and I would accept low rates without negotiating because I felt so lucky to even be seen by these big brands. Over the years, I learned that my influence has value and my reach is valuable to brands, so now I negotiate and Im always very aware of my worth and I don’t settle for lower.
Please let us know the woman you were 5 years ago and who you’re becoming?
5 years ago, I was a people pleasure and I would say yes to what others wanted me to do, versus honoring what I wanted to do. Now, I have grown to be a woman that is very comfortable with saying No and honoring my time, and setting boundaries. I’ve learned that I can be a people person without people-pleasing.
What women in your life have been a source of inspiration?
My mother, Brenda Timberlake is a pastor, and she has been pastoring for over 30 years, and I love how she inspires and uplifts others by preaching and pouring into her congregation. I definitely get my desire to uplift and inspire people from her. I treat my platform like my pulpit, and I use my influence to inspire and make an impact.
Celebrate your wins! Brag, sis. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the community that I’ve built that serves thousands of creators of color. I’m proud of the ecosystem of support and resources that I’ve built that has helped women of color build personal brands and land paid brand deals.
Quoting Audre Lorde, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Please share your self-care routine.
I take a bubble bath each night and light a candle and that is my self care time. I also take 10 minutes to meditate each morning and that time is sacred…my phone is on do not disturb, and I set intentions for my day uninterrupted.
You are part of our melanin muse tribe. How can we help you on your journey?
I offer so many resources for creators of color such as guides, courses, and membership, so I’d love for your platform to have awareness of them in case my offerings could be helpful resources for your community