Tanya Van Court
Founder and CEO of Goalsetter
Surround yourself with good people because they are the ones who will help you through difficult times.
–Tanya Van Court
Tanya Van Court is the CEO and Chief Sower at iSow. iSow enables people to give money with meaning and save money with a purpose. Tanya was previously the Board President of the Institute of Play in which her role was to lead all board activities. She was also the Senior Vice President of Partner Marketing for Discovery Education. She served as the Senior Vice President and general manager of NOGGIN, Parents Connect, and NickJr.com. Tanya became a graduate of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications Executive Leadership Development Program. In 2005, this was named a Betsy Magness Fellow by Women in Cable Telecommunications. She was named one of the Top 50 most influential minorities in Cable World. She graduated from Stanford University acquiring a B.S. in M.S. and Industrial Engineering. In Her Featured Interview Tanya Reveals:
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How Women Can Support Each Other In The Workplace
When we hear the work term “networking” (which let’s be honest we do a lot these days) often times people may envision never-ending social events with awkward name tags, or highly connected people getting an in from even more highly connected associates. But, networking doesn’t have to be laid out in these terms. Networking can start off small with a core group of supportive individuals. Tanya Van Court shares her secrets for creating a strong and most importantly positive networking group that can help you to grow. Read on!
Tanya Van Court is always sure to keep herself surrounded by a strong support system. Sure she works hard, but she also credits her success to being surrounded by good people.
Van Court has been able to leverage that support system into viable business opportunities for herself and in return give a little goodwill back to the community.
Van Court has served as the Senior Vice President and general manager of NOGGIN, Parents Connect, and NickJr.com. She was the CEO and Chief Sower at iSow, which enables people to give money with meaning and save money with a purpose.
Currently, Van Court is the Founder and CEO of Goalsetters, an Acorn Esque savings platform for parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, anyone really) to begin saving for their children’s future a little bit at a time while simultaneously teaching their children to be financially responsible. Goal setters also have an option to gift money and help make a difference in someone else’s life. It is a truly remarkable sight.
Van Court is the perfect example of surrounding yourself with good people, and being a good person that surrounds others. She lets us in on her tips on how to start to do just that and how it can affect you in more ways than you know!
Tanya Van Court has some simple rules when it comes to your inner circle and support system. Keep good people around.
Simultaneously, you should be keeping harmful people at arm’s length. Van Court’s reasoning behind this strategy is elementary. Good people will bring in positivity and help to get you through the difficult times in your business journey and personal life. Toxic people will be only toxicity to your world and make it more difficult than the universe had intended.
It seems like a simple strategy to maintain, but in practice, it can be rather difficult. How do you set out determining the good from the bad? Good people do not just appear out of nowhere ready to help. On the same note, bad people don’t usually go around advertising their negativity. And how can you even tell if someone who is helping you is genuine or just looking to move up in the world?
One key tactic is to listen to your gut. Often times we ignore what our gut tells us. We may think we are being paranoid and try to silence the gnawing feeling we are getting from within. Don’t silence it, rather tune in and believe what your gut is telling you. It is never wrong.
Another strategy that Van Court suggests, paying attention. By simply doing that you will get a good sense of who is going to be a strong support system and who is going to be the first one to jump ship if they see you struggling.
Once you have identified your core positive support system, sit back and watch it grow. This happens organically, no need to force it. The people who support you will bring in more positive people who have supported them, and so on. Soon enough, you will have a solid foundation of support to help you and your business grow and thrive.
We nurture those who are in our circle, but we also nurture those who ask us for help.
Identifying the supportive and toxic people in your life is only half the battle. Once you are done identifying then you need to take action. Surrounding yourself with the people you have identified as positive influences is easy. Eradicating people you have identified as toxic can be a bit more challenging.
It is important to set boundaries with these toxic people. Be direct and honest and never feel bad for cutting the cord with someone you view to be toxic.
Your journey is all about you. Cutting toxic people from your life and business will only help it to grow. Surrounding yourself with a strong network of support will ensure even more growth. Don’t be afraid to lean on your support system. They can help you achieve great things, like becoming the CEO of an amazing company that also helps give back to the community just like Goal setters.
Find a solid support system and build that into an even more supportive networking group. Don’t stop there. See that it continues to grow and as it grows, you lend a helping hand to others in need.