Sarah is currently working on building her brand: Passport Debauchery, a guide to living life on a higher level. She is trying to find the best approach to encourage and guide people toward understanding the true unforgiving way to live life as yourself and to embrace the “Quality of Life.”
What is your morning routine?
My morning routine is quite boring. I hit the snooze button a few times before rolling over for some morning cuddles and kisses with my German. When I’m finally able to crawl out of the warm cocoon I’ve made throughout the night, I’ll enjoy a quick shower and finish my routine with some CBS News until I’m out the door for work.
What is your evening routine?
My evening routine changes with every day. I might attend networking events, or drop into a local bar to watch whatever game is on. I’ve recently been enjoying kickboxing classes and walks on the high-line. Otherwise, I find myself on the couch with a glass of wine catching up on whichever show I’m currently binging.
What is your idea of success?
Alongside self-sufficiency and independence, my idea of success is being able to define and identify who you are as a person.
What has been your greatest achievement thus far?
Traveling the world with an open mind and allowing myself to grow from the new experiences I encounter.
What has been your biggest failure and how did you overcome it?
To be honest I don’t have a biggest failure. Everything I’ve done in my life has opened or closed a door. Each door has provided a clearer map and purpose to my future and success.
What do you feel is the biggest mistake people make when starting a business? Did you make it?
I feel the biggest mistake people make when starting a business is not understanding/identifying their target market. If you have an honest understanding of your target audience you can work toward becoming invaluable to them thus effecting your ROI.
What is the trait you most admire in others?
The trait I most admire in others is only seen few and far between. I most admire when a person finds so much joy in helping others and encompasses sincere and utter selflessness.
What is your biggest professional pet peeve?
Using the word “I” instead of “we” and not giving credit where credit is due.
How do you define a great leader?
I define a great leader as a team player who provides guidance and support within the common goal.
If you could have dinner with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and what would you like the topic of conversation to be?
Philipp Drachenberg and the topic is “how I will pronounce my new last name after we’re married.”
Who is the most badass woman you know and why?
I only surround myself with badass women and together we create the power of the most badass woman you can find.
What is your best negotiating tactic?
My best negotiating tactic is to see the opposing person’s cards first. What do they have to offer? What is their number? What is their expectation? What can I do for them vs. what they can do for me? Once I have leverage, I negotiate.
What’s your best networking secret?
It’s a secret!
How do you stay organized throughout the day?
I don’t. I have amazing people in my life who help me. I’m too right brained to stay organized.
What advice would you go back and give your younger self?
Fuck ’em all. Be who you are and never feel defeated by society and social norms.
Phone call or email and why?
It depends who’s on the other end. Emails are typically more formal and for documentation. Phone calls are super personal but quicker to the point. I prefer the middle ground: texting.
What are you most proud of in your life?
Discovering who I am and not apologizing for my decisions.
What qualities do you believe make someone a great team member?
I think a great team member is someone looking to be a great leader. Willingness to take ownership and do whatever necessary, no matter the size of the task, to accomplish a common goal.
What is the fastest way to turn you off in an interview?
- A person’s lack of humility, a know-it-all with no conviction, turns me off in an interview.
How does someone impress you on an interview?
A person who comes to an interview with a portfolio, that shows samples of previous work or suggested ideas/templates on how they can contribute to the position, would impress me in an interview.
Where do you get most of your information?
CBS News for news. Facebook/Instagram for keeping up with friends. Badass Living for lifestyle advice.
What apps could you not live without?
Pandora – music is my go to drug of choice – and Whatspp because I travel so much I need a good source of communication cost free.
What is the best lesson you learned from your worst boss?
- To always be checking the person who is doing the checking of the checking.
What do think are the three most essential lessons you have learned in business thus far?
- 1 | The importance of delegating.
- 2 | Documentation is gold and covers your ass.
- 3 | Sometimes no business is good business; you’re not always going to be compatible with everyone.
What is your professional motto?
“It’s harder to be professional when you don’t love your job.”
Who is your business crush?
Net A Porter.
Where would you like to be professionally in a year?
In a year I want to have solidified my brand and be moving in the direction of building my own company.
What do you regret most?
I regret when I ignore my intuition and settle for less.
How do you define happiness?
I define happiness by the epiphany moment a person has when they realize the meaning of the “quality of life.”
What is your best remedy for FOMO?
I don’t get FOMO. If I’m missing out it’s because I want to be missing out.
What makes you badass?
Finishing a pint of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s in one sitting, without an ounce of regret, is what makes me a badass.
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