Naa shares her journey to fulfilling her dream in “Chapter 9: Teaching Women to Live Their Dreams.” Naa wants you to know some of the costs to owning your own business.
About the Contributor
Naa Harper is a sought – after Christian speaker, bible teacher, and purpose development coach. She is also the author of two books: After and Living Your Dreams: A Woman’s Guide to Fulfilling Her Destiny. Being a wife and mother are her first loves, but her other love is helping individuals discover, embrace and live with purpose. Her message that God is the solution for everything shakes the very core of women (and men), those in leadership, parents and teens looking for answers.
The northern California resident graduated with a degree in information science from the University of Pittsburgh. Naa has a master’s degree in religious education from the Liberty University Theological Seminary.
In addition, Naa is a frequent guest and participant at church conferences, retreats, and bible studies; she also ministers to teen girl groups. Recently, she launched a teen bible study for girls called God’s Girls: Real Talk. She currently coaches college students from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
In 2013, Naa realized that she had more to offer others. So, she took her experience in corporate America and became a certified purpose development coach through the Purpose Development Institute in Atlanta, Georgia founded by Apostle Donald Jenkins and his wife Dr. Lily Jenkins.
Naa is married to Will Harper and together they have a daughter.
Naa, tell us about yourself .
I am a working mother, wife, entrepreneur, coach and writer. I enjoy spending quality time with my family by going to amusement parks, movies, and any chance we can get to travel somewhere on an airplane. My husband and daughter lover to travel and so do I. When I am not doing things with my family I love to help people and encourage them through my writing. I enjoy reading, good food, movies, knitting, and exercising.
What influenced you to begin your business? Were there any trials or struggles that led you to the place where you are now?
I have always been a dreamer. Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to do different things and travel. I enjoy learning and experiencing different cultures. In 2013 I decided to take my dreams more seriously and pursue them. I felt that I was not alone in terms of the frustration I felt because I wasted time or did not think I could ever achieve my dream of becoming a published author or an entrepreneur. The frustration was something I carried within myself for years. In 2005, I lost all of my possessions, house, car, job, family, and money.
It was all gone within a year’s time. At the time I was homeless and sleeping on floor of friend’s apartments and catching the bus to work at a supermarket. But through all of these struggles I never stopped dreaming. All of these things bought me to the place I am at now. My now place is a place of helping other women to embrace their dreams despite their struggles and live them one day at a time.
What are your business goals for the next 3-5 years?
My business goals for the next 3-5 years are to reach one thousand women from around the world through my books and coaching business.
Do you have a motto, encouraging quote or bible verse you want to share?
I have always loved 1 Corinthians 2:9 which says “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” I believe this speaks volumes of what God has already done and what he going to do in our lives.
What advice do you have for a woman who has been thinking about starting her own business?
One piece of advice I would give a woman who is thinking about starting a business is “Count the cost and go for it.”
Please tell us where we can connect with you online.
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