Hi, I’m Erin, and it’s great to meet you!
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Entrepreneur Life BC (Before Christ)
I’m Erin Harrigan—Christ follower, wife, mom and God-Centered entrepreneur… but that last part wasn’t always the case. Let me take you back a bit.
I’ve been a driver and striver all my life. It’s the road I chose out of growing up in poverty – work hard, go to school, get a job, work work work, earn big money, maybe retire some day. 23 years into that journey, with a big title, big salary, big 70% travel schedule, I was TIRED. Tired of the grind, tired of missing out on our daughters’ events, tired of missing my husband. I started my entrepreneur journey in 2010 when I was desperate for a way off that hamster wheel, and I did what I knew: transferred my driving and striving into that business and built it big quickly. It seemed to be perfectly timed…two years later I was let go from my job unexpectedly, and I was grateful to have had a plan B to keep us afloat (for a little while).
Still I was unfulfilled…having tied my identity to my accomplishments, I only saw myself as worthy when I was working hard and achieving BIG things. I talked a good “Jesus” game, but I didn’t truly have a relationship with Him. Little did I know the bottomless hole I was trying to fill with stuff, accomplishment, income, titles, etc. was Jesus-shaped – and I was about to find out when my business started to shrink no matter how hard I worked. God was moving my “Pride Rock” mountain to show me His will. My entrepreneur life BC (before Christ) was about to change.
From Self-Centered to God-Centered
When I found myself hitting this successful-yet-something-was-missing wall, I was left feeling like there must be something wrong with me. Was I not focused enough? Did I not want “it” badly enough? Was I not willing to work hard enough? Was I not cut out to be an entrepreneur? These lies are just what the enemy wants us to believe, as he seeks to distract us from God’s purpose by planting seeds of discouragement, doubt, and discontentment in our minds. My answer to those questions was to keep pushing ahead in pursuit of some greater success I must not have yet uncovered.
Thankfully a conversation with a mentor woke me up with one sentence: “Erin, you don’t know who you are… and WHOSE you are.” The conversation that followed guided me to know Jesus…and THAT’s when transformation really began! As I spent time with the Lord and in His Word, God started to break down my walls and break the strongholds in my life – pride and idolatry topped the list. I started to understand God gave me a business to steward wisely. And the only way to do this is with Him at the center. I call this pursuing success God’s way, and the accompanying daily actions Hustle with Heart.
Entrepreneur Life AD (after dying to self in accepting Christ)
Hustle with Heart exists to mentor and guide those who desire to make an impact for God’s glory but aren’t sure if it’s possible (or even appropriate) to bridge faith and business. It’s here for achievers who want to keep Jesus at the center of their business and allow Him to have His way with it, but aren’t sure how that marries to results. Through Hustle with Heart, my hindsight can be your your foresight as you pursue success God’s way vs. the world’s. By bringing to light God’s miracles in my mess, I hope to help you see you’re not alone in working to build a business that honors Him, serves His people, and that’s it’s possible to do this and enjoy achievement and income.
I am honored to be God’s messenger to share my lessons with others through speaking opportunities and personalized coaching. It’s not easy pursuing success God’s way vs. the world’s, and daily I am challenged with more surrender and more obedience. However, I can tell you with 100% certainty that walking and working in the center of His will is so much better, more peaceful, more joyous than trying to walk in my own. And it’s from that humble position that seek to free others from the struggle of bridging faith and business, and use my lessons and the Bible to equip them to Hustle with Heart too.