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FTUIY Episode #02: Maria Mendoza

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Written By: Dr. Jaime G. Raygoza

Maria Mendoza has undergone an incredible evolution, from a burned-out retail worker to an inspiring entrepreneur and business owner. In a raw Finding the Unicorn in You podcast interview, she shares her journey of overcoming hardship to build a lip gloss empire fueled by ambition.

Navigating Rock Bottom:

After being laid off from an unfulfilling job, Maria fell into depression and uncertainty. By selling belongings and investing just $200, she found the courage to launch her cosmetics business, proving startups can begin small.

The Drive of an Empress:

Maria stresses the importance of relentless hunger for success. She wakes up at 4 am daily to juggle her ventures while still caring for family, rejecting excuses. Maria explains the value of having a clear vision and employing ruthless discipline.

Turning Failures into Wins:

It took extensive research and many botched batches before Maria perfected her lip gloss formula. She advises entrepreneurs to embrace failures as learning opportunities and trust the process. With persistence, vision, and discipline, dreams manifest.

Surrounding Yourself with Light:

Maria credits her motivation and work ethic to supportive figures like her mother and friend Jaime. She urges aspiring leaders to cut ties with negative people who hinder growth and instead build a community of unicorns who bring out your best.

Unicorn Lesson:

The key takeaway from Maria’s story is that ambition requires relentless discipline, persistence through setbacks, and programming your mind for success. Rise after fall by beginning again with wisdom gained. Stay hungry in reaching your highest potential by cutting distractions and surrounding yourself with light.


To hear Maria’s full inspirational story, check out her episode of Finding the Unicorn in You!

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Let us know your biggest takeaways in the comments!

Maria embodies the entrepreneurial unicorn spirit of resilience, bold vision, and contagious motivation. Her rise from adversity ignites our inner fire. Thank you for reading!

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