CEO of AIR Aerial Fitness Shama Patel Shares How She Combats Fear

I’ve spent the majority of my life in various states of fear – mostly afraid that I wasn’t enough or doing enough in all aspects of my life: relationships, school, work, even my own well-being. Sometimes the fear propelled me to work harder and other times it crippled me to not act at all, but in either case, I’ve always struggled to shake it.

After years of wishing I worked in an industry I felt passionate about, I finally made the leap to leave my career in the finance industry to pursue my dream of being a fitness entrepreneur. I thought to myself “Boom – I just conquered my fears!” Entrepreneurship brought on a new set of fears, but with that also comes the determination to overcome them. Naturally, I reached out to two of the most fearless #BossLadies I know for advice – Jeana and Maggie from aSweatLife. We embarked on a mission to inspire ourselves and others to move past their fears by hearing from inspirational women in the field.

So, readers, we present to you, #FearlessFridays for the month of October. We’ll be interviewing five incredible women on their entrepreneurial journey, the fears they encountered and how they conquered them.

Our first #FearlessFriday features Shama Patel, Founder of AIR Aerial Fitness, MUD and Floor Lab. In 2010, Shama left her career as a corporate attorney to follow her dream of starting a company that would revolutionize fitness. Not only is Shama growing her fitness empire, she is also growing her family.

Pregnant with her first set of twins, we caught up with Shama at the hospital – at the time of taping she was running her businesses from her hospital bed while awaiting the arrival of her babies.

In our interview, one takeaway rang loud and clear: have passion for the business you are in and confidence in yourself – it will carry you through the tough times and help you power through any obstacles you encounter.

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About Nikki Desai

Nikki is a very large personality stuck in a very tiny 5'0" body. She marches along to her favorite mantra - a body (and mind) in motion stays in motion. This belief led her to co-found SweatWorking, aSweatlife’s sister company, where she currently works on product development (and whatever else is going on that day). When she’s not obsessing over multi-page to-do lists, you can find her hitting up fitness classes, dancing to Indian music, eating entire bars of mystery chocolate, or planning her next international adventure. Nikki earned her degree from Washington University in St. Louis and previously worked in FinTech.