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I always knew I was different. While others only saw what was in front of them, I danced between the seen and unseen worlds. As a child I remember crying in our family kitchen and my father asking, “Why are you so sensitive?” I tried to speak my mind but was told to be quiet. “Pull yourself together, Samantha,” he said.
I grew up on a farm and found solace by immersing myself in nature, a ritual that has continued into my adult life. I would escape from feeling misunderstood in my home and the schoolyard, sit under a tree and write poetry to soothe my fragile heart, wondering:
I so desperately wanted to be loved for who I was, to feel like I was enough. But the world kept telling me to be someone else.
The first ill-fitting mask I tried on was that of the good girl – the pretty, obedient, high-achieving school captain. I thought she would help me receive the love and acceptance I craved. But no. The emptiness and loneliness remained.
At 16, the destructive voice in my head – the one that told me I was unworthy and unlovable – became deafening. Struggling to deal with the trauma of sexual abuse, I swapped one mask for another. The good girl became the rebel as I grappled to anaesthetise my pain with drugs, sex and alcohol.
When I wasn’t using my sexuality as a weapon, I sought love and approval by pursuing other people’s idea of success. I thought:
By the time I was 18 I had used my shared value business methodology to grow a residential estate from a $500,000 venture to a $10 million dollar company. It was around that time I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder and put on the highest possible dose of medication.
Despite my internal struggles, I kept striving to achieve other people’s idea of success. By the time I was 21, I had built my first investment properties, become the youngest Vice President of the Wagga Wagga Business Chamber, and won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
But when the lights dimmed and the work day ended, I was still that little girl under a tree trying to make sense of the world and wondering why she felt so lost, sad and misunderstood. From the outside, my life looked like a great success. But all I wanted to do was put an end to it.
I realised that my life wasn’t congruent with my true self. I had traded authenticity for acceptance. I had traded my body for lust masquerading as love. I had traded my happiness for the hollow hallmarks of “success”.
Beneath the weight of the medication and the masks, the real me was fighting for air. It was time to let her breathe. No one was going to save me. I had to save my damn self.
I travelled the world learning and adopting a shamanic approach to diet, embodiment and healing. Training with Dr Alberto Villoldo, a psychologist and medical anthropologist, introduced me to the neuroscience of enlightenment and the importance of emotional mastery. Six weeks later, I said goodbye to medication and with it, the numbness that had dulled my genius.
For the first time I was able to acknowledge the sexual abuse I suffered as a child and start the healing process. I began nourishing my body with organic food and nourishing my mind with daily meditation and healing rituals. My body became a sacred temple to be revered and my mind became the source of the unique gifts I wanted to share with the world.
I learned to own, embrace and embody every aspect of my femininity, both the dark and the light. I found the love and acceptance I had always craved within me. I let the sacred dream I had for my life become my driving force.
Now that I knew what was possible, I wanted other women and men to experience the joy, peace and fulfillment of embodying their true selves. To value their gifts and build empires that create the world they desire. To help them understand that profit and purpose can and should co-exist.
In 2018, I conceptualised a program that merges shamanism and ancient healing practices with my shared value business methodology. A program that helps entrepreneurs embody their sacred activist, set boundaries and speak up to increase their wealth and solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Empress & Emperor was born and my global movement began. My clients finally had the formula they needed to discover their truth and fulfill their most ambitious aspirations.
Within a year, I had a 6-figure business heading for 7. My addictions to sex and alcohol were gone. I was listening to my soul and living in alignment with my identity and purpose. I was harnessing my inner genius to make a meaningful impact on others and the world. I was happy, deeply and truthfully happy. I had let go of the need for other people’s love and acceptance because I had my own.
I realised that my purpose is to ignite a global movement of entrepreneurs who share a common goal of shaping a better world using entrepreneurship as the vehicle. A world free from trauma, poverty, loneliness, sexual abuse and poor mental health. A world in which women and men are empowered to share their gifts and live in harmony with their true selves. A world where women and men rise up, speak up and refuse to settle for playing small.
Since I launched my program I have helped over 1,500 founders across diverse industries build their empires, their way. I have become a bestselling author of two multi-author books, Magdalene Rising and Release the Shackles and Unapologetic, my own book Stand Up Speak Up is set to be released in November 2021.
By 2030, I will have used my shared value business methodology to build a movement of one million entrepreneurs embodying their empress and emperor. The chapters ahead are being written right now. And they’re magnificent.
Samantha has been named as one of the Top 20 Entrepreneurs on the Rise by Fox in 2021, and one of the Top 7 Women Paving the Way of Success in 2022 by Disrupt Magazine, for her efforts as an award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, soulful speaker and top podcast host.
After leading her family’s business to 8-figures by the age of 21, Samantha embarked on a journey of soulful discovery that helped her embody her divine femininity and masculinity, and discover her ultimate highest purpose in this life.
While travelling across the world, Samantha refined her gift as a medicine woman and strategist alongside leading authorities in neuroscience, shamanism, sacred sexuality and humanitarian leadership. She emerged with a unique methodology that combines ancient wisdom, with science and pragmatic business and leadership strategies to build purposeful and profitable empires, where leaders don’t have to compromise profit for purpose, or authenticity for visibility, or integrity for influence. It’s the home of a new world in entrepreneurship and leadership that celebrates all you are and all you hope to become.
Samantha is now referred to as the social impact strategist, strategic leadership advisor and visibility expert working with individuals, social movements and organisations to help strategise their social impact, visibility and empire wealth building to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges with an unorthodox approach. She has ignited a global movement with an ambitious goal to see one million entrepreneurs and leaders create empires that deliver measurable social impact by 2030 and beyond.
Jasmine Taylor Rose