Far too many entrepreneurs think success means dropping your preferred lifestyle and giving up the “real you.”
That’s not true.
Hi, I’m Maria!
I'm an international author, motivational speaker, and thought leader. I’ve coached over a thousand professionals from all over the world and made a name for myself as “the Business Coach for Misfits.”
I’m seen in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, Huffpost, Elephant Journal, Pick the Brain and Addicted2Success, and I was the only Asian woman featured in The Money Code and How to Crack It, a book that debuted at #14 on Amazon.
Born into a Chinese immigrant family in the Philippines, I’ve always had a nose for business, and an uncanny knack for making money.
I inherited my ancestors’ entrepreneurial skills and was making money from the age of six: buying and selling stationery and confectionary items, dried foods, and whatever else I could get my hands on.
Despite being a natural entrepreneur, coming from a developing country left me feeling like a second class citizen and I struggled for a long time with Impostor Syndrome.
On top of that, I'm
an all-around misfit with crazy ideas
so I understand what it's like to face hardships, to confront your demons, and to feel like you don't fit in.
But I also know how to move beyond those things to create an empire around exactly who you are. Because I’ve done it. 😉
Maria Tan (Maria Kathlyn Tan) is a thought leader, international author, motivational speaker and business coach who mentors “misfits” and “misunderstood geniuses.” She empowers entrepreneurs across the globe to leverage their individuality, create success tailored to their lifestyle, and build an ecosystem around their values, vision and voice.
Before coaching online, she was a cross-cultural business and communications consultant, and her clients over the years range from side-hustlers and new entrepreneurs to seasoned businesses who want to scale more sustainably.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, here's some tough love from me to you:
It doesn't matter how many letters you add after your name, or how many hours you work each week, because your ability to make money doesn't rely on your CV, your industry, or your schedule.
It relies on how well you’ve articulated what makes you different, and how great you are at capitalizing / leveraging what you bring to the table.
When I started coaching Kirsten, an American Ivy-League graduate, she was struggling on a government subsidy and had lost hope that she'd ever be paid for doing what she loved. People told her she was crazy for opening her own consulting company and not following the conventional route of the academic world.
She’s now running a six-figure business and working with the most prestigious NPOs all across the U.S.
"Working one on one with Maria is a DREAM… Maria constantly pushes me out of my comfort zone and introduces me to new ways of ‘being in the business of me.’"
– Dr Kirsten Lee Hill, CEO Kirsten Lee Hill Education Consulting; has a PhD in education from the University of Pennsylvania
If the idea of taking the "traditional route" makes you squirm, and you'd love to create an empire around what brings you joy without compromising your values and sacrificing your preferred lifestyle...
The biggest rewards and accolades go to...
You can be a college drop-out like Steve Jobs,
or a black girl whose nana’s biggest wish for her is to find a good white family like Oprah,
or just a geek in your garage like Jeff Bezos.
It doesn't matter who you are or where you came from. What matters is whether or not you believe you are worthy, because the billion-dollar ideas that lead to success come to those who are ready and open to receive them...
… not to those who are afraid to rock the boat.
HERE'S WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY
“Maria guided me on a journey towards expanding my business, but little did I know it was going to be beyond that! … She held space for me to face my fears and beliefs that held me back. … Now I have more confidence running my own online business than ever before, operating with a CEO mindset. … She's an all-in-one person for inner and outer growth."
– Dr. Sofia Costa, DPT, Creator of The Costa Method,
Author of The End of Back Pain: The Secret To Gaining Relief And Staying Active
“I have said this more than a couple of times and I’ll say it once again, ‘Maria Tan is the best business coach I know and the only one I recommend.’ And I have worked with A LOT of business coaches over the past years. …
[She] created the space for me to expand and discover what I truly desire to build. But she’s more than manifestation and empowerment, she taught me how to face my finances, to allocate and move around the budget for my business - something no other business coach has helped me with.”
– Jennica Collado, Creative Doula and Way Shower
“Maria has been a Goddess-send!
When I first began working with Maria, I knew that I felt stifled and a bit stuck… As an intuitive healer, I am really great at holding space for others, but didn't realize how resistant I was to receiving this support back. Over the past few months being coached and witnessed by Maria, I have more than doubled my monthly business revenue consistently, successfully launched a group program called Awaken that has empowered so many women, and have gotten clear on my vision and a plan to bring it into being!”
– Diana Dorel Gutierrez (DDG)
Intuitive Love Coach and Spiritual Healer,
Bestselling Author of The Dating Mirror: Trust Again, Love Again