Interview with Linda Molina (@lindamolinaswimsuit)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I opened up my soccer facility at 19 years old in Garland, Texas (Phat Soccer). Giving back to the community that raced me and started my first business there was a life-changing moment for me. I also begin my swimsuit model career at the age of 19. Every day was working with different people different and kids, and giving me a chance to make a difference in someone else life was everything to me. God gave me a fantastic opportunity to learn and put a smile on these kids and provide them with some hope, and it was the best. Unfortunately, when my lease was over, I decided not to renew because even though I was enjoying it every day, I knew there was more I needed to learn to get back to my community and the kids. So I decided to finish my degree. Now I am an upcoming senior at Southern Methodist University.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
I have a lot of exciting stories that have happened to me since I started this career. Two stories that have the same concept that I enjoy sharing with other people were when I decided to open up my business, and everyone was telling me I was too young, that nobody was going to lease to me, that I needed to wait till I have a career, etc., etc. I just went for it. I put on my faith in God and myself, and everything worked out in the end. And when I was in business, the same people congratulated me. Fast forward to when I decided to go back to school, a lot of people told me Southern Methodist University is a tough school that is too expensive. I should go somewhere else. I’m not going to get accepted, etc., etc. I applied anyway, put all my faith in God and myself again, and here I am, a second-year student in the best school in the world. The most interesting story to me is if you have a dream go for it and put your faith in God and yourself, and don’t listen to any naysayers.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Tips that I would recommend to strive and not burn out are always to keep your values aligned and check in with yourself now and then on your core values.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I want to thank God, my father and mother, my brothers and sisters (12), family, friends, my soccer coaches, my fifth-grade teacher, my SMU family, and my life coach for their love and support. I do not see my success as my own but the success of my community which has helped me achieve my goals.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have used what I have learned in this world to get back to the kids. To be there for them when they need somebody, even to listen. That’s sometimes all they need; a lot of the time, that’s more than enough. To listen to them without judging them and to make them feel heard and understood. I have coached a lot of kids from all different kinds of backgrounds and communities. So I have seen a little bit of everything, and I always tell the kids that come to me that need someone to listen to them, “as long as you’re not hurting yourself or hurting other people, I’m here to support 100%.” I have worked with kids that other people consider “bad kids,” and it breaks my heart because, in my eyes, no kid is a bad kid. They just need the extra love.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
” My life lesson quote is, “if it were easy, everybody would do it.” to add to the stories that he shared earlier when I opened my Soccer business and when I applied to Southern Methodist University if I had listened to all the people that told me not to do it and giving me reasons not to do it did out wouldn’t have been here where I am today I wouldn’t have been able to experience everything that I did if I would’ve listened to the naysayers my life would’ve been entirely different. Of course, uncertainty is a horrifying thing, and change can be scary but also not growing and staying in the same place it’s a frightening thing, so I decided to choose faith over fear because if it were easy, everybody would do it.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Lindamolinaswimsuit on Instagram
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Anyone reading this article, if you have a dream, go for it and don’t stop until you achieve it. Don’t let anybody stop you from your goals.