Dana is a mother and a Submission Wrestler with Energy and Great Business Credentials.
It’s enjoyable to write about Dana.
She’s easy on the eyes.
What I wondered when I covered a women’s submission wrestling shoot in San Jose is would Dana be easy on her opponents?
I had researched her previous matches and while I won’t give away the results since they can be purchased on video, my guess is the scouting report on her would have been she tries very hard but she lacks experience.
In speaking with her privately, Dana has led a varied life experience especially in the business world and I was impressed that she owned her own small business and according to research possesses an MBA. As some know who have only had income generated through a salary, being able to be financially self-sustaining with a flexible schedule is a wonderful thing.
[pullquoteright] There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Previously Dana had wrestled up to four matches and gave her best effort in all.
That day would be an upgrade for Dana as she was scheduled to wrestle three matches; one against a competitor that was new to the female grappling game along with two other veterans. Before her matches she seemed calm and ready to engage. Here is her brief interview with fciwomenswrestling.com.
FCI: Dana thanks for being here. We’ve researched your matches and are really happy to work with you.
Dana: Thanks for having me.
FCI: We realize that you are new to the women’s submission wrestling scene. How many matches have you done?
Dana: (Reflecting) I think I’ve done four.
FCI: In this first match, it’s possible that you will be the frontrunner. Do you typically have a different approach as the frontrunner than you do when not?
Dana: (Sighing) Not yet. It’s still in the works. I don’t get a chance to wrestle as much as I would like to.
FCI: So I can’t put any pressure on you saying that you are the frontrunner?
Dana: Well, (smiling) I know you’re going to do it anyway so let’s do this!
FCI: Well your first opponent today is Dylan. Have you heard anything about her?
Dana: Not really. I have heard we are about the same height and weight so with my experience that might be to my advantage.
FCI: What was your other situation like?
Dana: One of my first matches was against CiCi Rhodes and she has about a good five inches on me and I got my butt handed to me that day.
FCI: But you learned something that day right?
Dana: Yeah, never to give up my back (laughter).
FCI: Well, thanks Dana. Well we’re excited about this matchup so why don’t we go ahead and get started.
Dana: Sounds good.
While the San Francisco – San Jose bay area is often known for its high tech industries comprised of larger companies, the region also has a very vibrant small business community. This writer was impressed with Dana’s business know how and she seems to fit the profile that The U.S. Small Business Administration is trying to attract and enhance.
Viewing their website at sba.gov, they raise the question asking if entrepreneurship is for you. They explain:
Starting your own business can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can offer numerous advantages such as being your own boss, setting your own schedule and making a living doing something you enjoy. But, becoming a successful entrepreneur requires thorough planning, creativity and hard work.
Consider whether you have the following characteristics and skills commonly associated with successful entrepreneurs:
• Comfortable with taking risks: Being your own boss also means you’re the one making tough decisions. Entrepreneurship involves uncertainty. Do you avoid uncertainty in life at all costs? If yes, then entrepreneurship may not be the best fit for you. Do you enjoy the thrill of taking calculated risks? Then read on.
• Independent: Entrepreneurs have to make a lot of decisions on their own. If you find you can trust your instincts — and you’re not afraid of rejection every now and then — you could be on your way to being an entrepreneur.
• Persuasive: You may have the greatest idea in the world, but if you cannot persuade customers, employees and potential lenders or partners, you may find entrepreneurship to be challenging. If you enjoy public speaking, engage new people with ease and find you make compelling arguments grounded in facts, it’s likely you’re poised to make your idea succeed.
• Able to negotiate: As a small business owner, you will need to negotiate everything from leases to contract terms to rates. Polished negotiation skills will help you save money and keep your business running smoothly.
• Creative: Are you able to think of new ideas? Can you imagine new ways to solve problems? Entrepreneurs must be able to think creatively. If you have insights on how to take advantage of new opportunities, entrepreneurship may be a good fit.
• Supported by others: Before you start a business, it’s important to have a strong support system in place. You’ll be forced to make many important decisions, especially in the first months of opening your business. If you do not have a support network of people to help you, consider finding a business mentor. A business mentor is someone who is experienced, successful and willing to provide advice and guidance. Read the Steps to Finding a Mentor article for help on finding and working with a mentor.
In working with Dana she clearly possesses the necessary skillsets to be an excellent businessperson including being persuasive, independent, a risk taker and creative.
[pullquoteleft] Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Our hope is that we will see Dana wrestling on the competitive female grappling scene more often. She certainly has marque value with her beautiful soft brown eyes, flowing hair and shapely form.
A group of us would later have lunch at a tasty sit down Mexican restaurant and Dana was great company and fun to dine with.
Today’s women’s submission wrestling world is clearly different from the past, presently being comprised of women like Dana who are either in college or have already graduated making them an ideal market for corporate sponsors.
If the opportunity arises for the corporations to become involved in the new world of women’s wrestling where the competitors from the freestyle community are expected to meet the submission wrestlers in a dignified setting, most likely a Dojo, as Dana would say, “Let’s do this!”
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Sources: brainyquote.com, sba.gov, fciwomenswrestling.com. Ms. Dana’s photos copyright fciwomenswrestling.com, city photos thanks Wikimedia Commons.