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The Secret Sauce to Success with Monique Rodriguez

The Secret Sauce to Success with Monique Rodriguez

By Monique
Welcome to The Secret Sauce to Success Podcast where we talk about real life business experiences, the journey through entrepreneurship and I'll share my advice on how to take your passion and turn into a successful business .
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Introduction to Monique Rodriguez CEO of Mielle Organics

The Secret Sauce to Success with Monique Rodriguez

Why you need to Plan!!!!!!
One of my favorite quotes "if you plan to fail, you plan to fail" I never forget when I first heard that quote and it has stuck with me ever since.  Do your plans always work? No, but you still need one and here's why. 
July 21, 2020
Lessons I learned in Business
In celebration of our 6 year anniversary, I decided to share with you business lessons I learned over the past 6 years, and trust me I still have a lot more to learn.  I hope this helps you in your journey as well.  Our anniversary is May 23 :) 
May 11, 2020
How to discover your Passion
If I asked you what was your passion would you be able to tell me? What brings you joy? Find out how to discover your passion in this episode. 
April 27, 2020
The importance of Storytelling for your Brand
Why is story telling so important for your Brand?  Find out on this episode. 
April 21, 2020
How to go after and discover your Purpose
In this episode I want to help you unlock the Secret to Discovering your purpose in life, you will be surprised that its right there in front of you. Take a listen to this episode on discovering your purpose.
April 13, 2020
Interview with Fashion Designer Mieka Joi Navigating building a brand and overcoming being introverted.
Mieka is a self proclaimed unicorn, She is creative talented and CEO and founder of Rich Girl Candy.  Check out her interview on how she built her brand. 
April 6, 2020
5 ways to increase productivity during social distancing.
How do you stay productive during social distancing? I am sharing some tips on how you can manage your business efficiently during social distancing, 
March 31, 2020
Women's History Month interview with Luster's Heiress Resa B. Luster
In this podcast interview I am interviewing @resabluster of Luster Products.  We have an intimate discussion of  the Beauty Industry how she has seen a shift, what its like running a family business. 
March 23, 2020
What to do during Quarantine
The World is on pause now, but what does this mean? I am sharing some tips on how you can be productive during this quarantine in this podcast episode, take a listen. 
March 16, 2020
Interview with PowerHouse First Lady Andria Hudson on prayer and entrepreneurship
I'm so excited about this episode as it will bless you and motivate you.  This is a must Listen.  Pastor Andria is also a speaker at the Secret Sauce Retreat this fall. 
March 6, 2020
How Resilient are you? Are you able to get back up when life knocks you down.  In this episode I'm sharing what it takes to be Resilient in life and in business. 
March 2, 2020
Why you need great Leadership Skills to run a business
In this episode I am giving the sauce on why you need to be a great leader in order to build a great business.  CEO is just a title, what leadership skills do you carry? 
February 26, 2020
Being a Trailblazer in your industry
How to stand out, how to do things no one else has done.  You must be a trailblazer and in this episode you will find out how to do so. 
February 10, 2020
Steps on how you need to be tenacious in your entrepreneur journey.
Did know that one great characteristic that most entrepreneurs have is the spirit of tenacity and find out why you need to adopt this mindset on your business journey. 
February 3, 2020
Lessons from Kobe Bryant that we can all learn
In honor of the Late Kobe Bryant I wanted to honor him by taking few lessons from his play book and discussing how we can all use some of his lessons that made him great and apply it to our lives.  
January 27, 2020
Being a Personal Assistant with Confidence I am interviewing My Assistant Sierra Little on working with Mielle
What is it like to be a personal assistant at Mielle? Sierra is spilling the beans in this podcast interview. 
January 13, 2020
The Year of Acceleration 2020
Who is ready for 2020? Buckle up because I am going to prepare you in this episode on how to have an awesome successful year. 
January 6, 2020
Not being ashamed of your faith in business.
In this episode we talk about being bold and openly sharing your faith in business.  We cannot forget where our blessings come from.  In this episode I'm interviewing my friend @Marilyn_battiel
December 10, 2019
Finish 2019 Strong!!!!!!!
Are you closing out this year strong?  I share some tips on how you can finish strong and go into 2020 with clear vision. 
December 2, 2019
Maintaining Momentum
What's the secret sauce to maintaining momentum in business? Find out in this episode 
November 26, 2019
Charitable Giving from your business and personal
In this episode, I talk about the importance of giving and how giving from your business and personal increases your mood as well as the benefits on your health.  We are here to serve....learn more in this episode. 
November 18, 2019
Why you need a back up plan!!!!! Contingency Plans are necessary for business.
What happens when Plan A doesn't work, you get creative and you go to plan B.  All wise business people have a plan B, and find out why in this episode. 
November 4, 2019
Effective Strategizing
In this episode I teach you how to build strategic partnerships to grow your business or brand.   In building a brand you have to be strategic and plan, plan, plan.   
October 21, 2019
Handling Conflict in business
There is nothing worse than to see a business owner treat an employee or customer with disrespect.  If you want sustainable growth, sometimes you have to learn to bite your tongue.  Conflict in business is not always a bad thing, it teaches us and helps us to grow and become the CEO who God has called you to be. So in this episode I share tips on how to handle conflict in business. 
October 8, 2019
Good Customer Service The foundation of a Good business
Whatever happened to good ole customer service.  What happen to the days when people said please and thank you.  I see and have experienced myself a lot of businesses that forget the basic fundamentals of business and that is having good customer service.  Your customer service can determine if you will have repeat customers or not.  Your customer service will dictate how people spread your business word of mouth and oh don't let me get into social media, that can be dangerous if you have bad customer service so in this episode I talk about just that Good ole customer service. 
September 30, 2019
The Steps to get into retail with Ex-buyer from Target Jasmin Foster
In this episode I teamed up with ex-retail buyer from Target Jasmin Foster to give the inside scoop from a buyers perspective on what it takes to get into retail stores such as Target.  While I am very blessed to have the amount of stores I am in, there is a lot of behind the scenes that you must learn in order to go into retail stores.  From understanding how to present your marketing plan, the fees, the contracts etc.  Jasmin was also generous enough to also team up with me on creating a retail course to teach the ins and outs of going into retail stores that will release this Friday.  Be sure to download, subscribe to this podcast and also follow us on social media @exquisitemo @thesecretsaucetosuccess and @j.nicole.fos 
September 23, 2019
Goal Setting and why it is important in order to start and run a successful business.
I help my mentees with the roadmap to success but we can not design a roadmap if we have no goals.  If you are at a point where you feel like your brain needs structure, if your ideas are all over the place and you feel overwhelmed.  Listen to this podcast to help you start over and plan out your steps and set goals.   When you set your goals up, your are setting up your map for success.   All successful people set goals.  Do we accomplish them all; probably not, but we sure try.  The most important piece is that you at least set up goals so you have something to aim for. 
September 16, 2019
Balancing or shall I prioritizing Business and Family
In this episode I talk about the importance of prioritizing or what some people call Balancing family and business.  This was a highly requested episode so I decided to share my tips on how I balance family and business.  Be sure to download and subscribe and follow us on ig @thesecretsaucetosuccess @exquisitemo @mielleorganics 
September 9, 2019
The Best Way to Secure Collaborations in business
In this episode of the secret sauce I wanted to share some insights on the best way to secure collaborations in business in order to increase brand awareness and grow your following.  Collabs was one of my best moves I did to grow my brand. So I'm going to walk you how to secure to those strategic partnerships.  Be sure to download and subscribe and follow us on social media @thesecretsaucetosuccess @exquisitemo @mielleorganics
September 3, 2019
Husband and Wife Team how we build a successful company together
How is that I work with my husband? How were we able to build together? Was it easy? NO!!!!!!!  But in this episode we share a little bit with our listeners on how we do it together as a team.  In this episode I decided to interview my husband and business partner Melvin Rodriguez, so you can hear it from his mouth on how we do it.   Be sure to follow us @thesecretsaucetosuccess and @exquisitemo and @mielleorganics
August 26, 2019
Budgeting for your Business
What’s the one thing that business owners are probably the most hesitant to do? Budget! On this episode of the Secret Sauce to Success, I’m going to tell you how to budget and why that is so important and how as a business owner there are some things that you should understand even if you are not well versed in that area and that is understanding Profit and Loss and staying organized in your finances because it matters.  In this episode I'm going to help you get organized and once you are organized you can watch your profits start rolling in.  Be sure to download and subscribe and follow me @exquisitemo @mielleorganics @thesecretsaucetosuccess 
August 19, 2019
How I feel about competition and why you don't get bothered by competition
Hello listeners I wanted to do this episode on competition and my thoughts on it as a business owner.  You will be surprised at how many people talk about sisters supporting sisters but the reality is, in real life the story is different than what is posted on social media.  In this episode you will find out why its ok to have competition and to not get intimidated by it.  It starts with being number one knowing who you are serving and thats God, number 2 being Confident in yourself and number 3...... well I guess you will have to listen to this episode to find out.  Remember to subscribe download and take a screen shot and tag me in your post @exquisitemo @mielleorganics @thesecretsaucetosuccess 
August 12, 2019
Successful traits of a CEO that you should have
You want to be a CEO.... well there is much more to being a CEO than what you see on social media.  In this episode you will find out what are some of the traits you need to master when you become a CEO.   In this episode I am sharing some of the traits and skills I feel you need to master in order to become the  successful CEO that you want to be.  
August 5, 2019
Overcoming Fear in Business
Do you want to start that business that's has been tugging at your heart but you can't because you have so many doubts and fears as to why it won't work.  Well trust I have been there and I want to help you get over that fear that's holding you up from following your dreams.  In this episode I am teaching you how to overcome that fear and step out and do what God has Called you to do.  Be sure to follow me @exquisitemo @mielleorganics @thesecretsaucetosuccess. 
July 29, 2019
Building a Brand with Melissa Butler hear her story on how she built The Lip Bar from Scratch to now being in major retail
In this episode Melissa shares with us her journey on how she founded a very successful company The Lip Bar.  She shares some of the challenges she face from being turned down on national tv on "Shark Tank" and how she overcame that.  This episode is about perseverance, when "NO" is your protection, how patience is a virtue,  and the power of telling your story.  Upload this episode and repost it on your stories and follow us @Melissarbutler @thelipbar @exquisitemo @mielleorganics @thesecretsaucetosuccess 
July 22, 2019
Protecting your business and when to trademark.
In this episode I wanted to help my listeners understand the legalities of business and protecting your intellectual property.  I get asked this question so much, so I reached out to my attorney friend Rozena Pierce who is an expert in protecting businesses because this is what she does on and everyday basis.  I'm so excited about this episode because I feel you will learn so much.  Follow us on ig @thesecretsaucetosuccess @exquisitemo @mielleorganics and our guest @thebizlawyer. 
July 15, 2019
2 Reasons You may be hitting a wall
Do you feel like you are stuck, do you feel like you are hitting a wall.  I have felt that way to.  The first steps to Success starts with our mindset.  I have 2 reasons from my own experience and other business besties on why you may be hitting a wall.  I hope you guys enjoy this episode and you find value in this episode and decide to move forward from the negativity that the world may try to bring your way to deter you from your dreams. Listen I've been there and I'm here to help you get un-stuck.  Follow me on @exquisitemo @mielleorganics @thesecretsaucetosuccess 
July 10, 2019
Business Mistakes YOU WANT TO AVOID!!!!
My 5 business mistakes I want to help you avoid in business. Be sure to follow @thesecretsaucetosuccess @exquisitemo @mielleorganics
July 1, 2019
The Ins and Out of Retail, and building a brand interview with Urban Skin CEO Rachel Roff
In this episode Rachel gives us the inside scoop of building her brand and her journey going into major retail.  Her story is inspiring and motivating.  I learned some new things from recording this episode.  I'm sure you guys will enjoy just as much as I did :)  Follow us on IG @thesecretsaucetosuccess @exquisitemo @mielleorganics  and our guest @urbanskinrxfounder. 
June 26, 2019
Quick tips on how to Grow Online
In this episode I am sharing some quick tips on how you can grow online.  Don't forget to check out my new e-book about growing online with social media.  Sharing my tips from my own experience.  Mielle Organics was built online and I grew it to a multimillion dollar business in 4 years and I'm just getting started.  So enjoy my quick tips and my ebook found at 
June 24, 2019
Why your tribe is so Important, Boss Interview with Arian Simone Fearless CEO
A Boss interview with my dear friend @ariansimone in this episode we are talking about the importance of building your tribe... why it’s important for your success and also how she has built her enterprise. Follow me @exquisitemo and @mielleorganics @thesecretsaucetosuccess. Membership is also open for the secret sauce membership to join our tribe :) 
June 14, 2019
Interview with Fashion Mogul Nichole Lynel
Every one wants the glory right and everyone wants to shine and be on top but what a lot of people don't know is there are stories and testimonies that People go through in order to get to where they are.  I always say if you don't tell your story others will make up one for you, and you need to be the narrator of your own story.  So in this episode Boss Babe Nichole Lynel shares her story and how she got into the world of fashion and of course she is fly as ever.  Check her out @nicholelynel Follow me on my platforms @mielleorganics @exquisitemo @1015designs_
May 28, 2019
Habits for Entrepreneurs to Avoid
I am sharing some tips with you on bad habits to break as entrepreneurs.  Running your own business requires a lot of discipline and good habits.  While no one is perfect I thought I share a few tips on bad habits that you should break asap in order for clarity in your entrepreneurship journey.  @exquisitemo @mielleorganics. 
May 16, 2019
Wondering why your customers are not buying from YOU??? Learn to Sell without Selling!!!!
I see this all the time where people are trying to "sell their products" but not getting any sales or customers and they wonder why...... Well in this episode Im going to share the mistakes that a lot of people make: and that is "SELLING" .... doesn't make sense?  Well find out what I mean in this episode.  @exquisitemo @mielleorganics
April 30, 2019
It takes a village to build a brand, I can't build a million dollar business by myself...I had to learn to delegate.....
In this episode I share how it takes a team to build a successful company. I share some team building techniques that I have learned.  Its all about hiring people who support your vision.  I can't do everything by myself and I would not advise any one to try and build alone.   I hope you enjoy my team building tips and this helps you as I know we all struggle with delegation especially when it comes to a business that we have birthed. Enjoy :)   @exquisitemo @mielleorganics @1015designs!
April 13, 2019
My tips to improve Focus and productivity.
In this episode I want to share with you some of my tips on how to remain focus and increase your productivity so you can accomplish your goals and be great.   I have a few tips that has personally  helped me become more focused. I hope this episode will help you gain clarity and help you in your day to day with being productive.  Its one thing to be busy but if you are not productive you are overwhelming yourself.  Be sure to Sign up for my newletter at for more business tips and for the greatest hair tips and products.
April 1, 2019
8 Simple Steps to Building a Brand on Social Media
In this episode I wanted to highlight one of my favorite topics, building your brand on social media.  It's one of my favorite topics because I built Mielle Organics only on social media in the beginning.  I learned the Art and how to master social media and I actually really like social media marketing if done correctly.  It gives you the opportunity to reach so many different people across the globe.  So I wanted to share some simple tips to help you grow your brand on social media.  Make sure you share this episode and sign up for my newsletter at social media handles @exquisitemo @mielleorganics @1015designs_ 
March 24, 2019
From Nurse to Million-dollar Brand
In this episode I share how I went from a Labor and Delivery Nurse to being the CEO of a successful hair care company.  It wasn't easy and its still not easy, but definitely worth it.   I share how it all started with my passion in my home kitchen. I also offer my listeners some encouragement if you have a passion go for it and do what sets your soul on fire . I'm so glad I decided to follow my dreams and I encourage you to do the same.
March 17, 2019
Introduction to Monique Rodriguez CEO of Mielle Organics
This is my first podcast episode and I'm so proud of myself for taking the first step to share my voice and my gifts with the world.  In this first episode I'm sharing a more intimate side of me.  Who I am, where I came from and to hopefully give you inspiration to know my story is your story I'm no different.  I go back to my childhood journey and how that journey led me to who I am today.  This is the first of many shows with valuable content that will inspire you to follow and pursue your passion and dreams.   You can find out more about me by following me on social media @exquisitemo and @Mielleorganics  My website is  A couple of books I like to reference are here :
March 8, 2019