Go Big or Go Home

June 2019 COVER

Casey Nicole Fox

Practice Makes Confidence

When you think of foundation, what do you think of? It's easy to think of all the groundwork that is laid down before you start to build. Casey Nicole Fox has built a solid foundation, on which she has been able to create massive success.

Sometimes as entrepreneurs, we believe that if we were dealt a different hand; if we just had different circumstances, we would have already created success. This simply isn't true, how your foundation was built does not mean you can not rebuild. It isn't about the hand you’re dealt, it's about knowing how to play the game.

Growing up, Casey was emotionally, sexually, and physically abused by more people than she can remember. The people in her life that were supposed to protect her brought harm into her life and then abandoned her. This left Casey with a foundation that told her that she would never be enough. She had limiting self-beliefs, a self-harm addiction, and limited knowledge on what it would take to be an adult in the world around her.

However, Casey did not allow this foundation to be one that she would build her life upon. Instead, Casey dug up all of the old limiting beliefs and filled in the cracks in her foundation. She decided that she was sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Casey's Old Foundation:

The first time Casey tried to kill herself that she remembers she was 10 years old. Before that, at the age of 6, Casey was placed in a mental institution after trying to jump out a second-floor window and was later placed in foster care after being released from the mental institution. When she attempted to take her life at the age of 10, she realized that with the right amount of physical pain, she could mask her emotional pain. This is where her self harming addiction was born and would be her coping mechanism for the next 10 years of her life.

The abuse from Casey's childhood manifested in her young adult life in the form of anger issues, control issues, choosing abusive relationships, and living in a constant state of desperation. She had trust issues and couldn't let anyone get close enough to hurt her the way she had been hurt in the past, so she thought she had to do everything herself and rely on no one. It wasn't until Casey changed who she surrounded herself with that she began to see the areas of her life that she needed to work on.

Casey's New Foundation:

At the age of 19, Casey met her to-be business partners, Stephen and Angela Dela Cruz. Casey saw that they had immense amounts of money even though they lived their lives with freedom, and she wanted that. Casey began to cut off the old relationships in her life that kept her in the same mindsets and begin to surround herself with the people and the tools that could shape the kind of mindset that would bring her success. She read books, listened to podcasts, started going to seminars and networking events, and took on greater and greater responsibilities with her business partners.

Casey took the advice of her mentors and began to live by the motto, 'Go big or go home.' Everything she did she did with her whole heart and focused on excellence in everything she did. As she faced her demons, she began to get stronger and become more successful. Today she runs 10 plus corporations that revenue 7 figures each, has 4 of her own businesses, founded and runs San Diego's ONLY printed entrepreneur magazine: Life By Design Magazine, and co-founded San Diego's #1 Business Coaching and Mastermind Program: Success Circle. Casey has also written 5 books, been featured in 5 additional books, has a podcast and a youtube channel, and is now a certified NLP life coach.

Through the process of building a new foundation, she was able to build upon fundamentals that would help her for the rest of her entire life. Having worked through so many different levels in her own life, Casey knows precisely what it takes to break through your old foundation and build a new one to help you achieve your wildest dreams! As you begin your journey of making a solid foundation to build upon, Casey wants to help you! These are the three things that Casey starts with every new client in her life coaching program.


Know How High You Want To Build:

If you've been to downtown San Diego lately, you will see many buildings in the process of being built. Some are still digging up the ground to lay the foundation, others are putting the final touches on their 35th floors. When a skyscraper is being built, first the blueprints are drawn up. Here in California, we have stringent laws about how a foundation is built because of earthquakes.

The first step before you ever even begin to build is creating the blueprint; the vision and the business plan. Next, you need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario, which is why having a blueprint before you dig is so essential. Earthquakes are our life events that can shake us to our core. When we design precisely how high we want to go, we will know just how strong our foundation needs to be.

As entrepreneurs, the larger our dreams, the more reliable our foundation will need to be. There will be events in our lives that without a solid foundation, could tear down the success we have built thus far. But this doesn't have to your story! You can continually strengthen your foundation, and once you know how high you want to go, you can build a foundation that will support you long into the success of your business.

Don't Be Afraid To Dig:

So often as people we bury the deepest parts of us, the shame we have felt and the disappointments we feel. But hiding those feelings does not mean they go away. Vulnerability is the way you can begin to dig up those feelings and settle them once and for all. Vulnerability is one of the most critical steps in building your foundation.

The taller the building, the deeper the foundation has to go. This means that if you want to become massively successful, you have to put in the work to deal with all of the issues rooted at your core. The limiting beliefs, negative self talk, self-destructive cycles; we have to dig them all up and replace them with good things that will help us along that way.  

Think about it like this, you hired a contractor to build the foundation of your new house, and they knew there was a weak point, but they lied to you, covered it up, and worked around it. If something happened and 3 years into living in your house that weak point becomes a crack in the foundation that rips your home in two and causes thousands in damage,  wouldn't you be mad? If the answer is yes, then why are you treating a possession better than yourself? Your success is directly connected to how strong your foundation is, so isn't it time to build a core that can not be shaken? Take the time to find someone you can trust, whether it be a friend or a professional, and begin your journey of vulnerability.

Find Someone That Can Lead You:

Casey often says if she hadn't found Stephen and Angela, she would have ended up dead in a ditch somewhere. You see this is because she didn't know what she didn't know. Finding Stephen helped open her eyes to the journey! As Casey was building her new foundation, it would take constant adjustments and small tweaks. This is when having someone that can look from the outside and see where you need to make adjustments helps.

Having a coach and mentor is what saved Casey's life, and is what helped her create the foundation that she has today. It is possible to go through the journey alone, but if you had a magic pill that would speed your journey up and gave you a blueprint to success, wouldn't you take it? This is where Casey began her foundation and how she went from working four jobs to owning four businesses.

You see, it wasn't about the cards Casey was dealt in life. It was about how she played the game. She used the tools she was given to win at life instead of settling for what she was dealt. She realized that "Practice makes confidence." The more that she worked on herself and used the tools she had, the easier it got to make the right decisions that lead her towards success.

Wherever you are in the journey of building your foundation, these three keys will help you unlock the next level. The cards you were dealt no longer have to dictate whether you win or lose. Although life is all a risk, it is not poker. You can go out, buy a deck of cards and pick any hand you want. All it takes is a choice to view your circumstances as powerless over you, and instead to advocate your success. No matter what happens in your life, if you have a solid foundation, you will be ready for the worst of storms.

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Casey Nicole Fox


Casey Nicole Fox is an author, speaker, podcaster, and serial entrepreneur. Casey is the CEO and Editor-In-Chief of Life By Design Entrepreneur Lifestyle Magazine, San Diego’s ONLY print entrepreneurship magazine. She has four for-purpose businesses while also being the COO of the 8 figure empire of Stegela Partners International Incorporated, the umbrella company of Stegela Success Mastery. 

In three short years, starting at 20 years old, Casey went from having four day-jobs (and a negative bank balance) to owning four thriving businesses. Today Casey manages over 34 million in gross company assets annually as well as helps Success Circle which is a mastermind Voted "San Diego's #1 Business Coaching and Mastermind Program" grow and thrive. Casey is a mentor and a leader who emphasizes the need to give back as an entrepreneur. 

Casey Nicole Fox has written three books and featured in two additional books. Her journey through physical, sexual, and mental abuse, being put in a mental institution, in the foster care system, and surviving in addition to self-mutilation all as a child and young adult has fueled her passion for changing the world and helping as many people as possible. 

Her vision in life is to help children in the foster care system have better lives and better education and also to build up more entrepreneurs around the world and especially in San Diego, CA where she currently resides.



Kristen Crooks is a personal assistant, ghostwriter, event planner, and speaker. She works closely with all their clients to truly understand their passions, tone, and ideas so their vision can unfold in front of their eyes. In a world that is increasing more digital Kristen hopes to bring her personal touch to each article, and event that she works on. While working with Stegela Success Mastery Kristen found her passion in writing and planning events for those around her. Starting out in Cosmetology and Barbering Kristen has always enjoyed the freedom that entrepreneurship allows but was not living her passion! Now Kristen focuses on helping others through amazing events, and making sure their stories are told, and heard! While events and ghostwriting are part of her passion, the true joy comes form helping people achieve their goals, and ultimately see others dreams unfold before their eyes.