I've always been a hard worker. Not sure if it was my parent's influence, the Mid-Western mentality (as some say), my entire family of factory workers and waitresses, or that trip to the grocery store with my "fiance" when I was 18 (yeah, I know...I wised up.) shopping in the discounted food section of bent cans and partially opened boxes (he was on welfare) that got me. Something resonated with me for sure though. I decided early on, that I would work hard, make it TO & THROUGH college and move out of the poor neighborhood I grew up in. (that's my childhood house on the left)
I focused on business classes even back in high school.
- Project management
- New product development ideas
- Attention to detail
- Quality control
- Problem solving
- Creative thinking
- Strong negotiator
- Developing a lifestyle brand that offers modern products to hip parents
While that is it in very general terms, it means, going to work everyday to do something you love, something you believe in, something that makes a difference in some way.
I feel like I have been blessed in doing something that I love to do on a daily basis. I wake up every morning excited to start my day (sometimes as early as 4:30am) and find it hard to shut down at night. I suppose being an entrepreneur, those are just the side effects of the job. You work 24/7 towards building your brand with a passion that is unbridled. Constantly thinking of new ideas, networking and selling your brand to whom ever will listen. The joy comes from the feedback and recognition you get that this "thing" that you're so damn impassioned with is of value to others too!
Imagine, Champion & Relish in your ideas!