Working for myself has taught me a lot about leadership and humility and change. I have had some amazing experiences and some gut-wrenching experiences. If you have ever stood on the ledge of bankruptcy because you risked it all to start a business, or have had to face a business that is tanking so fast your head is spinning, you know what I mean! My journey as an entrepreneur has not been easy or simple, but it has helped me grow into the person I have become today. I am also deeply thankful for my husband who has been with me through this whole journey. We have owned businesses together and apart, and we learned all sorts of hard lessons together along the way.
I would like to tell you that every business I touched has turned to gold. That would be nice, but not true. You see, I have no idea how I ended up being a business owner because I was really educated and trained to be an employee. I was both a good employee and an annoying employee. I worked harder than most anyone I knew, but I also asked more questions than anyone I knew.
As for all those questions I asked, they helped me get way more accomplished than the average employee. Those same questions also exposed people above and around me for their lack of knowledge. People do not like it when they have to admit they don’t know something. I fundamentally didn’t get that. I always would honestly admit, “I don’t know.” Or I would say, “I don’t know about that, but can you show me?” This apparently drove many people crazy. Another annoying trait of mine was the assumptions that people would choose to do the right things and that people in positions of power would also know how to be leaders. What crazy assumptions!
So in 1998, I jumped out of employee world into my own business. Someone told me to attend an entrepreneur training program, but I honestly felt like I didn’t fit. I didn’t really want to build an international corporation and go through the IPO process. I just thought I was an aberration. I simply wanted flexibility in my work life, the ability to put my creativity to work and to reap the rewards of my hard work. So I began my own business, and started a few others along the way. And I wouldn’t be sharing here with you today if I didn’t eventually find success. Looking back, I really benefited from all the business owners who hired me to improve their businesses as a consultant. But I also look back and think–if only I would have had someone in front of me helping me to avoid the pitfalls! If only I had mentors who really cared about my success! If only I myself had been more humble! If only…
My hope is that you have found this website because you have an entrepreneurial spirit and by reading what we share on this website, you can embrace that part of you more quickly and come to accept and grow this wonderful entrepreneur spirit that God has given you. I hope you gain the courage to become who you were meant to be and to learn what is most important in life. I am so glad you found this website and it is my prayer that you discover so much more!