“Get a good job”.
That was the message hammered into me as a kid.
I grew extremely poor. My mother had not graduated high school and worked in low paying jobs. To her, an education, meant opportunity, which it definitely can. And wealth and security meant getting an education and then a “good job” – meaning a corporate job with a salary and a pension.
It was the path I followed. Getting not one, but two degrees in 4-years – cause you never know when you might need a back-up!
And then straight onto a salary job with a Fortune 500 that offered a ton of upward mobility especially to a woman who was willing to work long and hard and take a LOT of bullshit…
”Why am I so unhappy? I followed the path?” – my constant self-berating internal dialogue and worry.
Then, gin soaked weekends to wash away the nagging feeling that I was living the wrong life.
Until I realized that I was.
After a few years in the corporate world and climbing the ladder, I realized “my ladder was against the wrong wall.”
I never considered being an entrepreneur when I was young.
I kinda fell into entrepreneurship when I opened my first business which I thought was going to be for a short time while “I figured shit out.”
Over 17-years later, that first business Balanced Life Yoga, is still going strong, and I have gone on to open 3 more businesses.
I may be a serial entrepreneur, and have no intention of stopping!
Entrepreneurship does take bravery, a strong work ethic and a little chutzpah.
Recently, I was interviewed by a brave entrepreneur, Jena Rodriguez for her podcast “The Brave Entrepreneur”.
We talk about how we both came to be business owners and how growing in poverty shaped our desires, goals and path.
As well, you will hear us talk about what it takes to be a successful female entrepreneur, and even escape the corporate grind.
I loved this conversation. Jena is a brave master and her passion for entrepreneurship is wonderful.
I share the straight goods on how I went from corporate escapee to successful 7-figure business owner who only has a gin and tonic for enjoyment now!
What do you think is required to be a brave entrepreneur?