As an entrepreneur, I get to define my own success. I could have stayed at my job, but I was not willing to compromise my true dreams for the status quo. I gave up a $3 raise in my 9-5, to pursue unknown possibilities in entrepreneurship. It was completely worth it and if I could go back, I would have left my job sooner.
I find it empowering that I get to decide my future in my career. If I want a raise (or to meet monthly revenue goals), I set myself up to do that by working harder. I am more fulfilled than I have ever been. My career may not be in a 9-5, but my business has allowed me to seek my purpose and with that comes a deeper appreciation for life itself.
When you first started in the business, what was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
It was difficult being an entrepreneur and surrounded by so many people who were still working for a company. There is this unspoken prestige about having a job, even if you aren’t happy with it. My first couple months; people couldn’t believe I quit my “goodâ€ job for a life of uncertainty. Not everyone could see my vision, especially being a millennial who was fresh out of college. I looked like the young, daring, free-spirited creative who was acting on the impulse of starting a business.
I knew my business was going to be successful because I claimed and committed myself to it, despite what anyone else said. I learned that on this new journey I was going to have to trust my vision, be the trendsetter of my life and be unapologetic about it.
Many trailblazers find themselves making their own rules.Â What rules have you set for yourself?
Not only setting the bar of excellence but being the bar. If I can’t do it with excellence then I’m not doing it–that’s non-negotiable. I’ve also become very selective about the type of people I surround myself with, my clients and how I service them.