I remember listening to an inspirational speaker who had made his millions, and was giving the audience some great lessons on being an entrepreneur. He made us gush when he was telling us that his first business was at the tender age of 7, selling lemonade on the sidewalk. He made us laugh recalling how he left school at 15, tried several businesses and explained why they failed. He also gave valuable advice to all the business startups that attended his talk. He was an awesome and inspirational speaker.
Whilst he was showing off pictures of his boat with his bikini clad girlfriend to demonstrate his success, I remember thinking, that whilst his story was inspirational, I couldn’t see how I, at the start of my entrepreneurial path, could reach his dizzy heights of success (sans bikini clad girlfriend). I couldn’t see the rungs in the ladder of success. I could imagine the speaker at the top of the ladder waving down at me and others in the audience who were possibly attempting to climb the first rung, but the rungs leading up to the speaker clearly weren’t visible. I just didn’t know how I was going to climb that ladder!
I vowed that day that as I start my journey as a business owner, that I would climb the ladder but explain each rung as I climbed, so that others could climb with me. Before I started my first business (at 35 years old, with a degree in Social Science and a 10+ years IT Training career behind me), I vowed that I would become a speaker and recall stories of my successes and mistakes at every rung in the ladder and to stretch out my hand to those that needed help to join me in climbing the ladder of success.
Now, I haven’t reached the dizzy heights of Anita Roddick, Vera Wang or Jack Ma. In fact I am nowhere near, but I have started climbing that ladder and I have delivered several talks about the successes and mistakes I have made in my journey so far. I wanted to share with you how I got to where I am today.
According to Bloomberg 8 out of 10 businesses fail within the first 18 months. I hope that with my blog, that we can try and reverse that trend. I leave you with this great quote from Winston Churchill care of BrainyQuote.
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