Give us your “elevator pitch”:
I've always loved learning and been a good student. I studied hard, I did well in school, and I followed the path of both my parents and became a lawyer. There were aspects of law that I truly loved, but I sensed that there was a more powerful way that I could serve people. The work left me unfulfilled and drained -- what makes me happy is seeing people reach goals they didn't think were possible for themselves. Now as a career coach I help others consider their natural talents, passions, and goals to find work they love!
When were you “bitten” by the entrepreneurial bug?
Hmm, that's a tough question for me because I never saw myself as entrepreneurial. My hope was really to serve people in a way that I thought I could provide the greatest good -- I found that in coaching, and while I did yearn to be my own boss, my first priority was finding work that I loved that was really using my natural skills and talents. However, now that I've become an entrepreneur I cannot imagine it being any other way! It is amazing to have control over my own schedule and the possibilities are limitless -- that is exciting to consider.
What’s been the hardest part about starting your own business as a millennial entrepreneur?
The hardest part is that it can feel isolating! None of my friends that live near me are entrepreneurs (yet). I would love to have friends to have "work dates" with. Having co-workers can be the most fun part of having a regular office job so there are times that I miss that and the structure.
What resources have you found helpful in blazing your own trail?
Books and a coach/mentor. Having someone who understands your vision and can help you move towards it is perhaps the most powerful resource for propelling someone forward -- there is no way I'd be even close to where I am today if it weren't for mine. Books are wonderful resources also; I read 1-2 per week and I think entrepreneurs who enjoy learning generally create much greater success than those who don't.
What advice do you have for today’s aspiring entrepreneurs?
Read. Find a great coach/mentor. If you have a service based business, make sure that the service you're providing comes naturally to you. Starting your own business is not easy. The fun part is the service! If you do something that comes naturally to you and is fun your life is going to be so much more enjoyable. Not that it will always feel fun and easy; we all have days when we just don't feel like doing much of anything, but generally speaking, if you like what you're doing, it will be worth it to figure out the business or any other challenging aspects.
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