I recently had the most invigorating conversation with a 19-year old entrepreneur, and let me tell you, it was a whirlwind of inspiration.
This young woman, with six years of entrepreneurial experience under her belt (yep she started at 13!), has achieved what most could only dream of:
- raising substantial capital
- pitching on renowned platforms like Shark Tank and Good Morning America
- and carving a path to expand her business into restaurants.
What’s even more astonishing?
She’s just 19. 🤯 As someone in my late-thirties, I’m in absolute awe of her achievements.
Back in my college days at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, my focus was on the basics—joining clubs, playing tennis for fun, and engaging in community organizations such as tutoring young boys in math.
It’s a world apart from what I witnessed in that conversation, where young minds are crafting million-dollar ventures by their teens. But you know what struck me the most? It’s not just about comparisons; it’s about celebrating the diversity in our journeys.
What truly amazed me during our conversation was this young entrepreneur’s humility.
Despite her incredible track record, there was no air of arrogance—just pure professionalism and a “business as usual” demeanor. Her story serves as a beacon of inspiration, a reminder that success isn’t solely defined by accolades but by the passion and drive fueling our endeavors.
We all possess a unique narrative, irrespective of age or background. It’s about understanding our own stories, finding our calling, and using that passion to propel us forward.
This isn’t about replicating someone else’s success; it’s about discovering what truly resonates with us.
As someone in the accounting realm, I’ve had my share of stereotypes to battle. I wasn’t white enough, male enough, nor proper-acting enough. These were my own mindset limitations. It took me a few years into my entrepreneurship journey (which started at 25) to finally snap out of it and lean towards an authentic way of being.
Once I learned to align my business with my personality, revenue soared and I was able to truly transform the lives of my clients, community, and audience. It’s not about adhering to the norm of endless work hours during tax season or speaking a certain way; it’s about crafting a lifestyle that includes lakeside walks and brunches alongside professional success (because nature, food and self-care is my jam).
Success isn’t a one-size-fits-all concept.
It’s about ensuring we’re doing what we love, serving others joyfully, managing stress, meeting financial needs, and cherishing life’s simple joys. If you’re ticking off those boxes, then you’re doing it right—your way.
Cheers to Our Journeys 🎉
So, here’s to celebrating our unique paths and finding inspiration in the stories around us. Whether you’re 60, 18, or in your thirties like me, your story matters. Let’s use these narratives as fuel to drive us closer to our dreams, to make our businesses reflections of our passions, and to live lives that resonate with joy and fulfillment.
Pop your collar and keep going. Let’s toast to embracing our stories and using them as stepping stones towards our own versions of success!
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