As I was writing last week’s blog about funding resources I found myself amazed that women are still thought of as a minority and I wondered when that would change. I also wondered where women entrepreneurs find inspiration and pondered where I might find inspiration for my business as I move through the M.E. Program.
Gates, Jobs, Disney, Ford, Carnegie, Dell, and Page are among the most creative and successful entrepreneurs the USA has ever seen. They all make for great role models when looking for inspiration for one’s own business especially if you are a male. But what about inspiration for women? I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Oprah Winfrey and J.K. Rowling as two of the most successful entrepreneurs the world has ever seen. As much as I admire them, when looking for inspiration I can’t relate to their beginnings. I did not grow up in poverty and have never experienced it. That statement alone is part of my inspiration. I was afforded opportunities many women my age and younger were not — a safe loving home; never wanting for food, shelter or clothing; help to go to college; and supportive friends.
When I look for inspiration to keep me grounded and working on my business I now find it in the most ordinary things. Every day when I drive to and from work at one stoplight or another, I am asked for money as I wait for the light to turn green. Some days I can give and some days I can’t. Those brief moments inspire me to continue with my dream of helping people find employment through baking. Maybe one day one of those people can work with me.
I am inspired by my subject matter expert for this month. He started his business at age 57 and has been in business for seven years and continues to grow. I am inspired by a student who comes to class as she deals with a father deploying to Puerto Rico to assist in the reconstruction and the death of a cousin because of Hurricane Maria. Starting a business is challenging but not as hard as losing a loved one.
I’m inspired by the teenager I spent time with the other night as she learns to budget and plan for her future to achieve her dreams. I found inspiration on thestorychange.org website. The website is a nonprofit media organization telling the personal and professional stories of women business owners. There are numerous videos and articles about all kinds of businesses and all kinds of women. They also have numerous resources for women entrepreneurs. The video that really resonated with me was about the woman who created a clothing business to help women who have been incarcerated rebuild their lives. https://thestoryexchange.org/fif-ghobadian-paving-road-prison/ I hope to one day also help women rebuild their lives after having been incarcerated.
Another source of inspiration is the website http://femaleentrepreneurassociation.com/about/. There are numerous stories of women entrepreneurs around the world and tools to help women along their entrepreneurial journey.
I leave you with the quote by Debbi Fields, a woman who gives me inspiration although I’ve never met her. She was the founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries in 1977 and sold it for $100 million, “What I wanted was to be allowed to do the thing in the world that I did best — which I believed then and believe now is the greatest privilege there is. When I did that, success found me.” (Welch)
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