Why I Became an Entrepreneur
Someone recently asked me why I became an entrepreneur and when I knew it was the path I wanted to follow. It was certainly an excellent question, and I can honestly say I had never analyzed it before. I always had a desire to be entrepreneurial, but it wasn’t until age 33 when my husband Jay and I took the leap, feet first.
I took some time and started to really think about what had sparked the entrepreneurial drive within me and finally understood, this drive came from my father. I didn’t realize it until he passed away in December. My father was, without a doubt, born in the wrong era. He was all about “farm-to-table” before the term had even been coined. My dad was a professional salesman when I was young, but he could not wait to get home every day, get on his tractor and farm ridiculously large fields of fresh vegetables that could have fed a family of 50. He liked to know where his food came from. I have no idea how this passion came to him, as he grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, with a father who owned marketing firms throughout the US. No farming anywhere in sight.
My father always dreamed big and if it had not been for the demanding responsibilities of family, who knows what other choices he might have made. When my siblings and I were grown and out of the house, my father purchased 45 acres on a small island in the Bahamas. His family had land there in the 1940s and it had always been a dream of his to return. When people hear this story, they think we were wealthy, but that was far from the truth. My father worked hard every year doing whatever was necessary so he and his wife could return to the Bahamas for a few months every year. It was run on generators, yet it was a place we all loved dearly and still do today. My dad poured his heart and soul into that little place. It was his passion that led him to seize the chance when he purchased the land when he clearly could not afford it. It was his desire for getting back each year that led him and his wife to do the necessary work, to gather enough funds so they could return each year.
So…it was my father’s passion and unconventional lifestyle that made me think outside of the box from an early age. I grew up with that enthusiasm, which meant I was always dreaming and scheming up ideas. It took me a long time to land on the right fit. I had always had a love for design and décor, and an innate skill for scale. Scale, as it turns out—although not a very romantic term—is critical when designing furniture. I presently enjoy my life following my passion, designing furniture and retail spaces throughout North America. We had four furniture boutiques in western Canada where we exclusively sold the furniture designs we had created. This steered us into the fascinating world of developing a brand.
Developing a brand represents the perfect entrepreneurial venture for me. It combines design and business equally, and it is that combination I personally adore. It is intriguing how one venture can expand and morph into the next as you follow your heart and desires. We are currently in the process of launching our latest retail venture which is an entirely new brand. The evolution continues, more to come on that in my upcoming article. Stay tuned.
I once read being an entrepreneur means, “you live your life the way most people won’t, so you can lead your life the way most people can’t.” Now isn’t that true!