Striking out on my own
Q: At some point in your life, you probably decided to take a leap of faith and go in a direction -- professionally or personally -- that others did not expect. Like quit Goldman Sachs to be a goat farmer. Or leave a company job for your own venture. Was the move a success? Did the new direction turn out the way you thought it would?
The most surprising event in my life was leaving a steady job to start my own company almost 15 years ago. I had never taken a business course; at that time in my life I was fairly risk aversive; and at 27 years old, I was still a rookie in the corporate world.
I think people who have known me for most of my life are surprised that I started my own gig, and also at the success I have found with Information Experts. Of course, no one really knows what goes on behind closed doors; people who don't own their own businesses can't grasp how difficult it is to sustain and grow a business.
While others may be surprised about Information Experts today, what surprises me most is the tenacity I have developed to keep going in the face of difficulty.
Information Experts has far surpassed my expectations as a company. I have far surpassed my expectations for myself. I'm not saying that to be self-depracating; I say that because what I have learned is that we really don't know our capabilities and capacities until we are pushed well beyond our limits. And I have been pushed beyond my limits too many times to count as I have built this business.
I consider the move to be a success; I think it is safe to say that I could never work for anyone else again. I appreciate the privilege to build a company, provide for my family, be a hands-on mother, serve as a role model for my sons, provide jobs and career paths to incredible people, mentor/educate current and future entrepreneurs, and make a difference through the work that we do.
However, I certainly don't think that this is the last bold decision I will make in this lifetime.
At 42 years old, I am quite confident that my best life is still ahead of me. I know my life will include many other unexpected decisions and turns, and I look forward to the journeys and experiences they bring me.
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