When Did You First Know?

Today, I’m inspired by Karol Gadja’s post over at his blog. He writes about making the decision, early in his life, to be a business owner.

When did you make that decision? When did you first know you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

For me, the decision came in high school. Somewhere along the way I’d made the correlation that my parents worked very hard, but didn’t have alot of money. There was a time when my dad worked 2 jobs, but it didn’t seem to increase our finances. So I decided that in order to control the amount of money I made, I didn’t want to work for anyone else. I’d say I decided this in the 10th grade, and I majored in Business Administration during my first year of college.

My professors discouraged me from this path. Why not go work in Corporate America for at least 5 years, THEN start my own business? I couldn’t see the point in that. Managing staff for a Fortune 500 company didn’t make sense to me, when I’d probably have a very small staff and need a different set of skills than a corporate job would give me. Plus I just didn’t want to. I can’t begin to tell you how disheartening it was for me to be dissuaded from this lifelong dream, in favor of building someone else’s business.

I still think I made the right decision for me, especially in light of how business models have changed since I was in college.

When did you first know you wanted to be an entrepreneur? How has your path evolved since then? I’d love to hear your story.

3 thoughts on “When Did You First Know?

  1. I first knew that I wanted to be a business owner , the first time I got laid off. I knew once I started my own business that I would never be laid off again and I would have the artist and finacial freedom that I crave, and that I would LOVE going in to work, instead of staring at the clock and waiting to be released.

  2. I first realized that I wanted to be an entrepreneur after the birth of my first daughter and my job as a Recruiter for Macy’s in New York. As a recruiter, my path connected with a diverse range of people from different socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures. It was a vital experience I believe now that I needed then to help me realize that I just do not want to help people that can afford help and know where to find help, but I want to help people who may not speak English and have no parents to guide them. I have made the decision that I want to establish my own community organization to fit the needs of the people that I believe have extenuating experiences. The people that often get lost in translation or forgotten in the system. The people that are stuck in a standstill position due to some inadequacy that prevents growth. I am constantly discouraged by my family because they fell that only the bourgeois deserve a chance at success. Many fail to realize those bourgeois that you idolize started from nothing, without college degrees and 1 person in their life that told them they could do it. Example: Russell Simmons, Sean Combs, Sean Carter, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, and so on and so forth. They did not have the advantage; however, they made a way out of no way with very few supporters and a strong determination. When will Black America open their eyes to the endless possibilities of unity. We are all God’s people and we have all been chosen to be heirs to the throne.

  3. I always wanted to have something of my very own from when I was in middle school. Me and one of my friends started our own little postcard business. Life caught up with me, college, family obligations and then of course working for a company. They started doing layoffs and I felt so LUCKY that I was “saved” from being laid off…but then I realized that I was stuck…same company for 8 years, no chance of promotion and a small “raise” every year. I was quite disposable since anyone could be laid off. I didnt like being in a position where they were doing me a “favor” when in reality they weren’t doing me a favor at all. I am still young (29) and I didnt want to waste anymore of my life stuck. So I started my own e-boutique. I’m still at the company but they have been demoted to plan b and its simply a paycheck, hopefully soon enough I will be able to leave soon.

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