I was an only child and so I believe from an early age that greatly influenced my independence. Without siblings to argue with, I usually got my own way and making decisions and setting my own direction became normal to me.
I have probably always been a bit of an overachiever. At the age of 24, I became the youngest Regional Sales Manager in the history of the wholesale company I was working for, producing triple-digit growth in just over 18 months.
That was followed by the offer that would start me on my entrepreneurial path. At 27, one of my retail accounts was looking to expand and needed a manager to look after their newest retail location. At this point, I had zero experience working in retail, but having observed a number of my own retail clients I believe I understood why some were successful and some were not. This would give me a chance to implement those ideas.
However, I was hesitant at accepting the new role. Although the offer was very appealing, the truth was I didn’t need it. I already had a good job, nice salary with bonuses, car, expense account, travel. But, they were persistent and finally, they asked that all important question…what would it take for me to join them?