I was an entrepreneur from the beginning. Around 4 or 5 years old I had set up shop in the garage and expected my sisters to drive the big wheels around a little table and “purchase” little plastic toy food from me.
At 8 years old, I started my first lemonade stand and over the next few years I took on a paper route, weeknight and weekend babysitting, lawn mowing, pet care, making and selling chocolate suckers, magazine and grapefruit sales. I even joined Girl Scouts one year to sell the cookies. I ended up being the primary buyer of the thin mints.
With all this activity at such a young age, you would think that I would be a fairly successful entrepreneur by now. I’m in my mid-thirties and somehow ended up working the last few years in government and government contracting. Not quite where you would expect someone like me to end up.
But, I haven’t ended up here yet. I am learning valuable lessons as I make my way up the corporate ladder. Will I stay on it? I don’t think I will, but while I’m awaiting my next big idea…it will do.