When I was 8, I hated school but I fell in love with being an entrepreneur. As a child, my mom created and sold painted Christmas jackets at craft shows in Toronto, and I decided I would help. The jackets sold for $150 each and I was told that I would get 10% commission per jacket I sold. That day I sold 12 jackets. I made $180. For an 8 year old, this was a LOT of money.
The next week, I decided that I needed something else to sell at the booth. Yes, I could make 10% on each jacket sold but if I made earrings or buttons to go with the jacket and sold them for $20 each, I would make $35 for each sale. The next weekend, I sold 15 jackets and each customer purchased either earrings or buttons to match. My mom was shocked, that day I made $825.
In my 20s, I founded a domain holding company, consulting agency, and a real estate business in New York. All were great successes and I was making a lot of money.
Like any entrepreneur, I started to take bigger risks. I pivoted to starting a technology startup, with little to no experience in technology, I learned along the way and kept evolving the business. Took bets on where I saw the future going and doubled down on ideas that I thought would be huge in the future.
The more capable I became, the greater the challenge I would take on. Well, a lot of these online ideas started to fail.
The greater the challenge the greater the failure. This is where true learning and growth happened. I never gave up, rose to each challenge, and grew to be a more conscious vs. ego-driven entrepreneur throughout the journey.